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Fruit of the Vine
Here There Be Goblins

calendula_witch
Date: 2013-07-09 21:58
Subject: Change of Plans.
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:food, friends, hobgoblin, home, mark, queen and tower

Well so I am not diving back into Hobgoblin after all, as it turns out…Mark has been reading the latest version of The Queen and The Tower, in preparation for my anticipated Official Editorial Edits from the Editor in the next few weeks, and he’s found some world-building issues that really should be ironed out, so that not only will this book be as fabulous as possible, but the next three books will have a more thoroughly solid structure upon which to be built!*

Anyway he is going to drive down here Thursday afternoon, so that we can go to Miss H.’s deck-warming party that evening, and then we can spend all of Friday on a Nightcraft World Conference. (I have actually marked it off in my calendar with those very words.) So meanwhile, I’m going to reread TQ&TT so that it’s fresh in my mind. Sorry, Hobgoblin. Someday…

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In other news, and speaking of new decks in the neighborhood: my deck needs replacing, I fear. When I bought the house, the building inspector said, THAT DECK IS HAZARDOUS AND DEADLY YOU MUST TEAR IT DOWN IMMEDIATELY, but the two contractors I consulted said, Eh, it’s fine, you’ve got a few years.

Well now it’s been a few years, and some of the boards are pretty saggy and mushy, and some of the undercarriage is looking warped. But I think a good sign you need a new deck is when plants start growing from the wood:

The Deck Needs Replacing

That’s purple shiso, that reseeded from a pot last year. A couple inches tall already, and going strong.

So yeah, I’ve called the contractor; he should come out in the next few days and give me a quote.

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In other-other news, I’m having a friend over for dinner tomorrow night, so tonight I opened the Witchnest Test Kitchen and tried out an invented recipe: Peppered Shrimp in Black Bean Sauce with Onions and Sweet Peppers.
Shrimp and Black Beans
Yummy! Except I used too much black bean sauce (SALTY), and I’d slice the onions thinner, to match the peppers. Other than that, a win.

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*And I keep rereading that sentence to see how I could phrase it more felicitously, but, alas, there you go. Blame the wine.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-07-08 22:12
Subject: Oh Writing
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:freelance, garden, hobgoblin, home, process, weather

I opened the Hobgoblin file today…the last time I opened it was May 24.

So of course this means I’m having to go back and reread from the start, again. Sigh. I’d gotten up to chapter 8 on my last edit-round, before the month of June interrupted. I’ve been reading (and making little edits) all evening; I’m up to chapter 5. It’s going pretty well, though I remember I left it at a tangled place, up there in chapter 8. (And here’s a whole page of handwritten notes about that tangle…hmm…)

I would really, really, REALLY love to get this edit done all the way through before the next thing interrupts. Honest to god, there’s a good book in here, if only I had the time to focus on it.

Elsewise, I worked on a big freelance job today, and puttered in the garden an hour or so, and never left the Witchnest Acres. Which was lovely. The weather is just perfect–80s, not 90s–so comfortable.

And that was the day.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-06-10 22:44
Subject: Without Writing
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:editing, family, freelance, garden, hobgoblin, home, mark, process, swimming, travel

So I have been so VERY VERY BUSY since I got home…lots of freelance work, which is awesome; and tons of gardening (o my god the weeds); and getting back on top of the exercise/diet efforts; and just general stuff around the house…

But no work on Hobgoblin.

It’s not that I haven’t done writing-related stuff; since I got into Book View Cafe (official launch is still coming up, don’t worry, I Will Announce) I’ve been working on what I need to do to get up to speed there, and starting to put together my collection–but I haven’t done any, you know, WRITING writing. Hobgoblin is just sitting here on my desk, looking forlorn and abandoned.

I tell myself it’s okay, I’ll get back to it, this is just a crazy time–and it’s true, two trips to California with just a scant week in between (why couldn’t these friends have planned their weddings to suit my schedule better?) :-) –but this keeps happening, I get good momentum going and then…get interrupted, by something large and time-consuming and distracting, and then I have to climb back into the book all over again.

