My poor house looks like it has the mange, even when freshly mowed.
Of course, I wouldn't be thinking about any of this if Spring was not in full swing. Those days when it's 0 degrees with a 50 mph sustained wind and it's blowing snow directly into your ear, you forget that there can be days like this. This year, I'm trying hard to consciously remember.
As I said, as soon as school was out, I shut myself off from the world and got the academic book done. I got the go ahead from University of Mississippi press to turn the first draft in tomorrow (or, at least, the first draft that they'll see--I've been working on it a lot since they first said yes ten months ago). I'm excited for a lot of things, but I'm most excited to see what they might do for the cover. I'm going to suggest some artists--we'll see if they say yes to any.
Still shopping the newest novel, the one I just finished, around. Of course, I most want it to come out on Lethe, but I want to wait until we're working on the book I finished before this before I pitch this newest one. I know that publishers don't think this way, but I don't want to be a pest, y'know? I hope we get to work on that book soon, though--I really can't wait for you guys to read it and let me know what you think. I know it's not cool to say things like that--I'm supposed to be all aloof and shruggy and not care, but I *do*.
I had thought I'd be teaching this summer, but the days/times I offered my classes obviously weren't what students wanted, so instead I'm off this summer. Not terrible at all, but I hadn't planned on it, so now it's full steam ahead on a book I'd only been tinkering around with to this point. It's evolving nicely, though.
I've also been diving into my love of mecha anime. I'd never seen any Gundam series before a few months ago, if you believe it. It is crazy to me how wildly the quality of the various series swing. My absolute favorite so far? Still picking up new Gundam series all the time, but here's a list of worst to best (that I've seen so far):
6: Z Gundam (really bad)
5: Gundam Wing (mostly bad with occasional moments of ok)
4: Mobile Suit Gundam (the first series ever) (mostly ok with a few moments of good)
3: Gundam SEED (good with a few moments of awesome)
2: Gundam 00 (really great with a few moments of AMAZING)
1: Gundam Unicorn (amazing start to finish)
I have to admit, though, I don't think I'll be checking out the Gundam build series. It's not that I have a problem with Shonen anime, not that at all, but I just think reducing the concept of these sprawling space operas to a Pokemon style battle-anime type thing is a little...well...
Currently cruising through Stephen King's latest, The Outsider
So far it looks like a return to classic King. I have to admit that I checked out of Mr. Mercedes so I didn't read any of that trilogy after that. Doctor Sleep was okay with a few moments that stick in the memory. So far I'm nearly 200 pages into this new one and it's good. Fingers crossed.
I'm bummed to hear about Chuck Palahniuk's financial troubles. He's still one of my all-time favorite authors (as I always say, if Fight Club is all you know of his work, go check out Pygmy or Survivor or Rant). The scary thing is that it could happen to any of us. We put our faith in publishers and agents and, in turn, in their support staff, and yet at any part of that chain, things can go bad. It's sobering to say the least.
As always, thanks so much for your support, and for supporting the books as well as small press publishing. I hope that if you're one of my readers in the EU, the new cookies warning thing hasn't scared you off--I promise, if I thought they were taking your information and using it for bad things, I wouldn't have put this blog on Google. I thought carefully about where to host this thing.
See you next month!