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Yay, I have a write-for-hire project, which makes write-a-thon... much more difficult. Since I can't share that work at all. So... well, we'll see what happens.

In the meantime, here's an excerpt of a Something.

Words That Mean People )
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Clarion Write-a-Thon time is here again! So yeah, I should do that As I don't really use this space for anything else (and the other online spaces I use I am not super about heavy traffic), I guess I will post writerly updates here.

The goal, as last time, is 111 Objects. Chapters, vignettes, scenes, poems- any Thing which can be called more or less a single Thing. Call it iterative design, but writing. One a day, from the elusive start of the write-a-thon which I guess is 24 June? Whatever. Won't be easy- it never is.

Anyway, Sponsor Me if you like!
caudelac: (story: that way)
In which my husband published his story, Dakrah's Familiar, on Amazon. If you dig wizardly tales of wizards being wizardly, this might be your jam. If not, that's okay too. But I am very proud of him, ,and it is totally my jam.
caudelac: (complain!)
So, my husband is also a writer, and a damn fine one. What he writes-- what he excels at-- is pure, wizardly fantasy, of a kind that you don't really see these days, unless its mixed up with a lot of dull, self-aggrandizing heroes or torture porn. Think Jack Vance without the misogyny, with a bit of Steven Brust. Now, the circles I know are all weird fantasy, urban stuff, lovecraft, or aggressively looking for (and rightly) works by and about women and people of color. Which I adore, because those are all my street.

But where does a white guy writing straight up, crazy arcane and erudite Fantasy go as far as markets these days? I know those places gotta be still out there.

Anyway, he has finished a story I love, and which reads extremely well, in spite of his giving in to the desire to drop in as many arcane, five dollar words as humanly possible (noumena? Really?). But dear lord, I don't know the last time I read a book written in the last decade where the magic actually felt like... wizardly? Arcane? The stuff of massive, obscure tomes and decrepit towers and yes. I think that people think, "oh god, there's tons of that already, and we know how that works," but I'm like... is there, really? Because if there is, please, for the love of all that's holy, point me to it!

(yes, this is a call for recommendations. Because really.)

(also also, yay new house!)
caudelac: (story: that way)
I am doing the Clarion Write-a-Thon this year. I'd like your support, but if you don't wanna support me, there's lots of other awesome writers who would love to have your dollas. My goal is to finish 111 things-- whether chapters, short stories, poems, vignettes, whatever. I should post them somewhere when I'm done, huh? Maybe I'll do a self-published, "this is my brain on Clarion Write-a-Thon" antholimajigger.

Anyway, I already finished one weirdshit thing, at least for a first draft. It is a thing about a city, because I like to write about cities, and compulsion, and automatons.

Next, I am working on parts two and three of an epic poem (each part is One Thing), and a third novella in a trilogy that I did for Blogathon two years running. Y'know, thematic.

Then? Probably some more of the personal fairy tales that I started for my son, before he was born.

Y'know, we'll see.
caudelac: (hope.)
It is 1 month til my due date. You know. Prop bet time.

Also, Iron Edda: War of Metal and Bone went live today.

If it gets enough cash, I am writing an edition for the WaRP system as a stretch goal. Yeah buddy!

Oof, baby is grumpy and settly, and the things that might be contractions? are long and oofy. I somehow don't think we'll be waiting much longer. :P
caudelac: (yackety schmackety.)
"...There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back."

From Life-Line by Robert Heinlien, 1939.

Relevant.
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So, Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I'll give you one sentence from that story.

Via [livejournal.com profile] tithenai, among others.
caudelac: (story: that way)
So! Speaking of "Hey check out my new..." I've a story in Maelstrom: Tales of Madness and Horror, to benefit folks who lost their home to Hurricane Irene. There's some excellent Lovecraftian goodies there, a story by [livejournal.com profile] rdansky, and well... me, writing about the King in Yellow.

To quote Mr. Dansky: "Because there's something just perfect about tentacles in a good cause."
caudelac: (story: that way)
I shoulda counted chapters in my 'things finished' count, is all.
caudelac: (cannondrag)
I wrote today. Didn't finish anything, but I wrote. Made some progress on research for a story where Europe was too busy dealing with too many Giants to become colonists, and so the African Empires were the first to cross the Atlantic, and intermingled with the native Americans.

Also flailed. Flailing is a thing. The problem with having so many projects to finish is that determining priority is hard, frustrating, and makes me want to cry. Ah well.

I shall gnaw on forward, through, and yes.
caudelac: (climb the tower)
There was Valentines Day!
There was They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton!
There was OMG WTF WEBSITE DOOM!

This weekend, there will not be Atlanta, because there will probably be more website doom, and there needs to be more sleep.

And writing. There will certainly be writing. Hopefully there will be me writing and also [livejournal.com profile] shieldhaven writing. And Javascript. For both of us.

Yes! We are both learning Javascript! From http://www.codecademy.com/, which is really quite good.

