Well, first I have to…

Well, first I have to thank all of you who have so kindly been helping with Aqua Erotica. We're still under 500 on the Amazon's sales ranking, which is amazing (we were under 250 briefly, which was astonishing), and I know it's at least in part 'cause you guys have been buying books, telling friends, etc. And some of you who work in bookstores have been making sure the book was turned face out, or displayed on a table, and some have been sending me little reports about how well it's doing here or there, and some have made sure that I saw all the publicity bits (currently Kirkus Reviews, brief mention in Mademoiselle, brief mention in Cosmopolitan, Nerve print mag, Playgirl). It's terrific. I really feel connected to the book, able to have an idea of how it's doing, which would be impossible otherwise. Thanks. Let's hope the sales numbers stay up there.

In other news, the semester started relatively smoothly yesterday (apart from my spilling tea all over the desk during my first class, sigh...). I made my students laugh a couple of times, and think a little, and what more can you ask, really? We'll dive into the real teaching on Tuesday, with argumentation, and then I have to abandon them for a class as I go to ChiCon. Hopefully they'll be okay. Cheng's post-colonialism class seems much like Kathryn's theory class in style -- smart, fast, and gonzo amounts of reading. I think we have three novels and a bunch of critical essays to read for Tuesday. Meep. Still, this is the kind of graduate class I prefer; there's really no excuse for a boring grad class. The fiction workshop doesn't meet 'til Monday night (7-10, oof) so I don't know yet how that will be. We'll see.

Hmmm...other news. I'm sick again, but that's almost to be expected -- I've been getting enough sleep but mostly running myself ragged otherwise. Everything's time-sensitive right now, y'know? It should ease up after ChiCon, I think, so until then, I'm just trying to keep getting enough sleep, and drinking lots of fluids. Collapsing at the con would be a bad idea; wouldn't inspire tons of confidence in the magazine. :-)

I do think it's funny that when I spent two hours watching tv the other day, I felt guilty. When did my brain decide that a sixteen-hour workday was normal and appropriate? I think it was when I started to have fun working, but still...

I caved and bought a pilates book. Someone's journal was talking about it; Karina enthuses about it; I just couldn't resist anymore. I've been thinking I should try yoga for meditation for a long time, just to calm myself down. So I'm hoping this exercsie will let me combine some of the meditative aspects with some of the getting in shape goals. Yes, multi-tasking again. That's probably not in the spirit of yoga, but oh well...

Today I try to catch up on my mail, clean the apartment, rest and do some of the reading for next week. I had planned to go to a grad student meeting, but I think I may bail; I probably can't commit to going to them every Friday in any case. Maybe next year. Tonight from 10-11 EST is another LoveBytes -- this time focused on Aqua Erotica. The first half hour will be just me and host Bob, in the second half hour, we'll have four of the authors on with us -- Marcy Sheiner, Thomas Roche, Heather Corinna and Simon Sheppard. They're all smart, intelligent, articulate people, so I think it'll be a great show. Hope some of you can tune in.

9:00 -- Interview went great! The authors all read bits of their work, and it was just tremendously fun. A bit chaotic, but fun. :-) If you missed the show, I think it'll be in archives soon...

The other thing I did today was put the CS Book Proposal in the mail to Crown. Fingers crossed, everyone...

I'm not sure what else I did, actually. I guess since my inbox is down from 54 e-mails to 20, I must have done something -- it's all a blur. Which is a bit worrying. Oh, and Jed did something -- he took care of the SH business cards for me, because I was losing my mind. Isn't that sweet?

Did I mention that Strange Horizons launches in one week? Aaaiiiieee!!!

Oh, I know what else I did today. Read stuff for class -- "The Man Who Would Be King" (Kipling) and half of King Solomon's Mines (H. Rider Haggard). Good stuff. Thought-provoking. I've got a lot more to read before Tuesday, though, plus some stuff to write. And of course there are those classes to teach; got to prep my argumentation lecture. Did I mention I have a magazine launching in a week? I leave Tuesday right after classes for Chicago. Kevin's not sure if he'll have internet access when I arrive. Aaaiiiieee!!! My dining room isn't clean yet. Aaaaiiieee!!! I don't know what to wear to the Regency ball next Sunday. Aaaaiiieee!!!

Did I mention that my brain is melting? I'm mellllltttiiinnnngggg...!!!

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