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My review of Lydia Millet's Oh Pure and Radiant Heart is up at Strange Horizons (sh_reviews). You want to read it. You want to buy the book. Argue not. The book contains one of the finest final lines I've read in years. To tell you would spoil it, so just, y'know, buy/borrow/read.

In other news, I've finished the last clean through and touch up on A Year in the City. It is done now. Finished. No more. I promptly ripped out twenty thousand or so words to begin preparing it for submission, which was pretty easy. The joy of having a mosaic novel. I'm just waiting on the last reader, the fine and lovely Mari Ness (mariness), and after I fix all the mistakes she shows me up for, I'll put the academic section in, go get four copies printed out, and get it bound. Monday, I hope. Then, then, I swear to you, there won't be one more boring post about my thesis and how I'm chewing painkillers for a form of entertainment and no longer remember what the outside looks like, much less my friends, or even attractive women. There'll be no more of that. This blog will go back to being interesting, rather than just a place where everyone pissed off at me drops by to check on my slowly deteriorating mental health. I will find some nice drugs. Nice women. Nice bridges. It'll be fine. We'll all know love.

When I began writing A Year in the City, I had this idea of having every different narrator in a different font, possibly a hand writing font. I was even going to do some fancy layout things. It appealed to me, and still does, but the thing I quickly learnt is that such a thing is best done when you have some design skill, or knowledge of fonts, at the very least. I've got a bit, but not enough to look vaguely professional, so I shelved the idea. However, in the final pass, as I made a voice stronger, I decided to use a bit of that, and I think it's managed to bind the final elements of it together quite nicely with two extra fonts. Just small things really, but they work well. Sure, I hate it still, don't be fooled none, but I have a satisfied hate. And if this makes no sense to you, or it just makes it sound like this book is just the biggest wank you've ever had to sit and listen about, well, you know, all goes right and I'll have doctorate and all the useless party tricks that go with it... way I figure, you gotta do something useless and wanky for that little addition to your name.

oh, hey, lastly: expensive headphones really do make a difference in sound. I am humbled and happy. Thanks for all the advice to those who gave it.


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Mar. 2nd, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
I put the Millet on my amazon list like I told you and I got TWO of them for my birthday. Go me! *does a dance*

So when are you officially a doctor o'writing? When do you get your paper twich doth prove your achievement, dammit? :-p
Mar. 2nd, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
amazon sent you stuff for your b-day?!
Mar. 2nd, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
Well, people had to pay for them first. But amazon did technically send them. :-p Seriously, got George Bush Dark Prince of Love from my mother-in-law and Oh Pure and Radiant Heart from my friend at home. My friend also sent me Katsuo Kirino's "Out".

I got major book love for my b-day.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Natsuo Kirino. I can't type.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
ah. right. i thought amazon were just sending you books for your birthday, out of that birthday wish thing or something. but if people were paying, that's all good :)
Mar. 2nd, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)
Excuse me but Find some drugs. Nice women.....etc.??

Well duh, it seems to me there are lots of nice ladies reading this thing, FOR STARTERS.


Mar. 3rd, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
There are?


Mar. 3rd, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
ummm yeah, THOUSANDS, probably.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
i think she means you, tess.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
...wait, i could use this blog to pick up? next you'll be saying i can sell shit through it!
Mar. 3rd, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
oh DUH....where have you BEEN? And why do PhD's seem to eat people's brains???
Mar. 3rd, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)

What kind of headphones? I think I need some.

And remember, keep some o'them painkillers for me. I'm in pain. Honest.

Mar. 3rd, 2006 05:00 am (UTC)
i got the ones that vanessa recommended to me: http://benpeek.livejournal.com/411640.html?thread=2081016#t2081016

but, what i did, is i did a web search and found them a bit cheaper, then got the place to knock down the price. they're shockingly good for sound. i feel like i've been living in a monosounded world for the longest time. worth the cash.

do i even want to know about your pain?
Mar. 3rd, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Cool, I'll check out the headphones.

And don't get me started on the pain...just save me the damn pills, boy.

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