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July 29, 2004

Revisionism

Just got my quarterly haircut. Unremarkable in every way, except that it's the first time in my life that I've gotten a haircut from a guy.

Sent out more queries out last night; you know it's a bad sign for a submission when you notice an editor online asking for more material, and he's already got some of your stuff, and you notice it was sent out the same time as two other submissions that went astray. Sigh.

Also sent a letter withdrawing "Universal Language" from the weird, unanswering limbo it fell into when Aboriginal SF closed up shop. It's a poem I'd like to eventually see the light of day, life is short, and so forth. And in a rare event of historical rewriting, honesty compels me to revise my stats. Double sigh.

Currently Reading: Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask, by Jim Munroe. That's a bright spot.

July 26, 2004

Before The Fall

Got word that there's going to be an alternate selling point for Path of the Just, one involving a potential for royalties. Good to hear, but I'll wait until I hold a check in my hand before I show any excitement.

No real news. Today was last day of classes, which is why I spent much of my time helping nervous people print final papers. Now exams, then for a few weeks of sleepy summer calm before the fall hits.

Currently Reading: Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude. Enjoying it, although I'm mildly amused by the fact that, while early in the book Dylan (the main character) disses DC comics as not being as cool as Marvel (true enough in the 1970s, when the book is set), the title of the book is taken from Superman, a DC mag. Perhaps there'll be a shift in alliance later on.

Update: Nope. What sloppy titling. Should've called it The Inhumans, or Attilan, or The Blue Area. Would've been truer to the material, despite 99.9% of the target audience not knowing what the hell it meant. Also, while well written, 'twas an excellent reminder of why I don't read a lot of literary fiction.

July 22, 2004

Darned Inefficiency

Not that the Internet's perfect, of course. Got answers to a couple of queries I'd sent out yesterday. Both of them electronic subs. In contrast to yesterday, however, one never arrived at the market, the other did but their response (a rejection, natch) did not reach me. Swell, just swell.

Boy, nothing makes me happy, does it?

Currently Reading: Carter Beats the Devil, by Glen David Gold. "A New York Times Notable Book." "An Entertainment Weekly Editor's Choice." "A Publisher's Weekly 'The Year in Books 2001' pick." And a book I bought on sale.

July 21, 2004

Darned Efficiency

A breathtaking five hour rejection from Neo-Opsis. Wow. Er, now where do I send this? I guess I'll try and figure that out while I wait patiently for my robot assistant to show up. Favorite line from the story (actually a picture caption):

Libraries are the "perfect environment" for robots.
Gee, thanks.

Currently Reading: Two Trains Running, by Lucius Shepard. Anyone out there read Monstrocity, by Jeffrey Thomas? Looks innerestin', but I haven't seen any reviews out there to speak of.

July 20, 2004

Regardless Of Who Wins

...I'd like to see the losers clean up their leavings tomorrow after they finish counting tonight. Especially when they make such a big stink about them disappearing before election day.

Reading: Some oldies. Theodore Sturgeon's E Plurbis Unicorn and Clark Ashton Smith's Red World of Polaris.

July 17, 2004

And No

92 day Blue Form O'Death from Realms. Hrm.

July 16, 2004

Surprised

Mail brought almost a dozen political flyers (God, I can't wait for the Tuesday primary to come and go) and my Strange Horizons membership card, which I'd completely forgotten I'd be getting. Unlike the unforgable SFWA membership card, this one features Frank Wu artwork of a sea serpent attacking a battleship. The battleship is taking umbrage with this, blazing away with its guns. The sea serpent seems quite surprised, judging by the expression on its face. I can't see why; that's pretty much the first thing they teach you at the Naval Academy. Don't let a sea serpent sink your ship, or all the other captains will make fun of you. No one will come up to you afterwards and say, "Yeah, the same thing happened to me once." It's true.

Having just finished Nick's enjoyably freaky (and highly recommended) Move Under Ground, I've decided to next read War of the Oaks, simply because of this brief conversation. That and it's on my shelf waiting to be read.

