Suspiciously Cheerful

Suspicious because I shouldn’t be this happy and/or laid back this close to a deadline. I should be more focused on what I’m doing. But it’s sunny outside and there is no more snow (well, other than the edges of the backyard), and I got my third lovely surprise yesterday: a small bouquet of tulips from my boys.

Today I’ve been researching Mac Minis. I had to walk away from my desktop yesterday because it was (a) loud and (b) connected to the Internet. I tried to use my Dell laptop and it was even louder than the desktop. I defaulted to the Macbook I have on extended loan, and it operated in blessed silence. All my experiences with the Macbook so far have convinced me that I want to go Apple next. HRH has told me that any time I want to go downtown to the Apple Store to do some hands-on research, he’s good to go. He gets an educational discount, too, which knocks a bit of the price down. Of course I’ll just feed that right back into a three-year warranty, but hey. It will be very exciting to have a brand-new computer with a warranty. And I’m looking at the Mini because I have all my peripherals and don’t need the all-in-one package an iMac offers. Also, much cheaper. And portable. And tiny.

I had two cupcakes for breakfast. So there.

Yesterday I managed to finish my first draft of the introduction for the anthology; I’ll polish it on Friday. I’m still poking at the order, trying new things in different places. It feels like I’m spinning my wheels, because rearranging fifty stories doesn’t net me any tangible progress except a different sequence of titles in the table of contents. It’s harder than it sounds, because it takes a lot of brain power to remember what each story is about and what themes or tones it demonstrates. It’s like making a mix tape, trying to get the right flow between the moods and styles, except it’s 277 pages of stuff instead of two thirty-minute chunks. It’s taking up more mental RAM.

Fearsclave and I are geeking out about recurve bows at the moment, and I’ve pulled my two volumes of The Bowyer’s Bible out to lend him next time we see one another. In a rather apt illustration of my personality, they were shelved between books called Music and Literature: A Comparison of the Arts and The Technical Manual And Dictionary Of Classical Ballet.

And now, I must go and poke at the anthology with a sharp stick again.

4 thoughts on “Suspiciously Cheerful

  1. Talyesin

    If you want to minimize the RAM you’re using to keep everything in your buffer, make yourself an Excel sheet with the headings Title, Author, About, Theme, Tone, Made Me Feel, etc. Then you can move things about in Excel instead of the actual MS. Gods know we would have been lost without Excel doing AGES.

    Much easier than pieces of paper on the dining table. And less prone to feline interference.

  2. Autumn Post author

    LOL — I’ve been using scraps of paper! You’d think I’d remember that I live in the 21st century. I mean, I could have upgraded to index cards by now.

    Excel — good plan. And mildly ironic, seeing as how I’ve got one for all the contributors and titles and such anyway; I’ll just make a copy and expand it. Thank you.

  3. jessica

    Those flowers are lovely! Glad to hear you are having a great couple of days! Love the cover for your new book btw! I can’t wait to read it!


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