I do well working on several projects at once; I actually like to spend an hour or two on something, then move to something else, letting my backbrain catch up slowly, as it does; but this–this is too many projects to touch all of them in one day. So I end up proofreading, and editing outside stuff, and going for a swim, and proofing some more, and gardening, and cooking dinner, and proofing…and then it’s 11:30 and maybe I can get a little fun-reading in before I conk out.

I dunno. I’m not exactly complaining–I love all the things I have on my plate–but, well, I guess I wish the plate was bigger. Or something.

Maybe, just maybe, after the second trip is done, and after Mark’s parents’ visit just after that is done….yeah. I don’t know. Busy times.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-05-23 22:31
Subject: The Deluge Continues
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:garden, hobgoblin, mark, process, travel, weather

I braved the muck and rain to harvest some brave strawberries today…
Muddy Strawberries
Other than that, the garden is getting along without me. Drowning out there, I suppose.

So I was forced to stay in and work on Hobgoblin. After some epic cat-vacuuming behavior, I got down to it, and added a very necessary scene to the end of chapter 7. Then I set it aside a while and went to yoga; then returned and realized the chapter was now one ridiculously long day, and it couldn’t be, because reasons. So I fixed that. Now I’m ready to start chapter 8 again! :-)

Truly, it all does get better with every iteration. I mean, I have to believe that.

In other news: I probably won’t be on the interwebs much for the next few days, unless I can get my hands on our new iPad. I have to take this computer into the shop. I took it in last week because it keeps dropping its internet connection (many times a day, very annoyingly); they tweaked and adjusted and cleaned and fixed a number of things, and said if that all doesn’t fix it, then it needs a new AirPort card. Well, that didn’t fix it. So I’ll probably have to leave the computer there for repairs. Which is fine, as I’m headed up to Seattle Saturday for a couple of days. (which is where I might get to see my new iPad…) (not to mention other desirable things…)

Later!

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-05-21 22:40
Subject: Literary Day
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Tags:anthology, editing, friends, hobgoblin

I’ve been sort of puttering in the same chapter of Hobgoblin for a few days now–mostly thinking about it, making a few notes–because I knew there was a problem and I didn’t know how to fix it. In fact I hadn’t quite defined the problem…I was getting closer, but it was remaining elusive.

But then this morning it all fell together. In my mind, that is; I still have to go back in and apply all this to the book. :-) Which will mean changing a few things in an earlier chapter–moving something back there from a later chapter, and adding a short scene–and then bringing the solution forward into this chapter.

Basically, I realized I hadn’t fully nailed down Who Knows What, and When; and the related issue of Who Believes What, and When. So I had characters sort of dancing around issues, going first one way and then the other from scene to scene, making no overall sense. But now I’ve worked that all out–I know where everybody stands on The Thing; now I just have to go, you know, write it.

Which I didn’t do today because I worked on editing anthology stories all day, which is a joy and a delight, but it still does take time.

And I didn’t work on Hobgoblin this evening either, because I drove to Beaverton to see John Scalzi enjoy a box of donuts.

Voodoo Scalzi
Oh and also read and sign, and be his generally delightful and fabulous self. He is truly one of the good guys. I’m glad I went.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-05-18 22:21
Subject: Hobbing and Such
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:anthology, editing, hobgoblin, weather

I have finally found some time to work on Hobgoblin, yay! I’ve edited up through chapter 6. Of course, it’s not till chapter 8 or so where it starts to really need work, but this feels like good progress.

Also I got some more anthology stories edited and out; not quite halfway done with those.

Also-also I got some acquisitions-editing-reading done. (I still LOVE it that I can lie on the couch and read, and that’s work!)

