rolanni: (drosselmeyer)
Another gray day. Steve went into the city to take on supplies, notably light bulbs -- appropriate to a festival of light. I stayed at home, did the dishes, and started the laundry. The rest of the morning was spent rectifying the description of a common event from the POVs of the two characters involved, both of whom are telling the truth, though one is trying to spin for sympathy. This is not as easy as you might think, and gives me a whole new appreciation for investigative police work.

Now back at it, having broken for lunch with Steve, who is returned from the Outer Grayness.

I thought I might suggest some Sherlock Holmes action tonight at the local movie theater, but not with the forecast including: Freezing rain and sleet likely in the evening...then occasional rain and freezing rain after midnight. Sleet accumulation up to 1 inch. Near steady temperature in the lower 30s. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation near 100 percent. ...which translates handily into "Not a fit night out for man nor beast."

Perhaps we'll have one of the Netflix movies instead.

Everybody stay warm -- or cool, as geography dictates.
rolanni: (carousel1)
Asyouknowbob, I'm revising Carousel Tides, due at Baen on September 1. The work is going slower than I like, and I feel like I'm getting in my own way more than usual.

There are a couple things feeding into this. A big one is -- the book is cold. By Which I Mean That -- it was written during 2006, partly as a displacement activity (2006 kinda sucked) and partly because I had been wanting to write this novel for years and hadn't had the time. So, I made the time, and Hey, Presto! a book.

Off it went to Madame the Agent, who allowed as how she could represent it, and started sending it around to get rejected, which it did, multiple times. In the meantime, Meisha Merlin officially melted, I captured the day-job, we wrote Fledgling, "Misfits", Duainfey, Saltation, Longeye, Mouse and Dragon, and a half-dozen or so short stories -- lotsa water under the creative bridge, right? And not much of it flowing by way of Archers Beach.

So, it's taking me longer than (I feel like) it should to get back into the world of Kate and Borgan and the trenvay, not to mention the Fantasy Menagerie Carousel.

Now, the book does need revision. It's not a bad book; in fact, I quite like it. But reading it, forcing Steve to read it, and talking it over with him, reveals that there are several things that can be improved, except -- the book is cold, and I'm afraid of my own power. I can change this, but ought I to? So, I dither, and doubt, and vacuum the house, and the work is taking longer than it should.

Sigh.

Landed!

Friday, November 16th, 2007 05:00 pm
rolanni: (dragon)
Two copies of the Ace edition of Crystal Dragon, slightly the worse for the mail carrier's pre-season warm-up.

But! It's a book!
rolanni: (agatha&clank)
The hurricane passed by yesterday afternoon and evening, on its way to Nova Scotia. Impressive amount of wind throwing rain like trebuchet loads of pebbles at the windows. We weathered it warm, dry, with lights unflinching (well, OK, they flinched a little bit -- but you would have, too).

We did the thrice-damned Thing with the clock, so of course I woke up at "4:30" this morning, and will be exhausted by "9:30" this evening. Can we please just choose one time system and stick with it?

Didn't think so.

The Last Burst to get Duainfey outta here corresponded with a burst at the day-job, the combination of which did my wrists no good at all. I tried to ease off as much as a I could, only to notice on Friday that the pain in my right wrist was not the usual toothachy pain of (mere) tendonitis, but a hard pull on the palm side of the wrist, which is Much Scarier. Get thee behind me, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome! I need to get cracking on Longeye, which is still due in March-at-the-latest, the day-job workload isn't looking like easing off any time soon, and neither of those is negotiable.

Lest you think us sluggard, we've signed a bazillion books this weekend, enough to cover the rest of the Liaden Universe(R) Companion Volume Two orders that still need to be mailed. We did go out for breakfast yesterday morning at the South End Cafe -- mmmm, strawberry crepes -- before the rain hit, and drove out to Unity under a gray and busy sky.

Today, we'll take some time off to do an interview in Second Life:

Meet the Authors Steve Miller and Sharon Lee
Sat Nov 03 19:35:19 2007

Sci fi writers Steve Miller and Sharon Lee will be on the Meet the Author show at 2pm SLT today (Pacific time, Sunday) to discuss their fiction and their experience on SL. They're well known on SL as Elan Neruda and Kit Wright Jimenez and fans of their stories about the Liaden Universe enjoy their Chatrez sim.

See them in Cookie Town Center at 2pm where they will be interviewed and take questions from the audience. This event will be broadcast by SLCN TV on www.slcn.tv so come along and be filmed.


