Motley post

LiveJournal once again seems to not be emailing me comments. Well, snartleblast! If I’m not responding to your comments, it’s because I haven’t @#$! seen them. At least Comcast has worked out whatever was bringing our Internet connection down so consistently recently. (Have I just jinxed us?) We’ve had fairly stable connectivity for the last couple days. fosteronfilm and I started talking about switching to DSL over the weekend. Maybe Comcast bugged our modem and overheard us? While it’s true that if Comcast can maintain a semblance of reliability, I’m less inclined to switch and contend with all that assorted hassle, but considering how aggravating their perpetual “we’re up, we’re down” service has been, we’ll see . . .

We spent Sunday afternoon with sruna and pleroma festively hanging out, nibbling upon holiday delicacies, and drinking mead and the best hot chocolate evah! Well, fosteronfilm had the mead. I had three sips from his glass, which is probably about all I can safely down. It was very yummy. But sruna absolutely makes the most fabulous hot chocolate. It’s sublime.

I think the Prozac may be helping with the Effexor withdrawal icks, although I’m not sure yet. Then again, it could be that I’m crested over the worst of the symptoms anyway. Still getting dizzy bouts, but they’re fewer, further apart, and less intense. Regardless, I’m staying on the Prozac, at least until next week, just to be safe.

   


Writing Stuff

Published:
- “Only Springtime When She’s Gone” (reprint) in issue #7 of Neometropolis
- “Spring Arrives on a Hob’s Tail” in Story Station.

Hmm. A Spring theme for December?

These are both online and free, so hop on over for a read! The former is a SF, cyberpunkish re-telling of the Hades & Persephone Greek myth that was originally published in jinzi‘s anaisdotmfk.com, and the latter is a fairy tale inspired by Hobkin and his tail.

Looking over my logs, it seems that I’m now awaiting payment on no fewer than five recently published stories:
- “The Bunny of Vengeance and the Bear of Death” in Fantasy Magazine. The check on this one’s rather outstanding now. I may need to do a bit of polite nudging.
- “Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me” in Apex Digest.
- “My Friend is a Lesbian Zombie” in Here & Now.
- “When the Lights Go Out” in Ennea (9).
and now
- “Spring Arrives on a Hob’s Tail” in Story Station.

I wonder if I’ll get these before the new year or if I should go ahead and start furrowing my brow at getting all my 2005 bookkeeping in order? I do quite a bit of end-of-year accounting for my writing stuff and the sooner I can get started on it, the better.

New Words: -400 and several editing passes on the rewrite of “Cyberevenge Inc.” Sent it back to the folks at TQR. I hope they buy it. It’s a vicious little tale that I was inspired to write in 2002 after a run-in with a nasty cyberstalker. It was a very cathartic piece to write. The first place I sold it to was an anthology project that crumbled before it could see publication, but I’m actually rather pleased about that as it gave me the opportunity to go in and do some tweaking and tuning before I sent it out again. It’s a much stronger story than it was. And because of the subject matter, I think I’d rather have it be published in an ezine. Normally I prefer the feel of hard copy publication over electronic, but the ironic appropriateness for this in an Internet venue is just too chock-full of pointy goodness.

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32 Responses to Motley post

  1. mouseferatu says:

    “It’s a vicious little tale that I was inspired to write in 2002 after a run-in with a nasty cyberstalker.”

    Hmm… You wouldn’t be referring to this, now, would you?

    I may have to read this story. :-)

    • Eugie Foster says:

      That would indeed be what I’m referring to. Y’know, I’ll always think of you as my mouse in shining armor, or perhaps wizards’ robes.

      I’ll email you “Cyberevenge Inc.” so you can have a gander, if you’re so inclined. As a caveat, got massively squicked out by it when I made him first-reader it, and he can watch the likes of the Hellraiser movies whilst gleefully munching popcorn. While the story is much changed from the initial draft, the parts that turned his stomach are intact.

