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Session '07, Day 26

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Busy. Very.

Weekend: photo shoot at Grant Park to get some promo shots for the Girls of Dragon*Con Breast Cancer Charity Calendar. Fun, but cold. Very, very cold. Will post pix as I can.

Not enough sleep. Haven't seen husband or skunk for more than a few minutes all week. Coffee habit resumed. And it appears that the General Assembly is indeed going to adjourn for two weeks in March to hammer out the PeachCare for Kids financial mess, meaning that the session will be extended through the middle of April.

Urg. I die now, please.

   

Writing Stuff

I saw the other day on Ralan that Cicada was glutted and closed to submissions. Urk. I sent them something about ten days ago. Hope it manages to slip under the wire.


Received Hurray:
- An email from the editor of Best New Romantic Fantasy (previously titled Best New Paranormal Romance) that she wants to reprint "The Wizard of Eternal Watch" for it. *Squee!*
- An email from Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine to inform me that "Body and Soul Art" has been shortlisted for reprinting in their ASIM Best of Horror anthology, and was it available? I think that means they want it . . . or at least they're seriously thinking about wanting it. *Squee?* Um, I emailed the editor a "yes."
- Note from jackzodiac letting me know that he's found a publisher, Dragon Moon Press, for Writers for Relief 2, the sequel charity anthology to the first edition.
- Note from douglascohen letting me know that my current RoF submission was received safe and sound and will be en route to Shawna when the next batch gets exchanged.
- Email from jimhines to tell me that Heroes In Training is now available for preorder at Amazon. My very first appearance in a mass market paperback!
- Galley proofs from mroctober for "Year of the Fox" in So Fey and my check from Haworth Press.
- Contract and check from Strange Horizons for the interview I did with mroctober.
- Note from a listener in Australia who heard the Pseudopod podcast of "Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me," loved it, and wanted to know whether she could get a print copy of it. I pointed her to the Best of Apex Digest anthology. I love getting fan mail. It makes me feel all warm and glowy.


Received Wah:
- 35-day "really intriguing and refreshing" but . . . from Strange Horizons. Sigh. Despairing that my fiction will ever break in there.
- 73-day form "no" from InterGalactic Medicine Show, something of an especial ouch after selling "Beauty's Folly" to them.
- 4-day thanks-but-no from Heliotrope.
- Note from lynnejamneck letting me know that they've decided to cancel the Supernatural Sleuth anthology due to an insufficient number of strong enough submissions. That's another story orphaned, my second this year.

I'm feeling:
exhausted exhausted
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On February 28th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC), desayunoencama commented:
Rah rah rah rah etc.!
:-)
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On February 28th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
*happy dancing*
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On February 28th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC), ogre_san commented:
Congrats on the sale to Best New Romantic Fantasy!
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On February 28th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you!
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On February 28th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC), mroctober commented:
Note from lynnejamneck letting me know that they've decided to cancel the Supernatural Sleuth anthology due to an insufficient number of strong enough submissions. That's another story orphaned, my second this year.

That was the publisher's fault and not Lynne's. If the press had not been bigoted and allowed male authors to submit, then they would have gotten a richer selection of tales. Lesbian presses need to be more like their brothers - gay presses - and not be androgynistic.
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On February 28th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yah, I don't blame Lynne or anything. The publishing biz is what it is. But the anthology folding is a major bummer. Pook.
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On February 28th, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC), lingtm commented:
Yaay for all the great things!

And don't worry overmuch about SH. They, for all the openness they exhibit, have, in a way, very traditional tastes.
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On March 5th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. It's just that there's a few writing milestones that I've been straining and yearning to make since I started doing this seriously, and it seems they're as far away and unattainable as they ever were, and I'm not making any headway. Breaking into SH is one of them . . . along with the "Big 3" digests. Sigh.

But I'll keep sending 'em stuff . . .
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On March 1st, 2007 12:25 am (UTC), matt_wallace commented:
You've got so much goin' on, man. I feel like a slacker.

That's way cool about the MMP. Next time it'll be one with just your name on the cover. As for the "Wah" stuff, it's disillusioning as hell how you (the figurative you. The royal, editorial you) always seem to have to start from zero again, despite the big flashy sales.
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On March 5th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Meh. Since the beginning of the year, I've been running on momentum. With the mandates of my day job, I've been doing precious little on the writing front. Mostly trying to keep stuff out and about that hasn't found a home yet. So plenty of slackness here. Hoping to get back in the swing of things once the session ends . . . in late April. Wah!

Sigh.

I think no matter how big or flashy the sales a writer makes, it's our lot to have to deal with rejection. 'Least that's what I keep telling myself when the "no"s come in.
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On March 1st, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
She's back, she's rad, she's on caffeine! Sounds like the good news has slammed the bad bits. Rejoice! Only another SIX (?) more weeks of session?
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On March 5th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yep, six more weeks. Gah! Although actually, the last day the legislature's got written in stone is the 37th on April 17, which leaves three days yet unaccounted for. So it could be seven more weeks. Or more. God, I hope not.
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On March 2nd, 2007 01:38 am (UTC), marshallpayne commented:
Hang in there! *g*
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On March 5th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
By my fingernails, ye verily.
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On March 2nd, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC), basletum commented:
basl
Go Eugie!
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On March 5th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
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Rah!
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On March 5th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC), neo_prodigy commented:
i had a few rejects from some of the same magazines you mentioned. hang in there and i'll try to do the same.
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On March 5th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
It's a deal!
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