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    I just got the rough cover for DEMON HUNTS, book five of the Walker Papers, due out in June 2010 (and book four is out in three weeks! Yay!). ZOMG. I wish I could show this off to you right now, because it’s going to be amazing. Wow. Wow! Yay! I believe I have a new favorite cover!

    Holy crap, speaking of covers, I just saw the cover to the twelfth Dresden Files novel. Holy *crap*. If you’ve been paying any attention, the Dresden Files always have two word titles, same number of letters in each word, always a pun. CHANGES, therefore, is a *huge* freaking change…and I don’t think it’s coincidental that the title style change comes at the halfway point of the series. Holy *crap*, man! My world is set awry! And I have just promised myself I will catch up on the Dresden Files when book twelve comes out. Holy *crap*!

    Uh. Reeling from Jim’s cover/title/etc. Uh. Scraping brain cells together…right. Threw out the 5.5K I’d written on RATTLESNAKE DANCES and started over. It’s better now. It may not be *good* yet, but it’s better. I have…no hope of getting it done before going to Belfast, but I may take the Enterprise with me to work on the train (also called the Enterprise), because I work well on trains, & could probably finish the proposal by Monday if I did that. Which would be swell. :)

    I reached Minas Tirith today. For the third or possibly even fourth time. Third time, I guess, looking at the stats. That’s 786 miles since last November (man, I should weigh 140 pounds). The next leg of my journey (which, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, is the Walk to Rivendell) could either be a final trip to Minas Tirith with Merry and the Rohirrim (578 miles), or finishing Aragorn’s leg of the journey, which goes to Morannon and back again. I’ve just finished an Aragorn bit, and those two legs are much shorter, 138 & 120 miles respectively, so I think I’ll do them for the sense of accomplishment. I thought it would take until 2011 to finish these outward-bound walks, but, um, well, I’ll probably finish by next March at this rate. Seven years to the month after I started. :)

    I made arroz con pollo for dinner, which turned out pretty well (it would’ve been better but I forgot to put salt in. OTOH, salt can be added after the fact). Ted then TOTALLY trumped me because I’d asked him to make something lovely for dessert, and he made an almond tart with fresh strawberries and cream. It was as pretty as it was good. I took pictures. :)

    miles to Minas Tirith: 588
    ytd wordcount: 210,900

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    thinks I’ve done

    Today involved a lot of walking back and forth, digging in the dirt, and knitting. We have now got All The Plants (raspberries tayberries black currants cherry tree rhubarb sage rosemary thyme strawberries), and they are All Planted. Now we shall see if we get any FROOTS and BERRIES from them.

    We had dinner at Mom & Dad’s, and then while Ted and Dad watched a match on tv, Mom taught me to knit. I am apparently not entirely bad at it. I did 11 rows on a simple knit scarf and while my stitches are inevitably a little too tight, it’s at least not bullet-proof. I’ll do more tomorrow. :)

    I also seem to have lost my pedometer. I’ve walked through my backwards mind and can only come up with one place where it might’ve fallen off, so I’ll stop by the shop tomorrow and see if they’ve found it. If not, I hope there’s someplace in Longford that sells them, as I’ve become rather neurotically attached to the darned thing.

    miles to Minas Tirith: 108

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    off to minas tirith!

    I had an email this morning asking if the local newspaper could run the picture of Seirid and Breic with their snowman in this week’s paper. That’s cool. :)

    *laughs* From a fitness rules thing on msn.com: “[Forget weighing yourself.] Place your fingers on your belly and inhale deeply so that it expands. As you exhale, contract your abdominal muscles and push your fingertips against your hard abdominal wall. Now pinch. “You’re holding pure fat,” says Tom Seabourne, Ph.D., co-author of Athletic Abs (Human Kinetics, 2003). Do this every day, 30 minutes before your workout, and you’ll likely find that you rarely decide to skip a session.” Yes, I think that might be true. :)

    I was determined to get out for a walk today, because I was very close to finishing the Dunharrow leg of my current Walk to Rivendell, and lo, I did! That’s just a smidge over 100 miles so far this year. *chugga chugga*

    miles to Dunharrow: 198! Journey complete!
    miles to Minas Tirith: 2 (586 to go. @.@ :))
    ytd wordcount: 43,100

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    first words of the year

    Well, the first words of the year have been committed. 1500 down, 268,500 to go.

    Also, I think my pedometer is under-counting my steps. *grumpy*

    ytd wordcount: 1500
    miles to Dunharrow: 106.8

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    movie meme & new year thoughts

    Nabbed from :

    Supposedly if you’ve seen more than 85 of the 239 films on this list, you have no life. Copy this list, then put x’s next to the films you’ve seen, and add them up. I tag anyone who wants to play. Have fun.

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