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I amuse myself lately looking at skate art, or graffiti art, or whatever the heck it’s called these days.

Kevin is out of town, leaving me at home with my dogs, weaponry, and Assassin’s Creed 2 expansions. There are tadpoles in my rain barrel. I drank too much coffee today and now I’m jittery and queasy, but I have knocked on nearly 9K in the last two days on this version of Beauty and the Beast, despite being occasionally seized by doubt that Rose Daughter is the definitive retelling and this will come off as a bad homage by somebody who thinks roses are too damn much work.But the Beast’s a smartass, which is nice, and there’s some creepy stuff going on, although I’m running into the problem that it’s hard to get a lot of action in a story that’s basically about somebody stuck in a freaky magic house. The heroine’s stabbed him once already. To do it again would be repetitive.

I have no idea what to do with it once it’s done, other than sending it to my agent and saying “Can you find someone to publish this?” which is my usual modus operandi, although it will require finding a totally different publisher than Dragonbreath, obviously. (and yes, I could self-publish, but I really kinda like having other people that I don’t have to pay involved.) I just hope that my current spate of hammering on it will sustain to the end, and not peter out just short of the finish line, as has been known to happen before. (On the other hand, we’re at 40K already, and there is a certain momentum once you crack about twenty.)

So that’s what I’m up to these days. How are you, internet?


EYESEARING! 6 x 6, mixed media. For sale, of course.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.

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might be time to reread Digger. =)

if you watch long enough, a parade of them!

saw him. thought of you immediately after i died of sugar shock.

asdfghjkloh god the way it runs...

there's always room for more Beauty & the Beast retellings!

Graffiti influences? You can kind of tell- and I mean that in the best possible way (I've bought books on graffiti art, and NOT just Banksy)

If anybody couldn't tell, the red dingo puppy kinda gives it away bigtime. (needs lime green puppy outline XD )

You would make a GREAT graffiti artist. I drew a graffiti-style logo once, though Lis Boriss cleaned it up for me for public use :)

Edited at 2012-08-02 12:46 pm (UTC)

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Those are gorgeous! Do they have nice scent? Would they survive in zone 4? I keep trying to find this sort of thing, only to have my hopes dashed by the absence of warmth 5 months of the year...

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I think the fact that Robin McKinley herself agonized for ages about writing "Rose Daughter" because she'd already written an adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast", and then managed to write something completely and utterly different from the first book, should reassure you that it is possible!

BTW, has anyone else been reading the 500 Kingdoms series by Mercedes Lackey? That and the Elemental Masters series were my intro to her, and both do fascinating and often hilarious things to traditional fairy tales!

I adore the 500 Kingdoms books! I love how the characters treat fairy tales and myth as just another form of magic, and roll with it.

Awwww... it's Ed. <3