Okay, so I had a good…

Okay, so I had a good excuse for being quiet for a while -- I was so busy with BookExpo this weekend, that I didn't even check my e-mail for FOUR DAYS! (You really don't want to know how much mail piled up in that time. Suffice it to say that a first pass through it took about 4 hours).

BookExpo was wonderful, if exhausting. Imagine a huge, really huge building, absolutely filled with displays from various publishers and sideline manufacturers, crowded with mobs of roaming booksellers, who were being hunted by the aforementioned publishers and their rabid authors (that's me), all surrounded by books, books, books (many of which were being given away (I picked up _The Ethical Slut_, the latest _Dykes to Watch Out For_, a new _Leonard and Larry_, Circlet Press's _Sex Magick 1_, _Sex Magick II_, and _The Drag Queen of Elfland_, _The Perv's Guide to the Internet_, etc. and so on) or traded -- it was positively euphoric. And did I mention exhausting? It ended Monday -- now it's Wednesday, and my feet still hurt, despite my being careful to wear comfortable shoes.

I'd do it again tomorrow.

It's too soon to tell what's come of it, but there were exciting nibbles from foreign distributors, and I had some very interesting conversations with other authors and publishers in the field. The Firecracker Book Awards were also a blast on Saturday night -- I danced until I was dripping with sweat. (Pleasant image, huh? :-)

I'm taking it easy right now -- did some laundry this morning and trying to get through a backlog of e-mail. I think tomorrow I'll do some work revising some short stories -- not feeling quite up to tackling the novel again. Kev looked at it last week, and said all sorts of useful critical things (I should have given it to him a long time ago, but you know how it is -- if a person's opinion really matters to you, it's especially hard to let them look at your work. It is for me, at any rate.) that are going to take a lot of time to work through. Sigh.

Anyway, back to work. Hope you guys had a good week! And if you're in Chicago, don't forget my signing next Wednesday at the downtown B.Dalton's -- you can even bring a copy of my book that you already own, and get it personalized. Heck, you can just show up and say hi (every person that shows up for the signing may translate to more orders from B. Dalton).

5:35 --Good Mary Anne. Updated the erotica/porn market list on my web page. Big pain, but worth it. Darn thing is huge now...

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Shake day! (Sorry, that…

Shake day! (Sorry, that means nothing to you. Let me explain -- at the U of C, Wednesdays are shake days -- a thick, rich, creamy shake topped with whipped cream and a cherry for only one measly dollar...yummm)

Life is good today. I'm starting to see possibly unstickiness for the novel, I wrote a little piece for Sizzle (Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel ceiling no less) and a somewhat more serious (though not very) short story. Productive. Also getting exciting nibbles about a possible anthology collaboration. More on that if it ever finalizes -- it's still in very early stages.

Not much else to report -- meeting Kev for dinner soon, and then some more work, I think. I'm pretty tired, but if I revive, I'll go to the local sf club (Skiffy) meeting tonight. If not, home again, home again, jiggety jig...

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Hey, guys. Okay, I’ve…

Hey, guys. Okay, I've been very bad, but really -- there hasn't been much to report. I've been getting up in the morning, working on the novel, having lunch, working some more, and then blowing off the rest of the day pretty consistently. The last three days I've been skipping the working part. Hit a troubling stumbling block in the novel. Actually, it's been there for a while, but only now am I confronting it. I'm going to see if I can work through it with the help of people here, but if I get really truly stuck, then maybe I'll come complain to you guys about it. Mostly a chronology/distance problem. Anyone know how long it would take a horse to cover an unspecified distance in Mughal India? (Yes, I realize the unspecified is a problem. sigh.)

Had a lovely tea Sunday, a fun Memorial Day yesterday (watched Emma and How To Steal a Million (Audrey Hepburn), both of which were amazingly excellent (though I like Sense and Sensibility better than Emma, but that was probably biased by Emma Thompson's presence in Sense), and generally have been socializing with pleasure. But a little nagging voice in the back of my head is muttering, "You're not getting any work done. And you can't. So there..."

