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Hobkin woke me up at the ungodly hour of 7AM this morning. How did he wake me up? By hitting me in the face with his tail, and then using my breast as a launching pad to the floor. Ooof. I think that's going to leave a bruise.

My mood appears to have leveled out to a point where I can ignore it or deal with it, as need be. I'm very fortunate that my depressive episodes tend to be brief, and mostly manageable. I assume it helps that I can recognize the symptoms in myself so quickly and usually head things off before they spiral out of control. 'Course I haven't had to deal with truly severe depression, which I doubt my coping mechanisms would be able to handle as well. But that's what psychotropics are for, right?

I expect to have a couple job interviews this week. I'm in a good situation with both of them, in that if they don't offer me the position, I'm okay with it. I'm not sure how long I can afford to maintain that sort of cavalier attitude, but for now, it's a luxury I'm indulging in.


Writing Stuff

Did a Critters critique, my first in longer than I can remember (for your story, britzkrieg). I'm very behind in writing reviews of Strange Horizons for Tangent. For some reason, my enthusiasm for the exercise is down. I don't know why.

I was admiring the artwork for "The Storyteller's Wife" (see this post to view it), and I just can't get over how much the illustrator, Heather Hudson, got the "Hobs" character to look like Hobkin (which, of course, he was inspired by). I'm just tickled. Makes me grin every time I look at it.

Detail of illustration.
And, for comparison, a couple pictures of Hobkin:



I'm feeling:
calm calm
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On April 18th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC), ex_girlmech commented:
I still can't get over the cuteness of that brat. He is so adorable!
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On April 18th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Oh, he knows he's cute too. He uses his super powers of cute for evil, eeeviiil!!
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On April 18th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC), aimeempayne commented:
I finally started getting my subscription to RoF. I turned to "The Storyteller's Wife" and realized I'd read it before, in draft form, through Critters. I liked it then and I like it now. Good job!
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On April 18th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! Yep, this one went through Critters too. Glad you liked it (both when it went through the first time, and the published version).
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On April 18th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC), nmsunbear commented:
Oooh, I love that second picture of Hobkin -- so dramatic with his white stripe in that spiral.

And what a cool illustration!
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On April 18th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you! Yeah, the second picture I call "Skunk yoga." He likes contorting into these weird position to groom and itch.
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On April 18th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Hi Eugie,
I found you via Critters. I was intrigued by the number of "Woo-hoos" you have. Now that I see you have an adorable pet skunk, I'm even more intrigued. Looking forward to reading some of your work. Best, Anne Fitten Glenn
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On April 18th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC), jack_yoniga commented:
The woman in the painting looks like she's about to throw the poor thing on the ground, and it's trying like mad to get away. ;-)
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On April 18th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee! That's what happens when you only see a fragment of the full illustration. She's trying to hold onto him as she jumps into a toadstool circle:

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On April 18th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC), jack_yoniga replied:
I hate when that happens to me. Trying to jump into toadstool circles and my skunk always wants to bail!
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On April 18th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Well, yeah. Doesn't everyone?
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On April 19th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC), pyanfar commented:
aw, i wanna meet Hobkin. he's just so cute!
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On April 19th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm sure he'd love to meet you too. He quite enjoys being fawned upon, the little stinker.
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On April 19th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC), ex_angeldove677 commented:
Hobkin sure got the used of his tail alright. LOL!! I'm sorry he woke you up..Well, you know, you're right, in that artwork it looks like Hobkin. Except the hands are kinda big -- that's prolly the Artist exaggeration of some sort.
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On April 19th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Well, the illustration isn't supposed to be of Hobkin, but of a character I created (who isn't a skunk) which was inspired by my little fuzzy. "Hobs," the character, is supposed to be a faerie beastie.
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