rolanni: (kitty!)

Unrestful sleep full of the horrors of free hotel breakfasts (is it me or is there less and less food at free hotel breakfasts?  Some of them have a big crockpot of oatmeal, and that's fine; I can get by on a bowl of oatmeal.  But others. . .Gah.  Picky eater is picky.), interleaved with a roll call of absent friends.  Not sure who elected these the topics of the evening, but the result is a head full of sticky thoughts this morning.

Well.  There's more coffee where this cup came from.

So, today's to-do list:

  1.  Drink more coffee
  2. Edit last night's pages
  3. Edit Due Diligence
  4. Write teaser copy for Due Diligence
  5. Write more words for Fifth of Five
  6. Consider questions to put to the panelists of Writing the Series (How do you plan out a multi-books series?  Well, there's one question right there -- free from Programming.).
  7. Print out Characterization Rant and practice on Belle (don't laugh; Belle's a tough audience.  For one thing, she doesn't care about writing or characters.).  Belle's busy right now; she'll get back to me when her schedule's clear.
  8. Enpurple hair
  9. Meditate

. . .that's enough.

Today's blog post brought to you by War, "Low Rider."  Here's your link.

Oh.  Yesterday, I did build a cover for Due Diligence.  Have a look:



"That's an extra-size lot of respectability you're wanting," he pointed out.  "I did say we're a House full of scoundrels."

"You did.  But I've no objection to scoundrels, being one myself."

Wednesday To-Do List

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 10:25 am
rolanni: (Coffee with Rolanni)

  1. Do dishes

  2. Clean cat fountain

  3. Clean bathroom

  4. Print out section to be hand-edited

  5. Prep Number Ten Ox and load thumb drive with working files

  6. Pack

  7. Explain the schedule for the next few days to Trooper and Scrabble (also to Belle and Sprite, who will immediately forget all about it, and start to panic about elevensies on Thursday, whereupon Trooper or Scrabble will have to talk them down and Review)

Steve and I will be handing the Keys to the Cat Farm to the housesitter early tomorrow morning, after which, we'll be getting on the road to Providence, and the Rhode Island Comic Con.  Since this convention doesn't have a literature track, we will not be doing any panels, or readings, but we will be at the Wordfire Press booth in the Dealer's Room at Booth 124, signing books and creating mischief.

Everybody stay safe.

the-brown-chair-october-31-2016

Monday to-do

Monday, November 2nd, 2015 08:27 am
rolanni: (The Dragon in Exile)

A.  Go into town, hit the grocery, the post office, and maybe Juliet's bakery, because I'm outta cranberry/walnut cookies and I don't have time to bake today.  There, I knew I could come up with a good reason.

B. Finish the laundry.  Honest to ghu, who wears all these clothes?  *glares at Princess Jasmine Sprite*

C. Finish Interview One and send it on.  Stare at Interview Two for half-an-hour; put it aside to think about.

D.  The Gathering Edge -- move forward with the mmmmf and mmmfng thread.  A Theme seems to be emerging across the threads; always a Heady Moment.   The manuscript in all its threadiness now stands at 46,025 words.

E.  Finish reading my book.  I only have 30 more pages to go, and while I want to know what happens, the viewpoint is plucking my nerves.  Granted, the viewpoint is plucking her nerves, too, so at least we're on the same wave length.

F.  Review what we're voting on tomorrow.  Tomorrow is Election Day.  Pffft.

So!  What's on your to-do list for this damp and grey Monday?

Acorn Art Messalonskee Lake Oct 21 2015

rolanni: (The Dragon in Exile)

So, yesterday, I submitted the epub edition of Writing Neep to Smashwords, as planned.  Probably predictably Smashwords fussed that the cover was too small, so I had to upload a bigger image. Then it told me the book was published, but I couldn't find it in my dashboard, so this morning, I re-re-uploaded the book, and it is now showing on the dashboard, as published and pending review.

So, yay, right?

Wrong.

Yesterday, a friend reminded me that Smashwords, in addition to all of the rest of its annoyances, large and small, requires that Certain Particular Holy Words be placed on the copyright page, something like "This is a Certified Smashwords Edition," or...something.  Which brands the book as coming from the Smashwords Distribution Empire, and bully for them, but which also means that No Standard Copyright Page will satisfy them.  You cannot put the Holy Words on a page of their own, they must be in a particular place on the copyright page, and the words must be exact.

