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July 17, 2002

Sow's Ear Into Silk Purses

There's a project going on to make an actual writer's block. Contributions welcome. Nay, solicited. C'mon, folks, what good are they going to do you? Unless you're using them for kindling or wallpaper, that is.

July 16, 2002

Little White Devils

Ah, it's been quite the fun few days here at Casa Del Hansen. All our cats are some sneezin', mopin', not-gonna-eat whiners. It seems that the three newcomers came with an extra: colds (not a bug, it's a feature). Like the pilgrims bringing smallpox to the Native Americans, in no time flat our two big babies caught it. Not fun. A couple of trips to the vet later, and they're all on antibiotics. But they do seem to be on the mend, so I forgive the little guys. They didn't mean to do it. Now if we can just get them to stop sneezing in our faces, I'll be happy.

In other news, Tim now longs for a plush Cthulhu of his own. And who can blame him? Plush Cthulhu is so cuddly it's crazy. Oh, wait.

Finally, Wednesday is the one hundred anniversary of the invention of the air conditioner. I heard Andy Duncan once credit that little wonder to the biggest engine of change in Southern culture. He's 100% right. And elsewhere in the country, besides. For instance, I think Greg would kill himself if he didn't have it...

July 11, 2002

I Remain Obscure

A 21 day e-jection from Strange Horizons, saying basically they didn't get it. That's two editors in a row who've said that, so I'm guessing I need to fix it. I must remember that there is such a thing as being too subtle. Also, if it's not on the page, it's not in the story.

Recent Reading: Lirael, sequel to Sabriel, both by Garth Nix. Currently working on Kim Stanley Robinson's Years of Rice and Salt.

July 04, 2002

Happy Fourth

For those of you in or from the States, you know it's once again time to celebrate our independence from those wacky British. I did so by barbecuing marinated animal flesh (chicken, fish) on our new charcoal grill, with helpful assistance from my father-in-law. Other foodstuffs included deviled eggs, corn on the cob, potato salad, ordinary salad, and sweet tea. Overall, the day was a success, I think. At least, we've had no complaints of food poisoning.

Recent Reads: Davy, by Edgar Pangborn.

July 03, 2002

Fast No From 3rd Alternative

At 8 days, another fast response from The Third Alternative. Geez, that's seven rejections in seven days. Thank God tomorrow's a holiday, my ego could use a rest.

July 02, 2002

Slow No From LCRW

A 53 day elegantly understated response from Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.

July 01, 2002

Secrets Revealed As Asimov's Saves 2c

A 13 day return from Asimov's! Absolutely smoking, and encouraged, no doubt, that I forgot to put all the extra postage on my return envelope. Either that, or Dozois has determined to take a page from Van Gelder's book.

In other news, Lisa is back from Dallas. And so I can now reveal what I've doing: minding kittens. Yes, we've brought home some new members of the family, bringing our current count of cats up to five (You may be right. I may be crazy.) One male, two females, roughly nine weeks old, all siblings. Their names are Sylvia, Gus, and June. White fur and green eyes, except June, who has a green eye and a blue eye. We've always gone for 'real' names in our cats, and these are no exception. Not that I wasn't tempted. Let's face it, the similiarities in appearance allow for some interesting possibilities. For example:

  • Cheesy: Mozzarella, Swiss, & Cottage

  • Decorating: Eggshell, Blanc, & Cream

  • Milky: Whole, 2%, & Skim

  • Supernatural: Ghost, Wraith, & Banshee

  • Sweet: Marshmallow, Sugar, & Vanilla

  • Wintry: Glacier, Blizzard, & Snowdrift
You get the idea.

Reactions on the part of the other cats are mixed. Josie is distinctly unhappy. Then again, she's been unhappy with every other cat we've ever brought home. Andy seems very interested, but he's not sure what to do. As Lisa says, he's like a bachelor uncle who's been suddenly stuck with his sister's three kids. He's Bernie Mac! We'll see how it goes.