I'm committing to proofread at least 10 pages a day until I have The Augury of Gideon ready for gunslingaaahhh to edit. She'll be working on The Blood Crown after she finishes with booraven22's project, so it's not like she's in a rush to get Augury. Since it's the third book in the series, we have plenty of time to work on it.
I have one final job to do for The Joker Blogs. When the final episode airs, I'm going to update the Facebook quiz to reflect all the episodes. Scottles released the second-to-last episode over the weekend, so I'm hoping I can close that door behind me this coming weekend. If he waits another three months, I'm going to glare menacingly either out west or in the direction of the Midwest, wherever he may be at the time. One way or another, he'll get a good glaring from me. It'll be my last, but it'll be worth it.
Okay, this is mindblowing. The man I want to play Cadmus, Tom Hardy, played a young Captain Picard in Star Trek: Nemesis. The young man I want to play Kallum, James McAvoy, is playing young Charles Xavier. The mind, she boggles. Neither of them really look like Patrick Stewart at all and both are quite handsome. I just don't know what to say about that. Again, the mind, she doth boggle.
Aunt Tudi found what looked like a teentsy scorpion on our bathroom floor. That fairly alarms me. I can get close enough to scorpions to kill them DEAD, but I'd prefer they not be in the house at all. Centipedes and millipedes are on a whole other level. If I ever see a grown one in the house, I'm leaving with the clothes on my back never to return. I'll just disappear, running and screaming into the night, even if the sun is shining. It'll be my dark night of the soul. Scorpions are one thing. Big grey worms with curtains for legs? You can have the house. I bequeath it to thee, foul beast from the depths of Hell.
Just as an aside, good proofreading music is the soundtracks from Children of Dune, Avatar, and Massive Attack's Mezzanine.
The Joker Blogs will be coming to a conclusion soon. Only a few more episodes to go before the finale and the Big Reveal, when Little Bro finally takes off the war paint for people to see who he is. I'll be sad to see the Blogs end because I have enjoyed them immensely, but I am looking forward to the Big Reveal and all the good things to follow for Dude. I'm unsure I'll be a part of that and, if I'm not, that's okay. I've done what I can do and that's all anyone can ever do, so I have no regrets there. I just hope I've been able to help and that the gathering of what is essentially his first fan club will assist him in bringing more unique and brilliant entertainment to people.
I ended with Cadmus pondering his altar and the fact that he...just shed some tears! I know, what the hell, right? I thought the same thing yesterday when I wrote it. That's pretty much why I stopped writing, because I was angry with the story at it heading in that direction so soon. But, the story knows better than I. As the Cylons would say, "All this has happened before, and all of it will happen again."
Honestly though, I can't believe I've finished early, especially after being so sick for so long. I attribute part of it to my sharpening my speed skills with those Date stories. I was pumping out two and three thousand words a day at times with those, so 1667 words was really not an issue for me. I was ridiculously ahead when I fell ill and used my reserve to fortify my word count, so I was never really behind like I thought I was.
I'm about 20,000 words away from actually finishing The Blood Crown. I'm going to continue writing on it today but, tomorrow, I have a review to write for Lighterthief's EP, Hard Listening. The release is on 1 December, and I promised Stuart Rowe I'd have the review for him to spread around at the time of the release. And, no, I haven't been procrastinating on this. I just got the press kit today, so I'm jumping on this to help the Lighterthief crew out...and Barry Andrews, of course. ::big wicked grin:: I've already forwarded the press kit to the contacts I still have in the music business, asking them to spread it around like warm butter.
After the reviews, I've promised acook I would write a collaborative J-fic with gunslingaaahhh that involves Femme Joker (you'll just have to wait and see what that's all about) and Batman. We'll be working on that in December. Once that's done, my J-fic writing days will come to a conclusion. I think that's rather fitting, since I saw the movie last December and began writing fics in January. I'll just end it all on my kind of one year anniversary. The Joker Blogs are also coming to an end soon, so it all works out nicely in the Great Scheme of Things.
Then it will be back to The Blood Crown with a vengeance. I want to finish as soon as I can so I can go directly into The Augury of Gideon. I'm in a serious mood to write my Vampires, particularly Cadmus Pariah and the mortated (that's a word in my book ~ mortation - the transformation of a Vampire back into mortal form) Faust, now going by his mortal name Kallum. Writing "The Sainted Confessor" almost killed me, but it also kind of redeemed me writing-wise, and it gave me the key to writing The Augury of Gideon, so I'm excited. Very excited indeed and absolutely, all billshat aside.
I don't know what 2010 will bring, except a new Shriekback album I wholly intend to help promote to the full extent of my resources and abilities, but I do know I'll be writing my way through it all, and still looking for that elusive publisher. There's so much more for Cadmus to do...to so many people. I'll close with this, because I can - ha ha ha!
