It’s on its way…

Posted: January 20th, 2012 under Good News, Submitting, the writing life.

Book IV left via the electronic express this morning, after a brief conversation with Agent on the topic of titles.   It’s gone off with an obviously not-suitable (but descriptive) title that will ensure Editor realizes it needs a different one.    It’s going first to Agent,  who will read through it just in case I’ve missed something really awful, and then to Editor.    And it’s out of my hands for right now, which is WHEE! time.

I’m already at work on the tax stuff I must finish in the next week (a long report on the wildlife management project) but have just decided that a long walk, such as I haven’t had in over a month, is in order.  The camera and I are going to wander around the land for awhile.

And tonight I will be in bed before midnight.   The crunch-stay-up-till-it’s-done on the tax stuff won’t start until tomorrow.


  • Comment by Joan Hardy — January 20, 2012 @ 12:36 pm


    How will you celebrate?

  • Comment by MaryW — January 20, 2012 @ 4:42 pm


    I have given up with taxes. I make sure to pay as much as we owed last year and then wait to file an extension because we never have complete data until April 13th or 14th. Then I have 90 days to finish. We never did this until we became small business owners. But this way I get some sleep while preparing 1099s for everyone else.

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 20, 2012 @ 5:28 pm


    Joan: I went for a long walk that included two stretches (maybe half-hour each) in a hammock.

    MaryW: Different taxes: this is for real estate tax on ag land where we’re doing wildlife management. Annual report of activities is required, and approval contingent on whether they like your report. Mine are long, detailed, and illustrated with photos because that works. County tax assessors aren’t wildlife biologists and are suspicious that wildlife managers aren’t really doing anything, so this makes it easier for them. Supposedly you can just check off the boxes in the state report form, but I’d rather do more and not worry about this year’s approval. But it takes me 5-7 days to put together.

  • Comment by Kathleen — January 20, 2012 @ 5:38 pm



  • Comment by Jim Elgar — January 20, 2012 @ 5:52 pm


    “Divine Winds of Change”. The Gods are pushing you hard, Pax.” The gods and saints seem to be pushing all our heros hard now.

  • Comment by Chris Hero — January 20, 2012 @ 6:14 pm


    Your Ladyship,
    Like others before me, Paksworld feels like the tip of a “Tolkian” iceberg.
    Will there ever be a book of the deepest back stories of Paksworld?
    A Silmarillian (sp) by Elizabeth Moon.
    How did the gods arrise? Who were the characters around the first tree and the Split between the elves? How did the Gnomes, dwarfs and elves and dragons interact before the arrival of the Men?.
    Love all your writing!

  • Comment by Karen — January 20, 2012 @ 6:47 pm


    All I need is a release date!

    p.s Good luck with the tax-(people) for wild-life management (?!?). I’m currently struggling (fiercely) with the wild-life that manages me (and my keyboard). Tom says hi!

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — January 20, 2012 @ 6:58 pm



    Chris, I think you may get some of what you are looking for in 3/4/5. I don’t know what’s coming. But with the Webmistress active amongst the kings of the northland, a dragon from the “here lies dragons” area of the Luap era map, and rumblings between the Lord and Lady forests I think we’re going to see a lot.

    Again, Yipppeeee!

    and, Thank you!

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 20, 2012 @ 7:11 pm


    Jim: The push is coming from all sides. I’m not sure how the writer got into the iron maiden along with the characters but…there it is. OUCH.

    Chris: I don’t know how much backstory will be written (less than if I hadn’t lost those notebooks, grump, grump, grump.) I enjoy this world a lot so there probably will be more stories, some in backstory (like both “Gifts” and “Judgment”) and some perhaps in between (like Linnar Vardan’s story here in the blog) or even going forward. Right now, all I can think about is the next thing in line (the wildlife management report) while the final book of this group simmers along on its own for a couple of weeks. Then I’ll be into that one. These books do reveal, especially from #3 on, more backstory, though it’s discovered in bits by the people living now. Certainly the regalia Dorrin discovered has a backstory that is far from over.

  • Comment by Laura BurgandyIce — January 20, 2012 @ 9:50 pm


    Oh, yay!!!! 😀

  • Comment by Kathy_S — January 20, 2012 @ 10:01 pm



  • Comment by RuthB — January 20, 2012 @ 11:24 pm


    Congratualations on a job well done. Successful endeavors always feel great.

  • Comment by Rolv Olsen — January 21, 2012 @ 4:34 am


    Oh, happy day!

  • Comment by Annabel (Mrs Redboots) — January 21, 2012 @ 1:56 pm


    Congratulations! I hope you can drink champagne or equivalent and have a glass to celebrate before getting stuck into the wildlife management report – and, of course, BOOK 5 (Can you tell I thoroughly enjoy your writings and can hardly wait!)!

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 21, 2012 @ 4:08 pm


    Made gingersnaps today (using a mix and enhancing with more spices) and have a lamb curry simmering on the stove now. That’s good celebration around here. The wildlife management report is coming along pretty well (though Word did one of its snit-fits when it loses track of itself, then insists the file I need is “locked by another user” and then I have to reboot the entire machine to get its head straight.)

  • Comment by Jenn — January 22, 2012 @ 11:53 am


    OOOOH! Gingersnaps! Are they the ones you roll in a ball and then dip in a little water and sugar for that lovely glazed look while cooking?

    I always triple the spice amount.

    What is your address again. I can easily see driving 1000 miles for good gingersnaps! 😀

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 22, 2012 @ 2:04 pm


    Yes, for rolling the dough into little balls. No, on dipping them in water or sugar, but did sprinkle a little sugar on top and then press it in.

  • Comment by Richard — January 22, 2012 @ 7:13 pm


    Are your gingersnaps the same as UK’s brandysnaps? My grandmother used to make those when we visited for family holidays. (Ginger is essential; I don’t know if she included any brandy.) She made them pancake-shaped (but smaller) then after cooking, but before they had cooled solid, rolled them up round the handle of a wooden spoon to make a hollow tube.

  • Comment by elizabeth — January 22, 2012 @ 10:18 pm


    No, but I think I know the kind of dough that would be…did she roll them out with a rolling pin or a glass, so they were really thin?

    These are rolled into a ball, then the ball pushed sort of flat, but not *that* flat. They’re too thick to roll up into a tube even when soft–they just break if you try to pick them up too soon.

  • Comment by Richard — January 23, 2012 @ 1:11 pm


    Here is a recipe that seems to fit what I remember

    The mixture (after initial melting) is runny enough to pour out into circles on the hot tray. The result is more like confectionary than biscuit. My grandmother certainly wrapped the cooling disks round a wooden spoon handle to make hollow fingers. I dare say they could then be stuffed with a dollop of clotted cream, for example.

  • Comment by Sharidann — January 24, 2012 @ 3:30 am



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