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March 31, 1999

Journal Anniversary

Well, today marks the one year anniversary of this journal. Gosh, how touching.

Incidentally, while my journal of my European trip decayed away in the second week of my adventure, thanks to me getting the plague and all, I've decided to post a series of essays on my experiences abroad. While I hope them to be insightful, wise, and instructive, I'm hoping for mildly amusing. Follow the link to Some Notes on the Experiences of Traveling.

March 30, 1999

Near Miss From Vampire Dan

A 28 day email rejection from Dan Medici at Vampire Dan's Story Emporium, saying that (my submission, a fantasy poem) was very close. He likes my stuff overall, and would I mind sending him a bunch more of my poems. This is the sort of rejection that makes me start alternating between bursting with pride and bursting into tears. Crap. On the bright side, I'm feeling much better physically, having finally just about licked the Nederlands Flu. Oh, sure, I'm still coughing up yellow stuff, and my physical endurance is that of a stuffed toy, but I've made it back to work two days in a row now. Yee-hah.

March 23, 1999

Asimovian No

A 28 day form reject from Asimov's Science Fiction.

March 22, 1999

I'm Back

Sorry for the lengthy absence all, but I was out of the country. My wife's department took a group of students to Europe (specifically Poland, Germany, and the Nederlands, in that order) and I went along for sight-seeing purposes. Had a great time, except near the end, when I caught a bacterial

infection (throat/sinus related) and a bad-ass strain of influenza. Needless to say, we're going to have to revisit a few places to see what was missed the first time. I'm still rather sick (occasionally high fever, no voice, and a depressing tendency to fall over if I try to do anything strenuous), so I'll keep things short. Got five rejections while I was out, and since I had my mail stopped, I don't know exact return times. I'll summarize the body count as follows:

  • Form rejects from Dragon Magazine and E-Scape (the second was my fault; I missed a tiny detail on their guidelines & wasted the submission)

  • "Polite but with little information" rejections from Amazing Stories and The Silver Web

  • Detailed and friendly rejection from Maelstrom Speculative Fiction

There you have it. Incidentally, I do not recommend reading five rejections in a row when you have a very high fever. I did. Normally I'm good at handling rejections, but at that point I prayed for my lungs to collapse and end my life right then and there. Fortunately it didn't happen, and thanks to the wonder of pharmaceuticals, I'm feeling much better now, thanks.

March 04, 1999

Rejection From Byline

A 37 day form rejection from ByLine Magazine. Circled on the form was "length doesn't fit our guidelines (2,000-4,000 words)." The story was about 400 words short. I'm thinking they're very particular about length there, as my last submission to them, a poem, was refused as too long. Hm.

March 03, 1999

Email No From Talebones

A late night 10 day email rejection from Talebones.

March 02, 1999

Wildside Contest Results

No writing news (what can I say? things are slow), but very late this evening I received an email from John Betancourt of Wildside Press. I was a participant in the Wildside Press & MysteryMovies auction software beta-test program, as announced last month in the SFF Net newsgroups. If you didn't see the post, what John wanted was people to register with the system, think up creative and bizarre items to offer up for sale, and bid on other people's items (I can say as an occasional designer myself, it's much better to get ordinary, unsuspecting people to test such things, simply because they're likely to try weird stuff that might break the system). To encourage participation, prizes were offered for the most creative/popular items. I've just been informed that one of my offerings, the Mir Space Station, was a runner-up in the non-AV category, which means I get $35 worth of Wildside Press books. Yee-hah! I make the happy dance around my computer again. The cats do not notice, as they are busy eating dinner. I am extremely pleased about this, as I offered up many strange items in an attempt to win free merchandise and put off writing for a little while. While I had hoped to win first prize, I would be the first to agree that the overall winner, Geoffrey the Three-Eyed Wunderkitten, was truly outstanding. I do find it somewhat ironic that of all the bizarro items I came up with, the item that won it for me is a real thing. Go figure.