. . .is that you find the coolest stuff.
I, for instance, found an outtake from Crystal Soldier which (1) I had forgotten I (I was writing Cantra at that point; Steve was working with Jela) had written and (2) is Actually Really Nice. Too bad it wouldn't fit in the book as it came to shape up.
It has now been published to Splinter Universe, here.
There's also a small, generally incoherent, author's intro, here.
Oh. And here's a picture of what's left of yesterday's Big Pile of Typescripts:
So, things have been happening.
I shall sum up.
1. The contract for A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume Three arrived, was read, signed and put on the bus to Madame the Agent's office in New York.
2. Last night, we turned in the manuscript for A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume Three (I adore email submissions). Here is the table of contents, as turned in and bearing in mind that the order may change:
Code of Honor
Out of True
King of the Cats
The Rifle's First Wife
The Space at Tinsori Light
Quick Working Glossary
3. Return word from Madame the Editor is that the book may be available as soon as Summer 2015.
4. Because of the events above, "Code of Honor," "Roving Gambler," and "The Rifle's First Wife" will be vanishing from Splinter Universe realsoonnow.
5. But! There's still plenty to read on Splinter Universe, including Steve's new novel project, Quicksliver, and several guest stories, including: "Leaving Via Callia" by Alma Alexander; "2 Pi to Live," and "Riverweave," by EC Ambrose.
5a. The first three chapters of Quicksliver are up now, for your reading pleasure:
6. This morning, we have entertained the contractor, who was very taken with Trooper (Sprite hid; Scrabble hid; Mozart was napping in
my his rocker and didn't even wake up). This afternoon, Mozart has an appointment with the hairdresser, for a modified lion cut, which he will hate, but for which he has only himself to blame.
7. This evening, I'll return to working on the novel. Nope, no title yet. When one breaks, you'll hear about it here.
Today's blog title comes to you from Tracy Chapman, "Mountains of Things." Here's your link.
There's a new guest story up at Splinter Universe: "Riverweave," by EC Ambrose. Here's your link. Remember that the PayPal link at the bottom of story will send your donation directly to the author, should you wish to demonstrate your appreciation of their work.
Because the medical tests scheduled for today were over and done with much earlier than anyone had a right to expect, Steve and I decided to give the new car (which still lacks a name) its head. Whereupon, it ran all the way up to Greenville, which kind of hugs the lower end of Moosehead Lake. We stopped her there, since the roads up around Rockwood are not what a city car might particularly like, ate lunch at Auntie M's, walked the cute little boardwalk at the water's edge, sadly determined that the wind was kicking up 'waaaaay too much dust to make further perambulating about town comfortable, stopped at the Indian Store on the way outta town, and came home via Bingham, which is looking very much the worse for wear.
We arrived home to find that today we lost both Morning Glory Zell, famous for once having worn a snake as a costume at a DisClave, and for having bred a "unicorn;" and Mary Stewart, author of many, many fine romantic suspense novels. Their absences render the world much less interesting.
There are still two days to purchase Liaden Universe® novel, Fledgling, an Audible Hidden Gem, for a paltry $3.95. Yes, from now until Saturday, May 17, at 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time, you -- Audible Member or Innocent Bystander -- can purchase the complete, unabridged audiobook, narrated by the incomparable Eileen Stevens, for a mere $3.95!
Today's blog title comes to us from Cage the Elephant. Here's your link.
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Progress on One of Five
65,783/100,000 OR 66% complete
Young Mr. Smealy gave his word that he would never cause Boss Calhoon an instant's worry."
"Which promise it looks like he's forgot."
"He may consider that he did not promise to leave Boss Conrad similarly worry-free."
I am remiss in announcing that Chaz Brenchley's guest story, "2 Pi to Live" is now available for your reading pleasure on Splinter Universe. Here's your link. Remember that the donation button at the bottom of the story goes direct to the author, if you wish to show your appreciation for their work.