You can tell from all of the above that it was too rainy to go play in the yard today… :-)

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-05-15 22:40
Subject: Editing Thoughts
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:contemplativecontemplative
Tags:anthology, editing, friends, garden, hobgoblin

So, I’m pretty new at this editing thing–at least professionally–and I know all my experienced editor-friends are smiling gently at me and rolling their eyes.

But hey, everyone has to learn sometime, right? :-)

And I AM learning so much, it’s marvelous. Working with these stories, pondering what makes a good story work and what makes an unsuccessful story not work–it’s subtle, but also obvious; subjective, yet not. It’s already finding its way back to my own writing, as I finally got back into the edit of Hobgoblin today, and saw things I hadn’t seen the last sixteen times I went over it. Easy-to-fix things. At least so far.

The thing that has amused me the most this week has been something that is entirely DUH-level obvious once you realize it, but I hadn’t seen it till I got there. I was remembering reading all the anthology submissions, which I did as they came in–the good, the bad, the ugly. I read every word of all of them (and there go my friends rolling their eyes again)–but I needed to do that, for my own sense of what I had. And, as I mentioned, to think about why stories work and why they don’t.

So I chose sixteen stories (and I’ll post the table of contents when all the contracts are in), and notified the authors, and then prepared to edit…dreading, before I got into it, the amount of work to be done. Because I’d just had this experience of reading this huge pile of good, bad, and ugly, all jumbled up. And thinking about each story, what it would need…

I’ve edited three stories so far, and…well…they hardly needed any editing at all! Because, DUH, I chose good stories. NOT ones that needed much work–by me, or by the author. I mean, of COURSE. But I didn’t see it till I was sitting there with the stories going, Gee, that was easy.

Yeah, okay, I’ll get there.

In other news: I almost have peonies blooming…any day now:

Almost Peonies

But then I met Miss Q for tea in Ladd’s Addition, and afterwards we walked through the rose gardens, which are in full bloom:

Rose Garden 1 Rose Garden 2

We took the time to stop and smell the roses. They were lovely.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-04-30 22:43
Subject: Brr
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Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:hobgoblin, sleep, stories, weather

What happened to the warm weather? Oh, they say it’s coming back tomorrow. Of course they would say that.
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I wrote a little piece on collaboration the other day. It’s here; called On Collaboration, funnily enough. It occurred to me you all might be curious why so much of my writing (an intrinsically solo activity) involves other people.
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But I’m working very solo at the moment: reading the prior draft of Hobgoblin, which I am still quite happy with, as it turns out. Of course I’m finding things that need fixing, or developing, or changing; but I think it’s actually a pretty darn solid novel. Which is very encouraging! I’m not quite halfway through reading it; no doubt the horrible problems are still to come. But, we’ll see.
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And wow, I’m sleepy. Not even sure why, but I can barely keep my eyes open. So I’m going to stop trying to.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-04-29 22:23
Subject: Various
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:contemplativecontemplative
Tags:agent, hobgoblin, mark, queen and tower, stories

-And lickity-split, it’s published: here’s the beer anthology, with our story, which I just announced the sale of like five minutes ago. :-) I haven’t actually seen it yet. If you get a copy, let me know how it looks!

-I’ve been pondering what to work on next, writing-wise. Brilliant Editor informs me that I have a little breathing room, before edits of The Queen and The Tower are back on my plate (and before I need to start drafting A Sword in The Sun). So I am revisiting Hobgoblin again…and realizing that, no, actually, I’m NOT convinced that it needs to be a YA. Yes, the issues faced by the two main characters are those of identity and belonging and all that…issues that most people face in their teens…but, actually, what makes these characters interesting is that they, for various reasons, *didn’t* face them then. And now here they are in their thirties, misfits, trying to work that all out. So I have printed out the previous manuscript and am now rereading it (with pen in hand), and thinking it might be actually salvageable after all…

-Because the plan all along has been to get Hobgoblin ready to send out–for an agent-hunt. Which, I still would like to have an agent, but, now that I’ve just sold my third novel (or sixth and seventh, depending on how you want to count), do I really need an agent? Granted, life-changing money has not come showering down upon me from these small-press sales. (Maybe evening-changing.) But I am quite happy with the process so far, with the editorial attention I get, with knowing that I matter. I don’t know what the answer is. I’m sure it’s different for everyone. And I know it’s too early to even know for me, as none of the books have come out yet. But still, I ponder.

