My folks are coming to visit this week from China. They're doing a coast-to-coast swing-by of the U.S., visiting my stepdad's sons in California, spending several days in Pittsburg at the 2007 IEEE Holm Conference on Electrical Contacts--wherein my stepdad is being presented the "Ragnar Holm Scientific Achievement Award"--and then spending a few days in Atlanta before heading to the Midwest and the East Coast.
The "Ragnar Holm Scientific Achievement Award" is awarded to the "living scientist or engineer who has made significant contributions to the theory or practice of electrical contacts." In addition to receiving the award, my stepdad's presenting a paper on the effect of particle contamination on electrical contact failure. It's a great honor and an impressive accomplishment, and I'm extremely proud of him.
I also find myself wondering, though, why is it I always get along better with or find it easier to establish a rapport with my male relatives? I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen my stepdad, and I feel like I've got more in common with him than I ever had with my mom, the woman I grew up with.
Meh. My familial relationships and my associated emotions thereof have always been, are, and will always be a messy, confounding mystery. I accept that.
I've discovered that my female Asian friends who's mom is from another country (so not born in the U.S.) generally just don't get along with our moms. I get along better with my Dad.
Not to make a grand sweeping generalization or anything.
Yeah, actually, I've noticed that tendency myself. I wonder if anyone's done a sociological study on mother-daughter relationships in Asian immigrant families. I can think of quite a few root cause cultural expectation clashes surrounding the friction and relationship breakdown between my mother and myself. I suspect there are quite a few more that I'm unaware of . . .
I've been thinking about the family thing as well, and I will admit I get along better with my father than I do my mother (and I'm a second generation immigrant, first gen born in the States). I chalk it up more to the fact that my dad is very straight up and means precisely what he says (math background), while my mom plays the whole text/subtext game with me, and I get frustrated with that.
Then again, I'm closer to my sister than I am to my brother (I swear he's some kind of an alien)... so maybe I can't relate.
That makes me curious as to what a sibling would've done to the relationship dynamics in my family. I'm an only child, and as a kid, I always wanted a brother--particularly an older one, although I understood the logistical impossibility of that way before I learned about the whats and hows of human procreation.
Hi, Eugie. Congrats on the sale!
Have you considered your horror/dark fantasy/crime story to the Hardboiled Horror antho? The deadline there is Sept. 30. You can see guidelines at http://www.notoriouspress.com
I've been blogging about my stint as editor for it at http://jimvanpelt.livejournal.com
Thanks for the congrats, Jim!
I knew 'bout your Hardboiled Horror antho, but for some reason I didn't think the story was a good fit 'cause the mystery element is slight and isn't "hardboiled" at that. Urg, undoubtedly a case of zealous self-rejection to hold up as an example of one of the writerly "things not to do." Unfortunately, I've already sent the story out to a new market, and neither of you take simultaneous subs. Dagnagit!
Well, if it comes back in time, I'll definitely send it to you next.
Congrats on the IZ sale. Have you tried Andy Cox with your maybe horror maybe dark fantasy maybe crime story? If it has the right flavor, he might be able to use it for either BLACK STATIC or CRIME WAVE (and you'd only have to submit once, as every story is automatically considered for all the magazines). Just a thought.
Thanks, Doug! And no, I haven't tried it with Andy and his TTA Press stable yet. I should've already had them on my list of places to submit to, and yet I find they are curiously absent. Stupid spreadsheet gremlins . . .
And congrats to you for "Feelings of the Flesh" in Interzone 212!