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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!
4th-Aug-2008 10:01 pm - Waterlog
TIME: 30 min.
DISTANCE: 3.6 mi.
TOTAL: 21.1 mi.
NOTES: The great advantage to renting the rowing machine is that if it takes me until 9 o'clock at night to talk myself into exercising, that's just fine.
SHIRE-RECKONING: The Road goes ever ever on.

In other news, in case anyone is anxiously wondering, my actual deadline for Corambis turned out to be August 15th. I've got about 200 pages of draft left to go, and I've managed to get the word count down to 174,000, which means I even have some wiggle room to put the exposition in. Excelsior.
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Tomorrow, I am off to the prairie, where I and Corambis will reenact Thunderdome (two men enter, one man leaves) for the edification and entertainment of heresluck and her cats. This blog will enter radio silence at that time, normal service to resume on or after March 25th.

(Everyone who's here for the Due South posts, yes, I will most definitely resume after the hiatus. Depending on how things go today, I might even get "The Edge" watched and written up before I leave, but don't hold your breath.)

This is a complicated undertaking (it's the longest I've been away from home since 1996, when I spent six weeks in Greece), and I've decided it needs a to do list and a to pack list, so as I do not forget to pack, for instance, MY HEAD.

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So there are--wow--over a thousand of you, and those are just the ones LiveJournal keeps track of.

This probably means it's time for another Welcome To The Jungle post.

So. Welcome to the (very small, tame) jungle. (Yes, there are four lions in this jungle. Yes, they do spend most of their time asleep, although I think at the moment Catzilla is battling a paper crane.)

I'm a professional writer (novels and short stories, though sadly not many of the latter recently). I rarely post about the specifics of my writing, although I frequently whinge post about the process. If you're looking for discussion of my books, may I suggest you check out the_mirador?

I have a Ph.D. in English literature (hanging in the kitchen, if you want to know). My specialty is sixteenth and seventeenth century English drama. I sometimes post very geekily about same. I also post about (other people's) books, science fiction conventions, cats, and anything else that crosses my mind (this is, in other words, a personal blog), and I'm in the middle of a series of posts about Due South.

I'm currently working on Corambis, the fourth book in The Doctrine of Labyrinths, the series started with Mélusine. It's due March 31st, and I have, right now, a dingo's breakfast of a first draft and 170 ms pages (approximately 40,000 words) of a second draft. Thus, as you may imagine, I'm not going to be posting much until the book is turned in. (From February 22 to March 25, I won't be posting at all, because heresluck is very kindly hosting me for a DIY writer's retreat.) Hopefully, this means normal service will resume in April.

If you want to add this blog to your reading list, don't feel you have to ask. Just go ahead and do it. I am highly unlikely to add anyone reciprocally--which is a reflection of nothing except my own ability or lack thereof to manage my time and energy wisely. I do read every comment that people make, although I don't reply unless I actually have something to say. (Sometimes, this means I don't say thank you as often as I should, and I apologize for that.)

My collaborator/writing partner/best friend is matociquala (Elizabeth Bear), and if you're not reading her blog already, my feeling is that you should be. Although I admit to bias.

So. Anything else you want to know?

(Also, if you'd like to introduce yourself, the comments to this post would be a dandy place to do it. There is, however, absolutely no obligation. Some people like to say hello officially; other people prefer to run silent. Both are equally cool with me.)
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More reviews of A Companion to Wolves: here, here, and here.

On the other hand, redzilla is sick to death of trilogies and wizards and thieves, with scott_lynch and myself as exhibits A and B.

Note to self: the maribou is the thing with the feathers; the caribou is the thing with the antlers. You only hurt yourself when you get the two confused.

Demos, John Putnam. Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983.
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I have a theory about tip sheets. My theory is that once you start signing them, you enter an infinite loop. Thus the fact that no matter how many you sign, the stack never gets smaller.

I really want to see the Muppets do Tom Waits' song, "Don't Go Into That Barn." I am a little worried about what this says about me as a person.

Around about the twenty-second of this month, I am going to go hole up at heresluck's place in a kind of minimalist writer's retreat, and there will be radio silence on this blog until after Minicon, whereupon we will resume with, so help me blue fuzzy thing, a complete draft of Corambis which I am not ashamed to show the world. That, at any rate, is the Plan. I'm not sanguine, exactly, but I admit to some cautious optimism that this may work.
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