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( Feb. 26th, 2009 11:38 pm)
Another 500 words on Dybbuk Melody. I have no idea whether it's any good. Probably not. No spec elements in this one so far - two more scenes to write before we get to the spec element. Weird is my middle name.
Still sick but will atempt to teach tomorrow.
I'm still feeling sick, but also anxious, which precludes me from sleeping; so I might as well write this second installment in the academic publishing series. The first is here.

Please note that I am writing about the humanities and social sciences known to me; your corner of academia might well be different.

Today I'm tackling annoying questions 3 and 4:
  • I'll just send it to a lesser journal. Famous Journal will not want me. Peer reviewers are brutal there.
  • I'll just send it out as a book chapter. Famous Journal? You're kidding? I am afraid of peer review.
These are really the same: it's about the fear of peer review.

In academic publishing, rejection is not the norm.... )
"On behalf of Greatest Uncommon Denominator Magazine, we're pleased to
accept "Imperfect Verse" for publication in Issue 5, available Autumn

This is my third short story sale. While GUD is not a pro market it is nevertheless one of my favorite markets, and what can be better than selling to one's favorite market?

This deserves a long post but I am unfortunately sick today, kind of badly sick it appears. I think I might have bronchitis. So I am postponing a fuller entry until i am more coherent.
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( Feb. 24th, 2009 01:38 pm)
Ever since [ profile] j_cheney  posted on prognostojection, I spend MUCH MORE time on Duotrope than is healthy for me. I only have four things out, that's nothing. I usually only get worked up when I have six or seven things out, which didn't happen for a very long time. I thought I was over the duotroping habit....
EEP! Help!

Here are some things I often hear from less productive junior faculty.
  • You publish a lot. It's just so easy for you, but it is a struggle for me.
  • I am just not a good scholar.
  • I'll just send it to a lesser journal. Famous Journal will not want me. Peer reviewers are brutal there.
  • I'll just send it out as a book chapter. Famous Journal? You're kidding? I am afraid of peer review.
  • I cannot find the time.

I hear all this so frequently that I want to talk about it and get it out of my system. I hope you will find it at least marginally interesting; there are some parallels to fiction in here.

Read more... )
To be continued, if this is of interest.
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( Feb. 19th, 2009 09:34 pm)
In a course of less than two days, I wrote a 4,600 words paper and then delivered it to a large audience in another city, tonight.

Earlier today i taught a class, and participated in a gruesome three hour meeting.

I am back home. I am completely drained and my brain is clogged. I am waiting for my tea to boil.

Eventually I will feel alive again and then - perhaps tomorrow - I will go back to my new short story, the Dybbuk Melody of Vishnevits. Isn't that a lovely title?

I only have 500 words of it, also written during the past two days.

i haven't been kind to myself lately.
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( Feb. 12th, 2009 09:12 pm)
Finally received my itinerant issue of Star*line with my prose poem., "A Living City," in it. It might or might not be a poem (it might be a poetic flash?), but I reread it just now, and well, I still love it and am happy to see it in print.

Speaking of which, i happen to have an extra copy, if anyone is interested; drop me a line.

ETA: still available :)
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( Feb. 10th, 2009 10:49 pm)

Last year, in January, I discovered i had miraculously spared (as in, not deleted) an old poem. I cleaned it up and sent it off to star*line and it sold.

Immediately I said to myself two things.

1. wow! i can sell a poem! no more deleting.

2. that was an old poem! I will never write anything ever again.

But I did write another one, and another one... you get the picture.

Lately i haven't been writing poems, and having sold all poems I had on submission except the last one (Godfather Death), i was feeling quite poet-blocky.

So I opened an old email [ profile] star0shower  had sent me, found my favorite sentence and wrote a poem about that.

It worked.

Hah! It's a poem about magical fruit, so I sent it to [ profile] tithenai  and [ profile] mer_moon  :P I hope they like it!

And now, please, I think I need a poem prompt or prompts. Please send yours! The stranger the better. I might even write a poem or two :)

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( Feb. 2nd, 2009 01:50 pm)
So many wonderful poets on my F-list are doing this, so here goes... again, as it were....

If you are an SFPA member and are still shopping for a poem to nominate for the Rhysling Awards, here are my eligible poems:

Short Category:

"The Dragonfeeder's Lament" - Star*line, March 2008
"Odysseus on the War Train" - Abyss & Apex, July 2008
"Insomnia" - Goblin Fruit, Autumn 2008

Long Category:

"Two Births of a Bird Shaman" - Mythic Delirium 19, Fall 2008

I am especially fond of Two Births of a Bird Shaman, it's probably my best longer work to date (except  Godfather Death, which [ profile] erzebet  is considering now). As for short work, please consider Insomnia from Goblin Fruit Autumn 2008.