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Heh. I thought I’d be…

Heh. I thought I'd be better about this diary while on semi-vacation here in Chicago -- I appear to be worse. Sorry 'bout that.

Mostly, I've been taking it pretty easy -- working on the novel, but not quite making my ten pages a day goal, and definitely haven't even attempted to catch up on all the e-mail I have backed up. I suppose that's okay, though -- I don't *think* any of it's too urgent, and I was getting really frazzled towards the end of the semester -- needed a break. So I've been spending a lot of time just hanging out with Roshani, Kevin, etc...dinner and chatting and all that jazz. Roshani has been motivating me to exercise a lot more than I usually do, which I suppose is good, except my thigh muscles have been screaming at me for the last two days. I think I overstrained them Saturday. They should be okay by tomorrow, though.

Not much else to report. Done with writing for the day -- going to go rent a movie and make some dinner with friends. Basically having a nice, mellow time. :-) Hope everything's okay with you guys.

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Still settling list…

Still settling list stuff. Cross your fingers for me.

Also a bit frustrated 'cause my connection to my U Chicago account keeps dying. Imagine this -- I open the account, open my e-mail, see the pile of letters, and then the connection crashes. Over and over. Argh. Good thing most people know to write me at Mills these days.

Just finishing up little things around the house; I'm a bit compulsive about leaving the place clean when I go out of town. The kitchen is a disaster, because I had six people over for dinner last night, and went a little out of control cooking. Fun, but you wouldn't believe how many pots I used (twice as many as I have burners on my stove :-).

Anyway, back to work, my darlings. Talk to you later...

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Sigh. Big mess on my…

Sigh. Big mess on my list. A lot of hurt feelings abounding and I hope I've handled things correctly. We'll see.

Otherwise life is generally good, though I'm a bit worried that Joe (visiting from Australia) didn't call me from his hotel last night when he got in as he was supposed to. Hope he arrived okay. Had a fun time at a Greyhaven reading last night, and going to a friend's potluck this afternoon. Mostly doing a jigsaw puzzle with Sherman this weekend -- we should probably finish it this morning. :-)

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Hey, guys. So I did, in…

Hey, guys. So I did, in fact, finish my paper on time. There wasn't really much doubt. :-) I do wish I'd done it a week ago, so I'd have more time to revise and polish it...this is the problem with being the sort of person who procrastinates right up until she runs smack into a deadline. Ah well. I'm getting better about that sort of thing, slowly. Maybe I'll even start that mystery for Puritan today instead of waiting a month. Although actually, now that classes are over, I have a whole pile of paperwork and revisions waiting for me.

Feeling just slightly ill and very lethargic. I think I've been pushing myself a bit hard. Today'll be a 'take it easy' day, I think. Maybe I'll finally plant that last poor tomato plant. My outdoor basil is getting eaten by some bugs, but the peppers and other tomatoes appear to be doing fine. I also have to plant some bougainvillea I bought -- it's been sitting in pots since the party. Did I mention that's probably my favorite flower? Ever since visiting Sri Lanka and seeing the way it just covered the houses, in huge swatches of red and pink and white...hard to resist. I'm going to try planting it behind this gazebo thing in the back yard -- don't know if they'll get enough sun there, but it's worth a shot.

The poppies are doing well. I don't know if y'all have seen California poppies -- they are these utterly gorgeous yellow-orange flowers -- really vibrant. They're also illegal to pick, since they're endangered, also I sort of assume that if you planted them yourself you can probably pick some. I've forgotten the names of the other flowers I planted -- petunias, I think, and then these odd little bristly cone-shaped flowers in bright red and yellow.

Eh, I'm babbling. Sorry -- still kind of sleepy. I should probably go exercise, though Ian woke me up yesterday at 6 to do sit-ups and 8-counts and jumping jacks with him and my stomach is still sore. He's over at his girlfriend's this morning, but that doesn't mean I should skip exercising. Maybe I'll just wait a little while longer...:-)

I've been reading a lot of children's books. I've finished the Tamora Pierce Alanna series, which I REALLY liked -- I wish they'd been around when I was a kid, although it's kinda neat discovering a new fantasy writer who I haven't read before. Also been catching up on all my E. Nesbit -- the generally utterly inadequate Mills library has, oddly enough, a really good children's section. Go figure.

