Friday, August 12, 2011

Cogito ergo sum

I think therefore I am.

For me, it could just as easily be "I think I am" or Cogito sum, instead. Or maybe Cogito quae facio? Like the little engine that could?  (Reading lots of books to babies these days) Yes, my Latina lingua is rusty.  But I kind of feel that way--I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

While my agent shops my manuscript around New York (gods help her!) I've been busy with a new project.  Last week, I helped to launch Musa Publishing as part of a four-person partnership.  We're full of ideas these days, working 18-20 hours a day (six of that is my writing; I'll be honest) to create a small press that encompasses all the problems we identified within epublishing in our experience and addresses them.  I'm pretty excited--you can check out the work in progress at for yourself.

In the meantime, I'm putting the finishing touches on my steampunk Ripper story What a Pretty Necklace.  It might actually be more of a gaslight fantasy, but the setting of 1891 New York and the added benefit of Jack the Ripper scenes to satiate my lust for descriptive brutality is a lot of fun to deal with.  I really think..hesitantly at least...that this may be my new milieu.  The blend of technology, fantasy and history is pretty seductive to a girl like me. If you ever read this book and see the term *copperplate* applied to a JTR murder scene, run.  That's all I have to say.

Aside from that, things are starting to settle into a routine.  I'm not really talking about what happened with my last publisher, so don't ask.  I'll just say that I'm heartbroken at leaving, am completely tragic that I lost the imprints I'd work so hard to build up, and have resolved to move on without bitterness or recriminations.

Yep. The high road.  Me.  See? Cogito ergo sum.  I think, therefore I am--not playing that game.

And in the near future, you guys may be hearing more about Asphodel.  Just sayin'...