I’m writing today, after I take a couple of hours off this morning, which might seem odd to you, but yesterday night I crashed so early and so hard not only did I forget my online responsibilities I also forgot to feed the cats. Which is why I woke up two hours ago with Greebo biting my elbow. Since this caused me to yell at him, he’s now hiding, but the other cats have been fed.
So I’m taking a couple of ours off, because I’m still recovering from whatever cold-from-hell was and I do not want to relapse, since I have books (plural) to finish.
Also, on unpacking my office, I came across at least ten books written long hand on notebooks, which I’ll be probably sending to indie. On “at least” note that there are more, but some are very old, and I don’t know if, once I’m done appraising them, I’ll recover a few book or more like a quarter or half.
No, I can’t send them for transcribing because there are portions of my handwriting even I can’t read and have to guess at, (when I was in college, I took copious notes, then ignored them and borrowed someone else’s. The process of taking notes concentrated the mind, but they were almost impossible to read.) which is relatively doable for me but not for anyone else. (As for the parts written on toilet paper with pen, when the kids were little and Dan would insist I couldn’t take the (then fairly bulky and cumbersome) laptop on vacation, for that I don’t know. Some of it started near illegible.)
So once Guardian is in (Yes, I DO know it’s late, but cold from hell) I’m going to devote evenings to transcribing those. Depending on the speed of my fingers and the whether I manage to escape another cold this year, there might be three or four before the end of the year, as well as the Dyce book, and I would like to finish (it’s really very close) and put up Royal Blood, the second of the Vampire musketeers.
Looking through the books I’m sure are salvageable with some editing, (and typing in) and a bit of elbow grease there seem to be: space opera; space opera with magic (I was young, and I have JUSTIFICATIONS. Anyway, no elves, as that throws me out of a space opera); high fantasy adventure; YA space opera; mystery and UF. There is also an historical romance set in the middle ages and an historical novel set in China, the last of which will NOT be put up, unless I transfer it to space or a fantasy land, as I’m not sure my research was… Well, lets put it this way, you guys know how I research. But China is not amenable to someone who has only read Chinese history for a few years, and I don’t know what I was thinking.
No, this will not get in the way of the other announced books I’m working on. It’s just a winter evening activity, when I sit downstairs with my husband.
I will also I promise finish the two novels in progress here (Rogue Magic and Dark Fate,) as well as the one at MGC (Elf Blood) which were sad victims of my moves and illness. But it might not be this month.
For next year, there are plans for hard science fiction YA with a friend who brings the science, as it were (I’ll let him reveal himself if he should choose) and plans eventually for a world-launching novel with Les Johnson (who also brings the science.) Mind you, I used to be a scientific multilingual translator, so I’m not exactly innocent of scientific learning, but it tended to be an inch thick and a mile wide, i.e. enough to allow me to translate everything from engineering to chemistry or finance, but not enough to allow me to understand any of it in depth. Yeah, I’ve been given a reading list, which is my plan for my leisure time this winter. I HEAR that after 55 in CO you can audit any courses for a trifling sum, but probably not this year, since I need to get my eyes fixed and be able to drive for that, or Dan needs to have time to take those courses with me. (The second is more likely, at least for courses at night, since I’m still night blind and there’s no cure.)
Anyway…. I’m taking two hours off and reading an incredibly silly book which nonetheless is amusing me.
My posts at PJMedia, including last week’s which might not have been linked here are:
Do try not to wreck the place while I’m AFN (Away from Net.) I’ll drop by on breaks to make sure it hasn’t burned down.