agilebrit: (Guri praise the Lord)
My Giant Bugs story, "The Road to Hell," has been accepted at Domain SF!

I love this story so much, but a cautionary tale where our tech kills the planet is a hard sell. So happy that it finally found a suitable home. \o/

NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER SURRENDER.
agilebrit: (Hit you for no reason)
Not only has Pedestal raised their pay rate to eight cents a word (from five last time I looked), but they've dropped the wordcount they will accept from 5,000 to 4,200.

Fortunately, the story that got rejected today fits within that guideline, and so when they re-open for subs on the 18th, that's where it's going. I'm keeping the tab open until then to remind myself. GOD, I love Firefox.

Yeah, back on the subbing horse. Go, me? But, just in case, someone poke me on the 18th.
agilebrit: (Hit you for no reason)
Not only has Pedestal raised their pay rate to eight cents a word (from five last time I looked), but they've dropped the wordcount they will accept from 5,000 to 4,200.

Fortunately, the story that got rejected today fits within that guideline, and so when they re-open for subs on the 18th, that's where it's going. I'm keeping the tab open until then to remind myself. GOD, I love Firefox.

Yeah, back on the subbing horse. Go, me? But, just in case, someone poke me on the 18th.
agilebrit: (D'Argo -- Anteaters)
Did my sub get lost in the mail? Did the response get lost in the mail? Did the sub fall behind the desk? Maybe the editors are sitting there, giggling so much at my temerity for daring to sub a piece of crap like that, that they haven't taken the time yet to send a "Heh. NO." ("OMG, look at this!" "I know! It's a train wreck of stunning proportions." "Worse than the dreck she usually sends us." "What was she thinking?" "HEY! That's my baby you guys are talking about!" "Well, lady, your baby's ugly.")

AAAAUUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH.

I hate my brain. *beats it* Seriously, brain, if a market is taking longer than normal for a response, that's usually a good thing, because that means they're at least considering it. So stoppit. By the same token, don't get your hopes up. It's probably just the post office being its usual slow self.

Yes, I'm being deliberately vague here. Those in the know are aware of which market I'm talking about, and the rest of you probably don't care anyway.
agilebrit: (D'Argo -- Anteaters)
Did my sub get lost in the mail? Did the response get lost in the mail? Did the sub fall behind the desk? Maybe the editors are sitting there, giggling so much at my temerity for daring to sub a piece of crap like that, that they haven't taken the time yet to send a "Heh. NO." ("OMG, look at this!" "I know! It's a train wreck of stunning proportions." "Worse than the dreck she usually sends us." "What was she thinking?" "HEY! That's my baby you guys are talking about!" "Well, lady, your baby's ugly.")

AAAAUUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH.

I hate my brain. *beats it* Seriously, brain, if a market is taking longer than normal for a response, that's usually a good thing, because that means they're at least considering it. So stoppit. By the same token, don't get your hopes up. It's probably just the post office being its usual slow self.

Yes, I'm being deliberately vague here. Those in the know are aware of which market I'm talking about, and the rest of you probably don't care anyway.
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I'm getting back on the horse. Giant Bugs is going to F&SF this afternoon, once I get it all formatted and printed and stuff. I still think it's one of the best things I've ever written. So there.

I'm considering skipping the rest of the first tier publishers for the Abducted!Werewolf story and starting on the second. It's...just one of those weird things I wrote when I was in a weird mood, and my confidence level on it is low. Thinking about The Town Drunk for it. ETA: And it's sent.

Baen's, at last glance, is still closed. Will check later. As soon as I see that they're open again, they're getting the BearFic.

I scribbled 232 words on the Faerie Show fic yesterday. I'll do at least 250 today. Smack me if you see me wasting time by playing Text Twist or something.
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I'm getting back on the horse. Giant Bugs is going to F&SF this afternoon, once I get it all formatted and printed and stuff. I still think it's one of the best things I've ever written. So there.

I'm considering skipping the rest of the first tier publishers for the Abducted!Werewolf story and starting on the second. It's...just one of those weird things I wrote when I was in a weird mood, and my confidence level on it is low. Thinking about The Town Drunk for it. ETA: And it's sent.

Baen's, at last glance, is still closed. Will check later. As soon as I see that they're open again, they're getting the BearFic.

