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…that visa problems might still exist in the far future worlds science fiction writers write about? Surely future political entities will have better solutions than we have…won’t they? (Plot Daemon says “Bwah-ha-hah-hah-hah-haaaaa….”) And rules about who is really a citizen…and problems with missing paperwork…and what happens if you’re deported from your own planet and you haven’t ever done anything wrong there?
NewBook progresses, still generating plot and complications in a healthy way.
Addendum July 26 Comment posted by Elizabeth:
In the “where are we now?” category, the book is, as of today, at 16,000 words (still short fiction of the novelette or novella type) and 83 manuscript pages. The good news is that story is flowing. It’s going nonlinear in the “threaded plot” sense, as Aunt Grace, Rector of Defense, has just gotten home to find her place booby-trapped, while Ky, at dinner in another location, is about to be unpleasantly interrupted by the persons who rang the doorbell there, and a character from Cold Welcome has taken on a new identity. Read the rest of this entry »
As light revealed the land around them, Oktar knew they were north of the town, riding north, winterwards as the horsefolk said, and the reason he hadn’t been able to feel the rein was that he had none–his grandfather held Oktar’s horse’s rein as well as his own in his one good hand. The horses moved at a brisk walk, ears forward, alongside a stone wall with sheep on the other side of it. Oktar turned to look behind. Nothing of the town showed but a blur of smoke in the distance. Read the rest of this entry »
March and most of April were eaten up by illness, aftermath of illness, another illness, and attempting to get the rewrites done on Cold Welcome and catch up on things left undone while sick. Including church music. I am well again (fingers crossed) though far, far behind in physical fitness, housekeeping, and progress on the book after Cold Welcome. Energy level is slowly coming back. The rewrite has been delivered to Editor (April 15), and her remaining comments, if any, will be dealt with in the copy edits.
(Mirrored from Universes blog)
Working on the rewrite of Cold Welcome. On Monday, I sent Editor the latest draft of the new ending, and in light of Editor’s comments worked on it some more, then started in on front-to-back run (actually crawl!) through combining her original letter, the marked up manuscript line edits, and the changes that would be required by the new ending. This also involved having two versions of the first chapters on the monitor at once, the letter, a stack of reference printouts, and the marked ms beside me on the desk. Read the rest of this entry »
I’d been planning to mirror some of the Universes posts over here, when they were of general interest (or what I conceive as general interest) but someone mentioned they’d hate to go to the next place and find the same thing.
How about this: any post that I mirror somewhere else will be labeled on both sides of the mirror: “Mirrored at [whichever].” Then wherever you hit it first, you’ll know where else it is and not to bother. Would that solve the problem? You’d miss any site-specific conversation, but you wouldn’t be bored by seeing something in two places.
To demonstrate how that would work, I will mirror the post about C.J. Cherryh being named to the SFWA Grandmaster list over here, with its notice, and add the notice at the other end as well. Or rather, I’ll do that after I eat something. (Sorry–gluttony before work, at this time of day.) And maybe someone will have said NO, PLEASE NO or something to convince me it’s a bad idea.
I had hoped to have the new site & blog up by the end of last year. Then by the end of January. Then by the first week in February.
Various things have intervened–and you don’t need to know all the details–but I’m still sick and still haven’t gotten the site up and open for comment. It’s all done but turning on the lights and ripping the “under construction” sign off the front, pretty much, but the remaining bit is being sticky.
Don’t have Editor’s letter yet, either, though my agent tells me it’ll be here very soon. Meanwhile writing on the new new book is going very slowly, as I have to know what changes Editor wants in Cold Welcome before going forward into #2.
Rest assured, you will be the first to know when the *shiny* appears.
It’s not here yet, because my web designer is over in London having Christmas with her family (her son married an Australian living in London–they got married in Denmark and are now living in London.) And she’s retiring in March (this is Not Fair: she’s younger than I am and I’m not retiring yet!!) But there will be a new website and blog specifically for the SF side of my writing. You are the first outside the business to know (my Editor thought this was a great idea, as some of my SF fans are adamant about not sticking a toe into the Fantasy area, lest they be sucked into the swamp) but never fear–if you’d rather hang out here, I plan to mirror some of the content there over here (possibly not some of the straight science links I’m planning to include–your opinion on that is welcome.) And this area will not go away. There will be more short fiction coming out if things go as planned, and perhaps more long stuff later.
That blog will be called “Universes” and, like this one, embedded in its site. In this case, that site will be encapsulated in my main site, thanks to the ingenuity and cooperation of the site host and my web designer. The Vatta books will be one “universe.”
Cold Welcome flew away to NYC yesterday morning, right when it was due, but I was too wiped to post about it then. It went off at 129.863 words, and I think all the words are in the right order, though I suspect there are errors. I’m still not satisfied with the formatting for the transition signals I sent to readers, but Word was being such a pig about things that it took me much longer than it should have to mess them about and increase the clarity quotient.
Meanwhile, three more dead or partly dead trees in dangerous locations have been removed by the tree removal crew, the HVAC people put in a good stack for the furnace, roofer returned today to reset and caulk the collar for the furnace & hot water heater stacks (he had insisted we needed to get the stacks installed properly by modern standards) and I started the toe decreases on one of the turquoise socks (the left one.)