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And lo, there was much holiday-related consumer activity. Our Christmas shopping is almost done, although I still don't know what to get Hobkin.


Writing Stuff

The crits are in; tomorrow I start on my rewrite of "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest etc." Hoping to have it out the door by the end of this week.

- "Wanting to Want" is now out in the premiere issue of the new U.K. 'zine, Hub. Yay!

- An invitation to submit to an anthology put out by a new publishing outfit. I recognize the name of one of the editors; I'm sharing a ToC with him in an upcoming issue of GrendelSong, and he dropped me a very nice email letting me know he enjoyed my story in GS#1. Pondering whether I'll have time to put together a story by the deadline, since the first three months of next year are dedicated to the legislative session, and I wanted to try to do that whole novel thing again afterward. But I hate turning down an invite to submit anywhere.

New Words:
- 100 on "By Oak, Bramble, and Metro." At least they were constructive words. I think I've got a direction now for the ending. I think.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
3,878 / 4,500
I'm feeling:
good good
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On December 13th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC), neo_prodigy commented:
re: gift idea for hobkin
have you considered maybe a shirt or sweater or some cute accessory for him to wear?
On December 14th, 2006 12:30 am (UTC), db_writer replied:
Re: gift idea for hobkin
I usually get my cats a cat nip toy, and my dogs a chewy toy. For a skunk? Hmm. Maybe a girl skunk?

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On December 14th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: gift idea for hobkin
A sister (or girlfriend) for Hobkin. And have the mastery of the household disputed between them. Or have them team up against fosteronfilm and me. *twitch* I-I think I need to go rock in a corner now.

Maybe Hobkin would like a new blanket . . .
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On December 14th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: gift idea for hobkin
Hobkin's, erm, resistant to playing dress-up. Our Christmas attempt from a few years ago was the most successful, and there was much growling and indignation. The more recent dress-the-skunk effort was an unqualified failure.
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On December 14th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC), yukinooruoni commented:
I believe you will appreciate this:


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On December 15th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
*Squee!* Cuteness is always appreciated. Also, thanks for forwarding along that catmas link. I really needed a cuteness fix.
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On December 14th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC), ruralwriter commented:
Hobkin Present
I don't have a pet skunk, but I do know the skunks around here like to dig up bees and eat them. I wonder if Hobkin would enjoy a bee toy? My cat *loves* this toy called a "Cat Whack" - which is a rubber "bee" that "flies" on a wire above a rubber ball. This is the best photo I could find of the Cat Whack. My cat's had his toy for 7 months of nearly daily play and hasn't broken it and it's seemed pretty safe and all, but, again, I don't know much about skunks.

Wow; isn't it funny what an important priority for us it is to find presents for the fur babies? My white fur person already has a peacock feather in his stocking.
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On December 15th, 2006 06:03 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: Hobkin Present
Thanks for the suggestion! If they made a cricket-on-a-wire toy, Hobkin would probably love it. Or perhaps he'd find it irritating when he discovered that the toy wasn't edible . . .

Our little guy is most frustrating to buy for in that he doesn't seem interested in toys. The most interest he's shown in playing with anything are tissues, which he shreds with joyful abandon, and the mail--ditto shred, ditto joyful abandon. But even then, his attention span is fleeting. He's gotten little packs of tissues in his stocking in past years (and wow, that's a lot of clean-up in that aftermath). Maybe I should stock up some junk mail . . .

"Wow; isn't it funny what an important priority for us it is to find presents for the fur babies?"

Hee! Well, they're important parts of our families, and these holidays are all about family. It'd be wrong to exclude them.
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On December 15th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC), ruralwriter replied:
Re: Hobkin Present
They sure like to keep us on our pawpads, don't they?

I can also relate to dress-up difficulties. My fur baby revolted last year when we tried a Santa hat on him. He was one unjolly kitty. Good luck with the present search!
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On December 14th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
Not to belittle Hobkin shopping (I'm stumped), but perhaps you should fit in a story for the new anthology? Another positive statistic and who knows what VIP might see this one (in addition to all your adoring fans)!
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On December 15th, 2006 06:05 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I know, I know. I haven't declined the invite; I'm still pondering it. Meep.
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