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August 30, 2004

On A Jet Plane

Just got back from dropping Lisa off at the airport. Yes, I'm a good guy. Also extremely sleepy, since we had to get up at 5am. Oh, it's going to be a long day.

Update: Boy, I am tired. Put the wrong date up there. Caffeine, come back! I'm sorry! I miss you! Help me!

Sorry I've been so quiet, but there's been nothing to say, really. Rewrote a story this weekend, and I'm rather pleased with it. Something fresh to bother editors with.

Oh, and for anyone interested, I've got Google mail invites to give away. Any takers? Send me an email.

Reading: Ah, all sorts. Fury, by Henry Kuttner. Year's Best Fantasy Stories 2, edited by Lin Carter (which actually makes it the Year's Best for 1975). And right now, Jack Dann's The Man Who Melted, which is also example prime for a book-titling game.

August 24, 2004

Tremble, O West

Membership: Bought.

Hotel room: Reserved.

Plane fare: Purchased.

Vacation request: Approved.

Time to WFC 2004: 65 days.

Hee.

August 23, 2004

No Limits

Got a five day short personal from Lenox Avenue. Such a speedy response. Surely they realize this will only encourage me to send them another?

First day back. Campus felt like it had sucked back a gallon of espresso, what with all that youthful energy buzzing about the place. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy it, but it's a bit tiring after a while.

In other news, next Monday Lisa is headed out to San Francisco for a week. It's for work, however. And she'll be doing what? Why, she'll be spending her time talking to Bay Area car dealers. Yes, that's right. Car dealers. What fun for her! Hey, why are you laughing?

Oh, and thanks to the kindness of Mr. Van Eekhout, I now have a gmail account. Send your messages to limiting.factor (an Iain M. Banks reference) at gmail.com.

Currently Reading: The American Writer, by Jack Cady.

August 21, 2004

That Was Quick

A (relatively) fast return from Asimov's, coming back at 30 days.

Not much else to report, save this is my last weekend of the summer break. Come Monday, the students will have returned in full force, and I'll have to bother with things like showing up on time, if only to find a parking space. So I plan to spend it doing not very much. Reading, lounging, and perhaps some ice cream.

August 20, 2004

Thar She Blows! The Great White Cadillac!

From exciting advancements in Finnish police technology, I give you: the Carpoon. It's a harpoon for cars! I like this quote:

However, if a perilous predicament develops while attempting to bring both vehicles to a stop, Carpoon is able to inject tear gas into the perpetrator's vehicle.
Holy cow. Be sure to check out the video of this thing in action (under "How It Works").

August 19, 2004

Dear Jason

Har har.

August 18, 2004

Pure, Undiluted Panic

There's not much more embarrassing than accidentally replacing the front page of the library's web site with a quick-n-dirty index page for something else. No, not that kind of dirty. At least I realized what I'd done almost immediately (elapsed time: .3 seconds) and fixed it before anyone noticed. Like, say, my boss. I'm also glad it happened now rather than next week, after classes start back.

Reading: Just finished A Maze of Death, in the interests of renewing my PKD Cultist Membership. Now started on Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodischer.

August 15, 2004

Twelve

Today marks twelve years of wedded bliss with Lisa. Whoo! Where does the time go?

Some ups and down for the weekend, otherwise. Lisa's mom did not have to go into the hospital, I'm happy to report. With luck she'll be taking some time off before going back to work. In other good news, I received a royalty check for my story "Eater." Seems Such A Pretty Face paid out the advance, so there'll be a little more money coming from it. Please take the phrase "a little" as quite literal. Still. Also got a 110 day rejection from ASIM for a story they held but couldn't place. Bah.

Reading: Enjoyed The Etched City quite a bit, altho' it wasn't quite what I expected. Then, in a fit of morbid curiosity, I got hold of a copy of Eragon by wunderkind Christopher Paolini through interlibrary loan. I'll say this, it's much better than what I could've done at age 15, but that's not much of a recommendation. Hopefully he'll get better.

August 14, 2004

Responses, Quick And Not So

Well, that was quick. Someone's claimed the WFC membership, people. So the rest of you are too too late. Unless, I suppose, the check bounces. I doubt that'll happen, but I guess it'd qualify as a remote possibility.

Also got a 51 day rejection on a poem to Strange Horizons. They apologize for the delay (which, while pretty good for a lot of markets, is a bit long for them); they say they're having problems with their ISP. Not good for an Internet magazine. Hope that gets taken care of.

