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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
4th-Sep-2009 12:19 am
Happy birthday to fiddle_dragon!

Happy early birthday to caudelac and contradictacat, who advance a year over the weekend!

Had a bout of achy yesterday, but mostly okay.

Places You Haunt
Another "I post this here to keep myself honest" statement:

I intend to have a complete draft of Places You Haunt by Halloween.

My Empire for Ashes
haikujaguar had an interesting note about "My Empire for Ashes": "I also got the impression that the city was filled with women, because all the waitresses, shop owners, people who owned things, people manning registers (with one exception that I remember, the Russian) were all named women! o_O"

Which made me go huh!. And that is so. It's a woman-heavy story, that one. Not Shayara as a whole, that's pretty balanced - most of the Kithrayna are male. But Alexander doesn't interact with any of them in "My Empire for Ashes"; he's an archivist, so Donna, the only currently-in-Shayara Kithraya (the men are Kithrayn), is mentioned in the story, but he would not yet have reason to be hanging out with people he'd consider to be above his station. He interacts with his own Kithara, the head of his house - but no others. The only men you really see there, independently, are the men of the Council - Janos, Stephen, a few scattered cronies. You see Martin, but he's from outside the city; you see his Kithara's husband, but only a little, and she's clearly the power in the family. And there's Vanya, the aforementioned Russian record-store owner.

And yes, all named women, because this world has been in my head for half my life, and consequently I know the backstory of dozens of imaginary waitresses.

Jessa's yet-unnamed story has lots more men; it deals with the formation of the Kirayth, so besides Fenris, you'll get the Telenias again, and many more. As far as the Talthar Kithrayna, you'll definitely see Kristian, and probably just a bit of Edward (Ryan's predecessor) and Joshua (Kieran's predecessor) before their deaths. Michael Halloran will just be a wee child, so it's probably not known yet that he's the next Kithrayn of his House. Those who've read some of Shayara already may be aware of Jeramie's borderline obsession with Jessa, so you know you'll see him; you see him tangentially in "My Empire for Ashes", still prepubescent, but in Jessa's story he's all grown up and very troublesome indeed.

Alexander is more comfortable with women, far from any alpha-male games; Jessa is more comfortable with men. And I'm looking forward to writing this because shes more like *me* than the charactrs I usually write. In some places, that'll make the writing difficult. But in many, I think this story will come easier than "My Empire for Ashes" did.

Yes, I am editing soon. Hopefully I'll have it out to Blogathon sponsors on Monday.

Friday Memage!
Wearing: Tigger pajamas.
Reading: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins and Desolation Road by Ian McDonald.
Writing: I think I'm 1K/1.5K from the end of "I am Thinking of You in the Spaces Between", so I need to jump on that and clear it off my desk. Starting Tuesday, I'll hopefully be working on Places You Haunt in the morning and the short fiction backlog in the afternoon.
Planning: I am playing Boston tour guide to sindrian and his ladylove today! The plan is to get her to fall in love with Boston so they can move here when he graduates, thus ensuring year-round sindrian for the greater Boston community. *salute* Tomorrow's the End of Summer party. Sunday is planless, and will probably consist of editing and planning for the week ahead.

4th-Sep-2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you :D

*bounce* today is a grand day :) This weekend even better.

Memage stuffs:

Wearing: Black top, tan pants, and blue glass bead necklace that I made (the first beaded necklace I've ever made with a glass bead that I'd made).
Reading: Parenting Your Asperger's Child by author I can't remember off the top of my head because Kindle is not in front of me and Cast in Secret by Michelle Sagara.
Planning: What I need to get done for this weekend, my b'day party at fest next weekend, and what I need to do at work today. Also in small increments: trip next month.

Edited at 2009-09-04 01:38 pm (UTC)
4th-Sep-2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Purple "You say I'm a witch like it's a bad thing," shirt, blue denim skirt with black biker shorts, and guitar earrings.

Reading: Just finished "Love, Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli

Watching: "Being Human"

Writing: debating whether to do NaNo this year, or continue working on kitsune novel. Dragging my feet all week due to ennui and depression. Every time I stretch out to write, I end up doodling or creating lists of chores.

Planning: to play hooky from chores and maybe take the kids to the zoo. Not that I want to go there, since I feel like crawling back into bed. I just need to kick this funk I'm in and get outside for a while. Contacting my doctor would not be a bad idea, either.
4th-Sep-2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Wearing: My skin.

Reading: Mona Lisa Blossoming

Writing: Not much these days, but there is this idea...

Planning: Getting the lawn mowed and being pissed about it as my awesomely cheap lawn guy flaked.

Thinking: About people I've never met, and yet miss them; Why I am seemingly always attracted to unattainable women; 3 hours of sleep really does nothing positive for my mood.
4th-Sep-2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Wearing: boring vaguely professional (by my field's standards) clothes.
Reading: Give Me Liberty (reprint anthology of semi-libertarian SF; the lead story is Lloyd Biggle's "Monument"); some fairly lame trivia book which I will probably have snark about in my next booklog.
Writing: updates for bugs and tickets.
Planning: tonight: boardgaming (@MIT); I need to see if the BSG expansion has arrived at Pandemonium so I can pick it up before heading over to 50-316. Tmorrow: End of Summer party (which I had forgotten about, so thanks for the reminder!). Sunday: probably habitat renewal. Monday: more boardgaming.
4th-Sep-2009 08:32 pm (UTC) - HEDGEHOG!
I saw this & thought of you.

4th-Sep-2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Wearing: A t-shirt with a chameleon drinking a margarita and jeans I could not fit into a month ago. Yai!
Reading: Eberron game books.
Writing: An Eberron campaign, hence the previous.
Planning: I'm running Legend of the Five Rings for my guys on Saturday. Sunday is currently amorphous.
4th-Sep-2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
unrelated, but I never got a notification about the necklace & earrings; they're still here, decorating the side of a brandy snifter. :(
4th-Sep-2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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