So I got a phone call a couple weeks ago from the publisher of BBI Media letting me know that my story, "A Nose for Magic," is a finalist in the Pagan Fiction Award contest and is slated for publication in their anthology. Unfortunately, I missed the call and it went to my voice mail, but she left a return number. So the next day, I called back . . . and got her voice mail. In addition to leaving a message, I sent her an email.
Several days passed as I gnawed my fingertips (as my nails have, long, long ago, been worn to nubbins). Realizing I needed my fingertips to type with, I emailed the editor.
Agh! Had I been smited by the gods of communication? Had it been a mistake? Did my story actually suck, and they dialed my number in error? Aghhh! *twitch*
But then last night, I got the official press release:
PanGaia Magazine and Llewellyn Publications are pleased to announce the finalists from the Pagan Fiction Award contest. These thirteen stories, listed alphabetically by title, earned the top scores:
I'm verily pleased that this story found a good home. It was inspired by and features Hobkin. So, herein, a couple pictures of my non-crack-whore, fuzzy muse:
A close-up of Hobkin's inspirational nose.
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Congrats, indeed! Yay for us! And yay for getting to share a ToC!
"Hmmm, I don't think WE got the official press release, though."
Really? Um, I don't seem to have your email address on hand, but if you drop me a note (to eugie[at]eugiefoster[dot]com), I'll forward the complete press release to you.
I got an e-mail and I called her. Anne was great and told me they'd received hundreds of excellent stories, which made it hard to choose. Of course the news made my week. I look forward to reading your story, especially so as it's inspired by Hobkin!
Hee! Hobkin's my pet domesticated skunk. He's a chocolate chip, not a black and white, as black and white skunks are illegal to own as pets in my state. If you'd like to see more pictures of him, the "hobkin pix" tagged posts will take you to them on my LJ. You can also read up about him and how we happened to get him at his website, Musta-lay-day Grove (which has a FAQ on pet skunks, too), as well as my "skunk tales" tagged posts.
Your boyfriend's always wanted a pet skunk? How very discerning of him! Seriously, skunks are great pets--affectionate and intelligent--but also high maintenance; they can be demanding and quite mischievous. Hobkin's my baby and I love him to bits, but he's also a brat who shamelessly manipulates us by the overwhelming power of his cuteness.
Yah, Hobkin's done his share of waking me up during the wee hours (and thanks for the congrats!). I figure stoking the ole muse is the least he can do to make up for it.
"does Hobkin get to eat bugs? We used to catch bugs and feed them to ours, they really seemed to enjoy it."
He does, although pretty much only the ones he catches in the house. We don't buy feeder crickets/mealworms for him or anything. Also, when we board him at his godmother's (when we go out of town), I know she treats him to various buggy tidbits.
Actually, we used to have a truce in the house with the spider people. They lived peacefully with us and took out the leggy worms that freak me out, and we let them and their webs alone. But then came Hobkin, and he immediately violated the truce and ate all the spider people at ground level. To retaliate, they bit me a bunch of times over the course of several nights until I smushed the enemy combatant (I didn't mean to; I was half asleep. Normally, I take them outside as I don't like killing anything). The front has been fairly quiet since, but I expect hostilities to break out again before too long. Sigh.
On November 7th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
So, I heard through the Internet grapevine that you'd received your press release and thought I'd pop by and say hello, grab the release and cheer a fellow finalist. So, cheers!
Haven't gotten mine yet, but I imagine it's otw. Are you going to Pantheacon then?
All the best,
Ceallaigh (C.S. MacCath)
Cheers and congrats all around!
"Haven't gotten mine yet, but I imagine it's otw."
The info in my post is a slightly edited version of the full press release. If you haven't gotten it yet and would like me to forward along the whole thing, drop me a note (to: eugie[at]eugiefoster[dot]com), and I'll be more than happy to email it to you.
Congratulations on A Nose for Magic but at the same time, BAH! I had just reserved it in the slushpool for an upcoming issue of ASIM (I don't think Robbie's done the emails yet though). Will you submit me something else wonderful soon? :)
"BAH! I had just reserved it in the slushpool for an upcoming issue of ASIM "
Seriously?? 'Cause I actually got no fewer than two "going to have to very reluctantly let this one go" rejections from y'all for "Nose." The first one was months and months ago, and the second one was a few weeks ago. I figured the second was a glitch in the system and didn't give it another thought (although ASIM really, really not wanting it was also an option). But it sounds like it was still floating around in the slush collective? Uh?