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September 29, 1999

Birthday Wishes II

And now, a few days later, it's mom's birthday. Their close proximity made it difficult when I was a kid to remember whose birthday came first. To this day (and to my everlasting shame) I can't remember sometimes. I've been forced to write it down so I won't forget. Sigh.

September 25, 1999

Birthday Wishes

Today is my father's birthday. In deference to his advancing years, I won't say how old he is (heh heh), but I will wish him my best. He and mom's birthday are only four days apart, which means when you go shopping for his b-day, you might as well shop for hers as well. In writing news, today the mail brought a 39 day form reject from Asimov's. Curiously, they included the entire manuscript, which had been clearly marked disposable. Surprised the post office let it through, as it was about 44 cents short of postage, stuffed to the gills as it was...

Also: In other news, I just read that Marion Zimmer Bradley has had a heart attack and is currently in the hospital. Full details at the SFWA announcement. Send her your best, folks.

September 24, 1999

F&SF Alas

Updates here are few and far between with no editorial responses. Today the mail brought an 11 day alas from Gordon Van Gelder. Once again, I failed to "grab him." Drat and other curses.

September 17, 1999

Terra Incognita Rejection

A 116 day personal reject from Terra Incognita. Made some specific comments on why it didn't work for them. Basically, too long for the content and perhaps suffered from White Room Syndrome. Hm. Time for a rewrite, maybe. This one's been passed over by a few markets now.

September 13, 1999

Rejections And Closings And Proofs, Oh My!

Big mail day (relatively speaking; it'd be small by Mr. Hartley's standards). Today came my notice from Amazing that they've closed to unsolicited submissions, a 16 day form rejection from Science Fiction Age (before I started subscribing, they used to come back in 9 or 10 days. Hmm...); and the page proofs from Dark Regions for my story "What Price, My Brother?" Exciting stuff, the last. Artwork has that kind of 30's Weird Tales look to it, all black and white silhouettes and such. Looks good. Now if they'll only send me the damn contract I'll be happy.

September 10, 1999

Mythic Delirium

After a mere 92 days, Mythic Delirium writes me back to tell me they're closed as a market. But they might be reopening under the aegis of DNA Publishing. DNA Publishing now handles Weird Tales, Absolute Magnitude, Pirate Writings, and I think two or three other titles. How intriguing. I wonder how well they're doing...

September 09, 1999

Interzone Note

A 50 day form reject from Interzone. My first submission to them, and I got a note saying they get 200 subs a month, can only select 5 or 6, etc. etc. Oh well. Maybe next time.

September 05, 1999

For The Curious

Went and saw The Thirteenth Warrior today. Good movie, even if it was suggestive of being a Miller Lite ad for Vikings. Can't remember where I heard that, but it's true. Oh, for those of you who are curious, I answered Tamela's questionnaire.

September 03, 1999

Fresh Cat

Well, we've had him for about a week, so I thought I should finally mention him. After years of being a three cat family, Lisa and I went down to the humane society and adopted a four month old kitten. Brief details: we've named him Andy, he's a tan tiger (kind of beige colored), and he's probably the most enthusiastic cat I've seen in years. This kind of enthusiasm has not made him popular with our other cats, but they're slowly starting to accept him. Miles, at least, has stopped growling at him. Unless Andy tries to play with his tail. Then all hell breaks loose.

September 02, 1999

Miscellaneous Stuff

Ah, it's the end of the summer. There're a few interesting things in the mail: an 86 day rejection from Lore (boo), the contracts for my story "Eater" for the Such a Pretty Face antho (yay), and the September copy of American Libraries (huh?). Yes, I may not belong to SFWA, but as a card carrying member of the ALA, I receive this publication. Scholarly journals not withstanding, the cover tickled me tremendously: there's a picture of Rupert Giles and Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer on it, and the text reads: "TV's Rupert Giles: Hero, Librarian. While Buffy Slays Vampires, Her Mentor Slays Stereotypes." I love it. Back when I actually held a librarian job (read here: before I moved to Iowa), most of the librarians I worked with watched the show, and they all thought Giles was a great character. He's certainly a much more positive model of librarians than Marion the Librarian from The Music Man. Hee hee.