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Session '07 Day 17: "Family Day"

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So yah, "Family Day" at the Capitol. Whee. Because of this brilliant legislative concept, I had to be at work bright and early this morning and had to work late yesterday. It's almost like not having a weekend, except without the "almost."

Meh, at least the traffic was nonexistent. I made the drive from house to parking deck in under 40 minutes.

Happily, Hobkin seems less logy. And he climbed up to cuddle with me last night and Thursday night, so he's back to being his cuddlesome, winter self. Although his tummy was unsettled on Thursday. I'm wondering if he's distressed at how absent I've been of late. Wish I could've taken him to work for "Family Day."


Writing Stuff

- An email from the senior editor of Highlights for Children in response to my request for an interview for my Writing for Young Readers column. She's happy to oblige. Huzzah! That means my column is set through the end of session.

Quite a relief, there. While I'd intended to put a moratorium on agreeing to or taking on any new requests or responsibilities while the General Assembly was in session, I can't seem to hold to that.

- A pretty-please-please plea from a friend of ours who's a Biology professor for Emory & Henry College in VA to proofread the paper he's submitting to a journal. He's reporting on the discovery of a new species (he's an icthyo-paleontologist), and publication was already assured. But his initial proofreader was unavailable, and he'd added fresh content to his ms. and couldn't find someone to proofread it.

O where's o where is an editor when you need one?

So, of course, I sez I would, and I spent the free bits of time I had on Wednesday and Thursday poring over it. After I got over my bug-eyed "WHA?" at all the unknown scientific names and terms and settled into the text, it was actually kind of interesting. He's giving me an acknowledgement nod, and I told him to feel free to pretty-please-please me again. Just hopefully not during session.

- Note from oldcharliebrown asking if I was interested in doing an interview gig for Fantasy Magazine. So yah, I said I was game for that too, session be damned. But really, it's not a biggie. The interview slot in question is a small one--one page--so there's not a huge time sink with the work involved. Assembled my Q's for that and sent if off last night, right before falling comatose.

I'm feeling:
busy busy
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On February 10th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC), rigel_kent commented:
GPB has live coverage of the house Chamber right now....
...whoops and they just adjourned. Pretty interesting stuff...
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On February 10th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yep, they have do a live feed of both the House and Senate whenever they're in session. You can access either from the "Live Broadcast" link of the GGA homepage.

They both adjourned at noon today, but us editors have to stay until the last bills and resolutions get finalized for the day. Sigh.
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On February 10th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC), elemess commented:
Well, you could have brought Hobs, but I don't know what the owl would have thought of it.

I take that back, the owl would have thought "lunch."
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On February 10th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Considering the size of that owl, Hobkin would've been more along the lines of wishful thinking. No way it could've hauled a fat fuzzbutt like Hobkin's away.
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On February 11th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
One more day successfully lived through! :hugs: I'm glad to see you're surviving. Thwap those hamsters! ;-)
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On February 12th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. Them hamsters are tenacious, they are. But I'm keeping 'em below throat level. That's the important thing . . .
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On February 12th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC), keesa_renee replied:
:has visions of a room shoulder-deep in hamsters grabbing for the throat:

Now there's a mental image on par with the Bunny of Death in Monty Python! ;-)
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On February 12th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hamsters of Death, woot!
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On February 11th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
So glad that Hobkin is better! And it looks like your writing and session hamsters are lining up nicely instead of falling during the juggling act and hitting you in the head. What a relief it will be once you've finally negotiated session.

Would love to read the ancient-fish doctor's article when it's published. Be sure to send information where it can be found or obtained. That's right up my pseudo-scientist-alter-ego's alley. Thanks already!
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On February 12th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm pretty sure I'm dropping hamsters all over the place, but I took some precautions before session and invested in a hard hat. As long as I don't throw my back out picking the squeakers up, it's all good. Almost at the session halfway point. Almost . . .

I'll be sure to ask for publication info 'bout that fish paper!
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