-And, I got a pedicure. Because nothing solves life’s great mysteries better than shiny toenails.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-26 23:42
Subject: Back To It
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:busybusy
Tags:hobgoblin, puzzle, queen and tower, swimming, yoga

Sorry for not posting yesterday…I stayed up way too late reviewing my editor’s latest round of edits on The Queen and The Tower. Which are brilliant, as always, and I will have some work to do!

At this point it’s looking like I need to sit down with the outlines for the three remaining books in the series and really flesh them out…there are things that need to be set up in book 1 that I’m still a bit vague on. So, I will start working on all that tomorrow.

Which means, alas, that Hobgoblin gets set aside yet again. Nothing to be done for it. I do need to work on books that are actually contracted, I suppose.

Elsewise, I’ve gotten back to exercising, which is challenging and feels good. Mostly. :-) I went to yoga class yesterday, and a short swim; I was planning to swim again later this week, but tonight they’re closing the pool till Saturday for maintenance, so I went again today. I can definitely feel how much strength and endurance I lost being sick for a couple of weeks. But, it will come back.

Also, even though I was supposed to be working, I did a puzzle. On the dining room table. BECAUSE I CAN.

Puzzle

So now that it’s done, I can start being productive again.


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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-24 22:22
Subject: Quiet Weekend
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:happyhappy
Tags:fish, hobgoblin, home, mark, queen and tower, travel

Valentine’s Day (Take Two) was lovely–even if we didn’t get to see Cirque du Soleil–and we stretched the celebration through the weekend. As in, we laid very, very low. Didn’t even leave Mark’s room all day on Friday; went out for a little while yesterday. Though I did manage to get another 3,000 words done on Hobgoblin over the weekend, and Mark finished my cover art for The Queen and The Tower. (I’ll show you when the publisher gives us the thumbs-up!)

Today we walked down Eastlake for breakfast, and got to see the drawbridge up, up close, on the way home!

Bridge Up


Then I drove home, uneventfully. The fish were very glad to see me. And I’m glad to be home, though sad (as ever) to leave Mark behind. Well. It won’t always be thus. But for now, it is.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-20 23:15
Subject: Onward and Northward
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Tags:hobgoblin, home, mark, travel, weather

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day–well, in the Page-Ferrari 2013 universe anyway. :-) And so I head to Seattle for our (rescheduled) fancy dinner out and Cirque du Soleil show.

I have pretty sparkly toenails for the occasion, even though it’s winter and nobody but us will see them.

Sparkletoes

Today I managed another 1,000 words on Hobgoblin–I’d hoped for more, but there were many other things going on, and I’m really thinking carefully about the pacing at this point–I’ve hit 25,000 words, and I’d like to bring this in at around 80K, so a few things that are going to Happen need to start Happening round about now. So I got one of them underway; that will be ready to embellish when I pick it up again. (and maybe I can even use some of the previous draft for this point.)

And, in news of the house, I got the back porch light replaced! But I forgot to take a picture until it got dark and rainy, so you will have to wait a bit to see it. I know, it’s maddening, this delayed gratification. But take heart. Adversity only makes you stronger. :-)

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-02-18 23:47
Subject: And a Step Back
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:exhaustedexhausted
Tags:hobgoblin, sick, sleep

The antiviral I was prescribed for my shingles has to be taken five times a day–with food.

There’s a reason for that…and though I diligently ate every time I took a pill this last week, I also experienced evidence supporting that reason. But it was minor, and I didn’t worry much about it.

This morning, I awoke with more severe intestinal distress…so much so that I went back to bed, slept several more hours (right through the yoga class I was hoping to go to), and basically took it easy all day.

