My editor at Del Rey sent a couple copies of THE QUEEN’S BASTARD ahead of the contracted author copies so that I could see them soonest. Oh my god. This is a beautiful, beautiful, *beautiful* book. Ted, in awe, said, “This is *hot*,” and it *is*. I cannot *wait* for this to go on the shelves so people can get it, because oh my GOD it’s gorgeous. I ran around the house shrieking and doing the beauty queen thing and being all tearful. It’s *so* pretty. And it’s the mark…

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After a very frustrating day of sitting there doing nothing, as related on Magical Words, I managed to shake off some of my stupor and get 2200 words written. I finished this wretched chapter, which more or less shoves everybody into at least the same geographical area, and leaves me with nothing more to do than juggle fifty thousands words of politics against the backdrop of what is effectively a world war. I need my head checked. ytd wordcount: 140,600

Colorado Gold Writing Contest

Nabbing this from Karen Duvall… The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold writing contest is open for submissions. Those of you who’ve been around a while might know I’m a bit evangelical on the topic of the RMFW. They’re the organization which lit a fire under my ass to get published: I finaled in the contest in 2002 with a (still unfinished) novel called MANIFEST DESTINY, which got me in to talk to my first editor. She was a small press editor and said, in short, “Go to the big…

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this can’t be a good sign

I woke up this morning with “Wheels On The Bus (Go Round and Round)” stuck in my head. I don’t even have any children on whom this can be blamed. This *cannot* be a good sign… Thinks to do this evening if I can hold my brain together enough to do them: – answer matrice mail – answer dabel mail – answer fan mail – watch Torchwood (this, I can do) *sigh* All right, off to a slightly later start than the last couple days. I plead for encouragement today.…

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not bad.

7400 words today. I should go re-sign-up for Novel in 90, which I totally flamed out on when I hurt my hand (otoh (heh), I in fact blew away the 67,500 word expectation with my 119.1K in the first 3 months of the year), but quantum willing and the creek don’t rise (and if I can keep this productivity rate up), I will finish this book a week Friday, and not start another one until (drumroll please) … MAY FIRST! …I think I’ll go fling myself in a pit now.…

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