Tomorrow Joe comes into town from Australia (for a month-long job training), and it'll be fun seeing him before I run off to Chicago, and actually, Kirsten is in town for a job conference early next week. Saturday night is a reading at Diana's, and Sunday is a potluck party at my friend Cris's. Oh, and Sunday night Brian and Yvonne are coming over for dinner. Maybe I'll make the curries tomorrow -- day-old curry is actually better, and I'll have more time to cook Saturday. In any case, it should be a busy weekend.

Okay, I'm avoiding my work -- you guys are really good for that -- but there's only so long that I can make this diary entry be. Will talk to you later, and if I don't write again, have a great weekend!

11:00 - hey, some good news! My publisher has managed to schedule a book signing for me at a B. Dalton in Chicago while I'm there. If any of you want to come buy a copy of my book, or have me sign a copy you already own, here are the details -- I'll announce it again closer to the date, but this will give Chicago people a chance to write it into their calendars...:

Wednesday June 11, 1997 12:00pm -2:00pm
B.Dalton Bookseller
129 N. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602-1907
312 236 7615

Oh, and I'll also be at BookExpo in Chicago May 31 - June 2. I *think* that's more of a publisher's sort of event, but feel free to come by and say hi, at least. More details on that as well as it approaches.

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3 pages left to revise! …

3 pages left to revise! Almost done! Hooray, hoorah...

I should actually be waiting to cheer until I'm actually finished, but I just finished working on the Caddy section, which was clearly going to be the most complex, so I'm pleased. Now just to polish Quentin IV a little and then consolidate a conclusion (I hate writing conclusions) and then I can go turn the silly thing in. It's currently 2:47 -- okay, I'm cutting it a little close, but I should be able to finish it by 5 no problem. But not if I keep chatting with y'all, so off I go...

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Morning, everyone. …

Morning, everyone. Well, I got a good, solid ten hours of sleep last night, so I'm going to have to stop complaining about being exhausted. Today is dedicated to finishing my Faulkner paper -- wish me luck! I actually think it's going fairly well, though I'm not entirely sure I believe my premise. :-)

If you haven't been getting the mailing list notifications for the past couple days, don't worry. The diary has changed servers, and it's taking them a couple days to get mail up. Your regularly scheduled notifications will resume soon.

Not too much else to report. My regular e-mail account is currently down for maintenance, and it's funny how much it bothers me not to be able to check e-mail absolutely first thing in the morning. What an addict I am...but I suppose, as addictions go, this one is fairly harmless.

I'll probably check in later today and tell you how my paper is going. Talk to you then...

9:15 -- no, I haven't started working on my paper yet. I have, however, done lots of other things I've been putting off. Most importantly for you, I've moved the stories page from the iam site to Mills. The traffic load was getting too high for iam -- so could you guys do me a favor? Check and make sure the link works, and let me know if there are any links you find on my pages that still point to the old page? Not a tragedy if there are, since I left a pointer up, but it would be good to simplify the route at least here. I'll keep looking too, of course, but the morass that is this web site has gotten so huge that it's sometimes hard to track what's where. I'm actually pretty sure there's a command that will let me find all the links to stories.html -- maybe I'll ask Kevin. He usually knows these things...

1:00 -- okay, okay, so I've only done a little work on the paper. Still, a page is a page, right? I'm about to go back to it, but I wanted to share this with you, from a mailing list I'm on. It was just too funny...

...from a listmember in Minnesota:

So, there I was (4/19/97) innocently looking for the comics when I see a picture of a leather clad dominatrix wielding a flogger on the front page of a major newspaper. (Not the major story, just a little picture at the top). So I turn to the appropriate section which promises more pictures. It turns out there was a public flogging to raise money for flood victims in MN and ND. Seven people with criminal charges against them agreed to be publicly flogged and viewers were charged admission. The pictures were quite disappointing. There was a better picture of the dominatrix and a picture of the crowd (about 1,600 people) cheering.

Welcome to quiet and conservative Minnesota.

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