Matthew told me an amusing story he read on the skunkchat community. Apparently a neighbor of the president of the ADSA (American Domestic Skunk Association) was sitting on his porch when a skunk meandered up and started rubbing against his leg. Knowing that his neighbor kept skunks, he reached down and pet it for a while, and then called her up, letting her know that one of her black and white babies had gotten loose and was on his porch.
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.
"There are skunks that are not black and white?"
Oh, yes! Normally not in the wild, but domesticated skunks come in a veritable rainbow of colors. Hobkin, for example, is a "chocolate chip" which means he's brown and white. Click here to see pix of skunks of different colors at the skunk show we went to last year.
The skunk story could have gone the other way and still be amusing. "Honest, I thought it wasn't loaded." After watching Hobbkin I would guess the key is not to frighten a skunk and you should be ok.
Happy to hear about "Running on Two Legs." Looks like a freash pair of eyes made the difference.
"Fully-loaded skunk" LOL
I figured that's where the story was going, but wow anyway! Maybe skunks have a sense about who is and isn't skunk-friendly, like cats do. I never would've thought that a wild skunk would be so affectionate though!