agilebrit: (Numfar: Dance of Joy)
*taps LJ* Is this thing on? Sorry I haven't been posting lately, but between being crazy busy and not having a lot to say, you've just been getting tweets instead of content. Whoops.

Anyway, so, we went to Vegas with a list of things we were going to do, and actually accomplished them all. We ate at Bubba Gump's, which was delicious (I had the mixed shrimp, and Hubby had the drunken shrimp, nomnomnom). Then we saw the Cirque du Soleil's Mystere show, and it was just as amazing as I remembered.

I'd made a reservation for us at Sam's Town through Hotwire, which can be iffy, but we're cheap and it was around a hundred bucks, which beat the hell out of anything else I could find. Sure enough, we get there and they'd given us a king room for the three of us. Oh, sorry, we don't have a room with two doubles, we're full, this is it. "Is there a couch?" No, but we can get you a rollaway. LET'S DO THAT. We're on the top floor, and I honestly didn't expect much, but we get to the room and I notice there's a 982A, and a 982B. Huh.

It's not a "room" with a king-sized bed. It's a suite with a king-sized bed. Overloooking the really spiffy atrium. And they had a really cool lights-and-music show that we watched from our room. According to the card on the door, that room normally went for $500 a night, so, yeah. The shower enclosure was ginormous, and it had a separate clawed-foot tub. So that was pretty cool.

Next morning, we wandered around the shops in Sam's Town, then had breakfast at the buffet before heading out to Fry's Electronics. I struck out on the movies I wanted, but scored an external blu-ray drive for my netbook for $20 less than I can get at the local Best Buy. On the way out of town, we stopped at the Amber Unicorn bookstore, and I found a copy of Terry Pratchett's "Unadulterated Cat" and a copy of Sarah Hoyt's reissued "Draw One in the Dark." Plus they were having a sale, so.

All in all a successful and amazing trip.

I'll be posting something about Salt Lake ComicCon sometime soon, because that deserves its own entry.
agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
What a beautiful wedding. A good time was had by all, and New Hubby Dave is a peach. They clearly adore each other.

So now I'm home until Sunday, when I will wing my way to Chattanooga for the Writing Excuses retreat. Meanwhile, I'm madly scribbling Iteration Two of the NaNo Project o'Doom, which is a rousing success so far. Even with wedding shenanigans, I've managed to hit my goal for the first four days, and it continues apace. I'm nearly 7500 words into De-Wolfed Ben, and right at the climax. Hopefully I'll wrap it in the next 1500 words or so.

I've also got a first line and a better hook for the Chambliss story. It involves adding yet more romance, which is not exactly my strong suit, but I'll muddle through and make do.

But first I need to write the steampunk story, since it's the one with the, you know, actual deadline. As soon as I finish De-Wolfed Ben, that one is next on my plate. Perhaps I'll post an in-progress snippet soon, but don't hold your breath. For some reason, this part is giving me fits. I know what happens and where it needs to go, it's just that getting there is not half the fun, it's a slog.

But at least I don't hate the story. Win.
agilebrit: (Over My Head)
The same way a root canal is fun, in this case.

Flights from SLC to Atlanta are dear, and Priceline, this time, was being singularly uncooperative. After hunting individual airlines and growling at prices, I finally went through Travelocity and got a ticket for $477 (ouch) for one that leaves at friggin' midnight and gets in the next morning. The upside to that is that it saves me a hotel room and food for that night, so. Sleep? What is that. Now I have to contact the hotel and cancel the first night (done!), and see if anyone's driving to Chattanooga from Atlanta that morning. If not, I'll catch the shuttle.

I also booked us a hotel for this weekend in Pueblo, because the HubbyMom is getting married and would like us to be there.

But at least I'm done and settled, so, that's two less things I need to worry about.
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
We're back from Moab, a day or two early. We ran two really good trails this year, but they were long. And, of course, the first thing that happened was we hit Moab after a four-and-a-half-hour drive and discovered that the Hubby had left the Jeep keys at home. So a friend and I went on a locksmith hunt and found one who was willing to come out and cut a key for the ignition, at any rate.

Everyone else kind of bailed on Sunday (or before), so we wandered out to Newspaper Rock (which we hadn't been to before, and dude, long drive is long), and then we came back and wandered out to the Birthing Rock. I took numerous pictures of both--this is research for the "Moab Monsters" story I'm mulling. For anyone who doesn't know, these are famous petroglyphs and kind of a big deal in Moab.

