Hey, guys! I hope you're all doing well this morning...it's frighteningly
early here (well, it's six, but I got up at five), and I'm oddly cheerful.
I honestly think my body is just happiest at this hour in the morning.
Which is fine, because I'm getting lots of work done.
Finished revisions on "Deep with Sea" and sent it out today! (Well, I
haven't dropped it in the mailbox yet, but I will). I know it seems as if
I've been working on this story forever; that's 'cause I have. Sorry if
hearing updates on it got a bit tedious, but that's what the job is like,
I'm afraid...at least for me, I tend to do multiple revisions over a
course of months, if not years.
I heard yesterday that Leah, co-Clarionite, just had a story accepted for
the same anthology that I'm sending this one too. Which is utterly
thrilling, of course, but also a bit nerve-wracking...have I left it too
late? She *thought* they were still reading, but wasn't sure. Cross your
fingers for me, guys...I'd really like to get into this one, as it's the
last anthology in a really lovely series -- the Fairy Tale series, edited
by Ellen Datlow.
I'm really sliding back into student habits in some ways; I've been so
busy yesterday that I ordered a pizza for dinner and fully intend to eat
it for breakfast, lunch and dinner today. Appalling, no? Maybe I'll
make a bit pot of curry next Sunday to carry me through the beginning
of the week.
Anyway, back to work. Schedule for this morning: revise my CV, adding
publishing dates. Put it on-line if I get motivated enough. Shower,
dress, eat cold pizza, drink hot tea. Do journal homework that I'm
getting painfully behind on. That should take me through until 8 at
least, I think.
Have a lovely day, my sweets.
10:42. Got some nice e-mail; a new magazine, Whispers and
Shouts has accepted three of my stories. Two (Fleeing Gods and
Goddess Blessing) are on my pages, but the third (A Dream of Wolves) has
only appeared in print (and I'm not even sure of that, since the magazine
never appeared on my doorstep (they did pay me, though, so I was hesitant
about reselling first rights). "A Dream of Wolves" is odd, since it's my
only horror piece to date. You may want to check it out -- it'll be in
They asked me for a bio, and I gave them half of the one from the back of
my book, but then added my favorite ice cream. I don't know why. Here's
a random list of some of my favorites:
- Ice cream -- Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia (though Doonesbury is a close
- Season -- Spring. I must admit to hating more than a week of either
summer or winter. Autumn is nice, but it's not really a proper season
unless you're in New England.
- Pizza toppings -- chicken/artichoke heart/onion -- painfully snooty of
me, I know.
- Planet -- Okay, I admit, I don't have a firm preference on planets.
- Non-alcoholic beverage -- water. Truly. Sodas make me ill, and while
juice is okay, I'd generally rather just drink ice-cold water. I chew on
- Fabric -- Silk...though flannel is sounding more and more attractive
as the mornings turn crisp around here.
- Computer -- Macintosh. No question, and I've worked on IBM's for
years. I just love Macs -- I hope they survive. I will be loyal until
the bitter end.
- Alcoholic beverage -- Hard cider. Currently my favorite is Strongbow,
but my taste varies wildly, and occasionally I even go for a single malt
Scotch (Kevin's corrupting influence), preferably the Macallan.
- Type of man -- Mathematicians. No, it's not just Kevin. They're
something so sexy about incredibly smart, inarticulate men. :-)
- Flower -- Bougainvillea (tiny little flowers that look like leaves,
but brilliantly colored, that can just cover a wall of a house). This is
of course not good for someone who wants to give me flowers, as it is
difficult to hand someone a wall of flowers. In that situation, I prefer
a single blossom of any of the classics -- iris, rose, lily, orchid, etc.
- Jewel -- Ruby, my birthstone.
- Animal -- Dragon. Or if you prefer non-mythological, then lion.
It started to get really silly, so I stopped. This is what happens when I
have more work than I know what to do with. (That sentence totally didn't
make sense, did it? Never mind.)
I did one journal this morning -- only 6 more to go. :-) (That's to catch
up, of course. I have to keep up with the ones each week.) I also have
an appalling amount of practicing to do; I've been very bad. On the plus
side, I'm caught up in Fiction class, and can start work on a new story,
"Endings", that I've been playing around with in my head for a while. In
the same series as "Interruptions"...these may end up being my next book.