I had of course forgotten this, but what it means is that the book will not pass Real Human Vetting.

I am therefore calling it quits with Smashwords' storefront and distribution empire.  The books that are on Smashwords will stay there, but I will not be adding new books.  I'm sorry about that, because I, like some of you, like to have alternatives to pubbing to Kindle and Nook; OTOH, Smashwords and I simply can't reach an accommodation.

(Yes, I'm aware that millions of people every day pub to Smashwords and adore it.  I am not one of those people, and since I don't use Word, Smashwords' decision to base their entire conversion process on a bloated, buggy word processor works very much against me.)

So, that.

Last night, Steve and I watched "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" and had a good time with it.  This morning, we're doing catch-up with a variety of tasks, including getting Chapter Fourteen of Shan and Priscilla Ride Again ready to upload tomorrow, and doing some side-laundry.  I need to get with Sprite a little later and give her mane a trim under her chin where it wisps up into her mouth and gets made into little, soggy corkscrews of fur.

Also, the ribs still giving me back-chat, as they are, some careful stretching, and some time out in the comfy chair with The Golden Hawk, which I started yesterday.  My goodness, it does get on its bike and ride, doesn't it?  And, despite a few eye-rollers like the first mate wondering, given the notoriety of their ship and captain,  how the crew can expect to land at Xtown to satisfy their "manly needs," it's really very readable.  Mr. Yerby knew how to write sentences, so he did.

Monday sadly requires phone calls, and I've got to get to the bottom of this desk, which has become chaotic again, mostly with Mundane Matters.  I wonder if there's room in this house for a House Desk, so I can dedicate my desk to writing.  Too much to ask?  Yeah, probably so.

So!  Off to do battle with the to-do list.  I hope everyone has a restful Sunday afternoon.




Warrior Princess Jasmine Sprite reposing among her trophiesWarrior Princess Jasmine Sprite reposing among her trophies


rolanni: (The Dragon in Exile)

So, I girded up my electronic loins and went over to Bowker (https://www.myidentifiers.com/), to buy me some International Standard Book Numbers, and I found that (1) Bowker is having a Moon Landing Sale -- 10% off bulk orders of ISBNs  and (2) for the purpose of this sale, a block of 10 ISBNs qualifies as "bulk."  ISBNs are still stupidly expensive ($125 for ONE number?  C'mon, guys.), but a $29.50 discount for 10 is still, yanno 10%.

As part of this exercise, Bowker -- which has become Quite the Source for Self-Pubbing Services -- asked me to take a survey, which I did.

One of the questions on the survey was:  What is your primary reason for writing?

And the answers in the drop-down box were as follows:

1.  NONE
2.  I don't write; I'm a publisher
3.  Self-Expression
4.  Religious/Evangelical
5.  I want to be a professional author
6.  Lead generation for my business endeavors
7.  Advance self professionally/in my career/as a thought leader
8.  I am an academic professional
9.  It has always been my dream to write (because I love children *cough* sorry 'bout that.  SL)
10.  Hobby

Notice anything missing here?

It astonishes me that no one who buys ISBNs from Bowker writes primarily because they ARE a professional writer.  Just. . .wow.

The to-do list is winning; the health insurance has turned ugly again, and will require a call-back, but I made the first call, dammit, and I'm claiming it.

1.  Brush three cats
2.  Untangle banking glitch
3.  Make correx to ebook
4.  Try one more cover design for ebook
5.  Buy ISBNs (which I’ve been putting off; for some reason, cost of ISBNs is really bugging me)
6.  Call the health insurance company and fuss about the incorrect invoice
7.  There’s probably something else, but this’ll do to get me started

rolanni: (The Dragon in Exile)

So, yesterday. . .

Though it was better, it was obvious that the knee I'd fallen on last week was not progressing in the best way possible, so I bit the bullet and made an appointment with my doctor.  First appointment was late afternoon, so I downloaded Patty Briggs' Dead Heat as insurance that I would stay in the comfy chair until it was time to go, and so it came to pass.

The doctor agreed that matters might be moved along a bit more spritely, and prescribed a Brother to Penicillin.  I managed two pills (out of a possible four) yesterday, and this morning, the swelling is gone, the redness is gone, and much of the lingering pain is gone.  So -- yay!  Now, of course, I need to finish the course of the antibiotic, to Be Sure, but it was ever thus, with antibiotics.

