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November 30, 2009

And Don't Come Back!

Well, I don't know about the rest of you, but I've had better Thanksgivings. I do have much to be thankful for, and right now I'm thankful this particular edition of the holiday is over. In fact, I'm glad to be done with November altogether. Nothing but trouble.

I do hope the rest of you had a lovelier time.

November 19, 2009

Against That Bastard, Inertia

A mildly depressing note: sent an email to a market that had bought a story of mine years ago (years!), paid me and everything, but had yet to publish it. As you all know, movement in publishing is usually measured geologically, but eventually this seemed a bit long to me, so I sent them a note to officially withdraw it.

Turned out, the editor who'd bought it wasn't the editor anymore, and the new guy didn't even know he'd had it in his inventory. Bah, I say.

On the bright side, I did just do a library instruction session where a young lady declared that "real libraries don't charge overdue fees!" and I promptly burst into laughter in front of the class. I laughed and laughed and laughed, without hesitation, without reserve, without remorse, and the sheer rightness of that response still makes me smile.

Reading: I'm reading a lot of books on drawing lately. More on that later.

November 05, 2009

Get Out Percentile Dice

Table 1 : Monthly Event Table

01-10: School closed for Parent-Teacher Conferences, Ian must stay home.
11-18: Ian is sick for 6-36 hours and must stay home.
19-35: Short on sleep, must consume 1-3 additional caffeine drinks to function.
36-45: Drive to Athens for a grant meeting, roll twice on Random Traffic Encounter (Interstate) table.
46-56: Have the outside of the house painted, deal with 2-8 contractors.
57-67: Have the inside of the house painted, deal with 2-8 contractors.
68-75: Have hardwood floors put down over the entire first floor of the house, deal with 2-8 contractors.
76-85: Brother and wife are about to have another baby.
86-92: Try to learn another skill, like how to draw.
93-96: Roll twice.
97-99: Roll three times.
100: Every event on the table applies.

Any guesses as to what I rolled?