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New blogs and website [Dec. 10th, 2008|11:19 am]
e_moon60
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I now have a blog on the Speed of Dark website:

http://www.speedofdark-thebook.com/blog/

And I have a new website for the Paksenarrion-world books, with a blog embedded on it, as well:

http://www.paksworld.com/blog/

Both are minimal in terms of content at this point (a few posts each) but should grow.

The Paksworld website is still minimal, front page only, but should grow over the next week or two.  If anyone has a good clip-art source of borders--interesting borders--that would look good on a title block, let  me know.  I'm looking for a not-quite-Celtic, maybe-Nordic look, but (because of the Aarenis stuff) Renaissance Italian is also a possibility (I know--completely different styles.)   I've lost somewhere my old Dover books of design elements.

http://www.paksworld.com   is the site.  There's a basic front page up, for now.

Thanks to Ruta at Willowbrook Designs http://www.willowbrookdesigns.com/


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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-11 03:30 pm (UTC)

Re: *DIES*

Whoa! What happened to your other comment?

I needed to tell you-- http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd59/MotokoKusanagi09/mock-up1.jpg is a really neat design, and thanks for showing it to me. No need to apologize for the map--it was recognizable and--as a background--didn't need any more detail.

My web designer and I had already finalized the title block design before I saw yours--the color plan for the site, etc, dictated a different kind of title block--but I showed her yours anyway.

Thanks for your interest and the work you put into that. It would be a stunning bookcover title block.
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[User Picture]From: catrambo
2008-12-10 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yay! I am looking forward to more of the Paksenarrion world!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-11 02:21 pm (UTC)
It would be really-really nice if the missing notebooks (which are in some box or other) would reappear. Make the box glow, or turn lime-green or something. There's stuff in them that I would love to put on the website.

Anyway. Late last night I worked on the "Places" page (it's not up yet because I'm only partway through Aarenis) but we have the books-in-print stuff in now. Although I think readers will be more satisfied if they start with the DEED (or SHEEPFARMER'S DAUGHTER if they find the mass-market pb first), I know some won't, so the background info in the Places page and others can help with orientation. The characters know where the places are...can't stop to explain everything every time or it's boring for people who have read the earlier books.
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[User Picture]From: catrambo
2008-12-12 01:16 am (UTC)
Are you going to do some sort of brief "Basics of Paks' Life" for new readers, maybe?

"It would be really-really nice if the missing notebooks (which are in some box or other) would reappear. Make the box glow, or turn lime-green or something."

YESH. In the game World of Warcraft, stuff you need is all sparkly. Real life should be more like that. I could see it happening with some sort of computer auto-reminder/enhanced vision in the next ten years. Like flour sparkling on the grocery shelf because you need to pick it up and that's the best-priced brand. Or the one that spends the most on advertising.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-12 01:35 am (UTC)
Er...no. If they want the basics of Paks's life, they should read the book (she says in a greedy way...) There's a very brief precis in that first paragraph on the website, and then a longer description next to the cover image of the book...so beyond that, dadgummit, they can READ it.

I could definitely use a Finder device. But I'd have to attach one to *everything*. Then remember which button was which. BEEP..."No, dammit, that's the letter I meant to send my friend two months ago, not the page proofs I'm supposed to get back to the editor by tomorrow..." BEEP-TWEEDLE "So that's where the other red glove got to...but I still need the page proofs..." WEEDLE-WEEDLE-TWERP. "What is the jar of ginger preserves doing *there*??? And still no page proofs..."

At the moment I'm missing two pots since Thanksgiving, both Revere Ware (the OLD kind when it was still good stuff.) The small Dutch oven and a tall saucepan have gone walkabout.

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[User Picture]From: ann_mcn
2008-12-11 01:49 am (UTC)
Will you be setting up an RSS feed for both blogs so that we can see when they're updated? I am looking forward to the new books, and want to read your writing on the spectrum (I used to work with autistic high school students, and never felt as if we were doing the best for them).
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-11 02:30 am (UTC)
Hadn't planned to...I personally don't like more stuff coming in than I need, and prefer to go check out sites myself when I have time.

But let's see how many people want it...

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[User Picture]From: ann_mcn
2008-12-11 11:25 am (UTC)
The feeds organize interesting blogs for me, and sit quietly until I choose to look - no clutter, nothing in my inbox. Another choice.

Thanks for considering it!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-11 02:11 pm (UTC)

Nothing in the inbox....

...is good, says the person on too many busy listservs, plus the daily load of emails in more than one mail account. I thought RSS feeds just dumped more into the inbox, which was a frightening thought.
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[User Picture]From: ann_mcn
2008-12-11 04:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Nothing in the inbox....

My choice for RSS feeds is Google Reader. When I am ready to browse through them, I go there, and can mark as read, or leave them alone.

Perhaps they would pile up in the Inbox if you used the RSS feed in Outlook, which I do not.
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[User Picture]From: eir_de_scania
2008-12-12 07:42 am (UTC)
Woohoo, background information, me likes! :-D *bookmarks*

What about the seafolk? They are mentioned a few times, and being Scandinavian they raised my curiosity.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-12 12:50 pm (UTC)
That would be telling....

The Seafolk come into this series of books, but not yet very strongly (owing to the change in ending of the first.) I think you will find them...interesting. (They're much improved by my visit to Norway a few years ago. More accurately, my depiction of them is much improved. They themselves are being difficult, as appears to be their habit. Think Icelandic saga difficult.)

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[User Picture]From: eir_de_scania
2008-12-12 02:53 pm (UTC)
Lots of killings? ;-) Not to mention overdoses of pride?

(The dog in my avatar is my beloved Icelandic Sheepdog)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-12 03:38 pm (UTC)
Suspicious to the point of near-paranoia, quick to take offense, eager to deal with offenses by pounding on the offender, just a wee tad arrogant, provincial in some ways and cosmopolitan in others, what they call forthright and honest and everyone else calls rude and abrasive. Boasts and threats are a national sport, with points for intricate and clever inverted compliments/insults/curses. If not attacking, they're probably plotting something.

And these aren't the pirates.

Can't say much more without spoilers.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-12 03:43 pm (UTC)
Suddenly realized this seems to insult my Norwegian hosts who were *nothing* like this. They were universally polite and helpful and patient with the foreigner (including the tram conductor who helped me get to the right place when I'd gotten on the right number headed the wrong way.)

What the Norway visit helped with was cultural items and history and landscape...a view of the Norsemen by Norsemen, and not by those who were raided by Norsemen. That plus the sagas (read only in translation) gave me some personality for the Seafolk.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-12 04:54 pm (UTC)
Hey--I need those feet to walk on--don't make the dust bite them!

Like everyone else, the Seafolk have their own story.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-12-12 05:27 pm (UTC)
A rhyme in time is glee to me.
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[User Picture]From: eir_de_scania
2008-12-12 07:28 pm (UTC)
"what they call forthright and honest and everyone else calls rude and abrasive."

Sounds like me vs the (US)moderators on a discussion site or two... :-D
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