...then back to bidness as usual. Perhaps I'll recover the top of the worktable today...
rolanni: (dragon)
SRM Publisher is proud to announce the title of the 2007 Yule Chapbook. That would be Dragon Tide. The chapbook will contain two original short stories, "Daughter of Dragons," contiguous with the Agent of Change sequence. The other story, which is still awaiting a title, is set within the Crystal timeline.

Pre-orders are now open! Simply go to the Dragon Tide pre-order page. While you're there, you might want to check out the other SRM offerings. It's never too early to buy Yule presents.

For those who have iron control and have not be over to the Fledgling site since Chapter 31 was posted, on October 8 -- the authors have declared a draft. Yes, we do know that there are things that need to be fixed, threads left dangling, and subplots that are unresolved. We'll deal with it. However, second drafts are not for the squeamish, so we will be performing the necessary surgery and repair in private. The current projection is for a trade paperback of the finished novel to be mailed to qualifying subscribers next autumn.

In the meantime -- yes, we do plan to finish the story out. Watch for an announcement of a new serialized novel continuing the Life and Times of Theo Waitley, early next year.

Other writing news...Sometime this week, the mailman brought us three copies of the Russian edition of Balance of Trade, which was pleasant. The accompanying note explaining how we weren't going to be getting our on-pub money wasn't so pleasant, but -- hey! Russian edition = 'way cool.

I note that Fictionwise now has available nine out of a possible ten Sharon Lee titles. Download, read, enjoy! Heck, vote, if the mood is on you.

The rest of the weekend involves finishing up the last pass through Duainfey, after which it will be zapped over to the good folks at Baen, leaving me free! to begin writing Longeye.

Speaking of Baen: candles, prayers, and good thoughts, please, for Hank Reinhardt, Toni Weisskopf's husband, who is in the hospital and doing very poorly.

Weekend's End

Sunday, September 16th, 2007 07:29 pm
rolanni: (Caution: Writing Ahead)
I did not finish the first draft of Duainfey this weekend. This was the timetable outlined in the Master Plan. See? Here it is, right here: Finish first draft DUAINFEY Sept. 15 Why is that characters never pay attention to the Master Plan? Indeed, a hint that there might actually be a Master Plan seems to bring out the mischief maker in even the most retiring of characters. Argh.

Things that I did which were not finishing the draft included proofing the novels and stories that will be going up at Fictionwise RSN, paying bills, watching The Thief of Baghdad (which won three academy awards, back in the day. Ahem. Wow.), answering some of the email on which I am months behind (mea culpa, mea culpa -- you know who you are), scrubbling cat belly (but not enough), eating, and sleeping.

Tomorrow is Monday. Where do I go to negotiate a two-day work-week and a five-day writing week?

Progress on Duainfey

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Saturday, August 11th, 2007 06:46 pm
rolanni: (lit'rary moon)
It's been a busy couple of days here in the northland. First, may I just say that, between [personal profile] kinzel  and I, we have seen quite enough of hospitals, doctors, and health technicians? We're caught right up and really don't need to see any more for, oh, the next couple of years. 'k? Thanks.

On Thursday, thanks to the recent number of Torrential Downpours(tm) we've experienced here in Central Maine, I removed the cardboard temporary plate from my car, rewrote the (now invisible) tag number, code and dates with waterproof Sharpie (which is exactly what the woman at DMV used, but there's only so much scuba time in even the best waterproof Sharpie), covered the whole thing in plastic wrap and screwed it back in place. I told [personal profile] kinzel  that this would insure the speedy arrival of the metal plates, and, sure enough, they were in Friday's mail. Had I only known, we could've gotten this over with weeks ago.

In addition to the Excitement of license!plates!, Friday also brought a drive out to Belfast to meet [personal profile] kinzel 's brother and his wife for an early lunch and family catch up. It was good to see them looking relaxed and tanned and comfortable, and I hope the trip back down south was more of the same.

Today's mail brought even!more! contracts for German editions -- these for Plan B and I Dare. We signed and initialed and got everything into an envelope so that it can go speeding back to New York on Monday.

In between all of the above, I have made copious notes and sketched in future scenes for Duainfey. This is, let me tell you, Something of a Relief. I thought I was never going to hit critical mass on this book. With luck and a tailwind, I'll be done the first draft by the end of August and have all of September to do the second/final. I love it when a plan comes together.

Progress on Duainfey

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Today's Special:
The rock was warm and slick against his skin, the salt breeze sharp as a slap on the cheek. Below, the sea assaulted the shore, its black surface picked out in the pale reflections of stars.

Back to work

Monday, July 9th, 2007 08:40 pm
rolanni: (Duainfey)
Well, that was a longer break than I wanted or needed. I think that's three unexpected and time-consuming events over and done with, though, so we ought to be set for a while again.

