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Progress & Pot

For whatever reason, the bus continues to be my best mode of revision and writing. The story revisions are almost done, thanks to the commute to and from work today. They go to the editor Monday.

Entering the changes tonight or tomorrow should be a piece of cake, but I worried briefly because the story has ballooned from 4300 words to almost 6000. The new verbiage is all good and useful and supports the narrative, I swear. Everything has gone from "good and funny but obscure" to "finely honed yet over the top." The story's resonances are a lot tighter. Yes, it's a longer, but what the heck, it pays by the word. Dickens and Dumas were verbose bastards for a reason.

Anyway, to top off the week, my genius wife bought a digital crock pot. I didn't know quite what to make of the purchase. I mean, the thing has a label that reads Smart Pot, and that just seems a little too close to the Internet-connected fridge for comfort. Well, consider me a believer. Tonight I came home to a house smelling of slow-cooked onions and paprika, and let me tell ya — a house with a chicken in the pot is a happy house.


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Jan. 31st, 2004 08:49 am (UTC)
Yum. Smells good across the border! Where is the hyperlink? :) I want to download me some of that!


Feb. 1st, 2004 03:29 am (UTC)
Ask and ye shall receive. Details and reviews here and here.

I'm thinking maybe I'll serve up some SmartPot jambalaya at the Xbox party. It's just simmering goodness.
Feb. 1st, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
Sounds nummy! I love Paprika. I make a nummy Chicken Paprikash, although not with a slow-cooker.

PS. Picked up Bloodspeakers yesterday. Your copy editor needs a beating, but the book is great! More Shahai! :)
Feb. 1st, 2004 05:16 pm (UTC)
Glad you like the book! Yeah, the copy editor was out to lunch, but I'm still happy with most of it: the art is good, the layout is fine, and just overall it feels right.

I'll send a recipe for Chicken Shahai sometime. Maybe I can get "The Shadowlands Cookbook" on the schedule somehow.
Feb. 2nd, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
Cool, yeah, I inevitably lengthen my stuff during revision. Even when it later ends up shorter, my first rev is always longer. The story I just sold, by the way, had a request for both more content in the last third and fewer words overall. Interesting. Ended up 500 words longer, and the editor loved it.

So it's a comedy, eh?

Feb. 2nd, 2004 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's moderately comedic and whimsical, and I think it has funny moments. It'll be in print in August.

How's yer latest wave of stories going?
Feb. 3rd, 2004 12:51 am (UTC)
Latest wave of stories? Um, well, I revised the one that's set to be published in "Synergy: New Science Fiction," and the editor accepted it. Um, I wrote a bunch of things that have the prefix, "Windows Server 2003 Technical Reference..."

I did hand out my in-progress novel to my local group of writers. You remember "Empire Ship"? I plan to get back to it!

Feb. 3rd, 2004 05:26 am (UTC)
Remember it? I loved it, and I want to read it. I'm glad to hear it didn't get "trunked."

Who's the editor for "Synergy"?
Feb. 3rd, 2004 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Empire Ship
Hee, thanks. Ja, I mean to finish it.

The editor is George Zebrowski, a writer I've admired since I was a teen. Interestingly, the novel of his I first read, Macrolife, he wrote as a teenager and later sold once he was old enough to revise it as needed.

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