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The Great American "To Do" List
The Great American To Do List aka, Deb's projects that Need To Happen. In no particular order:

1.Start the seventh Kinkaid Chronicle, Even It Up. I now have all the tour data for the Fog City Geezers, and they're going to be living in a Nickelback song for half the book: "I want a new tour bus full of old guitars". The Geezers aren't Blacklight, and no fancy jets for them. West Coast tour, from Vancouver to San Diego. And a few very interesting new characters, including a mid-fortyish shithot guitarist named Elaine Wilde (think Chrissie Hynde). And watch Bree, for the first time in her entire life, get seriously jealous. Because this is one thing she can't share with John: she can't jam with him. As if the musical bond isn't enough to get under Bree's skin, Elaine is a single mother with an adolescent daughter, and the daughter (Maret) is a guitar prodigy, and John ends up as her hero/mentor, so there's Bree, struggling with the whole "she's hot and talented and she has a child and I couldn't make one and he seems to be liking this kid and oh SHIT!" thing. Plus, you know, "Bergen Sandoval", cough cough, mean mingy worldclass musician who dies horribly, because this is, after all, a murder mystery. A lot of the book will take place in LA.

2. Write a piece on Steeleye Span for Green Man's Trad issue.

3. Celebrate that Green Man is doing an entire issue devoted to me. Yep: August 23 2009 will be the Deb Grabien rocker chick issue.

4. All the post-holiday baking and mailing. Oy.

5. Get the early PR started for Kinkaid #2, While My Guitar Gently Weeps. That will include a blurb request to Bill Nighy. Meep.

6. Start scripting the trailer for WMGGW. Going to be another Rocker Chick Media full music real film deal. We've spoiled ourselves for lesser trailers on the Kinkaids, with the R&RNF trailer, which now has over 3000 views.

7. Wait for Rina to get back to me on the catering gig.

8. If/when Rina gets back to me, the catering gig.

9. Live music: Rubber Souldiers in West Marin this Sunday, David Nelson warmup gig at Iron Springs in Fairfax on Tuesday. Yay music!

11. Send out all the items won in the first auction for Michelle.

12. Track down use rights and permissions for three songs I use snippets from in WMGGW.

There's more, but my brain is full. Happy new years, yo.

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Old Olde Music

I haven't thought of Steeleye Span for a number of years. I once had all their albums. I'll give them an Internet search right now.

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Deborah Grabien

Deborah Grabien www.deborahgrabien.com author of the Haunted Ballad series, the Kinkaid Chronicles, five standalone novels, numerous short fiction and essays, and a lot of snippy opinions.

I just did a piece for Green Man about Fairport's Liege & Lief. I called it "Trad Boys, Trad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do..."

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. . . When They Come For You

Was this one of your "snippy opinions"?

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Deborah Grabien

Deborah Grabien www.deborahgrabien.com author of the Haunted Ballad series, the Kinkaid Chronicles, five (make that six!) standalone novels, numerous short fiction and essays, and a lot of snippy opinions.

(Eyeing Dale cautiously) I could take the fifth...

Steeleye's next up on the non-fiction ledger of Things That Must Get Written. Since I've known Martin Carthy since before my daughter was born (she turns 30 this June), I've got some nice memories. I suspect I'll call the piece "And Maddy Dances". Because, you know, she does.