July 15, 2004

Linkage

While watching the "Daily Show" last night, during Rob Corddry's story "Harry Potter Terror," I was amused to see that one of the book covers they flashed across the screen was Kelly Link's "Stranger Things Happen." Start looking at the 2 minute mark, and don't blink. I'm surprised I even noticed, frankly. Probably won't help sales, but it's still funny.

Reading: The Magical Land of Oz, Baum's sequel to The Wizard of Oz. I read this around the age of ten, and was extremely startled to find that the young male protagonist turns out to be a girl enchanted into boyform. All the other characters had to assure him, er, her, that they would still be his/her friend. It's turn of the century genderbending!

Oh, Great

A 131 day rejection from Fortean Bureau. But just to give it my paranoia a wake-up call, their spam filters had originally put the kibosh on my submission, even tho' I had received a confirmation email. Fortunately they still had my original message when I queried last night, but still. A curse upon spammers, for all the ills they have wrought upon this world. Or something like that.

July 13, 2004

Hansen Solo

Day 2 of Lisa's job has come and gone and all is still good! Woo! Well, there is one downside: since she's just started the new job, she's got pretty much no vacation time at all. And by that I mean no vacation at all, aside from predesignated holidays.

Which means, she can't go to World Fantasy Con with me in October.

Which means, I've got an extra membership I need to resell. Any takers? I'm marking it down from the original asking price of $125 to the bargain price of $99.95! It's quite a savings! And no, I'm not kidding. Squirt me an email if you're interested. Note: travel, hotel, meal and liquor expenses are still your problem. I's just getting you in the door.

Here, some cheap web-based entertainment for you: Spider-Man 2, performed entirely with Legos™.

July 12, 2004

It Begins

Lisa's new job, that is. She trooped off with a smile on her face. Woo! Huzzah! Etc! As for me, I went also back to work today. Not so exciting, but there you go. Not much happened while I was gone, which is pretty much the way you want it. Okay, there was a catastrophic power failure Tuesday night that seems to have fried one machine, but that's about it. Two more weeks until the end of summer classes.

Currently Reading: Legends II, the sequel to that summer blockbuster hit of a few years ago, Legends. And while it's an obvious attempt to capitalize upon the original's $48 million opening weekend, it's still pretty good. Got some old friends: John Rhys-Davies reprising his excellent portrayal of George R. R. Martin, as well as Ed Norton's puckish Tad Williams and a new Robert Silverberg (Christopher Lee, a swell improvement over the originally miscast George Carlin). And some new characters as well (the relatively unknown Gerard Butler's Neil Gaiman is excellent). Overall, I'm enjoying it tremendously.

July 08, 2004

Beware Lake Pirates

Lisa and I are back from our vacation. Went up to Lake Lure in North Carolina for a few days and had a fabulous time. Highlight was renting a pontoon boat for a few hours and roaring about on the water, while occasionally looking over at Lisa and saying "Arr!" Highly recommended, especially the "Arr" part. We also got to swing by Charlotte to see my brother Paul and spend some time with him. To sum up: fun.

Returned last night to find a 3 month form rejection from Amazing Stories, a box of books from Nightshade, and a lot of politically themed junk mail. Happily I'm not going back to work until Monday, so I've got more time to lounge about in a truly indolent fashion.

Reading: Read a couple library books on vacation, The Dragon Quintet and Emerald Magic. Now reading Artificial Things, a Karen Joy Fowler short fiction collection.

July 01, 2004

Universe (Sorta) Comes Through

Well, it's not precisely a sale, but it might satisfy my earlier plea: Strange Horizons has decided to include my poem "The Laundromat Advances the Plot" in their Best of Year 3 collection. Woo! And so forth. Any money seen will probably not do much more than buy me a good time at the vending machine, but that's all right. It's all about the shelf.

Currently Reading: A Place So Foreign and Eight More, the Cory Doctorow collection.