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January 25th, 2011

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02:37 pm - Various Updates/Lack of Updates
Since it's been a few weeks since I last posted, here's a brief rundown of where I am (metaphorically speaking) and what's going on with my various projects.

Editorial Work:
1) Scheherazade's Facade remains in Limbo, while I wait to hear back from any of the four publishers I've currently queried. Of course, two have maintained steadfast radio silence since early October, but one of the remaining two actually asked to see the book itself. This is what's known as "faint hope" given how few of the publishers even want to commit that far. Cross fingers!

2) I made the final selections for Like A Cunning Plan and have assembled an excellent lineup of authors. It's a splendid mix of established writers, Circlet regulars, and talented newcomers. Details on ToC and release date still to come.

Review Work:
1) Realms of Fantasy still not dead. I got my first check from Damnation Books, and turned in my first column under the new regime. We'll see how it goes.

2) Still writing for Publishers Weekly. Still can't tell you what I've reviewed for them. Sorry. They'd put me in the oubliette if I did.

3) Working on backlog of To Be Reviewed and To Be Read shelves. If I've promised to review something, I have not forgotten. I don't forget these things. I just get behind. Way behind. Yes, I suck. I've got a bunch of stuff ready to go out to SF Site and Green Man Review soon, and a bunch more I'll be uploading to my site as bonus reviews every few days.

1) My first sale of the year was to Circlet Press' Like Myth Made Flesh, edited by Jennifer Williams. It's a nice little erotic urban fantasy about a moon goddess and the woman pursuing her, and a metaphysical wolf, and an eclipse. I call it "Sun Chases Moon." More details to be announced.

2) After the unfortunate demise of Dreams of Decadence I've put "Keys" back in the invisible box with all the other stories I know are awesome, while I figure out where to send it next.

3) Not much else going on in this aspect of things. Lots of stories getting bodywork and paint jobs and new tires. I'm totally available for anthology invites, though!

1) Still not dead. I manage to put on pants almost every day. This is good. I've been experimenting with the slow cooker a lot, lately. Chili, beef stew, shredded beef, om nom nom. Still trying to find a "day job" and learning, to my distress, how hard it is for someone with my talents, experience, and skillset to find something appropriate. Or inappropriate. Or more prestigious than fry cook or Wal-Mart door greeter. (Not entirely ruling those out yet, either!) But that's what we call "learning experiences."

Further posts will come, I'm sure, with more specific bits of information. But I'm keeping busy. :)
Current Mood: awakeawake

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Date:January 25th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)
:fingers crossed:

Somewhere on here, I have a post about making pulled pork in a slow cooker. It was delicious.
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Date:January 25th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
I make pulled pork in my crockpot regularly; it is, I think, my most popular recipe EVAR.

Yes, I figured you were just busy, not forgetful, which is why I haven't been whinging at you regularly
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Date:January 25th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
I've done pulled pork once. The recipe didn't turn out quite as I'd wanted, so I'll have to work on it. I like to play around with this sort of thing. Same with pulled chicken.

For what it's worth, I've been very ... okay, fairly productive of late. The trick, you see, is alternating what I read. PW assignments, books for my Realms column, and mixed in between all those is everything else depending on mood and circumstance. :>
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Date:January 26th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
>>Still can't tell you what I've reviewed for them. Sorry. They'd put me in the oubliette if I did.<<

I found it fascinating that time a few weeks ago when a reviewer got scolded for revealing to the rest of us reviewers one of the books she read. But the contract certainly didn't include in-house exceptions. :)
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Date:January 26th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
I find this job to be far too enjoyable and lucrative to spoil. I know it's not a state secret, but still. :) Mary knows what I get assigned, but she's hardly one to broadcast it to the world.

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