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"There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored. The reader of today looks for this motion, and rightly so, but what he has forgotten is the cost of it. His sense of evil is diluted or lacking altogether, and so he has forgotten the price of restoration. When he reads a novel, he wants either his sense tormented or his spirits raised. He wants to be transported, instantly, either to mock damnation or a mock innocence."

--Flanner O'Connor (via Advice to Writers).

16 April 2017 (Sunday)

I surprised Jo/e this morning with an Easter basket: Cadbury's Creme Eggs, Reese's Eggs, and a couple of marblized eggs I found on his table that turned out to be made by him at an art class.

Didn't get my taxes done. Partly this is because I spent an hour writing a Three Lands scene and two-and-a-half hours posting fic online. Partly it's because of Susan R. Matthews's Blood Enemies (here's the online sample). I don't think I've squeed so much about a story in years. Poor Jo/e had to put up with me exclaiming once an hour, "This is so-o-o good!"

While online, I took the opportunity to see whether I have all of Maculategiraffe's stories saved. I don't, partly because she posted more last year. (How could I have missed that!) And Mac is posting fanfic at AO3! I promptly subscribed to her account there. I think I'm going to have to go systematically through her entire journal to make sure I have everything downloaded. Fortunately, a fan of hers posted an updated version of her index a while back, so I'll use that as the basis for my own index.

17 April 2017 (Monday)

Final day of physical therapy. My podiatrist says my bunionectomy healing is proceeding fine, and he gave me an ankle strap to see whether it helps with my ankle pain. Also, he misdiagnosed earlier the lump in my left foot (the foot that had the bunionectomy); he says the lump is actually plantar fibramatosis.

My podiatrist always gives me the cheeriest version of news; I had to look up the condition afterwards to translate what he said into an actual range of prognoses. Turns out I've exchanged one foot-warping condition for another.

I got through the evening by reading Manna Francis's latest Adminstration novel. That, plus chocolate.

18 April 2018 (Tuesday)

Spent the day working on tax forms. I wish I hadn't eaten all my chocolate yesterday.

I decided that next Sunday will be my debut as a Wattpad author; I spent part of this evening preparing for that. I've no idea what to expect, in terms of readership numbers. It will certainly be a younger readership, on average, than I've ever had before. To start with, I'm serializing one of my young adult stories there (and also at AO3). As far as AO3 is concerned, I've somehow managed to schedule myself to have *five* serializations going simultaneously in late June and early July. If I don't die of overwork, my faithful readers certainly will, trying to keep up with that.

19 April 2017 (Wednesday)

With 3,500 words this morning, I finished writing "The Fire Before," a Three Lands novella that has been hanging around my hard drive since 1999. Next I work on finishing the Three Lands novel "Death Mask," which I started in 1995 and is about five-sixths completed. The chronological sequence of the series is:

* Law Links.
* Death Mask.
* The Fire Before.
* Blood Vow.

. . . plus all the other stories I've already published in that series. At the end of the day, I found that someone had bought "Law of Vengeance" today, which was nice news.

Too sleepy today to do anything except fiddle around with the light editing of "The Fire Before." I need to catch up on my sleep.

20 April 2017 (Thursday)

My Muse is being stubborn and refusing to release "Death Mask" to me. The basic problem is that I started this novel in 1995, and back then my outlines (which I've always used as ticklers for my memory of scenes I've drafted in my head) were highly uninformative. Here's the outline for one of the chapters that hasn't yet been written:

"Baron & Tristan & Somerled / Somerled & wife."

Yeah, right. That is so not helpful.

So I'm going to have to write the scenes I do remember (barely) and then patch together the rest, like a crazy quilt.

22 April 2017 (Saturday)

Stuff about growing older that they don't tell us when we're young: You know all that black clothing you're buying now because it's cool, mysterious, and dangerous-looking? You're going to spend the final decades of your life picking white hairs off it.

In other news, I broke through my Muse's stubbornness and began work again on "Death Mask." I also went carefully through my previous outline of the novel, shuffled around the scenes in that outline which I'd either already written or remembered drafting in my head, and came up with a new, coherent outline. I need to write fifteen more scenes, I calculate.

Got zilch work done on this, my day for housework; I was too tired. (Also, what is it with the media's lack of interest in scientists? Five hundred Marches for Science across the world, and I couldn't find a single radio station covering them live.) I decided to get to bed relatively early tonight, because tomorrow is when I post my first story at Wattpad. *Crosses fingers.*

Glad to hear from you

Date: 2017-04-28 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for your great recs -I have bought 2 books by Manna (the latest ones of the Adm) and bookmarked the Mac's AO page.
I have started my beta reading.
And I have reread my copy of Loren's lashes. Is there a chance to buy the 4th and 5th parts of it anytime soon? Cliffhanger is not my favorite part of reading :)
Take care
Rose Red

Thank you

Date: 2017-05-04 06:18 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
And I fully agree with you on ck putting her earlier staff off. Some great writers had started with something they were ashamed later, for ex 2 of the greatest Russian of 19th ones, but it was sure not the case here.
Rose Red

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