Distance viewing

About a month ago, I showed you guys a succulent plant that I’d gotten at a plant swap, not knowing what it was.  It sent up a three-foot tall spike, which was when I showed it to you.  As I thought, it flattened out into a leaf, and I wanted to pass it on along with a better look at the leaves at the bottom.  I’ve still no idea what it is, but it clearly has a goal.  And speaking of goals . . .

As some of you know, I’ve been working almost a year developing several ideas for what comes after the Hollows.  I wanted the next series to be something that could hold my attention for another five years, something fabulously new for me in not just needing new writing techniques, but characters, and yet still be able to pull on my current writing strengths.  I spent the summer writing up several novellas for the upcoming Harrison Anthology (September 2012) presenting my editor with more than a synopsis, but actual characters and flavors of new worlds.  Then, not being satisfied or sufficiently sparked, I balked from writing that last Hollows book when the time came and took the winter off and actually wrote an entire novel by the seat of my pants, giving my writing methods and thought processes a much needed shake up.

I’ve been pretty closed-lipped about this “NaNo” book, but did show it to my agent to get his opinion on how strong it is.  (sly smirky smile)  And now I’m going to become utterly silent on the matter, but it has allowed me to turn my thoughts firmly back to the Hollows, and the ideas are again flowing.  (OMGosh, are they flowing . . .)  It’s much easier for me to relax and write the last bits of the Hollows now that I know what’s going to come next.  Yes the NaNo book needs a massive rewrite, but it is in the cabinet of awesomeness, and there it will stay as the last pieces come drifting in over the next year or so.  I do so love giving myself the gift of the luxury of time.

And I’ve gotten some good news from my editor about the Harrison Anthology.  I forgot to ask her if I can release the title, but I’ve seen the prelim artwork (Wow) and now know it is going to be a massive edition with ALL of the shorts and novellas.  Every single one of them.  I am so pleased.  I was sure that they wouldn’t all fit.  (Doing the happy dance!)

Happy Valentines day, by the way.  Guy and I will be watching the last half of the dog show tonight.  Yay!


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46 responses to “Distance viewing

  1. Marsha

    The Pekingese…really? My Pom is much more adorable even if I do refuse to groom him like a powder puff. Yeah, he’s a MANLY pomeranian.

  2. Joe Coots

    Hmmm that plant is starting to look like a trifid or something from Invasion of the Body snatchers to me… I wouldnt sleep in the same room as it if I were you … LOL

  3. Happy Valentines Day, Kim. Hope you enjoyed your nachos!!!! I am excited for the upcoming Harrison Anthology more than I can even say!!! I just wanted to drop a QUICK short line, to tell you I miss our little chats on here… I’m still kicking cancer’s you know what… and I have internet again so I will be back around here like I used to be. ❤ Wishing you well, and bright blessings to you, Guy, andddddd your Orchid cactus!!


  4. jkh

    I suppose I’ll have to purchase that Anthology in hardback if it’s going to have illustrations, etc. Books are my temptation, not clothes or shoes or jewelry. Even more than chocolate. Am I strange?

    • It will be out in hc first, JKH, but no pictures this time. I don’t buy many shoes, myself. And the only new clothes I buy are for tour. My fall-down is plants.

  5. Claudia

    Hi Kim,
    Yay! I’m so happy that all of the short stories and novellas are going to be included in the Harrison Anthology. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.
    I’m going to be sad when the Hollows come to an end, but I know that whatever you have planned for us next is going to be super good. Have you decided whether you’re going to end the Hollows at book 12 or 13? I hope it’s at book 13 : )

    • Me too, Claudia. I thought for sure something was going to be left out.

      I was planning on ending it at 12, but a little bunny, so sweet and tiny, nestled into my lap and fell asleep. It’s still going to end at 12, but . . .

    • Sabrina

      Still in for a little surprise, are you, Kim 🙂 ?

