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This is the blog of Sarah Monette/Katherine Addison, a professional writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Sarah Monette is my real name; Katherine Addison is a pen name, intended to be transparent.

If you've found me here, odds are pretty good you're looking for something to read, so the following is--to the best of my knowledge--a complete list of everything I've written that's available online:

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If you know of anything I've missed, please leave a comment!
13th-Mar-2011 05:07 pm - 5 things
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1. Fifty degrees Fahrenheit is apparently my cut-off for "it's nice enough for a walk."

2. 58,000 people protesting at the Capitol yesterday, which, mind you, is day 27 of the protest. Not that Governor Walker cares.

3. It's useless to say my thoughts are with the people of Japan, but they are. I thought 2011 was bad enough when it was just my shit that was fucked up. (This photo is apparently not from this earthquake, but it's still a powerful image.)

4. My health problems are still problematic. And that's really all I want to say about it.

5. A $3,200 donation has been made to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital's Companion Animal Fund in memory of Ben. Again, a thousand thank yous to everyone who donated.
24th-Feb-2011 01:08 pm - Ben Jonson Memorial Fundraiser: DONE!
cats: napping
I just got back from taking the last of the packages to the post office. Everyone's book or books are now in the mail (unless, of course, you've received them already). I mailed things the cheapest way, which was sometimes Media Mail and sometimes First Class. I did my utmost best to get dedications and names and addresses right, but I'm human. If I screwed anything up, I apologize in advance.

I have sent books to:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington DC, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin (35 of 50, plus DC)

And to:
Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria), Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec), England, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden

And to someone in the U.S. Army stationed overseas.

The final total of donations (minus production costs for Unnatural Creatures) is: $3570.42

Shipping costs were: $374.47

In the interests of getting a nice round number for the check, I'm going to eat $4.05 of the shipping costs, so


The donation I will be making to the Companion Animal Fund, in memory of Ben, is $3,200.00.

Thank you to everyone who donated, both those who bought books and those who just threw some money in. You are all wonderful and amazing, and I am deeply grateful. And the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is going to be thrilled.
19th-Feb-2011 12:36 pm - Unnatural Creatures: postage question
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For those of you who asked, the cost of mailing one copy of Unnatural Creatures to the UK is $5.44.
18th-Feb-2011 02:18 am - Unnatural Creatures
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So of the 169 copies of Unnatural Creatures, seven (that I know of, and I devoutly hope there aren't any more) are defective in one way or another. None of the defects makes the slightest difference to the readability of the book. I know some people (like me) will be driven nuts by imperfections, while other people (possibly more sane) won't care. So I'm asking, if you're one of those people who will not be bothered, please comment here and volunteer to take one of the following copies:

#1, 2, 3, 4: the text is improperly centered (I apologize for not knowing the correct technical term), so that the margin at the top of each page is enormous and the margin at the bottom is cramped. No text is cut off--it's purely an aesthetic issue.

#133: the front cover is very slightly bent. This can probably be corrected by the cunning use of a very heavy book and some patience.

#147: the title page is torn at the bottom left. It's a small tear, and I have personally mended it with Scotch tape so it doesn't get worse.

#169: the front cover is dog-eared. Unlike with #133, there is a visible crease.

ETA: all the defective copies have found homes. Thank you to everyone who volunteered!

I am also willing to offer a bribe to those who volunteer. Suggestions as to a suitable inducement are welcome.

Thank you!
12th-Feb-2011 01:26 pm - BJMF: update
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Good news, BJMF peeps!

1. If you did not buy a copy of Unnatural Creatures, your books are in the mail.

2. If you did buy a copy of Unnatural Creatures, you will be pleased to know that Lulu has notified me that the books have shipped.

Progress is happening!
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I have finally, despite the best efforts of MS Word and Open Office, finished formatting Unnatural Creatures. The limited edition of 169 copies has been ordered from Lulu for $924.74, which puts our donation balance at $3309.75. Considering how many more copies of Unnatural Creatures there will be than I expected, and how many places they'll be going (Australia! Finland! Greece!), I am going to use some of that money to help with shipping costs. The donation to the Companion Animal Fund will be a minimum of $3,000. If that 309.75 isn't all used up by shipping, the remainder will go to the Fund as well. If shipping costs are more than $309.75, I'll pay the balance.

Between printing time and shipping time, it will probably be two weeks or so before I get the box of books, and then it may take as much as a week for me to sign and ship everything, although I promise I'll be as efficient as I can. For those of you who did not buy Unnatural Creatures, my plan is to work on the signing and packaging tomorrow, and ship books before the end of the week. (We'll see how that goes, but I'll do my best.)

I know some people have mentioned their willingness to chip in extra for shipping. So for those people, and anyone else who'd like to help with shipping costs, here's a button:

This is 100% voluntary. Your book(s) will be shipped to you whether you contribute here or not. But, like I said, I'm looking at shipping a lot more books than I anticipated, so I'm willing to let people help if they want to. Also, all money that doesn't go to shipping costs will go to the Companion Animal Fund.

This fundraiser has been mind-blowingly successful, and I want to thank all of you again for your participation. I am deeply grateful.

Ben would say it's no more than the respect due a venerable Elder Saucepan, but he would come stand on you all and purr.
7th-Feb-2011 11:57 pm - Storytellers Unplugged for February
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Oddly enough, my Storytellers Unplugged post this month is about the Ben Jonson Memorial Fundraiser.
7th-Feb-2011 07:51 pm - A comedy of errors
writing: kmb
This is a list of all the words MS Word has mishyphenated in Unnatural Creatures. (And, yes, I double-checked all of them with the American Heritage Dictionary. Well, except "although," because really.)
  • alt-hough
  • anim-al
  • catech-ism
  • circ-ling
  • Co-leridge
  • des-cended
  • domin-ies
  • edit-or
  • Esth-er
  • extra-vagant
  • ima-gined
  • irrit-ation
  • juni-or
  • lib-rary
  • natur-al
  • philanthrop-ist
  • posit-ively
  • reas-onably
  • re-cognized
  • squeam-ishly

Booth would be appalled.

Also, for reasons that do not need exploring at this juncture, the sale is extended another day.
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1. The proof of Unnatural Creatuers has arrived. I'll go through it this weekend, enter the corrections on Monday, and make the Lulu order.

This means that the sale extension will end around midnight, Monday/Tuesday.

2. The proof came in a flat box, like a pizza box, exactly the right size for a cat to loaf on. Since El Marmalado has already demonstrated his fondness for sitting on boxes, I put it out on the porch for him. Sure enough, a little later, when we were leaving to go meet a friend for coffee, there he was on the box.

3. Segue! The pen with which I will be signing Unnatural Creatures is my new Pelikan Technixx. I love this pen. And Fountain Pen Hospital still has it on sale for $40.

4. And I should show you the cover art (by the fabulous hominysnark):

5. Finally, moving from unnatural to natural, (via matociquala (on Twitter)), 70 baby animals. (I'm not sure all of them are technically babies, but then, I'm not sure I could tell a juvenile hamster from an adult anyway.) My favorites are the otter pups. And the bat.
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