Also, the three newest Liaden stories on Splinter Universe will be coming down sooner rather than later, as they will be among the sweet fruits collected in A Liaden Universe® Constellation, Volume 3. See this, in case you missed that. So! Read 'em while they're free.
Regarding Splinter Universe in general, and those stories in particular, I want to thank everyone for their generosity. Very much appreciated.
In other news, it's raining (boo! hiss!), so we have canceled the trip to Portland to tour the ferry, window-shop and generally goof off, and you know what that means, right?
Right. It means today is a working day.
Also? There was a Cooper's Hawk perched in the ravaged pine tree nearest the deck yesterday afternoon (and me without a camera!), obviously shopping the bird feeder for lunch. He flew off when he encountered my ill-bred stare, but I fear he will be back. Sigh. It's a jungle out there.
So, what're you doing today that's fun?
Steve has written here about our intentions and upcoming goodies for Splinter Universe.
For today's goodies, we have an intro to "Code of Honor," here.
The story itself is here.
And, if you haven't read Alma Alexander's Guest Story, "Leaving Via Callia," here's the link.
Read, enjoy; send the link to your friends so that they can read and enjoy, too!
. . .we now return you to your Regularly Scheduled Monday.
I'm back from the dentist, where Minou the fur-coat-bear* was a Big Hit. I did not take the Valium before the appointment, though I had it with me, In Case. As it turned out, I didn't need it; the appointment was Very Brief -- a matter of grinding down about four teeth and polishing everything to a high shine. The recommended braces being out of the question, this ends the current Dental Adventure. I do need to see the hygienist again in another three months, but I expect to have positive news, then.
1. There's a new Liaden story up at Splinter Universe, the title is "Roving Gambler," and it's set on Surebleak. Here's your link.
2. An oldie-but-goodie. The following is a reprint of a post made in this blog in November of 2013. We have not changed our minds.
Don’t write and post fan fiction of our work.
The following is Lee and Miller specific, and it has been our stance for more than a decade. It’s not new, and it’s not a secret. Other writers have other stances and opinions. When in doubt — ask.
I know it’s a popular belief among many of the fan-fiction community that fan fiction does not hurt the parent work, that it provides much-needed publicity to the parent work, that it does not infringe the copyright or trademark of the parent work, and that the authors of the parent work can’t stop it, anyway.
Three of these four beliefs are just that — beliefs. They can no more be proven than can our belief that fan fiction materially harms the parent work — especially a parent work which is still evolving — provides no useful publicity, and does, indeed, infringe on the copyright and the trademark of the parent work. Note that we are talking about our own works here — see disclaimer, above.
To the fourth point, that authors are powerless to prevent fan fiction authors from ficcing whatever they want to — that’s perfectly true. Common courtesy would seem to dictate that the wishes of the author of the parent work be respected, however. So, we would ask for common courtesy.
3. For those who have friends that they need to addict to the Liaden Universe®, the ebook editions of Agent of Change and Fledgling are available as free! downloads from All of the Usual Suspects. I think you know what to do.
. . .and that's it. I would like to point out that I have three coon cats in my office as I type this, all of them projecting Professional Level Sleep Rays. And that my writing goal on the day is at least 2,000 words.
Right, then. More coffee.
See y'all later.
*Minou is actually constructed from an old fur coat. There was a woman in Winslow who was making fur-coat-bears and selling them through Back Door to the Moon, the local Pagan shop. BDttM is long gone, and I don't know what outlet, if any, there now is for fur-coat-bears. Minou was a Yule gift to me from Steve.
"Roving Gambler," a Liaden Universe® story set on Surebleak, is now up at Splinter Universe, for your reading pleasure. Here's your link.
