Daily Archives: August 1, 2013

What Else in July

Writing Work

Joseffy's Hands, from The Sphinx, Vol. 30 No. 3, May 1931

Joseffy shows absolutely no deception. (The Sphinx, May 1931)

Added 16K to my restart of the Abbott Project. (Still no title…) That brings the grand total to 25K, which is the longest of the post-NaNo rewrites. I still get caught in research holes, but those aren’t exactly bad things. My tentative plan for August is to add 3000 words to the manuscript every five days. Basically, I’ll take two days to goof-off/research/edit and then concentrate on adding positive word counts for the three days after that. I’m shooting for a total manuscript length of 43K-45K by the end of August.


Between travel, Eric querying his novel, and Eric giving Luck for Hire‘s query a once over, I pretty much took the month off from sending anything out. I had one query and response each for Luck for Hire and Model Species.

Other Life Stuff

Obviously Comic Con was the biggie. We were pretty much out of town for a week and then came con crud once we were back. Hopefully, August will be nice and calm and productive.

Books Obtained

Day Two & Three Loot

  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
  • The 100 (The Hundred, #1) by Kass Morgan
  • The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic Emily Croy Barker
  • The Dead Run: A Novel by Adam Mansbach
  • Minor Miracles by Will Eisner
  • The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 1 ed. by Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Other Books I Want to Read

At Goodreads:

  • The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini by Ruth Brandon
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne, #1) by Mark Hodder
  • The Swan Gondola: A Novel Timothy Schaffert
  • Beyond Rue Morgue Anthology: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe's 1st DetectiveThe Magician and the Cardsharp: The Search for America’s Greatest Sleight-of-Hand Artist by Karl Johnson
  • A Polish Book of Monsters by Michael Kandel
  • Death from a Top Hat by Clayton Rawson
  • Edge by Koji Suzuki
  • The Invention of Everything Else by Samantha Hunt
  • Facts, Frauds, & Phantasms: A Survey of the Spiritualist Movement by Georgess McHargue
  • Thirteenth Night (Fools’ Guild, #1) by Alan Gordon
  • Beyond Rue Morgue Anthology: Further Tales of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1st Detective by Paul Kane
  • Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • The Coroner’s Lunch (Dr. Siri Paiboun, #1) by Colin Cotterill
  • The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder by J.W. Ironmonger
  • The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

At the Greater Phoenix Digital Library/Open Library:

  • Spirit slate writing and kindred phenomena by Chung Ling Soo