Stormy Friday

I really love the stormy weather we’ve been having of late. The overcast darkness is so soothing and magical. I’ve always preferred summers over cold weather, but I’ve never liked the sun–which is good because sunlight triggers my flare-ups. This is perfect.

Poll answers:

horrordiva Q: “When will Hobkin get an LJ?”
A: Eee! No! I already spend far too much time on LiveCrack. If Hobkin had his own little blog, I’d never have time to write. I already channel him IRL. I utterly humiliated myself in front of dude_the once when I didn’t realize he was awake on our balcony while I was downstairs making breakfast. I had a whole conversation with Hobkin, complete with his vocalized replies. I do not need the public to partake of that particular facet of my madness.
jmeadows Q: “$500 and an office supply store. what do you buy?”
A: Ooh, good question. The shiny, avaricious possibilities! Okay, first for the practical stuff. I’d stock up on printer ink cartridges, blank paper, and #10 SASE and 9×12″ submission envelopes. I’d also pick up a pile of those pocket folders. They’re what I store my paper correspondences in–rejections, sales, contracts, galley proofs, etc. I use one per story, and they can be ridiculously expensive for a couple pieces of colored cardboard with inside pocket flaps. Then I’d go to the stuff which are things I can use, but are less on the “urgent” needs, like a USB optical mouse for my laptop, an ergonomic USB keyboard, and a lap desk. Then, then I’d splurge on some fun, totally frivolous stuff, like sharpies in fun colors, gel pens, trinkety organizer doodads, and silly paper clips in fun colors and shapes. I’m an office supply geek. I think markers and art supplies are fun.

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Writing Stuff

Apex Digest #2 with the interview of me in it is out! Quite looking forward to getting my copy. Check out the pulpariffic cover art:

Received a rejection for an anthology. They thought my story had merit, but had too much sex and adult language for their collection. Oops. It was a horror anthology! I didn’t realize it was supposed to be PG.

My bank also returned my Greek check from 9 unpaid, and to add insult to injury, they charged me $6.50 in handling fees! I’ve emailed the editorial secretary of 9 to try to get this sorted out. But this is quite upsetting.

New Words: 100
Hammered out the bare minimum. Sketched out a twisty idea for the very end, but didn’t feel motivated enough to finish it.

Club 100 For Writers

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11 Responses to Stormy Friday

  1. keesa_renee says:

    Ooooh, office supplies! Me likey!

    That stinks about the check. :grumbles about banks not accepting checks:

  2. horrordiva says:

    I don’t know..I think Hobkin should have an LJ. I’m just saying. I’d be reading it everyday 😉

  3. Anonymous says:

    Very cool cover art! Looking forward to reading the i/v.

    Question: If you could have lunch with one living writer, who would it be?

    FYI: my blog has moved to Come and visit some time!

    Anne Fitten

  4. jmeadows says:

    Hee! Good answer. You’re a lot smarter than I am. I’d go for the gel pens first, and think number ten envelopes second. 😀

  5. dean13 says:

    Beware of Greeks bearing checks.

    Questions: Which seminars, lectures, books or websites about writing, if any, taught you the most about writing stories?

    I would guess you have also learned about writing by writing and from feedback on your writing. Is that true?

  6. dude_the says:

    Hobkin conversations

    *chuckle* Well, the main reason you didn’t notice me being awake was that I wasn’t speaking for Hobkin myself. 😉

    Anyway, I don’t really think the fuzzwog is the blogging sort. It doesn’t involve food, blue mitts, or digging through my scalp and into my brain… though, he seems to have grown out of his interest in the last two as well. *pout*

    OK, off to Panera to write, with a likely stop by BestBuy to pick up a new printer.


    • Eugie Foster says:

      Re: Hobkin conversations

      Hee. He’s good at channeling his desires, Hobkin is.

      With the onset of summer, he’s once again inclined to wrestle. I think it’s a seasonal thing. As far as digging into your brain goes, since your head isn’t here to experiment upon, I can’t say anything about that proclivity.

      I take it your printer finally gave up the ghost?

      • dude_the says:

        Re: Hobkin conversations

        Yup, dead printer. Well, it would still print, but it was taking an hour of cleaning to get the streaking to be less objectionable. So, I gave in and got a HP DeskJet 5740 (or 5470… whichever). Kicked around getting something large format, but Best Buy didn’t carry anything. Plus, I figure that even if I did get a large format, I’d still want a small printer for printing stories on.


  7. klingonguy says:

    How is it your bank justifies a handling charge when they didn’t do anything with the check (except hold on to it and delay you from cashing it with a real bank.

    I declare them to be bastard coated bastard with bastard filling, and encourage you to tell them so. Also, get the handling charge wiped.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      My bank returned the check after the Greek bank refused to pay it. I guess the “handling fee” was from trying to collect from Greece, getting refused, and then mailing me the refused check. Argh. Still no word from 9 either.

      • dude_the says:

        Handling Fee

        Yeah, the “handling fee” is standard bank operating procedure. I ran into it when I was treasurer of C2P. It’s also why stores tack on a $25 fee when you bounce a check to them. It sucks, but that’s banks for you.


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