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This morning's mail brings, in addition to the New Yorker, and a Yule card that a friend had initially sent to the old address, the executed contract (and upfront check) for, as it says here:  "Liaden Novels 18, 19, 20, 21, 22."

On the one hand, it's good to have work, not to mention money.

On the gripping hand -- Holy crap!  What were we thinking?

And, to bring this around to politics and all, I sure hope the economy improves so people can buy books again.

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  •  Congratsiano! Books are the best bang for the (2+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, weck

    buck--always.  Here are things one can do with a book that cannot be done with Nooks and Kindles:

    --smack black widow spiders
    --cut out words to affix to ransom notes
    --use as kindling
    --line a wall with them for insulation
    --write sophomoric quips in margins (In case of fire, throw this book in.)
    --dogear page corners for place markers
    --hide paper money and photos of old sweethearts in
    --carry as prop to enhance public image
    --carry as prop to hide gravy spot on tie
    --carry as shield against stray bullets currently being sprayed in public places

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 08:12:34 AM PST

    •  hide paper money and photos of old sweethearts in (1+ / 0-)
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      ...which reminds me of an essay by a guy named Flann O'Brien aka Myles Na'Gopaleen, who wrote a daily column for the Irish Times, many of which were -- and are -- hysterical.  He sometimes, for instance, wrote about the various money-making schemes of Myles Na'Gopaleen, The Da.  One of these had to do with making the purchased libraries of the noveau riche look as if they had been used.  For a certain fee, The Da would go through the library and dog-ear pages in one book out of ten.  For a slight increase in fee, he would put the stubs of theater tickets (to very High Culture plays) in a percentage of the books.  The highest fee included going through a percentage of the books, underlining key passages, and writing notes in the margins.

      You can find the collected columns here:  

      The Catechism of Cliche alone is worth the price of the book.

      •  I will definitely be looking into these, (1+ / 0-)
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        especially because the word catechism has fascinated me ever since childhood when I was sent off to catechism thinking it would be fun because it involved cats.  But no.  The only thing nuns and cats had in common was their lightning pouncing speed.

        Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

        by judyms9 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 08:01:12 PM PST

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  •  Woot, woot! (3+ / 0-)
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    Youffraita, weck, meralda

    Five novels? I bow in awe. Very happy for you!

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 08:14:59 AM PST

    •  Thank you... (1+ / 0-)
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      Wee Mama

      I'm more delighted when I remember that we only have to write one book at a time, not five at once.  That, and breathing.  Very important to breathe...

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