Fortunately, today was the last day of the pills! In fact it was half a day, so I finished late afternoon. Hopefully, my system will begin to recover–and doubly hopefully, the shingles won’t surge back either. (The rash is slowly, slowly, slowly clearing up–the shingles lesions and the secondary rash too–whatever that is.)

I’m feeling tired, and restless, and eager to get back to normal, and leery of regressing, and achy from no-exercise, and achy from being sick, and…bleh.

On the good-things front, I actually remembered that I’m a writer, and not only opened Hobgoblin, but wrote a thousand words in it! First time in forever. The characters were right there and ready–in fact, they immediately darted off and did something I wasn’t expecting. I could almost see them rolling their eyes and saying, Where have you BEEN?

So that was good. And now, despite sleeping (uncomfortably, and with gruesome nightmares) till 10am, I’m beyond exhausted now and going to bed.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-01-27 23:57
Subject: Submit!
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:chipperchipper
Tags:announcement, anthology, friends, garden, hobgoblin, process, weather

Hey guess what? I’m going to be editing an anthology! You should totally submit to it!

It’s with Evil Girlfriend Media, and the deadline is May 1. So you have plenty of time to get your story in. Even if you haven’t started it yet. Submission guidelines are here.

Here’s the description of the anthology: What if you had the power to sew up the mouth of the evil bitch who called you fat in 10th grade? How would you deal with a curse that caused you to be infertile because you stole the heart of someone else’s love? Would you choose love or the ability to have children? We are looking for 13 stories involving a witch, a stitch, and a bitch. And, naturally, the title of the anthology is: “Witches, Stitches, and Bitches.”

I’m so excited! This is going to be so much fun. But only if you send me your awesome story!

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In other news: dinner at H’s tonight. Well, there went all the diet progress for the year. :-) Oh and I wrote another 2,000 words on Hobgoblin, justlikethat. I am totally in the groove. I had actually made notes, when I finished writing yesterday, of what the next scene would be; but when I sat down to write today, it was obvious that an entirely different scene was next, one I had no idea was there. But it was, and I wrote it, and it was exactly right.

Dang, it’s nice when it works.

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In other-other news, I actually worked in the garden today, in the rain and everything. Dead-of-winter gardening has its own particular satisfactions. It’s all about cutting down dead things and putting them in the compost bin. It’s like tidying, or proofreading.

Yeah I’m weird. I’m okay with that.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-01-26 23:43
Subject: Urban Hike
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Tags:food, friends, hiking, hobgoblin

I went on an urban(ish) hike today with G&T (and N), down through the Oaks Bottom wilderness area, then back along the city streets.

At the turnaround point, we paused to observe the Sellwood Bridge, which is being slid over, ever-so-carefully, from its old (falling-apart) base, to a new (presumably more sturdy) one.


The concrete one on the left is the old one; the metal is the new one.

At the moment, it doesn’t appear to be solidly footed on either one, but kind of floating in space. Impressive. And a steady stream of traffic travels across it all the while.


A better look at the underpinnings.

On the walk back, we caught a nice view of the wilderness area in the foreground and downtown Portland framed in the distance:

Then we waited in line forever for sushi at Saburo’s (even though we got there a half hour before they open), but it was totally worth it.

Elsewise, I got up to 19K on Hobgoblin. It’s flowing so AWESOMELY well, I am so pleased. It feels very organic. Maybe I’m finally getting it right this time. :-)

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-01-25 23:33
Subject: Process
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Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Tags:hobgoblin, orchids, process

Up to almost 17,000 words in Hobgoblin! By way of an entirely new-to-me process. I’m rewriting it from scratch–except not. I’ve built a more or less new plot, with the same characters, and a slightly different situation; so it was too dissimilar to just edit what I had; but a lot of what’s already written is proving to be very useful building blocks for the new story.

So the process is, I have both files open at once; I write along, then when I get to a scene I know I was reasonably happy with in the previous version, I go and paste it from the old version, edit (sometimes heavily), and away I go.

