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wetwilly
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And that's when she finally thought of a name for her baby. "I shall name him Meat Baby."
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Could be the opening for a Mid Grade book.
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I had a dream recently. I think it was dystrophia adventure. Anyway, it was a bit of life after some world wide disaster. I belonged to a small group that found and joined a larger group--that was where the dream began. Somehow not revealed in the dream all of us new people had a tiny electronic device inserted in us. When we got out of hand the device would cause great pain. A woman comes along and the narrator--I seem to be back out of the action and just viewing it--says that her brain is formed differently and therefore is more open to the device. But instead of causing her even more pain she can control the device and can cause more pain in others. She activates it and everyone starts screaming in pain...a schematic map is shown which reveals that not only is that small group of new people effected but everyone with that device in California-where the action takes place-and everyone with that device in at least three states over are screaming in pain. End of dream.
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stressed much? =P
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quote:
Originally posted by LDWriter2:
I had a dream recently. I think it was dystrophia adventure.

How did the dream make you feel?

With the "Barry White" dream, I woke up chuckling (it goes on to deal with the Barry's exorcism credentials).

With the "Meat Baby" dream, the sensation was horror -- it was uncanny. I think that's because it's kind of a magical realist premise: that treating her plants like babies endowed them with some of the properties of actual babies.

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I woke up confused I think, maybe a touch of sadness for those that were trapped in that group but it took only about two seconds to turn to confusion. Like where did that dream come from


Oh, And I saw my first Stature of Liberty today. She or he was bent over which I turned a corner so I can't say if it was crossed dressing or not.

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Spotted two Statues of Liberty this morning...probably others around but I didn't go by their offices. It's really something to see them out there, bopping to what's left of their brains...
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I've seen only a couple. One place most have gone out of business for no one is at that corner.

The guy with the electric guitar is gone this year.

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And that's when she finally thought of a name for her baby. "I shall name him Meat Baby."

BWAHAHAHAHA! This made my whole day and I don't know why or what it means...What does it mean!

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I had another "literary dream" last night in which I dreamed a story setup. This one is about a young, can-do mayor with an unusual problem on his hands.

AIDE: We've got to do something about that poltergeist in the municipal sewage treatment plant.

MAYOR: Well, I've got a cousin in the fire department we could call.

AIDE: What can he do?

MAYOR: Well, for one thing he can sing. Soul music, believe it or not. Some people call him "the Irish Barry White."

AIDE: So what's his name?

MAYOR: Barry White.


Ha. You people are funny... Write this crap down, this is a blockbuster in the making. They need to have dream recorders for your brain when you're sleeping. Like in the future. This is a thing they should have.

I would buy one.

And they should make them water proof so you could wear it in the shower and save those great ideas that don't hold on until you've reached a computer.

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Doctor, heal thyself. [Wink]

Just when I hoped to have the next three days to relax and finish up a couple writing projects, my brother, nephew, and I all came down with that horrible cold that's making the rounds.
How frustrating to lose good writing time to illness.

Btw, one of my self-mocking fears is that I will one day become a beloved author!
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...posthumously. [Wink]

As the old Yiddish saying goes: "Man plans, G-d laughs."

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

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Been there, done that, getting over it right now. I was out in early January with some sort of severe stomach upset...then last week I, too, caught the cold that's been going around---along with a dozen or so people at work at the same time. Missed work---in fact, had to leave work, both times---and spent several days just lying around at home.
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Good health wishes to you all.

I remember years ago when I suffered from pneumonia that I was too weak to read fiction.

So rest up and take care of yourselves.

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Thank you, Kathleen.

I'm finally coming out of three days of the worst viral cold/flu I can remember, and I'm beginning to feel more like myself...except for this nasty hankering for brains. [Smile]

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Brains? Really? Trying to remember if I've ever heard whether they're kosher or not.
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A search engine query turned up the answer that if the animal is kosher and it's killed kosher, then its brains are kosher. If anybody knows more---I sure don't---please enlighten us.
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The tsouris (tr: misery/trouble/woe) plaguing a Jewish zombie striving to keep kosher.

There's a story there somewhere...albeit only a flash. [Wink]

Respectfully,
Dr. Bob

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Two bits of grist for the mill:

1. I finally gave in to the twitter craze and created an account. I immediately proceeded to follow my favorite authors.
Surprising Fact: the reason it takes them so long to write books is because they have real lives outside of writing(???).

