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[Apr. 12th, 2012|09:47 am]
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So Italy is a thing that's about to happen, apparently. Yay!

I'm sure I'll update from there. Probably on my stupid fucking iPad so it'll take forever and be a mess like my India entries. B says it's gonna rain the whole time we're there. Guess who doesn't care? Yyyyyup!

I got a new camera (finally) and a thingie to hook it up to my iPad and B and I seem to finally be done with our two weeks of arguing. So I guess this is cool. Now we just gotta fly to Zurich, then to Milan, then take a train to Florence. All without speaking any more Italian than, "Where's the bathroom" and "fuck off"! Yay!

But hey, it MUST be a good sign that the place we're staying is the Fiorenza B&B, right?
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I don't belong here in your garden, I should be up there on your throne [Nov. 15th, 2010|02:54 pm]
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Oh my god, I love shopping.

I haven't shopped in ages, actually. I mean, I haven't had time, but I also don't really need anything myself and, er, money. I do try not to, you know, blow it. But over the last week I've slowly built up Xmas gifts and I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN.

1. I have Christmas cards! And I might even use them, this time! (Okay, they're actually Happy New Year cards, seeing as I'm a raging atheist and my husband is Hindu. Whatever.)

2. BOOKS. People are getting books. In some cases signed books, which I've been arranging meticulously with the kind authors. Prepare for a FLURRY OF BOOKS, my friends.

3. I bought both Tara and Balaji the full series of "Sherlock". They were totally on sale--what a score! Mwahahaha!

4. I got Balaji a Novel-T Huckleberry Finn shirt. OMG. DUDES, these shirts are AWESOME. It's like sport jerseys for people who prefer to cheer for BOOKS. (Got myself the Gatsby one too. Not gonna lie. A JAY GATSBY JERSEY and it has the CAR on the front! Also, good number: 3!) ETA: they came today. Holy fuck, they are SOFT. And AWESOME.

5. My new Docs came while Hayley was here on Saturday! WEEEE! [ETA: I did actually need new shoes. The last pair I bought myself was 5 years ago for a wedding. Before that, when I went to grad school. Yeah. No wonder I have black trouble.]

6. And the funnest part, kid shopping. You should SEE this fucking pop-up book I got for Ruari and Raelin at the National Gallery. OH MY GOD DAVINCI. I want to send Kate (Nate and Reen's new baby) some kind of book, even though she's mini. Who else has kids I can randomly spoil for five seconds?

I have no fucking idea what to get my dad. Mom told me what she wants, some DVD series, and for Nick it definitely has to be a gamestop gift card, because he is poor as fuck and spends all his money on games. I keep giving Dad alcohol though. This will not do.

Okay, I go crazy once a year. I'm allowed, goddammit.
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Went to London Riding on a Pony [Jul. 3rd, 2010|11:30 am]
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Out for the long weekend. Enjoy the festivities, American-types. (Also, the recent glut of founding father-based ads on TV. That shit is awesome.)
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she believes in everything [Jan. 3rd, 2010|09:33 pm]
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Had a good time with the parental visit, and the last of Balaji's Week of Freedom. This week will be a return to the usual-- which is okay, except for Balaji having to work again, obviously. Somehow, no, we do not get on each other's nerves being here together all day. I can't explain it either, it just works.

Got lots of fun stuff for the holidays, which were oddly busy. I feel like the last two months just slipped through my fingers, between traveling, trips to the movie theater, snow storms, and the New Years festivities-- apart from the hours between 7 and 10, which are set aside for Family Veg Time. During these hours, we finished watching True Blood, made our way through half of the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes collection (SO GOOD), and did a couple of the old-school horror flicks I scored for Bala. (The first Lugosi movie he ever saw, and which we've been unable to find anywhere since, came only in one of those "Hollywood Horror!" packs-- and it's awesome.) Lots of vegging, I mean to say, though the work out regimen hasn't suffered.