On the positive side of medical news, the business with the Radiology Department last week, returns a negative, so I don't at this point in time appear to have cancer.  Also, yay!

Today's to-do list is a little busy -- this is what happens when you take An Entire Day in the comfy chair.

1.  Brush three cats
2.  Untangle banking glitch
3.  Make correx to ebook
4.  Try one more cover design for ebook
5.  Buy ISBNs (which I've been putting off; for some reason, cost of ISBNs is really bugging me)
6.  Call the health insurance company and fuss about the incorrect invoice
7.  There's probably something else, but this'll do to get me started

I hope everybody has a pleasant and fulfilling day.

Today's blog title brought to you by Mr. Glenn Frey, "The Heat is On."  Here's your link.

To-do, with Snow

Sunday, December 1st, 2013 09:33 am
rolanni: (Snow goddess)

If it's December in Maine, it must be snowing, right?

And it is!  Snowing, that is.  Accumulations of 1-3 inches, say the Weatherbeans, which is, yanno, more of a Practice Snow.

So, today, I have a to-do list, which I fear I will not accomplish fully, but it's good to have goals, right?

I will say that throwing One's "outline" away was the right thing to do; I'm now back up to 1,000 words a day, from a grind of 500 or less.  Realsoonnow, I need to get back on the 2,000+ word-a-day diet, but right now I'm just happy that the characters have come back from lunch break.  Also, I got to write a Very Cool Scene, so it's all good.

Steve and I braved the crowds yesterday to hit the grocery store, in anticipation of today's promised snow, and, while we were out, we visited TJ Maxx.  There we purchased an AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo clock radio, which will shortly be placed in the living room and, in beautiful theory, give the general household access to music, an access we lost when the last CD stereo blew out.  As much as we like music in this house, you'd've thought we would have done something about it before now, but apparently some things Take Time.

Anyway, today's task list looks kinda like this:

1. Write and publish InfoDump #103
2.  Address Yule cards
3Perform various Necessary Services for Felinekind
4.  Laundry
5Write the next scene
6. Update the side links at Eagles Over the Kennebec
7Dishes?  Nah, all of us know that ain't happening today Surprise!

Hope everybody had a lovely Thanksgiving/Thursday and a relaxing weekend.

* * *

Progress on One of Five
12,392/100,000 words OR 12.39% COMPLETED

"Shocking," Father murmured, his silver eyes half-closed. "But tell me how you will turn this sad situation to your hand."

Sunday To-Do

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 11:09 am
rolanni: (Snow goddess)

1. Shovel snow
2. Finish laundry
3. Proofread essay for Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern
4. Pay bills
5. Shovel snow
6. Send file to Toni
7. Cook dinner Steve cooking dinner
8. Shovel snow
9. Continue proofreading galleys Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume One
10. Do dishes
11. Stare out window and think about Carousel Seas
12. Prep for phone calls tomorrow
13. Shovel snow (opt.)

rolanni: (foxy)

So the turkey bones are busy making stock, and the laundry has been started.  Still on the to-do list, dishes! the reading of the manuscript! writing!  more laundry!

Yeah, it's a thrill a minute here at the Confusion Factory.

For you, though, there is excitement! and adventure! in the air!  There's an ARC of Necessity's Child, the newest Liaden Universe® novel (how new? you ask.  So new that it won't be published until February.  That's like, pre-new!) up for grabs, straight from the authors.  Hurry and enter, because the contest closes Wednesday at noon, Eastern Standard Time, U.S.

Edited to add:​  I should note that, since this is a standalone novel within the universe, this would make a great holiday present to That Certain Someone who you've been trying to hook on the Liaden books, but who just can't commit to reading 15 novels.

Contest rules here.

Saturday To-Do

Saturday, November 10th, 2012 11:32 am
rolanni: (Phoenix from Little Shinies)

1.  Dishes
2.  Laundry   STARTED.  This may take a while...
3.  What's with the cat fountain?  (Answer for the curious:  fur in the pump.  Ick.)
4.  Ahem -- story for Baen.  Rly.

Well, so, the short story.  The short story stands at just about 700 words.  It doesn't have a title yet, and it took its time getting here.  Days getting here.

I sat on the couch, coon cat to the left of me, coon cat to the right of me, pen and paper on my lap.  I glared at that pad of paper, which is the time-honored process by which words, characters, and plots are conjured.

