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April 15th, 2010


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10:01 pm - Mid-April Update
If I've been somewhat quiet of late, it's because I've been training for a new job. After years of writerly iconoclastic rebellion against The Man, I have given in and joined The Man. For the next few months, give or take a couple weeks, I'll be working for the local Census Bureau. This week was training, and it pretty much upset my normal schedule completely, rendering me rather useless afterwards each day. Once training is over, I get to train my team, and then the fieldwork begins. I do anticipate things being a little more controllable once that hits and I have some idea of what sort of schedule I'll be keeping.

Being awesome as I am, this won't affect my other obligations any more than my other bad habits do. :> I'll still have my Publishers Weekly reviews to do, and my Realms of Fantasy column to do.

As for Scheherazade's Facade, all I can say is that I'm right on track as far as things go there. With all slush read, I'm currently in the Very Hard Decision Making Process, where I yield to the necessity of a publisher-mandated wordcount and cut my initial selections down to a managable level. Every single one of the stories left (and some of you know who you are) is there because they suit my needs in some way or another. Now I have to figure out what needs much be fulfilled the most, and by which particular story, and how it all fits together, and have I achieved a satisfactory balance of one aspect vs another, and...

Thus, for those waiting patiently for a response, I apologize, and hope for a little more patience. I'm no Ellen Datlow or John Joseph Adams, whose unerring sense of quality and hearts of solid stone allow them to put together awesome anthologies before breakfast, I'm a big ol' softy who's dating too many stories and can't take them all to the spring dance. (Apologies to Ellen and John, I know you love kittens and rainbows as much as the next person....)

I digress. My point? I'm alive and I haven't forgotten about you. But a pony for Christmas is right out. But an anthology for Halloween is still in the cards.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have paperwork to fill out, and The Man to serve.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted

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From:minniethemoocha
Date:April 16th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
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Mike, I know this is out of the blue, but could you use a pro bono slush reader? I do select and edit the fiction for the small magazine I've been involved with for the past couple of years, but the pickings in Blacksburg are slim and I would jump at the chance for some better experience on the way to applying to MFA programs and honing my own storytelling skills. Do let me know if this idea appeals to you, and if so, what you'd need from me by way of credentials. Thanks!
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From:minniethemoocha
Date:April 16th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
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Oops! Never mind. Wishful thinking caused me to skip over the part where you mentioned you'd finished with the slush pile already.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:April 16th, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
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It's quite all right. Thanks for the offer, it's very much appreciated. As you noticed, I've finished with the slush for this project, and I'm down to the survivors of the first, second, even third round of readings. Also, since this is my first time editing, and only I know what I want (and I'll only know what I want when I see it), this isn't something I can easily delegate.

Now, mind you, I don't see this being my last editing gig. I have Other Ideas, and depending on when/if/how/what happens in the future, I may just loosen up enough to need help. :> I'll be sure to think of you when the time comes.

Of course, all of this hinges on me surviving the current project and doing well enough that people are willing to let me edit again. But I have Ideas. Oh yes.
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From:minniethemoocha
Date:April 16th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
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Hang in there! You've taken on a wonderful concept with this anthology, and I look forward to reading the finished product.
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:April 16th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I do too. I really want to see this once it's a real book. I'm quite excited about the stories I've picked up so far, as well as just about all of the strong contenders.
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From:jenniferthorne
Date:April 18th, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
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I was super excited when I saw the call go out! I'm doubly excited now (:

Don't worry. I think everyone knows that 'life is what happens while you're making other plans'...

I'm impressed that you've avoided 'The Man' for so long.
*mildly jealous, but still likes being in a library (:
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From:madwriter
Date:April 17th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
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If I'd known you might come visit I would've procrastinated turning in the census. ;) (And I know you're not allergic to cats . . . )
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From:oneminutemonkey
Date:April 17th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
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Yeah, well, you're nowhere near my district, sorry. :>

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