And, my laptop's back, my laptop's back! Yay! It languished for over a month in the shop, and in that time my organizational system fell into total disarray. My to-do list reached profoundly scary proportions, and after I finished re-loading my system and trying to sort through my emails, I'd flagged nearly 100 emails as "needs response."
While I had a back-up system to work on and check email from while my VAIO was gone, it's a huge behemoth of a machine that I can't easily transport back and forth on the train. Plus, it doesn't have the battery life that my ultra-portable VAIO does, making it useless by midday. So I ended up leaving it at home and checking email from a browser interface at work—and therefore not having my address book or sent history or received archives at hand. And without a main system as the hub repository for all my data, I ended up accumulating duplicates and putting off items or having information scattered across multiple systems in different versions. What a mess.
But my laptop's back home now, and I've been wading through the pile-up. As of this morning, I'm down to 60 emails flagged, and my files are more or less synced up. Whew. I'm worried that some stuff may have gotten lost in the cracks; I tried to err on the side of duplication rather than deletion, but then I tried to keep the duplicates manageable and…glargh. I hope to have everything shipshape by the end of this week, legislature obliging, of course.
I missed my little VAIO. A lot.
• 125-day SALE of "The Better To…" to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, slated for #38—which I believe will be their October issue.
• 91-day very glowing and personal rejection from Space & Time. It got held until the final round, but…sigh.
• Contract from Drabblecast for "The Tiger Fortune Princess."
• Payment from Realms of Fantasy for "Daugher of Bótù," which I believe will be coming out in their next (June) issue.