Friday, September 29, 2006

Time to Start Writing Again

And I don't mean at this blog (though God knows I am falling behind on that, too).

No, I am nearly done the edit of Small Magics. Now it's just niggling little stuff and annoying bits. All the major revisions are done, and we're on schedule to have it in at the top of December. And while I wait for my talented young editor to get me the next few chapters, it's time to get back to work.

Cold Magics is the sequel to Small Magics. It starts four months after where Small Magics ends, and follows Thomas and his friends on new adventures. It was on page 310 when I had to turn my full attention to Small Magics, and now it's time to turn back to it. Fortunately, I've been working with the same characters, so I don't feel like I've completely lost track of the story.

I'm hoping to get another 100 pages by Christmas. I'm also going to be working on a play which I've been meaning to finish for some time. Fortunately, the play is an adaptation of a Victorian novel, so there's no writing required, just a good eye for editing and a picture of how I want it to turn out. Cold Magics is the first priority, though.

And once that's written, it's time to start editing The King Below. No rest for the wicked. At least, not for me. At least I'm having fun. And I've got to start thinking about what the next novel will be.

Back to work.

(and you thought I was going to stop sayng that)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Afghan Government on Canada's Debate About Afghanistan

From the CBC interview with the Afghan Ambassador, Omar Samad.


Q: What do you think about the political debate happening in Canada now?

Samad: We obviously know that all Canadians, regardless of their political persuasions, have the right to express themselves and to take positions. All we're saying is to clarify and let's provide enough precise and accurate information for people to have a better-educated judgment about the Canadian role in Afghanistan. I think that there are certain notions that exist within society here and especially among some political interest groups that are far from reality.

Q: What are the notions?

Samad: For example, the notion that Canadians are invaders and occupiers. I would invite any of them to go and see for themselves because the Afghans have invited the foreign security to help us. The notion that Canada is following the footsteps of the United States, for example, is far from reality. The notion that we should solve the problem by bringing the Taliban into the political governance circles of Afghanistan. That would be an Afghan domestic issue that the Afghan people would reject because they rejected the Taliban mindset and ideology.

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Yarrr!

It be Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Yarrr!

May your timbers be shivered, your keel nicely hauled, and your bilgerats scurvy!

Yarr!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Broke 1000

Happened at some point today. It made me very happy. Of course, the fact that I check this blog about three times a day suggests that the actual number is around 334, but I'll take what I can get.

Made some changes in the links. Hoping to fill them out soon, or possibly move them to the other side of the page. Will seek help from those with more html speak than I have.

Now to bed!

New Blog on the List

I've recently discovered Wyrdsmiths, the blog of a writers' group in the twin cities. They are a nice bunch of folks, and have some excellent insight on the process.

I've added them to my list of fine blogs, which one day I swear I will get around to organizing. You know, in all that spare time I've got.

Reminds me, need to update my website, too.

Meanwhile, I'm at work and I'm in the clock in five...four...three...two...

Got to go!

Friday, September 08, 2006

You Lost Me, Jack

This week Jack Layton has proposed that we withdraw Canadian troops from Afghanistan and demanded an emergency debate on Canada's mission there.

I think he's half right.

I said in an earlier post that I supported the mission in Afghanistan, and gave my reasons for it. My opinion hasn't changed. I think we're needed there, and I think it is very important that we be there, and that we stay there for the long haul.

I also think that we need to talk about this as a nation.

The questions in my mind is not, "should Canadian troops be fighting?" Some battles need to be fought. The question in my mind is, "Is there as strategy for after the battles have been fought?"

It is one thing to kill the enemy, it is another thing to leave afterwards without fixing the conditions that created the enemy in the first place. Once the battles have been won, there needs to be a specific agenda for development, education, economic stability, and democracy. If these conditions are not met, we will only leave a worse situation than the one that was there before.

There was a great deal more I was going to say, but Rex Murphy said it better.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A Night Off

And I'm still sitting in front of the computer. Sigh.

The draft is done and off to my trusty editor, who has to do some miraculous turn-around if we're going to get it done in to have the finished draft to the publisher for Christmas. Still I have faith in her. Me, on the other hand...

Well, enough of this work stuff. Good night, everyone, I'm off to watch TV.

Or possibly to get working on Cold Magics (the sequel to Small Magics).

Yeah, I'm a glutton for punishment.

Goodby to Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin, best known as TV's crocodile hunter, died over the weekend.

Steve was a passionate man who loved the environment, animals, and his family. He was an outspoken advocate for reptiles, a staunch believer in protecting the wilderness, and one of Australia's greatest natural resources.

If you only saw him in action once, you'd think he was a madman. If you watched him repeatedly, you'd realize he knew exactly what he was doing, and did it very well.

Rest in Peace, Steve. The world is a poorer place without you.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

A Good Friend Returns

Chet Scoville, once known to the Blogosphere as The Green Knight, is back as himself.

Chet is a longstanding friend, a professor of English, and an insightful and intelligent writer. I'm glad he's back, and look forward to seeing what shape his new blog takes.

He can be found at The Vanity Press.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Stupid Game

Given to me by a coworker Friday morning. I tried to explain to him the problem of giving a game to an addictive personality with a ton of work left to do but he gave it anyway. So here's the link. Have fun.


http://www.ebaumsworld.com/frogleap.html

Fortunately, it's fairly easy to figure out.

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