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Full Sundance write-up tomorrow. Mundane catch-up herein:

Back from Utah. Retrieved skunk from godmother. The lil guy was pretty ecstatic to be home, and so am I. All is well, but I'm exhausted. I was napping with Hobkin--crashing really--until he got it into his wee head to run amok and wake me up. Now he's done being amok and napping under his hutch, and I'm bleary-eyed and insomniac.

Hobkin somehow knew when we were coming to pick him up. He was busily digging at the door when we rolled into her driveway--a behavior she informed us he hadn't engaged in at all before, and which he'd begun about two minutes prior to our arrival. There's a lot of sense and intuition going on in that small, fuzzy head. Hobkin gave me many nose-sniff kisses as soon as I picked him up, and snuggled me all the way home. 'Course then he went amok at 5AM . . .

My laptop powered itself down several times while we were in Utah, the same malfunction as before. Not surprised in the least. Going to have to call HP and see about sending it back again. Bastards.

   

Writing Stuff

Got an email from the Aberrant Dreams folks inviting me to dinner after the signing on Saturday. Haven't replied yet 'cause dude_the is coming down this weekend for Superbowl Sunday, and I don't know what our plans are. Delighted by the invite regardless. I love it when editors offer to feed me.

I have much, much Tangent work to catch up on. And I have about two dozen stories that I want to read, as well as a slew of ones I've already read from last year, that I need to pare down to the five best to nominate for the Sturgeon Award before the 24th of February. Urk.


Received:
Squee:
- 217-day sale of a French reprint of "Returning My Sister's Face" to Faeries.
- Check from Ennea for the Greek reprint of "When the Lights Go Out." And it's in U.S. dollars and not euros, hurray!
- A status update from mroctober on a YA anthology he's trying to sell to Mirrorstone that I wrote a story for. The Mirrorstone editor made lots of promising-sounding words, "very interested" being the main ones, but it's still in the "maybe" category. A very positive maybe, though. Got my fingers and toes crossed. I'd love to be published by Mirrorstone.
- 24-day email from Doug Cohen, slush editor of Realms of Fantasy, informing me that he'd received my latest submission and that he'll pass it along to Shawna in February.


Sigh:
- 106-day personal nope from Chris East of Futurismic after holding onto this story for extended consideration. Bummer. But he did invite me to try again.
- 54-day "no thanks" with invite to submit again from Lorraine and James. Eh, it was a long shot.


Rolling my eyes:
- 547-day "Despite your publication credits, we feel you need some help getting your prose skills up to a truly professional level. You may want to consider attending a Borderlands Press Writer's Boot Camp" rejection from Borderlands 6 on a story I'd already withdrawn and sold elsewhere.

I am terribly tempted to respond with: "Despite your pay rate, I feel you need some help getting your publishing house up to a truly professional level. You may want to consider improving your response times and organization skills, as well as not including a self-serving plug in your rejections." But I won't. After all, two unprofessionals does not equal a professional.


New Words: 3K on a Japanese Demon Hunter short written during some down time in the condo at Utah. This one I'm intending for jimhines's Heroes in Training anthology.

Club 100 For Writers
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*sigh*

500/day
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It's a new year, and the first time I've managed to hit 500. At least it's not February yet.

I'm feeling:
exhausted exhausted
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On January 31st, 2006 11:20 am (UTC), basletum commented:
Alright! You're back to writing again! You might just catch up with me, too, 'cause guess what just happened to me? Yep, writer's block. Sorta. On fiction stories at any rate.

So, um, can I have one of my creativity fairies back now? Pretty please? The other ones kinda went on strike.
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On February 1st, 2006 03:35 am (UTC), eugie replied:
I shipped them fairies out UPS. They might have some skunk-sized teeth marks here and thereabouts, but otherwise are in reasonable working order. I'm pretty sure I punched air holes in the box . . .
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On January 31st, 2006 11:32 am (UTC), benpeek commented:
i had the same borderlands thing. in fact, i had it twice, one nice, one unnecessarily unprofessional. everything int he rejection world :)
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On February 1st, 2006 03:47 am (UTC), eugie replied:
From personal experience and various feedback I've been hearing, it seems that the Monteleones excel in unprofessional and rude rejections. Oh well.
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On January 31st, 2006 11:41 am (UTC), mouseferatu commented:
"After all, two unprofessionals does not equal a professional."

But it might, in this case, equal a significant amount of satisfaction.

Damn, but that's a condescending, self-serving, BS-laden "rejection" letter. And to send something like that after holding onto the manuscript for over a year is just unmitigated gall.
On January 31st, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC), mouseferatu replied:
Say, I was just looking over the Aberrant Dreams website...

Do you think they'd be a viable potential market for "None So Blind"? I don't see anything on their site suggestiong they wouldn't be, but I thought I'd ask for an informed opinion before submitting.
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On January 31st, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC), jimhines commented:
You're probably right about not writing back, but I can certainly understand the temptation. What is it with publishers who feel like it's okay to take almost two years or more, not to mention a plug that sounds like it came right off the pages of The Scammers Guide to Ripping Off Writers, 2006 Ed.

Ooh ... Japanese demon hunter story. ::Rubs hands together::
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On February 1st, 2006 04:07 am (UTC), eugie replied:
"What is it with publishers who feel like it's okay to take almost two years or more, not to mention a plug that sounds like it came right off the pages of The Scammers Guide to Ripping Off Writers, 2006 Ed."

I think I'm going to have to turn to the eternal wisdom of the Simpson's (paraphrasing): "Some [editors] act badly because they've had a hard life, or have been mistreated...but, like people, some of them are just jerks."
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On January 31st, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC), elvesforeyes commented:
Welcome back!

