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April 30, 2002

So, How'd We Do?

It's the end of April, which means it's technically the end of the Dare. Looking back over the results, I see that I wrote five short stories and half of a sixth. Three got polished enough to actually go out into the world, and the other two are still handwritten (since they invented typewriters, no self-respecting editor will read handwriting. My sweetie will also agree that no one can read my handwriting anyway). Until they're typed up, they're going nowhere. In total, I produced about 12,000 words. Good heavens.

April 27, 2002

I'm 0 For 3 Today

Oh, it's quite the bloodbath: snailmail rejections from F&SF (at 11 days) and Talebones (at 17 days) and an email rejection from Strange Horizons at 40 days. Ouch. I need a nap. But first, I must finish my book, Blade of Tyshalle, by Matt Stover. Messy, but very good.

April 24, 2002

"Oh, these little rejections, how they disappear quickly..."

Not been posting, as there's been nothing to report. Not complaining, as I'm still writing. Not every day, of course. Real Life keeps stepping in (shakes fist at sky).

But, just to keep you coming back, I thought I'd provide a little info. I do have two links of interest to writers who have some troubles coming up with names for their characters.

  • The Name-O-Meter, from Parenting.com. One particularly interesting feature is seeing how popular certain names have been over the last century. If, for example, you've got a character born in 1907, he's more likely to be named George (#4) than Greg (didn't even appear on the charts until the 1940's).

  • Frequently Occurring First Names and Surnames, from Census.gov. This info is from the 1990 census. One thing of particular use is the surname listing. If you've found yourself reduced to flipping through the phone book looking for a last name, try this. They've got about 90,000 to choose from.

Later: Hah! A batch of poetry comes back from Strange Horizons at 22 days.

Recent reads: The Best of L. Sprague de Camp, the infamous Jurgen by James Branch Cabell, and now Theodore Sturgeon's Starshine. Who says I'm not well-read in the classics?

April 15, 2002

F&SF And Taxman Cometh

A week long return from F&SF. Still failing to grab. No problem, as I've got something else for them. I expect you'll be able to check back here in a week or so and see a new rejection from them. Is this cynical? Perhaps, but it's also realistic. The odds are long.

Also (if you live in the USA), today's the day your taxes are due. Hurry! File, people, file! Or, ahem, get an extension. In other news, I read over the weekend that Paramount has optioned the John Carter of Mars books to be made into movies, and I heard this morning that Damon Knight also passed away. That last makes me quite sad.

Later: A piece of surprising news. According to DNA Publishing's newsgroup on SFF Net, Absolute Magnitude has raised its pay rates. They're now 7 to 10 cents a word. Good heavens. That should bring about a shift in the kind of names they'll be getting...

April 13, 2002

Drexel Online Uninterested

Today I received in the mail a form rejection for a couple poems I'd sent to Drexel Online Journal. Very surprising, as I was expecting an email response. I mean, it is online, after all. Strange. In other writing news, I'm still daring. Sadly, I did miss Thursday altogether, after returning to a Gov Docs conference in Carrollton. Sucked all the life from my bones, it did. But it's ok. It's like a diet. If you messed up yesterday, don't worry about it. Just keep after it.

Current reading: Just finished up Scott McCloud's Reinventing Comics. Thought it intriguing. Next to be tackled...hmm (looks around library)...how about, Michael Bishop's Blue Kansas Sky. Bought this a while ago, so I'd say it's time to give it a shot.

April 08, 2002

No From Flesh & Blood

Today the mail brings a 19 day form rejection from Flesh & Blood.

April 07, 2002


A form email rejection from the Journal of Pulse-Pounding Narratives. Hah! I care not, and neither do I care. Still successfully following through on the Dare; however, it is 10pm and I still have yet to write for my hour. Hmm. Slack, Jon, very slack (well, just when it comes to writing; I did get a lot of housework done these weekend).

Reading: A Hierarchy of Hell (a nonfiction book about the history of, well, Hell.)

April 03, 2002

Attention Mr. And Mrs. America And All The Ships At Sea

I bid you now read this message from Harlan Ellison, regarding the late Isaac Asimov and the manner of his passing.

That is all. Please return to your daily lives.

April 01, 2002

Oh, Forget It

Well, I'd planned to write something in honor of the holiday, and here I find I just don't care enough to bother. This is either a sign of growing up, or being worn down. Take your pick. The mail did bring a 25 day rejection from Fantastic Stories. Pff.

I did manage to meet my first hour for April. Had to break it up into a number of installments, due to interruptions of various sorts. Despite this, I produced roughly 900 words. Go me.