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…
News first, because I’m going to pop otherwise: Ezekiel and Justinian have a home! I SIGNED THE CONTRACT TODAY! I Will Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills will be published by Dreamspinner in October/November! As soon as I have an actual date I’ll post it; in the mean time in-between time I’ll just be mooning about and trying to figure out what I want the cover to look like. (I already know who I want to illustrate the cover, if she’s still available. *Crosses fingers and toes*)
News second: I’ll have a post over at Scorching Reviews on Sunday, April 13th, as part of their LGBT month. Now all I have to do is figure out WHAT it is I’ll be posting. It’ll likely be Ezekiel/Justinian related, but beyond that, I don’t know what it’ll be.
Updates: Windows 8 and I are getting along much better, now. I updated to 8.1, which doesn’t seem to have made a huge difference (but I also doubt I’d used 8.0 long enough to notice any differences outside of the addition of the “start button” on the taskbar). I’m getting used to going to settings to turn off/reboot, even though it still makes no friggin’ sense whatsoever.
I discovered that I had entirely too many security-oriented programs running at once, which was causing all sorts of connecting-to-the-internet issues. I uninstalled two of them, made sure the third was off, and reinstalled one of them. Now my computer doesn’t complain about being not being protected and I can actually use the internet!
And now I’m going to go be gleeful and giddy at the people who know me and then I’m going to bed.
Not-fun thing first: I think that Night Duty simply isn’t meant to be published, because this is the third time I’ve submitted it and the third time it’s been rejected. I don’t know if it’s Phil’s voice, if it’s the not-horribly-obvious 1930s-that-never-were setting combined with mentions of the theater release of Gunga Din and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.’s awful little mustache, or if it’s something else entirely, but it just doesn’t work for anyone but me.
Note that I am not whining, merely utterly puzzled—clearly something is awry in the story, but I’ve no idea what.
Success Number 1: I Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills has been submitted. YAY. Also eek, because that’s how I always feel, but hooray I finished something and sent it away.
Success Number 2: I went to Amazon.co.uk and FINALLY found a CoE Book of Common Prayer. It’s TINY! Legible and has the Coverdale Psalter with NUMBERED VERSES, but itty-bitty. Fine with me, I can put it in more pockets and take it with me all over.
Semi-Success: I’m in the middle of writing a mostly epistolary sequel to ILUMETTH. Things I Have Learned so far include basically all of Ezekiel’s history, both in terms of relationships and activities. (Also that he falls in love pretty fast, even if it’s only on his side.)
One thing I reeeeeally need to do is show Ezekiel being the competent Guardian he is, since so far all he’s managed to do is exorcise a puny spirit… At least on-page. He’s done more than that in the past, but that doesn’t count for right now.
Woohoo! Moonlight Becomes You (Lucky Moon #1) has a new cover! Check it out. Designed by the fabulous LC Chase. :D This was the first coauthored book by me and MJ O’Shea. The 2nd edition is being released by Dreamspinner Press sometime in April. :D
If you’ve read MJ’s Catch My Breath, there was a brief mention of the Ventura brothers from the band Luck. Well, if you’re interested, you can read their stories in Moonlight Becomes You and The Luckiest (1st edition of that one is still available from all major e-tailers; 2nd edition coming in Sept/Oct with new cover art).
The blurb for MBY for whoever might be interested. :D
Eleven years ago, Shane Ventura made the biggest mistake of his life when he caved in to pressure from his record label to kick his best friend, Jesse Seider, out of their band, Luck. To this day, Shane has never wanted anyone more, and all the sex and alcohol in the world can’t fill the void Jesse left behind. Not even the prospect of teaming up with Britain’s hottest band, Moonlight, for a massive world tour can get him out of his funk. Then he meets lead singer Kayden Berlin and falls into instant lust.
Kayden may act like he’s not interested, but Shane knows he feels the spark between them. Yet the harder Shane pushes, the more Kayden pulls away, until one explosive night leaves Shane with a broken heart. That seems to be his lot — lucky at everything but love. Shane still has one lesson left to learn, though: when it comes to love, you can’t always leave things to chance.
Ooh, lovely cover. Congratulations!
The Odd Anglican Thing will always be called that in my heart, but it now has an actual title! Said title is I Lift Up My Eyes To The Hills, which comes from Psalm 121 (Levavi oculos):
I lift up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved and he who watches over you will not fall asleep.
Behold, he who keeps watch over Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep;
The Lord himself watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
So that the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; it is he who shall keep you safe.
The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth for evermore.
The Psalm is fitting for both the story overall and for Justinian Clark, one of the protagonists. Without spoiling anything, all I can say is that Justinian has faith enough for ten acres of mustard plants as well as a deep and abiding love for the Psalms.
I’m almost ready to submit Eyes, but I have one. last. thing. that needs to be checked/reviewed before I do… Well, two, but one of them I can do on my own.
I have a synopsis, I have a blurb, I have read and reread and rereread until I’m pretty sure that if I fiddle with it any more that I’ll start messing things up.
I’m excited and worried and flappy and Small Mind has escaped from its cave on a couple of occasions and I haven’t even sent it off!
Speaking of sent off: I’ve submitted two stories already this year, which is pretty awesome. Both of them were for anthologies — One, Night Duty, is a Benny and Phil story that squeaked under the wire for the deadline; the other (Flying Colors) is a Max and Trev story that I won’t know about until somewhere closer to September.
I’m also fiddling with a couple of stories for a couple of other anthologies, but nothing’s really working at the moment. Not sure if it’s me, the story, the deadline, or the anthology, though. That’s okay–I’ll figure it out, and I’m not going to be completely devastated if I don’t get them done/sent off. I may get them published as individual stories instead of as part of an anthology.