We ran the Rusty Nail trail on Friday and Steel Bender on Saturday, and we ate at the Moab Brewery, Eddie McStiff's, Zax Pizza, and the Blue Pig. Tasty meals all--for a small town, Moab has some ridiculously good eating establishments.

On the way home, the battery in the motor home decided it didn't want to charge. Of course we discovered this on the way up Soldier Summit in a driving rain/snowstorm. We made it, but it was nerve-wracking and iffy and I really would rather not do it again.

We are home. I have three rejections in my inbox I need to flip (Happy Easter, here's your rejections, have a nice day). One is going to F&SF and is 90 pages long. *dies*

Pictures to follow, perhaps. I have object lessons in Why You Don't Go Jeeping Alone. One of them was us.
agilebrit: (Picspam)
I'm actually not being sarcastic. Got a rejection last night for the Squonk story and immediately flipped it to Writers of the Future, since they haven't seen it yet, the deadline is the 30th, and there's no way I'm going to finish the steampunk werewolf western in time. It is stalled like a big stalled thing. Still waiting on word for Won His Soul. Gyah, this business.

In other news, I did receive the contract for the Zombie story in the mail and sent it back, signed, immediately, so. I believe the editor said that issue would be coming out next month.

And now, more Yellowstone pictures. This group will be the miscellaneous critters and a couple of other shots.

Follow the cut to bison, chipmunks, grouse, coyote, and pronghorns... )
agilebrit: (Picspam)
We saw amazing numbers of elk and bison there, though no deer, which I found odd. This post will feature the elk!

Photos under the cut. )
agilebrit: (Numfar: Dance of Joy)
Seriously, everyone, this is a place that nobody should miss. Go there before you die. I'm not kidding. To be fair to you guys, I'm going to break this up into a few posts. First, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone. Since we didn't see any bears or wolves actually in the park, you'll have to settle for zoo shots. We did get to see the wolves and bears engaging in Actual Behavior instead of just sleeping, so that was cool.

Follow the bouncing LJ-cut... )

OKAY THEN.

Aug. 30th, 2012 10:10 am
agilebrit: (Writer of Wrongs)
Well. Been awhile since I updated this thing, hasn't it. (That's... not a question.) Anyway, I have not been idle, at least as far as doing anything but writing goes. I've spent the last month busily preparing for Worldcon, and now here I sit in the Hyatt with my very fine view (no, that is not sarcasm, seriously, this view!). I'm doing a kaffeeklatsche with the lovely and effulgent Carrie Vaughn in a couple of hours, I had a very large drink in the bar last night and spied George RR Martin there, and I even got some writing done on the plane with a screaming baby behind me. The new thing is inspired by the Salt City Steamfest, which had a very successful first convention a few weeks ago, and I decided that rather than Victorian London, I'd set the thing in the Old West. And, yes, it stars a werewolf as its protag. Shut up. They say to write your passion, and that's what's pinging me now. I learned a long time ago not to argue with Antubis; it just ends in tears.

I'm having a little trouble with the protag's voice right now; I'm vacillating between making him sound like a Firefly extra or having him be just a little more educated than that. Maybe I should read some Max Brand. Or Smokey the Cowhorse, that's an old favorite. Well. Write now. Edit later. His voice will come out in thing the farther along I go.

Anyone else on my flist here? I've spotted, in addition to GRRM, Robert Silverberg, Charlie Stross, Kathy Mar, and Howard Tayler so far. I know that I'll see other friends of mine--Paul Genesse is coming, for one. Anyone live in Chicago? If you don't want to pay for the whole weekend, they've got day passes for around $40, which gets you into panels, the dealer's room, the art show, and everything else.

I'm rooming with my RP partner and her Hubby, who... should be getting here anytime now. And yes, we're still RPing; we've created yet another universe that we're playing around in. It is badwrong in its badwrongness. If anyone wants a link to the damn logs, well, I'll drop one, but you can hit [livejournal.com profile] werewolf_hacker's LJ for the deets. Look for the Volchok 'verse; it's the third entry down.

ANYHOW. CHICAGO. WORLDCON. It's going to be fantastic!
agilebrit: (werewolf)
And I get to reiterate that brew pubs have the best food on the planet. Two nights, two different breweries, and both places had food to die for.

Yes, I've been scarce online; planning on being home tonight, in case anyone actually missed me. [livejournal.com profile] kurukami, if you've been able to hold off on watching True Blood, I should be able to watch that with you tomorrow night.