It’s working very well. If only I could do nothing but write for the next month or two, I’d have this done in no time! :-)

In other news: orchid.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-01-24 22:51
Subject: Culinary Wizardry
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Tags:food, hobgoblin

I usually eat pretty simply, when I’m cooking just for myself, but every now and then I come up with something marvelous.

Actually, this was incredibly simple too, but OMG YUM!

I bought this salt-cooking-tile thing a while back, and made salmon on it, which was marvelous. The salt-cooking-tile thing package showed a picture of shrimp; I thought that might work.

I bought some large frozen shrimp, raw, with their tails on. Which, I cannot stand that. Really, people: we’re not going to eat the tails. Can we just TAKE THEM OFF?

I realized that, Yes, I can. It’s just for me. Who’s going to object?

So I peeled off the tails, and then crushed some peppercorns in the mortar-and-pestle, and then found some saffron in the spice drawer that ought to be used up, and crushed that in there too. Rolled the shrimp in the pepper-and-saffron, thusly:

And proceeded to cook them on the salt-tile, in a very hot oven, for a very few minutes.

OH MY GOD you guys…this is my new favorite thing. Simple as can be. Salty and peppery and saffron-y. Succulent and perfect. YUM!

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In other news, I made nearly 3,000 words of forward progress on Hobgoblin, by virtue of cut-and-paste, several scenes from the previous version only needed a bit of editing and interstitial writing to work here. So that feels good. I’ve gotten the plot to the everything-follows-from-here point, at not quite 12,000 words in; that feels appropriate.

More tomorrow!

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-01-17 23:31
Subject: Writy McWrite
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Tags:hobgoblin, mark, travel

Another 2,000 words today. Total: 9,000. Which, if I’m aiming for a 60K YA, is a lot! (note: at this pace it’s going to be WAY more than 60K.)

I’ve realized that not every single word in the previous draft is utter junk, so maybe 400 of today’s words were adapted from a previously-written scene. Even so: progress.

But I still haven’t gotten up to the plot-starting event, so, um. Well, we’ll see. I can edit it later…right? RIGHT?

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In other news, I’ve been home nearly three weeks, it must be time to leave again. Specifically, I’m headed up to Seattle for the weekend. Haven’t seen my beloved since New Year’s Day. I’m looking forward to it!

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-01-16 23:28
Subject: And Then It Flows
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Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
Tags:hobgoblin, process, reading

Yesterday’s measly words were like pulling teeth; today’s flowed like…flowy things. Two thousand words in like an hour. Satisfying enough that I felt like I could take the evening off, lie on the couch and read a book. (Which I haven’t done in FOREVER! Felt very good!)

Funny, writing. You never know what’s going to show up. And it wasn’t like yesterday’s words weren’t good–I read them over today and they were just fine, as good as the earlier stuff I’d felt quite happy with.

Go figure.

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calendula_witch
Date: 2013-01-15 22:48
Subject: Pulling Teeth
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Location:Witchnest Manor
Mood:sleepysleepy
Tags:hobgoblin, miata

I just finished a thousand words in Hobgoblin and it was like pulling frigging teeth.

Perhaps I’m tired…it was a very busy day (of many accomplishments!), but, wow.

I was hoping to get up to a 2,000-word-a-day pace, but…THIS WAS NOT THAT DAY.

Maybe tomorrow…

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In other news, I took the Miata in for an oil change today, and they inspected the car, as they do; and they found something complicated they’d like to have fixed; and were astute enough to ask whether the car was still under warranty. I didn’t know; they called around and found out that, yes, this particular business is still covered (a power train issue), for another few months–yay!–so the dealer will be responsible for it, and it should be free for me. I love my mechanics.

Of course now I have to deal with the dealer, which is not my dealer because I bought the car in San Francisco, not quite five years ago; but, oh well. For free dealing-with-issue-ness, I’ll go to a dealer.

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Now I think I am done thinking for the day.

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