2. Where's that Jewish zombie story.

Does anyone here maintain a twitter? If so, I'm @SolunaBirds.

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I'm @KatDWoodbury, but I don't tweet much, and if I do, it's set up so what I tweet goes to my Facebook status (I do it that way because it kills two birds with one stone, so to speak--my Facebook status posts tend to be tweet-sized, so why not?).

I mainly use Twitter for news.

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I don't tweet at all even though if I ever got a fan base, even a tiny one for some of my Indie projects, I might.

Anyway,

I agree with tesknota where is that story Dr Bob? [Smile]

You have done a couple of flash stories, which means you could do one more. [Wink]

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And speaking of the Statue of Liberty---even though it has been whole.

I have seen more. I drove through a different area of town and saw two the other day. And today I say Uncle Sam for Liberty taxes. Haven't seen one for a year or three. Wonder if the guy refused to put on the dress.

And there has been a bird--crow-raven or ? out with a Uncle Sam hat on for a different tax service.

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Not me. I don't tweet or do Facebook. It seems like something of a waste of time to me, and I have better things to do. Don't go by that: up till I got a computer I might have said the same thing about the Internet.

*****

Last Friday, one of the places had two Statue of Liberties (Statues of Liberty?) out on the street---one male, one female, or at least they looked that way when I passed by. Plus another one at another location. I know of a third location but don't drive by there regularly. They're everywhere.

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Yeah, I'm basically using Twitter for news at the moment. I'm trying to do something creative with it, like write ministories or something. =)

I have not seen any statues of liberties anywhere. Maybe it's where I live? I once saw a bunch in California during a road trip.

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Has anyone ever noticed that geese get easily bored? No? Just me, then.
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Oh, I see other people advertizers out on the streets all the time. There's this guy (or maybe girl) on one streetcorner who dances around with a WE BUY GOLD sign. There's this guy (definitely) with a multicolored top hat advertizing a breakfast menu at a restaurant. They're the regulars on my regular routes; I see others when I go elsewhere than the usual places.

(Couldn't decide whether "advertizing" should be spelled with an "s" or a "z." I hate it when this kind of spelling problem grips me. No spell check here, which'd help me catch it.)

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quote:
Originally posted by tesknota:
Yeah, I'm basically using Twitter for news at the moment. I'm trying to do something creative with it, like write ministories or something. =)


There are twitter story magazines, a couple pay some nice money for such short stories. If they still exist that is, I haven't checked recently. A year or so ago I wrote a few stories that were rejected they few magazines I tried.

I have played around with the thought of doing an E-anthology with nothing but those stories and few others I wrote around 200 words long.

Or do a magazine type thing with sending out those ministories to cell phones but twitter would good for that. Oh there was a flash story market about three or four years ago that people could subscribe to and have stories sent to their cell phone any time they were bored. It lasted about two years.

Probably more info than you expected from your comment there. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Smiley:
Has anyone ever noticed that geese get easily bored? No? Just me, then.

We have geese around here. There weren't native to the area but maybe ten, twelve years ago some just decided to settle here. I've never watched them long enough to see how long it takes them to get bored but they do fly all over the place--back and forth--so maybe that is why.
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quote:
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Oh, I see other people advertizers out on the streets all the time. There's this guy (or maybe girl) on one streetcorner who dances around with a WE BUY GOLD sign. There's this guy (definitely) with a multicolored top hat advertizing a breakfast menu at a restaurant. They're the regulars on my regular routes; I see others when I go elsewhere than the usual places.

(Couldn't decide whether "advertizing" should be spelled with an "s" or a "z." I hate it when this kind of spelling problem grips me. No spell check here, which'd help me catch it.)

We have had a couple of good dancers out for a while but they disappear after a while. One guy danced for a pizza chain. The guy was overweight but he still had some good moves. He disappeared for a while but I saw him a couple of weeks ago. Another guy played the electric guitar on one very busy corner for years but I haven't seen him in a few months. Funny thing about him he may have been an ex-rock DJ. Three ex DJs from a long time Rock station are now talk show hosts, one day one was talking a reunion they had for that station and he mentioned Guitar man and how they all knew him. By the context I assumed he meant the guy on the corner. Maybe he finally got another DJ gig.

