A “to do” list for January

Here is my current “To Do” list:

  1. Write main volume intro for Life on Mars. Complete line edits. Prepare submission manuscript. Follow up, contract remaining stories. Deliver within two weeks!! (Evenings this week, and Sunday)
  2. Write Locus year in review essay (Saturday)
  3. Copyedits for The Best SF/F of the Year 4. (Tomorrow!!!)
  4. Copedits for Legends of Australian Fantasy
  5. Copyedits for special issue of Subterranean. Send out invoices for this.
  6. Send out invoices for Hard Luck Diggings.
  7. Follow up introduction for Best of Larry Niven.
  8. Follow up introduction for Best of Fritz Leiber. Be sure publisher is doing scanning etc. Who is dealing with copyedits?
  9. Finalise stories for dragons anthology. Contract remaining stories. Write introduction.
  10. Decide about Robinson afterword.
  11. Follow up stories for Eclipse 4.
  12. Follow up stories for Engineering Infinity.

I also need to organise my office, get  at least thirty minutes excrcise per day, have some family time and so on. Also take deep breaths.


Whew. That was a day. I fell out of bed, feeling happy and fine, at a little before 5.00am. As is my habit, I then proceeded to check my overnight email before jumping in the shower. In truth this is a bad habit, for it can only increase my stress levels, but nonetheless it is what I do.

This morning I had two important emails: both from publishers. The first was regarding a book I’m editing, asking when exactly the manuscript for said book would be in the in-house editor’s hands. I’ve had a long history with this particular publisher – one I value – and there’s always been a lot of flexibility in things. Today it seemed there was little flexibility to be found. The manuscript had been due a few weeks ago, and how soon could they have it? We went back and forth a few times, but I’m now royally on notice to get this thing delivered. I shall do everything I can to oblige, but of course I’m waiting on some people to deliver stories.

The second was from Locus, asking where my end-of-year essay was? For long-time readers, you’ll know I’m always struggling with this. I get it in at the very last second, for reasons I can’t quite express. It’s certainly going to be the case this year. I have until Monday to get it in and I have to be honest and say even that’s a long shot right now. I do have very mixed feelings about an end-of-year issue without an essay in it by me, so I’ll probably find some way to get it done, but there’s something to be learnt here.

Once I’d dealt with those issues, it was usual morning stuff then into the car and off to work. I had my usual morning coffee with my mother, and then headed into the day job. I worked, then spent my lunch hour doing line edits on stories for the late book. I also set up what I hope will be a regular contact with Jeremy at Night Shade so we can keep on top of some other projects we’re doing.

I then headed home. It’s hot here again, and Marianne and the girls came to pick me up, which was nice. I’m still worried about my circulatory problems (which are minor), but only consistent excercise will solve that. No closer to new year resolutions, but some plans are called for.