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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.