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Adventures with Adderall: Day 15

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I'm cold. Very very cold. My computer informs me that it's a chilly 48 outside, which is wrong for Georgia in October. Hobkin is glued to my leg under the blanket, after shoving his icy little paws on me, and I'm bundled up in thermal attire. Reminds me of why we moved from the Midwest. I hate this "I can't get warm no matter what I do *shiver shiver shiver*" feeling, an all too frequent one in the frigid north. Plunged in the hot tub yesterday and stayed there until I turned into a sentient prune. Normally I can't stand having my skin all textured and waterlogged, but I'm dwelling upon the virtues of spending today submerged in hot water.

Aside from a resumption of major fatigue and exhaustion, no adverse reactions to skipping a day of Adderall. Hence, I went back on it today. Interestingly, I'm experiencing effects similar to the first or second day on it--complete with a certain zinginess. Verdict on tolerance: yes. Verdict on dependence: not particularly. It seems odd to have a drop in tolerance after only a single day off, since caffeine takes longer to diminish than that. Could be psychosomatic, I guess.



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Writing Stuff


Received a 138-day pass from Dark Discoveries with invite to submit again.

That rejection marks another milestone: my 500th rejection since I started seriously writing and submitting my fiction. In that time, I've wracked up 65 sales, won an award and been nominated for several, and had eleven reprints in four foreign languages. I'm very proud of what I've managed to accomplish. But at the same time, I'm rather dismayed at how far away I am from being able to make a livable income.

Cue agent call with news of a publisher . . . *crickets*

Sigh.

In less feeling-sorry-for-myself news, jackzodiac unveiled the cover for the Writers for Relief anthology. Designed by luridtraversal, isn't it perfect?
I'm feeling:
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On October 25th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC), brotherrabbit commented:
That's a great cover.
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On October 25th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I love it! luridtraversal did an absolutely awesome job.
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On October 25th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC), jimhines commented:
That is an awesome cover. Usually I'm a bit skeptical about these charity anthologies, but this one looks great!
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On October 25th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Normally I am too, but I have total faith in jackzodiac. And with contributors including Gardner Dozois, Brian W. Aldiss, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, and Larry Niven, I think this anthology is going to amazing.
On October 26th, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
Thanks Eugie... it means alot coming from you... it has been an interesting experience putting this thing together and I will have that info you e-mailed me about as soon as I have it which should be shortly. Namely I have to approve a sample of the book and make sure I like it and it looks good...

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On October 25th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC), nmsunbear commented:
Wow, Eugie, thanks for those numbers. It's comforting to see that even a writer doing as well as you has an awfully high rejection-to-acceptance ratio.

Must get off my butt and resubmit stories!

And hey, good luck getting warm. :)
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On October 26th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
You're very welcome. Yep, a writers life is filled with rejection. Alas.
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On October 25th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC), safirasilv commented:
success versus income
I feel your pain! You're doing so well by some measures, and yet there are those bills...

I've been having one of those periods of feeling "unsuccessful" despite the fact I have two books coming out within the next 6 months and a lot of stories accepted (though not as many as you!) for the simple and quite logical reason that this month I cannot make my half of the mortgage payment. (We're good for it, but I really don't like that feeling.)

My darling Cat-Herder keeps reminding me that we knew when I started writing and editing full-time that our income would suffer, that we planned for it, that he knew we had at least several years of tight budgets and me taking on periodic odd jobs ahead of us. He thinks I'm doing fine. I wish I did!
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On October 26th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: success versus income
Man, I wish my writing income came remotely close to being able to cover half our mortgage payment on any sort of a regular basis.

Ah well, cheers to us for forging on against the odds! And major cheers to our supportive menfolk for encouraging us to indulge our insanity.
On October 26th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC), safirasilv replied:
Re: success versus income
The copyediting is what covers it most of the time. One editing job is good for a few months. But then there are the dry spells.
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On October 26th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: success versus income
Do you mind if I ask how you got started getting copyediting gigs? It's something I'd like to get into, but I'm not sure how to go about doing it.
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On October 25th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
:sigh:

I wrote a reply to this, but now I come back and can't find it. Stupid computer...

I am in awe of your accomplishments, including the 500th rejection. that is more than ten times the number I've recieved. I must get busy sending out those stories...!

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On October 25th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm a little surprised at the number too, but when I think about it, I guess I'm averaging something like 100/year, which sounds about right. What a long, strange trip its been.
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On October 26th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC), keesa_renee replied:
Wow. Amazing!

Something else i find amazing...I counted, out of curiosity; I thought I had 48 rejections, but I found that I had exactly 50. (When did I forget to count those other two, I wonder?) Which means (fanfare, please) that you have exactly ten times as many as I do. :grins: Methinks I should start sending more out. :-D
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On October 25th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
48? Huh. So it's usually warmer? Husband is going to Atlanta next week for stoopid training session--I hate being without the man--and I assumed he'd be headed for warmer climes.

Very nice looking cover.

Pat Kirby
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On October 25th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I always hated it when fosteronfilm had to travel too. The house is too big without him.

Normally, the average temperature is something like ten degrees higher hereabouts. I think the cold snap might pass over us by next week, so it may warm up yet for your hubby's stoopid training session.
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On October 25th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC), amysisson commented:
500 rejections and 65 sales! I'm not sure which I find more impressive. But both are impressive indeed!

There's a goal for me to strive for, and I have a long way to go.... ;-)
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On October 26th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
fosteronfilm asked whether we should have a celebration to mark my 500th rejection, and I told him we should save the cake and champagne for when I make my 100th sale! Ah, optimism.
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On October 25th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC), dream_wind commented:
That is a beautiful cover.

I often find putting a hat on stops me feeling cold, as you lose a lot of body heat thru your head.

And yep, the weather is crummy. Today here in Newcastle Australia we are expecting 32 degrees (celsius). Last week it was 18 degrees.
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On October 26th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I used to wear a hat whenever I went outside in winter in the Midwest. And a scarf. And gloves and mittens (yes, both at the same time), as well as layer after layer after layer of bundle. I don't wanna do that anymore! Waaaah!!
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On October 26th, 2005 12:50 am (UTC), doug_hoffman commented:
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Good heavens. Where do you find time to manage all those submissions, let alone edit Tangent, let alone write?
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On October 26th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: doug_hoffman
Well, that whole being unemployed thing has really opened up a lot of extra time . . .
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On October 26th, 2005 05:07 am (UTC), miafedup replied:
Re: doug_hoffman
Well, I'll go for the bourgeois since everyone else is going for the fabulous literary accomplishment.

Anyway, I went and voted for you and, my goodness, you take a lovely snap!

Congrats all around!
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On October 26th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: doug_hoffman
Thanks, sweetie! I appreciate your vote!
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On October 26th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC), yorkshire_rose commented:
500 rejections?! While sucky that certainly is reassuring for me! I'm still at the stage where a rejection (I'm in the 30s) feels like another nail in the coffin of being a writer.
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On October 26th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Rejections are definitely part and parcel of being a writer. Wear them as badges of honor, I sez! Or at least badges or wry humor, paying your dues and all.
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