Continuing my trend of only updating around major holidays (and yes, today counts, especially this year), happy Election Day!

I am still insanely busy. I have been finishing up a long term independent project for my day job, and between that and dealing with boring stuff related to the collapse of Western capitalism as we knew it, I haven't had a second to catch up on slush. However, as of this coming Monday I will be taking a few weeks off to concentrate full time on agenting... so if you have something under consideration with me, I hope you'll be patient just a little longer.

I have been having a fantastic day today. This morning my brother and I drove up through the gorgeous fall foliage to vote in our suburban hometown, and I got to cast my vote in my old elementary school gym, the same place I have gone to vote my entire adult life. Then we went and bought cupcakes at the bake sale, where a little boy was earnestly telling us our money was going to help the school; I had flashbacks to standing in that same hallway a few feet away from where I was standing today and doing the exact same thing when I was his age. My brother confessed that he always gets chills pulling the lever back in the voting machine.

Then I returned to Manhattan and went to the office, where I sent out a bunch of submissions for various clients and made some phone calls. Then it was off to Starbucks and Ben & Jerry's for a free ice cream cone and coffee, and now I am sitting on my friend's couch eating takeout from Veselka, responding to queries, and watching the returns.

One more thing worthy of note about today: MY KINDLE HAS ARRIVED! Yes, I finally gave in and bought a Kindle. My strong anti-DRM sentiments aside, several agent friends convinced me that it would change my life and I wouldn't be able to live without it, and I look forward to proving them right.

How are all of you? I am looking forward to seeing the results of this year's NaNoWriMo in my inbox in a few months (after any necessary polishing and revision, of course), and I really admire all those who are doing it. I once tried to do my own version of NaNo in which I committed to making one blog post every day for the entire month of November, but I bet you can all guess how well that worked out.

Finally, a picture behind the cut



Picture taken by my friend Paul, who also baked the pies (Obamapple on the left, cherry on right).

He adds: "By the time you get this message they will be on their way to local Obama office." I would be jealous--because come on, who wouldn't want to eat pie for Obama?--except I already ate a cupcake and an ice cream cone for Obama today and the night is still young. (I might have purchased some emergency organic Swiss dark chocolate earlier today just in case we need it later, since neither my friend nor I are drinking.) All I can say is, I hope everyone reading this is enjoying this historic evening as much as we are.

Okay, off to watch the Stewart/Colbert special now, and I plan to be back with some publishing-related posts later this month. Have a great night, everyone!

ETA: The CNN holograms are the best thing ever.

From: [identity profile] bachsoprano.livejournal.com


So glad you had an awesome day - ice cream and cupcakes and pie AND voting, oh my!

Love the pies. They look far too good to eat!

From: [identity profile] cathellisen.livejournal.com


aaah squee! Cat is reading pleasure! I hope to hear good things. :D
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From: [personal profile] annathepiper


Thanks for checking in with us! Not doing a Nanowrimo here, but I am doing a Nanoedmo.

Also, mmm pie.

From: [identity profile] robynbender.livejournal.com


Pie for everybody, YES.

It's killing me that I can't figure out who it was who said yesterday: "This is like waiting for Christmas, only we don't know whether Santa is going to bring us a pony or burn our house down."

As my Significant Other just said, "Yes, we're getting a pony ... in fact... IT'S A TSUNAMI OF PONIES!!"

From: [identity profile] jmeadows.livejournal.com


Glad to see you're still around. It sounds like you've been crazy busy (I had no idea you had agenting AND another job, holy apostrophes!), so good to hear you're going to get some catchup time. I hope you make some SLEEP time, too! :)

From: [identity profile] nadia-lee.livejournal.com


Oh....free coffee...!

BTW -- Japanese TV stations spent MONTHS on Obama v. Hilary then Obama v. McCain, but they spent maybe 2 days on the new prime minister of Japan. It just hit me yesterday when they went on and on about the election all night long. (I only understood about 25% of what they were saying.) Now it's Wednesday morning here, and the coverage still continues.

Have a great night, Diana! :)

From: [identity profile] dianafox.livejournal.com


I know! I would tell you to get some sleep, but I know better. (And it's not like I'm getting any sleep tonight either...).
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From: [personal profile] gwynnega


What great pies!

And what a great day this turned out to be!!!

From: [identity profile] dianafox.livejournal.com


I know! People are still screaming and running around in the streets, and probably will be all night.
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From: [personal profile] archangelbeth


Oh, great pies!

(I don't have a Kindle -- but I discovered that Stanza + iPhone = library in my pocket. If only the "make a Stanza file" app allowed italics/bold/underlining! ...I should go check and see if they've updated that app yet.)

From: [identity profile] leesmiley.livejournal.com


Welcome back to LJ! You were missed. Sadly, I'm about 80,000 words too far into my manuscript to do NaNoWriMo this year, even thought I'm shooting for 50,000 words total on various projects this month anyway. Oh, well, maybe next year.

From: [identity profile] dancingwriter.livejournal.com


The pies are marvelous (I love pie anyway, but these are triply irresistible)!

Also, congratulations on the new Kindle. I have been yearning for one--maybe next year. (A new laptop is definitely a much higher priority right now.)

And Nov. 4: Best Tuesday Ever!!!

From: [identity profile] reality967.livejournal.com

In Pakistan.


And here in Pakistan, the election was carried by all local stations. With the big ones [quite a few of them] sending crews to USA. The papers have been full of nothing but Obama for the past few days.
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