TromaDance packing

Packing Matthew up for Utah. He’s going off to emcee the TromaDance film festival. (TromaDance, sponsored by Troma Films, is one of the You-name-it-dance glut of independent film screenings at Salt Lake City and Park City that Robert Redford spawned with SunDance.) He’s also going to do a commentary track for the DVD of Roadside Attraction, one of the shorts featured in Dragon*Con’s 2004 Film Festival. Matthew gets to party with all the film happenings that are going on this week and rub elbows with film luminaries, and I can’t go because I have to work. Plus Hobkin would probably blow a fuzzy gasket if we sent him off to skunk camp again so soon after Christmas. Still, fooie.

So it’s going to be just Hobkin and me this weekend. I hope to get a goodly chunk of writing done. Realistically, I suspect there will be some vegging before the mass-entertainment altar of viewing, and unproductive fiddling and surfing on Mr. Computer. Maybe some napping too. I’ve also adjusted our Netflix list so as to get all the chick flicks this weekend that Matthew keeps pushing down the queue.



Writing Stuff:

Made my first sale of the year! I sold my short story “Caesar’s Ghost” to the Revenant anthology published by Carnifex Press. Very pleased about that. The editor emailed me to let me know it had been short-listed months ago, and I’ve been trying (unsuccessfully) not to obsess over it ever since. Exceedingly happy this story found such a good home. It’s my tribute and eulogy to all of the ferrets who’ve graced our lives. Yes, it’s a story about a ferret ghost.

Words: 500. The novel continues to kick my ass. Thinking about switching gears again and working on a short piece. I seem to have a brain barrier erected against completing longer works. Dammit.

Club 100 for Writers
49

500/day
17

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22 Responses to TromaDance packing

  1. britzkrieg says:

    Congratulations on the sale!

    I’ve also adjusted our Netflix list so as to get all the chick flicks this weekend that Matthew keeps pushing down the queue.

    Which movies?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      I’ve got Mona Lisa Smile, Rain Man, and Eat Drink Man Woman queued up, with Under the Tuscan Sun and Magnolia behind them (if any of the other ones have a wait on them for some reason).

    • Eugie Foster says:

      I’ve got Mona Lisa Smile, Rain Man, and Eat Drink Man Woman queued up, with Under the Tuscan Sun and Magnolia behind them (if any of the other ones have a wait on them for some reason).

  2. britzkrieg says:

    Congratulations on the sale!

    I’ve also adjusted our Netflix list so as to get all the chick flicks this weekend that Matthew keeps pushing down the queue.

    Which movies?

  3. sonnydenbow says:

    Congrats on the sale!

    It didn’t take Carol and I long to divvy up our Netflix into three queues: hers, mine, and one for movies we both want to see. So far, it’s working out fine.

  4. sonnydenbow says:

    Congrats on the sale!

    It didn’t take Carol and I long to divvy up our Netflix into three queues: hers, mine, and one for movies we both want to see. So far, it’s working out fine.

  5. nmsunbear says:

    Woo-hoo! Congrats on the sale!

    By the way, I’m thinking of sending a piece I did a couple of years ago, “Seal Beach,” to Cicada. Any tips? I know you’ve had luck with the Cricket family of magazines.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks!

      By the way, I’m thinking of sending a piece I did a couple of years ago, “Seal Beach,” to Cicada. Any tips?

      Good luck with your submission! As far as tips go, um, the editor seems to like a “literary” style over a Spartan one. And whenever I write for a younger audience, I actively strive not to write down. If I catch myself using short words, I ask myself if it’s because they’re appropriate for the story, or whether I’m unconsciously bringing down my vocab. because I think my audience won’t get it. If it’s the latter, I go back and re-write it. I’m a firm believer that children’s lit. should appeal to both children and adults.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Thanks!

      By the way, I’m thinking of sending a piece I did a couple of years ago, “Seal Beach,” to Cicada. Any tips?

      Good luck with your submission! As far as tips go, um, the editor seems to like a “literary” style over a Spartan one. And whenever I write for a younger audience, I actively strive not to write down. If I catch myself using short words, I ask myself if it’s because they’re appropriate for the story, or whether I’m unconsciously bringing down my vocab. because I think my audience won’t get it. If it’s the latter, I go back and re-write it. I’m a firm believer that children’s lit. should appeal to both children and adults.

  6. nmsunbear says:

    Woo-hoo! Congrats on the sale!

    By the way, I’m thinking of sending a piece I did a couple of years ago, “Seal Beach,” to Cicada. Any tips? I know you’ve had luck with the Cricket family of magazines.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Commentary

    Vegging is good. We all learned it as little kids, right? The “best baby sitter in the world.” Personally, books worked nearly as well.

    Congrats on the first story sold this year!

    Joel

  8. Anonymous says:

    Commentary

    Vegging is good. We all learned it as little kids, right? The “best baby sitter in the world.” Personally, books worked nearly as well.

    Congrats on the first story sold this year!

    Joel

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