Oh he carried a small speaker hooked onto his waist and had a long cord that looked to lead to a business, probably the one he worked for. Seems like at one time he had what looked like a battery pack too but I know I saw the cord a couple of times.

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So I had a story in at Analog. It was a longer story, and I was offering it up for them to publish as a serial. One of those "this is a wild long shot, but I might as well give it a shot" deals.

In their online submission system, my story got "closed" and the status changed to "accepted." Surely this can't mean they want to buy my story, I think. It was such a shot in the dark. But what else is that supposed to mean? I haven't received any correspondence from them, though, so I don't know what to make of it.

Check my spam box. There's a rejection letter from Analog for that story. Universe, why are you so cruel? We struggling aspiring writers have feelings, you know.

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Have you double checked the status?

I asked over on the WotF forum to see if there were any other comments Trevor puts up but so far it seems to be that accepted means accepted.

If you haven't already maybe you should check the status again and if it hasn't changed send an E-mail to double check.

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Speak of the devil...last June (the 25th, actually), I sent a story in to Analog in the traditional manner---printed out, manila envelope, SASE---and have yet to hear back from them. Bothers me, 'cause (1) it leaves an "open" that should be "closed," (2) I don't know whether they're just holding onto it or it's lost somewhere in the mail (and I know how things get lost in the mail), (3) this kind of delay is something I might expect from a lesser magazine, (4) is this a harbinger of the future with the new editor at the magazine, or maybe a change of submission policies, and (5) I've gotten a couple of queries about maybe putting something new on my website, but I was waiting for this one to come back before doing anything about it.
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quote:
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Speak of the devil...last June (the 25th, actually), I sent a story in to Analog in the traditional manner---printed out, manila envelope, SASE---and have yet to hear back from them. Bothers me, 'cause (1) it leaves an "open" that should be "closed," (2) I don't know whether they're just holding onto it or it's lost somewhere in the mail (and I know how things get lost in the mail), (3) this kind of delay is something I might expect from a lesser magazine, (4) is this a harbinger of the future with the new editor at the magazine, or maybe a change of submission policies, and (5) I've gotten a couple of queries about maybe putting something new on my website, but I was waiting for this one to come back before doing anything about it.

They are spending a long time going through the stories they receive. I mean upwards of 200 days. One person who knows a little of what is going on stated that Trevor and his team have other things to do can only spend a small amount of time on the stories. Supposedly the period of time was suppose to decrease as they got used their schedules under Trevor and I think it did for a while but now it seems to be back up to where it was at the beginning.

You're right not good. Asimov's started taking longer too but not as long. I wonder if the parent company that owns both has given the editors a ton more responsibilities.

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Ah! I must not be plugged into the right SF gossip circuit, 'cause I hadn't heard of delays at Analog and Asimov's. I'd just had a story at Asimov's right before---the same story---which was bounced in seven weeks, about par for them.

Not good at all.

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Also I sent it out before the last postal rate increase...probably it'll be okay, 'cause I stuck a Priority Mail stamp on it, but others might not be so lucky...
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Oh I should have said this earlier.

I said that some stories have taken 200+ days to get a response but some have taken just 160 or so. I have had one there now some where around 120 days.

And I found this out in a discussion over on the WotF forums.

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Why are Girl Scout cookies always sold on the other side of the street or some place that takes an extra two turns to get back to the right direction?


Well, almost--I found two places I could get to easy to buy some today.

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Well, Analog finally coughed up my story---it was in my P. O. Box when I stopped by this morning. I calculate it was gone two hundred and fifty-seven days.

Nothing other than the undated form rejection slip that tells me nothing, not about why it was rejected, or even why they held onto it so long. The envelope wasn't even postmarked.

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If you mean a snail mail box than it could have gotten mislaid for awhile but there are two on the WotF forums who have had theirs in for very long time, one sent in to queries it sounded like.

Mine though took about 130 to 150--I would need to recount the days to be sure.

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I've had a P. O. Box for almost thirty years---technically the same one, though a remodeling a few years ago replaced the original and moved it to another part of the building.
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I note in passing that the streetcorner Statues of Liberty have packed up and gone---Tax Day is past.
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