Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Hard Cover


October always feels busier than it really is for me. Semester-wise, it’s when midterms occur, so there’s a period of about one week in every October where the grading is intense. Then things settle in to the bottom half of the semester.
Still, Halloween always seems to creep up on me. It’s a holiday that I never really got into as a kid. I think that’s because it’s about performance and when I was younger I was in theater a lot. I kind of got all those wiggles out, already.
The academic book is done for now and turned in. Next we’re off to line edits and proofs. It may take a bit longer than I thought to get the book out, though. We could be looking at this time next year. Still, I never in a million years thought when I started the process of writing my dissertation all those years ago that eventually a distant cousin of that document would see the light of day. It’s very exciting and daunting all at the same time. As silly as it might sound, I’m even more excited that it will be available in hardcover. I’ve never had anything of mine in hardcover. They’ve warned me, the hardcover format for books like this is VERY expensive (it’s meant for libraries mostly), but still…This is the same level of excitement I had when I heard that Remains would be available in audio format.
The novel is coming along again. One of the characters revealed something to me during an early-morning writing session and so we’re off and running once more. Still, I would love to know what life is like for plotters. As a lifelong pantser, I envy that ability they must have to simply sit down, check over their notes to see what comes next and off they go, typing in the same way that a husky bounds through the snow, to borrow Anne Lamott’s phrasing.
One of the things that has been most interesting about the 3 cat situation is that Onyx, my oldest, my ride-or-die, my man in Havana, has become much more active. 

October always feels busier than it really is for me. Semester-wise, it’s when midterms occur, so there’s a period of about one week in every October where the grading is intense. Then things settle in to the bottom half of the semester.
Still, Halloween always seems to creep up on me. It’s a holiday that I never really got into as a kid. I think that’s because it’s about performance and when I was younger I was in theater a lot. I kind of got all those wiggles out, already.
The academic book is done for now and turned in. Next we’re off to line edits and proofs. It may take a bit longer than I thought to get the book out, though. We could be looking at this time next year. Still, I never in a million years thought when I started the process of writing my dissertation all those years ago that eventually a distant cousin of that document would see the light of day. It’s very exciting and daunting all at the same time. As silly as it might sound, I’m even more excited that it will be available in hardcover. I’ve never had anything of mine in hardcover. They’ve warned me, the hardcover format for books like this is VERY expensive (it’s meant for libraries mostly), but still…This is the same level of excitement I had when I heard that Remains would be available in audio format.
The novel is coming along again. One of the characters revealed something to me during an early-morning writing session and so we’re off and running once more. Still, I would love to know what life is like for plotters. As a lifelong pantser, I envy that ability they must have to simply sit down, check over their notes to see what comes next and off they go, typing in the same way that a husky bounds through the snow, to borrow Anne Lamott’s phrasing.
One of the things that has been most interesting about the 3 cat situation is that Onyx, my oldest, my ride-or-die, my man in Havana, has become much more active.

It turns out that Linus, the new guy, is…well, as I keep telling people, he’s a dude. He likes to wrestle and play chase. It’s taken a bit for that new energy to catch on, but I’ve actually seen Onyx initiate games of chase. It’s nice to see his not-old-but-very-much-an-adult self still acting silly.
Midterm voting day is fast approaching. Remember—if you are in the United States, over the age of 18, and you are reading this, no matter what party you support, no matter what your politics look like, I’m begging you, pleading with you…PLEASE get out and vote. The number of people who don’t vote is staggering, and that means that the election results are often not truly representative of where the country really is. So please remember to get out and vote on Tuesday the 6th of November. It’s easier than you think it is, and it’s so incredibly important (always, but especially right now).
As always, if you’re thinking of picking up something new to read, I hope you’ll consider stopping by a small press. I can’t tell you how much we as small press authors appreciate it, and how much the owners of the small presses, who take chances on those of us who are working outside the mainstream, appreciate it, too. There are a number of them out there; a quick Google search will get you a number of them. Of course, I’d double appreciate it if you stopped by Lethe Press or Rebel Satori Press. Keeping them in business helps me.
As always, thanks for the support. I can’t tell you how much it means to me.
See you next month for Turkey shenanigans!
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