Still can't sleep properly at night, even if I wear myself the fuck out with exercise. Somehow I'm not surprised.

Today I got back to beta reading, and even managed to sort out some little bits of script. Both felt really good, like I was back to being me. Le sigh.

That's really all. I hope everyone had pleasant holidays, and didn't overdo it to the point if illness on New Year's Eve! I reckon I'll put together some goals for the year, just because it was fun to see how I matched up against them this year-- but not tonight. I'm still feeling a little rattled from all the social stuff, and want to crawl into a hole in the ground for a few days.
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The obligatory recap [Dec. 29th, 2009|02:08 am]
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In re last year's pseudo-resolutions and goals:

First up: The Resolution. Sort of discussed this on ye olde author blog, but I'm not going to explain why I talk about my characters like they're real anymore. I feel like I'm making excuses. You know why I do it, don't pretend you don't. And if you really don't, that's cool, you probably don't care anyhow.

I actually did that! Not that it was difficult. I did see one dumbfuck doing a blog post about how weird it is to talk like that, but it was on the fringe of my little circle, so I magnanimously ignored it. If you can't say something nice, snark about it in private. So there we go.

I do hate explaining myself. Almost as much as I hate people who think I ought to. Glad it only took me 29 years to figure that shit out.

And on to the goals...

The Resurrectionist will get written.
Well fuck me, I did it! It hurt, but honestly, I haven't had that much fun writing in a long fucking time. Four PoVs, maybe not that smart. But if I can save it, it'll all be worth it. Also, Tom is loud. He's not a specific sort of muse like some of them-- those are kind of rare comparatively-- but he's more a collective sort of something that's always been there with me. Haven't written someone that easy for me since a vampire. Jesus.

And in Becca, I had a character I could honestly say I liked, for once. I don't know that she's likable at all, but I think I'd genuinely like her if I knew her. I can't say the same for Hannah or Paul-- though I suppose they'd both be entertaining as acquaintances.

The Inhuman War/Sheehy thing will get written.
Didn't do it, but I made up an excuse a few months back. See, I was going to do it for Nano, but then November rolled around and I thought, ah fuck, you know what, I'm tired after that Resurrectionist debacle, and I really need to relax. Plus... that should be a graphic novel.

Come on. Michael the Archangel burning down a DC bar, a black mass in La Voison's Potomac-overlooking penthouse, Vlad the Impaler pulling a "Luke, I'm your father", and Icarus dripping invisible wax all over Brian and Grady's DuPont Circle apartment. It'll be great!

... maybe not. But I still want to do it, goddammit.

The Audio File will get queries in my usual small batches, undoubtedly. I should also say here that Wolfton Paranormal will probably see another round after that
Didn't do the former for much the same reason, and more immediate. I did a few drafts, but scrapped it for the upcoming script. So it was sort of invalidated. Wolfton, however, did get another round of queries!

The merc thing, I think, will really come together.
This apparently happened yesterday. (As in, I figured out the entire first arc of conflict-- it was missing something. Now it's not.) So I guess that counts.

I can write another dozen shorts.
Nope. Well, when I made these predictions last year, I didn't really understand what it takes for me to complete a satisfactory short story. I don't want to say that I can't work on demand-- I can absolutely work on demand. But if the project doesn't hit me with inspiration immediately, it's not going to. I know it's dumb to work in absolutes, but... fuck it. Anyhow, invites and stuff balance this shit out, if you ask me. Not bothered!

Oubliette and Camp Town, after their reworkings, will be submitted to small presses.
I totally forgot I made this prediction/goal! I did both of these, and expect to hear back about both within the next month. Oubliette's been out forever, but that's how it works. Scripped probably won't take as long... but it won't be instant!

Sequel wise, I'll likely write the next Wolfton, Izzy book, or re-vamp (haha... punny... sorry) James.
I didn't, but I'm having G dreams again. Did I mention this last week? It's been going on for a while.

G's dreams fucking suck, by the way.

