Hot skunk, “A Thread of Silk,” Part 2 of “Writing Multicultural Fiction for Children”

Hobkin doesn’t like the heat. It makes him grumpy and stompy and prone to tearing about the house huffing at things. We were hoping to be able to hold off on turning on the air conditioning for a little while longer, but ended up switching it on this weekend. I feel sorry for the little guy, after all he’s got a fur coat on, and I don’t think he can tolerate as much heat as we can—especially since he doesn’t drink water.

We’ve now switched ISPs, and not only is our connection speed noticeably faster, but part of the package deal was switching from our Dish TV to AT&T’s cable—with a DVR thrown in. Really loving the DVR! I can record cartoons (from my computer, even!) and save them up to watch on weekend mornings. Rah!


Writing Stuff

• Part 2 of “Writing Multicultural Fiction for Children” (nonfiction reprint) is now up at Absolute Write.
• “A Thread of Silk” is now up in the June, 2008, issue of Baen’s Universe with illustrations by Anthony Hochrein.

I’ve waited a looong time for this one to see print. I subbed this right before Baen’s was taking an extended slush holiday, resulting in unusually long RTs. But the wait was worth it.

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7 Responses to Hot skunk, “A Thread of Silk,” Part 2 of “Writing Multicultural Fiction for Children”

  1. biomekanic says:

    That pic gives me an L5R flashback…

    Re Hobkins: we didn’t have AC, and what we used to do was put an ice cube on the linoleum, and they’d like down on it. Thought that might help the poor little guy. Our Russian Blue/Chartreuse/Mutt kitty boy has a thick undercoat and he’s miserable in the summer. 🙁 So I know how it goes.

  2. j_cheney says:

    Are you referring to an earlier slush holiday, or the one that started in Oct 2007?

    (I’ve got something there that went up just then, but they haven’t touched the RTF stack in some time….approaching 250 days)

    • Eugie Foster says:

      It was an earlier one from June, 2006. It was actually a “buying freeze” as well as a slush holiday, and it ended up being over a year and a half before they bought “A Thread of Silk.” Although to be fair, they did ask if I’d prefer to pull it and resub. when they opened up again, but I chose not to because I knew it had been passed along to Eric Flint’s desk and was under serious consideration. Also, once the “we want it” email came, payment and publication rolled along pretty swiftly.

  3. t_rex says:

    Can you groom him? As in, give him a haircut?

    In theory, I mean. I don’t imagine he would want to be still for it.

  4. Baen story looks like it was worth the wait — lots of online traffic there, good for the book launch.

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