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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Odin's Day 
16th-Mar-2011 10:24 am
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Happy birthday to dicotomygrrl, docwebster, and emerald_ibis!

State of the 'Song
My parents are on their way back to Florida right now! That improves things!

Physically, pretty okay.

Shayara Process
Do y'all want this documented? I mean, there'll be metrics and minutia, and some may find it all unutterably dull. But some may find it illuminating.

The first thing I'm working on is My Empire for Ashes, currently a novella at 15K words. It'll almost certainly be 20K by the time I'm through, if not 25K. My editor wants a lot of the stuff that I elided in my rush to get the story out of my head so I could write other stuff expanded upon. Some of that = a lot more info in the present-day framing device, but the bulk of it is that I stripped the development of Alexander and Katrina's relationship down to the barest of bones, rendered it in as few brushstrokes as possible, but my editor wants to see it develop more in realtime. Which... takes a lot more words! Also, since this is now your intro to Shayara and not just a thing I pushed out of my head for people who are most likely already familiar, I need to weave in more about the political structure of the city, among other things.

Other than the actual writing, we're in potentially awesome cover art negotiations. The publisher has suggested a collectible or trick-taking card game, but that's not immediate - I myself am not a game designer, and so my priority is writing the books, and a game designer will have to take a look sometime around book two/three and see what kind of game makes sense for the story. Soundtrack is an active thought, as is jewelry. Scents have been suggested. No, I'm not big enough for BPAL! But maybe someone else.

But mostly my job is writing the damn things and we'll see what happens.

Quote of the Day
Via Jonathan Carroll, as usual.

"What we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we also fear more than anything else. It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly and fully are... because otherwise we run the risk of losing track of who we truly and fully are and little by little come to accept instead the highly edited version which we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real thing. It is important to tell our secrets too because it makes it easier... for other people to tell us a secret or two of their own... "
--Frederick Buechner


Link Soup
* TSA scanners put out 10 times as much radiation as claimed.
* This Sucker Punch/Disney Princess trailer rocks my socks. [h/t emily_goddess]
* "Sir Gawain is a guy who only accepts shitty propositions". Now all I want to write is retellings of Arthuriana in this style. I blame xoder.
* Sometimes I just want to jump into an fMRI machine and say "Tell me everything about my brain!"
* The ten most disturbing Pokedex Entries. You guys! I did not know that Pokemon was so dark, y0.

Daily Science
Potential norovirus vaccine!

Plans
Working 1-5 today. Looks like I'm going from that to dinner and, later, dancing. s00j and omnisti will be here tomorrow!, so I will do irana-tribute drinking-and-dancing-my-ass-off tonight.
Comments 
16th-Mar-2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Say hi to S and K for me.

I still would love to do a RPG based on Shayara based off of something like HeroQuest. (Obviously, that's very different than a card game, which I would know nothing about.)
16th-Mar-2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
The Gawain thing is cute.
I love the sucker punch/Princess mash up (and didn't expect to)
16th-Mar-2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Wait, s00j and K are going to be in town? Is there a show I missed?
16th-Mar-2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
No, they're on the chill portion of their travels. They'll be playing at ConBust next weekend, though.
16th-Mar-2011 02:42 pm (UTC)
Actually, the TSA article, if I understand it correctly, says the high readings were because they made a mistake in testing. They were supposed to test 10 times and divide by 10 to get the average, and some forgot to divide. So they're retesting.

Edited at 2011-03-16 02:59 pm (UTC)
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16th-Mar-2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
From now on, I will assume every moral quandary is a test from magic fairies.
16th-Mar-2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
I really love the Sir Gawain link. For reals.
16th-Mar-2011 06:15 pm (UTC)
This. It's bouncing around my medieval circles now. Fun. :)

The only trick now is not talking like that ALL DAY. As there probably shouldn't be QUITE THAT MUCH profanity in my life.
16th-Mar-2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
"Scents have been suggested. No, I'm not big enough for BPAL!"

Not yet. But soon!
16th-Mar-2011 07:23 pm (UTC) - Holy crap...
That Disney Sucker Punch is amazing. Huge kudos to the person who put that together!
17th-Mar-2011 12:28 am (UTC)
Have you seen this article yet?

Cambridge start-up focuses on Celiac Disease
17th-Mar-2011 04:53 am (UTC)
I'm definitely interested in your process :)
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