  6. Very cool Kim. Always good when there is more Hollows AND a happy dance.
    Hmm. The plant looks interesting.. glad it has a good home with you.

  7. Sara

    Oh thank bajeebus! I haven’t read most of the shorts or stories from anthologies because I buy the hardback immediately (can’t wait for the paper back!) and often forget to check out the mass market…. :/ So that bad boy is getting reserved as soon as it pops up! 😀 Awesome, awesome, awesome!

    And you have snow!! I’m partially envious. It has snowed just once this whole season, and most of it melted away by the next day. I doubt we’ll get any more. Though, of course, it’s always nice to not deal with crazy/dangerous drivers and slick roads!

    Congrats on the recent addition to the cabinet of awesomeness, I look forward to future announcements…..whenever they come. 🙂

  8. Sabrina

    Oh my, I still don’t like that talk about the last Hollows novel but we all knew that someday this would all come to an end. Teary sigh. The more am I pleased to hear about your new project and I’m really curious what it’s going to be like. And having faith in your ability to create top-notch novels I’m sure it’s going to blow us all away!

  9. sammie

    yummy nachos!

  10. Kris Clarey

    You have purchased the Queen of the Night, or Hylocereus undata, which is one of the most interesting of all the epiphytes.

    Their growth habit is not the most beautiful, but it will make up for this when it blooms.

    These are known as night blooming cactus and their flowers once they open are usually white, and extremely highly scented.

    This strange and beautiful occurrence pretty much guarantees that night flying moths will be attracted to it to pollinate the enormous flower.

    By morning, the flower will have wilted to pale mush.

    Occasionally, but rarely, growers have reported that they will bloom in daylight.

    To care for these plants, and hopefully prompt it to bloom, you have to remember that they originate in jungle conditions high in the tree tops of warm areas of the world.

    Although they seem very fleshy and succulent, this is to enable them to live without much water, not to survive extremely bright conditions.

    Grow this plant in a bright but not in full sun window, water when dry, and in the summer hang it or place it on a porch or under a tree to get water when it rains, (if it doesn’t rain, you have to water it with tepid water).

    It is not frost hardy, so make sure as the cooler nights arrive in the fall, bring it indoors, where it most likely will have set a bud or two, and wait for the big event – blooming.

    As an added bonus, the fruit that is produced by the flower is edible.

    So congrats! I want one 🙂

  11. I like most of your fans am sad to see the Hollows ending but very happy that there is more awesomeness for the future!

  12. Not only are your posts good to read, Kim, but so are your adoring fans’ – such talent! @teepee12 – a writer of plant books! Wow.

    Anyway, wanted to let you know how much I enjoy and benefit from your posts on the writing process. Some I’ve cut and pasted into a folder for reference and sharing with my writer-type peeps. You are a multi-gifted spirit and I continue to send energy and love to you and Guy.

    • Wow, thank you, Jeannie! I hope that something I have said will spark creativity with you and your group. There is no wrong way to write, and everyone does it differently.

  13. I’m thriled that you’ve got a bang up ending planned for a series I have loved so very much. If it must end, it should be fantastic.

    As for your plant, could be an unhappy Spathiphyllum. It’s growing awfully fast for an epi or any orchid. Hard to be sure from the pictures, would need more side view, less helicopter. I used to grow a lot of’em. They are rain forest plants and thrive in bright INDIRECT light : good use for north-facing windows (spath and ferns like the same conditions). They burn or get weird in direct sun, one of the most common houseplants since the 1800s, and come in a HUGE variety of sizes, shapes, leaf color, etc. Nurseries grow them in chemical soup and cross-breed indiscriminately, so you never know what you’ve got. There’s a lot of contradictory articles you can Google. The first book I wrote was about houseplants, back in my “who needs drapes when you have your own jungle” period. I had hundreds of plants, many from donated cuttings. I’d find anonymous cuttings on my doorstep when I got home from work …”the Green Fairy?” I doubt it’s an orchid. I’m prejudiced because I’ve never done well with orchids. They don’t like me. I keep my house too cold. Some, to coin a phrase, like it hot. Finally, they will grow in water, including fish tanks, fish and all, as long as the leaves are mostly above water (and obviously not salt water). They tolerate deep shade but won’t bloom it it. Potted, they need excellent drainage, NOT rich soil. Lots of perlite. Constant moisture yes, mud, no. Nothing grows in mud: no oxygen in it. Actually, this same info is true for all tropical rain forest plants from which most houseplants came. I can tell you for sure, no matter WHAT you have, that it’s not a happy plant. Rapid growth like that isn’t a sign of good health: more like a sign of a desperate struggle to survive.

