July 15th, 2008

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Personal note; status report...

Where I am....

Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense, Second Edition

I am blessed with a spectacularly good editor for this project, in the Maxwell Perkins tradition. That's a rare and special blessing, and I'm grateful. But I must tell you that her questions and suggestions are so deep, and so complex, and so thorough, that they are a serious challenge; I am struggling. This despite the fact that I'm one of those writers whose manuscripts have to be ripped away from them by force because they always want to do just one more draft! I don't think I've ever struggled so hard with any revision, not even for a scholarly paper. Not even for my ghastly linguistics graduate program "comprehensive" exams. Which of course means that I am learning, and that thanks to this editor I will be a better writer when it's over.

But oh my .... I am struggling. Like Flaubert -- grateful when I can get a satisfactory paragraph done in a day.

The good news is that the August 1st deadline for finishing the revision, which had me so terrified, is no longer in force. Thank you, Providence. And thank you, Barnes & Noble.


Huge Emergency-Rush Project

Ah yes, the HERP. Where are we? If only I knew. Changes are still being made; I am still plugging away at those awful files, line by line and word by word and punctuation mark by punctuation mark. But it hasn't gotten any worse.


Newslettering

As you already know, starting in January 2009 I'll be switching from three e-mail newsletters to just one, and calling it The Lonesome Node. I have a schedule for it now. Like this:

The January/February and July/August issues will have linguistics and science fiction as their primary focus; the March/April and November/December issues will focus on religious language; and the May/June and September/October issues will focus on verbal self-defense. Plus, each issue will have update sections on the two topics that aren't its focus. Plus, might could be I'll chat a bit more than I've allowed myself to do these past eight years.

I toyed briefly with the idea of raising the price, and decided against it. The Lonesome Node will be $5.00 a year, to PO Box 1137, Huntsville, AR 72740-1137.


There. That's where I am.



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Nonfiction online: "How Verbal Self-Defense Works" at http://people.howstuffworks.com/vsd.htm ; "Why Are Old Women Older Than Old Men And How Can We Fix That?" at http://www.seniorwomen.com/articles/articlesElginOld.html ; Religious Language Newsletter archive at http://www.forlovingkindness.org ; Fiction online: "We Have Always Spoken Panglish" at http://www.sfwa.org/members/elgin/Story-Panglish.html ; "What The EPA Don't Know Won't Hurt Them" at http://www.infinityplus.co.uk/stories/epa.htm ; "Weather Bulletin" at http://www.sfwa.org/members/elgin/Weather.html ; "A Quorum Of Grandmothers" at http://www.sfwa.org/members/elgin/QuorumOfGrandmothers.html ; The Communipaths at http://www.jackiepowers.com/SuzetteHadenElgin/TheCommunipaths.html . More stuff at http://www.sfwa.org/members/elgin/SiteMap.html ; LiveJournal blog index at http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=ozarque ; Art Gallery at
http://www.bysuzettehadenelgin.com .