It has been a spectacularly uneventful and unproductive couple of days. The most exciting thing from yesterday: geekfantasies.com. (<--therein be babes in bikinis, but I'd consider it cool-granny safe.)
I showed it to fosteronfilm and we giggled at the video shorts.
Saw that the Summer 2005 issue of Paradox with my story, "The Tiger Fortune Princess," in it is now available. Yay! I've always liked the artwork I've seen for this magazine. The cover image they've got up is fairly small so I can't make out details:
But it looks pretty lush. And the editor chose a classic painting by Wu Guxiang to illustrate my story:
Looking forward to seeing the full-size artwork when I get my contrib copies. Larger images to be posted when I get them.
Brewing up some green tea, pouring myself some Cocoa Puffs (my new indulgence), and getting ready for a day chock full of writing. That's the plan, at least.
Hmm. The best I can offer is a place to hang out, perhaps watch the random movie, and point and giggle at the scruffy-looking skunk. If you're inclined to cook, we went grocery shopping the other day, although what we consider "staples" may not lend themselves well to culinary experimentation. We've got fresh veggies, though . . .
Coolness. Caveat: We won't be situated for company until late this afternoon at the earliest. Matthew got to sleep around 9AM and he's snoozing currently--will probably be dead-to-the-world for quite some hours (yes, we keep a weird-ass schedule). But if you're up for hanging out after he stirs awake, you're very welcome!
"do you get to offer suggestions on who should illustrate your stuff? Or are you simply told, and hopefully you won't hate whoever the editor chooses?"
The standard procedure is total and complete author non-involvement. The first I usually hear of who's going to illustrate one of my works or what the artwork is going to look like is when I get my contrib. copies, view the preview on a website, receive a considerate editor's email or the press release. The exception is rare, but always welcome. I've been consulted a grand total of three times in over fifty sales. But, having said that, I've been generally pretty pleased with the outcomes--with a few glaring exceptions, but still.
Over--how many sales?! :eyes pop: Wow. Fifty sales total is nothing to sneeze at, even if none of them have been as recent as you'd like. ;)
I've had a grand total of one sale, and it was a nonfiction article. I'm still waiting for a fiction sale. You're way ahead of me!