That's not a bad haul I guess, since I made excuses for all the shit at which I FAILED SPECTACULARLY. Well, almost. Sweet.

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Don't be a star, it's such a drag [Nov. 16th, 2009|06:54 pm]
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I didn't finish Jonah today like I'd planned, but that's all right because I got everything else done-- and right before Thanksgiving Having Shit Done is to happiness. The good news:

-My new exercise thingie is awesome. It's meant to be for Christmas, but whatever, it's more important to have one of those ready to go after Thanksgiving, let's face it. (It's a steppy thing, which I love. Hopefully it'll help me get strong enough again so I can use my cruncher too, because right now it'd own by back. Fingers crossed.) So I can step and watch Jane Austen movies in the afternoons.

I'm such a housewife. Where are my fucking bon-bons?

-I said I wouldn't get any more books at the library today, because I have so many that want reading, but I can't go there to take books back and NOT wander around a little. What should catch my eye but "The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq." by my old darling William Makepeace Thackeray. Yes, I had to have it, and so I do. I love that fucking movie, so I'm sure the book will be even awesomer.

And I need something light between the Joyce. "Ulysses" is a lot easier this time around, and I actually get what's going on. But holy fuck. If it wasn't so pretty, I'd scream. (It is though. Seriously.)

-My body isn't broken. It's been roughly a year since my system got all fucked up, but it is, at least temporarily, okay now! That's vague and stupid, but enough that I can rejoice without giving information about which organs are being lame and which aren't, which I'm sure couldn't matter less to anyone but me.

-I have no less than three short stories out with people for lookovers and edits! This doesn't sound remarkable, perhaps, but the thing is that I hardly ever write short fiction, so to have three active and in the queue at once is a real fucking accomplishment. Of course, the places I want to send two of them aren't open for months, and the third is going to need some good hacking, but still. Also, Dart and Resurrectionists are out and about as well, which is super awesome. (Poor John got two of them dumped on him, but for everyone else it's one at a time. Sorry John, that's what you get for being so good with a historical.)

-Our coffee grinder has been iffy for the last few weeks, but it finally died today. I knew it was having trouble. Then our coffee MAKER started leaking the other day. I woke up today and got, "and there's no coffee, because the thing is broken."

Well I knew the grinder was broken-- I thought the leak in the pot had been investigated and found insurmountable, as issues go. So when I went to the grocery store I stopped at Bed Bath and Beyond and got a new coffee maker and grinder...

And got home to hear, "Why did you buy a coffee maker? It's just the grinder that's broken."

Communication fail!

But Jesus I had a headache today, with only a cup of Darjeeling for support. Guess it's time to start cutting back.

Ah, who am I kidding?

But for now, time for wine.
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[Jul. 4th, 2009|12:48 pm]

Happy Independence Day even if you hate America
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losing sensation for you my love I fear [Mar. 17th, 2009|06:48 pm]
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[Current Music |BRMC - Awake]

Oh fuck, I haven't played my guitar since the last time Mary was here, and my fingers are fucking killing me now. That will teach me to neglect music :/

But for the moment, let me present something that seems fascinating to me in my current state of mind.

Strongbow: A Study in Awesome )


I think not.

No, really, he's a hard ass. He makes elves even cooler than Legolas walking on snow. For real.
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they laid poor Jesse in his grave [Mar. 17th, 2009|01:37 pm]
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Hm, it's already after 1.30. I'm slow, but if I plan this right I can still be passed out by 10pm! Happy St. Patrick's day.

Off to be a stereotype!
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spread your love like a fever [Mar. 3rd, 2009|12:03 am]
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I don't think I need to say anything else.
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you know you should so I guess you might as well [Jan. 2nd, 2009|08:27 am]
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[Current Music |Anthony Bordain is on TV...]

So I'm a day late, but I've had company, so happy new year, y'all! My dad looked at me last night while we were watching the College Football extravaganza (he's a big Penn State fan since, you know, he grew up in PA, but he also watches anything football that's on at any time. Ever. Seriously, it's weird as hell.), "It doesn't feel any different."

