August 29th, 2006


Which historical lunatic are you?

Courtesy of lillypond, Which historical lunatic are you? lillypond was William John Cavendish Bentinck-Scott, the fifth Duke of Portland. I seem to be Charles the Mad.

Just one of my historical exploits:

In 1405 you stopped bathing, shaving or changing your clothes. This went on until several men were hired to blacken their faces, hide, jump out and shout "boo!", upon which you resumed basic hygiene. Despite this, your wife continued sleeping with you until 1407, when she hired a young beauty, Odette de Champdivers, to take her place. Isabeau then consoled herself, as it were, with your brother. Her lovers followed thick and fast while you became a pawn of your court, until you had her latest beau strangled and drowned.

Reading and writing update

Um, since I promised to do this occasionally...

Recently finished reading halspacejock's Hal Spacejock (Simon Haynes). Now reading bram452's A Shadow in Summer (Daniel Abraham). Reviews to come.

Next up, a couple of more books about tulipmania as I make book soup for the tulip book, which courtesy of Fred now has a working title of Black Tulip. I currently expect it to be a historical-thriller or historical-suspense, but it may shift a few shades into magical realism or historical fantasy.

Speaking of the tulip book, upcoming novel projects in likeliest order, given the current arrangement of the universe:

First draft of Stemwinder
Revise Madness of Flowers
Revise Stemwinder
First draft of Black Tulip
Revise Other Me
Revise Death of a Starship

The last three are spec projects, and subject to being trumped by contracted work. There's also a couple of collections and Polyphony 7 looming, along with existing pipelined projects like 44 Clowns and Spicy Slipstream Stories.