Her reply: All of her skunks were accounted for, and besides, she didn't have any black and whites.
Turns out he'd been petting a wild, fully-loaded skunk for the last ten minutes or so. Hee!
All skunks are lap skunks:
Opened up my email this morning to a wonderful note from Andy Cox, editor of The Third Alternative (as well as Interzone). He thought my novelette "Running on Two Legs" was "superb," and wants it for TTA!
I'm so very, very pleased. I love "Running on Two Legs." I think it's one of my best stories, and I'm emotionally attached to it. I was getting a bit disheartened for a while there, despite Ann Crispin, Victoria Strauss, and Kathleen O'Malley giving it wonderful comments when I sent it through Ann's Advanced Workshop at Dragon*Con in '02. It also won an Honorable Mention in the WotF contest, but still no buyers, although I was racking up some very nice editorial comments.
Then I found out that Andy Cox had taken over Interzone and was reading all subs for both IZ and TTA. I'd already sent "Running" to TTA via their American first reader (cheaper postage) a year or so ago, but had been shot down. Since then, the American reader has been let go. I really thought it was a TTA story and not an IZ one, but since I couldn't re-sub to TTA (even though I highly suspected Andy had never seen it), I sent it to IZ. And voila, serendipity!
I'm tickled! TTA is a beautiful publication with a fabulous reputation. And Andy said I could send subsequent submissions to him via email, which is extremely considerate of him. Also, it ensures I'll be sending a lot more subs his way, as I've been holding off on overseas submissions of late because of that whole expensive postage thing.
Delighted squeeing to commence.