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  • Guess what just showed up on Amazon! The Mermaid's Madness is now available for pre-order, or for adding to wish lists. Woo hoo!

  • Today was my day to post at SF Novelists. Hop on over if you're curious about my thoughts on the ethics of promoting your friends. (I also promote three of my friends in this post -- you've been warned :-)

  • Penguicon Writing Workshop, because we've only gotten two submissions so far.

  • Wrote a scene yesterday. Original plan -- lots of chaos, and people getting killed while our heroines do their best to salvage the situation. Actual scene -- my heroines aren't freaking morons, and would take care to ensure that chaos and death are avoided. Driving home -- I must solve this by speeding up the timeline and not giving them time to take these steps. What a fun little process this writing is...

Deathwish, by Rob Thurman
Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy
Red Hood's Revenge


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Feb. 24th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
I really wish we were going to Penguicon. It would be amazing to have you and Cat rip out my heart in different ways. :)
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
It would be nice to see you guys again. And I'm definitely curious to see how Cat's style and mine mesh in a workshop setting :-)
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Hi Jim,

Yes, I noticed my next book HUNTING MEMORIES also magically appeared for "pre-order" on Amazon this morning.

I still don't know why that always feels so exciting . . . but it's sort of like the impending publication suddenly feels "real" (smiles).
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats! What's the release date on yours?

Yep, one more step toward being REAL books :-)
Feb. 24th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Hi Jim,

It's coming out the same day as your, October 6th. I can't wait. I'm pretty hard on my own stuff, and I like this book (smiles).

Are DAW and Roc part of the same parent company?
Feb. 24th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
I believe DAW, Roc, and Ace all fall under the Penguin umbrella, though I'm not sure of the precise details. I want to say DAW has a little more independence, being mostly run by Betsy and Sheila.

They're all at 375 Hudson St., though. antonstrout could probably give us the details.

This is going to be a good fall for books :-)
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
*leaves ten bucks under the second rock to the left of the old oak tree*
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, come on. You know I can't tell my right from my left!
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
::eyes you carefully::

Happy release day!
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
*eyes tomb raider icon carefully*

the rest is hazy...
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
When I pimped out your book I left the icon just for you. I know you like it. I usually carry out that business with a different one.
Feb. 24th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Hey Anton -- there's a comment question right above this one, asking about the relationship among the Penguin subsidiaries. I figured you'd know more than me on that ... assuming you're not still annoyed about me outing you about that GenCon thing.
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Driving home -- I must solve this by speeding up the timeline and not giving them time to take these steps. What a fun little process this writing is...

See, this is one of the things I love about writing. Sussing out how to thwart your characters, or get them into the right place in a believable way. It's like playing chess against yourself.
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
"It's like playing chess against yourself."

That's a really good analogy. And you can win by either making yourself stupid (idiot plot that only works because the characters are idiots) or by outsmarting yourself. Yeah, I like this a lot :-)
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Why thank you, sir. ;)

I have to say I vastly prefer the latter, both when I'm reading or writing. It's more satisfying, and while it seems like a good story allows for a degree of human (or goblin, or whatever) error/frailty, it's got to be consistent with characterization or it falls flat. It's such a delicate thing sometimes.

In any case, good thwarting! I'm off to be impatient about Mermaid's now... *scowls at calendar, grumbles something about princesses being addictive*
Feb. 24th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm better at Othello (rather good, actually). Does that mean when I'm backing myself into a corner (since I'm playing myself in this analogy), that I'm winning?

Actually, I think I've been doing that lately, as a number of these plot lessons from Holly have gotten my hindbrain to get excited about ROTR, and may just have started solving some problems I'd gotten stuck on with certain of the pre-planned scenes. And stirred up some ideas about linking them together, thankfully.
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
How Incestous is SF/F, Anyway?
if I only reviewed books by people I’d never met or corresponded with, it would drastically limit my reading.


Only if you never read anything except to review it.
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: How Incestous is SF/F, Anyway?
You're right, that should have said "limit my reviewing".
Feb. 24th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
What? No! I'm not a lemming. Why do you ask?
Feb. 24th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
::Grin:: Thanks!
Feb. 24th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Speaking of pimping out one's colleagues
or at least fellow Twitter crocheters:

These are lemmings (think old video game, twisted [ha-ha, fiber joke] into amigurami):

Feb. 24th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Speaking of pimping out one's colleagues
Those are great! I love those.
Feb. 24th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Just read your post over at SF Novelists. Well stated. Frankly, as long as the reviewer has ethics, I really don't have a problem with him/her doing a review of his/her friends.

The problems come in when the reviewer is being unethical. And it's harder to be a published, let alone regularly published, writer if you don't have the ethics to fulfill contracts, etc.
Feb. 24th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
I assume reviews are honest, friendship or not. If I find an author whose reviews a) aren't honest or b) seem honest but don't routinely signal a book I'd like, I ignore their reviews in the future!

This is similar to my reaction to Seanan's movie reviews. I think Seanan is a great person, and I definitely consider her a friend. However, I ignore her commentary on movies unless she directs it at me specifically; our tastes are so different that whether she loves or hates a movie tells me nothing about whether I will, often even when her reasons are considered. If she tells me she thinks I would like the movie, that might have meaning. Similarly if I notice a particular person (author or not) recommending books I don't enjoy, or just recommending everything, I stop heeding their recommendations.

ETA: Part of what I'm getting at here is, I don't care if they're based on friendship, actual love of the book, or both. I care if they're useful.

Edited at 2009-02-24 10:07 pm (UTC)
Feb. 25th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)

Congrats on the pre-order day! :-)

I agree - October is far too far away. Want book NOW! ;-D

Haven't forgotten about the workshop - still polishing my submission. Suspect I'd better stop soon and send it in. ;-P

Feb. 25th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I'm hoping to get you a submission in time for the PenguiCon workshop. In getting my notes in order and onto the computer I've hit 70 pages total and 42 pages of that is my own stuff, the rest is off the net. So I'm hoping I can move the one paragraph of actual story into about 5,000 words soon. I really want to go to your workshop! :)
Feb. 25th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
Gah, would've loved to participate in the workshop, if I were going to the con. *should really keep an eye out on literary type gatherings in addition to all the ren faires and celtic fests*
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