Well, it’s 10:45 a.m….

Well, it's 10:45 a.m. and I just woke up. That's in part because after the reading last night we all went out to have some drinks and play pool, and I got to sleep around 12:30 or so. But I think it's more 'cause I've been tired; that ten hours of sleep felt really good. :-)

I'm mostly going to be in today -- I have to go to the grocery store, but otherwise I'll just be working at home. I suspect that I'm going to have to grade a stack of quizzes before the day is done, but I'm putting them at the bottom of my todo list in the hopes that I won't get to them and they'll roll over until tomorrow. Why is grading so hard to motivate to do, huh? It's not really hard, and it's generally not too painful. Very bewildering.

I thought I had more to say, but my brain is blanking. I think I'll check in later after I have some tea. Hope y'all are having a good week...

1:15. Well, I've finished sending out "A Gentle Man". It's always a bit startling to me how long that process takes -- printing and copying and addressing and stamping and recording in both the list by title and list by magazine -- I tend to underestimate the process. Ah well. It's out now, to:

  • The Atlantic Monthly
  • Harper's
  • The Iowa Review
  • The New Yorker
  • The Ohio Review
  • Ploughshares
  • The Southern Review
  • Zoetrope: All-Story
I'll send it to Glimmer Train in January, as well. I have to admit, it feels like I'm in over my head, sending something to The New Yorker, or Harper's. It feels arrogant. On the other hand, I'm not impressed by everything I read there either. Oh, I dunno. Guess it won't hurt to send them out. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

On a positive note, I just read a beautiful story that made me want to write sf again. It's "Liza and the Crazy Waters Man", by Andy Duncan, in the first Starlight anthology. I actually met Andy at a con a few years ago, but this is the first I've read his work; it's gorgeous. I'm reading the anthology because I'll be doing an interview with Patrick Nielsen Hayden, the editor, for SH in a little bit; I'd read Starlight 2 but not the original. It's a real treat so far. :-)

And a quick giggle -- while updating pages, I happened to wander onto Kevin's page, where I haven't been in a while. The titles of his new papers have been added. Am I the only person in the world who finds the idea of an A-hat Genus funny? Or who thinks there's something kinda sexy about Bilipschitz Equivalence and Baumslag-Solitar Groups? I have no idea what any of these mean, but I think they sound kinda kinky. :-)

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