beth_bernobich: red mushroom (red mushroom)
The snow started falling around 9AM (or thereabouts) on Friday, but didn't really pick up speed or quantity until 1PM. Snow continued throughout the night until 1PM on Saturday. During the night, the wind speed was fairly brisk, with gusts up to 75mph. In our area, there wasn't much damage, mostly lots and lots of snow.

Here's what our house and yard looked like after the snow stopped falling. )
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (blue woman)
I'm in my office writing ALLEGIANCE, which is all about how the end of one story carries the seeds for the next. Just so the old year dies, and dying, makes possible the new.

So. Last year.

Last year was not a bad year. It had its share of stress and tedium and frustration. (The mountains of snowfall last winter. The three months of hellish commute. Selling house. Moving house. One hurricane, and one freakish snow storm, both with many days of power outage.) It also had some lovely shiny moments. (M's high school graduation. M in college. Passion Play winning the RT Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Epic Fantasy.)

Things accomplished? Not nearly as much as I wanted.

Fox & Phoenix went through copyedits, galley proofs, and is now a Real Book.

A Handful of Pearls & Other Stories re-released in e-book form by me. I'm pleased with the cover design, and I learned a lot about making e-books.

Pig, Crane, Fox, the short story that comes before Fox & Phoenix, also re-released in e-form.

But what about new short stories? you ask. What about writing novels?

That's the problem. I wrote no new short stories in 2011. I did make progress on ALLEGIANCE, but not nearly as much as I wanted. (See above about hellish commute and moving house.) I also wrote notes for two new novels: a sequel to FOX & PHOENIX and a stand-alone fantasy that I'm calling Mansfield Park with polyandry and magic. And just a few days ago, I wrote notes for a short story in the world of the Seventy Kingdoms.

And there you have the seeds for my next year. I'll finish ALLEGIANCE and send that to my editor. While she's going to work with her red pen, I'll write the short story and send that to its intended market. And once ALLEGIANCE is well and truly delivered, I have seeds for more novels. I might plant them in 2012 or not, but at least I know I have them.

more snow

Jan. 31st, 2011 09:11 am
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (Clock Man)
Snow has become the center of my life, alas.

The three of us spent yesterday afternoon working on snow removal. Husband and son did yeoman work clearing off vast sections of the roof and digging long paths through impossible drifts. I sort of wish I'd taken picture of the roof in progress, because that would show how deep the snow was.

My job was to shovel the screen door clear. This actually translated to: shovel as fast as possible to clear a section, get lots of snow dumped on my head, stare woefully at the section now filled up with more snow, then start all over again. I felt like Sisyphus.

Oh, and there's more snow and ice coming Wednesday.

But today I will take an hour or two just for writing.
beth_bernobich: red mushroom (scene 24)
We are buried in snow. Snow up to our windows and higher. Two or three feet of snow on our roof. The only door that opens completely is by the kitchen, and that's because it's protected by a porch. Which I shoveled clear. The others are blocked by four-foot drifts. The driveway is lined by four-foot walls of snow. The street is lined by eight-foot walls of snow.

This weekend's project is to measure the distance from our lower driveway to the oil tank access. If it's longer than 120 feet, the length of the oil truck's hose, we need to either 1) pay extra for sand and salt delivery to the upper driveway, so the oil truck can back up that far, or 2) pay several hundred extra to get snow removed from our turn-off lane and hauled away from our house. Because there is no more room for snow on our property.

Whatever turns out to be necessary, we also need to dig a path from driveway or turn-off lane to the oil tank access. This will be through four foot drifts, plus ice-encrusted layers, and over steep slopes up and down.

NOTE: If anyone chirps brightly that they love snow because it's so purty, and they wished *they* had some snow, I will personally walk to your house and slap you upside the head with a great big stick. Srsly. We are long past pretty and well into annoying weather stuff.

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