Hobkin ran off early to sleep under his hutch, in some disgust with all my tossing and turning.
Managed to get a bit of light napping in, but eventually got up an hour before my alarm from a fitful sleep. Sleep is stupid. *grumble*
I spent the day cranky and red-eyed. Fortunately I don't have to deal with people very much in my day-to-day work environment. I suspect I would have been quite snappish to anyone who came close enough for me to take a bite out of.
Heard from the editor of The Third Alternative that "Running on Two Legs" will likely be in issue #40, which I believe will be their Winter 2004 issue. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a PayPal account, so he's going to pay me via check in pounds. I wonder how large a lump of flesh my bank will excise from me to convert it to dollars.
Still haven't received a BFoD from Carina of Realms of Fantasy from this batch of slush. Could that mean my story is being sent on to Shawna? According to the website, it was read on the 7th and it's almost two weeks later. Usually Carina sends out rejections the same day she reads a manuscript. Oh, I can't stand it! I'm going to query her. I'm very glad Carina is so cool about queries. She's the best first reader RoF has ever had, IMO.
Still waiting to hear from Shawna on my previous story sent on to her from the last batch too. *twitch*
Matthew finally first-readered "Blind Love." Ugh. Okay, I knew this probably wasn't his sort of story, but I didn't take into account that he'd have nearly zero frame of reference for it. It's a modern day Greek myth retelling. (Which myth I'll not say as there are several Critters on my LJ Friends List who might read it when it bubbles up the queue.) Now my hubby is well read and quite literate, more literate than I would normally expect the average reader to be. Furthermore, our brains are typically in amazingly close sync.
And this story totally didn't work for him. He didn't have enough familiarity with the original myth to have any resonance with it, and so it was nearly meaningless on that front. And without the myth subtext, it's rather deflated.
Now I don't know what to do. I'm going to take some of his suggestions and do a rewrite, but now I'm wracked with doubt and wondering if the thing is salvageable. Guess I'll wait to see what the folks at Critters think of it.