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October 31, 2002

Talebones Trick

At 51 days, a personal rejection from Talebones this fine All Hallow's Eve (with an apology for the delay). Gee, there's a new baby in the Swenson household. Why should that cause any delays?...

Happy Halloween, folks.

October 28, 2002

Nope From Alchemy

Today, a new rival for F&SF's response times: a 12 day brief form from Alchemy.

October 27, 2002

No Sympathy For The Writer

In the email, a 22 day rejection from Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. Interesting remarks, but I'd have to say the story's not worth saving. Into the trunk where it will await being added to the volume of my complete works after I die.

On the bright side, I had the good fortune to see the Rolling Stones perform in Turner Field Saturday night (No Doubt opened, and were fabulous as well). Considering the Stones are old enough to join AARP, they can still put on quite a show. Very energetic Mic, Keith and the others are. Thanks to my brother Paul's excellent connections, we got about within fifteen feet of the band. This is only a guess, mind you, but it was close enough to get splattered when Mic flipped some water from his Dasani bottle in our general direction. The crowd was quite the mixed bag, made up of college aged stoners and drunken baby boomers alike. And on that note, if ever I have opportunity to become King of the World, I'm going to decree a maximum age on the wearing of leather pants. Yikes.

Recently Read: Hmm, quite a few things actually. Wizard of the Pigeons by Megan Lindholm. Wyrldmaker, Terry Bisson's first novel and probably one of the freakiest S&S novels I've read. Very Vancian. A Boyer & Zahorski collection, The Fantastic Imagination. A couple of classics, Time and Again by Clifford Simak and Witch World by Andre Norton. Oh, and some non-genre: the light and frothy indictment of childcare among the NYC upper crust, The Nanny Diaries. Both amusing and depressing, that one.

October 24, 2002

Travel Sucks

Well, I'm back. I know, I know: you didn't even know I was gone (that's because I didn't tell anyone). For the curious, I was attending the 2002 Federal Depository Conference and Fall Depository Library Council Meeting, as part of my day job duties. In scenic and historic and slightly paranoid Washington D.C. Oh, it was glorious. Lots of news coverage of the sniper shootings - there's a 24 hour local news channel there (like a midget CNN), and that was pretty much all they talked about, along with every other news channel on the planet. Due to the air of paranoia pervading the place, I didn't see as much as I could have, but I did see a few things. Such as:


  • The statue of Christopher Columbus outside Union Station, still splattered with red paint from Columbus day.

  • The Department of Justice and the blue curtain shielding Ashcroft's sensitive morals

  • The construction going on at the Capitol building, where they're putting in an underground visitor's center. Once it's complete, as I understand it, actually entering the Capitol building will be pretty much impossible, thanks to September 11th.

All these complaints would actually be minor ones, if not for one important event that happened while I was gone: Josie had to be put to sleep. Her kidney disease was much more advanced than previously thought, and things had gone downhill rapidly. She was our oldest cat (almost 13 years) and quite a character. Lisa and I miss her. A lot.

In writing news, while I was gone, RoF sent me a blue form at 41 days.

October 13, 2002

Nope From Ideomancer

Oh, they held out for quite a while, but got them in the end: at 97 days, a personalized e-jection from Ideomancer.

Well, got some more yard work done. Since we started, we've put down just over a hundred cubic feet of pine bark around various islands in the yard. It's a cheap thrill, and makes the place look tons better. Sadly, we're only halfway done. I foresee some more weekends outside. At least the weather's turned cooler.

Recently read: As I'd intended, Summerland, and Avram Davidson's Island Under the Earth. Currently I'm reading some of Bisson's early work, Talking Man.

October 05, 2002

Speedy Pass From SciFi.com

At 25 days, SciFi.com sends a say-nothing rejection. In other news, the doctor's visit seems to have worked. I've been taking steroids (!) for the last few days. There's been some cycling back and forth between being dizzy (illness) to wiped out (medication side-effect), but it seems to be leveling off. Enough so that Lisa & I could get some work done in the yard, and there's more to do tomorrow. I'm looking forward to work on Monday so I can get some more rest. Josie seems better as well, with her exact problem a mystery. Current theory is the very early early earliest stages of kidney disease. She can now look forward to quarterly vet trips to get checked for that, poor thing. The hazards of growing old, I suppose.

October 02, 2002

You Make Me So Dizzy (My Head Is Spinning)

It seems I've got an inner ear infection of some sort. Either that, or a) all of the planet Earth has been placed upon a ship at sea, or b) someone has been slipping me martinis. At any rate, things do roll beneath me, and not in the good way. Been like this for five days and has gotten quite old. I've got a doctor's appointment this afternoon. With luck, this can be treated and quick. I've lost patience with it all. The fact that I'm able to stay at home today and watch our new decadently sized television only partly makes up for it. Josie also went to the vet this morning and is there still. Not sure what's wrong with her (she is getting up there in years) but am keeping my fingers crossed.

Recently read: Mary Renault's The King Must Die, a historical retelling of the Theseus myth. Quite good. In related reading news, I've also got some new titles lined up fresh from the bookstore: From a Buick 8 (King's novel, interrupted), Summerland (a baseball fantasy novel by the supremely excellent Michael Chabon), and the new Honor Harrington book, War of Honor (tho' Lisa has first dibs on that one).