Today's mail brought the countersigned contract for a mixed bag of Sharon Lee titles, coming soon to a Fictionwise near you. I need to do some converting, formatting and whatnot in my abundant free time. Watch this space for news of availability.

Took my new car in for a safety check this morning after gym, just to, yanno, be sure. Everything's gomecki, though I did receive distant early warning of a brake job that will probably need doing in the next 10,000 miles or so. Since the reason for this car's inclusion in our small family is to transport Rolanni to and from work, a total of 24 miles a day, five days a week, with maybe some short side-trips to the grocery store, 10,000 miles is a good few months of motoring.

Maine DOT still hasn't received the registration information from my town office -- they advise me to check back in 30-60 days. Maine DOT is the entity from which I must obtain my vanity plates, but they won't fork over unless they have a record of the car from the town. The car was registered with the town last Monday, the data duly entered into a computer. Help me out, here, it takes thirty days to upload the transactions from the town office to the Big DOT Computer in Augusta?

What an age we live in.

It rained all day here, which was good; and [livejournal.com profile] kinzel and I let Mozart talk us into having a nap. Which was also good.


Progress on Duainfey
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Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, July 6th, 2007 03:32 pm
rolanni: (Dr. Teeth)
Liaden Universe® novella "Misfits" (aka The Story of the Weatherman and What Became of Him) has been turned in to Jim Baen's Universe and accepted by Eric "Lightnin'" Flint for publication in the December issue.

Edited to add: Thanks to an alert reader on Baen's Bar, I learn that the first half of "Misfits" is available here. There is no charge to read this; you do not need to register. You do, however, have to wait until December to get the rest of the story. Fair warning.


Somewhat closer to hand, and if all goes well, the Liaden Universe® Big Bang will be coming to Baen Webscriptions on July 15. This collection will include the contents of every SRM Adventures in the Liaden Universe® chapbook, from Two Tales of Korval straight through Allies.

As reported elsewhere [livejournal.com profile] kinzel will regrettably -- and regretfully -- not be attending NASFiC. Though we've cleared some of the stuff off of an abruptly crowded deck, we're still in something of a deadline crush. Next year, in Denver!

And, having deposited SRM orders at the post office, driven to Augusta to leave work with the printer, and returned home via the grocery store -- it's time for me to get to work.

Working at home

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007 08:13 pm
rolanni: (Duainfey)
I'm sure I did stuff -- even necessary stuff -- today. What it was is left as an exercise to the student.

For those who have not seen it elsewhere, please be aware of the following:

Dear Friends, Readers and All the Ships at Sea.

We are sorry to report that there will be no new chapter of Fledgling Monday coming, June 25. Anyone who has ever been a freelancer or a consultant or a temp office worker knows Murphy's Law of the Conservation of Employment: Those who have no work will get less; those who have too much work will get more.

Recently, we got more work, and while this isn't a bad thing -- indeed, will eventually be a Good Thing -- there is a short deadline involved.

So, necessity dictates that we put our attention on the short deadline, clear it off the deck (and get the payment process started), then return to our Regularly Scheduled Projects.

We apologize for the delay, and thank you for your patience.

Fledgling will resume at noon EDT, Monday, July 2, 2007.


Sharon and Steve


Progress on Duainfey

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17,125 / 100,000
(17.1%)

Words and Whatnot

Monday, June 18th, 2007 08:04 pm
rolanni: (Duainfey)
Perhaps the Grant Receiving Agency is terminally confused, after all. Certainly, it's possible.

Words-in-a-row have been committed in the service of Duainfey; and a contract arrived via email. Nice symmetry there.


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We have news!

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007 03:57 pm
rolanni: (Phoenix from Little Shinies)
As reported by [livejournal.com profile] kinzel, due to popular demand, and with the assistance of Toni Weisskopf and [livejournal.com profile] arcaedia, we have in-house, awaiting signatures, a contract for the Liaden Universe® short stories to be published electronically by Webscriptions.

The Writing Life

Sunday, April 29th, 2007 07:23 pm
rolanni: (Mozart)
Well, I had hoped to finish Chapter Fifteen of Fledgling today, but my hands decided otherwise. This is a Very Full Chapter, and my last for a while as Lead Writer. Once Chapter Fifteen, which is officially The End of the Beginning, is in the can, the Baton (actually, it's a purple six-sided die with Emerald Casino, Surebleak Port engraved across the sixth face) passes to [livejournal.com profile] kinzel. While he's leading the excursion into the second third of the book, I'll lying on the couch, eating chocolates, drinking champagne, and blocking in Duainfey.

