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.
Warning: There is some nudity on the voting pages.
Not safe for work or kiddies!
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*
In less feeling-sorry-for-myself news, jackzodiac unveiled the cover for the Writers for Relief anthology. Designed by luridtraversal, isn't it perfect?
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...
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. :)
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!
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.
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...!
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
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.
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.
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!!