Well, first of all, because you can never get enough of this sort of thing (wanna bet?) I'll give you this:
And second of all, ladies and gentlemen, I give you
Bitter Moon II: Triane's Son Reigning
Ta da! That baby weighed in at 2 lbs. and 615 Trade Paperback sized pages. It hurt like a sonovabitch to push out, and with the exception of you wonderful people, nobody will read it. Seriously--this book is more likely to hide in warehouses and clog up amazon.com's arteries than anything else I could possibly put out. Lookadit, for sweet Triane's sake-- it costs more than thirty dollars! You could buy a footstool for that much money--and it would weigh less!!!!
Now I was wondering how I'd feel about this--I mean, this isn't my first time at the fair, and this was SUCH a bear, you know? But I think that when the picture (and the blurb with the summary, and ACTUAL copies of the book instead of just virtual copies) show up on the website, I'll be happy. I mean, well, REALLY happy.
Because it is long--but I think it's good. And I've said all along that I wanted to write good stories--not popular ones. I was e-chatting w/Knittech today, and I told her that I probably could write to formula--I'm not too stupid and the formula isn't opaque--we can all spot it and I think I could probably mimic it at will. But it would be like going out and buying a bunch of funky-cheap acrylic yarn and crocheting scrunchies. I could do it--I could make me a boatload of smucking fugly scrunchies and sell them at craft fairs and use the proceeds to buy me some real yarn, which I could work on when I'm not turning out scrunchies.
But my knitting time is precious to me--I don't get a lot of it, and when I get it, I want to be using something gorgeous that makes my heart beat faster and makes me dream in fiber.
I make too many sacrifices (okay, this is the last time you'll hear me whine about that) to write and to publish these books and to give creative birth to my own damned babies to put out something I don't love.
I love this book. If no one reads it but my editors (and guys, it may take a while, but your copies ARE coming! As soon as they arrive at my doorstep, they'll get sent to yours!) it was still worth writing.
HUZZAH! BITTER MOON II IS FINALLY OUT!
Holy Goddess, Merciful God, let it not suck, cannyagimmehallelujia.