      Personally, I get all glowy and warm when I re-read it, but then I’ve got an overdeveloped appetite for bloody retaliation in this particular instance.

      • mouseferatu says:

        “…or perhaps wizards’ robes”

        Would you settle for a bathrobe, or does that totally ruin the image? ;-)

        “I’ll email you “Cyberevenge Inc.” so you can have a gander, if you’re so inclined.”

        Got it, and am very much looking forward to reading it. I promised my partner in Lion’s Den Press a few files before the new year, though, so it may be a couple of days before I can do so.

      • mouseferatu says:

        “…or perhaps wizards’ robes”

        Would you settle for a bathrobe, or does that totally ruin the image? ;-)

        “I’ll email you “Cyberevenge Inc.” so you can have a gander, if you’re so inclined.”

        Got it, and am very much looking forward to reading it. I promised my partner in Lion’s Den Press a few files before the new year, though, so it may be a couple of days before I can do so.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      That would indeed be what I’m referring to. Y’know, I’ll always think of you as my mouse in shining armor, or perhaps wizards’ robes.

      I’ll email you “Cyberevenge Inc.” so you can have a gander, if you’re so inclined. As a caveat, got massively squicked out by it when I made him first-reader it, and he can watch the likes of the Hellraiser movies whilst gleefully munching popcorn. While the story is much changed from the initial draft, the parts that turned his stomach are intact.

      Personally, I get all glowy and warm when I re-read it, but then I’ve got an overdeveloped appetite for bloody retaliation in this particular instance.

  2. mouseferatu says:

    “It’s a vicious little tale that I was inspired to write in 2002 after a run-in with a nasty cyberstalker.”

    Hmm… You wouldn’t be referring to this, now, would you?

    I may have to read this story. :-)

  3. gardenwaltz says:

    i wish you luck and prompt payment. did you hear that Eggplant Literary Productions has gone under? I know you had one piece with them, but I would imagine that you had been paid by now.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Yikes! No, I hadn’t heard! What an awful bummer.

      I didn’t have any submissions with them, haven’t had any appropriate excerpts for their library in a while, but I’m very sad to see them go. I thought their library concept was a delightful idea, and Raechel has been a respected publisher in the small press industry for ages and ages.

      Massive suckitude.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Yikes! No, I hadn’t heard! What an awful bummer.

      I didn’t have any submissions with them, haven’t had any appropriate excerpts for their library in a while, but I’m very sad to see them go. I thought their library concept was a delightful idea, and Raechel has been a respected publisher in the small press industry for ages and ages.

      Massive suckitude.

  4. gardenwaltz says:

    i wish you luck and prompt payment. did you hear that Eggplant Literary Productions has gone under? I know you had one piece with them, but I would imagine that you had been paid by now.

  5. secretsteve says:

    Was a good year!

    I feel terrible but it may be 2008 before SO FEY releases. I still have the ms. and right now I cannot afford to print it out and mail out copies to the editor as well as publisher (2 different addresses). Hopefully in January I can do so.

    Yeah, I suck as an editor.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Oh, Steve, don’t beat yourself up! These things happen. Money issues suck. You so do NOT suck as an editor. You’ve been great, and you will continue to be great, once you get past these tawdry financial constraints.

      I wrote “Year of the Fox” expressly for you and your So Fey anthology, so it’s not like I’m all antsy and anxious about my story finding a different home. And God knows I’ve waited longer for something of mine to get published.

      I take it Haworth is totally opposed to receiving electronic copies of the manuscript?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Oh, Steve, don’t beat yourself up! These things happen. Money issues suck. You so do NOT suck as an editor. You’ve been great, and you will continue to be great, once you get past these tawdry financial constraints.

      I wrote “Year of the Fox” expressly for you and your So Fey anthology, so it’s not like I’m all antsy and anxious about my story finding a different home. And God knows I’ve waited longer for something of mine to get published.

      I take it Haworth is totally opposed to receiving electronic copies of the manuscript?

  6. secretsteve says:

    Was a good year!

