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The Night To-Do List September 25, 2011

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2011 plans, Princes of Air, promotions, queue, Reading, Ta-da, to-dos, upcoming work, writing.
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And you can read that as either The Night Kitchen or The Night Circus (which I am very eager to read, but has to wait until I finish The Magician King. And yes, Catherine Valente was right when she said the Quentin still needed to be smacked out of the book.  I do like Julia, though.)

Heart’s Master is humming along nicely. I did almost 7000 words last week (6,999), which is good because I fell over with the flu Friday afternoon, and didn’t write a blessed word yesterday.  I tried to take a day off on Wednesday, and still wrote over 800 words. Which just goes to show I don’t write because I want to, I write because I HAVE to.

In any case, I’m almost ready to start posting chapters to the ERWA Storytime board for critique. That will wait, I think, until mid-November, though. Princes of Air comes out in just over a month, and I will be doing promo (which will probably be starting either October 1st or the 15th. Watch this space!) The week after the book comes out, I am slated to do an Livejournal author chat on the Circlet Press LJ.  So progress on Heart’s Master may just slow to a crawl.

So, on to the To-dos.

To Revise:

  • Nomad”s Moon (?) — Wait for response from small press

To Write:

  • Heart’s Master (used to be Drum Mage)
  • Playing For Keeps (short story to launch Tales from the Arena)
  • The Willow Sword
  • Sea Prince (To be written with Danielle Jones)
  • Wanderer’s Moon (next book in the Midnight Moon series. Not to be done until we sell Nomad’s Moon)

To Outline

  • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
  • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
  • The Lady and the Sword (Mystere Book 2)
  • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
  • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)
  • Rainbow Wars (the teach-in idea. Definitely a  YA. And it needs a better title)
  • Holy Orders ( Sequel to Heart’s Master)

To Sell

  • Nomad’s Moon
  • Exile’s Moon
  • Silk Skin (short story)
  • Infernal Machine (reprint, sent to Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica)

Release date! September 20, 2011

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in circlet, forthcoming works, KermitArms, Princes of Air, Release date, SQUEEE, Uncategorized.
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Check this out!

This is the official release date from Circlet!

PRINCES OF AIR by Elizabeth Schechter–November 1st

The Raven-Goddess Morrigan has nine sons, ravens, each granted two gifts: the ability to shift to human form, and the recognition of their soulmates. But, even for demi-gods, the path to true love is far from smooth. The brothers have drawn the attention of a family of powerful mages who will stop at nothing to gain power. Each brother will be forced to make sacrifices to keep their mates alive and protect their land from harm.

Sign my book? September 10, 2011

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in genius, progress, public displays of geekery.
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So, almost all of my publishing credits to date have been in ebooks. Which makes it kind of hard to sign the book. I’ve heard of some enterprising readers who have people sign the removable covers for their e-readers, and then display the covers.

But now, there’s Kindlegraph. I just signed up today as an author. For readers, you can sign up, and search the database for the book you want signed. If it is there, you can request an autograph.  Once the author gets the request, they can digitally SIGN your ebook! (You get a pdf in email, consisting of a digitally signed image of the title page of your book.)

Pretty nifty.




Speechless… September 6, 2011

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in bigotry, hypocrites-and-idiots-abound, someone-is-wrong-on-the-internet, Uncategorized.

Orson Scott Card is a fine writer. I used to be a big fan of his, one of the people in the “WHERE IS THE NEXT ALVIN MAKER BOOK???” camp (and then he wrote it, and I wish he’d waited a little longer. But that is neither here nor there…)

Used to be. That’s the operative phrase.

These days, I wouldn’t buy an Orson Scott Card book if you held a gun to my head. Because I won’t put my coin in the pocket of a rampant homophobic who has gone on the record as saying that homosexuals should not have equal rights, and that homosexual acts should be  criminalized. Not only that, he has advocated overthrowing the government  of any nation (including the US!) that grants homosexuals equal rights, or that does not criminalize homosexual acts.

So I suppose it should come as no surprise that Card’s latest work is violently homophobic. What is that work, I hear you ask? Why,  a retelling of Hamlet, of course.  No, I’m not linking to the book. I will, however, link to the review.

Now, Mr. Alexander (the reviewer), says everything I would want to say, and says it far better than I could. To be honest, right now, I’m more at the stage of sputter…sputter… whiskey  tango FOXTROT???

And my reaction isn’t because Card wrote this. Anyone who is following along and playing Homophobic Bingo: the Home Game just maxed out their score. This is no surprise.

The surprise is that Subterranean Press published it. Subterranean is a boutique press — usually, they publish collectables and limited editions. The only reason I can think of that they would publish a piece of hateful dreck like this is that they KNOW there is a cash cow here. Card’s followers in the Mormon Church and the National Organization of Marriage will buy this book. Die-hard fans who don’t care that the man is a homophobic ass will buy this book. And the shit-storm that is going to arise on the blog-o-sphere because of the message in this book is going to fuel those sales.

But really, Subterranean, is that how you want to make your money? Really?

Upcoming appearance! September 3, 2011

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in appearances, author chat, Carnal Machines, ex-cathedra from my navel, promotions, public displays of geekery, RWA.
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The Writer’s Studio
Central Florida Romance Writers of America
Saturday, November 5th
10:00 AM
Casselberry Public Library, 215 N. Oxford Rd., Casselberry, FL 32707

I’ll be in the spotlight as part of the Writer’s Studio program with the Central Florida Romance Writers of America. I’ll be reading from Carnal Machines, answering questions and having a good time! If you’re in the area, and at all interested in learning about the craft of writing or about the RWA, come check it out.

I will have signed copies of Carnal Machines for sale.

Following my portion of the program, there will be a presentation by Eileen Horan on Online Safety for Women.