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One would think I could be all loosey-goosey about deadlines working for myself...but one would be wrong! Of course the big deadline that's shaping my summer is my upcoming lasic surgery that I wrote about in my last newsletter. I want to have my big, partially-done projects put to bed before I go under the laser. And I won't lie, having a few sales under my belt wouldn't hurt either!

So I've been all about getting Zero Hour ready for publication, in ebook and in paperback, and I've been running into complications left and right. (The epub that looks perfect on the iPod looks like shit on the Nook. La la la. At least the mobi works.) I will prevail. For today I focused on the print version, since printing, mailing and proof copies are involved and so it will lag after the e-release anyway, but hopefully will come very close. I had a mini-meltdown when the font I chose after much testing was not showing ellipses...oh god the cute design professor who told me about this font said it was robust, where the hell are the ellipses???...but then I ditched it from my computer and downloaded it from a different source, and lo, the ellipses existed. That was probably two hours. Of wanting to weep.

Periodically I think back to my days of working for someone else. I remember banging my head on the wall about things like this often. I had a very temperamental large-format printer. I hear my replacement opts to just not use it. But no, not me. I KNEW I could finesse it into doing what I wanted if I just agonized enough.

And the other deadline that's not really in my control is the research for Magic Mansion, (also spoken of in the newsletter above) which I've been putting off and putting off. I had Circus World on my calendar for a few weeks now and I blew myself off. But there's a magic show I need to see in the Dells that's only offering matinees at certain times, so I gots to get my butt in gear and go there. That'd be Monday--and if I've paid for something, I'm damn well showing up :D I have paid and I'm going.

I think by Circus World being there all the time, it's made itself blow-offable. Its performance schedule is only during the summer months, but still. Seriously, I wrote it down for May 23 and I never did it. Maybe I could do both in one day. Hm. That seems like a shame, like I'd absorb more if I made two trips.



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Jun. 24th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
You make me feel all giddy here! More to come? Yes,yes,yes!
I hope your lasic goes well; it looks almost too good to be true when I watch people get it on TV. I see in only one eye so I'm a bit squeamish about doing anything at all with the one eye I have left to me.
Jun. 24th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
OH! Holy hell, if I had sight in just one eye I'd be damned if I let anyone near it!
Jun. 25th, 2011 04:06 am (UTC)
With my addiction to reading it would be a real bummer if something did happen. Couldn't read your books then, could I?
Jun. 25th, 2011 08:48 am (UTC)
I think the Kindle would be able to read my books to you but that's not a huge consolation!
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:20 pm (UTC)
I think that would spoil that inner voice I have when I read. Audio books? No,no,no. Every writer has their own distinct voice in my head and books to me are sort of narrated movies, controlled dreams, whatever.....
Can I thank you for being such a fantastic writer and for letting me play in your playpen? Is there anything out there that I haven't read? I bought everything you have over at Fictionwise and I bought everything over at your site. Anything else tucked away somewhere? *drooling and waving my tail like an eager puppy*
Jun. 25th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
I like a good audio, myself. My eyes get so tired from working long hours, it's nice to relax to someone telling me a story. I think sometimes not-so-good writing can be saved by a good narrator. However I often fall asleep and need to listen to the same disc five or six times. It's weird to hear a series narrated by different narrators with different takes on the characters, that's kinda jarring and I don't like it.

Thank you so much for all the kind compliments! I keep a running list of my titles at the bottom of my newsletter, so you can see if there's anything there you have yet to discover. Hopefully something!

(too weary to make a clickable link, hee hee...oh wait LJ made it clickable...good.)

Edited at 2011-06-26 01:41 am (UTC)
Jun. 24th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
The mobi looked awesome :o)
Magic Manson... does it involve magicians? I will love you forever if it is. I love magic, especially slight of hand. Good magic info is hard to find on line - the tricks of the trade stuff. A lot of sites will quiz you before you can enter. The brotherhood of magicians is rather tight lipped. well, at least it was 5ish years ago. My ex dabbled in slight of hand.
Jun. 24th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, that's so funny because it is about magicians, and I found exactly the same thing. They're completely tight-lipped. If you decide, "I want to know how this classic illusion is done," chances are, you're shit outta luck.

I think I love that about it.

I looked through some magic-secret books from the early 1900's and they were tight-lipped even then. So I'm just going to go soak up the magician ambiance and gather ideas. I'm not sure how I'll deal with not knowing how specific tricks are done when the time comes. Maybe magicians will need to invent tricks...this will be something along the lines of Project Runway. With Magicians. And gay sex. And voting.

Wow--your ex was into it!!!
Jun. 24th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, there is a reason that guy who reveals the secrets on those tv shows wears a mask. My ex was good with the slight of hand, he worked at a nursing home as an aide and the residents loved him. He'd entertain them with a card trick or whatever.
I remember we watched Eugene Burger preform this card trick - I call it the Inquisition but that's not it.He does it with an Inquisition story. I can't tell you how many decks of cards we went through trying to figure it out. We finally did.
For slight of hand - Ricky Jay (he'll give you history while doing his show) and Eugene Burger. I like Penn & Teller, they did an awesome cups and balls routine.
I love the history of magic.
A&E or History channel had a great mini series on the history of magic - Teller was on it, so odd hearing him talk.
I have the exes magic stuff and have a book that tells me how to build the special cabinets - I want to do that and have them as a bar or table lol.
I have several reprints of show posters - Carter the Great, Thurston, Houdini
Jun. 25th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
I am such a ditz, when I saw the title Magic Mansion I didn't think it involved magicians, I thought it was just a nifty title!

Hope you have sorted out your formatting issues with Zero Hour. I'm liking your icon very much :)
Jun. 25th, 2011 08:23 am (UTC)
Magic in the title could've meant anything...a magical house of some sort. Heck, I could still write something like that, I like the sound of it! But yes, Magic Mansion is about stage magic.

In theory I love formatting books but in practice I get frustrated with it when I hit snags. Maybe I need to do smaller stretches of it.
Jun. 25th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
Readers can blame me for being slow on the proofing/line edits for Zero Hour. I was in the process of moving, and it was total chaos, then it continued to be total chaos dealing with the roommate. I don't even remember how I got some uninterrupted time to proof. Maybe she was away from the apartment those days. But after I talked with Jordan, I finally got it in gear and put some concentrated time into it.
Jun. 25th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
I looked at the Circus World schedule, and it goes through September. Maybe you'll make it in early July, and take notes then. It sounds like it would be fun to see a show and absorb the ambiance. It would be overwhelming for me to do two events like that in a day. My opinion would be to see them about a week apart, so you can remember well enough, but the second will feel a bit more fresh than if you saw it all at once. This is why I take a week on the Changeling novella line edits I do, because I read through them and make corrections the first time, then wait a few days and read through them again for another round of corrections.
Jun. 25th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
How well I will feel after the lasic--whether I feel up to doing a long drive or if my eyes will be tired--will make a difference on whether I can make the trip, which is why the surgery figuring in as such a big deadline. Originally I wanted to take some time off to rest up, but that's looking less and less likely.
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