It’s been eerily quiet in the office. Many folks are gone for the week, escaping on a much-needed vacation now that session is over. I’m the only editor in residence in the editor’s room today*, although the senior editor is also here in her office. One of the attorneys came in to say “hi” and fell asleep on the couch for half an hour or so—it is, admittedly, quite a comfy couch. Everyone’s in serious depressurization mode.
Beginning to make forays into my to-do list. I’ve also opened up my writing files and have started putting (or rather, trying to put) words on the page.
*Edit: elemess came back after I posted this, so I’m no longer solitary editor in residence. Whew. …Although apparently he’s rusting…
I was utterly delighted by the wonderful things James Patrick Kelly said ’bout The Fix in his “On the Net: Son of Gallimaufry” article in the June Asimov’s:
“Luckily for fans of the short form, a new site, The Fix, has arrived on the scene. Andy Cox, of TTA Press, publisher of Interzone and Black Static, and Eugie Foster have created a site that is visually pleasing and intellectually stimulating […] The columns are quite astute—I can particularly recommend James Van Pelt’s The Day Job and Scott Danielson’s Audiobook Fix. The Fix is one of the most promising new sites of 2007.”
• 7-day (reprint) sale of my nonfiction article, “Writing Multicultural Fiction for Children” (Parts 1 and 2), to Absolute Write. Yay! They’re slated to go up the end of April and beginning of May, respectively.
• Payment from Aeon for “Black Swan, White Swan.” Me likie payment on acceptance.
• An editing pass and 300 words on my pre-session WiP, “Morozko.”
Glargh. The words, they are are not coming easily. And the ones that do come, they suck. Was feeling pretty disheartened by the end of the writing session, so I took out one of my completed (and sold) stories to read—one that I’m particularly fond of—to remind me that I am indeed capable of putting together a reasonable sentence and crafting a readable tale. ‘Cause it sure doesn’t feel like it.
My writing muscle’s gone gimpy.
• 300 words on a new story, something light and silly that came about from a conversation fosteronfilm and I had in the car. Working title (and working title only!), “Cthulhu Editing.”
Congrats and kudos belong to all of The Fix‘s contributors, too, for all the hard work and great writing you put into it.
Yeah, but you put in an amazing amount of hard work into it, too 🙂
Aw shucks . Thanks, sweetie.
Asimov’s! Can I go all fangirl now? I agree that I really enjoy reading the Day Job. I don’t get to as much of the rest of the site as I should, but I have seen some mighty fine offerings in the prose section.
Hee! Thanks! I’m still pretty giddy ’bout it. Heck, I was crowing “visually pleasing and intellectually stimulating” and “one of the most promising new sites of 2007” to anyone who would listen yesterday.
Oh goodness, have I been there lately. (News like I got recently on the publishing front doesn’t help, either.)
Mutual sympathy and condolences all around are in order, I think. I’ve said it before, but it bears saying again, if writers don’t start out bonkers, this biz inevitably turns us into twitching, neurotic wrecks. Sigh.
Congrats on the excellent review for The Fix.
I can just picture you, “Cthulhu Editing” your little tentacles off!
Mwa ha ha haaaa! *skips off to awaken the elder gods*
I can just see the elder gods hovering like gray smoke over the gold dome of the Georgia capitol — What an image!
Very nice. 🙂
Yeah, I remember that day when I too escaped for a vacation…