Aug262009

Rituals in Writing & Traveling

Steampunk
This may come a profound shock to you, Gentle Reader, but I’m a pretty ritualistic person.

No, not shocked?

It seems I share this with most writers. The little patterns of action that remind one it is time to write. (Well, except for maybe Jay Lake. I bet he could be in a helicopter flying over an exploding volcano and not even glance up from his laptop.) I wonder if this mild OCD is symptomatic of the introverted nature of author-dom. Then I wonder if it is more an aspect of being an archaeologist.

I wouldn’t say I travel a lot]. But I do get around, and out of the country, more than most Americans and whenever I come home I have little rituals that get me back into being home, and over the jet lag. These are exaggerated versions of my writerly rituals. I get home, take a shower, unpack, do laundry, stay awake all day, eats some sort of salad (usually I’m in a non-potable water area where I can’t eat greens), delete stuff from the tivo, drink a lot of tea, clean the house, and then . . . In N’ Out Burger. And I’m really not a junk food person. But until I have that double double animal style I don’t feel like I’m home.

I’m curious. Anyone else like this?

Oh, and regarding my recent scary attacking torso blog. Apparently we’re moving on to the men.

Gail’s Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Addicted to Space Monkey by Jim Hodgson (curse you Balticon podcast!).
Your Tisane of Smart:
Business Models in Antiquity
Your Writerly Tinctures:
Ken Scholes interview over on Adventures in SciFi Publishing. (Partly my fault re: phone chatting a couple months ago. Self, “When you going to do that AISFP interview?” Ken, “Oh, right, I should do that.” Self, “You think?”)

CAKE in Space: With agent.
Soulless: Look interwebs I got a red star (PW review)! Weeee!
* Soulless Gail Carriger. Orbit, $7.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-316-05663-2
Carriger debuts brilliantly with a blend of Victorian romance, screwball comedy of manners and alternate history. Prickly, stubborn 25-year-old bluestocking Alexia Tarabotti is patently unmarriageable, and not just because she’s large-nosed and swarthy. She’s also soulless, an oddity and a secret even in a 19th-century London that mostly accepts and integrates werewolf packs, vampire hives and ghosts. The only man who notices her is brash Lord Conall Maccon, a Scottish Alpha werewolf and government official, and (of course) they dislike each other intensely. After Alexia kills a vampire with her parasol at a party—how vulgar!—she and Conall must work together to solve a supernatural mystery that grows quite steampunkishly gruesome. Well-drawn secondary characters round out the story, most notably Lord Akeldama, Alexia’s outrageous, italic-wielding gay best vampire friend. This intoxicatingly witty parody will appeal to a wide cross-section of romance, fantasy and steampunk fans. (Oct.)
Changeless: Awaiting copyedit. Release date currently April 2010.
Blameless: Gone off to betas.

Quote of the Day:
“In-N-Out Burger is the most secretive of the American fast food chains – the Freemasons of the burger world.”
~ blogadilla

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