I sketched out five concepts -- not the way I like to do things; I prefer to noodle around in my head until somebody comes along and tells me a story.  However, I don't always get my druthers, and there's a deadline involved, which is, in the way of deadlines, intricately and ineluctably entwined with manymany other deadlines, so forward motion was necessary, realsoonnow.

As with so many other things, feeling under the gun is not the best way to get things done, and I was just about to throw in the towel, admit I'd forgotten how to write and go drown my sorrows in a re-re-re-re-&c-viewing of Earth Girls Are Easy, when. . .

Niku showed up, late, and full of himself.  I have a feeling that these may be defining traits.  In any case, I was very pleased to see him, and immediately opened a file, writing 700 words in, like, 20 minutes, so I guess I haven't forgotten how to write, after all.

What a difference a character makes. . .

rolanni: (Caution: Writing Ahead)

1.   Sign 1500 pages; mail to Baen no later than October 18 (in process)

2.  October 30:  Essay due at BenBella (in process)

3.  October 19 and 20:  Bangor Book Festival

4.  Somewhere Novemberish at a guess:  proof Necessity's Child galleys

5. December 10:  Short story due at Baen

6.  Talk about words with Necessity's Child narrator (which will be easy and fun and probably take no time at all, in the cosmic order of things)

6.  February 15, 2013:  Carousel Sun due at Baen (in process)

7.  February 15-17:  Boskone

8.   May 15:  Carousel Seas due at Baen

9.  July 15:  First of Five (working title) due at Baen

...the above, of course, only elucidates professional obligations.  It's sorta refreshing not to see "do laundry,"  "vacuum," "wash dishes," "do taxes," "get house ready to sell," and the like on the list.  On the other hand, it's not looking like there's a lot of room for frivolities in that schedule.  Maybe it's time to trade in the cabana boy for a wife.

rolanni: (from LAG)

Trying to get this all in one place...

1.  September 30:  Start reading A Night in the Lonesome October.  Do you know where your hellhound is?

2. October 4:  Triumphant return from Temp Headquarters

3.  Sign 1500 sheets of paper; mail to Baen no later than October 18

4.  October 30:  Essay due at BenBella

5.  November 6:  VOTE

6. December 10:  Short story due at Baen

7.  February 15:  Carousel Sun due at Baen

8.   May 15:  Carousel Sea due at Baen

9.  July 15:  First of Five (oh, isn't that fortuitous?) due at Baen

...and, yanno, Life and stuff.

Well.  That ought to keep me off the streets, if not precisely out of trouble...

rolanni: (1995)

Today’s slightly less complex to-do list:

1. Make ice tea
2. Await the arrival of the contractor
3. Edit and polish “Emancipated Child”
4. Work with Thera Cane (ouch!)
5. Chat with narrator of the Space Regency sequence, and pronounce words
6. Glare at proposal file

rolanni: (flittermouse)

1.  Read Dragon Ship page proofs
2. Finish polishing “Landed Alien” and submit
3. Welcome workman into house 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning
4. Vote before 3 Above
5. WERU interview, Blue Hill, Thursday
6. Finish polishing “Emancipated Child”
7. Get proposals finalized
8. Go to gym three times; I really mean it
9. Do some work
10. Hold self ready to read words to narrators

…to be perfectly fair, it’s a gorgeous day to sit outside on the deck and read…




Originally published at Sharon Lee, Writer. You can comment here or there.
rolanni: (flittermouse)

Upcoming Travel

Hey, we’re going places!

Realsoonnow, for instance, we’ll be in Kansas City for ConQuesT, along with fellow GoHs Ursula Vernon, Gardner Dozois, Tim Miller, and Toastmistress Susan Satterfield. Read all about it here, and hope to see you there Memorial Day Weekend.

On June 14, we’ll be in Blue Hill for an interview on the WERU Writers Forum, with Ellie O’Leary, but you’ll be able to listen in on that from the comfort of your very own computer

Then. . .we’ll be home, writing, like good writers, and possibly watching with interest and, on my part, at least, chortling glee as our bathroom is destroyed and resurrected.

Due to the grid-lock of a number of factors — see “bathroom,” above — we won’t be attending the Chicago WorldCon — y’all have a really good time; we’ll miss you!

The next convention we’ll likely attend is Boskone, in February 2013, though Steve might be off somewhere in September — watch this space for details.