    I feel terrible but it may be 2008 before SO FEY releases. I still have the ms. and right now I cannot afford to print it out and mail out copies to the editor as well as publisher (2 different addresses). Hopefully in January I can do so.

    Yeah, I suck as an editor.

  7. scyllacat says:

    I am behind with my reading: why are you going off effexor? I have bad withdrawals when I forget, too. Like uncontrollable crying like. Write me privately? scyllacat at gmail dot com

    • Eugie Foster says:

      It’s not something that I’m secretive about, so here’s everything in a nutshell:

      I’m going off Effexor because I don’t feel the need to be on an antidepressant anymore. Since I started taking Adderall, I’m happy, motivated, energetic, and can maintain a sane sleep-wake cycle, so I decided I didn’t want to be on any other mood-altering meds. After some discussion, my p-doc agreed.

      I’d only been on the Effexor for one month, and I never increased it beyond the 37.5mg/day dose that my p-doc started me on (with the intent of ramping it up gradually to 150mg/day). Hence the cold turkey and the (misguided) assurance by my doctor that I wouldn’t be beset by withdrawal symptoms. I had some leftover Prozac lying around (I switched from 40mg/day of Prozac last month to the Effexor), so I’m now using that to help me get off the Effexor.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      It’s not something that I’m secretive about, so here’s everything in a nutshell:

      I’m going off Effexor because I don’t feel the need to be on an antidepressant anymore. Since I started taking Adderall, I’m happy, motivated, energetic, and can maintain a sane sleep-wake cycle, so I decided I didn’t want to be on any other mood-altering meds. After some discussion, my p-doc agreed.

      I’d only been on the Effexor for one month, and I never increased it beyond the 37.5mg/day dose that my p-doc started me on (with the intent of ramping it up gradually to 150mg/day). Hence the cold turkey and the (misguided) assurance by my doctor that I wouldn’t be beset by withdrawal symptoms. I had some leftover Prozac lying around (I switched from 40mg/day of Prozac last month to the Effexor), so I’m now using that to help me get off the Effexor.

  8. scyllacat says:

    I am behind with my reading: why are you going off effexor? I have bad withdrawals when I forget, too. Like uncontrollable crying like. Write me privately? scyllacat at gmail dot com

  9. sruna says:

    Was so wonderful to see you both on Sunday! We need to plan on getting together again after the New Year. *hugs*

  10. sruna says:

    Was so wonderful to see you both on Sunday! We need to plan on getting together again after the New Year. *hugs*

  11. sartorias says:

    It’s mail not getting to you…at least from me. (Also uploaded reviews, sigh.)

  12. sartorias says:

    It’s mail not getting to you…at least from me. (Also uploaded reviews, sigh.)

  13. teratologist says:

    I’m not getting my comments either, but I don’t know if it’s Livejournal or my e-mail being flaky as it is wont to do.

  14. teratologist says:

    I’m not getting my comments either, but I don’t know if it’s Livejournal or my e-mail being flaky as it is wont to do.

  15. friedsf says:

    You? Busy?

    You feeling busy? Ha! Looking at what all you be doing it seems frantic would be the word I would use. If’n I tried to do as much as you seen to be trying to do, I’d need Prozac too!

    As it is I keep my Neuontin and a few other meds very well employed anyway. Still, you IS one busy lady and I’m glad as the dickens I’m not trying to match you tit for tat. I’d be dead from exhaustion long ago!

    Don’t over do gurrrl, but if you be happy keep doing!

    Scott

  16. friedsf says:

    You? Busy?

    You feeling busy? Ha! Looking at what all you be doing it seems frantic would be the word I would use. If’n I tried to do as much as you seen to be trying to do, I’d need Prozac too!

    As it is I keep my Neuontin and a few other meds very well employed anyway. Still, you IS one busy lady and I’m glad as the dickens I’m not trying to match you tit for tat. I’d be dead from exhaustion long ago!

    Don’t over do gurrrl, but if you be happy keep doing!

    Scott

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