The good news:
The good news:
I received in today’s mail a copy of the POD edition, which has a large PROOF on its last page, and some notes already attached saying “I’ve got this one, go find another one to fix.” But close, yes. And a quite attractive paperback, IMO. Of course I found things that many goings over by many eyes did not catch before this (my proofreading on the screen is not as good as my proofreading on paper!) but so far I consider them minor. The front looks about the same on paper as on the screen; the back cover has the same border, the harp & tree centered toward the top, and a blurb. Plus the very un-archaic-looking ISBN barcoding, but you can’t have everything unless bind it yourself.
Bluebonnets are really coming on now, and of course the rest of the week will be about church music, getting to rehearsals and services, and not losing the theology for the music minutiae. Next week a houseguest. And writing. I am not ready for any of this stuff.
Because I was watching a PBS presentation of the life of Genghis Khan, I missed the email when it came in, BUT: The podcast I did with Gamers’ Tavern is now up and you can hear it at http://gamerstavern.org/gamers-tavern-ep-46-the-deed-of-paksenarrion-or-elizabeth-moon-corrects-darryl-and-ross/
We had fun.
Deeds of Honor is now available for the Nook direct from Barnes & Noble:
Somebody’s going to ask “So why that story and not that other one you mentioned you were writing/had written?” Some decisions were easy. One of the Paksworld stories I was working on came to a halt, hooves stuck in the ground, back up in a hump, neck stretched out, ears flat and would. not. budge. It’s not a failure to thrive: it’s a story telling me I made a mistake, that’s not how it goes, and it’s not going to cooperate until I take it where it wants to go. But it won’t tell me. Eventually, left alone out there in the pasture, it will come wandering up to my mental cabin, climb up the step to the porch, and stomp on the porch. But it didn’t choose to do that before the time I had to have stories turned in, so…maybe next time.
Looks like the powers that be have approved a cover design, and I like it.
So, here ’tis. There might still be changes, but I suspect this is it.
1. I was informed today there’s an offer on the new Vatta book. Agent is on it–details will be hammered out…er…peaceful negotiations will result in a contract most pleasing and desirable for all parties.
2. Kirkus Reviews picked Crown of Renewal as one of the best fantasy novels of the year. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/issue/best-of-2014/section/fiction/?page=8
3. In this fascinating graphic of 62 different stories of the future, a lot of information is turned into one stunning timeline. And one of my books is on it. http://www.brainpickings.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/futureevents_giorgialupi_large.jpg
A lot, actually. Where we left off, the Mozart Requiem–it went well, even though I was beginning to feel off, and sure enough was sick the week following with a nasty sore throat. Got better, and was able to sing one service the next Sunday. We had a small birthday party for our son. Everything seemed to be moving well towards Thanksgiving but this past week, we had some bad medical news. My husband will need another cancer surgery–there’s a new tumor in his stomach.
Where, you may be wondering, is the planned short-fiction collection in its progress towards release? Good question, and the answer is, I haven’t done all I’m supposed to do, thanks to a series of things (rethinking a couple of stories, A-Kon, the first Father’s Day after my father’s death, and the eye stuff. And now my agent’s got jury duty. )