stillsostrange: (Elbow sex)
My WorldCon was an unexpected whirlwind of delights. The obvious highlight was when [livejournal.com profile] matociquala and I presented the Campbell Award and I got to give the tiara and brand new scepter to an astronaut. Then Jessica Jones won a Hugo for "Smile," which filled me with violent, vicious glee. But I think my true favorite moment came during the Losers Party, when the band struck up the Time Warp for the second time. I don't believe I've ever been to a two-Time Warp party before, and I'm very grateful to [livejournal.com profile] grrm for providing that experience. I also participated in great panels, and had a blast with new friends and old friends and random passers-by. I am making every effort to attend in Helsinki next year.

And if you happened to see my Hugos dress, which I hope someone got a good picture of, I'll let you in on a little secret: Jobst: It Stays. I bought a backless bra to wear with that dress which completely failed to function. So in a moment of panic I borrowed [livejournal.com profile] matociquala's sock adhesive and glued myself into the dress. Everything stayed where it was supposed to for ten (10) hours, perfectly comfortably, even through the aforementioned two rounds of the Time Warp. Sorcery!

My agent sent me her notes for The Poison Court just before WorldCon. Now that I'm beginning to recover from the excesses of the con--not to mention driving to Minneapolis and back in four days immediately afterward--I will buckle down and turn those around. I also need to get cracking on another project, and figure out the three short stories I have in various degrees of completion.
stillsostrange: (Valkyrie Air)
Last Friday I sent the rough draft of The Poison Court to my agent. I then managed to take five whole days of vacation, but today I'm going to start revising.

I'm also updating my website, one page at a time. My old server went down sometime in December. I secured new hosting in March, only to discover that my most recent backup was from 2014. Sigh. So now I'm trying to replicate content, one post at a time.

Time to make the chimi-f*@%ing-changas, as they say.
stillsostrange: (Riff & Magenta)
The Poison Court has now reached 56,000 words, and you'll all be happy to know that I have finally poisoned someone. In case you worried it was merely a metaphorical poison.
stillsostrange: (Valkyrie Air)
Two updates. Or maybe three.

1. Still So Strange Studios is now a functioning Etsy shop.

2. I have launched a Patreon campaign. This is specifically intended to help lift the weight of the world a fraction of an inch so I can finish The Poison Court in a timely fashion. Savedra partisans, please check it out.

3. I haven't been quite as slack at blogging as this LJ indicates. Right now the Necromancer Chronicles is getting the bulk of my updates while I'm trying to shake the kinks out of my primary website.
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Villa DamascusRound about the castle a thorn-hedge grewWhat lurks in the cellar?
The fallen-down timbers of a spooky old barnPomegranatesPomegranate and old bonesCreepy cisternTotally full of ghouls
The conservatoryI don't even...
The wall was next to die.

Damascus katabasis, a set on Flickr.

Still alive! I'm currently working on expanding the synopsis for The Poison Court to make it proposal-worthy. This is exactly as much fun as you might imagine synopsizing an unwritten novel to be.

Running continues. I'm up to 5.5 miles now, and hope to make 6 this weekend. My right knee is giving me grief now, but at least I know how to deal with it.

2013 continues to be a crazy game show where my personal life is concerned, but that builds character, right? We've managed to keep Agent J alive, at least, so that's something.

An adventure has presented itself, in the form of a friend's new old house. The Villa Damascus is a lovely old house in the middle of nowhere. I'm helping with renovations in exchange for having writer-in-residence privileges. A hundred-year-old house with a pomegranate tree and a creepy cistern? It's hard to get more awesome than that. Once we get rid of that awful longhorn mural, anyway.

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I am in fact still alive. I had a great time at WorldCon, and promptly came down with con crud and failed to post about it.

Today I wrote a synopsis for The Poison Court and sent that and a partial to the Fabulous Agent. Tomorrow I get more color added to Octavia. Other cool things of a not-yet-speakable nature may also be happening soon. Updates to follow.
stillsostrange: (Bone Palace UK)
I forgot this metric in my last post, but it can fill a post all its own.

