I’m disturbed by all the sniping and snarky comments directed towards the big book deal Christian Lander received from Random House based on his blog. Why can’t we be happy for him? One of us landed a good deal – that’s cause for celebration, not snide comments!
Jeannette Winterston’s newest novel, The Stone Gods, sounds both terrifying and wonderful, so it’s going on my “must read” list.
Got a load of stuff to storage in the morning. Had a close encounter of the Pigeon kind in the Stop and Shop parking lot on the way back. He was sunning himself and wouldn’t move. I honked the horn, I rolled the window down and yelled at him – nothing. So I very carefully parked next to him (the lot was full, my options limited), which meant I took up one and a half parking spots. I’m not a big bird fan, except for owls, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to run over a pigeon. And then in the store, the song “Walking on Sunshine” came on, and this guy next to me and I looked at each other and broke into an impromptu dance routine because, yes, we’re both that weird.
Can you tell I REALLY need a vacation?
I’m packing my writing bag for the trip at the end of the week. I’m going to take the thriller (working title Modern Creation Myths), the teleplay for Script Frenzy (as yet untitled), and maybe Earth Bride, because that needs to be finished. I’ve got to say, I love the flash drive! I’m trying to decide if I want to take Assumption of Right down to start the edits, but I’m not sure. Book-wise, I’ll take two of Sharon Shinn’s novels, and, if I read them both, well, there are bookstores in Philadelphia, and some of them are only a few blocks from where I’m staying. Confidential Job #1 will probably send my next assignment before I leave, so I’ll take that down, too. Hopefully, Old-Fashioned Detective Work will be done, and I’ll be in edits, but that’s only around 30K, so it’s not a big edit job. Assumption, on the other hand, is a genre out of my comfort zone and I have a feeling it is a big, fat mess! Hopefully, it’s a salvageable one.
In case you’re wondering why I didn’t hire movers to haul all this stuff to storage: cost. When I costed it out and got several quotes, hauling 1/3 of the apartment to storage (which is what needs to be moved to clear the workspace for the windows) costs 2/3 of what it will cost to move everything out here AND my two units in NYC out of state. Plus, I need to pack and haul, pack and haul, pack and haul because there’s no room to pack and stack until a move. I’m finally seeing some progress – I concentrated on just one area, rather than doing everything partially and not seeing any progress. The living room’s almost done, the bedroom will be next, the kitchen last. Most of the kitchen stuff will just be moved to another area of the apartment; very little is going to storage.
I decided I’m ordering two copies of the DVD of A Dog’s Breakfast. One is for me. The other, I’m taking to the argumentative video rental place and telling them to put it in circulation.
I did have an “aha” moment with Tracking Medusa – it’ll continue out under the “Devon Ellington” name, not the “Ava Dunne” – it’s not light enough for that one. If anyone who’s currently looking at it wants it, I can always change the name in the contract. But it’s definitely in the Devon Ellington voice.