Usually manuscript copyedits have the name of the copyeditor on the processing sheet. This time they didn’t, and I wish they had. I’d love to write a thank you note to the person who did Night Echoes. They were, bar none, the least frustrating, clearest, and most straightforward edits I’ve ever done. I’m finished with them, and will have them … Continue reading →
My bud sent me a book on bookbinding some time ago, and I picked up one on handmade books. Things have to float around in my subconscious for a while before I figure out what to do with them, and these books were like that. I don’t know if it was the fever, or just a connection of strange dreams … Continue reading →
Received the copyedits for NIGHT ECHOES—they’re pretty clean. Shouldn’t take long, but I feel dreadful. The kidlet caught something, and now we’ve caught it. So work is catch-as-catch-can for the next few days.
Have to do the copyedit of NIGHT ECHOES tomorrow. Will proof and publish Culture Clinic when that is done. … Continue reading →
Someone near and dear to me has serious money trouble and needs to buy an affordable used car so she can get to and from work. To help out, I’ve given her three of my original manuscripts to auction off: Sympathy for the Devil Bones of the Past Mall, Magic & Mayhem She’s putting these up on eBay—Sympathy for the … Continue reading →
A Writing Allegory First there was the cheap sweater. I needed a sweater in the autumn of 2005, so I made one. I didn’t use a pattern, because I’d never used a pattern. I finished it the way you would sew together a shirt, because not only am I totally self-taught as a knitter, but I’d never actually seen anyone … Continue reading →
Fascinating video link sent to me by Paul Aulridge—Smiling Addiction. It’s appropriate for all audiences, but at the same time I found it powerful and moving. Let me know what you think. (Thanks, Paul. That was a great link.) … Continue reading →
Actually, the mail part of the process of sending out contest winners’ books wasn’t too time consuming. Finding the books, however, was a nightmare. It turns out that I have no more copies of either Diplomacy of Wolves or Vengeance of Dragons (or if I have them, they’re buried far, far away from all the rest of my author’s copies.) … Continue reading →
My French is nowhere near what it used to be, I’ve just discovered. Once, years ago, I could comfortably read Spanish and French at the newspaper/ novel level and was working hard to add German to my language list. No more, alas. I was stunned and dismayed to discover how much I’ve simply lost. I can still manage some Spanish, … Continue reading →
I’ve finished the first draft of the main part of the Culture Clinic. I still have to do all the organizational sheets and worksheets and accompanying instructions (a significant task) and I still have to edit and proof. But I’m definitely on track with this book, and I’m very pleased with the way it’s going.