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Martha Wells

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Stargate Monuments

State of Me

Thanks to everyone for the great comments on the cover. I don't know that I'll be able to answer them individually. I'm still not feeling great due to my stress levels being through the roof for the past couple of months, basically. I'm also having a lot of allergy symptoms due to the weather and the long period where the wall/ceiling in the living room/hall/bathroom was cut open, which combined with the stress gives me asthma-like symptoms, so that's not fun. I have lost a little weight, due to having some meals that were basically toast, cereal, and benadryl. (It's a great diet except for the rickets.) So I haven't been very present online, or anywhere else, really.

The last of the plumbing disaster is almost dealt with. I finished the painting last week, except for one little bit of ceiling. Tomorrow we're having the ruined living room and dining room carpet replaced. At the moment most of the living room/dining room is crammed into my office, so I can only admire my printer and filing cabinet from a distance. Hopefully by Tuesday we'll be able to start putting everything back.

To new people who have friended me, hi! It's not normally this depressing here. I mirror this journal on Dreamwidth and Tumblr (I post a lot of random photos and art on Tumblr also) and if you want to buy any of my books or check out sample chapters, short stories, etc, there's a list with links on my web site here. My first four out-of-print fantasy novels are in ebook $2.99 (The Element of Fire, City of Bones, Wheel of the Infinite, and The Death of the Necromancer) and purchasing them helps pay for the above-mentioned plumbing repairs.

Other things that are going on:

* RisingShadow.net reviewed Emilie and the Hollow World.

* The Other Half of the Sky anthology (with my Raksura story) is out in ebook and trade paperback.

* I'm going to be teaching two classes at the DFW Writers Conference in Hurst next weekend. (Other appearances are listed here.)

* The Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Ballou Senior High School Library has been going on for the past couple of weeks.

The school started out with only a handful of library books for over 1500 students, and the book drives over the past few years has started to get it up to a more reasonable number, but there's still a big book deficit and zero school budget money for books. Buying books for kids you don't know is restful and fun and somewhat addictive, so if you have spare money, you should definitely try it out. There's lots of YA and SF/F and non-fiction on the list, and a lot of sale or used books that are under $10.00.

If you want to participate, go to the wish list at Powell's, pick out the books you want to buy for the library, and ship them to:

Melissa Jackson, LIBRARIAN
Ballou Senior High School
3401 Fourth Street SE
Washington DC 20032
(202) 645-3400

Be sure you get the name and title in there, as it's a big school and you want to make sure the books go to the librarian. Also, during the buying process, a screen will show up asking you to check a box for each book so it will be marked as bought on the wish list.

If you can't afford a book, you can help enormously by passing on the link http://guyslitwire.blogspot.com/2013/04/its-time-for-annual-spring-book-fair.html on LJ, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.

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The Ballou drive sounds like a great idea. I'll check it out and click over to the Powell's wish list now.

Hope you start feeling better and move up from toast soon!

Re: Powell's and Toast

Thanks, John!

Take care of yourself and feel better and revel in the good things!

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Thanks, and good luck with your repair. It's a pain to do but it's such a relief when it's over.

Sending you healing energy and congratulations on all the stuff just out and coming. I hope this is the start of a banner year for you. May your sources of stress disappear quickly.

I hope things get less stressful for you soon. *hug*

Last year my doc mentioned that anti-histamines are actually meant to be preventative, and don't work very well when taken to treat symptoms, so I started taking OTC Claritin last month every day, and it has made a huge difference. I have been gardening, have my windows open, etc., with no misery. O_o I plan to keep taking it until ~early June, which is when my allergies tend to clear up.

Hang in there, hon!

Thanks! I've never tried Claritin but it seems to work for a lot of people. I mostly used benedryl, because it tends to put a quick stop to the asthma-like symptoms.

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