Earlier today, we were interviewed by our own [livejournal.com profile] robotech_master for his Biblio File show, which was fun. If you missed the interview, you can listen to it here

Mozart has been very clingy and needy today, sticking right with me, and climbing on my lap at every chance. I think he may not have slept well. Certainly, if my repeating dream about the jaguar loose on the campus where I work was shared out of Mozart dreamspace, I can understand feeling a little anxious.

It rained today, and more of the same on call for tomorrow. Me, I think I'll go rest my hands.
rolanni: (And what army?)
Dear Friends of Liad and all the ships at sea --

We're now free to Name the Bad Thing.

the unsigned note below can be found on the Meisha Merlin website, if you happen to run a browser that plays nice with their *^&&!!* marquee.

* * * * * *

LATEST NEWS:

Dear Fans,

I am sorry to say that due to major distribution problems Meisha
Merlin Publishing, Inc. will be closing their doors in May 2007. Both
Kevin and I along with the entire staff here at Meisha Merlin want to
thank all our fans, customers, authors, & artist for your support
over the past eleven years. We are sorry to have to do this, but
events beyond our control have forced us to make this decision.


ATTN: For those of you who have purchased The Virginia Edition. The
Robert A. & Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust has worked out an agreement
to continue publishing The Virginia Edition. You can expect a letter
from them within the very near future & volume seven will be arriving
to you in late May or early June.


* * * * * *


Most of you knew this or suspected...

Name that Planet!

Monday, April 23rd, 2007 12:09 pm
rolanni: (drosselmeyer)
This is your chance to contribute to a work in progress! All you have to do is name the planet to which the jenos Beltaire relocated after its patriarch removed it from the pelinTrayle phulon. The contest is open until 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time today, Monday, April 23, 2007.

Knock yourselves out. The creator of the winning name will be credited in Chapter Fourteen of Fledgling
rolanni: (Caution: Writing Ahead)
Caution: Contains Candid, Nekkid Shots of the Sordid Underside of Publishing. Not for the faint of heart.

Several folks have asked after the best venue for buying Lee and Miller books in These Uncertain Times(tm).

As we are ...unlikely... to ever see royalties from bookstore sales of Meisha Merlin books, and since we have this Big Pile of Books in the basement, we'd ask that folks please consider buying from us first. If you want the money from your purchase to support and encourage the authors, this is the Numero Uno Very Best Way to be sure this happens.

Next best venues are the independent bookstores*. While money spent there will, as above, likely not trickle down to the authors, you will be benefiting and supporting the store -- which is A Good Thing.

Note: The above is relevant to Meisha Merlin editions ONLY. By all means feel free to purchase electronic copies via Baen Webscriptions and mass market editions from Ace.

*Independent Bookstores we know and love:

Uncle Hugo's
University Bookstore
Pandemonium Books
Missing Volume
Borderlands
Dream Haven
Flights of Fantasy
All of the above folks do mail order and take want lists
rolanni: (carousel1)
I see a bunch of new names in the f'list. Step up and introduce yourself if you like -- but in any case, welcome!

Those who have been playing along at home will note that [livejournal.com profile] kinzel has returned safe and sound from the Lightning Trip to Atlanta, bringing with him a large number of Lee and Miller books. While the Road Trip Special is now closed, there are still books to be had! A comprehensive list will appear pretty soon at a website near you. In the meantime, if you're in need of a Liaden Universe(R) book, drop me a note; we might just be able to help you out.

Speaking of books, [livejournal.com profile] kinzel, in his hat as SRM Publisher, Ltd., has acquired about 50 copies of the Meisha Merlin trade paperback edition of Hellspark. This is one of our favorite books, possibly the only book (besides ours) of which we own multiple copies, so that we don't have to fight over who gets to reread it. Linguistics, mystery, culture clash, first contact, AI -- oh, it's marvelous! If you haven't read it, you must! Really. Yes, I mean right now.

In other news, it has stopped raining, and the wind has died down to nothing more than a mellow breeze. The ocean basically chewed up and spat out Camp Ellis and Ferry Beach; other coastal towns are still assessing damages. I'm particularly sorry for the loss of Camp Ellis -- an interesting if ramshackle town situated suicidally in the very teeth of the ocean. Every time a nor'easter hit, Camp Ellis took it on the chin. This time, while the camp was still reeling from losses sustained on St. Patrick's Day, the ocean took streets, homes, cars; picked up the non-trivial boulders that made up the sea wall and bounced them around like basketballs. Sigh. You can only give the finger to the Storm Ghod for so long... I hope the Multitude of Black Cats got safely to higher ground.
------

*Once By The Ocean
Robert Frost

The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in,
And thought of doing something to the shore
That water never did to land before.
The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.
You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
The cliff in being backed by continent;
It looked as if a night of dark intent
Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
Someone had better be prepared for rage.
There would be more than ocean-water broken
Before God's last Put out the light was spoken.
rolanni: (Patience)
Sigh.