Today was supposed to be a sit-on-the-couch-and-push-words-through-
I must remember not to say these things when the gods might hear. No sooner had I opened the laptop then I was beset by a Plague of Technology, mostly brought on by the bevy of passwords I changed the other day, some of which did not migrate to the laptop, while some...did. No, I don't even care why that was so at this point in the game. Then there was the tiny fact that ESET was going to expire tomorrow, so I had a little bit of fun dealing with that. And then the cover art for Carousel Seas arrived from the artist, Eric Williams, which -- yay! And now I can add, "Go to Framemakers" to my still-growing list of Things To Do Tomorrow. At this rate, by the time I finish Wednesday's business, it'll be Thursday.
Or possibly Friday.
So, the plan now is to go back to the couch and work on the chapter regarding Chesselport and What Befell The Apprentice Trader There, and remember not to work too late, because I have to get up at omyghod o'clock tomorrow morning in order to make the first medical appointment.
But! Before I go, have a picture of some cats, sleeping.
The title of today's blog post AND the title of the short story are from "Roving Gambler." For those who don't know it, here's a link to the song.
1. Many thanks to everyone who donated to Liaden Universe® story, "The Rifle's First Wife," and to Splinter Universe. Here's the link, for those who haven't read the story, yet. And here's the link to a discussion of our plans for the site. Both pieces may be read for free; donations are appreciated, not mandatory.
2. Speaking of reading for free, "The Gift of Music," set in Archers Beach, Maine, is available at Baen.com. Go here and scroll down. Scrolling down is key.
3. In answer to the several. . .concerned emails asking whether or not we're working on the next Liaden book -- yes. Yes, we are.
4. The electronic edition of Carousel Sun, the sequel to Carousel Tides, is now available directly from Baen and from your favorite ebook vendor. The trade paperback won't be released by Amazon or BN until February 4, but! Uncle Hugo's has signed copies available right now. Here's your link.
5. It's a bright and sunshine-y 1F/-17C outside at the moment, and I need to go into town. Everybody stay warm.
Steve and I had intended to write a new story for the Liaden Universe® Silver Anniversary, but. . .
The world has been just a little too much with us. Deadlines, real-life matters, including the fact that we -- or at least I -- have been under quite a bit of heavy weather.
So, anyway, the brand-new story went on hold -- after all, this is the twenty-fifth year of the Liaden Universe®; plenty of time to write a new story when the schedule becomes, shall we say, a little less action-packed and filled with excitement?
Still. . .we felt that the occasion of February -- the month in which It All Began, back in 1988, with Agent of Change, and the month that It All Continues, with the publication of Necessity's Child -- we felt that the occasion should be marked in some way.
Which is why we're offering a splinter; the first 12,000-ish words of the Lute and Moonhawk novel we put aside in 1996, meaning to get back to it, someday.
We hope you enjoy it.
Steve and I have been ignoring Splinter Universe as we took care of some other things, professional and private, that had kind of gotten piled up.
We're still super busy, and can't promise a story every week, or even every month, but! we couldn't let the Summer Solstice go by without giving y'all a beach story.
This one's set in Surfside, the next town up from Archers Beach, familiar to those of you who've read Carousel Tides* -- and every word is absolutely true!
Here's your link to Emancipated Child.
Enjoy! And if you like the story, please consider donating by clicking the PayPal button at the bottom of the page.
--Sharon Lee, June 20, 2012
*If you haven't read Carousel Tides, but would like to, it's available in mass market paperback and in trade paper from your favorite local bookstore, from Amazon, and Barnes and Noble, and in the ebook format of your choice directly from the publisher, Baen Books.
. . .and the dust, and the leaves, and the trash cans, and the twigs, and the blue jays trying to come in for a landing at the bird feeder. So far, the bird feeder’s hanging on.
Yeah, been a windy couple days here.
Also a cold couple days. Currently 21F (feels-like-5F)/-6C (feels-like-minus-15C). Nice to see winter finally arrived.
So, no, the draft didn’t get finished yesterday; I’ve got three more scenes, I figure, and then! The Red Pen. Fortunately, though I didn’t actually happen to think so at the precise moment the phone call came in, I’ve gained some time on the week because the hospital yesterday rescheduled my appointment for the yearly mammogram, which had been on the books (for six months!) for Thursday. (Have you made your appointment? C’mon, let’s see a show of hands).
