Day 24, TINSEL RAIN NaNoWriMo: 49347/60000.

So close to the 50K point. Close enough I was half tempted to burn my way through, but I decided to keep to the pace. Besides, TINSEL RAIN is still not quite a book at this point. I’m gonna need every word of that 60K. 80K, really.

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Day 23, TINSEL RAIN NaNoWriMo: 47328/60000.

Technically, the number is 50,000, so I could technically finish tomorrow or Wednesday. Realistically, it should be 80,000 but that’s really hard to do in a month without special training and no distractions. 60,000 is at about the height of my current prowess.

But I did write the ending today. Now we start throwing piles of words at places that I skipped over the first time!

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Book (Short Story) of the Week: The Properties of Rooftop Air.

Come, I will conceal nothing from you: The Properties of Rooftop Air is too short to be anything except a short story or novella. But it’s by Tim Powers, and it draws on The Anubis Gates, and if you’ve never read the latter then do yourself a favor and go buy that first. That’s a Book of the Week all on its own.

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Day 20, TINSEL RAIN NaNoWriMo: 41246/60000

Went well, although I’m going to need that extra 20 grand in wordcount to make this book coherent when it’s done. Also: margaritas! I wrote before I drank, don’t worry. But the week I had more or less required a discreet amount of tequila.

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The last stretch for TALES FROM THE FERMI RESOLUTION!

We made it over the line for the six short story sampler stretch goal in the TALES FROM THE FERMI RESOLUTION Kickstarter, leaving us a mere $900 to hit the last stretch goal in the next :looking at clock: five hours. Easy as pie! No problem at all, I’m sure. More importantly (and realistically): I can afford Backerkit at this point, so we’ll be using it for fulfillment and whatnot.

It’s been a fun and educational trip, this Kickstarter. If you signed up for it, thank you. And we’ve still got the morning for you folks who didn’t to get onboard! Hey: Always Be Closing.

Tweet of the Day, If This Is True Then It’s Absolute Bullsh*ttery edition.

I think it’s true: but the problem is, it’s deep in Too Bad To Be True territory. The short version is, Alan Dean Foster did a press conference today with the SFWA about how he’s reportedly not getting paid royalties on books that Disney now prints (the Star Wars stuff, basically). According to them, the reason he isn’t getting paid is because Disney bought ‘the rights, but not the obligations.’ Which… makes no sense. If the contract says Foster gets paid royalties, he gets paid royalties.

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Day 18, TINSEL RAIN NaNoWriMo: 37138/60000.

Today was almost a complete bye day – my youngest had to go to the dentist to get some baby teeth taken out, and that more or less torpedoed my schedule – but I did manage to get enough of my brain together to write some fight scene. Fortunately, I have a buffer, so I’m still ahead of my target number! Unfortunately, I now need to rebuild the buffer before Thanksgiving! Ach, well.

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