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How can a single body produce so much phlegm? Ugh. Went into work today because it seemed the thing to do. Tried to avoid my co-workers so as not to be a Typhoid Mary. I figure it's better to be anti-social than a plague-bearer. As it turns out, there was nothing so pressing that it could not have waited for another day, and I spent the morning waffling between calling it quits and sticking it out. I called it quits and spent the afternoon in a coma on the couch.

But, on an up note, I received my new ergo keyboard at work, so I no longer have to type on the painful flat one.



Writing Stuff:

Haven't written any Critters critiques this week. Bad me. I did, however, start on my review of this week's Sci-Fiction story for Tangent.

12-day form reject from Chronicle books. Zounds that was fast. I guess they really didn't like my query.
25-day sort-of-reject from Flashing Swords on the rewrite they requested. A "sort-of" because the editor really liked the protag and his universe and is very interested in seeing other stories using the same protag and universe, and if he publishes them, he'd buy this one that he rejected. Except, um, I haven't written any other stories with this particular character/universe. Now I'm pondering whether I ought to revisit this character. Hmm.

Words: 0. Too much mucus in my head to write. Blah.
I'm feeling:
sick sick
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On February 9th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC), mr_zeugma commented:
Ohhhhhh what an image: Typhoid Eugie--the phlegm producing dragon...



How's that critters thing work for you--do you find it useful? I signed up a couple times and found most of the "critiques" to my stories not all that helpful (or even that good as something more than, "I read this and I think..."

Is it possible to select a group of writers/critique people who you really trust?


Feel better soon, I hear they're gathering up all the phlegm dragons and sending hem out to be made into shoes and handbags--and I'd hate to see that happen to you.
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On February 10th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Beware, or I shall spew mucus in your general direction. *snof*

"How's that critters thing work for you--do you find it useful?"

Very much so. I send (nearly) all of my stories through Critters before submitting them to market. A couple times I've thought about going inactive, but then I'd get such a good batch of crits it would stem even the merest consideration of quitting.

"I signed up a couple times and found most of the "critiques" to my stories not all that helpful"

I think the trick with any writers group is to expect to receive a lot of useless feedback and to be able to pick out the really helpful, insightful bits. I discard, easily, half of the comments/crits I get, but that means I still get a lot of good suggestions.

"Is it possible to select a group of writers/critique people who you really trust?"

I've got quite a few regulars on Critters whose opinions I really value. The random others are hit and miss, but they often catch a typo or factual error that no one else does.
On February 10th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC), mr_zeugma replied:
Thanks. Maybe I'll give critters a shot (again), my third eye is having trouble finding flaws in my work.
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On February 10th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC), dionycheaus commented:
whatfor didja send to Chronicle? I did an informational interview with them and sell lots of their books at B&N. They're kind of...spunky. And the children's dept is just kind of starting up, and I don't west coast publishing is huge on trade stuff. the impression i've got is that it's mostly educational publishing out here. But then, I could be talking out my elbow.
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On February 10th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC), dionycheaus commented:
oops. I don't *think* the west coast is big on trade publishing, I meant to say. the typo demons are gnawing at my knuckles tonight.
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