Had a pretty productive day yesterday -- did a first pass on the TOR manuscripts, organized them some more and figured out which ones I can quickly reject for being off-topic. Need to ask some people who sent synopses to send three chapters, and then spend some time today reading through the various sets of three chapters I have. Was too groggy to trust myself to do that yesterday.
I'm having a bit of a tough time deciding when to ask for full manuscripts. Many of the sets of three chapters seem competent and interesting -- is it worth asking to see the full manuscript then? Or should I only do so if I actually love the first three chapters, if I'm eager to see what comes next? After all, if I don't love the full manuscript, I'm unlikely to be able to pitch it convincingly at TOR, especially given that I have no track record with them yet. That seems right, but it would mean turning down a lot of three-chapter manuscripts with only the fuzzy, "I didn't love it" rejection. I hate that rejection.
I can tell you what I'm seeing the least of in these manuscripts, though -- any pleasure in the language. It's almost always purely functional. No high fantasy indulgence, no modern literary style tricks, just straight prose. A manuscript that came along that actually did something with language -- that was poetic, or sensuous, or in any way intense -- that would definitely give it an edge, set it apart.
Speaking of intensity, I got the first layer of color up onto my bathroom walls, a Sherman Williams Hyper Blue. It's pretty! Definitely brighter than I think I want though -- a little too modern looking. Sort of IKEA-ish in its brightness. I'm going to cover it in the next day or two with a coat of a slightly darker shade, Blueblood, and see which I like better. I'm guessing it's going to take three coats to achieve an even finish -- it's looking seriously patchy right now. Is that normal, or does that mean I didn't use enough paint?
(I'm using two different colors because I'm cheap -- I bought a quart of each initially so that I could take them home and test them, and I didn't want to waste the quart of Hyper Blue when it seemed like it'd make a decent first coat -- they're all in the same tones, just brighter and deeper.)
I am, of course, concerned that the bathroom will become too dark, though I admit, my ideal solution to that problem is not to avoid dark paint, but to bring in more light. But there's already a light above the tub and a set of six bulbs above the sink; I think it'd be a big wiring project to actually add more lights, and I've never done wiring before, and it all makes me overly nervous.
Perhaps painting the back of the bathroom door white will help.