Yikes, I almost forgot fulfill my pledge and post today. It is very late, so I will offer this portrait of my spiritual adviser, James Wood, in his stylish leather blazer. Just the sort of thing to wear out for a ride in your Escalade, or just on the town for an evening of Cristal and eating canapes off a stripper's ass.
But Tim's posts sure make me wish I was! Hope to see some of the same people at World Con this year a week short of Labor Day. I'm in the initial stages of contemplating a move to L.A. Why? It is nice nice nice up here in the Pac NW in the summer, but dark dark dark in the winter. Today is rainy, and I'm reminded of that. I guess I need a change. All I need is a job, a car, a place to live, and moving expenses and then I am set. As you can see from previous posts, most of my books are already packed in milk crates.
Piece of cake. Don't be surprised if next summer finds me still mulling this same decision. Or not. Maybe. I don't know.
Three years and ten months. Yep. Story has been published and even republished in that time. This is why it is important not to sweat editorial guidelines so much and to just send stuff out. I wait eight months, which I regard as more than fair, and then send to the next market. I don't bother with queries anymore, unless it is to someone whom I've worked with or had personal contact with before. Because in my experience queries don't get answered in a timely fashion by certain markets. And every writer I know, myself included, has a story about a query that was answered "we don't have it" only to have a rejection or acceptance arrive from the same market some months later anyway.
Distancing himself from national Republicans and the Bush administration, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg yesterday urged an end to the political manipulation of science, which he said had been used to discredit the threat of global warming and undermine medical advancements in areas like stem-cell research.