Hey, guys. Well, I’ve…

Hey, guys. Well, I've pared my e-mail down to manageable levels (11 messages and counting!), which was my big accomplishment for yesterday. I worked on that until dinnertime, and then went to meet an old friend, Curtis, and his new fiancee, Claudia. Had a great dinner catching up on who's dating whom, etc. and so on. Then stopped by a Skiffy (sci-fi club) meeting, chatted with more old friends, went back to the math department, got together with Kevin and some of the other math grad students, and went to Tiki. Tiki is a little hard to explain. It's a bar/restaurant, with a faux-Polynesian theme and a terribly tacky flavor. So bad it's good, you know? And I hear they make great zombies, though I'm such a lightweight that I usually stick to either ice water or a single simple drink. It's worth checking out if you're ever in Hyde Park late at night...

Today more e-mail handling, writing very belated letters to my sister and Karina and others. Really need to be more prompt -- turns out I missed a chance for a documentary on women who produce erotica because I was too slow to respond. Darn it. Also, my sister graduates high school June 8th, so I have no idea if she'll get her e-mail before she goes. We'll see.

Starting to get hungry, so soon will break for lunch. Then the plan for this afternoon is to try to revise some old stories. If that fails, I may update my web page some more -- added another item to the Amusing section yesterday. At six is the UCBU (U of C Bisexual Union) meeting, where I'll meet another group of old friends, with any luck, if any of them still live around here and show up to meetings. I really should have stopped by all the meetings when I first arrived, but ah well. What can you do?

Sherman arrives tomorrow, I think, or maybe late tonight. It's his 5-year reunion at Chicago this year, so he'll be here for the weekend festivities. Should be fun.

That's it for now -- talk to y'all later!

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...

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...

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..."

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.

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...

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. :-)

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.

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...