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October 20, 2000

Fantastic Rejection

That is to say, a rejection from Fantastic magazine, clocking in at 56 days. A little high for them, but maybe they were busy in September. Also the mail brought me an item of some amusement: a certificate from Brainbench, stating that I am a certified Written English Professional. I find this highly amusing. Yes, I took the test, but I was bored. Most of the exams they have are software/hardware/business related, but as far as I know, no business uses them as a standard. Oh well. It'll look cute on my wall.

October 19, 2000

Twofer, Er, Thursday

Two rejections in the mail today, a feat not seen since May 30th. A 9 day rejection from F&SF's GVG, and a 3 day email rejection from Spectrum SF.

October 17, 2000

MZB In The Mail

Today the mail brought a thick envelope. Inside was a copy of the Autumn 2000 issue of Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, containing my story, "Conqueror." All I can say is, go buy a copy since this is the next-to-last ish. After that they're folding up the tent and packing it in.

October 14, 2000

Talebones Makes It Two In A Row

Hey, two rejections in two days. Shocking activity in Ye Olde Mailbox. A ten day note from Talebones, noting that they don't take writer stories, period and end of story.

October 13, 2000

Bad Omens In My Mailbox

Well, actually it's just a rejection. A 49 day personal rejection from Weird Tales. Apparentally they think it's too long for the plot. Must...trim...prose...can't...control...verbiage!

October 02, 2000

Pass From Asimov's

Clocking in at 59 days, a say-nothing personal reject from Asimov's, signed by dear old Dozois.

October 01, 2000

CNN Shines Spotlight

I don't watch lots of CNN full-strength. No, I'm a bigger fan of CNN Headline News, capable of delivering a full day's worth of news, business, sports & human interest fluff in a half hour. Last night, however, on CNN's Democracy in America show (in the Where We Live section), they did a story on urban sprawl using Atlanta as the main focus. A good choice, really. Atlanta's got no natural boundaries to hold it in (i.e., oceans, lakes, mountains), so it looks like it'll grow until it covers all of north Georgia, in a Judge Dredd/Bruce Sterling style MegaCity. And why not? Right now I-285 bears a striking resemblance to Death Race 2000.

Incidentally, if you happened to catch the show, the last fifteen minutes was devoted to growth in Oconee, a little county east of Atlanta. Also, it's where I grew up. That's another place that's changed a lot. My family moved there when I was six. At the time, just down the street was a four-way stop, which had the local high school on one corner and a Mom and Pop shack of a corner store. Now this intersection is full-blown traffic light with each direction having a turn lane, and the four corners now contain a huge convenience store, a bank, a grocery store/pharmacy commerical complex, and a middle school (the high school having moved up the road to a much bigger facility). Oy.