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I Bet You Missed Me

Finished the novel last night, and have been kicking back ignoring things since. Going to give it one more read through, clean up tonight and tomorrow, then off to the agent it goes.

At the end, I reckon it's come out alright, this book. The fold back I wanted with the end, where essentially it loops back to the beginning, works well, I think. I even like the final line, which I thought of months ago, and I kept tacked at the bottom of the file until I got there. Hopefully the editors who want it are going to think the same thing, and shower me with wealth, because that would be just super, thanks. Likely, I'll be able to lower my expectations to a print run and appearing in bookstores, but I'd hate to give in to easily, especially when there are midgets with bowls of cocaine roaming around to be had as well. That, incidentally, is an image that has stuck in my head from an old Queen documentary I saw years ago, in which the band members were talking about things they had reportedly done. "A party where midgets with bowls of cocaine on their heads walked around," said one of them (I forget who). "I wish we'd done it."

Well, he might not have said that final bit. But still.

In other news, Bill Congreve and Michelle Marquardt have picked up my story 'John Wayne' to be reprinted in The Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy, Volume Four. Sweet, hey?

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ashamel
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Congrats on finishing!
benpeek
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
thanks.
ashamel
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
I'd say gratz, but I think that means you went up a level.
benpeek
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
level 60 on my mage, man. level 60.
exp_err
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
Congratulations on both counts!
benpeek
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
thank you.
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benpeek
Jul. 10th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
thanks.
artbroken
Jul. 10th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
Well done, man. Props.
benpeek
Jul. 10th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
thanks.
switchknitter
Jul. 10th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Congrats!
benpeek
Jul. 10th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
ta :)
shadowsandice
Jul. 10th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
YAY
JUST IN TIME
TELL ME YOUR SERVERS AGAIN
benpeek
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
yay!
deborahlive
Jul. 10th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)

Hurrah!

I'm still reading in between bouts of publishing activity and Whatnot.

:)
benpeek
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
it's awful, isn't it? i know it is! don't lie to me!

;p
ex_chrisbil
Jul. 10th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Ben! I look forward to seeing it on shelves.

Hey, I'm having a pretty ok year financially - how about you come to WFC Calgary and we THROW that party with midgets and bowls of cocaine?
benpeek
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
does this mean you're going to fly me to calgary? cause a financially okay year is so not what i've had :)
ex_chrisbil
Jul. 11th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
Hmm - maybe if you bring the midgets and cocaine?
benpeek
Jul. 11th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
i'm sure both those are cheaper than a flight to canada and accomodation, especiallyt he midgets.
lyndarama
Jul. 10th, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
My world is empty without you. Sigh. So glad you're back :-) Well done on the finishing and the future publication.
benpeek
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
i know i was important to someone.
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benpeek
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
yeah, what does it really mean? only that people will make me change things.
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benpeek
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
aw. i gotta go fix up the last couple of thousand words tonite--the agent is probably wondering where the book is ;)
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benpeek
Jul. 11th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
heh. sorry, didn't realise.
kylaw
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:48 am (UTC)
Ooh goody, I like that world. Manifold good wishes!
benpeek
Jul. 11th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
thank you muchly.
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