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August 30, 2000

Neverworlds Appearance

Hey, the new issue of Neverworlds is up, with one of my stories in it. Take a look, tell me what you think.

August 28, 2000

Noodling Around

Not much happening at the moment. Got the word that Neverworlds is going to be putting up their new issue fairly soon, and that it'll include my story "When the Bear Came." Woo! A long time ago, when I first started writing professionally (or as professional as one can manage without having sold anything), I set up a filing system very similar to the one demonstrated in De Camp & De Camp's Science Fiction Handbook, Revised (long out of print, alas). For a long time, that story was listed as Pending (such a nice word to describe a literary limbo, don't you think?). However, as thrilling as it is for a story to move from Pending to Accepted, it's always nice to see stuff move from Accepted to Published. I've had too many magazines crash on me to think acceptance is the final step. After that, some move into the Reprinted category, but most soon take up residence in the Forgotten section. Of course, after I die, they all be reunited in the Collected Works section What happens after that, you ask? How should I know? Remember, I'm dead.

Hm. Isn't that a bit depressing? Never mind, I'm off.

August 24, 2000

Speedy F&SF 'Alas'

After a baker's dozen days of silence, an eight day alas from GVG. Sigh. Ever had one of those days? I have, for several days now. Can't bring myself to keep up with everyone else's journal, and can't seem to get much else done either. Or rather, I get stuff taken care of, but it doesn't seem to matter because the next day there's even more to do.

August 11, 2000

Good News, Bad News

Mail brings both pleasure and pain today. Good news was I got my contributor's copy of Flesh and Blood #6, which contains my poem, "Gargoyle in My Kitchen." Very nice looking issue, and I'm quite proud to be a part of it. On the downside, I received a 17 day "Dear Contributor" rejection from a shiny new Lovecraftian anthology I submitted to. Either they didn't like the story, my name isn't big enough for consideration, or I sent it in too late against the deadline. Oh well.

August 10, 2000

Cat Days Of Summer

Has it really been that long since I posted anything? Well, it's been that long since I've gotten any new returns (where are they?), so, yes. Hm. No, none today. Maybe later. The mail usually doesn't arrive now until the fantastically late hour of 3:30 or so. Sometimes earlier, but not always. I'm still unemployed (ahem - blessed with free time), so I'm getting some writing in, finally, in between running errands. And errands always take three times as long as they would've in Iowa, just because there's a lot more travel involved. When I do get a chance to write, Andy usually keeps me company, sprawling in front of the window right beside the computer, soaking up the morning sun, and whipping his tail across the keyboard, just to keep it interesting.

August 02, 2000

Reject From Absolute Magnitude

A three week checklist bounce from Absolute Magnitude. Among other things, they thought the ending was disappointing. Ah well. I've also yanked a story I'd sent to Amazing Stories last November. This suggests to me that they're not even looking at no-name people's work (just as they've warned). Also, I've seen several other people on the nets with the same complaint. So, no more to them until I went a Nebula, perhaps (heh).