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April 30, 2000

Changes And Free Publicity

Well, some things are winding down in my life (finally). This past Wednesday was the last day of class. I've got a dozen and a half group papers to grade, then we'll release the grades to the kids electronically so they can see what they've earned. Then it's all over but the whining.

We've made a few more moves towards becoming even more digital: bought a CD-ROM RW Drive (already burned a few audio mixes), and we've also purchased a domain name all of two days ago. This site is more Lisa's than mine (she wanted it as a tool for marketing herself professionally), but I've got space on there too. It'll remain ours as long as we pay the fees, and we'll be able to move to Atlanta without worrying about site loss (the cfu site is the city public utilities' server). At the moment it's heavily underdeveloped, and my section is nothing more than a mirror of the pages.cfu.net site. But don't worry, I'll redecorate soon enough. If you're curious, we can now be found at http://www.logicalcreativity.com. Nice name, eh? I can't believe no one else already owned it.

And finally, I discovered another marketing tool that looks quite interesting: Amazon.com has an online interview they provide for any author that wants to fill one out. I'm not sure what their minimum standards are for the interview to qualify (I'm thinking a book or publication in one), but it still looks interesting. Take a look at their Author Interview form.

April 25, 2000

Talebones Bounce

A 15 day e-jection from Talebones.

April 21, 2000

Publication And Personal News

A day later than Mary Soon Lee, but my copies of Dark Regions Special Fantasy issue arrived today. My story, "What Price, My Brother?" is inside. Fabulous. This story was rejected a half-dozen times and also bought once before (but the market folded before it came out). I got nervous when they didn't make the original November issue date. Ah well. Better late than never. That saying is so true when it comes to publication.

In personal news, I'd like to announce that Lisa and I are going to be moving to Atlanta in a couple of months. There are a number of reasons for this move, most of which I'm not going to get into here (if you're curious, feel free to ask), but I will say that Lisa and I both have family in that area. We're pleased, excited, and nervous about this move, frankly. But I'll be less nervous once we've found jobs there.

April 17, 2000

Cat Update

Andy, a force for chaos in our world

For those of you wondering, an updated shot of Andy. He's gotten, well, pretty damn big. Miles still has him in sheer mass, but I'd say Andy's about the same height.

Other than that, not much going on. Well, that's not strictly true. Lisa wants to get some new bookshelves to "standardize" our shelf look, so I went around and did some measuring to see how many inches our books take up (who says I didn't learn anything in Library School?). It totaled up at about a 1,000 inches plus, which works to out to six or seven really tall bookshelves with six shelves each. Good heavens. I'm both pleased and embarrassed.


April 11, 2000

Pardon Me, Is This My Universe Or Did I Miss a Turn?

Well, in the interests of moving things along out there in Editorland, I sent out a couple query emails and a snailmail to various folks, saying if they'd had a chance to decide on my stuff or if it'd gotten lost in the mail. Got an email from one this afternoon, saying his co-editor needs to get moving. All well and good, but what had happened yesterday startled me.

The other editor (oh hell, I'll name him: Robert Stephenson of Altair Magazine) wrote me back yesterday morning (my time) and said he hasn't got it and his first reader doesn't have it. Drat, methinks, lost in the mail. But Robert says go ahead and email it to me. Very nice of him, since he doesn't have to do that. I pack it up and shoot it that way. Couple hours later it comes back. Robert's read it all to the end, provided specific notes on where it didn't work for him and why, with an executive summary at the end. You could've knocked me over with a feather. The man is a class act, and I hearby proclaim him the finest editor in all the land.

April 09, 2000

Oddities

Well, no returns still. Editors must be out enjoying the spring air. Not that this spring has been consistent: it snowed like crazy a few days ago, the little flakes moving along nearly horizontally, blown by those Dorothy-to-Oz-like winds so common this time of year. It melted by the next day, but still.

About the only other mail event of note was a mysterious package that arrived on my doorstep Thursday. At first I thought it was a package from Amazon (we'd ordered a few things from them), then perhaps it was a box of money from Anonymous Stranger (an in-joke with Lisa). So, I opened it up. Inside was no note, just three hardback books: A Deepness in the Sky, The Cassini Division, and Starlight 2. Then I realized what it was: a gift from Tor Publishing for the Nebulas. The first two are up for best novel, the last has a novella in it that's been nominated. And Tor, out of the kindness of their corporate heart, decided to send me copies so that I could read them in time to vote on them. How sweet. As it turned out, they were a little late. I'd already mailed back my ballot.

Whoops.

April 03, 2000

Asimov's Rejection

At 69 days, a "Dear Contributor" letter from Asimov's Science Fiction. This one contains the line, "Your submission has been read by an editor," which is something I don't remember having seen in previous form letters from them before. I should drag out my rejection file, but I don't have the energy. Maybe later.