Did a fair bit of tapping away at the word count, slugging back complimentary 150 Lashes’, whilst waiting in the Qantas lounge (for a delayed flight back, from an unsuccessful meeting). Nothing says type faster like a combination of frustration, excitement for the weekend, and beer.
Last I saw it was edging toward 94,000
Also did some reading, Dangerous Women, a compilation edited by Gardner Dozois and George R. R. Martin. Diana Gabaldon’s short entitled “Virgins” (after the two Scottish lads who share the lead and POV) has made a fan of me. I didn’t think historical fiction from the eighteenth century would do it for me, but ohhhh boy was I wrong. Cruelty, bravery, mystery, sexiness, comedy and adventure… The two boys have to leave the Highlands to escape the dragoons, and join a mercenary team guarding a wagon of Jewish gold. Soon they’re swept up in a tale of scheming and backstabbing, escorting a priceless Torah scroll, and a betrothed young woman, through France, fending off highwaymen and their fellow mercenaries. It reminded me of Joe Abercrombie’s work, only a little more conventional of story arc.
In short, I will be reading everything this woman has ever written, as soon as practically possible.