No, it never does, but we have to get used to the idea that it's 2009. Annoying when I write out the rent check.

In case anyone is wondering, this is, of course, my writing journal. No matter what other shit I rant about, it's really not the point of this thing being here. If it were, I'd have lost interest in IJ a long time ago, since reality never does much for me. I usually f-lock these writing entries though-- my endless lists and whatever. But since this is sort of the year end wrap-up of Everything I Did, I'm just gonna leave it unlocked. My friends who just stop by and don't use OpenID or anything (as in, the blogger/LJ people who stop by to say hi sometimes) can either look at it or not, but if you glance through it'll tell you the kinds of shit I do every day like way more accurately. (Also: Hi!)

The rest of you will just sigh and say "here she goes again..."

First up: The Resolution. Sort of discussed this on ye olde author blog, but I'm not going to explain why I talk about my characters like they're real anymore. I feel like I'm making excuses. You know why I do it, don't pretend you don't. And if you really don't, that's cool, you probably don't care anyhow.

That said, I'm now going to discuss things that went on this year, for comparison with next year, since I'm crazy like that. This is sort of for my own records and motivation, and I'm doing it today because it's the New Year. Nano felt more like the turnover writing-wise actually, but what the fuck, I figure. It's 8.30am and I'm actually awake. And I can't resist a chance to make a list.

That means it's time for a list of crap I did this year!

Stuff I Did )

So in conclusion, as accomplishments this year go, it's fair to say I've made some important steps. I've proven to myself that I can write well enough to make people take a second look at giant novel projects. I've learned more about pacing, though I'm far from perfecting. I've learned that people will in fact pay me for this-- if not quite a professional rate, yet. But I'm actually confident that I'll get there some day. might take me a few years, but I'm good with that.

And now the obligatory second part. The stuff I want to do.

Up Next... )

And god knows what else, but those are my guesses. It'll be amusing to see how much of it actually goes this way-- especially since we'll be house-shopping and other weird shit this year. Hmmm!

Okay this is a novel in itself. I'll stop now. Just... the lists! They call to me!
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just say the word and I'll be free [Dec. 23rd, 2008|11:45 pm]
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I don't know who just sent me The Tale of Desperaux, but I love you. Thank you!

Good news today on the Katey Front.

1. Dad had some test things done and there's nothing wrong with him. Which there might've been. But there's not, so yay!

2. Less exciting, but also cool, Duke agreed to let Balaji transfer from the international program to the weekend one. Which means, since he got the educational loan from the bank after all (go figure!), that he can continue next term, transfer all credits, and just go down to Durham every other weekend. Which won't make him get fired. Yay again!

We finished Dexter season 3 tonight, which was amazing. (Not as good as season 1, but better than season 2.) Last night we watched the first disc of Arrested Development season 1, which was... actually just as amazing, but in a different way. In a hilariously wrong way. (Tara's Christmas gifts pretty much ruled-- she gave me that and a gift card to The Melting Pot. Yeah. I know. Be jealous.)

My to-read pile is up to 19 books according to my GoodReads. Sweeeeet. (Also thanks to Jen, I now have Less Stuff on the to-buy list! Yaaaay!) Almost done with this damn Caravaggio book. (So many good things, but the bad things are SO BAD IT BURNS. It's like reading a copy of the Enquirer that was printed in Rome, ca. 1604...)

And now, to go and de-tox my brain from the Plot of Neverending Insanity. Somehow.

I can do this. Right.
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please don't put your life in the hands of a rock n roll band [Nov. 29th, 2008|02:45 pm]
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Thanksgiving Wrap-Up:

Ate dinner with Uncle Dan, Mom, Dad, Norma (family friend/freshman English teacher), Pap, and Balaji. Nick had to work. Damn, that food was good.

Watched lots of Jeeves & Wooster. God those were some crap football games this year. I would've passed out, even though I don't eat turkey, if not for J&W.

