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December 27th, 2006


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02:08 am - Christmas!
Well, another year, another Christmas. Fun stuff. Saw both sets of families. Food was eaten. Gifts were given and gotten. And while I got many nice things, I'm pleased as punch because I got Jess Nevins' Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana. Yay! Also two volumes of Tales of the Shadowmen, edited by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier... (anthologies a la League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, with a much more multi-cultural feel to them. They look to be good reading.) I like books. How could you tell?

Even better, my muse came back from extended holiday. I was at church for midnight mass on Christmas Eve (I go once or twice a year to make sure I won't burst into flames...) and an idea hit me. I went back to the in-laws' afterwards and started. So now I'm 2000 words into the next Nick St. Claus story, a little thing I like to call "The Corpse Before Christmas." I am all sorts of gleeful that the idea-juice is flowing.

Tomorrow, I get to go home. Yay! Then I have to get my passport... let's just say a trip out of the country is in my near future. And not because I'm wanted by the authorities or anything. This time. Yet. Muaha.

So that's my update. Lots happened that didn't make it in here.

Hope everyone had a safe and decently happy holiday, and here's looking forward to the New Year.

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From:ratmmjess
Date:December 27th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
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Excellent--glad you got the book. Hope you enjoy it. (And there are a bunch of fun stories in the Shadowmen books).
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:December 29th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
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So far, I'm loving the Encyclopedia. I keep showing it off to people. :>
Funny thing is, though I doubt you're surprised, the Shadowmen books came up on Amazon as reccomendations when I was putting the Encyclopedia on my wishlist, along with a few other things.

Looking forward to the Pulp Heroes Encyclopedia, so much. :>
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From:ratmmjess
Date:December 30th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for showing it off. :-)

The pulp book...I think it'll rock hard.
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From:ladyotterfae
Date:December 27th, 2006 08:11 pm (UTC)
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*holiday-scented hugs*
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From:polar_bear1982
Date:December 28th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)

I apologize to bother you

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I apologize to comment in your LJ, but after hunting for a way to send a message, this was all I could come up with.

I am an avid Butcher fan, of both the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera. In your post to rightfully defend, and hopefully help cheer Jim up, you mentioned "Finished White Night via ARC".

I don't want to sound ignorant, or jealous (although I am definitely jealous!), but does that mean that it is out there for viewing for those that are determined? Or were you one of the lucky few to have the early view of it?

I apologize again for sending the message this way. I hope your holidays are wonderful.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:December 28th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)

Re: I apologize to bother you

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Always glad to have a visitor.
As a book reviewer for several different places, I'm on a number of publisher lists, so I often get Advance Review Copies of books. I have to confess, I'm addicted to reading Boooooooks from the Fuuuuuuture. (insert dramatic echo here)

If you're truly determined to try to find the book ahead of time, you can (and I in no way reccomend or condone this, I merely suggest that it is indeed possible) check eBay to see if anyone's selling ARCs. Though the books aren't supposed to be sold, it does happen. I say this knowing you'd buy a copy of the actual book when it came out anyway. :>

Good luck, and feel free to stick around. I'm not horribly exciting, but... :>

(And shameless plug here: if you like the Dresden Files, you might enjoy my short story, "Claus of Death" in the anthology SLIPSTREAMS (Daw, May 2006). It's a fantasy/murder mystery that draws from the same attitude and inspirations as the Dresden stories.)
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From:polar_bear1982
Date:December 28th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)

Re: I apologize to bother you

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Slipstreams? I was looking at that in Borders the other day when picking up some things with Christmas gift cards. I will have to look it up again. Thanks!

(Oh, I would definately purchase the actual book, even with the ARC. I always try to support Jim)
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From:polar_bear1982
Date:December 28th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Aaaaand no luck on the ARC. I guess I must wait.....I hate waiting.....

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