Look what the postwoman brought an hour ago; review copies of Sister Mine! These are also called "advance uncorrected proofs", because they are printed up before the proofreader has had a look at the manuscript. So there will be small errors in them that shouldn't be in the finished version. These A.R.Cs (advance reading copies) are printed with a thin card cover and on thinner paper than the final version will be. They're like a blurry snapshot of your book-to-be. So exciting! This part never gets old.
This handful of ARCs is for my personal archives. The publisher sent them to me as a courtesy. I don't know how many copies the publisher printed, but now they will be sending them out to potential reviewers. Which means that reviews should start showing up soon. So now I'll be on tenterhooks for the next little while, waiting to see what the reviewers think.
This past Tuesday, I taught a writing workshop in Toronto for Toronto Street Writers, in the lovely Impossible Arts Academy space.
A few days -- and a haircut -- later, I gave a reading and an interview at the Impossible Words reading series in the same space. My interviewers, left to right, were Chanelle and Idil from Toronto Street Writers. They both also read some kick-ass writing of their own, and their questions of me were to the point, well-researched, and thoughtful.
Before the readings, there was a musical/spoken-word set by Sandra Alland and Y, a.k.a. Zorras. They call their style "Poetry-music-video-weirdness fusion. With megaphones." They were outspoken, fearless, and danceable. (Thanks for the cd and lyrics, guys.)
Also, I danced. With Y from Zorras, with Idil, and with David.
Storm willing and the creek don't rise, I head to Toronto this Thursday. World Fantasy Con first, then Impossible Words.
Since 'tis the season, I'm going to provide links to descriptions of some of the supernatural creatures I referenced -- with some artistic license -- in The Chaos.
The site also describes a number of other folklorical creatures I've referenced in other stories, such as River Mumma, Ol' Higue (old hag), and spirits of the ancestors living in silk-cotton trees.)
And here are links to some of the others:
There were probably others, but these are the ones that come to mind. And some of the others, I simply invented. I'm especially proud of carnivorous Tinkerbell.
We're heading into trickster season/Anansi o'clock/Hallowe'en. Today, as it does so often, my to-do list far exceeds my capacity to get it all done. So of course, I'm blogging instead of tackling the insurmountable tide of expectations and obligations. Just for a few minutes more, and then I'll get to it.
I have been dealing with a lot of soft tissue pain; twinging, aching and cramping all over. I haven't been able to continue the Argentine Tango class I started. I was enjoying that, too. :( Yesterday, practically every movement hurt. Does slow a body down a tad bit. I don't know whether it's the fibromyalgia, or something else, or something else exacerbating the fibromyalgia. But I'd just read that celery seed can do wonders for fibromyalgia pain, so I hobbled down to the health food store and got myself some seed and some tincture. Drank a goodly amount of it yesterday. I doubt I'll see full effects immediately, but anecdotal evidence says that it'll only take a few days. Whatever the reason, the pain is noticeably less this morning. Also trying D-Ribose for energy, but that'll take weeks to show any effects. Fingers crossed. I'd like to get back to the gym, and to tackle a dance class again.
I'm not wearing a Hallowe'en costume this year, but at least my dress will be thematic (go, team Anansi!):
Lindsey Rose, my editor at Grand Central Publishing, is sending me the first pass pages for Sister Mine. They should arrive in a few days. They'll show me what the text will look like when it's laid out on the page. She's also going to be working on descriptive copy for the galleys and the book jacket.