Reminders

If you’d like a signed copy of the hardcover of Dragon Ship, which will be published in September, Uncle Hugo’s has been promised another 100 copies — so you don’t need to be shy about ordering here.

In case you missed it, there’s a very nice interview with us here

The Eternal To-Do List
(numbered for ease of viewing, not necessarily in order of urgency)

1. Sort through email and Deal with various bidness and webmistressly issues addressed therein
2. Finish transferring music onto various devices
3. Read, read, read
4. Schedule follow-up vet visit and rabies shot for Socks
5. Buy tire(s) for Binjali; re-inspect
6. Carousel Tides t-shirt
7. Turn in novel proposals (3) to Madame the Editor
8. ConQuesT — May 25-27
9. Record word lists first two books (at this point, we’re guessing the “first two books” are Agent of Change and Fledgling) — June 10 (approx)
10. Interview at WERU Writers Forum with Joan Clemens & Ellie O’Leary, June 14, 10 a.m.
11. June 15 — quarterly taxes due
12. July — Excise tax due — both vehicles
13. Turn in short story to Baen — July 1
14. Turn in Trade Secret — July 15
15. Prep and write Carousel Sun, and Carousel Seas, due early and mid 2013
16. Get Liaden Weird Word lists onto web
17. Stage Two feasibility study: bathroom remodel
18. September 4 – October 4 Lee on-site at Archers Beach
19. Ongoing — locate new site for Cat Farm and Confusion Factory.
20. Finalize 2013 travel, if any

Things to be done in-between the things to be done:
1. Autograph 1,000 pages
2. Proofread galleys: Ghost Ship mmp, Dragon Ship hardcover
3. Write new stories for Splinter Universe




Originally published at Sharon Lee, Writer. You can comment here or there.
rolanni: (So There)

So, that’s done.

No, don’t get all excited; what I mean to say is — “All righty, then!  I am now in a position to seriously take a red pen to the last hunnert-twenty-six pages of the manuscript.”  These pages still include two spots that read

* * *

HERE A MIRACLE OCCURS

* * *

. . .but we’re in overall good shape, by which I mean, on schedule to turn in the final manuscript on March 31.

Oh, I also need to write the Epilogue, but I can’t actually do that until I’ve really, seriously got everything in these last few pages nailed down flat.

In the office next door, Steve is chomping away at the revisions for Dragon Ship; behind me, Mozart is snoring in the corner by the file cabinet, and Scrabble is on bird-watch in the kitchen.

Bidness as usual here at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory.

For those keeping score at home, here is the present state of the To-Do List.

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.)
4Dragon Ship revisions due at Baen — April 15
5.  Turn in novel proposals (3) to Madame the Editor — April 23
6.  ConQuesT — May 25-27
7.  Interview at WERU Writers Forum with Joan Clemens & Ellie O’Leary, June 14, 10 a.m.
8.  Turn in short story to Baen — July 1
9.  Turn in Trade Secret — July 15
10.  Figure out the Liaden audible lexicon
11.  Convert Barnburner and Gunshy into ebooks
12.  Feasibility study:  remodel bathroom
13. Pie in the Sky: Vacation — Septemberish

Progress on Necessity’s Child (tbfkaG)
109,369/100,000 words OR 109% complete

“Your sister asserts that your tutor was not kind.  I wonder why she said so.”

. . .and as I finish this entry up and glance out the window. . .Yes, it is snowing. . .




Originally published at Sharon Lee, Writer. You can comment here or there.


rolanni: (Patience)

They tell me that it’s National Pi Day.  Happy 3.14159265… to everyone who celebrates!

I’ve been away for a bit, working on a novel, brawling on the internet — you know the drill.  I’m happy to report that we’re on the George home stretch.  I make it four more scenes and an epilog to be written, and all on-track for a hand-in by the end of the month.  So, that.

While I’ve been goofing off, Steve has been hard at work scanning, correcting and uploading bits of a novel about Miri Robertson and her adventures on Klamath.  The novel was never finished, and exists in various bits and starts.  The first bit — about 2400 words — and Steve’s introduction to the project and the times during which it was written, are over on Splinter Universe.  It’s our intention to update every Monday, until the y’all get bored, or the splinters run out.

While you’re over on Splinter Universe, check out Bud Sparhawk’s guest story, “Somewhere, A Sea“.  We’ll be hosting guest stories from time to time, to introduce you to writers you may not have encountered elsewhere.

