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Mark Your Calenders: November 3rd, 2014!

That’s the day that I Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills will be available for purchase. You can buy it from Dreamspinner, of course, or you can grab it from your favorite 3rd-party distributor.

Here’s the blurb:

Justinian Clark, new-minted journeyman scribe, has a lot of faith: faith in God goes without saying, faith in the orderly workings of the universe, faith in the administrative minutiae that ticks along in the background of his life. That minutiae has brought him to Saint Gabriel and All Angels Cathedral, where he is assigned to assist Brother Ezekiel Frost.

Ezekiel Frost, a ten-year veteran of The Eternal Brotherhood of the Guardians of the Church of Greater Anglia, is quite comfortable with his routine: helping the people of St. Gabriel’s parish, annoying the archdeacon, and not getting too used to his assistants. While he doubts that having a complete novice assigned to him will change this pattern in any way, he resolves to make the best of it.

Between exorcisms, murders, the attention of something, and an overly observant child, Justinian and Ezekiel have no time to settle into a comfortable routine. Nothing is as certain as they once believed, and they can only hope their faith will see them through.

Yaaaaaay! Also eeeeek. But mostly yaaaaaaay!

The Sequence Alt I M Is Your Best Friend While Editing.

So DSP has this editing policy: absolutely no in-line comments. All comments are to be made using the ‘insert comment’ feature of Word. I was happy enough to comply, since it was less confusing for me all the way around… But the report of Anthony Horowitz’s in-line comments getting published in some ARCs highlights just why DSP makes that demand.

I work hard to make sure that my editors and I aren’t at odds, so I doubt that having my/our comments would really be all that exciting, but I’m just as glad that the issue is unlikely to arise.

ILUMETTH Update:

GALLEY STAGE: DONE.

That’s it. If there’s anything that needs fixing, it’s too late. (True story: I had to get someone else to read the galley for me because I had been looking at it for so long that my eyes were crossing.)

When I have a release date, I’ll post it everywhere. For now, though, it looks like “sometime in November”. Works for me!

I’m going to do a release party thing on the Dreamspinner blog, so that should be interesting; I’ll also be writing a post for Guys Like Romance Too (but that won’t be published until…December.) I’ll have more info on that as I get it, so. (Topics I’m planning on covering: music, the rosary/Book of Common Prayer, possibly/probably the setting, and I don’t know what else.)

…That’s about all the news I’ve got for the moment.

Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. --

Kurt Vonnegut (via booksandpublishing)


If the first rule a writer gives you about writing concerns punctuation, you can safely disregard it; some would rather be pithy than admit they’re expressing personal preference in the guise of something universally accepted by all writers, publishers, and readers.

Also, you’ll pry my semi-colons from my cold, dead hands.

(And there’s nothing wrong with being a transvestite hermaphrodite, either.)

I was going to add my own agreement to Reesa’s, but then I was utterly side tracked. Is it possible to be a transvestite hermaphrodite? If you have the secondary sexual characteristics of both sexes, you can’t necessarily dress in the “opposite” manner… Unless, I suppose, you choose not to wear clothing at all, which is pretty much the opposite of dressing like anyone, whatever their gender presentation. 

Yay semanitcs, connotations, and definitions! 

(But seriously: semicolons are awesome; I like them a lot. Learn to use them properly and, like adjectives and adverbs, they will help you out.)

Need a name?

argonianbot:

i dont think you guys appreciate how rad this site is 

because first of all you got your basic fantasy and game race names for like

everything

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BUT AS IF THAT ISN’T ENOUGH

REAL NAMES WHICH ARE GOOD FOR BOOKS

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AND THIS THERE’S MORE????

BAM, PLACE NAMES

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AND STILL MORE

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SO YOU SEE THESE LITTLE OPTIONS HERE

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PLEASE, PLEASE

GO AND TRY TO HELP A GOOD PERSON OUT

This is a pretty impressive resource. I’m particularly charmed by the fact that they remembered Wales (and gave Welsh names their own section). 

Also, here are the first ten tavern names it gave me:

The Clever Couple 
The Aggressive Mole 
The Exclusive Flute Bar
The Lovely Seals 
The Dead Pudding Inn
Ye Olde Strawberry 
The Fuzy Crab 
The Outrageous Pants Pub
The Quaint Axe 
The Snoring Pea Tavern

I wasn’t aware that peas could snore, but there you are. (The Outrageous Pants Pub sounds like a place Ezekiel would insist on stopping if for no other reason than to watch Justinian stoically pretend they’re visiting a pub called Ye Olde Strawberry.)

So yeah, this looks like a great site to bookmark. 

I was told I can share this, so I’m going to.

Yes, those are all Justinian-related items. Isn’t it lovely?

John Coulthart patiently took all of the bits and bobs I plucked out of the lint trap of my brain and turned them into this gorgeous cover.

I don’t have a release date, yet, but probably in time for the holiday season.

evayna replied to your post “There is a bird outside…”

Do you remember that video from ages ago where the guy sings that bit from Feel Good Inc and gets the bird to complete it? I will never forget.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen it! I’ll have to look it up.

There is a bird outside…

…that sounds like R2-D2’s inquisitive beeps. 

This has been your moment of completely random inanity for the day. As you were.

apolonisaphrodisia:

The Squids

WANT. I need at least one of these.

Got my cover spec sheet!

Aaaaaand I’m not really sure I can convey what I want without resorting to bad drawings. I wish I could figure out which email address I used to buy Sai and find my APSE 8 disc…

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