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February 27, 2001

Post Office Makes Me Long To Go Postal

So I went to the post office Monday, to mail a story ("What Price, My Brother") to a "Best of Dark Fantasy" anthology. Since I'm at work, I'm doing this on my lunch hour at the big post office in downtown Atlanta. Since I need to buy a couple IRCs (the editor is living in Sweden and didn't give an email address for reply), I wait in line 45 minutes. After waiting and waiting, I am told that they don't have any IRCs. Fine, I sez, when will you get more in? You don't understand, they reply. The new rate for IRCs hasn't been established (thanks to the postal rate hike), and all the old ones have expired, so we can't sell you any of those. I go back to the office, seething, and call up their customer service people, who pretty much confirm what the first guy told me. In other words, because of a rate hike the Post Office planned out and set their own timetable for, they can't sell me a product that only they can sell because they hadn't planned for it adequately.

This is, without a doubt, one of the stupidest things I've ever heard.

February 21, 2001

Fantastic Rejection

At 40 days, a rejection from Fantastic breaks my mailbox's silence. How nice of them. In unrelated news, Lisa tells me that action figures from the Lord of the Rings will be out soon, along with Harry Potter figures. Woo hoo!

February 09, 2001

Pass From Century

A 115 day rejection from Century. Polite say-nothing from the editor. Another story I'm running out of places to submit to. And it's one of my favorites, too.

February 06, 2001

Talebones Bounce

Ah, things are starting to build. A 25 day rejection from Talebones (a new record for me with them), and a quick turndown from the Mammoth Best of Horror anthology. Not counting it in the stats: I saw the guidelines in the new SF Chronicle, which came in the mail the day after the closing date. So I emailed and asked anyway. What's the harm? He could've said yes. However, he said no, so I've saved myself some postage.

February 05, 2001

Twin Killing

My last double-barreled rejection day was last May. I gotta submit more stuff. Today brought a 164 day rejection from Space & Time, and a 24 day rejection from Asimov's. My fastest from them ever, I think. He musta really knew he didn't want it...