The framed!werewolf story has a title now, so I guess it's a matter of checking markets and seeing where to send it first. Oh, hey... that looks good. Wish me luck.

And now I should start the Next Thing. Something with fewer logistical problems than a cowboy who falls asleep in the Old West(ish) and wakes up a hundred years later. As amusing as the notion is, I'm not sure I've got the chops or the ambition to tackle something like that.

Twenty-five years ago today, I said "I do" to my handsome and talented Hubby. Here's to another twenty-five years (at least). I love you, Hubby. ♥♥♥
agilebrit: (werewolf)
And I get to reiterate that brew pubs have the best food on the planet. Two nights, two different breweries, and both places had food to die for.

Yes, I've been scarce online; planning on being home tonight, in case anyone actually missed me. [livejournal.com profile] kurukami, if you've been able to hold off on watching True Blood, I should be able to watch that with you tomorrow night.

The framed!werewolf story has a title now, so I guess it's a matter of checking markets and seeing where to send it first. Oh, hey... that looks good. Wish me luck.

And now I should start the Next Thing. Something with fewer logistical problems than a cowboy who falls asleep in the Old West(ish) and wakes up a hundred years later. As amusing as the notion is, I'm not sure I've got the chops or the ambition to tackle something like that.

Twenty-five years ago today, I said "I do" to my handsome and talented Hubby. Here's to another twenty-five years (at least). I love you, Hubby. ♥♥♥
agilebrit: (Elementary)
My parents were supposed to come here for a visit, but events conspired that they are stuck in Grand Junction for the foreseeable future. Best laid plans and all. However, that's an easy drive or flight for us, and so we're heading over there for a couple of days, anyway, before the Hubby has to go back to work on Wednesday. Taking off early tomorrow, either in the Cessna or the PT Cruiser.

In other news, the 280 words I penned last night don't look half-bad in the cold light of sobriety, and I've thought of the Next Thing to complicate my poor protag's life. Mine is an evil laugh.

The fun around here just never stops...
agilebrit: (Elementary)
My parents were supposed to come here for a visit, but events conspired that they are stuck in Grand Junction for the foreseeable future. Best laid plans and all. However, that's an easy drive or flight for us, and so we're heading over there for a couple of days, anyway, before the Hubby has to go back to work on Wednesday. Taking off early tomorrow, either in the Cessna or the PT Cruiser.

In other news, the 280 words I penned last night don't look half-bad in the cold light of sobriety, and I've thought of the Next Thing to complicate my poor protag's life. Mine is an evil laugh.

The fun around here just never stops...
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
We are back, o flist. Fun was had, a zoo was visited, food was eaten, trails were hiked, museums were visited, and books were bought. I haven't checked LJ since we left, and I don't know if I will ever catch up. I'll probably have a vacation report later, but right now I'm just trying to recover while doing laundry, because the Hubby has to work tomorrow and thus needs clothes.

Five mile hike, y'all. And it didn't end where I expected it to. *bangs head* But it was cool anyway.

I also stuck an END at the bottom of the framed!werewolf story. And then I ran it past the Hubby, who wanted "more." Especially in the part where he first finds her body. Which, yes, I get, but dammit, I need to be paring this thing down, not adding more words.

So now I'm in "madly editing" mode. Hopefully I'll be posting something for the Usual Suspects later in the week to rip into, and then I'll give it to my Writing Buddy.

Came home to another rejection in the inbox, flipped the story pretty quickly (once I formatted it to plain text, AUGH), and now it's another waiting game. Twelve stories out making the rounds right now. Whee...
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
We are back, o flist. Fun was had, a zoo was visited, food was eaten, trails were hiked, museums were visited, and books were bought. I haven't checked LJ since we left, and I don't know if I will ever catch up. I'll probably have a vacation report later, but right now I'm just trying to recover while doing laundry, because the Hubby has to work tomorrow and thus needs clothes.

Five mile hike, y'all. And it didn't end where I expected it to. *bangs head* But it was cool anyway.

I also stuck an END at the bottom of the framed!werewolf story. And then I ran it past the Hubby, who wanted "more." Especially in the part where he first finds her body. Which, yes, I get, but dammit, I need to be paring this thing down, not adding more words.

So now I'm in "madly editing" mode. Hopefully I'll be posting something for the Usual Suspects later in the week to rip into, and then I'll give it to my Writing Buddy.