If you would like to read any of the off-line poems, please drop me a line and I will gladly send them to you.

As for me, I voted already :) :)

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( Jan. 30th, 2009 02:06 pm)
So I have acquired 5 brand-new bookcases to fill with books. Bliss! However, after I relocated 2 bookcases' worth of books to my office, I was left with... three empty shelves in my home library. This is bordering on sacrilege, so I'm constantly on the lookout for books to fill the emptiness. I just placed a 155$ two-volume set into my Amazon wishlist, but I do not have money, so I'm just going to check it from the library.

And what is it?

The secret history of the Mongols : a Mongolian epic chronicle of the thirteenth century, translated with a historical and philological commentary by Igor de Rachewiltz.

Excuse me while I drool.

ETA: this book is amazing. I need my own copy.

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( Jan. 30th, 2009 01:19 pm) says I'm an Uber Cool High Nerd.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get nerdy images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!

This test reflects the lesser known fact that I was a math/computers nerd in high-school and my early twenties (no more!). Nowadays I'm just a lit/history nerd.

This question made me laugh:

Can you physically obtain (i.e. not from the Internet), in less than 15 seconds...
...Homer's Iliad?
My  answer to this is,
Yes, in Greek.

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( Jan. 29th, 2009 09:32 pm)
I realize this is not a community for design wankery, but nevertheless I cannot quite resist... )
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( Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:46 pm)

I've been cooking fabulous meals in this house every night. Yesterday we had the three-squash soup and veggie wraps, and the day before we had tacos, also known as Disappearing Tacos.

Today, there is food in the red pot....

Not for vegetarians, I am afraid... )

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( Jan. 21st, 2009 07:46 am)
"Grandma and the Crocodile" progress:

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
720 / 75,000

Those were good words.

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( Jan. 20th, 2009 07:51 pm)
I teach at 11am (central), and when I walked into the class I found my students fiddling with the projection equipment (they were hoping to  catch a minute or two of the inauguration ceremony before class). So we watched the speech together, and then had a discussion, followed by a regular class. It was grand.
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( Jan. 19th, 2009 09:10 am)
Sold my poem "Juvaini's History" to Jabberwocky 4. This one took a lot of work. Thanks to [ profile] tithenai  and [ profile] mer_moon  for critiquing, and to my friends for moral support! :) Thanks to [ profile] time_shark  for knocking some sense into my head at the right moment.

I still have one poem in the Jabberwocky slush. We'll see how it goes.
So, today is the last day of the happiness meme. It's been a struggle, since this is such a stressful period in my life, but it was absolutely great as well.

Today I am happy because:

I managed to finish a very long poem, Godfather Death, for [ profile] upstart_crow  (she won an auction from me during the HelpVera auctions). I am quite  happy with this poem, and those of you who know me know how rare that is!

We're in the process of moving, and even though there's still a lot left to do, today I am going to sleep in my house for the very first time. We have our furniture here, and the bookcases are in the process of being built. The house still looks gorgeous (with the exception of the kitchen) and I'm looking forward to loving it for many years to come.

And now I'm supposed to tag some people. Hereby I'm tagging
[ profile] shvetufae , [ profile] cafenowhere , [ profile] will_couvillier , [ profile] upstart_crow , [ profile] shweta_narayan  and [ profile] stonetable -  If you're feeling like it, please write for eight days about things that make you happy! 

I took the shears to the monstrous  bush today and trimmed it to shape. While doing this, I was thinking of the Goblin Fruit editors. Good god, what will I think in the Spring when I start PRUNING? :)

And speaking of Goblin Fruit, the winter issue is up. I have a poem in it.

Moreover, my friend [ profile] shweta_narayan  has a gorgeous poem in it that has won general acclaim in just one day! Don't miss it :)

As an added bonus, [ profile] catrambo  emailed me to say they've nominated Geddarien (and two other stories from Fantasy Mag 2008) for the WSFA small press award.

Have a great evening, everybody!

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( Jan. 11th, 2009 08:25 pm)
We went out of the house on 10am and returned around 7pm.

Plus: got a great table, plus a project table, garden shears, a toddler bike and a bunch of appliances off Craiglist.

Plus: made a yummy veggie stir-fry.

Plus: Figured out what was wrong with my story Wolverine.
Minus: Can't fix it now. Too damn DRAINED.

Plus: Alive.

I think, all things considered, I came ahead today.