Hobkin sounds like he just went crazy after you arrived home. That's true pet love.
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On February 1st, 2006 04:09 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you! And yeah, the fuzzwit seems glad to be home. He shows it in silly ways sometimes, but he is a silly beastie after all.
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On January 31st, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC), jackzodiac commented:
I am terribly tempted to respond with: "Despite your pay rate, I feel you need some help getting your publishing house up to a truly professional level. You may want to consider improving your response times and organization skills, as well as not including a self-serving plug in your rejections." But I won't. After all, two unprofessionals does not equal a professional.

I say go for it...

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On February 1st, 2006 04:11 am (UTC), eugie replied:
It would be so terribly satisfying, but even if they are rude and unprofessional, I'm not.
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On January 31st, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
Welcome back, Eugie! And I'm proud of you for not sending that reply--ooh, but it must be tempting. :evilgrin: Stupid place. Of all the shameless, self-serving little...ugh. Remind me not to submit there!!
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On February 1st, 2006 04:13 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie! I'm glad to be back. Although I've got so much work to catch up on! Eep.

"Remind me not to submit there!!"

Those folks have certainly been stricken from my market lists! Sheesh.
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On January 31st, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC), merebrillante commented:
Borderlands
Hmm. One wonders. One muses. One thinks about the Preditors page.
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On February 1st, 2006 04:17 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: Borderlands
Hmm. You think? I dunno if they count as scammers since there's a possibility that their "boot camp" might actually have something meaningful to offer (although I'm skeptical). But maybe a note to Preditors and Editors that warns writers 'bout how rude and unprofessional these folks are wouldn't be unwarranted . . .
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On January 31st, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC), dionycheaus commented:
so, wait. I feel like I missed something, what with the *signing* being here-and-gone in the middle of the paragraph. Is it absolutely unexcited, or did I really miss you talking about it for weeks?
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On February 1st, 2006 04:18 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee! I think you may have missed a few posts in there. I've been pimping it for a while now. I don't know how exciting it'll end up being, but I'm pretty stoked!
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On January 31st, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC), nomissnewo commented:
I would have responded: "I would sign up for your Writer's Workshop, but I'm afraid it would take you 547 days to process my application."
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On February 1st, 2006 04:19 am (UTC), eugie replied:
*giggle*
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On January 31st, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC), yukinooruoni commented:
"- 547-day "Despite your publication credits, we feel you need some help getting your prose skills up to a truly professional level. You may want to consider attending a Borderlands Press Writer's Boot Camp" rejection from Borderlands 6 on a story I'd already withdrawn and sold elsewhere. "

'I would like to sincerely apologize for wasting your time. I had foolishly assumed you were a publishing house. As you are clearly an educational institution (with a publishing front), I must fault myself for mistakenly submitting my story to you. I appreciate your effort in correcting my judgement! Best Regards, yadayadayada'
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On February 1st, 2006 04:23 am (UTC), eugie replied:
*snerk* I guess some editors do need to have a spork shoved somewhere tender. It's not really that hard being polite, prompt, and professional (the three editorial "P"s?); one has to wonder what these folks get out of writing such inappropriately rude correspondences.
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On January 31st, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Borderlands BS Press
Merebrillante brought this blog entry to my attention. Sorry to barge in, so to speak, but I'd like to add a comment. If you don't mind, that is.

You see, I too had a lovely experience with the esteemed Monteleones and their alleged publishing business. It seems to follow regular pattern, if chaos is indeed a pattern.

They lost my email address, said they sent rejections that never had arrived. They sent me sarcastic comments, very thinly veiled, by way of email reply when I queried them no less than four times over a period of months. I was also accepted to last year's "bootcamp", which I turned down because of -- good guess -- their unprofessional actions. And it took them well over a year to complete these actions.

Professionalism, my ...er, eye. :-P


>->->-----------> R., aka "withfeathersinmyhair"
(Y-Messenger IMs/offline messages accepted with this I.D., anytime.)

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On February 1st, 2006 04:31 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: Borderlands BS Press
Thanks for the additional data point. I've heard from other writers, and it seems that rude, unprofessional, and downright sleazy behavior are par for the course with these folks. They've definitely earned a black mark on my marketing lists, and I won't be submitting to them again. I'm just glad I decided not to wait for them and sold my story elsewhere.
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On January 31st, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC), dean13 commented:
Welcome back, continental traveler and internet cafe commando!

Sorry to hear your laptop is still flaky. Laptop problem are all too common at my work group at Fair Isaac. 4 out of 10 of the harddisks in our group's Dell laptops have failed in past 6 months.

What a lame 547-day rejection letter!
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On February 1st, 2006 04:35 am (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm glad I learned many years ago to be OCD about making back-ups. And I won't be replacing my HP Pavilion with a Dell, that's for sure!

By the way, wanted to let you know that the replacement D-Link WiFi device arrived and it works dandy. I'm actually upstairs on the old Vaio with it chatting nicely with our wireless Internet hub right now. So I'll be able to write upstairs while my notebook is off to the repair shop again. Thank you!!
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On January 31st, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC), raecarson commented:
Congrats on the reprint, Eugie!

And HOLY COW, but that rejection is profoundly un-classy.
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On February 1st, 2006 04:36 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks for the congrats! And empathetic nods on the "unclassy."
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On February 1st, 2006 02:45 am (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
Congrats on the sale(s). That Borderlands reject was a piece of crap (expletive deleted).
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On February 1st, 2006 04:38 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Goodness, and that was with the expletive deleted? I'm not sure I've heard you swear before . . . Are lawyers even allowed to swear?
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