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I noticed that LJ appears not to be emailing comments to me. How annoying. I know they went through a big server move recently, so I'm hoping it's due to that and will resolve itself soon.

fosteronfilm put on our laser disc of Highlander to watch at around 2AM last night, and I woke up enough to peer groggily at the first half, and then fell back asleep. But the Queen song "Who Wants to Live Forever" has seeped into my subconscious and I can't shake it free. A couple measures of the eponymous chorus keeps playing over and over in my head. Makes me want to go postal with a spork--stabbity stabbity. Agh!


Writing Stuff

Much editing and rewriting happened on "Princess Bufo marinus, I Call Her Amy." The editor has a few more changes he wants, and then it's done done done. I hope.

Got a flier JPEG from Aberrant Dreams for the signing at Oxford Comics and Games in February. It's preeeetty:

Clickie to see it full-sized.

Words: Um, let's just call it 500 on "Rue and Ruin." There was much furious typing, and then much frenzied cutting. The net gain is only a couple hundred, but looking at it that way makes me want to grind my teeth, so I'm not gonna. (Hmm, I wonder if this urge to spork and gnash could be an Effexor side-effect? I hope not.)

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
9,963 / 12,000

70-day rejection from Mslexia for their Deadly Sins anthology after making their short list. Snartleblast. A lot.

Club 100 For Writers

I'm feeling:
grumpy grumpy
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On November 22nd, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC), brotherrabbit commented:
Hey, that's you! Yay!
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On November 23rd, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee! Thanks!
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On November 22nd, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC), nmsunbear commented:
Yeah, I'm not getting e-mailed comments either. Meh.

That flier is so cool! Lookit you!
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On November 23rd, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I think the LJ email comments thing is definitely a sporadic bug. I'm getting some comments, but notably, not ones from folks who are also having comment-sending issues. Makes me think that there's hope that the problem will be resolved soon. Or at least eventually . . .
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On November 22nd, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC), mtfay commented:
I haven't had any comments, so I don't know about the mailing.

And I didn't experience the spork/gnash desires on Effexor. My main side effect from effexor is that my sleep patterns were shot for a couple of weeks, but I didn't taper on (started at 150).
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On November 23rd, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm still on 37.5mg/day, which isn't even an effective dose of Effexor. I've been feeling pretty good recently, so I haven't been inclined to rush my dosage increase. I suspect my irritability yesterday might be an, err, lunar effect. Once I realized the probable cause, I could set much of my irrational grumpiness aside. Mostly . . .
On November 23rd, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC), mtfay replied:
I'm glad you mastered the human suit:).

I didn't have too many effects from Effexor after I was on it for a couple of weeks.
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On November 23rd, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I think "mastered" might be something of an overstatement. More like we're working under a tentative truce currently . . .
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On November 22nd, 2005 04:26 pm (UTC), puskunk commented:
I noticed that LJ appears not to be emailing comments to me. How annoying.
Oh good, then it's not just me.
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On November 23rd, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Nope. You are not alone!
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On November 22nd, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC), faerie_writer commented:
What a cool poster! Wish I could come. :)
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On November 23rd, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! And I wish you could come too! I love knowing so many writers from around the world, but it does make IRL get-togethers rather impractical. Fooie.
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On November 22nd, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC), dream_wind commented:
Phew! It ain't just me and the comments then! 'course, you may not get this message...

Yahoo on the cover! But bummer about the reject.

And editing counts towards the writing process. Even if it means the total word count goes backwards, each word you have cut has been weighed and measured and found wanting. It makes the story stronger.
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On November 23rd, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm feeling the "it's too long, too long too long!" writers paralysis creeping over me on this one. Trying to ignore it and fob it off with "it'll get tightened in editing, just finish it" mantra, but gawd it's rough laying down words while I'm fighting the Second-guessing Myself monster. Blah.
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On November 23rd, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
Wow, cool poster. You are the prettiest poster babe, me thinks. Double snargleblast on the reject. I feel the pain, believe me!
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On November 23rd, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Aww, thanks, sweetie! And thanks for the condolences too. Rejection sucks, but we will persevere! Maybe with some chocolate to console us . . . and a gin and tonic.
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On December 8th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC), reddherring1955 replied:
Virtual kisses -- the chocolate kind -- coming your way.
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On November 23rd, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC), tomaqmar commented:
Eugie, what is this "laser disc" of which you speak? A weapon of the Jedi that never made it into the movies?
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On November 24th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yes, we were one of the 100 or so people who bought into that technology. I like to think of it as us being avant guard rather than investing bundles of money into an obsolete format. Yep, I'm big with the denial.

We're slowly converting our laser disc collection over to DVD, but we've still got a lot of titles exclusively on LD. I fear the day our laser disc players give out and we won't be able to find parts or technicians who can work on them. Hopefully, by then, we'll have everything converted, but considering how slowly we've been getting to it, I find that unlikely. Some titles we've got haven't been and won't be released on DVD (the original Star Wars where Han shot first, for example), which makes it all particularly worrisome.
On November 24th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC), tomaqmar replied:
I'm hanging on to my original Star Wars videocassettes for dear life. I like the old, now-quaint FX better too.
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