I scribbled 232 words on the Faerie Show fic yesterday. I'll do at least 250 today. Smack me if you see me wasting time by playing Text Twist or something.
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Of Honorable Mentions at Writers of the Future tomorrow.

*wibbles*

I haven't gotten a call from Joni yet. I don't know if that's good news or bad news.

Good news: I haven't gotten the call because it's actually a semi/finalist.
Bad news: It's an Honorable Mention--again. For the fourth time. Yes, I know this shouldn't be "bad news." I'm strange; sue me.
Worse news: It didn't make the cut at all.

You know...this should not be that important to me.

But it is.

Crap.

Speaking of the Giant Bugs story, did anyone watch Numb3rs the other night? They were totally going to use algae for power. This makes me feel strangely vindicated.
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Of Honorable Mentions at Writers of the Future tomorrow.

*wibbles*

I haven't gotten a call from Joni yet. I don't know if that's good news or bad news.

Good news: I haven't gotten the call because it's actually a semi/finalist.
Bad news: It's an Honorable Mention--again. For the fourth time. Yes, I know this shouldn't be "bad news." I'm strange; sue me.
Worse news: It didn't make the cut at all.

You know...this should not be that important to me.

But it is.

Crap.

Speaking of the Giant Bugs story, did anyone watch Numb3rs the other night? They were totally going to use algae for power. This makes me feel strangely vindicated.
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is shipped to Writers of the Future. We're going to Moab tomorrow. No doubt we've forgotten...something. I still need to pack, but I'm getting there. And while there, I shall work on the Faerie Show fic. *nods firmly* I may even finish it.
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is shipped to Writers of the Future. We're going to Moab tomorrow. No doubt we've forgotten...something. I still need to pack, but I'm getting there. And while there, I shall work on the Faerie Show fic. *nods firmly* I may even finish it.

Woo!

Mar. 19th, 2008 11:53 am
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  • The Giant Bugs story is formatted, printed, and ready to mail. Of course, it wouldn't be me if something didn't go wrong. This time, I forgot to put the word count on the cover page. D'oh! 'Tis fixed.
  • We're going to Moab tomorrow for the Easter Jeep Safari. We'll be gone for five or six days, probably with little or no internet access. So, if I'm scarce, that's why.
  • This means that we need to get paid, pay the bills, pack, get road snacks, hit the comic store (TWO! comics out today), stop the mail... I'm sure there's stuff in there I'm missing.
  • Hubby has a week off next month, which means a San Diego trip is GO as soon as I hear back from Jerry at Emerald Gardens. He's going to Costa Rica for two weeks next month, so hopefully he'll be there when the Hubby's off. We'll also visit the zoo and wild animal park. No idea yet whether we'll take the Cessna or go Delta; depends on loads.

    Those of you on my flist who are snail mailing subs to magazines know that postal rates are going up (again), and you should either put extra postage on the return envelope or use Forever Stamps, right?
  • Woo!

    Mar. 19th, 2008 11:53 am
    agilebrit: (Default)
  • The Giant Bugs story is formatted, printed, and ready to mail. Of course, it wouldn't be me if something didn't go wrong. This time, I forgot to put the word count on the cover page. D'oh! 'Tis fixed.
  • We're going to Moab tomorrow for the Easter Jeep Safari. We'll be gone for five or six days, probably with little or no internet access. So, if I'm scarce, that's why.
  • This means that we need to get paid, pay the bills, pack, get road snacks, hit the comic store (TWO! comics out today), stop the mail... I'm sure there's stuff in there I'm missing.
  • Hubby has a week off next month, which means a San Diego trip is GO as soon as I hear back from Jerry at Emerald Gardens. He's going to Costa Rica for two weeks next month, so hopefully he'll be there when the Hubby's off. We'll also visit the zoo and wild animal park. No idea yet whether we'll take the Cessna or go Delta; depends on loads.

    Those of you on my flist who are snail mailing subs to magazines know that postal rates are going up (again), and you should either put extra postage on the return envelope or use Forever Stamps, right?
  • ENOUGH.

    Mar. 18th, 2008 10:59 pm
    agilebrit: (Numfar: Dance of Joy)
    WHEREAS, I've dealt with all the problems I can find. WHEREAS, I've excised words enough to fit it onto eighteen pages, because the nineteenth page just had a couple of lines on it and I thought that was rather stupid. WHEREAS, it's formatted.

