Yesterday’s quote…

Yesterday's quote provided by Chip, who has chided me for not giving him due credit. Thank you, Chip. :-) Just too apropos.

Well, I'm feeling a little more human. I didn't sleep Sunday night -- up playing Mafia and then talking to people (because it was so late at that point that it seemed best to just stay up and wait for breakfast to be available). Monday was rather surreal as a result. I left the Con, got on a plane, actually wrote a short sf story (3000 words) on the plane, came home, caught up on the most urgent of e-mail, made dinner, watched five hours of tv -- all in a sort of exhausted haze, which got more pronounced as the day went on, to the point where I dissolved into trembling and tears around 10 p.m. At which point David, who I had called for some reason, told me firmly to go to sleep. Which I did. I don't really know why I hadn't earlier...just seemed too weird to go to sleep at 7, which is when I first really felt like it.

Now I've slept nine hours -- I could have used a few more, I think, but I'm feeling much better. I'll try to sleep in tomorrow. I have to go teach in a few minutes; I think I'm prepared, but I'm honestly still slightly dazed. Hopefully the kids won't notice. I've decided to delay their quiz 'til Thursday, so that should make them happy.

Btw, if you're on the readers list and took a look at "Ship's Bride", let me know what you think. I was trying to write the story for a market that wanted a 1-2K story; it ended up 3000 words, and I'm not sure if I can shrink it for that market...or if it's already too condensed, and I should slow it down a bit. It feels a bit like all the action takes place at the end...and I'm not sure it feels active, since it's told in retrospective. Ugh. I need to go look at some of Michael Swanwick's short-shorts -- I think I really don't know how to write a sf/f one. It feels like you need to do so much setup...

Hey -- none of you have said a peep about Strange Horizons -- don't you like it? I know it's a very little baby right now -- it'll be up to a full issue by the end of the month, but still...didja like it? What do you like? What don't you like? Now's the time to let me know, because everything is very flexible at the moment -- later things will harden into rigidity (like it feels my muscles are doing currently).

Okay -- I think I'm going to try to grab a danish at Cucina on the walk in, so I'd best run. I'll be in class 'til 2, then home for a nap or some work, then workshop tonight. Talk to y'all later...

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