Or, getting real.
87300 / 120000 words. 73% done!
I seem to have written 2,500 words today, mostly on Vietnam.
Edging towards a darling: "Why Are We in Vietnam? asks Norman Mailer. Because we were always already there."
Unused citation of the day: “Trees are trees in their own right."
What were they thinking quotation of the day: "[the novel] might have been put together by a committee composed of Ursula Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey and Joanna Russ, with a little help from Ms Delany.” I think I count three knives there, but I may misunderestimate.
I've also been dividing the remaining chapters into chunks with word counts to try and keep chapter word counts to six thousand. (What I really need to hope is that I've overestimated the bibliography word count, because stuff can go in.) It's scary how little will fit in, especially given how long the reading list still is. The Where Next For the New Wave looks like it will be a male-only ghetto; Pamela Zoline's timing seems likely to be off, Carter would be specially pleading; is this where Emma Tennant ends up? But she needs to be after feminism is dealt with. Le Guin and Russ already have homes elsewhere, so I can't bring them in, although the free pass (but small word count) given to Ellison and Malzberg doesn't limit me to New Worlds
. Trawl through the New Writings
again. Hey, looks at the Andromeda
anthologies for women... The first has a Naomi Mitchison story in. The other two... male only preserves.
Meanwhile, I need to select reading for between 24 August and 9 September - and am pondering a pile of doorsteps I'm unlikely to read unless there's nothing else on hand, with the thought that I could leave them behind. Probably to write a hundred words on each. Maybe this is the time I finally read Gravity's Rainbow
. Need to dig out the to-get list:
Arthur Byron, Autumn Angels
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
George Alec Effinger, What Entropy Means to Me
Richard A. Lupoff, Sword of Demon
Larry Niven, Ringworld Engineers
Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Inferno
Robert Silverberg, The Book of Skulls
Robert Silverberg, The Stochastic Man
There's more, of course, Bryant's The Kin of Ata are Waiting for You
. Whichever ever one of T'City I don't have, making having the other two pointless (I think I have two Multifaces
). More Kate Wilhelm. City of Cain
, The Infinity Box
, The Clewiston Test
, Fault Lines
. A Saxon (I think I'm missing Group Feast
and The Weltenschuung of Ms Amelia Whatsit
. Ah that's a subtitle of Vector for Seven
) The Mortonhoe
sequel. I thought there was a wikipage for 1970s sf novels (there's one for film).