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I don't post word count progress, because I write so slowly I'd just get depressed.  That said, I'm feeling pretty good tonight.  With many apologies to the beta readers of my siren story, I think I finally thrashed the nasty middle bits into acceptable shape.  I'll know for sure when I read it tomorrow.  But don't worry.  I don't plan to inflict the rewrite on you.  Promise!  Especially since it appears to have grown a hundred words in the process.  *headdesk*  Action is short; motivation, long.
I also finished a short short story for the York Emporium's "Yesterday, I Will" contest.  Actually, I finished the day after SciFi Saturday, but since I usually write far too long (see para. 1 above), I felt compelled to do lots of sanity checks before submitting.  The results were encouraging, so into the email it will go.
I also know what I'll be writing for my Samhain Publishing blog on Friday: "Friends Don't Let Friends Publish America".  After all that's been said and all that's been written and all that's been published on the Web and elsewhere about vanity presses, you'd think there wouldn't be a writer left who didn't know the score.  Wrong.  You know the old saw: "Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it"?  Seems there's always someone who never knew the past well enough to forget it.  Don't know that my blogging about it will help, but I figure it can't hurt.  Will post the link when it goes live.
Cheers and smiles,
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SciFi Saturday, August 2, at the York Emporium in York, PA, delivered everything it advertised and a lot more.
The whole weekend qualified as “a lot more”, which is ironic considering I thought I cleared my calendar for SciFi Saturday. But three days before I left for Pennsylvania, Greg and I learned some of our favorite relatives would be visiting from Florida, and [profile] pds_litand [personal profile] realthogwould be in the area on business. To top it off, on Friday, Greg learned his best friend’s daughter was moving in down the street…as it was happening. 
I never got to see the relatives. :-(  But I was able to join real pds_lit and realthog for brunch earlier today. :-)  And the great thing about new neighbors is they obviously plan to stick around for a while. The question is would an offering of homemade baked goods inspire them to stay or flee? Remember, I am the daughter of the worst American cook of the 20th century.
Thank heavens for bakeries!
Finally, teh cute. The Duz takes his duties as a writer’s cat seriously. Here’s the basis for my latest LJ icon. As you can see, he’s filled out considerably from his December 2006 portrait.  Greg thinks he's growing up to be a fine panda.  Of course, Greg is the one who sneaks him the cream.  I, on the other hand, reserve it for special occasions, like mouse presentations.
Duzie has us so well-trained.
Cheers and smiles,
Jean Marie
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Because if you don't, you'll miss the York Emporium's SciFri Saturday with author signings, blooper reels (with popcorn!), a visit from NASA, stand-up comedy, an art show and meeeeee!  I'll be one of the authors signing.  I don't think I'll be contributing to the comedy or the bloopers, but you never can tell.  More details can be found here.
I'll also be appearing at DragonCon, August 29 - September 1.  It remains, in Teri's immortal words, my favorite summer camp for wayward adults.  I don't know my final schedule yet, but it looks like I'll be on at least three tracks.  
In addition, I'll be signing books with six other authors at the Fort Meade Post Exchange and Borders in Columbia, MD, on Saturday, September 13.  I'll be talking more about these signings later, but at the moment it looks like we'll be at the PX from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and the Borders from 2-4 p.m.  There will be giveaways and prizes, and wild and crazy writers.
Oh wait.  Wild + Crazy = Writers.  Guess it can't be helped.  ;-)
Finally, you may have noticed a new link on my LJ page.  A few weeks ago a friend introduced me to  It's a great resource for finding author signings and events in your neighborhood.  I'll be using it to keep my calendar until I can get my new web site up and running.
Yeah, I'm behind on that too.  LOL


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