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September 30, 2004

Truer Words, Etc.

The debates are tonight. Will I watch them? Doubtful, but that would be mainly because I'm working late tonight. We don't allow TVs in the library, darn the luck.

No current writing news, except to report I'm presently engaged in reckless worldbuilding. It's like creating a D&D campaign, except no one will show up later with dice and little metal miniatures. Instead it'll be a setting for the Big Fat Fantasy™ (or Small Thin Fantasies™; whichever), which seem to require a lot of the same things. Maps, religions, calendars, place descriptions, governments, histories, and even languages. Yes, languages. Only a few hundred words, mostly nouns and adjectives suitable for naming people, places, and things. But I do have some verbs and very loose grammar in place. Here, a sample sentence of the Old Empire: "Notlijsa umjo nilijaitku," which translates roughly as, "I think I am insane."

Currently Reading: The Year 1000: What Life was like at the Turn of the First Millennium.

September 26, 2004

Catching Up

Yesterday was my Saturday shift, an extremely painful experience. The globe-spanning electronic network that connects us with information databases around the country was broken. Came home to find a 30 day personal rejection from Ideomancer. Called my dad to wish him a happy birthday, and then sat back to watch "The Empire Strikes Back" with Lisa. Yes, we bought the DVD set. Big surprise.

During the brief points when the interweb thingy was actually working, I stumbled across this: "If all stories were written like science fiction stories." Funny, but the title should be more accurately called "If all stories were written like poorly written Golden Age science fiction stories." I'm just sayin'.

September 23, 2004

Instant Replay

39 day personal rejection from Strange Horizons. Yes, that's what I said. Two in a row back from the same market. And for the record, I did not violate my "one submission to a market at a time" rule. Yesterday's rejection was for a poem, today's was a story. Different editorial eyes upon them. So.

September 22, 2004


49 day rejection from Strange Horizons.

That's it. You go elsewhere now.

September 21, 2004

Object Lesson

For an amusing example of why it's best for writers to ignore their critics, go take a look at Amazon's review section of Anne Rice's book Blood Canticle. There? Good. Now then, go through the reviews and look for one by Anne O'Brien Rice (a quicker way would be to set to show reviews by Highest Rated First). Yes, that seems to be Anne Rice the author, considering it's validated with Amazon's Real Name system. Then marvel at how much editing must already go into Ms. Rice's books, considering how she wrote this all in one really long ranty paragraph. Yow.

(via By The Way, AOL alter-ego of Mr. Scalzi)

September 19, 2004


Among other activities, went and saw Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Despite Nick's various objections, it did have the advantage of Angelina Jolie's character being appropriately dressed for International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Pretty sure I wouldn't want to ride in a plane flown by a one-eyed pilot, however. Hello, depth perception!

September 18, 2004


A 10 day return from F&SF, coming back exactly when I predicted it would. Also got a query response from another market that said (paraphrased), "Still considering it. Don't rush us."

Well, all right then.

September 17, 2004

Drying Out

...is a tedious business. Got around five inches of rain yesterday, and the local papers tell me that flooding might be an issue around here as the runoff water tries to find its lowest level. You know. Creeks, rivers, spots on the highway. Whee. And there's still Tropical Storm Jeanne lining up in the Atlantic, with Karl to possibly follow. If they make it to the "L"s this year (and why wouldn't they?), it'll be Hurricane Lisa. Hmm. No comment.

But as for us, we came through things fine. Campus closed up shop at 3:30 and we came home to watch the rain pound things. Power went out a couple times, once in the afternoon and once pretty briefly late in the evening. Which isn't bad timing: "So, time for bed?" Otherwise, no worries.

September 16, 2004

Singing In The Rain

And a one, and a two, and a three:

It's so soggy,
O so soggy,
It's so soggy and boggy and gray!
It's not smoggy,
For it's certainly going to rain all day!
Currently Reading: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke.

September 14, 2004

A Handy Visual Guide

All right, for the last time:

I'm glad we got that straightened out.

September 12, 2004

There's A'Doin's A'Transpiring

Things are quiet at the moment, which doesn't make for interesting posts. I did receive some exciting news Friday, which I can't share with you at this time. Why? Well, it's not my news to share, there's at least one important formality to be taken care of, and besides, I am a dreadful tease. Don't worry, I'll tell all later.

Yesterday was spent in hanging out with friends (Hi Chandra! Hi Jason!) and family. The latter includes my grandmother, who has fled the approach of Ivan the Terrible. Fled is actually an overstatement. She was coming to visit my parents next week anyway, but its category fiveness just pushed things up a bit.

Today was spent in a little yardwork and otherwise hanging about. Laundry and grocery shopping remain on the table as future events. More updates as warranted. Remain calm at all costs.

What am I reading? Sylvia Townsend Warner's Kingdoms of Elfin.

September 08, 2004

Now That's A Defense System

I always dreamed humanity would someday get around to building a gigantic battle contraption, like we saw on the old pulp magazines.

And now we have. Take that, Al-Qaeda!

Current Reading: The Worlds of Fritz Leiber.

September 06, 2004


A quick 1 day rejection from NFG. Speedy.

Well, it was a nice weekend. Did very little, just the way a holiday should be.

Currently waiting for the remains of Frances to get here. It's slow. Should make tomorrow's drive to work exciting. Something about rain in Atlanta that turns people into idiots.

Reading This Weekend: PKD's The Man in the High Castle, Robert Silverberg's Science Fiction 101, and right now The Best of Eric Frank Russell.

September 03, 2004

Time Keeps On Slippin'

Well, any minute now it'll be Labor Day weekend. Three days off! Woo! And how will I be spending my time? Will I be at WorldCon, with so many of my online writerly brethren? No. Will I be at DragonCon? No, even tho' it's just down the road (too many Klingons). Will I be at BitterCon? No! I'll be with Lisa, who's coming home this evening! Woo!2 Oh, and that's a regular woo! squared, not a footnote. You saw it here first.

Recent Reading: Neil Gaiman's short story collection Smoke and Mirrors.

Extremely Belated Update (hey, I've been busy): A 43 day brief personal rejection from MarsDust.

September 01, 2004

Maybe We Need More Outreach

Most amusing reference question asked yesterday: "If a book is on the ALA's Banned Book list, that means you won't have it, right?"

Most horrifying reference question asked yesterday: see previous question.

Sigh. Of all the days to leave my cluebat at home.

Reading: Sean Stewart's Perfect Circle, after finally getting my hands on a copy. Fabulous.