How did it get to be October?
Commonweal #4 has a draft. Commonweal #5 is making modest progress. The first half of The Human Dress (which people of a certain Usenet vintage will recall being mentioned as the Doorstop) is back from the copy-editor. (The copy editor has been restrained in their imprecations.)
Google Sheets has started putting in spurious @table:number-columns-repeated attributes when exporting to ODS. This made my week much more entertaining than it might otherwise have been.
I keep seeing a peregrine at the Victoria Park subway station. The pigeons are consistently distraught.
08 October 2016
How did it get to be October?
28 July 2016
Ages ago, when I was writing the Human Dress, I had a playlist for it.
And now it's the future so almost all of it's on YouTube.
Gjallarhorn - Call of the Sea Witch
The Irish Descendants - Murphy Broke the Pledge
The Corries - Barge of Gorrie Crovan
Gjallarhorn - Konungen Och Trollkvinnan
Jethro Tull - Warm Sporran
Puirt a Baroque - Lament for William Chisolm
Loreena Mckennitt - Good King Wenceslas
The Pogues - The Battle March (Medley)
Dead Can Dance - Chant of the Paladin
Lisa Gerrard and Pieter Bourke - The Human Game
Dead Can Dance - The Arrival and the Reunion
Ian Anderson - In the Grip of Stronger Stuff
Dead Can Dance - The Host of Seraphim
The Sisters of Mercy - Under the Gun
Shriekback - Nemesis
"Puirt a Baroque - Return of the Wanderer" is why I have to say "almost all"
07 May 2016
The good thing -- no leaves to get in the way. The bad thing -- few birds. Did get to see some tremendously shiny white-crowned and white-throated sparrows and a plethora of ducks, but nothing much in the way of shorebirds at Hillman. (Those came through the next day, as may be required by law.)
|Three horned grebes from the tip of Point Pelee|
|tiny purple wild flowers from Point Pelee|
04 April 2016
|Cover art for Safely You Deliver, Commonweal #3|
Egalitarian heroic fantasy. Family, social awkwardness, and a unicorn.
10 March 2016
|Commonweal novel covers|
(Sample chapters? Well, the first few chapters are very short, and I think it would be unkind. It's also the sort of thing that can rather throw the pacing of a book off, at least in my experience.)
08 February 2016
This is the best place to follow for notice of future releases of my books, Commonweal or otherwise.
I'm presently writing #4, provisionally "Under One Banner", and intermittently posting about the progress of writing it. It's late, because it should have been done before #3, "Safely You Deliver", went to the copy-editor.
"Safely You Deliver" is expected to escape into the wild in April sometime. (Yes, that would be April of 2016.) This would maintain the vaguely-annual schedule I've been aiming for.
May no ill thing arise.
31 January 2016
|Word count screenshot for 2016-01-31|
On the plus side, _Safely You Deliver_'s first-stage copy edit came back and got turned around. The cover designer has been activated, quotation permission has been obtained, and it's feeling disturbingly real.