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Just a quick note

I'm still alive, I have turned in the third CAST novel, and I am -- some 3 days later -- looking at a revision letter. Since I'm accustomed to months between the first event and the second, I'm slightly dazed.

Quickly: I discovered John Terpstra; he's been publishing poetry for a while, but clearly, I haven't been paying attention. A quick thank you to next_bold_move for Carol Ann Duffy as well.

The last two hundred pages of Ilario by Mary Gentle were perfect. Just ... perfect. If you like Guy Kay, it's that kind of perfect ending.

I'm at work. I'm caught up with everything but -- as it turns out -- revisions, and in theory have time to be more or less normal for a bit.

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kristine_smith
Jan. 6th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
You beat my record. I once had revisions come back in a week.

And I had sooo wanted the time off.

I hope you enjoyed the holidays!
magicnoire
Jan. 6th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Glad to see you posting! Hope you enjoyed the holidays and had a great New Year.

(And, uh, yay for third Cast novel? Well, I'm celebrating anyway since I can't wait to read it.)
mizkit
Jan. 6th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
-stares- How'd you manage a 3 day turnaround? Was the manuscript late coming in? That's the only way I've ever gotten quick turnarounds. *boggles*

Er. What I really mean to say is YAY THIRD CAST BOOK! But I got distracted by the turnaround. O.O :) YAY! :)

And I can see I'm going to have to read ILARIO. Cool. Thanks. :)
msagara
Jan. 12th, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
How'd you manage a 3 day turnaround? Was the manuscript late coming in? That's the only way I've ever gotten quick turnarounds. *boggles*

Let's just say that it was not nearly as -early- as the previous book in the production cycle...
mizkit
Jan. 12th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Yeah, same with COYOTE. I feel your pain. Although my turnaround was that fast!
msss
Jan. 6th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yay! More Kaylin! *celebrates and makes note to o\r\d\e\r\ persuade local SFF shop into putting it on the schedule Right Now*
folkmew
Jan. 7th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
in theory have time to be more or less normal for a bit.

Could you please explain this thing to me? ;-)
jonquil
Jan. 7th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Hooray! I shall eventually get to read the third CAST novel!

(Commiserations to you on not getting a longer break between the submission and the congratulations-now-let's-fix-it from your adoring editor.)
celtic4
Jan. 7th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
Hope you had a wonderful holiday season! Looking forward to the third CAST novel! Good luck with the revisions, too.
ciage
Jan. 7th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
Perhaps there wasn't too much to revise,? I guess it helps to have a little time to distance oneself from the revision, all the same.
twiegand
Jan. 7th, 2007 01:39 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear the good news. Hope you and your family are all recovering from a great holiday. I look forward to all your work (ya think?).
sleigh
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Wait, wait, wait... Sheila sent you a revision letter THREE DAYS after you turned in the manuscript? THREE DAYS? ::Steve clutches chest, falls over::
msagara
Jan. 12th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
Sheila sent you a revision letter THREE DAYS after you turned in the manuscript? THREE DAYS? ::Steve clutches chest, falls over::

LOL! No, Steve, it wasn't Sheila, and it wasn't about HOUSE WAR -- It was for MaryTheresa Hussey at Luna, and it was her three day turn-around. Although this does remind me that I should maybe give a small shout, speaking of Sheila.
trektone
Jan. 13th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
Congratulations on completing CAST IN NETS (that's the title, right?)!!!

Happy 2007!
msagara
Jan. 13th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
(that's the title, right?)

Someone clearly hasn't recovered from New Year's drinking. Or is being somewhat rash and almost suicidal, hmmm?
trektone
Jan. 14th, 2007 04:07 am (UTC)
Cross-post (from your list) question: Is CAST IN SECRET your choice?
msagara
Jan. 16th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
Not entirely, no -- it was felt that CAST IN STREETLIGHT was too prosaic. On the other hand, having finished, CAST IN WATER would be more appropriate, but SECRET does actually work.

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msagara
Jan. 20th, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Since I don't like Guy Kay's books much, why should I read the new Mary Gentle novel, then?

I found it slow in places leading up to the end, and I think the actual writing qua writing is different -- but there's an emotional texture to the end of the book that has some of that mix of love, duty, and unforeseen consequences. I'm not sure if you'd love it, but I think you'd agree about the ending.

And as you know, the ending of a book/movie/anything can pull the whole work up for me, and if the ending is perfect, all flaws that might otherwise be there -- and to which I'd admit -- are happily forgiven.
merlinpole
Jan. 23rd, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
I think that there are enough differences between Guy Gavriel Kay's writing and Mary Gentle's writing that not enjoying the former's writing wouldn't stop oone from liking (or liking some of) the latter's writing. The Fionvarr Tapestry I got slightly over 2/3rds of the way through and had I been a book thrower volume 3 would have gone into wallboard; I'd been irritated at some things in the first two volumes, but the third snapped the rubber band of elasticity in reading.

Some of Mary Gentle's novels have defeated me (the series, I think it was hers, with the female warrior in a somewhat alternate world, was something that I bogged down in, for example), others of them I haven't had difficulties getting through. She's a writer with a range of topical matter and content and settings and characters. The Golden Witchbreed was a very different animal than the Chausabon and White Crow stories, for example. (And someday I intend to get my hands on a copy of Scholars and Gentlemen, is that the title? I wasn't looking during the under- and un-employment years... the mortgage and living expenses came first, although I have Jefferson's habit of whenever having money, spending it on books... moderated somewhat over the years with e.g. lack of space and other considerations.
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 23rd, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Casse Loves Cast
Does happy dance. Your cast books are my favorite books EVER! Okay that's a bit dramatic but hey I love Lord Nightshade, can you hear my little heart pitter-patter? And Severn??? If I was in that world I'd be known as the girl that got around!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 11th, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
Can't Wait!!!
I just discover the first Cast novel yesterday and loved it so much I picked the other one up today and I just finished it. They're so great, I can't wait to get my hands on this next one :)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 1st, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
I have just finished, 5 min ago, CAST IN COURTLIGHT and I am so sorry I Have to wait until August to read CAST IN SECRET which is already in preorder. Thank you for creating such a wonderful universe, I wanted to read the end but didn't want it to be over.
Nathalie (from French Caribbean)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 15th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
Thank God the Third CAST novel is coming out soon. The CAST books were an accidental find, and I loved them, Cast in Shadow and Cast in Courtlight are falling apart because I read them so much. They've been such an inspiration to me in my writing.
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