Now, for the Time Stop to pass so I can be done with my day now.
caudelac: (Bookish!)
Not that there are many things.

But I got my supporting membership for Chicon 2012, so that I can nominate things for the Hugos. So, if there's anything I should look at what I may have missed (though I am reading the posts from my F*list writers), let me know!

This year, I am going to try to get the two additional eligible publications I need to qualify for a full SFWA membership, because it's good to have goals.

Also, glair paint, as attempt #3 actually turned out pretty well. See!





The blue/purple and white are all egg tempera, and the burnt sienna is glair... there's also a little green glair in there, but you don't really see it.

Anyway, I've got to use more of it, before it all goes off. As the one bad thing about egg tempera? It seriously starts to stink pretty quick.

ETA: Did one more, and now it's late enough I have to fall over. Next time, I'll see if I can split up the egg whites and yolks in such a way that I can get more mileage out of a single egg.



caudelac: (story: that way)
[livejournal.com profile] yuletide story posted. The text, anyway. Now to go in and fix the ungodly terrible formatting.

Tomorrow's work will suck. Also, it will be followed by a drive to ATL.

So that's all right.
caudelac: (story: that way)
I finished a King in Yellow story for an anthology, and now I am failing utterly at boiling red and blue pigments, so I can make glair paints and egg tempura later. Yesterday, we went to the Ren Faire in Charlotte, and procured many hats. B wrote a good deal on his own story for the same Anthology (which is quite good), beat Arkham City, and is playing the New Game Plus. Arkham City is super awesome, much like its predecessor, though really quite hard, from watching.

Finishing stories is nearly as terrible as not finishing them. I am elated when they're done, but unless they're part of some bigger, ongoing thing, I feel terribly... emptied. Like anything else is impossible, and I'll never have any ideas again. Silly, but the way it goes. Feh.

Nu, I have a beer and a quarter of pomegranate. It's been a very good weekend. I still haven't decided if I am going to do [livejournal.com profile] yuletide or not. After last year, I may well be done with it and fanfic for good.

Well, we'll see, won't we!
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So, if you wanted to read the story what I sold to Apex, you can read it here:

The Tiger Hunt.

Just coz... well, yes. Also, you should read the stories in the current issue, esp. I am Thinking of You In The Spaces Between by Shira Lipkin ([livejournal.com profile] shadesong), because it's bloody amazing.
caudelac: (climb the tower)
I got my first pro story acceptance: My story The Tiger Hunt will be appearing in Apex Magazine.

This little internet is not big enough to contain my trembling glee!

Special love for [livejournal.com profile] shellefly and [livejournal.com profile] unnaturale, who loved it first, when it was a baby, to [livejournal.com profile] shieldhaven for helping me refine it into something awesome, and to [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna, for liking enough to say yes.

And well... Hee!!!

Now, back to DtD culture packets, and Other Obligations.
caudelac: (story: that way)
For some reason, ever since this became a journal-journal, I have not been comfy posting writing here directly. Dunno why. So I try once again to do the whole posting stuffs to a community thing, and we'll see if that works for me.

It's called [livejournal.com profile] realmofunruly, and yes, it's a recycled one, and yes, it's locked, and well... yeah. Mostly it's got my Timothina stuffs there, right now.

So that's a thing.
caudelac: (a wreck on the reef)
Today was spent, by and large, helping the Scrap Exchange move their stuff out of the newly condemned building in which they'd been habitating for a while, across the street into the minor league baseball offices. Which would have been all well and good, except that I lost my keys somewhere in the process, and, as the breaks on my car are dead, was driving [livejournal.com profile] shieldhaven's vehicle. Which meant that I had to get someone to drive me back to Cary, then to my car again. And that we had to go get new keys made.

Super fun.

Anyway, if you're in the Triangle, you should go and donate to the scrap to help them get a permanent home, help them move stuff, of just donate $10 tomorrow and go get whatever you want of the stuff they can't take to their warehouse. It's a great opportunity to get some neat junk-- they just won't be able to get everything out in the time that they have. Also, go see the new space-- it's very bright and cheerful, even if it is all temporary and stuff.

So now that I've mostly de-stressed, I am still finding the writing I need to do this evening to get ready for the Dust to Dust World Event really bloody difficult to wrap my head around. We'll see how I feel tomorrow, mebbe.

Also, it looks like I'll be Perm instead of Contract at my wukr starting on the 31st. Which is awesome, and I am a fan. So I am feeling better about all of that.

And that's the news.
caudelac: (story: that way)
I got rather a lot of writing done today, and cleaning too.

The writing being a little different from the norm for me, as I get to be on the Campaign Committee for the Dust to Dust LARP, which makes me very happy.

That said, I am up to chapter 15 in That Long Story, and partway into 16, and I need to update the setting log from my D&D game last Friday, and the Chessenta game Monday was /really/ good-- it is not easy to run my Shaman just clean out of healing, and Eclipse this weekend, and, and...

And whew, but that's a run on.

And I should sleep now.

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