Simultaneously Dangerous

Simultaneous submission restrictions may be my least favorite aspect of the traditional writing process. Few steps embody the “submission" bit of writing more than meekly acceding to the arbitrary whims of particular markets.

OMG, did I just say arbitrary whims?

You bet yer sweet bippy I did.

The restrictions against simultaneous subs have little to do with fairness or efficiency and everything to do with the convenience of the market considering a story. By prohibiting simultaneous submissions, the magazine editors

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Happy Halloween

"Day is always over.

Night is always coming."

Happy Halloween, boys and girls.

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Cover Stories

I had occasion to pick my copy of Garth Nix's Lirael off my shelf the other day (the occasion being merely that I like to pick up really good books). My copy is a galley/ARC that has the Leo & Diane Dillon art on the cover. And even though I've read this story eleventy times and looked at the cover way more than that, not until last night did it occur to me that L&DD might have

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A round of thanks

In the midst of a metric crapton of obligations and windmill-tilting exercises, I thought I'd take a few moments to thank some people who were good to me over the past several weeks.

Conrad, for letting us invade your house and eat your food and stuff.

Bonnie, for rides to unfun places like hospitals.

Jason, for being cool when I tossed up that fried clam roll in the car. At least it was a rental!

Aaron, for crossing Downer Ave

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Jobs No One Can Prove I Don't Have

Presented in order of descending plausibility:

  • Futurist

  • Retrofuturist

  • Thought Leader

  • Selenographer

  • Consulting Anarchist

  • Author

  • Systems Analyst

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Microfiction: Rose

“Are we still buds?” Rose asked, and then burst into bloom. “Oh, I guess not.”

She blushed pink, now worried about being the last one picked.

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