Done and away and over and off and like that (Updated)

I just pressed the send button, and now Magic! Magic! Magic! Oi! Oi! Oi! is winging its way across the Pacific, and then across mainland USA, all the way to Hudson Street in New York City. Except that, you know, technology, being what it is, my baby is already there. Freaky, eh?

I can now watch the Sri Lanka v South Africa One Day International in good conscience. Who am I barracking for? Sri Lanka, natch. But it would prolly be more interesting for the competition if South Africa won. But, frankly, without Makhaya Ntini South Africa just ain’t that interesting. Even if Sean Pollock does look uncannily like my husband.

Sean Pollock aka Scott Westerfeld (original source)

Can I just say that I love the extreme slow mos? Beautiful.

I have now worked way more than 20 days straight on finishing MorM 3. In that time I also achieved the following:

    wrote the first 500 to 1,000 words of three other novels.

    exchanged many many whingey emails with Holly Black moaning about our novels-in-progress.

    was waited on hand and foot by my most excellent husband.

    resisted reading the second Temeraire book which Naomi Novik so kindly sent me (so. very. difficult.).

    was given a first edition hardcover copy of Steve Waugh’s autobiography by my wonderful Australian publisher, Laura Harris (Something else to resist reading).

    chewed my finger nails way beyond the quick (ewwww! Do you know how many times I’ve sworn I would stop that? Aarrghh!)

    read the last five chapters of my novel to Scott at least three times. Fortunately for him, each time they were completely different!

    wrote five different endings to the novel (two of them so shockingly bad I didn’t read them to Scott).

    watched the first ten episodes of the second series of Battlestar Galactica. Thank you Sean Williams! Thank you Cat Sparks and Rob Hood!

    watched all of Ultraviolet. More thanks to Cat & Rob!

    completely failed to arrange accommodation in Bologna.

    realised that there is no sport on earth remotely as wonderful as cricket.

And now I fall asleep on the couch watching Sri Lanka defeat South Africa. Yea verily, this is the life!

Update: South Africa won! Wowzer.


  1. marrije on #

    hey! congratulations!

    you’re even early: people are probably still asleep in new york. or not. frightening work ethic there.

    and will m!m!m!o!o!o! be the real title? i’ve grown rather fond of it, but i’m not sure you’re entirely serious with that title.

  2. Justine on #

    If it were up to me, Marrije, it would be the title. But, tragically, I suspect that sales & marketing will think it won’t work that well in the US market. But you know what? They’re wrong! And whatever it winds up being called—in my mind it will always be M! M! M! O! O! O!! (Note the extra exclamation mark there. Tricky, eh?)

  3. innle on #

    Congratulations on finishing M! M! M! O! O! O! I can’t wait to read it (in the proper order, of course). I will also be interested to see what the “official” title ends up being…

    I don’t think I’d be strong enough to resist the second Temeraire book if I had a copy, no matter what else I had to do. That’s why I’m a world-class procrastinator, I suppose. ::sigh::

  4. shana on #

    congratulations! well done! wahoo!

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  6. Rachel Brown on #

    PS. How did you get the second Temeraire book, and why haven’t I gotten it?!

  7. Justine on #

    Thanks all!

    Innle: You and me both on the title! Oh, I can procrastinate, but not dangerously, well, not now that paying the rent is contingent on my getting books in on time.

    I knew starting the second Temeraire would be the end of any other work until I finished reading it.

    Rachel: It’s an electronic file, not a book.

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  9. Justine on #

    And in that one word I see all your excitement abate. Me, I don’t mind reading onscreen.

  10. Jonathan on #

    hey justine – the cricket was a cracker, hey. just got the second and third temeraire books in the mail yesterday. just need to finish the jennifer morgue, then on to them.

  11. margo on #

    Onyer, Justine. Five endings. If I wore a hat, it would be off to you right now. Your poor brain must be porridge – rest up and take your iron. Happy remainder of the summer to you!

  12. niki on #

    you should have kept all the 5 endings – then you would have had a titanic on your hands and that got millions ! 😛

  13. Justine on #

    Jonathan: You are such a show off! Well, I’ll be getting my copies in person from Naomi, herself. So nyer!

    Margo: Brain=porridge. Oh, yes. And yours must be in lovely overdrive from all your recent triumphs! I expect world domination to be next on your list. I for one welcome my Margo Lanagan overlord.

    Niki: Very droll. If you’re really bad I’ll make you read the endings I threw away. That’ll learn you!

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