Slow-moving morning, here at the Cat Farm.
Mozart is dozing on the blanket-covered box at the kitchen-end of the hall. Scrabble has mounted a watch in the window, and she's keeping a Very Close Eye on the bird feeders. Especially the woodpecker block, which has been the center of a number of antics this morning.
I mean, I know woodpeckers aren't terribly bright. By my observation, this usually works for them, because they don't tend to notice scary stuff. But this morning, we have a visitor who can't figure out the chain from which the woodpecker feeder is suspended, and it's distracting him something terrible. He'd come in, start whacking at the seeds, see the chain, and forget to eat, as he looked at This Strange (and Shiny) Device, first from one eye, then from the other. It was sad, in an amusing sort of way.
He has finally seemed to have figured out that, if he hangs upside down from the bottom of the feeder-cage, he doesn't have to see the chain, and he can eat in peace. Which is what he's doing now.
In publishing news. . .
For those who do not tweet, last evening it was Revealed that Carousel Sun (the sequel to Carousel Tides) will be published in early-ish 2014.
So! This is what we now know about the Lee/Miller and Lee publication schedules for the next little while:
Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume I: July 2013
Dragon Ship mass market: August 2013
Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey & Pern: August 2013
Trade Secret: November 2013
Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume II: January 2014
Carousel Sun: Early-ish 2014
From the hey, that's cool pile. . .
We hear from Madame the Agent, who gets her Locus before we get ours, that Necessity's Child has hit the Locus Bestselling Hardcover list at Number Two. Not too shabby -- and you did it yourselves! Well done, and thank you.
And! Under the topic Discussions Worth Having:
Kyle Cassidy, photographer extraordinaire, muses on pockets and women's clothes, here
. . .and there's a follow-up, here
This is a useful and thought-provoking discussion about what pockets (or the lack of pockets) says about autonomy. Really worth a read.
Really interesting series of pictures of the remains of plane wrecks (all wrecks depicted are non-fatal) in remote places, right here.
In writing news:
Today! Is the day! That I will break 50K. I know this because I'm only 172 words short of the goal as I start my work day. It's nice to occasionally have some certainty in life.
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Progress on Carousel Seas
49,828/100,000 words OR 49.83% complete
"You kill that shark?"
She raised disdainful eyebrows. "Must you ask?"
"In fact, I don't have to ask. I'm curious about your motivation."