Forward to October, 2003...
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Today is my Name Day according to the Russian Orthodox Calendar of Saints. It is a joint day of the saints Vera (Faith), Nadezhda (Hope), Lubov (Love) and their mother Sophia (Wisdom). Yup, my name is Faith. :-)
If you are curious, check out the Liturgy (using Real Player) for this day, directly from the beautiful, newly reconstructed and re-dedicated Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. :-)
Addendum:I just signed up for Mike Jasper's October Novel Dare.
Yesterday, after editing the hell out of it until my eyes were swimming, and incorporating some useful suggestions from Jim C. Hines -- thanks, Jim! -- I e-mailed the finished novella to the editor. Now will wait and see....
The grant application materials are also finished, collated, and ready to go, but -- and here is where the tragic irony strikes -- I don't have the money for postage (yes, this is how broke I am). So I am going to break out the old rainy day piggy bank that should have about $5 in it -- hopefully.
You may now start laughing.
Good snail mail day yesterday -- got my MZB Fall 2003 Royalties, a small check for only $163.98, but every little bit helps. For the curious, here is a recent update on the state of events at MZB Royalties Trust.
While still waiting for crits on the novella to come in, I am working on a writing grant application. Last night, as I was at it, late into the night, there was a rerun of the X-Files series finale episode, and I sort of watched it out of the corner of my eye since I never watched more than 5 episodes of the series when it was on, and now might as well find out how that silly UFOs woowoo (sorry, X-Files fans) all turned out.
In any case, it ended pretty much as I thought it would, but one thing that kind of freaked me out was a reference to the Mayan Calendar and that it all "ends" on December 22, 2012 (which is incidentally also the winter solstice and my dad's birthday). That creeped me out (belatedly I am sure all you X-Files fans were creeped out years ago when the episode first aired. ;-).
So, I did a Google search and it turns out that indeed that date (give or take a day) is the end of one calendar cycle called the Long Count.
Wow.... And in a weird creepy way this info is also related to the novella I am working on now.
And in other news, looks like the weather's turned at last. Cool lovely nights, autumn is here! Oh please, don't let the heat return and spoil my favorite season.
While I am waiting for the five kind writer friends who are critting my novella, I am trying to clear my mind of it completely so that I can do a good line-edit and turn it in by October 1st. Spent yesterday editing a long poem and sent it off to Asimov's today. Will see what happens, since I am not normally a poet, but now and then one strikes me out of the blue. I like this one actually, and believe it will sell somewhere.
Meanwhile, here is my Conjecture program schedule. I particularly look forward to the Iron Hack special panel. :-)
The first draft of the novella is finished. It came out to be 37,651 words according to WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, and I will be editing and revising and possibly streamlining it over the coming week. Meanwhile a kind fellow writer friend is looking over it for me. :-)
I am seriously beat after not going to bed at all last night and then running a gazillion errands.
In the NAW news, a happy welcome back to Terry Kanago's online journal! It's been a long hiatus, Terry, and good to see you blogging again! :-)
It was also fantastic to hang out with West and Jenn and Sherwood last week at the Yamashiro. :-) Congratulations on that Strange Horizons sale, Jenn!!! :-)
The SF novella I am working on is almost done, titled "The Clock King And The Queen Of The Hourglass". It is also dangerously close to 40K, so I imagine I will be cutting it a bit in second draft, so as not to end up in novel territory. Been cranking out 1,500 to 2,000 words a day on it for the last Ten Days in a special short-term writing sprint I set for myself. *grin* I also gave myself a deadline to turn it in by the end of this month, and at this hard-paced rate I do believe I can manage it. Probably will be done with the first draft tomorrow (Day Ten of the sprint), then put it aside for a couple of days and finish the second draft final edits by the end of September.
Also received some interesting snail mail correspondence from a major New York publisher today and so, as soon as I am done with the novella, and then the first three chapters of the kickass romance novel for Silhouette Bombshell, I am focusing back on COBWEB BRIDE, a fantasy novel to send to the NY publisher.
Meanwhile the good folks at Ebook Reader, the new and very qool weekly review blog, just posted this week's review entry, and it is a very nice review of my two Grant-Williams High novelettes from Fictionwise. Go check it out. :-)
I've decided that I've become am an utterly boring online journaller/blogger.
And the reason is clear. I've simply shot my creative blogging wad, so to speak, on the thousands upon thousands of very thoughtful and original and fun newsgroup posts that I've made over in my personal newsgroup on SFF Net over the years, since about 1996.
Yeah, to some of you blogging and web forums and blog topic comments are a shiny, new, and exciting thing, but to me they are so old that I just have nothing to say anymore. At least nothing that I haven't said before. Occasionally some particularly pungent piece of online stupidity or injustice or qwankiness (aha! Just coined a new word that means "weird shit that defies definition due to its very weirdness") stirs me up sufficiently to get witty and verbal again, but then I sort of settle back into the blah state of being boring and utilitarian. In other words, I just sort of report things.
Meanwhile all my forums are just sitting there waiting for their owner to get a mental grip and get cranking. Pretty sad state of things, but on the other hand, if I spend any more time being chirpy and e-suave and posting all over the place than I already do, I'll never get any writing done or anything else.
Know what I mean?
By the way, welcome to the two new WebRats. :-)
Here is September already, and seems like the year flew away at faster-than-light speed. It has certainly beeen the hottest summer in Southern California I remember ever having, since I first got here back in 1976. Wish I had the money (it was going to come from the refinance that never went through) to replace the 12 horribly leaky windows in the house -- some of them don't close all the way, so the AC is getting wasted. And if we get a freezing winter in contrast to this summer, then the heat will be doing the same thing. Pisses me off that I have to waste so much money on heating/cooling bills just because I cannot afford to insulate the home properly.
In other news, huge congratulations to Janis Ian who got married to her longtime partner Pat in Canada last week during Torcon. Congratulations to all the other gay couples who took advantage of the new Canadian law regarding same sex marriage.
Talking about Torcon, here are some great pictures that Scott Janssens took, and boy do I wish I had been at this worldcon! Sounds like the pitting was super high quality, the Tor and other publisher parties rocked, and everyone managed to have a fantastic time. At least I am very happy that Worldcon is coming back to Los Angeles in 2006! Yay to LACon IV! I am so there! :-)
In more serious news, my sympathies go out to Lisa Silverthorne whose aunt passed away, to Patricia Duffy Novak whose father passed away, and to Gabe Chouinard on his marital separation. This are tough times indeed. Hang in there, friends!
In the this-is-kinda-qool news, my e-mail note to Neil got mentioned in Neil Gaiman's blog (scroll down to the bottom of the August 17th entry) when I pointed out Jeff VanderMeer's amazing collective interview project "The Physicality of Books" over at the Fantastic Metropolis, where Neil Gaiman, myself, and about 70 other writers, editors, and industry people got asked the 5 fun questions about our personal relationships with paper books. This is a link well worth checking out if you haven't done so yet.
Finally, my novel LORDS OF RAINBOW got a great review over at the European SF portal website SF Crowsnest, which really made my day. :-)