I got up this morning and went for an 11 mile run. It was supposed to be 13, but the sun caught me and I ran out of Gatorade. Sometimes, discretion is the better part of valor–and I decided two more miles was not worth puking.
Now I am drinking Vietnamese coffee and sitting on the sofa, like somebody who has used up all her virtupitude for the day.
My stepcat was just in the corner suspiciously sniffing an old signing poster of Scott’s that’s been there for a month. Only now does it become a potentially threatening object. Cats. Or maybe he’s just now figured out what Dad does for a living?
In other Scott-related news, this.
In writer-related news, non-Scott-related, the UK/Australian publication of John Joseph Adams’ Wastelands anthology has occurred!
And Publishers Weekly has given Book of Iron an absolutely bang-up review. (linky) (text follows)
Book of Iron
Elizabeth Bear. Subterranean (www.subterraneanpress.com), $20 (128p) ISBN 978-1-59606-474-4
Friends are the family we choose, a maxim that lies at the heart of this short but sharp novella, which ties in to Bear’s Eternal Sky novel series. Bijou the Artificer (first met in 2010’s Bone and Jewel Creatures, here young and eager for adventure) joins the immortal Maledysaunte on a quest to the abandoned city of Ancient Erem to stop Dr. Liebelos, a precisian (wizard of orderliness), from summoning the Iron Book. With them go a crew of allies with mixed motives, including Kaulas the Necromancer, who is Bijou’s lover and rival, and the wizard Salamander, Maledysaunte’s companion and daughter to Dr. Liebelos. Under skies whose moons and suns vary in number, they must confront the threats of legendary beasts and betrayal. Bear injects the fizz of the Roaring ’20s (including travel by roadster, automatic pistols , aeroplanes, and silent movies) into a thoughtful exploration of dealing with loss. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Agency. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 06/17/2013
Release date: 09/01/2013