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One of Matthew's college buddies is staying with us overnight. He's driving in from Kansas. His in-laws are flying in from China to the Atlanta airport tomorrow, and he needed a place to crash. The in-laws don't speak any English, and he doesn't speak Chinese--although I assume he's picked up some in the years since he married his wife. His wife couldn't come because they just had a baby.

I suspect there will be language acquisition happening during the drive back to Kansas. Or a lot of awkward silence.

Hobkin appeared to be repentant about last night's behavior. He cuddled with me all night only waking up for his midnight snack, and then coming right back. Or maybe it's the colder nights we've been having and he just wanted to get under the covers.



Writing Stuff:

Up to forty critiques. Gleep. And the butchery job continues. I've now hacked it down to a bit less than 2.8K words. I think it's beginning to get threadbare. Going to wait for the last critiques to come in tomorrow, put the last tweaks on it, and then set it aside until there's an opening in the submissions-to-Cricket queue.

Received my contrib copy of issue #14 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine with my novelette "Body and Soul Art" in it. The USPS was unkind. It's whole, but decidedly battered around the corners. Sigh.

My review of Sci-Fiction novella, "Left of the Dial" by Paul Witcover, is up at Tangent. Hurray. But I'm back down to #5 on the Fantasy Bestseller list at Fictionwise. Fooie. Going the wrong way.
I'm feeling:
productive productive
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On September 21st, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC), thisisyour_life commented:
Just out of curiousity--how long do skunks live?
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On September 21st, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
It varies. Wild skunks tend to live only two to three years, but domesticated skunks have been recorded to have lifespans of 20+ years.
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On September 21st, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC), thisisyour_life replied:
How old is Hobkin now? Did you get him when he was young?
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On September 22nd, 2004 04:12 am (UTC), eugie replied:
He's a little over two years old. We got him when he was a wee baby--6-7 weeks old. You can see baby pictures of him, if you're so inclined, at his website (under the Pictures and Progress Reports link).
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On September 21st, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC), britzkrieg commented:
Received my contrib copy of issue #14 of Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine with my novelette "Body and Soul Art" in it. The USPS was unkind. It's whole, but decidedly battered around the corners.

My copy is in excellent condition. Wanna trade?

Up to forty critiques. Gleep.

I hope my review was helpful!

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On September 21st, 2004 03:48 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
"My copy is in excellent condition. Wanna trade?"

That is incredibly nice of you to offer, but the editor, zarabee, is going to send me a replacement. Zara rawks!

"I hope my review was helpful!"

Your reviews are always helpful, Brit.
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On September 21st, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm currently oooing at the visual beauty via the link you sent in your email! Uber coolness!
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On September 22nd, 2004 04:13 am (UTC), eugie replied:
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On September 21st, 2004 09:18 pm (UTC), ex_angeldove677 commented:
You just had a WHAT? I never knew you're pregnant.
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On September 22nd, 2004 04:10 am (UTC), eugie replied:
No, no. I didn't have a baby. The wife of my husband's friend did. She's also Chinese, hence your confusion. I'm not pregnant; I have never been pregnant; And I will never be pregnant!
On September 22nd, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC), ex_angeldove677 replied:
LOL!! that's what I thought but not sure...coz I didn't think you speak chinese. *phew* thanks for clearing it up.
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