I've also given away 34 copies of the novelette "The Blessing of Krozem." It will remain free on Smashwords, so you can get it any time you like. It's not a piece of major literature and it isn't as meaty and strenuous as "Monster," but it makes for a pleasant hour's reading and I'm not at all sorry I resurrected it and published it in this manner.
Now why am I writing this post, in the midst of a conniption fit? I'm supposed to be working on The Storm-Wing, for goodness' sakes! But not only did I need to vent -- I figured I needed a new post on this blog to stimulate people's interest. And I needed a publishing update.
I do plan to finish that proofing this afternoon! I swear! Will I be foresworn? Stay tuned! But that won't mean I'll be ready to publish, because I've decided to compile a glossary of Shshi words that are used in the book. My conlanging friends prefer that a piece of fiction containing constructed languages have a glossary, so I've decided to oblige them. It means searching the book for italicized words (thank god for the Word Search feature) and then copying the words into a table or list, alphabetizing them, writing definitions and other possible explanations ... Well, you can see it could be time-consuming.
But that will give me time for some heavier promotion of both The Termite Queen and the first volume of The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head, which as you all know is entitled The War of the Stolen Mother. I also need to do some work on the termitespeaker blog, where my posts on Evangeline Walton's Prince of Annwn are attracting page views but only one comment so far. I'm going to let those cook awhile longer, and then I'm going to put up another bird-myth post. This one will be on the Jewish bird, the Ziz.
So expect some things to come. But definitely it will all go smoother if I can just discipline myself to get to work before I check my email. After all, I don't need to be first-thing-in-the-morning sharp to delete emails and respond to them!
More notes on origin of "conniption":
1) Conniption is a literal corruption of the word 'corruption' which at one time meant feelings of anger or sadness.
2) Conniption is a nonsense word hinting at a mock latin origin.
3) Conniption is of Yiddish origins, such as the word Knish, due to the use of hard Ks and Ns."