Eugie Foster (eugie) wrote,
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Hobkin, treading the stewpot's edge, and human company

Hobkin came thiiiis close to being turned into a stew this morning. Been staying up late both because I'm doing the frantic-circus-juggler-with-too-many-hamsters dance, and because my time sense is still wonked out from last week. Got to sleep last night near 2AM, and at 6, the little fuzzwit decided it was time for breakfast.

Y'know, it's well-nigh impossible to sleep through being walked on by a skunk. And if a person can somehow manage that feat, a snuffling nose in the ear is really the final nail in the "just five more minutes" coffin.

So yeah, four hours of sleep and I get up to launch into my day o' work. Ugh. Thank God for Adderall.

In other, less sleep-deprived news, britzkrieg swung by yesterday so we could exchange refrigerator magnets for purposes related to The Town Drunk (I think klingonguy will be pleased). We go live in six days on the 20th with our first "issue." Woot!

And Patrick and Christie have been popping over to help fosteronfilm with Dragon*Con film festival screenings these last two nights, which means I've been watching film slush, an activity I've been actively striving to avoid this year. At least it's 2nd tier film slush. But the fabu company makes it worth it.

   

Writing Stuff

Spent some time hunting around online for an Internet fax program. There's now been a couple freelance clients that have wanted me to fax contracts/confidentiality documents to them (although I think the fax machine is a relic of antiquated business practices, much like the ticker tape machine, and should in all properness be laid to rest) and I wanted to see what my "I'm not buying a fax machine, dammit" options were.

There's a bunch of online pay services where I could email them a document, they fax it over for me, and then they scan in and email me any incoming faxes, but I wanting software that would allow me to send faxes directly from my own computer over my modem since I don't foresee having enough fax needs to want to keep paying a regular fee. Plus the confidentiality and privacy issues made me a bit leery. I was contemplating a trial version of Fax Wizard, and then it occurred to me that since I'm on broadband using a Wi-Fi hookup, I don't have any way to access a standard fax protocol like a dial-up modem could. While I might be able to theoretically convert documents and send them as faxes from my cable Internet connection, I sure as heck wouldn't be able to receive them. So I gave up and emailed the client asking if they'd rather I snail-mailed the signed document to them or scanned it into a secured PDF and emailed it.

Faxes. Feh, I sez.

Also sent out a Daily Dragon "please confirm, yo!" staff email yesterday, and good thing too. I lost one of my reporters (*grumble* he had to wait until I contacted him before telling me he couldn't make it?), but I'm hopeful that yukinooruoni will be able to help me out in finding a replacement.


New Words:
- 1200 for a freelance gig.
- 300 on my column article for Writing-World.com.

I wanna get back to fiction *whine*. Maybe after this next batch of articles gets out the door I can return to writing stories.


Received:
- A note from Shawna at Realms of Fantasy that the taped-shut-but-empty SASE I'd received was just a mix-up and hadn't at any time contained my contract for "The Devil and Mrs. Comstock's Snickerdoodles." Whew.
- Shiny check from a freelance gig. $$$

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