I will have News soon, on both the writing and personal fronts, but for now I am biding my time and VagueBooking. I was going to haul out the first lines meme tonight, but I am le tired, and must open a bookstore in the morning.
- Current Mood: tired
- Current Music:fans
Damascus katabasis, a set on Flickr.
Still alive! I'm currently working on expanding the synopsis for The Poison Court to make it proposal-worthy. This is exactly as much fun as you might imagine synopsizing an unwritten novel to be.
Running continues. I'm up to 5.5 miles now, and hope to make 6 this weekend. My right knee is giving me grief now, but at least I know how to deal with it.
2013 continues to be a crazy game show where my personal life is concerned, but that builds character, right? We've managed to keep Agent J alive, at least, so that's something.
An adventure has presented itself, in the form of a friend's new old house. The Villa Damascus is a lovely old house in the middle of nowhere. I'm helping with renovations in exchange for having writer-in-residence privileges. A hundred-year-old house with a pomegranate tree and a creepy cistern? It's hard to get more awesome than that. Once we get rid of that awful longhorn mural, anyway.
- Current Mood: working
- Current Music:David Bowie - Something In the Air
- Current Mood: happy
- Current Music:Marquee Moon - Beyond The Pale
On Tuesday I took Octavia to get her tentacles done. The lighting in this photo washes her out a bit, but now she has lovely electric blues and purples, not to mention eyes. We go back in November for what will hopefully be the last round of color and shading.
I'm already daydreaming about a skeleton pin-up girl on my right arm to balance things out. And trying to figure out how I can manage that without covering the inside of my elbow. Because ouch.
Today I wrote a synopsis for The Poison Court and sent that and a partial to the Fabulous Agent. Tomorrow I get more color added to Octavia. Other cool things of a not-yet-speakable nature may also be happening soon. Updates to follow.
- Current Mood: accomplished
- Current Music:And One - Krieger
12:00 - 13:00: Kaffeeklatsch (with Rachel Swirsky and Alan Stewart)
12:00 - 13:00: Horses Are Not Jeeps - Bringing reality to fictional worlds
Patrice Sarath, Fred Lerner, Amanda Downum, Elizabeth Moon, Taylor Anderson
14:00 - 15:00: How To Scare Your Reader
Vylar Kaftan, John Hornor Jacobs, Amanda Downum, Alastair Reynolds, M. L. Brennan
15:00 - 16:00: Intricate Worlds
Bryan T. Schmidt, Amanda Downum, Robin Hobb, Gail Carriger
10:00 - 11:00: Autographing Amanda Downum, Elizabeth Hull, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jack Skillingstead
14:00 - 15:00: Introduction to Eurocons
Alice Lawson, Amanda Downum, Carolina Gómez Lagerlöf, Gareth Kavanagh, James Shields
And because this can never be said often enough, alas: if you are at WorldCon and someone harasses you, I volunteer to be your back-up. I will not say "Oh, that's just so-and-so," or "You should shoot him/punch him/kick him in the balls," or "If I'd have been there I would totally have shot him/punched him/kicked him in the balls." I will, however, escort you to a safe place, provide company in a public place, and/or help you find an appropriate person with whom to file a complaint.
- Current Mood: calm
- Current Music:Depeche Mode - Dangerous
Last December I became a person who enjoyed running. At the end of January my IT band blew up. By February lack of running had made me surly and out of sorts. Luckily, I listened to the wise advice of friends and got PT and went back to interval training. Now I can run 5ks again, and am returning to January's plan of training for a half marathon.
My tentative schedule would have me up to 13 miles in 18 weeks, and January is definitely the time of year to run 13 miles in Texas. We'll see how this goes.
- Current Mood: happy
- Current Music:Blutengel - Reich Mir die Hand
- Current Mood: indescribable