June 17th, 2009

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  • 15:21 Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who read, donated, and linked to #Fairyland yesterday. I love you all. #
  • 15:51 Am listening to Aleksandr Rosenbaum and falling in love. Can I have a sweet Russian man to sing for me? OH WAIT... #
  • 16:25 Dying to see this! www.sonyclassics.com/moon/ #
  • 16:38 @libraryraven YAY! so glad you liked it! #
  • 18:10 In a chat about postmod'ism, I couldn't think of a woman writer who'd made herself (real name)a character in/narrator of her piece. Can you? #
  • 18:26 @jimnduncan As of next week there will be a Kindle option. It doesn't look like I can put the audio up on podio by myself? #
  • 19:03 @caudelac Yeah, I mean, non-fiction and all. #
  • 20:01 Someone sent me The Jewel-Hinged Jaw...who can I thank? #
  • 20:57 I think one of the most important skills a writer can have is the ability to differentiate between A Really Good Idea and The Right Idea. #
  • 21:47 Does anyone out there have a copy of the book Intertwined, who might be willing to copy out a pattern for me? #
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Another Day In the Neighborhood

io9 reviews Palimpsest!

I spent the majority of my day yesterday thinking over the third chapter of Fairyland (I'm trying to get a good cushion under my belt so I don't miss any updates, as I owe a novel to Tor this summer, after all) and rejecting the already-written and quite good scene when September first arrives in Fairyland. It's a good idea, compelling, strange--but far too overwhelmingly sad, I finally realized. It would have changed the whole tenor of the novel. I was getting depressed just writing it.

I think one of the most important skills a writer can develop is the ability to tell the difference between a Really Good Idea and the Right Idea.

This was just not the right idea, and the more I tried to spin the novel out from that point in my head the more it all fell apart. So a character is quietly snuffed out of existence and new kids were brought off the bench and now there are witches and it's going smoothly. The thinking part of writing takes so much longer than the actual writing part of it. At midnight I got up and grabbed my computer and wrote 2500 words like I hadn't  been struggling all day.

I think I've been affected by reading The Sparrow, and now my brain is like: God has abandoned us, life is pain.

I'm also getting ready for the Fourth Street Fantasy Convention this weekend--which I would normally not be going to, but a couple of months ago elisem  and some anonymous angels arranged to pay for my and a few other writers' expenses to come to the con. So now I get to go to this super cool con that I could never have afforded to otherwise. Of the yay, I'd say. This is my schedule:

  Reasons Things Go Wrong   7:30pm - 8:30pm  Friday
  Embracing Exposition  3:00pm - 4:15pm Saturday
  Food Fashion and Fornication  7:30pm - 8:30pm Saturday

I get to be on a panel with pameladean  and Lois McMaster Bujold. I'm still trying to process that. If anyone lives in Minneapolis and wants to hang, I will probably have some free time.

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So we're doing the frugal con shuffle, filling my suitcase with granola bars and pre-made sandwiches, and learning from Wiscon to put the sandwiches in tupperware, not ziploc, so they won't get smushed into constituent atoms by the flight. Does anyone have any good, healthy portable recipes for con food? I suppose making my own granola bars would be healthier and more cost-effective, but I've never done that.

And pulling all my books to be signed by awesome people. I always forget to do that. And I need to pack a knitting project. (Feel free to nominate patterns!)

And write an essay and more chapter today. It is a full day. But justbeast  had an interview, so wish him luck.