For the drinkers among us, Fanboy Glass is now selling Tree-and-Dragon glasses and mugs.  Here’s the link

We still have several Super Exciting Things! pending, which I can’t talk about, because we’re waiting for paperwork and stuff.  Soon, they say…

In the meantime, the state of the To-Do List:

1.  Talk at The School of Science and Mathematics (aka The Limestone Magnet School), Limestone, Maine — March 16

2.  Turn in Necessity’s Child — March 31

3.  Go to Meriden for Socks — April 1

4.  Talk at Rockland, Maine Public Library — April 5

5.  ConQuesT — May 25-27

6.  Turn in short story to Baen — July 1

7.  Turn in Trade Secret — July 15

8.  Feasibility study:  remodel bathroom

Progress on Necessity’s Child (tbfkaG)
87,428/100,000 words OR 87%

“I’ll sleep better, for your prayers,” she said, which had the sound of set-piece, and then, before he could divine her intent, she leaned close and kissed his cheek.




Originally published at Sharon Lee, Writer. You can comment here or there.

rolanni: (sharontea)

Today’s to-do list is this:
1. Work on bookkeeping until lunch
2. Eat lunch
3. Do last editing pass through “Guaranteed Delivery”
4. Do dishes
5. Eat dinner
6. Read with Steve
7. Go to bed

Tomorrow — is my birthday, and I’m keeping away from anyplace that has a live television set, internet connection or anything else that will be broadcasting the Tenth Anniversary. Therefore, my plan:

1. Rise early, drive to Old Orchard Beach, with a selection of favorite CDs

2. Have breakfast at Michelle’s: no television; satellite rock ‘n roll station on the radio

3. Picnic lunch on the beach

4. Dinner at one of several possibilities, depending on where we happen to be when the bell sounds, none of which have television sets.

I hope that those who share my natal day will also be able to enjoy themselves as they wish, and good fortune to us all.

Everybody have a good weekend, ‘k? I’ll see you on Monday.




Originally published at Sharon Lee, Writer. You can comment here or there.

rolanni: (Nicky)

Still sick, but I got ‘em on the run. *eyes saltwater gargle wearily*

Because I slept all day yesterday, I did not fulfill my goal of completing the last of the workshop papers, nor did I dig a hole in the Cat Garden. Today, it’s raining, and Steve has respectfully — not to say, reasonably — suggested that we conduct a Proper Burial after our world travels are through. Below, therefore, a Revised To-Do List.

In case one has missed the announcement elsewhere, there is a teaser up at Splinter Universe for “Kin Ties,” which goes live — anyone?

Yes, excellent! “Kin Ties” goes live on Friday.

And, now, to work.

To-Do Before Leaving for Reno
1. Finish critiquing the submissions for our section of the WorldCon Writing Workshop: 1, 2, 3
2. Do prep for the panel I’m moderating
3. Make sure The Leewit has the latest edition of George on her SDcard, and the notes for “Guaranteed Delivery”
4. Write an essay with Steve. Must isolate a topic.
5. Have and recover from pre-departure panic attack
6. Pack, which includes “do laundry”
6a. Find all pertinent wires
7. Upload “Kin Ties” to Splinter Universe
8. Turn over keys, house, and felines to cat sitter




Originally published at Sharon Lee, Writer. You can comment here or there.
rolanni: (flittermouse)

Today, I did nothing I intended to do. Well. That’s not exactly true. I did add the bio pages to korval.com (you can see them here and also here). Steve made a new banner and I uploaded that, too.

I did a blog entry about the end of the world, again.

I answered some, though by no means all, of my overdue email.

I downloaded a buncha fairy tale books from Gutenberg for Paladin, and also bought him some newer books from BN.

I washed the dishes.

I screwed up my new glasses — definitely didn’t have that on the to-do list.

I did not, alas, finish up with the printing for WorldCon, or do any writing, other than bios, blogs, and email.

I think tomorrow will be a writing day, no matter how many Shiny! Things! have to be done.

And, to the kind folks who keep adding me to circles and things over on Google+ — I appreciate your attention, but don’t expect this bear to dance soon, if ever. I can’t for the life of me understand what it is that Google thinks I want with this Wonderful! New! Venue! and the whole circle things just, er, makes my head spin.

Whereby hangs a sort-of funny story, but. . .not this evening. This evening, I’m getting off of this infernal machine and joining my husband for lunch.

Hope everyone’s staying cool, and being sensible in the heat.




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