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December 31, 2001

Happy New Year

Well, that's it for another year. This one's been more interesting than most. Let's see, new house, new job, surgery, and today a car wreck (minor fenderbender, no injuries, and not my fault, so don't worry). Plus all the excitement in the world of the last few months. As far as writing goes, I wrote some new stuff, sold a few, and collected some more rejections. Still coming in at about one in ten. I'll take it, for now. I can already hear the fireworks starting up outside, even though the (local) New Year is still a few hours away. Some people just can't wait to break out the explosives. Ah well. Have a good year, and see you again soon.

December 27, 2001

Welcome GAMES Magazine Readers!; Updates

Ah, the power of the web. In two days I have gotten two emails from people (Phil C., and Leslie S.) asking me questions about my copy of href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0609804618/qid=926104451/sr=1-2/002-7724834-3437453">The
Onion: Our Dumb Century
. Long time readers may, for some reason, recall that two years I quoted several SF related headlines one entry when I needed something besides complaining about editors and how slow they were in getting back to me. Well, it turns out that a recent issue of GAMES Magazine is using one of those headlines as part of a trivia game. If I may be permitted to quote Phil,

"What page number does the "Nosferatu Elected Chancellor of Germany" story CONTINUE on, supposedly, according to the
newspaper story it is written as?"
This is very bizarre. In order to save other GAMES readers
the trouble of emailing me and hoping I'll answer, I've modified my original entry to provide them the info they need.

Updates from elsewhere in my life:

  • Got some good stuff for Christmas this year. Among the highlights were gift cards to Home Depot (one of which I used to buy fire extinguishers), a performance fleece jacket, Monty Python & the Holy Grail on DVD, and The
    Simpsons edition Monopoly
    . Hee!

  • We're finally mostly unpacked, except for a few straggling boxes here and there. Place looks good - and empty. Seems we'll have to go buy more furniture soon, or start renting out rooms.

  • My surgery from September seems to have been a success. The doctor declared the results "as good as he could have hoped for." Phew. The only major side effect I'd noticed was a strangely numb patch of skin, in a fortunately out of the way place (as opposed to a hand or foot, you perverts!). But sensation there seems to be coming back slowly, which means the nerve was only stretched and not cut. Double phew.

  • Did manage to see the Lord of the Rings. Now currently planning to see it again and again (and possibly again). Another movie I recommend: Ocean's Eleven. Very good, and very funny.

December 24, 2001

Elysian Fiction Contracts

Elysian Fiction comes through with the contracts & check for my story, "Thief, Witch, Sorcerer, Dragon, Book." It'll be in their next issue (their second, I believe). Woo! Hope everyone has a happy holiday, or if Christmas isn't in your particular belief system, a good day in general.

December 22, 2001

Future Orbits Phooey

A 49 day rejection from Future Orbits. Said nice things about the story, but still passed on it. Phooey, I say.

Little else to report. University's closed, so I'm on vacation until January 2nd. Got all our Christmas shopping done (finally), and everything wrapped as well, surprise surprise. Still got some boxes to unpack, but things are taking shape. Oh, and we saw LoTR: Fellowship of the Ring. Wowee. I liked that quite a bit. No complaints at all, except that I now have to wait another year to see the next one.

December 12, 2001

Everything Happens At Once

It's true, you know. We moved into the new house this past weekend. 90% of our stuff is here, and the remaining 10% at the old apartment falls into the categories of a) not immediately necessary to have, and b) small enough to fit into a car for later transport. I've now got the office setup, more or less (the basic layout, that is: tables here, lamp here, and shelves lining the other two walls). In addition, we've also had blinds, a garage door opener, a fridge, and DISH network installed. I feel quite high tech.

But while I was out, I heard back from a number of places: Brutarian (rejected without any real comment), Adhoc (which according to its now former fiction editor is no longer publishing any fiction that he knows of, so a rejection by default), Pif (which apparentally lost my first submission from way back in February, but is letting me submit it again directly to the editors), and Elysian Fiction (which bought my story with the long title: "Thief, Witch, Sorcerer, Dragon, Book.") Details on that last one to follow, as soon as I hear back from them.

Oh, and Monday (the 10th) was my birthday. I ached all over from lugging furniture up stairs, running errands, and returning rented moving equipment. I hadn't had a birthday that unbirthday-ish since I was an undergrad, and had to take two finals one birthday. Ah well.

December 07, 2001

Reject From SciFi.com

A basic say-nothing form rejection from SciFi.com. Again and again, nothing is said. Sigh.

December 04, 2001

Analog Says No

A 39 day say-nothing rejection from Analog.

December 03, 2001

All Ours

We closed today, a procedure which took roughly an hour and consisted mostly of us signing or initialling (and in some cases, both) many many many many pieces of paper. But it's now all ours. Hee! Not even a 86 day e-jection from Speculon can dampen my mood. Now all that remains is changing our address many times, and finishing packing the apartment for the move this weekend.