Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Happy September 1st!

That means happy b-day to my mom-in-law! J, if you're reading this, we were going to have the grandkids call you at 6:15 this morning to wish you well, but managed to restrain ourselves. It was tough going for a little while there though. You were very close to getting the wake-up call. :)

In other news, I've been working on the SF novel this week. 750 words yesterday and 530 today, bringing the grand total to just under 56,000 words, a bit over halfway. Quint's novel is at about 28,000 words right now, so it's about 1/4 of the way through. Ugh.

I've also decided to rework the beginning of my UF fantasy novel that's currently making the rounds of agents in the querying process. Oh joy. Because, you know, I sooooo want to muck with that one some more. Maybe I can suck some more life out of the beginning of it. Every time I touch it now I feel like it's dying just a little bit more. I keep telling myself that this time - this time is the time I'll get it right. Surrrrrrre. But clearly it needs more work and I'm not giving up on it. So wish me luck.

Anyways, hope you all have started out the week well. What are you reading right now? Anything interesting? I just finished Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre. Her first two novels were part of a SF series and this one seems to be the start of an UF series. It was good. I liked the heroine. Interesting story. Nice plot twists. I recommend it.

And now I'm off to work, fondling er, unpacking the books at our local B&N. Come to mama, Must Love Hellhounds!


  1. woot! i'm stopping by Barnes and Noble on my way home today to pick up my own bookies!

    it'll be nice to read again. ive been on a big reading break since work has amped up, we started working out, and watching Battlestar Galactica.

    dont give up on the novel--you can do it!

  2. I finished a classic that I haven't read in over two decades over the weekend: _A Wrinkle in Time_. It held up really well. A good, fast read with high imagination density.

  3. Funny you should mention an oldie but goodie, Brian. You know how you can go your whole life to a point without encountering something, and then within a few months, it's suddenly everywhere? That's happening with White's Once and Future King with me lately. It started a few months ago when a friend referenced it in a short story he'd written. Now all of the sudden I keep seeing/hearing mention of it. I think the powers that be want me to read it.

  4. I'm finally reading an author who's been on my TBR list for a while - Phaedra Weldon's Wraith. I'm lovin it immensly - learning all new planes of existance. I'm ready to get the second in the series!I'd say it's a thinkers read - character driven with lots of snarky humor to keep the tone from being too intense.