The guys are dealing with the romance angles of this better than I thought they would. Good for them!
Subject: (news) Denver in 2008
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006
I see this came through today...
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Subject: (news) TSK interview and review
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006
Ah ha! I'd been waiting for these to show up.
Subject: (news) Blackstone & German offers
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006
I just signed contracts with Blackstone Audio for The Hallowed Hunt and both volumes of The Sharing Knife. These will presumably go into the production queue there behind several other of my books, and emerge in due course. I have no guesses how soon. Things do seem a bit slow for them at the moment.
Also, Lubbe in Germany, who did the Chalion books, has also picked up The Sharing Knife for translation and paperback publication there.
Out of my hands and into theirs, etc.
Subject: (Chat) Copy Edit. Copy-edit. Copyedit...
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2006
So, I finished rereading Legacy this weekend, for purposes of checking the copy edit. It goes back to New York tomorrow. We are very beforehand for a publication of June, 2007, but it does get it out of my queue. The next time I see it, some time next spring (or sometime next spring, as the c-e would have it) it will be galleys.
I am especially fond of the way my copy editor bursts into spontaneous marginal applause now and then. "Magnificent!!!" -- with three exclamation points -- at the bottom of pg. 358, ferex, and "Bravo!!!!!" -- with five exclamation points -- at the bottom of page 458. Heh. She doesn't have to make any comment at all, y'know...
Makes me think about Cold Comfort Farm, actually.
Eight weeks till the first half hits the stores. Pant, wheeze... almost there...
Subject: (Chat) Back from the Mythopoeic meeting
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006
I got back yesterday evening from my weekend in Norman, OK (followed by a visit with friends in Ft. Worth.) I've sent Mike the speech I gave at the Mythopoeic awards banquet for posting, and will pass along the URL when he gets it up. Very interesting conference, if tiny, with lots of good conversations and several enthusastic Bujold fans, including, it turns out, fellow GoH Amy Sturgis, who is doing some interesting things on the academic side. I didn't get to listen to as many papers as I would have liked, but I did have a well-attended reading. The award for adult fantasy this year went to Neil Gaiman's Aanansi Boys, which I clearly need to read. (The Hallowed Hunt was also a nominee -- so, how about that Ch. 22...?)
At the charity auction, a copy I donated of Beguilement which sold for a tidy sum in brisk bidding, and picked up some oddments incuding a couple of manga for a buck (amusing, very junior-high), and a set of the Ace first paperback edition of the LotR trilogy in very good condition, replacing my first, beloved, lost copy of Fellowship, so I was chuffed about that.
The copy-edited manuscript of Legacy was waiting on my front doorstep when the taxi delivered me from the airport, so I shall be employed on that for the next few days. In general it looks very clean, but this is my last chance for any tweaks, so I need to give it a careful re-reading (for the gazillionth time). The Wide Green World was left last week at the end of Ch. 19, on the verge of what I suspect will be the climax sequence of the first volume, so I'm very anxious to get back to it. Even though the end of this volume will only be the halfway mark of the duology's story arc as a whole. I need more walks, clearly.
If anyone posts any reviews of or comments on Beguilement anywhere, blogs and the like as well as other venues, do post links. (Or if you spot any, pass 'em along.) There was a short review in this month's Locus, I noticed. I did an e-mail interview for another website due to go up in early September, which is also supposed to post a review. Both the (male) reviewers so far seemed to have swallowed down the romance aspects of the first half of the story without choking unduly, but I have no idea if the trend will continue.
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