Cadmus had broken the Circle long before. He’d stood shortly after Kelat’s speech and walked away from the other Vampires. Let them remain in solemnity, wallowing in fairy tales and dead religions. He was outcast. He would embrace his station and leave them to it. He stood at a secret window in the sanctuary, staring up into the infinity of the stars that watched over this lush garden of a planet, a bounty to both human and Vampire, and especially to Cadmus Pariah. The whites of his eyes shimmered in the pale light, but the iris and pupil absorbed even the faintest of beams. He’d spent centuries listening to people praise the ethereal beauty of his eyes, how alien and magnetic they were. Many of these same people had had their souls ripped from them by way of those magnificent, measureless eyes. He felt every one of them now, and heard them too, whispering still in desperation for release.
Here are two featured ones, along with the comments...
"What needs to happen, but why?"
Simply any way you can, anywhere!
"Find patient #4479"
For now he keeps paying me off so I'm gonna be loyal as much as possible.
HA HA HA HA HA HA HAHHHHHH!!!!!
As soon as I finish "The Artist's Date," I need to complete my outline of The Blood Crown for NaNoWriMo. "The Sainted Confessor" was always going to be the largest chapter in the book and, since I had to go ahead and write it thanks to anchoring Faust to the worst person on Earth, it totally messes with my word count for NaNo. It reached novella status, it got so huge (38,605 words!), and I actually had to break it down into mini-chapters. They are entitled: "The Timeless Vagabond," "Session One," "Session Two," "Session Three," "Session Four," and "The Incorruptible Dove." If I reach my 50k for NaNo, the novel will be right at 89,000 words. The Chalice is 88,650 words. That said, I'm thinking that The Vampire Relics will be one great big book with three pretty decent-sized parts. I'll leave a decision like that, though, to my editor. ;)
I know I haven't been the most communicative person of late, thanks to my involvement with The Joker Blogs. Since I'm participating in NaNoWriMo, it's not going to be much better, but I do plan on writing about my progress here. Hopefully, I can keep up with my f-list on a certain level too. I hope so. I miss everyone here.
Speaking of The Joker Blogs, I'll be busy tomorrow getting ready for a double release of Bloggy Goodness Saturday morning. At least that's the plan, not that any of us officially plan anything, in the tradition of The Joker in TDK. We all just "do things." But I will say that I'm slowly preparing for the viral onslaught come Saturday. And I'm pleased that the Halloween task instructions seem pretty clear. No one has really asked "what the hell does this mean?" So I guess I did my job there okay. I love writing out task instructions and Blog synopses, among other things, for Dude. I can't say I've enjoyed doing something this much in a very long time. I'll be sad to see it end.
As for doing things for The Joker Blogs and participating in NaNoWriMo, I don't know where my head is, but I'm going to attempt to do both. The only reason I'm doing NaNo is to finish The Blood Crown. If I don't make my 50k because I'm busy with The Joker Blogs, then so be it. I made a promise months ago and I intend to stand by that promise no matter what. Either way, I'll be winning because I'll be that much closer, if not finished with, The Blood Crown. And then I can move on to The Augury of Gideon.
Aunt Tudi and I have errands to run early tomorrow morning. I'll be purchasing more energy shots while I'm out...just in case. If they aren't needed, then at least I'll have them for NaNoWriMo and don't think I won't use them. I'm a maniac.
So here's the Halloween Task for The Joker Blogs. You'll have to click the link to see the special announcement about the new TJB episode and Halloween Special!
Mister J has a Special Holiday Task for you maniacs to perform on Saturday night. What you’ll need for this Task are:
One (or more if you feel like it) Wanted Poster
- Your index cards
- Your RED, GREEN, and BLACK Sharpies
- First off, the index cards will need to be made.
On the index cards, the following information needs to be clearly written:
This information can be written out in any colour combination you please. You need to include at least one Joker smiley face. You may also Jokerize your index cards, but it’s not necessary (even though Mister J would be amused if you did). Here’s an example:
The deadline for getting videos in was Midnight on the cusp of the 25th and 26th. I'd been watching this off and on as I did my modly thing each day, but was surprised this evening while I was in chat with gunslingaaahhh and luvthyjoker, when luvthyjoker informed me that she and I had been tapped to do videos as well. Wha? So I went to the forum thread and, sure enough, because of our supposed status over on TJB.com, the lady doing this and a couple of others (I think...lots of quote were being thrown about and I'm hella tired) were pressuring luvthyjoker and I to contribute. So we did. I'm posting both here, as well as gunslingaaahhh's because I want to. Ha ha ha.
First, gunslingaaahhh. She's so hilarious!
Second, luvthyjoker. Hers is absolutely golden.
Third, mine. Which is just sad compared to the brilliance above. But at least I had something to offer and made it in 15 minutes before the deadline. Hey, Procrastination is my other middle name!
Aren't the three of us just the cat's pajamas? The stag's antlers? The llama's eye lashes? Big Bird's ass feathers? Toby's wimple of Doubt? The Wookiee's roar? The beaver's teeth? Indy's snake pit? The fish head's lips? Hannibal's culinary skills? The Sith's cackle? I could go on and on with this, but I won't. Have fun making fun of us. We can take it. Just be mindful; we have Joker on our side. Ha.