Still a smear on the virtual highway

Had a little alarm clock snafu this morning. I was pinned by a skunk and just wanted nine more minutes of sleep when my alarm went off. Wasn’t thinking too clearly, otherwise I would never have done what I did next. I rolled over, prodded Matthew, and asked him to hit snooze. After a few more prods, he lumbered up, the alarm clock fell silent, and I fell back asleep.

Half an hour later, Hobkin decided it was time for breakfast and scampered off to see if the breakfast fairy had made an appearance, which woke me up. I looked at the clock and realized it was much later than I had expected. Matthew blearily asked: “You didn’t want me to turn it off?” Chaotic rushing ensued.

Not a good way to start the day.

Writing Stuff:

Finished proofing the galleys of “Of Two Minds in Lanais” for Leading Edge and emailed my corrections to the editor. I think that’s the longest I’ve ever kept something that needed to be done from an editor in my life–rewrite request, contract, synopsis request, or proof. I guess I shouldn’t beat myself up over a week, but it still makes me feel like I dropped the ball in there.

I heard my muse cackling maniacally, alternating with hysterical giggles. I thought it best to leave her be for a while longer, but she seems to be displaying a surprising amount of resilience.

Discovered a cute folkish tale I’d set aside. I re-read what I’d written, and liked what I had too much to leave it unfinished. So I rattled off 2000 new words and just like that, it’s done. Hunh. But I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it now. When I started it, I had intended it for Cricket. But it clocks in at nearly 3.4K, far too long for them. Hmm. Perhaps that’s why I set it aside in the first place.

Ah well. I’ll see if I can cut it down or, more realistically, hunt down other markets for it. I wonder if it would be suitable for Cicada?

But I finished another story. Yay!

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7 Responses to Still a smear on the virtual highway

  1. pagmatic says:

    so does Hobkin leave you any presents when s/he’s mad?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Hobkin’s actually pretty good about using the litter pan. There is a tendency for him to miss when he’s stressed, but overall, I can’t complain. Especially since skunk “presents” are extremely inoffensive. Since he doesn’t eat meat, his stools are nearly odorless and his urine is colorless in addition to being odorless.

      Hmm. That’s probably more information than you really wanted. . .

      • pagmatic says:

        I was WAY off my Vegetarian (damn spelling) lifestyle at the con; but I can relate to the diet thing. Have you ever considered going Vegan? My wife and I have been teeter tottering on that for awhile.

        Next year, we should get a rice cooker and there; since we have a kitchen. I make a mean Mai Fun.

  2. horrordiva says:

    The “snooze bar” can be friend or foe…depends on the situation, lol.

    I enjoy those magazines, Highlights, Cicada, Cricket…great fun to read with the kids. My son and I always did the Highlights activities together…though the picture hunt sometimes proved a challenge for me!

    Congrats on finishing your story 🙂

    • Eugie Foster says:

      I’m all about the snooze bar. I just need to make sure I’m always the one in charge of activating it! I love my Matthew, but he’s not real vital in the AM. I should have known better . . .

  3. Anonymous says:


    Great to hear you finished a story. Sounds like you’re finally beginning to recover from the con.


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