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February Roundup

This is what I do now. I roundup. Once a month.

But this will be short because I have an editorial letter for Dark Metropolis 2! Yay! It came on Monday. This also means I finally got to talk to my new editor Tracey for the first time. Just like my sister, she loves birds. She even goes to the same bird place in Florida that I've been to with my sister, when she visits family in Florida. So cool! I'm thrilled with her edits. She presents her edits in such a way that is very compatible with how I organize my thoughts, so it was super easy-peasy to jump in. I totally get what she's saying. Also relieved that what I turned in was apparently pretty decent. I have work to do, but it's only a couple of weeks worth...EXCEPT, then, I really only turned in half a book and a synopsis, and she wants the rest of the book to be a part of this book and not a third book. I completely agree with the reasoning and I think it'll be kind of awesome to have a big epic conclusion to the story. It's just...a lot of work. Not worried yet, but must stay very disciplined. Luckily, so far, 2014 continues to be much more of a "back to my old creative self" kind of year.

Postcard sales: $1660. Quite respectable, especially considering I had pretty cruddy stuff to list and it was a short month. I did spend $700 on fresh inventory so my finances are a bit pained.

Reading: Once again, I read 4 books this month. Groan. But I might finish one or two more tonight. I'm at the end of two different books. I'm just going to count them for February, like, seriously. 6 books, okay? That's better! Last month was Eleanor & Park, this month Fangirl...okay, Rainbow Rowell. I love you. I hate you a little bit, too, because you're so good and WHY is it so good and not just boring but it is, and your writing teases me into thinking "I could write like this, I have some stories kind of like this"...then I feel sure I will never pull off such a thing. The best books always feel like that.

I've been doing pretty well with yoga, except it is so unrelentingly cold that it remains difficult to warm a room up enough to shed enough sweaters to move that much. Same old story. I can't wait for spring, but I promised Dade not to complain about the cold because of smug Floridians on Facebook. This isn't Facebook, though, there are only like 10 of you left or something on LJ, haha, and I think you all know by now that I am not yearning for heat or beaches or tropical anything. I yearn for the drama of spring breaking through the cold and the mountains turning green as a tourist brochure for Ireland. However--we're expecting "significant snowfall" on Monday, so it'll have to wait.


I think a lot of Floridians consider the alligators a perk! Though I'm not one of them, they freak me out because you know, they COULD kill you if they were feeling really motivated that day, but if you go hiking you'll run into people all the time who are like, "Go down that trail! There's a BIG ALLIGATOR!"
Well, bears are a lot more dangerous, I think? Alligators rarely even react to a human being around. But I'm very cautious. Also I don't think they're that interesting because...they're just a big reptile that lays around. Yawn. I'd rather see birds or turtles or something that DOES things, and is more adorable...and maybe plays a little more hard to get!