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Well, the write-a-thon check -in got derailed when LJ went down under the DDoS attacks, but I am pleased to say that, four days from the end, I’ve reached 20,305 words on the rough draft, thereby meeting/exceeding my word-count goal (although I suspect the story still has another thousand or so words to spin out).

When it’s finished, it will become part of a connected-novella project I hope to have out early next year.  So you’ll be hearing more about it …later.  :-)


For those who can’t wait for new fiction that long, however, I’m pleased to say that my story “Crossroads” is up at Fantasy Magazine this month.  You can either download the entire magazine for the really-quite-reasonable price of $2.99 (and get stories from Michael Swanwick and Nisi Shawl, an essay on folklore from Saladin Ahmed, and more!) or you can waaaaaait until the 15th, when my story will be featured on the website.


And in the meanwhile, I’m back at work on the mystery (13,500 words – still no contract), and dealing with proofs for TRICKS OF THE TRADE (November 2011), and sliding back into working on BEYOND THE REAL because some things don’t care if you have a contract or not – they want to get written.

Oh.  And there are two short stories I’m supposed to have done by September.  Um.  Yeah.  *gets the hell offline*


I am informed that the newest version of FireFox doesn’t show the “add RSS feed” button in the usual spot.  My webmaster is aware of the issue and is going to be working on it.  If you have other tire-kicking discoveries, please let me know – but be aware that fixes take a bit of time.

In the meanwhile, if you’re using Google reader, you can paste a URL into it by clicking the big “ADD A SUBSCRIPTION” button at the top left of the page.

Also: Where is the RSS Feed Icon in Firefox 4?


the meerkat at work

The lovely thing about this freelance gig is that it’s possible to procrastinate work by…doing other work.  in this case, I am, well, updating my website, and I am handling emails, and I am adding words to the WiP and doing editor-for-hire work…

all to avoid working on the author page set for TRICKS OF THE TRADE.  Which is due on the 5th.

I don’t mind page proofs, but Harlequin has a rather old-school approach to author sets that includes a lot of paperwork, and it drives me batshit.  Really.  After nine+three books, it still makes me shy away like a horse seeing a snake down the road.

I’ll do it, of course.  This is my responsibility.  But I’ll need to be driven to it by the roar of the approaching deadline.

I also have to polish up this week’s Practical Meerkat’s “52 bits of useful advice,” and get it off to my beta before she scowls at me.  Her scowls are a terrifying thing…

So.  I should get to it, huh?


Here.  Have a self-portrait.

the meerkat at work


This is a test of the new blogging situation.  If this were an actual post, I would have said something of interest.


Well, hopefully of interest.