September 29th, 2009


2010 Publishing Schedule

So I'm sitting here looking at the printer's proof of Roadkill/Siren Beat. It looks authentically pulpy. And probably we will sign off on this today. And in about 10 days we will get a lovely stack of boxes with books ready to sell. I'm excited about this book, like I am excited about every book :) But I must say, I am really glad it's the final book for the 2009 schedule. And I'm sitting here thinking, "Yay that's a relief, final book for the year. Next year don't be so ..." And I want to say "crazy" or "silly" or whatever but right here under my computer is a green post it note listing my 2010 schedule as it currently stands:
3 novellas
Glitter Rose by Marianne de Pierres
Robot War Espresso by Robert Hood

3 novellas, an anthology, a collection and a novel. And Twelfth Planet Press also has a second anthology coming out, edited by Tehani Wessely - Spec Fic for Kids. And there is a final project yet to be announced, that I will be involved with.

So who am I kidding? It's even crazier next year than it was this year!

And of course, the publishing year does it's changeover about now, so my head is already in 2010 anyway.

And cue holiday!

Well not til Thursday but I'm basically trying to wrap up things and you know, it's all kinda done. So my holiday suddenly appeared and I was all wondering what I should do with it. I have had a few trips away this year but they were mostly gadding about and being nuts at conventions. The kind of holiday that you need a couple of days off to recover from.

What I really want to do is take some total time out - go down south maybe, read some books, loaf about, watch movies, recharge. I had a quick look at some places to see if I could take my dog with me and stuff. And then I thought, something that I really quite fancy on days when I don't want to be at work, is to be on that non-work timeframe. You know, where you wander into a cafe, move at a much slower pace than say, manic. Wander about. Go shopping. Whatever. And so I realised that I could actually take my holiday at home. I could try out a bunch of cafes I don't normally get to visit. I could take a book and sip coffee and while away some time. I could go see a movie or an art exhibition. I could take Benji to some of the outdoor things I never get to actually see - like Araluen, never been there. I haven't been to the new Ikea yet and I need a new CD tower. I could also spend some time lolling about at home and getting on top of some chores needing to be done at home.

Someone at work said to me, "What are you doing for your three weeks off? You're not doing your publishing work, are you?" But like, there is an awful lot to get done. And a good long stretch of three weeks of uninterruption would be really really helpful to kicking a lot of that along.

I think some kind of mix would be really really awesome.


In part, the answer

Thanks to aifin who tweeted the link, here is a really interesting article: Gin, Television and the Social Surplus. I think it in parts answers my question about how I can be consuming all that television and still be being constructive ... I think?

Did you ever see that episode of Gilligan's Island where they almost get off the island and then Gilligan messes up and then they don't? I saw that one. I saw that one a lot when I was growing up. And every half-hour that I watched that was a half an hour I wasn't posting at my blog or editing Wikipedia or contributing to a mailing list. Now I had an ironclad excuse for not doing those things, which is none of those things existed then. I was forced into the channel of media the way it was because it was the only option. Now it's not, and that's the big surprise. However lousy it is to sit in your basement and pretend to be an elf, I can tell you from personal experience it's worse to sit in your basement and try to figure if Ginger or Mary Ann is cuter.

And I'm willing to raise that to a general principle. It's better to do something than to do nothing. Even lolcats, even cute pictures of kittens made even cuter with the addition of cute captions, hold out an invitation to participation. When you see a lolcat, one of the things it says to the viewer is, "If you have some sans-serif fonts on your computer, you can play this game, too." And that's message--I can do that, too--is a big change.

This is something that people in the media world don't understand. Media in the 20th century was run as a single race--consumption. How much can we produce? How much can you consume? Can we produce more and you'll consume more? And the answer to that question has generally been yes. But media is actually a triathlon, it 's three different events. People like to consume, but they also like to produce, and they like to share.

And what's astonished people who were committed to the structure of the previous society, prior to trying to take this surplus and do something interesting, is that they're discovering that when you offer people the opportunity to produce and to share, they'll take you up on that offer. It doesn't mean that we'll never sit around mindlessly watching Scrubs on the couch. It just means we'll do it less.

The whole article is really interesting. But I think what's cool is that a) without ads, TV squooshes into less time and b) most of TV is not actually worth giving it your undivided attention. Of course the really important thing is ... c) what happens when you walk away from TV and suddenly have a cognitive surplus - what do you cash it in on?



So I got hives both starting and breaking my fast this year. I was up till 3am this morning though to be fair, after I showered at 1am (I still love you fred_mouse for suggesting something that works in that hour of desperation), the itching went away and I was left with only regretting the strong coffee I had at 7.30pm.

Anyway, I couldn't work out what gave me hives starting my fast. I had fish and latkes and egg salad - all homemade by mum. And then apple cake and a cup of tea.

It was bothering me til something marydell mentioned the next day and today I went a-looking on wikipedia cause they laughed at me at work for it:

The rose family is probably the third most economically important crop plant family (after the grass family and the pea family), including apples, pears, quinces, medlars, loquats, almonds, peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and cut roses among the crop plants belonging to the family.

Normally, when my tolerance is higher, I can eat all of the above. Berries are usually the first to go. I used to cut out most of the rest cause of the acidity which bothered my ulcers (when I had them). Dried fruit I avoid cause they use sulphur to preserve them. Almonds I have been able to eat in meal, I avoid the nut itself cause it's just too mean to my guts.

It never occurred to me that I might get hives from apples, cherries or apricots.

I also put cherries (not preserved with sulphur - found one using not 220s) in the rocky road I made on the weekend.