Had a productive day yesterday -- not only did I find a birthday present for my sister on astonishing sale (80% off cashmere, yippee!), but I got the last of the dissertation stories drafted, yay! "The Shining World" is very short, only about 2500 words, and I want to give it another pass or two before I send it out because I wrote it in something of a frenzy yesterday, and I'm a little worried that my protagonist's motivations are too similar to another character's, that I'm falling back on the same sort of ideas for all the men in my stories. I do think they're different, but I'm not sure they're differentiated enough yet. But once I get back from the gym today, I can do that, and then I can make a few more fiddling changes, and then either today or tomorrow morning, I can print out the whole dang dissertation and send it off to Katie and Francois.
I can't afford mailing costs to send the book to many other people, but if you desperately want to read it and give me comments and can't cope with doing so online (I'll be uploading the whole draft to my yahoogroup tomorrow), send me a note and let me know that you'd like a copy mailed to you. If I can afford it, I'll send it, because at this point, I really can use all the comments I can get. It's a book -- a real, live book! Woohoo!