Things what don't have names yet:

The hijra temple
The wing in the palace where the king's close advisors live
The street where the Iskari embassy is
The name of the embassy (e.g. the Something House or the Something Serai)
The street where Varis lives
Selafaïn method of execution
A butler
The Iskari royal palace

Anyone want to name a street or a butler?
stillsostrange: (Medea)
The Poison Court



Words today: 781
Reason for stopping: quota, and end of scene
Darling: Like a spider’s web in the moonlight, tangled stands flashing, fading in and out of shadow. But this web was made of wire, ready to slice her at the slightest misstep.
Mean things: Being nineteen and heartbroken; political marriages; being engaged to a heartbroken nineteen-year-old.

Today I stopped to work out a few of the various layers of crossing and double-crossing going on around here. Why do I write political thrillers, again, and not simple books with punching and boyfriends? Or whatever simple books are made of.


I had promised myself a 25k present, but ended up getting a 20k present. The coffee shop where I write is next to a vintage store. I walked in today and found myself staring at a pair of oxblood Luccheses. They walked out with me. I will take them dancing on Wednesday, I think.
stillsostrange: (Hungry)
This is just to say that I did a pull-up today. Two of them, in fact. Sadly, there was an hour in between those two, but hey. I did a pull up. I am officially a valkyrie. I'm also running two miles at minimal intervals. With any luck next week I'll be running 2.25 miles.

In other news, Poison Court is closing fast on 20k. And we're still in the first round of plot twists. Long book may be long. I'm also watching Hannibal, because bulletproof kink. I blame Tumblr. And also bulletproof kink.
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What is the working title of your next book?

The Poison Court (Though I have also been working on Changeling Hearts recently, and plan to open up Pinion as soon as I have an S&3 on Poison.)

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The original idea was Savedra and the Crime-fighting Demimonde. But then it grew too much plot for one book and split into two. This is Savedra and the Foreign Spies, and the next one will be Crime-fighting Demimonde.

What genre does your book fall under?

Fantasy.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Sadly, Jaye Davidson is too old to play Savedra anymore. Isis King is too skinny (and I have no clue if she can act), but might do in a pinch. Varis continues to be Richard O'Brien, and the Iskari mage Zureyya is RuPaul. Nikos and Ashlin are Kal Penn and Katee Sackhoff. I haven't cast the Iskari court yet.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Savedra must navigate foreign intrigue and treachery to protect her uncle, save the sister of a dead friend, and prevent an international incident that could lead to war.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Unless something catastrophic happens, it will be represented by [livejournal.com profile] arcaedia

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

I don't know yet! Prior experience tells me it will take about a year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Barbara Hambly is my constant inspiration, but in this case I'm drawing more from historical mysteries than fantasy novels.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My love of Savedra, and my pathological addiction to spies. Also, the @(&#$ fourth Isyllt book hasn't gelled yet.

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

Spies, intrigue, politics, and pretty dresses.

I'm not tagging anyone, but go forth and meme if it makes you happy.
stillsostrange: (Words)
Thank you to everyone who weighed in on the name change question. I'm afraid some of you will be disappointed, though. I can't let Varis and Vargas appear multiple times on the same page (much as I couldn't handle Kieran and Kiril), but there will not be any cute in-text reasons for this. (Okay, I say that now, but I may think of one later.) I just have to change it. The first reader who actually notices will get a cookie.

The true lesson to be learned from this is: there's no such thing as a throwaway name. At least if one is writing a series, anyway. One never knows when Random Character Bob will show up again, and when he does, you may regret naming him Bob.

In other news, Agent F just passed out while watching Animal Planet an hour before her bedtime. This is an unlooked for windfall of writing time, if I can manage not to pass out.
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These words were hard won, between 6 a.m. alarms and dentist appointments and the vicissitudes of bedtime. (I cannot support the awkward adverbs and comma splices in Magic Tree House. And I know I'm judgey, but those kids are only a year apart.)

The Poison Court
Words today: 918
Words total: 5501
Reason for stopping: end of scene, days without 8 hours of sleep
Mean things: Finally made it to the inconvenient corpse.
Deaths: See above.

Finally murdered someone. Now I need to figure out why he was murdered and by whom. And how that ties in to the larger plot I think I have figured out.

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