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    I have just received two early copies of THE PRETENDER’S CROWN. It is, in my ever-so-humble opinion, absolutely beautiful. In fact, it’s so pretty it makes me want to re-read it, which isn’t all that usual. :)

    So! I have two copies. One must go on my Shelf Of Books I Wrote, but the other, I think, cries out to be sent into the world. So there will be a contest!

    Ted has suggested a Casting Call Contest. I will be the director. You will be the Casting Agents. The book will go to the person who builds what is to my mind the best complete cast for THE QUEEN’S BASTARD. The integral characters, therefore, are Belinda Primrose, Robert Drake, Lorraine Walter, Sandalia de Costa, Javier de Castille, Eliza Beaulieu, Marius Poulin, and Sacha Asselin. Bonus points for also casting Dmitri Leontyev, Rodrigo de Costa, Irina Durova, and Akilina Pankejeff. And I’ll be really impressed if you also cast Viktor, Ilyana and the gondola boy. :)

    The parts don’t have to be cast with current actors, I wouldn’t say, or people at their current ages. That makes it more fun, I think. :)

    Here’s the catch: I only have the one copy to send out, and this post goes out at mizkit.com, cemurphy.net, mizkit.livejournal.com, Facebook, and if I can figure out how to make it work automatically, at Myspace. I expect answers will come in from most of those places, so you might not see the winning entry wherever you actually do your own answering. I will, of course, post the winning entry here.

    Let’s see. I’ll choose a winner Thursday evening my time, so we’ll call the contest closed at noon EST on Thursday, April 2.

    Have at!

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    Ok, this is like the sixth time this meme has turned up on my flist when THE PRETENDER’S CROWN was the closest book to hand, and so I am finally going to give in and play:

    Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Turn to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

    “For nearly a month she’d slept in a dull grey cell and said her devotions five times or more a day; had worn a scratchy woollen shift and knelt on cold stone, and had heard achingly little of the world beyond sturdy convent walls.”

    From THE PRETENDER’S CROWN by C.E. Murphy, due at fine bookstores near you on April 28th, 2009.

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    TPC revisions: done

    I turned the PRETENDER’S CROWN revisions in about 90 minutes ago. The manuscript came in at 684 pages, which means…/bigferret came in closest with a guess of 671 pages. If you want to email me your snailmail address, sometime in April (hopefully) I’ll send you a copy of the book. :)

    I’m taking tomorrow off, because I just cannot face going into another set of revisions immediately. I think I’ll go swimming and maybe read a book or something. I’m a party animal. :)

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    final revision pass

    Off to an earlier start today. I have a whiny kitty on my lap (well, now he’s purring; he was whining earlier), and I need breakfast, but I want to get one chapter done before I eat.

    Mind you, this will be ‘breakfast’ at 11:15am. It’s not exactly an *early* start. Just much earlier than yesterday. But I did my pilates and went for a little walk, at least! :)

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    live-editing, part 4

    Aaaah, jeez. I am not off to a great start this morningtoday. It’s a quarter after one and I’ve only just sat down to work. The morning consisted of getting up to go for a walk, drowsing on the couch for 20 minutes, finally going for a slooooow walk, coming home for breakfast and to check email, and then for an hour-long nap and lunch. Which brings me up to now, pretty much.

    I’m exactly halfway through the manuscript. If I want to have the slightest chance of getting it done in the first half of next week (and *Monday* would be ideal), I’m going to have to do the remaining half today and tomorrow. That’s not actually insurmountable, as I’ve done the first half in 3 days, but it’s going to require some significant focus, and my focus seems to be deeply interested in napping.

    *shakes self* Okay. Marathon day. Here we go.

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