    THEREFORE, I am calling the Giant Bugs story DONE. I shall print it out, address an envelope, insert a SASE with a Forever Stamp (as postal rates are going up--again--on May 15 or thereabouts), and ship it off tomorrow to Writers of the Future.

    *nods firmly*

    For the record, I'm back to liking it again. This may change if I have problems printing it.

    ENOUGH.

    Mar. 18th, 2008 10:59 pm
    agilebrit: (Numfar: Dance of Joy)
    WHEREAS, I've dealt with all the problems I can find. WHEREAS, I've excised words enough to fit it onto eighteen pages, because the nineteenth page just had a couple of lines on it and I thought that was rather stupid. WHEREAS, it's formatted.

    THEREFORE, I am calling the Giant Bugs story DONE. I shall print it out, address an envelope, insert a SASE with a Forever Stamp (as postal rates are going up--again--on May 15 or thereabouts), and ship it off tomorrow to Writers of the Future.

    *nods firmly*

    For the record, I'm back to liking it again. This may change if I have problems printing it.
    agilebrit: (Default)
    Now that my "cop" is an "FBI agent" I have a whole new set of problems. However, Google is my friend, and I've discovered that it's not necessary to put periods in that particular abbreviation. If I was just publishing the thing on the web, I wouldn't care, but I'm sending it to professional editor types, and I don't want to unduly annoy them.

    In other news, I received my replacement Schlock Mercenary t-shirt today (they had curing problems in the batch I bought from, which resulted in massive design fading), and they included some really nifty little buttons. Buttons make everything better.

    And American Idol continues to bring the blah and the meh. Seriously not caring about these people. Some of these kids are good, and I have people I'll be sad to see go, but no one it would fill me with ragefulness if they got voted off (y, hello thar, Chris Daughtry!).

    Also, Arthur C. Clarke, one of the Grand Old Masters of SF, died today. :(
    agilebrit: (Default)
    Now that my "cop" is an "FBI agent" I have a whole new set of problems. However, Google is my friend, and I've discovered that it's not necessary to put periods in that particular abbreviation. If I was just publishing the thing on the web, I wouldn't care, but I'm sending it to professional editor types, and I don't want to unduly annoy them.

    In other news, I received my replacement Schlock Mercenary t-shirt today (they had curing problems in the batch I bought from, which resulted in massive design fading), and they included some really nifty little buttons. Buttons make everything better.

    And American Idol continues to bring the blah and the meh. Seriously not caring about these people. Some of these kids are good, and I have people I'll be sad to see go, but no one it would fill me with ragefulness if they got voted off (y, hello thar, Chris Daughtry!).

    Also, Arthur C. Clarke, one of the Grand Old Masters of SF, died today. :(
    agilebrit: (Default)
    And he likes it.

    A lot.

    *does a little dance*

    Naturally, he's given me some more suggestions. And I'm gleefully incorporating them. Also, I realized that they wouldn't send a regular cop to arrest her--more than likely, this would be an FBI matter. This is one of the more simple changes. Most of the other stuff is just adding on here and there and figuring out a graceful way to do it.

    I've also named the orca, and the boat. Because it's more personal that way. Never let it be said that I'm afraid of gut-punching my characters.
    agilebrit: (Default)
    And he likes it.

    A lot.

    *does a little dance*

    Naturally, he's given me some more suggestions. And I'm gleefully incorporating them. Also, I realized that they wouldn't send a regular cop to arrest her--more than likely, this would be an FBI matter. This is one of the more simple changes. Most of the other stuff is just adding on here and there and figuring out a graceful way to do it.

    I've also named the orca, and the boat. Because it's more personal that way. Never let it be said that I'm afraid of gut-punching my characters.
    agilebrit: (Numfar: Dance of Joy)
    And picked up the new Serenity: Better Days book.

    It's SHINY, y'all.

    And this week, there's a new Angel comic as well, and another Brian Lynch one called "Everybody's Dead." I think it has something to do with zombies, but it's Brian's and I'm grabbing it.

    I've done another pass through the Giant Bugs story. I'm going to let the Hubby have one more shot at it. At this point, it's as clean as I can make it, so I'm about ready to call it "done" and ship it off to Writers of the Future.

    Of course, that means I've gone from "wow, this is the best thing I've ever done" to "I kind of think this sucks," but I'm going to mark that down as normal writerly wibbling and low self-esteem, and ship it off anyway.

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