Many thanks to those who answered my question yesterday. I expected a division, but what I got was another division among those who are okay with subscribing to serials--but save the whole until it's complete.
So! Time to get to work, but first, have a couple shots out window panes at the front side of the house:
I'm in the process of finishing up a very long project, and I'm thinking how best to put it out there. Would any of you be up for something like that?
If so, how often should bits be posted, if, say, it was put up at 99c cents a segment? I'm thinking segments ought to be novelette to novella length.
I relish every moment, with a deep gratitude for how lucky I am. Though I'm aware of a residual guilt, though I have done nothing wrong. It's the sheer selfishness of my enjoyment--because of early conditioning, the very word 'selfish' connoted imminent fire and destruction, well deserved. Because I am not the fastest with a clue, it took me over fifty years to comprehend the difference between the selfishness that robs others, or glories in others' hurt, and the selfishness that does no harm.
Our first day here, the snow all melted in a crashing thunderstorm. We stayed in the cabin below the main house for the duration, playing with the cats as a fire leaped in the fireplace. I did some yoga while thunder and rain poured all around.
Yesterday I woke to snow. As well as today. We walked out yesterday, trying to get the feel for walking in it. Here I am in the winter coat I've owned for a number of years, but till now it's lived in my closet, only coming out when I travel back east:
I took a video of today's snow, which I won't put up as Dreamwidth has a truly awful media platform--it's awkward and time consuming to upload photos, and one is limited to a small amount of bandwidth to store them. I think a single vid would max me out--and of course snowfall would be no delight and wonder to most of North America, save my corner.
So I'll put up a picture instead:
Everything, everything is made beautiful by a lacy coating of pure white shading subtly to blue here and gold there. The landscape transforms, familiar landmarks changing or vanishing entirely. I can't tell where the road bends. The snow makes a subtle squidgy sound underfoot, not wet and mushy as it did yesterday.
Leading to another observation: it is always changing. There is no still like the photos: clumps drop continually out of trees, or shower down. The temperature rises and the snow changes shape, or turns to water, creating myriad little streams. Or, during the night, it turns to ice--which is why we haven't gone anywhere. None of us want to attempt mountain roads if there is ice.
So . . . back to writing projects, reading, and slowly watching, and loving the endgame of The Story of Minglan, which is simply phenomenal.
I know February sunshine can be counterfeit gold, but even so.
We decided to head out for a walk to the village of Wrockwardine. Not one of our longer walks, but an attractive one quite close to home.
For those of you not from the UK, we live in the county of Shropshire which is on the west side of the English Midlands, quite close to the Welsh border. Our home town, Wellington is a rural small market town fairly close to Shrewsbury and all the Ellis Peters' 'Brother Cadfael' novel towns and villages and has literary connections also to
AE Housman and Wilfred Owen. The best know author from Wellington is the Victorian novelist and friend of Charles Dickens, Hesbah Stretton.
It was a misty, hazy sort of day but dazzingly bright at times too:
( Blue remembered hills: )
We're here on a writing retreat--no interruptions except looking at beautiful scenery.
Second whoop, I was sent the cover art for A Sword Named Truth, which is slated now for June. They said that the copyedit is coming, which means this is more likely to be a real pub date!
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The Baths of Diocletian. The Emperor Diocletian that is.
This was our last full day in Rome.
This one is one of the best preserved of several in Rome.
We walked to couple of miles to the museum.
You can't get away from Il Duce, try as you might!
This Fascist era symbol on a lamp post:
( More pics! )
Though it seems we mostly have one long summer, we do get seasons. It's not just weather. Twice a year lemons can be found everywhere (like now), and twice a year the jacarandas bloom, though with less than two inches of rain last year the jacaranda season this past autumn . . . wasn't.
Ditto the white trees in Jan/Feb last year. This year, with rain having fallen, the white trees have bloomed again!
Then around the block there is a little lollipop of a tree that is totally boring all year, except for about two weeks, starting a couple days ago:
I know summer will be coming soon, but there is slightly less dread because I'm looking forward to going to Quincy, MA, for Readercon (Rates going up soon, if you're thinking of coming) July 11-14, and the fiftieth Mythcon Deets here) the first weekend in August.
A friend and I have worked up some discussable possible panel topics to suggest to Readercon (and I sent in one or two myself); I can hardly wait to see what richness others come up with. Re Mythcon, I still remember the frantic joy and anticipation before the first Mythcon. I've missed a lot of them over the past couple decades, but I always love going back. Mythcon, like Fourth Street Fantasy (which alas I have to miss, sob), has its own shape, with certain events you don't get at any other con. It really is a mixture of academic and fun, and, like Fourth Street, it's mostly book talk and less media. There are more papers presented at Mythcon, but there's also more playful stuff. Readercon--at least the two times I was there, many years ago--has very little playful stuff, and that seems to be right at the beginning, but its real draw is a fantastic program, which spins off great discussions.
*have written 40 k words in the last three weeks, not including one redraft. Only two major set pieces to go, once I get the current one in the bag.