November 4th, 2008


Sore head

Have been nursing this headache for days - it's referred pain from my back and neck. I think I will finally just bite the bullet and go see a physio. On the upside, I have been taking painkillers before bed and having really interesting dreams. Last night's I was at some kind of sea world thing and we were sitting at the end of the main pool and some sea rays came over ... cool. Yep. Fine. And then some large cats swam over - as in like, a cheetah and a leopard. And then a large dog - like a labrador. And a snake. And we were all fascinated at these animals swimming on the bottom of the pool til I realised that was a wild large cat and all it had to do was jump out at me and I would be torn to pieces. So I got up and stood behind the glass.


That's drugs for you.

In other news, TODAY IS THE US ELECTION and Saturn opposes Uranus. Not sure if the two are related. But ... Today, Tomorrow, we shall FINALLY know the result. Thank goodness - this has felt like a 2 year campaign and I have felt every minute of it. Course, what the hell will we all talk about on Thursday?

Last night I got invited to a sort of last minute type pub thing cause mondyboy was in town. Really nice local pub and the food was not too bad. crankynick organised it and was in fine form. I am somewhat older, wiser and now more jaded than I was yesterday morning. The world seems crueler and more harsh. Someone send pink butterflies :-) Was good to catch up with everyone - robinpen, punkrocker1991 and lyzbeth and a couple of other non blogging types. I got grilled on the boy and complaints were lodged about lack of namage so ... here it is. I will now reveal his initial - J - and will refer accordingly. Okay? Sheesh! I also got caught up on fandom history - man so much to learn. Will I ever get the full rundown? Anyway. Much laughter and merriment. Was a lot of fun and I had a really good time.

And for some bizarre reason a new tally:
Emails in my inbox when I started the day: 114

I don't know how many I receive in the day but I try my best to deal with most or all of them as I get them. So these are like, things that require work to remove - slushing, editing, administration. Blah blah. My goal for November is to get back to a level of 40 or so and live there for a while.

And somewhere I have my High Intensity month tally. Will dig up and post separately.

Confessions from the Slush Pile

I have a confession to make. It used to really really annoy me when writers would ignore the submissions guidelines to my projects and would try and submit things outside of what I was clearly looking for, as though I wouldn't notice. Or that I would like it so much I would buy and print it anyway.

These days, I secretly look forward to and enjoy stories outside my guidelines. Because it's a quick rejection and delete and a tick off the list. Love them!

My current favourites:
- stories set on Earth in the current time period for New Ceres
- stories with no young adult characters *at all* submitted to Shiny

Yes, there is a hidden message in here to carefully read guidelines before you submit to calls for submission - otherwise you are just wasting everyone's time.


Puppy Hijinks!!!

Today is my Nana's 93rd birthday so I popped past her house after work to wish her a happy birthday and visit. She lives round the corner from my sister so I thought I might drop in on the way home and get some puppy love! I wasn't quite sure how my sister would feel about me dropping in unannounced and stuff, but the puppy is cute! Anyway, I ring the doorbell and my sister comes down and then sees it's me and says, "Thank Gpd!" which is an awesome way to be greeted and then I get a puppy thrust at me and she says, "now I can take a shower."

Heh. It seems the puppy is ... a bit of work. So I entertained the puppy for about an hour outside - puppy ran around, falling and throwing herself at things, and me, and tearing up the garden and sometimes eating her dinner and I must admit I was shrieking with laughter the whole time which *might* have wound her up even more. My relieved sister had a shower and then told me she had to watch the puppy all the time cause she was going to the toilet in the house etc and she hadn't had a chance to go grocery shopping and her husband had called to say he was going to be late. I amused the puppy more and then did a food run out to my favourite chinese takeaway for dinner for us both. I helped a bit more with the puppy - washed her after she wandered through her own piddle which was *so* close to the newspaper, and then kept her off the floor whilst it was drying after being mopped, again. Then she finally fell asleep on me and it was about time for me to leave!

Good practice methinks for nephews and nieces and being able to drop in and help my sister out.

My sister looks tired though. We've always had older dogs in our family, adopted from the pound. I'm sure it will settle down eventually. :)