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I'm back.

I'll never catch up with everyone's news, but I'll be reading again, religiously. So if I missed something important in the past 10-12 weeks, please email me! (But I think most people did.)

I've turned in my first course on taxation and my "agent" has submitted the invoice. Money, money, money. Much more than I get for fiction, but jeez, I have these stories rattling around in my brain that want to get out and get published! Speaking of which, Analog sent me the date for "Re\Creation." It will be in the November issue. Every writer on the blogs will know how I feel now when people ask me if I've ever published anything they might find and I can say, "why yes, I have." E at camp casually mentions her mother is a writer. Her friend's eyes bugged. E thinks nothing of it, of course, but then she'll be an artist herself some day in some way, shape, or form. I suspect she'll be interstitial.

Speaking of which, did you know Dorothea Lange was an interstitial? A writer and a photographer. She wrote field notes for her photographs and these were all "lost" in the Library of Congress. Someone found them and has published an amazing book of her photography and her field notes. It's the most stunning edition from U of Chicago press. The website for the book is here: http://www.daringtolook.com/

And *ahem* some of you might recognize the name of the author. But most of you won't. I once posted a photo of her with her niece using Pringles to make duck bills. And that's a hint.

I was at Readercon last weekend...there's photo evidence around the blogs somewhere. I met wonderful people, renewed friendships with others. I'll try to post a list later. I wasn't at the con all that much. I was staying with my parents and visiting about half the con hours. So if I missed you, I'm so sorry. For example, I know Julie Andrews was there and I wanted to meet her. I should have asked Greg which of his 2007 Clarion students was present when he pointed toward a table on Friday night.

I'm home and glad to be home. Jim Kelly's podcasts (available on audiobooks) kept me company on the long drive up and back. Going home on a few hours sleep wasn't a great idea, especially as I chose the lightly traveled rural route. In that long stretch with no phone signal on I-84, I drifted off a couple of times, almost missed where 84 runs into 81. That woke me up enough to get to Scranton where I began dialing my phone at random to get someone to talk to me for 5 minutes and wake me up. Shortly after Wilkes-Barre I ran into some pretty severe cells all the way to Hazleton and beyond. Fearing you'll hydroplane and trying to find your lane will push enough adrenaline through your system that you effectively wake up. I wasn't in danger of the sleepies again until I was between Gettysburg and Frederick, but by then I was so close to home I knew I could manage, didn't need to stop, didn't want to. Home was calling me.

Frog Out



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Jul. 21st, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
I've done the hydroplaning thing at Frackville (I was headed North, you were headed South)--and it's not really fun... F'rinstance, there are no cabs in those little towns to take you to the hospital or pick you up after you've done the x-rays to confirm you're OK. And while it's good that crumple zones work and airbags work and jersey walls work, it's annoying to have to buy a new car when you thought you were going to get another 100K miles from the one that gave its life for you.

Glad you didn't have that experience!
Jul. 21st, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Sure glad you got home safely! So that's your sister's book? Very impressive. Will we see her in Denver?
Jul. 21st, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yup to question #1. Nope to question #2. My other sister rooms with me and goes to cons with me.

Jul. 21st, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
Welcome back. What you missed in my life: I went to WisCon. I got a bad head cold, not gastroenteritis. I came back and got well. My brother came for a ten-day visit with his wife and children, aged 4 and 6. They got gastroenteritis, but recovered quickly and we had a wonderful visit.

Congratulations on the Analog sale!
Jul. 21st, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yaaay, hooray for being back on blogland. I missed you.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
I missed you too! :::sniff:::
Jul. 22nd, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Someone wanted to meet me? Eep!

(You do know I'm not British, right?)

I was indeed there. I was in that party feeling like I was definitely not a party person. I could barely get over my introvertedness to collect 7 stickers. Three of those from my instructors.

Three of us from Clarion 2007 were there.
Jul. 22nd, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
don't be silly. of course I know you're not British and not a famous singer (I'd like to meet her, too).

But you're kind of famous since I've followed your blog for more than a year and you were in Greg's Clarion group and you blogged a bit about it.

I was able to collect more than 7 stickers, had them running up and down my arms. Scott Edelman has posted a photo in his flickr with me biting my lip to keep from laughing. Not my best photo, not my worst.


But I totally sympathize with the introvertedness. That's me, too. It's that Myers-Briggs thing. I hope we'll run into each other at another con.

Jul. 22nd, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Hey you, I've missed your posts. Welcome back!
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