Watched Nick play Fallout 3. Haha post apocalyptic DC!

Couldn't stop saying "Cool Whip" like Stewie. "Hey Brian, Brian... want some Cool Whhhhip?"

Listened to my Uncle call Thomas Jefferson "magnanimous", watched a vein in my brother's head almost pop. I showed him good, don't worry. Goddamn Virginians... (my mom and half her siblings were born here, after all.)

Read some Steampunk and had a hard time not critiquing the stories. I'm okay with novels, but it's harder with short stories-- maybe because you don't get quite as immersed?


Got an email that said my story Green sold to Reflection's Edge; pretty short turnaround time, too. So it should be in their next issue! Hey Meghan, thanks for not letting me throw that away (oh, and figuring out how to tie it together, HUGE), huh? And Jen, *highfive* you rule.

That's 5! FIVE!!1!!one!1
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Happy Halloween! [Oct. 31st, 2008|02:16 pm]
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Best Holiday Ever, as usual.

Cheers, y'all!
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by watching the cops on tv [Jul. 3rd, 2008|05:34 pm]
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First off, since I won't be around tomorrow:

Happy Independence Day!!

Yay for badly behaved rich dudes who didn't like paying taxes on stuff they didn't even get to vote for. (Casts a pointed glance at Washington DC, which still hardly has ANY representation.) Here's to Sam Adams-- both the revolutionary and the beer... which I'm drinking now. Mmm Summer Ale.

I'll be on my way to WV for a short visit with the family (and I do mean THE FAMILY-- at least three uncles and many, many cousins are planning to be present. It'll be a Reilly/Taylor cluster fuck of awesome.) Bala and I are staying with Nicolas and Shannan in Wheeling due to the full house my parents will have. Nick informs me he's gotten a new MST3K boxed set. What a way to top off a day of beer drinking, loud Irish relatives, and fireworks!

Should be an interesting contrast to last year when I watched The Revolution on the History Channel and read 1776 all day.

Have a good one all you Americans and/or people living in America at the moment. Be safe and stuff, too.

IRONICALLY PATRIOTIC EDIT: Haha, as the Superficial Writer puts it (warning: bikini and flag behind link), "On this most patriotic of days, I encourage you all to think about the sacrifices made by our forefathers. Sacrifices that allow a guy like me to write freely about breasts without the King of England coming into my home and teabagging me, if I recall my history lessons. So, on that note, USA!"

... sorry. Haha for some reason I have trouble picturing George III doing that...

Thank god.

In other news, the admin/owner at the Graveside Tales Forums (incidentally, great place for chat about horror markets and the pulse in general) posted a really cool link I think other aspiring writers might enjoy. A lot of times it's hard to decide if this is really what we want because... let's face it, it's a stupid ass decision to make. I knew it was mine a few years ago, though, I'm resigned to the realities and I WAS resigned to having a stupid night job just so I could have my brain in tact and healthcare to get me through it. I lucked out in that my husband is supportive and awesome (not that we'd be married otherwise, but you get my point), but I'd probably still be selling coffee to patronizing fashion executives if not.

And if you're on the fence, I think Brian Keene's blog entry on How I Make A Living Writing Full Time might be fun. He's writing from a mass market paperback/midlist writer's perspective, which is the best people like me can hope for. A couple of people I know are definite Cormac McCarthys and Jodi Picoults and maybe even Marion Zimmer Bradleys some day. But not me.

So if you're like me, you just want to write genre fiction and do what you can with your head people, but still like to make a little cash, I think that seeing the brutal realities of it is pretty good. And if you're smiling when you finish reading that because you think it sounds like the fucking life (and oh, it does-- this is a man who loves what he does), it's pretty cool to realize that yeah, you know exactly what you want.

Or I'm on crack. But either way.

PS. Sorry 'bout the old spam on the [info]kvtaylor-- I updated an old post (links were dead) and it spammed the rss feed.
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