Zombie-husband and cannonball skunk

fosteronfilm is currently downtown in Buckhead, having brunch with a movie contact, doing the networking thing. This has whacked his normal sleep-wake cycle totally for the day, so I expect he’ll be zombie-like this evening.

I’m pretty sure Hobkin is in full spring fever mode. He’s frisky and full of mischief. Last night he went tearing around the house, stomping at furniture and attacking our feet. Skunks are the only animal I’ve seen that compact when they hit their “speed” stride (which isn’t exactly speedy). All the other animals I’ve watched elongate, stretching out to maximize their gait. But Hobkin, when he runs, scrunches into a fuzzy ball with a huge banner of a tail, sort of a half prance/half scamper, rather than a gallop. He’s like a cannonball with paws . . . and a tail. It’s adorable.

Writing Stuff

Got emailed the final draft of the interview Apex is going to run to look over. The intro made me grin. The editor called me “vibrant” and a “dynamo.”

Glimmer Train, however, were less flattering. Got the “we won’t be publishing this particular piece” form reject from them. Alas.

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12 Responses to Zombie-husband and cannonball skunk

  1. mtreiten says:

    Did Glimmer Train steal GVG’s catch word?

    Sucko on the rejection, but I’m interested in your interview. When is it due out?

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Hee. No, I interjected the “alas.” Although I think more rejections should use GVG’s word-of-sympathetic-misfortune.

      interview. When is it due out?

      It’s coming out in the summer issue of Apex. I believe the editor said June for release.

  2. keesa_renee says:

    Yeah, Glimmer Train’s rejections are (I’ve found) rather…erm…terse. 😀 But I guess if I’d ever gotten accepted there, I’d feel differently.

    • Eugie Foster says:

      Oh, me too. It always feels like a long shot when I submit to them, as I suspect even my slipstream is probably too genre for them, but hey, you can’t win if you don’t play!

      • keesa_renee says:

        I read somewhere that the average rejection-to-acceptance ratio for a new writer was 20 to 1. I never really expect to get an acceptance from Glimmer Train, but I look at submissions there as boosting that rejection number and hastening me towards my next acceptance. 🙂

        On an unrelated topic…so far, I’ve been totally unsuccessful at finding a copy of the June issue of Realms of Fantasy. Any suggestions? Books-A-Million doesn’t have it, WaldenBooks doesn’t have it, Amazon.com only sells subscriptions, and we don’t have a Barnes and Noble anywhere around. Perhaps the Barnes and Noble website would have it, though? I don’t know. All I know is that I want that magazine, and I can’t find it. :-/

        • Eugie Foster says:

          Um, do you have a Borders? They tend not to have as wide a selection of magazines as Barnes and Nobles, but they might carry it. If they don’t, odds are you can special order it.

          It’s unfortunate you don’t have a B&N nearby. All of the B&Ns I’ve been to carry it for sure. Do you have a specialty SF magazine or bookstore in your area, like a Joe Muggs?

          I did a bit of hunting online. You can also buy single current issues at Magazines and More, although I’ve never used them.

          You could also contact RoF directly via their website. They’ve got a trial offer that lets you get a sample copy without committing to a subscription, but I can’t see anywhere on the form to request a specific issue. But June’s is the current one so if they send the current one as the trial one . . .

          Good luck! If you still can’t get a hold of a copy, drop me an email and I’ll see if I can’t find a “backdoor” method of acquiring one for you. If nothing else, I can buy one for you from our local B&N and mail it to you!

          • keesa_renee says:

            Thanks! I’ve requested the trial issue, but I don’t know which one they’ll send, or when they’ll send it…and I want to have time to find it somewhere else, if it’s the wrong one!

            I think we actually do have a Joe Muggs…it’s a coffee shop, though. Is that the right thing?

          • Eugie Foster says:

            I think we actually do have a Joe Muggs…it’s a coffee shop, though. Is that the right thing?

            Yep, that’s the one. Hurray! In addition to being a coffee shop, Joe Muggs–which is affiliated with BooksaMillion–also has a very extensive magazine selection/newsstand. I’ve been able to find issues of obscure genre publications at our local Joe Muggs. I’m thinking the one near you ought to carry Realms. Let me know how the search goes!

          • Eugie Foster says:

            Oh, that’s a thought! Do you have a Books-a-Million in your area? I just realized they should carry magazines too. I’m not sure what the odds are that they’d carry Realms as I’m not as familiar with them, but they’re another big chain.

          • keesa_renee says:

            They don’t. That was the first place I asked. But if Joe Muggs might, I’ll ask on Wednesday. :does a happy dance: And if my trial issue does come in as June’s, and I end up with two copies, I shall give the other to a friend, and spread your name and fame throughout the land! 😀

          • Eugie Foster says:

            Doy! Books-a-Million was one of the first places you mentioned in your original comment. Just call me Mrs. Oblivious.

            Do let me know how the great quest pans out!

          • keesa_renee says:

            Oooh, I like that! The Great Quest it shall be. I’ll be near Joe Muggs on Wednesday; I’ll look then!

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