Cue more happy elephant Peadar!
I'm at home today and tomorrow minding my son - translates as watching The Fantastic Four cartoon and simlar em... not terribly education television, or letting him play with teh internets. We would have gone out but the torrential rainpour put us off - while workmen dismantle our home around us. Well, not really. We're getting new windows in. Great day for it (rain rain go away). I'd planned some gardening, a trip to the library etc but we're hibernating instead and praying for sun.
But anyway, Ruins Metropolis looks great. Really looking forward to getting stuck into it. I think I will bring it with me on the trip next week.
Just got the word that the anthology Ruins Metropolis from Hadley Rille Books should be available within the next couple of weeks. It contains my story "Carrying Keptara" as well as those by xanthalanari and camillealexa
As soon as I have the link I'll post it up.
I met up with theladywolf and irishkate and great was the multitude of the squeeing! In front of people and all. I also met a great number of new and fun people, including mizkit(tres cool). Many thanks to xnamkradand all the others for organising such a wonderful weekend. To paraphrase Neil Gaiman on coming away from my first con, I appear to have found my tribe.
Thanks also to my ever-wonderful husband who childminded and practiced baby-sitter wrangling over the weekend. He came in today for the "How to survive as the partner of a writer" panel which we both really enjoyed. He's just the best really. And Saturday was his birthday too. How's that for above and beyond the call of duty?
The proofs and author bio for Carrying Keptara went back along with a new author bio, which was "entertaining" to write. You know how there are some things you just find bloody difficult to write? This was one. But I had loads of help from my Divas Seeley and Chi. They rock.
And finally, in 6 year old son news, he got a yo-yo from Eddie Rockets (a diner chain) on Friday. It has lights and everything. I asked him what it did and he fixed me with that look (I've mentioned it before; that look, the one which says "why oh lord have you cursed me with such a dense mother?") and said "It Yos".
There you have it. How could I have been so misguided?
In other writing news, I heard back from an agent last night. Not a yes, don't get excited. But a very pleasant and encouraging response to a query, with the comment that I might send in my urban fantasy (Moy Tura) and paranormal romance (To Regain Heaven) when they are ready as those fields are more to their interest at the moment. What an incentive to get some work done! Guess what I'll be doing from tonight on! :D
Very upset to hear about Heath Ledger. I remember watching Roar and he just sparkled in every scene. I only just found Ten Things I Hate About You in one of our moving boxes (where it has been for over a year!) and took it out the other night intending to watch it while Hubby is away. Sad now!
As my son told me the other night, its only "2 more sleeps" until my hubby comes home.
I like this start to the new year! It is good in so many ways.
*dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!dance of joy!*
Meanwhile Puzzlebox: 7963 words, which is 39.8% of the target.
Behind, but in a good place.
It is not easy to write with a hyper six year old around.
I subbed Carrying Keptara to Ruins Metropolis, so we'll see how that goes now. Should be about a month, they said.
Other than that, I had a lovely weekend with friends and family. :D
Its called "Carrying Keptara" and is supposedly for the Ruins Metropolis anthology which closes next week. No honest, I never leave things to the last minute! Its... not easy to define. Sort of a world proto-myth revolving around the evacuation of Atlantis. It even has bull leapers in it. Hence the new userpic. :D
Anyway, I am happy. I have written something new. It is now up on LH, (warts and all) waiting to be taken apart! Then I will try to put it back together again in order to kick it out the door before the 31st.
It's all gone a bit Humpty Dumpty then.
I wrote more of To Regain Heaven last night, and, more to the point given my moaning about it the other day TYPED more of it too. Granted not much more but some. I tend to edit as I type - for plot rather than typos. My typos can be subtle and quick to anger. They can also be downright glaringly obvious!
In home news, after weeks of insisting she wanted to be a witch for Hallow 'een my little girl took one look at her costume last night, burst into hysterical tears and declared she didn't want to be a witch because it was too scary! It took my son and I the whole evening to convince her that she would be a good witch á la Professor McGonagall. Of course, as david_de_beersuggested recently, that might also make her the Last Templar! Having got her to put the costume on, (she looks adorable btw), I didn't think it would be a good idea to confuse matters.