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April 13, 2001

F&SF's New Assistant Editor Says No, Neverworlds Sends the Bucks

An 11 day reject from Andrew Grossman, the new assistant editor of F&SF. His tagline that I'm sure will have all the submitters grasping at straws is: "we look forward to reading your future submissions." It's a polite phrase (you read enough rejection letters and you can tell), but anyone who hasn't gotten many will be thinking, "Did I come close?" Of course, the answer is likely no. Now that there's an assistant editor, that means you'll have come close when Gordon signs your letter. Sigh.

Neverworlds also sent me payment for my story "Outlive the Consequences" (start looking for it in May), but it doesn't improve my mood. Last night some doofus smacked my wife's car in the parking lot, dented the side panel and door, scraped the paint off. Blast it.

April 11, 2001

Fantasy Goes Mainstream

Perhaps due to the wild success of Harry Potter, along with the intense interest in other media-propelled fantastic works (i.e, Lord of the Rings), CNN (of all things) runs an article on George R R Martin and his fine fat fantasy sequence, A Song of Ice & Fire. Check out the story, George R R Martin's Fantastic Kingdoms.

April 09, 2001

Another Yes And No

Ah, if only every rejection could come sweetened with another acceptance. In snail mail, an 87 day rejection from Realms of Fantasy (blue form, boo!), but in email, a 9 day acceptance from Speculon. My poem "Lunchtime" will be appearing in the June 2001 special poetry issue. A few minor editorial changes are suggested (some agreement in verb tenses) and I quickly accept.

I notice for some reason I seem to have better luck with one word titles. Fine if that's what it takes, but the problem is coming up with that one word...