Forward to June, 2005...
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So today I am 39. One year away from the big Four-Oh, and I have no problem whatsoever with getting older. Bring it on! :-)
Happy belated birthday to Lisa Silverthorne who had hers last week, and happy upcoming birthday to Kalli Nicole and Sherwood Smith whose is coming up in a couple of days! :-)
Spent the day today running around different Home Depot stores to replace a somehow rare and hard to find (according to the unhelpful goons who work at HD) broken kitchen faucet filter unit. Yeah, right. Finally found it at one of the stores, and there were a gazillion of the units in stock. Incidentally, my house now has brand new shiny copper pipes! Yesterday the last stage (patching of holes) was completed and contractors left, and my bank account is poorer. However, the remodeling is just beginning. Next week I find a sprinkler repair source and then, bathroom remodeling contractor search starts... *shudder*
Yesterday also, was a pleasant surprise. Got an e-mail from a good college friend of mine, Sophia R. Grant, M. D., who is a pediatrician and has just started an excellent website for mothers that includes parenting advice and tips and medical essays. If you are a mother with young children, go take a look at MomtoMomPediatrics.com and bookmark it. New content is getting added on a regular basis. I talked to Sophia on the phone today and it was great to catch up!
In other news, on either Friday or Saturday I received some long overdue royalties from Alexlit.com for four of my stories that I have there. The check was for $53.09, and that was for the period ranging across the last couple of years. I was considering cancelling my contract with them, but maybe I will stick it out and see if they get their act together as they seem to be, at last.
Also forgot to say, my somewhat very oddball story "The Ballad of Univeral Jack" has sold to STRANGE PLEASURES #4, edited by John Grant (Paul Barnett). :-)
I am also working on intermittent stories for GODS OF THE COMPASS ROSE, and on a story for the new Fantasy Magazine edited by Sean Wallace, to be launched at World Fantasy Con in October 2005.
And yes, I am still waiting on the response from New York on the Margot Phoenix rewrite. :-)
So today I got a form rejection from the Twenty Epics anthology. Oh well. I was pretty sure that story was a good fit, but what do I know. . . . :-) Rejectometer goes +1 Ka-ching!
In other news, I was told by an editor that I will finally have some writing-related news this week, but not sure this is gonna happen, even though the week is still young. No good to have my hopes up too much.
Tomorrow I am getting a work estimate on a copper repiping job for my house. This is just the beginning of the internal remodeling. And there is a lot of work to be done, let me tell you.
Here is what the garden looks like now -- and that's just one part of it, with the roses no longer in their first insane bloom. Click to enlarge.
Also, I know, I know, I need to get some pictures taken of the new cats. :-) Soon, I promise!
Now, I want to point your attention to ny new favorite blog for hilarious smartass reading, Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Novels. There hasn't been a single time I did not cackle out loud when reading a new entry, and the comments too -- such as comments for this entry -- are hilarious. Highly recommended to everyone, and I mean everyone, not just readers of romance. Go look. Just trust me on this. :-)
Here is a from a comment by Candy, one of the main Smart Bitches bloggers:
I'm 27 and started reading books with sex in them when I was 10--romance novels, Stephen King, Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins. Oh yeah, LOTS of confusion ahoy. I had the most basic idea of what sex entailed, thanks to my fourth brotherís extremely basic explanation ("The penis goes in the vagina and puts sperm inside the woman that way") but I had NO idea what erections and ejaculation were, which led to the following hilarious misconceptions:
1. The penis didn't actually ENTER the vagina, it just lay limp and sandwiched between the labia. I picture it as sort of like a hot dog in a bun, to be honest.
2. The guy peed on the girl's labia, and the pee contained sperm, which would enter her and swim into her uterus.
3. The whole surface of the penis was actually swarming with sperm, so the guy didnít need to pee on the girl if he rubbed vigorously enough on her labia. The whole thought made me giggle, because the idea of all those soft bits flopping around seemed completely absurd to me.
4. Every time a guy took a girl's virginity, he pinched her really really hard, or maybe smooshed her way too hard with his body (because that was the only explanation I could think of for why losing oneís virginity hurt). . . .
See what I mean? ;-)