music: Escape Pod
I'm finding, Gentle Reader, as ARC and interview requests nip into my life, that I have this strange sense of the world shrinking in upon me. Most of the requests are North American in origin, (quite rightly since Soulless is coming out in First American Blah Blah rights). But I've now had several queries from the UK, one from Serbia, and one from Germany. Not that I am complaining, I'm immensely flattered, but these are odd because I've not yet sold rights to any of those countries. I suppose the power of the internet makes this irrelevant. After all, they can simply order from the US Amazon and have it shipped overseas.
This feeling of a tiny Earth is compounded by the fact that while I am in Peru I have been twittering and emailing away as if I were back home at my desk (with minor concessions to intermittent wireless). It's almost like I'm not in the field at all. When I was first excavating (over a decade ago) when a lady was excavating, that was it. The best people back home could expect was a postcard, and said archaeologist usually made it home before the card did.
It's not that I'm lamenting the accessibility. But, as my boss recently said, the difficulty with being win touch with people all the time, is, well that one is in touch with people all the time. Of course she's dealing with a mound of grant proposals. I'm still left marveling at getting an ARC request from Serbia, which I passed on to my house in New York, from and ugly old couch in Peru – all in the space of about ten minutes. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is what the Victorians would refer to as progress.
Gail's Daily Dose
Your Infusion of Cute:
Pigeons smuggle cell phones into Brazil prison.
Your Tisane of Smart:
The very Victorian disease of rickets is on the rise again in England, caused by a deficiency of vitamin D (AKA sunlight) in the mother of a child. It thrived in the Victorian slums but hasn't been seen with any frequency in decades. "Experts say that cultural and genetic factors play a part in the disease. The wearing of the hijab and darker skin both reduce sunlight absorption." I'm shocked, but as an archaeologist I must admit to a morbid fascination at witnessing a Diaspora and a religious moray (the hijab) have such a detrimental result on human skeletal structures. Look students – an object can have long lasting implications. Looks students – humans behaving illogically . . . again.
Your Writerly Tinctures:
All about marketing and publicity directors from my agent and someone else's.
CAKE in Space: With agent.
Soulless: Another review up from the first person to win my book. "With likable characters, a funny story and that little bit of extra this is a good start to a series."
Changeless: Awaiting copyedit. Release date currently April 2010.
Blameless: Gone off to betas.
Quote of the Day:
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
~ Albert Einstein