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The lymph swellings are better, I think, although still tender. I was worried it was going to turn into an ear infection, and with COBRA still up in the air, I was just praying it wouldn't turn into a fever.


Writing Stuff

Got an odd query from someone via my Tangent email. From what I could tell, they wanted to sent me a story for publication (?) and wanted me to snail mail something back to them (they said "your information"). Wha? We don't publish fiction, nor do we review unpublished stories. And I remain unclear as to what exactly they expected me to mail back to them. Weird. Obviously, someone who had no clue.

My current folktale is up at Critters. So far, ten crits. *gurgle* It's been mostly well-received. The obligatory "this is written too sophisticated for younger readers" crit came in already, but that's nothing new.

19-day "well received but . . . " from Abyss & Apex
191-day "quite some discussion on this one, and it's not without support but . . ." from Andy at Interzone with invite to submit more.

Words: 809 on A Harmony of Foxes.


Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
10,858 / 45,000
(24.0%)

Club 100 For Writers
18

500/day
34
I'm feeling:
drained drained
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On April 21st, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC), cricketshay commented:
I'm sorry you've been feeling bad. Get well soon. *hugs*
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On April 21st, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. I'm trying to!
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On April 21st, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC), aimeempayne commented:
The obligatory "this is written too sophisticated for younger readers" crit came in already, but that's nothing new.

You know, if that comment was backed up by something like, "I have 25 years experience in child development and in my professional opinion, this is a little sophisticated for younger readers," it might carry the tiniest bit of weight, but somehow, I suspect that is not the case.

By the time I was twelve I'd read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Madame Curie, The Good Earth, Little Women, and Jane Eyre. All pretty sophisticated.

Got an odd query from someone via my Tangent email.

Right after my first review was published I got an email asking me to review a non-fiction book that looked like it was intended for geneticists. Talk about not targeting your requests.
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On April 21st, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
"You know, if that comment was backed up by something like, "I have 25 years experience in child development . . . "

Yeah, and it never is! I pretty much ignore any age-appropriate/age-inappropriate comments on my fiction for young readers. I figure my Cricket editor will bring it up if my prose gets too advanced. Otherwise, I really believe in the value of challenging younger readers.
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On April 22nd, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC), aimeempayne replied:
I really believe in the value of challenging younger readers.

How else are they supposed to learn new vocabulary?
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On April 21st, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC), dean13 commented:
...and with COBRA still up in the air...
It is not fun being trapped in bureaucratic limbo. That has to be really, really annoying. What are those people doing?

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On April 22nd, 2005 12:11 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Honestly, I haven't checked since my last, disastrous, appointment attempt, to see if they'd gotten me in their computer system yet. It's possible they've gotten everything straightened out, but I've been putting off checking as I just find the whole thing frustrating. Hmm, I perceive that that's not an effective strategy for accomplishing anything--burying one's head in the sand and avoiding the problem. Damn.
On April 22nd, 2005 01:29 am (UTC), dean13 replied:
Regrettably, I too employ the "avoid it" strategy. Speaking as an expert, "burying one's head in the sand" isn't an effective strategy. As I write this I am avoiding dealing with my procrastination problem. ;-)

Uh... you could call the doctor's office and find out if you are in the computer. But, I know you already thought of that.

The doctor might be able to help, ya know. Getting proper treatment has helped Suzy with her cervical pinched nerve. The doctor gave Suzy a gizmo to help silence pinched nerves and an amazing traction gizmo to relieve pressure on the pinched nerve.

I do hope you feel better and can get in and see your doctor.

Sending you warm healing thoughts and lots of caffeine!

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