Yesterday, while I was
banging my head against the keyboard peacefully typing away in my cloistered tower, Steve put up the next Klamath Splinter. This one brings a change of character, place and POV. It starts here. Read, enjoy, tell your friends.
I’ve been teasing you for a couple months now with a Watch the Skies, and you deserve a little something for your patience, so here you go — Word from Madame the Agent is that. . .contracts are on the bus to her office in New York and will in the fullness of time arrive at the Confusion Factory. That’s right — plural contracts, and granted some will arrive sooner than others. What do you suppose those contracts might be for? Go on — guess.
And, now? Time for me to go back to work.
See you on the flip side.
Progress on Necessity’s Child (tbfkaG)
105,284/100,000 words OR 105% complete
“I fear that the woman has stolen my brother’s soul,” he said.
Originally published at Sharon Lee, Writer. You can comment here or there.
We had a lovely time at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone on Friday. A nice group of students and teachers came to hear us talk about the writing life, and then we headed back down to central Maine in the beginning swirls of a snowstorm.
By the time we hit Mars Hill, the snow was thick rain, and from Houlton onward, just rain, with the temps dancing between 34 and 36F (1 t0 2C) and moose potentially on the move. Still, we made it home in good time, even with stopping off at the Unity House of Pizza to take on a double-garlic pizza.
Unfortunately, the cold I caught in a much less virulent form than Steve did several weeks ago took advantage of our travels to come back on me like a ton of bricks. No fair! So, I’ll be working from the couch again today, and hope to avoid the two-hour nap attack that ate into yesterday’s production of words.
Remember! Fanboy Glass has Tree-and-Dragon glassware for your every need.
Also, Steve has been busy with the conversion of various bits of a Miri Robertson/Klamath novel. You can read the intro here and the first bit here. To the best of my knowledge, he plans to get another bit up on the site tomorrow, Monday, March 19, so…watch the skies. Or at least, the webpage.
For those keeping score at home, the To-Do List now looks like this:
1. Turn in Necessity’s Child — March 31
2. Go to Meriden for Socks — April 1
3. Talk at Rockland, Maine Public Library — April 5 (6:30 p.m.)
4. ConQuesT — May 25-27
5. Turn in short story to Baen — July 1
6. Turn in Trade Secret — July 15
7. Figure out the Liaden audible lexicon
8. Convert Barnburner and Gunshy into ebooks
9. Feasibility study: remodel bathroom
Progress on Necessity’s Child (tbfkaG)
89,908/100,000 words OR 89.9%
A gadje woman with sleepy green eyes and long black hair leaned against the side wall, her arms crossed over her chest.
Winter Storm Warning, we have one!
Just in time for, yanno,
We could get anywhere from 1 inch to 15 inches of snow. Of, I expect, wet heavy snow. Everybody remember what that means for the power lines? Right. Power lines hates heavy snow; they especially hates heavy snow that brings trees and suchlike down across them. If I suddenly vanish from teh intertubes, you’ll know why.
I spent some time today putting up the guest story at Splinter Universe, an easy task made more difficult by the refusal of WordPress and PayPal embedding to play nicely with each other. However, all fix now, and!
So, let’s see.
We’ve decided to try something new at Splinter Universe — guest stories! The first of these goes up tomorrow — “Somewhere, a Sea,” by Bud Sparhawk.
For those interested in memory, its function, and the permanence of our recollections, here’s an interesting — and frightening — article. Many thanks to Friend of Liad Mickie for bringing it to my attention.
I have completely shut down my “account” at Google Circles, or Plus, or whatevertheheck it’s called. It appears that whenever someone mentions me in a conversation, I’m immediately made aware of, and have access to, the entire conversation, which is an. . .intimacy that I do not desire. Since I never actually “got” Google Whateveritis anyhow, this is no hardship for me. For those who have encircled or plussed me — I apologize in advance for any difficulty this action of mine may have caused you.
