Added items to my “things to do” list on the train, and then I got frightened and closed the file. Yep, I’m totally doing a “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.” Guess that’s what I get for living in Atlanta; Scarlett O’Hara’s abysmal work ethic is rubbing off on me.
– Note from the editor of IGMS letting me know that the next issue with “Beauty’s Folly” will go up at the end of June. Also that, alas, while initially they were going to use my story as the cover one, in the interim, they got a story from Peter S. Beagle, and hence I have been bumped. I sort of guessed that when I saw they’d lined up a work by him for the next issue. While a bummer, frankly, I’m just thrilled to be sharing a ToC with the man.
– Galley proofs for “The Life and Times of Penguin” from Farrago’s Wainscot and invite to submit to their next issue.
– 445 words on “Daughter of Fire in the Clan of Bó-tù” and an editing pass. The more I look at it, the more dubious I am about the title. Thinkthinkthink.
Got stymied on a research point so went to my Chinese subject matter experts, my mom and stepdad. And they were able to answer what an hour of Googling could not. Of course.
Estimating I’m 98% to zero draft now, and it’s looking pretty good on the word count front. I axed a superfluous character in the editing pass and I don’t think I’m in any danger of going over 9K. Might even be able to cull it down to under novelette length in the rewrite, since I’m pretty ruthless about making editing cuts.
8,486 / 9,000