Came home to another rejection in the inbox, flipped the story pretty quickly (once I formatted it to plain text, AUGH), and now it's another waiting game. Twelve stories out making the rounds right now. Whee...
agilebrit: (smile)
The Hubby has been granted something like five days off in a row, and in a bid to get us the hell out of the house, I lobbied for a trip to Portland, OR.

Looks like we're going. The dog has a reservation at the local kennel, we have a hotel and car booked, and we've made plans for the zoo (duh), the aviation museum, Tillamook, a river cruise, Powell's, and Fry's Electronics.

The weather, it appears, is going to be perfect--and about 20 degrees cooler than here. BONUS.

I have no idea how internet access will be or if I'll even do anything more than check my mail and collapse into a puddle of goo.

YAY.

Any of my flisties live there?
agilebrit: (smile)
The Hubby has been granted something like five days off in a row, and in a bid to get us the hell out of the house, I lobbied for a trip to Portland, OR.

Looks like we're going. The dog has a reservation at the local kennel, we have a hotel and car booked, and we've made plans for the zoo (duh), the aviation museum, Tillamook, a river cruise, Powell's, and Fry's Electronics.

The weather, it appears, is going to be perfect--and about 20 degrees cooler than here. BONUS.

I have no idea how internet access will be or if I'll even do anything more than check my mail and collapse into a puddle of goo.

YAY.

Any of my flisties live there?
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
*dies* It's nice to go away. And it's nicer to come home.

I think I'm going to take one or two more editing passes through Hitman!Ben and call it done. I may post it up for The Usual Suspects (again). We'll see. It's just about as good as I can get it, I think, and I'm pleased with it.
agilebrit: (Tired & Long-suffering)
*dies* It's nice to go away. And it's nicer to come home.

I think I'm going to take one or two more editing passes through Hitman!Ben and call it done. I may post it up for The Usual Suspects (again). We'll see. It's just about as good as I can get it, I think, and I'm pleased with it.
agilebrit: (Over My Head)
You walk a fine line, when writing a mystery. Too much information, and your readers figure it out before your character does and think he's stupid. Too little, and they're feeling betrayed and wondering "Okay, where the hell did that come from?"

I stuck a clue in there that would have made it, I think, way too obvious who the person pulling the strings behind this story really was. So, I cheated (just a little) and had Ben hear only the first part of the sentence that would have given the whole thing away. I think it works better now. I may run it past my (published) Mom (the mystery writer) to see what she thinks. Still tweaking it, still trying to keep it under 10K. It's at 9,995 right now. Argh.

Part of my problem is still that Ben is really in no physical danger through this thing (the villains are run-of-the-mill humans), and so it kind of feels like the stakes aren't high enough, personally, for him. I've ameliorated that somewhat by having him need to fight his wolf off at every turn or risk having it go tear-assing through my villains and thus put him in a very awkward spot, legally speaking. But it still doesn't feel like enough, somehow. It's not a story unless my protag ends up bleeding? At least, if it's Ben? Hell if I know.

In other news, the Hubby has six days off, and he's shanghai'd me into going to Colorado to visit his Mom. So I'll be AFK until Monday evening. Y'all try not to have too much fun without me.
agilebrit: (Over My Head)
You walk a fine line, when writing a mystery. Too much information, and your readers figure it out before your character does and think he's stupid. Too little, and they're feeling betrayed and wondering "Okay, where the hell did that come from?"

I stuck a clue in there that would have made it, I think, way too obvious who the person pulling the strings behind this story really was. So, I cheated (just a little) and had Ben hear only the first part of the sentence that would have given the whole thing away. I think it works better now. I may run it past my (published) Mom (the mystery writer) to see what she thinks. Still tweaking it, still trying to keep it under 10K. It's at 9,995 right now. Argh.

Part of my problem is still that Ben is really in no physical danger through this thing (the villains are run-of-the-mill humans), and so it kind of feels like the stakes aren't high enough, personally, for him. I've ameliorated that somewhat by having him need to fight his wolf off at every turn or risk having it go tear-assing through my villains and thus put him in a very awkward spot, legally speaking. But it still doesn't feel like enough, somehow. It's not a story unless my protag ends up bleeding? At least, if it's Ben? Hell if I know.

In other news, the Hubby has six days off, and he's shanghai'd me into going to Colorado to visit his Mom. So I'll be AFK until Monday evening. Y'all try not to have too much fun without me.

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