The Bad Thing has Happened.

No, let me phrase that more accurately: We have now been Officially Notified that the Bad Thing has Happened. I still can't talk about it, but I suspect it will start hitting the airwaves pretty soon from other sources.

On the subject of Good Things, of which there haven't been nearly enough of late, I see that Baen will be publishing Pat Hodgell's books detailing the life and times of Jame Priest's-Bane as Webscriptions on April 15, which is Tax Day in all of the country except in Massachusetts and Maine, where it is Patriots' Day. No, the other ones. If you have somehow missed Pat's work, you owe it to yourself to snap these up.


In another part of the forest, and despite many assertions in several public venues, including our own dern newsletter, that Web of the Trident has been indefinitely delayed, has not been printed, does not exist, damn it!, at least one guy who knew better went off and "bought" it from an online bookseller who did not sell in good faith, because I'd written to them myself with the news. That'll show me, oh yes it will. Quite a number of things.

What I can't figure out is why somebody would assume that I was lying about this. If the book existed, you betcha I'd be telling people to buy it early and often. In fact, I have a lengthy record of announcing when my books are available for sale and keeping on about til the cows come home. What on earth would I have to gain by insisting that a published book doesn't exist? Why, oh, why would someone believe an Amazon.com listing over one of the authors?

It is, to be sure, A Mystery.


Those who don't take [livejournal.com profile] theo_waitley may have missed the announcement that new rules for donations have been posted on the Fledgling index page.

The short form is that we will continue to post chapters-to-donation through Chapter 36 (the project is now funded through Chapter 32). After Chapter 36 has been funded, we the auctors will guarantee the publication of the rest of the draft, no matter how many chapters it runs. Those who wish to donate after that point of course may, and the auctors (but not their cats) will be very grateful.


Speaking of Fledgling, Chapter Twelve has been wrestled from the hands of Daav yos'Phelium and sent over to [livejournal.com profile] kinzel for tweakage and or rewrites, as necessary. As soon as I've finished here, I'll get a start on Chapter Thirteen.

[livejournal.com profile] kinzel and I have a movie date this evening. Hmm. The Illusionist or Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Decisions, decisions...

Look! Up in the sky!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007 08:13 pm
rolanni: (drosselmeyer)
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are pleased to announce that our agent, Jennifer Jackson, has sold DUAINFEY, a romantic fantasy, in which a young human girl is enslaved by a Fae lord in an attempt to challenge the Fae Queen, plus a sequel, to Toni Weisskopf at Baen Books.

No word on publication dates as yet.
rolanni: (shigure)
...with apologies to [livejournal.com profile] matociquala for the continued abuse of her name


Yesterday, nothing was resolved -- even something that we had been assured would be resolved (for some value &c) by Thursday. This being the Most, um, Exciting thing hanging fire, there was much disappointment, not to mention disarray, in the halls of the Confusion Factory.

All that being so, last night [livejournal.com profile] kinzel picked me up from work and, in accordance with my Evil Plan, drove us to the ocean. We walked the beach until the coolth and the breeze became more than even fanatical saltwater and sand folken were willing to deal with, and back home we came, to partake of the cheesy spicy chicken [livejournal.com profile] kinzel had forethoughtfully prepared, and to talk until 'way too late, over what was probably one too many glasses of wine.

This morning, we were up earlyish to take Mozart down to the spa to (alas) have him shaved. He is now a wonder of mat-free softness, and very glad to be home where there are no crazy ladies with mat knives and electric shavers.

While Mozart was enjoying this Just for Him time, we had a couple of omelet sandwiches at the truck stop Subway, drove out to the PO Box (no, the Thursday-news has not yet arrived), and window-shopped some used Subarus at the local used Subaru place. It's become apparent that we absolutely do need a second car, but how we're to arrive at one is a Mystery. I fear that we shall have to Be Creative.

It's funny, I'd always thought -- foolishly, as it now seems -- that in my mid-fifties I would no longer be obliged to live by my wits. Why I thought that escapes me at the moment; perhaps a dream of a deserved and privileged prosperity in old age left over from a blue collar childhood. Ah, well.

After a well-deserved nap, I'm actually working -- and will now fall to again, having had this short and pleasant break.

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