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November 30, 2004

Schaden, Meet Freude

Okay, this little sequence of pics made me chortle.

Currently Reading: The Best of John Brunner.

Plan Accordingly

For those of you trying to decide what to get me as a present this year (three and half weeks to Christmas, less than a fortnight to my birthday!), allow me to suggest the Axis of Evil finger puppets. Also acceptable would be the Edgar Allan Poe Action figure or the Chinese Photographer Spy Robot. Don't delay!

Terrible news to report regarding Delicious Monster! After having entered the vast majority of my books, the d$%@!d thing crashes every time I start it.

This makes me very sad.

Hopefully their tech lads will solve this problem, so that I will no longer be sad.

November 27, 2004

Repeat Behavior

A quick 1 day rejection from Lenox Avenue: friendly, personal, complimentary, and still a no.

Of course, we all know how to respond to that, don't we? That's right. We send them something else.

Reading: Don't Know Much About the Universe, by Kenneth C. Davis. Interesting fact learned: there are at least four years of creation for the universe, depending on which religion one's talking about. 5508 BC (Eastern Orthodox Church), 5490 BC (early Syrian Christians), 4004 BC (current Christian fundamentalists), and 3760 BC (Hebrew).

November 26, 2004

Thankful

I am thankful for my family and my friends and my cats. I am thankful that I have a good life, one where I don't have to worry about where my next meal is coming from, or where I'm going to sleep tonight.

But right now, most of all, I am thankful for the inventors of cold medicine and Puff Kleenex tissues, for I have a wicked cold.

November 22, 2004

The Librarian

I've started seeing ads for TNT's original movie, "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear." Stars Noah Wyle as the title character, with Sonya Walger in the Buffy role, Kyle MacLachlan as his apparently deceased predecessor, Jane Curtin and Bob Newhart as his bosses, and Olympia Dukakis as his mother. I'm guessing from the casting it's supposed to be funny, and the description seems to back me up here:

[As the show begins,] brilliant 30-year-old student Flynn Carsen (Wyle) is kicked out of school by his professor because he believes Carsen, after earning 22 degrees, lacks life experience and thinks it would be a disservice to him to continue on.
Hm. I realize a spear might be more thrilling, but I must admit, I think he should be going after the Necronomicon. That might just be me, of course.

Reading: Green Eyes, by Lucius Shepard.

November 19, 2004

Three

The big book database update is approaching the end, so I'm able to break out my fugue state to say hello.

Hello.

Two rejections today, the first a 24 day personal ejection from Abyss & Apex, the second an 11 day short personal from Gordon at F&SF. Lovely, as these things go.

Also: the complete TOC (altho' not the publishing order) for Scattered, Covered, Smothered has been announced. Mmm, it smells delicious.

And: I'm being interviewed as part of a class assignment. One of the classes at Ye Olde University is "Careers in Writing," in which the students have to interview actual writers. Chief requirement is that you have to have been publishing for at least a year (my genre of choice isn't a problem). Hey, external validation based on objective criteria!

November 16, 2004

Blink

Ah, time flies when you're updating your database. Look up and it's been almost a week since you updated any place else. Like, say, here. Whoops. Got a couple of friendly rejections: a three week from Strange Horizons (Hi, Jed!) and a two month one from Daikaiju. Got the contracts from Abyss & Apex and mailed 'em back. Er, that's about it.

As you may have guessed, I'm still delightfully distracted by Delicious Library (as of this moment, 1200 books and counting). However, I've discovered I've got an awful lot of old paperbacks, which means I've got a lot of brown paper bag wrappers on my electronic books. For aesthetic reasons, this is annoying. The only way to correct this either spend some time on the scanner, or more than a little time using Google's image search, looking for folks who've thoughtfully done the scanning for you. I find I've spent more than a little time in places like Fantastic Fiction and Trash Collector and ACE Image Library, just trolling through, trying to fill in gaps. Oh, if only all authors could be like George R. R. Martin, who has cover scans for every single book of his, in every single edition.

November 10, 2004

Whee, Whoo

I've been indulging my inner library geek at home, after a mention from Jed about Delicious Library. My original book database corrupted irretrievably a few years ago and I hadn't bothered to start over. But with the development of something that can autofill from ISBNs, that cuts the time involved considerably. And so I've been merrily updating. Whee!

Sweetie, you're very patient with me. Thank you.

In writing news, I found out that my poem "Fall of the Enchanter" will be appearing in the December ish of Weird Tales. To which I say: Whoo!

Currently Reading When Not Updating My Library: Karen Joy Fowler's The Jane Austen Book Club, which I'm enjoying, altho' I've not actually read any Jane Austen (and me a former English major). I have seen a number of the movies, however, so at least I know who they're talking about in the parts where they're, y'know, actually discussing the books.

November 06, 2004

In Some Strange Power's Employ

Life moves in a rigorous line. Thought of some new titles for my story for Scattered, Covered, Smothered, one of which will hopefully fit. Considered some points of rewrite for a different story, thanks to some astute comments from a reader. Offered some critiques of a couple novels. Donated platelets. Went and saw the Incredibles, which is highly amusing and quite fun. Filled out Dave's survey to help a future librarian out. Plus the usual: worked, played, read, ate, drank, slept, and other biological functions. Forward.http://www.logicalcreativity.com/cgi/mt.cgi?__mode=view&_type=entry&blog_id=1

November 03, 2004

I See Dayton Is The New Daytona Beach; Or Not

"This, too, shall pass."

Update: All right, Jason did capture my initial reaction quite nicely.

Update Redux: Kerry will concede, won't fight it out in court. Well, at least it was relatively quick.

Meow

Changing the subject now. Look! My kitties! Aren't they pretty?

(Note: the correct answer is yes.)

November 02, 2004

And Now He Shamelessly Namedrops

Well, I'm back from the suburban desert. I cleverly took today off because I'd figured I'd need a day to recover. How right I was, even if the only thing I've really done today is go watch a matinee showing of Hero. Ooh, wire fighting pretty. But how was World Fantasy, you ask? Short version: it was swell.

All right, that might be a little too short.

The longer version is that I finally met a whole bunch of people I've known online for years, but had never met in meatspace before. I picked up gossip and wisdom and a great big bag of books, less than half of which I had to pay for and most of which I'll probably keep. I learned where a damn good breakfast place in Tempe is. I can now hear the appropriate voices in my head when I read certain journals on my journal listing. I learned that Gordon Van Gelder knows where I live. I met Tim's editor at Bantam, the lovely Juliet Ulman, who remembered that I sat next to her on the shuttle from the airport even tho' I didn't say a word. I met Ted Chiang and got him to sign his collection without embarrassing myself. I think. Ellen Datlow flipped my name tag around to find out who I was. Teresa Nielsen Hayden told me I looked very familiar. And on the shuttle out to the airport, I got to thank Joe Haldeman for complimenting Tales of the Plush Cthulhu a while back.

I met all sorts of people, all of whom I am happy to say are smart and fun and cool and nice to hang out with. I'd especially like to thank Greg and Dr. Lisa for acting as sherpa guides, and Jenn and David and Lisa M for hanging out with me the whole con. You people rule.

Now vote, monkeys, vote!

Reading: On the plane ride over, it was Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. On the plane ride back, it was All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories, edited by David Moles & Jay Lake. Kickin'.

November 01, 2004

Home Again, Home Again

Wonderful time had, love each and everyone of you, and so and so forth. More later.