    • mud

      Not an orchid, an orchid cactus. An epiphyte that grows in trees. Pretty cool plant, I have a few here at the UWM greenhouse and one at the house that looks exactly like that. If they get a ton of light, they don’t stretch quite as much. Not a spath, which is in the philodendron family, won’t like living water a whole lot. Also, spaths have flat blades with a basal growth pattern. Some of the plants here at UWM grow incredibly fast. Particularly the stuff in my growth chamber 🙂

      Mud (who has mold growing on her, but little else, and is rooting for her friends springers:)

    • Hi Teepee. No . . . I’ve had a Peace Lilly and what is currently growing in that pot is completely different, although I agree with your assessment that if it was a Peace Lilly, it is on the point of death.

  14. Diva

    Wow. That’s one tall plant.

    Although it’s always sad to read about the end of the Hollows, I’m glad that you’ve found your next step. Every ending is just another beginning.

    And yay for the anthology! That’s great news.

    • Hi Diva. Yep. I’ve now got it in a much brighter window, so here’s hoping it settles down.

      I can’t wait to get started on my new ideas, but it’s going to be an entire 1-2 months. sigh

  15. James R. Fox

    Hi Ms. Kim-its Jim from Warren.I’m having a cat day here,with snow. Smudge is sitting on my lap, and Quigley,who is feeling brave I guess,is carefully examining something in the corner behind me, whilst sitting on my desk.(hee hee,love that word) The plant looks like its doing well,annd I hope its an orchid,it would look great!

  16. That plant sure does seem goal-oriented. You don’t think the goal is to eat someone, do you? It looks a little carnivorous, so be careful. We don’t want a “Little Shop of Horror” remake. Although “Little Office of Hour” might be a good sequel.

    Good news on the anthology. It’ll be wonderful to have all the stories in one place. And sounds like good news on the NaNo book as well–very exciting to have something for you, and us, to look forward to after The Hollows.

    One week to release day! Do you have a list of things to accomplish at specific times to get ready, like a NASA countdown? T- 7 days and counting . . .

  17. StormieEyes

    I’m not sure if that is an Orchid Cactus or not. I had one and currently have one that is identical to what Kim has pictured here. My orchid cactus only bloomed twice in the 10 years I had it. The current one, like pictured here, has yet to bloom and I have had it 12 years I think? If it is an Orchid, Bloom blast it! BLOOM!

    • It’s getting plenty of light now, Stormie. That always helps promote flowering. It might not for a while seeing as it’s not even a year old from a cutting. It’s got lots of reorganizing to do underground as well as above.

  18. Nancy H

    “Every single one of them.” Hooray!!! Can’t wait for the anthology to come out. That will be so cool. You are just the best, Kim!!! And your editor!

  19. Mud

    Lucky you! It’s an orchid cactus! http://web.missouri.edu/~riceg/epiphyllum/photos/photos1.htm. One of the epiphyllums.

    I had two tickets to Westminster. And here I am, getting pictures of NY bagels from my doggy buddies. And Yeah! When is ‘our’ anthology (collection?) being released?

    • I do believe you’re right, Mud! Thank you! I will leave it in the new puddle of sun and let it grow.

      Look for the anthology in September. 🙂 Not very long at all!