Currently Reading: Move Under Ground, the Lovecraft Beat novel by Nick Mamatas. Haven't spotted my favorite Lovecraftian adjective yet (squamous), but I'm only on page 36. Otherwise enjoying it, despite the cats' intense interest in the ribbon bookmark attached to the spine. Bit distracting, that.

August 10, 2004

Good News For People Who Like Bad News

Yes, it's excitement central here. Lisa and I are going to the airport late this afternoon to pick up Lisa's parents. They've just returned from a week long trip to London, where they celebrated Lisa's mom's birthday. Or rather, they would've celebrated her birthday, if not for the fact she got E. coli food poisoning and spent the entire friggin' week in the hospital. She's well enough to come home, but the doctors there say she must see her own doctor, who'll most likely put her back in a hospital. Gah. At least it will be one nearby and not four thousand miles away. Best wishes, good thoughts, and healing spells will all be greatly appreciated.

This Seems Familiar

I gotta say, I've felt like this from time to time (warning: plug in your headphones).

More of Foamy the Squirrel and Germaine's antics can be seen here. Recommended: "Free Your Mind," "Five More Minutes," and "Squirrel Songs".

August 09, 2004

"Not Knocking."

Jim Monroe, free media deity, is posting his new book, An Opening Act of Unspeakable Evil, online as a fake blog, an entry a day for 88 days. Here's the link to the first entry.

This pleases me greatly. Whee!

Reading Matter: The Fforde (Something Rotten) did not disappoint, altho' it seems to wrap things up. Then it's on to World Fantasy nominees. Also read Jeff VanderMeer's Veniss Underground over the weekend, and will be starting on KJ Bishop's The Etched City soon enough. After that...hmm. I guess I'll have to try and get hold of the others. Curse my desire to be an informed electorate.

August 07, 2004

D'oh!

Arrived at work, bright and early, only to discover I had forgotten I'm supposed to be working this evening (payment for a shift a coworker covered for me so I could take the NC trip). But I just can't go back home. No point; I've still my regular shifts to do, including a morning one starting at 10:30. And to top it off, much of my dinner break is co-opted as well. An instruction session I have to teach to a chemistry class: Chem 3000, Introduction to Chemical Literature. I always get this class; the biology classes as well (later this week).

Somewhere along the line I became known as having an interest in science, rather than an interest in science fiction. Not really the same thing.

Writing news: Eight day rejection from Lenox Avenue.

Update: Blink. Well, this is cool indeed. The new iMac. Not that I really need one, but still.

August 06, 2004

Thumpa-thump

I've been off caffeine now for about five days.

When will my headache go away?

August 04, 2004

Coolness, Surprise: Total

Well, here's something I'd not heard: the worthy J. Erik Lundberg points out that "Cut Down the Night" received honorable mention in the Seventeenth Annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, along with many many many other writerly buds. Fab, I say unto thee.

Reading: Back to the Jasper Fforde books, since the new one is coming out Thursday. Finished Lost in a Good Book over the weekend Tuesday (sorry, small brain cramp), and am now on Well of Lost Plots.

August 03, 2004

Pleasant Uses Of Gunpowder

Today's part of a lovely three day weekend for me, thanks to the kindness of our whipmasters. Friday we went to the Braves-Red Sox game. Lisa's sister Lisa got us the tickets (she's up in Worcester for a summer internship). We stayed to the end and saw the home team win it in 12, 6 to 3. Woo! Free baseball! After that the stadium had a fireworks show for the holiday. They blowed things up real good and real purty like. Today's been lazily hanging around for the most part, and I expect the rest of the weekend will also pass by enjoyably.

August 01, 2004

Need To Know Basis

It's a sad, sad thing: my current email address has grown choked and weedy with spam. So, what to do? Well, I'm creating a Brand New Shiny email address, just for messages that I don't want obscured by pleas by Nigerian bankers and medicine men. Fortunately, I can do this with our domain name. We're allowed to create ourselves a few thousand email addresses. At the moment we have...um...four. Whee! What fun.

Anyhoo, the old address isn't going away, but the new one should hopefully prove less susceptible to spammage. No, I'm not telling you what it is. Wait until I send you something.

Reading: Y'know, books and stuff. Tanith Lee's The Black Unicorn, William Hope Hodgeson's The House on the Borderlands, and right now (ok, not right now) Jack Vance's The Blue World.