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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-31

Like the rest of the movie going world, I want to know what happened to Christian Bale’s larynx. # Hmm. Now we know why Christian Bale lost it on the set. He was thinking, THIS is my SCRIPT? # So THAT’S how you wipe out super advanced robot. String a rope across the road and […]

From the Floor of BEA 2009: Day Two

This is my last day, since I’m heading out in about an hour and leaving my colleague Suzanne to pack up tomorrow. I have provided her with assistance in the form of my oldest son, Christopher, and my niece Mollie, who has worked for Peace Hill Press during the last year. They’ll be very useful. […]

From the floor of BEA 2009: First day

I’m in New York this week at BookExpoAmerica, where we have a booth next to W. W. Norton (our distributor). We ended up with a double booth this year (I’m not quite sure how it happened, but the extra space is amazing). Reports have said that BookExpo attendance is down, and that several major exhibitors […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-24

Copyedits: underway. Lots of ’em. How is it possible that I spelled so many medieval names in so many various ways? # Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy BIRTHDAY deeaaar PEEEEETER, happy birthday to you! # There is a time to acknowledge one’s mistakes. And then there is a time to write […]


OK, I have done it. I finished going through the copyedits on 800 pages of medieval history manuscript. That’s all I’ve done for a week (which is why there hasn’t been a blog post). Copyedits have so much to do with consistency and flow that I find it best to do them all at once, […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-17

DD8 had two requests for this trip: climb a mountain (done) & go see the place where they throw fish (Pike Place market, this afternoon). # My Seattle luck seems to be running out. It’s not really raining, but it’s not exactly not-raining either. # Just got carded at Seatac restaurant by very cautious/short-sighted/confused/gallant waiter […]

A mature response to the arrival of the copyedits

Thanks for the suggestion, faithful readers.

Wordless Friday, kind of

Well, not completely wordless. I can’t really go completely wordless. But maybe the picture almost speaks for itself. That is the copyedited manuscript of the History of the Medieval World, which is due back on May 22. I put it in a safe place, on this shelf behind my desk. When I sit at my […]

Words to warm a writer’s heart

“This book was so interesting!”–spoken by a ninth grader. A couple of months ago, the daughter of a friend of my brother and sister-in-law wandered into their home office and saw the poster for the History of the Ancient World on their wall. “Hey, we use that book at our school!” she said. Heather said, […]

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-05-10

Family day today: going off the grid PLUS taking all four dogs to the vet. What fun. # Annual trek to vet over. White mutt: healthy. Beagle #1: bad knees. Beagle #2: hyperthyroid. Puppy: shy testicle now present. Cost: $582. # Did STUFF all morning. Nothing creative or interesting or even particularly productive. Just lots […]