The French Government has decided to digitize all works of the 20th century that are no longer in print. If you, the author (or illustrator, or publisher) object to this high-handed snatching of your property, you have six months to protest and show good cause why the Government shouldn’t just take what it wants, or your work is forever in the database and available for free. Read all about it here
Today here in East Winslow, it is sunny and bright. This is the lull before the snowstorm, due to strike somewhen on the overnight, and continue into tomorrow which is, coincidentally, Mozart’s birthday, who approves of the whole March Lion thing, as long as he, personally, doesn’t have to roar.
The weatherbeans are calling for minus 1F (-18C) tonight, which I think is as cold as it’s been all winter. Fierce wind blowing, too.
*cue WC Fields*
So, the redlining is over. Tomorrow, I need to make the changes in the manuscript. I did take a slightly wrong turn at the very end of the pages I have written, so I’ll be fixing that, and then zooming on toward the finish line.
In other news, The Galveston Daily News reviews Carousel Tides, and Steve is proposing a fun new project for Splinter Universe. His Facebook post is reproduced below, for those who don’t FB:
Coming attractions …
I have, these last few days, been going over a curiosity we may be sharing on Splinter Universe starting in a day or two — and possibly stretching out over a couple weeks.
To explain –
We’ve discovered some old “exercises” of mine that grew into a number of strands of a story that never quite got finished, and for good cause. If I recall the period properly I’d been working on this when my job got crazy and I’d ended up working 10 to 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for some months. That ended when I had back problems so bad I spent over a week flat on my back with muscle relaxants making motion possible ….
And what I was fiddling with was Miri, and Ichliad Brunner, and Klamath. The pages we have are, alas, not exactly numbered — and there were tries and retries, and angles. At this distance I can’t recall which were first and second ….
So my idea is that I’ll scan the apparent strands in, one by one, and post the strands on Splinter Universe, and we can all take a look (perhaps you more than me since I also have Jethri on the line) and see if we can work out what might have been the proper story line … and who knows, maybe we’ll see if something more should be done with what’s there, given that, in effect, we’ve already finished some of the story through the joys of Misfits.
If you want to know what a work in progress can look like from the wrong side of the lens, this will be your chance, assuming anyone is interested.
How say ye?
Everybody stay warm.
Fasting blood test this morning, what fun. The whole panel, because it’s been, ahem. A While. After, it was Tim Horton’s for a medium mocha (food groups: caffeine, whipped cream, and chocolate), with an asiago/tomato bagel which was delicious, for me, and an apple fritter for Steve, which I understand suffered somewhat from a lack of actual apple.
Back home, I bought new thermal curtains for the living room. They were on sale, knocked down by $60, plus I had a $20 coupon and! there was a free-shipping promo. Yes, I am Mighty.
The Weather Beans tell me that it’s supposed to commence in to snowing this evening and continue that activity through tomorrow, leaving us with a nice overlay of about 14 inches of frozen precipitation by the time it gets gone, sometime on Wednesday night.
I guess I’d better charge The Leewit and the phone.
Oh! And we have Something Interesting going on in the background. I can’t say more yet. In fact, I may already have said too much, but! As soon as I can Tell All, you can bet that I will.
For today, I have my work cut out for me. The Dragon Ship revisions continue apace. So far, in my quest to tighten and clean, I’ve taken away a total of 220 words. Call me Rolanni the Hun.
In a few minutes, I’ll start marking down echapbooks for Pinbeam Books Big! Holiday! Sale! (I also have to convert Master Walk into Smashspeak, which for some reason I had never done. Loss of nerve, I’m guessing.) In any case! Watch this space for details of the sale, and remember! eBooks make wonderful gifts.
While I’m on the subject of electrik stories, I did want to most sincerely thank everyone who has donated to the Splinter Universe project since. . .well, since it started, and especially over the last week. The discussion of cash-streams hadn’t been intended as a call to action, but, what can I say? We have the best readers in the world.
Thank you all.