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I'm so proud of the dedication and hard work The Fix's team of contributors put in to make this launch a success. And I'm honored to be working with them on this exciting, new venture.
I've also been teaching an online workshop this month, "Worldbuilding for Writers," in addition to gearing up for The Fix's relaunch. Then there's that short story I'd like to finish, and I haven't even started on my November Writing for Young Readers column (although I may end up cannibalizing some of my class write-ups for my it), and there's still outstanding "to do" things for The Fix.
I think my hamsters have morphed into fluffy wolverines.
Had a reading on the 4th at Outwrite Books with mroctober and catherineldf. And, urg. It . . . did not go well. Steve and Catherine were great. Me, not so much. In addition to having a head cold to beat all head colds (courtesy my folks who picked up something in their travels) making me nasal and hoarse, the setup totally flummoxed me.
I've only ever had a table and/or podium to read from, so it didn't occur to me that things might be different. My reading copy is loose leaf. That allows me to just move a page over when I'm nearing the bottom so I can continue onto the next page without having to pause to shuffle pages. But the reading setup at Outwrite is bar stools in front of a microphone--and I'm not so good with microphones in any case. No table. No podium. Tall bar stool so my feet couldn't touch the ground. Also, I've never had to worry about time before, and we each only had 15 minutes to read. I didn't have a watch, and all the clocks on the wall displayed different (wrong) times.
So yeah, much franticness as I nearly drop my pages repeatedly. I ran overtime. Massive stress and public speaking terror. End result, my reading verily sucked. I wanted to crawl into a hole afterward.
Sigh. Well, I'd been on a good roll, starting to get my confidence up and all. The cosmos decided I was overdue for a humbling fiasco. Duly noted. Public speaking bad. I get it.
- Got a note out of the blue by new, German podcast outfit, Podgeschichten. The editor heard the Escape Pod production of "The Life and Times of Penguin" and wants to translate it into German and produce it for his publication. And they're a paying market! Of course I said "yes." Received the contract . . . which was in German, albeit with an English translation, and after having terracinque confirm the translation, we're all good.
I haven't been translated into German before. That'll make it my fifth foreign language. I LOVE having editors solicit work from me.
- Also received word from mroctober that Magic in the Mirrorstone contrib. copies are going out. A pleasant surprise, that. The anthology is slated for a February '08 release, so I assumed I wouldn't be seeing it until next year. Sweet.
- In all the hubbub, I didn't realize that Hub had published "The Music Company" in issue #26 until I got their PayPal payment. Hee!
They email each issue to me, but I'd been too busy to do anything but forward them on to reviewers. So I totally missed it! Hmm, wonder what else I've missed in the chaotic frenzy of the last few weeks . . . probably best not to dwell on that.