Saturday, October 28, 2006

Two more stories accepted!

One of these is already about a week old, but Blogger has been ridiculously slow every time I've tried to come here and post a new entry or even view other people's blogs (so if I'm behind reading your blog, I apologize).

So, I guess it was 5 days ago I learned that a flash piece called "Poisoned Brush," which I'd written last spring, is accepted for publication from Fictitious Force. It's a print magazine, which is always exciting. The story had been tied up for months at a different publication, so I was pleased with a much quicker response on my second submission attempt. It began with a writing prompt to write something around the idea of flower magic. Flower magic? That doesn't sound like anything I'd write. But I twisted the idea a bit and came out with a fun

And moments ago I received an email that "The Underground School of Lower Education" has been accepted by OG"s Speculative Fiction. This was the story that had originally been written for Jupiter World Press's Higher Education Themed Anthology and was scheduled to be released the week JWP decided to shut down. So I'm very pleased to have found a new home for it. They've just released their second issue, and I'll post it here when I know what issue this story will be in.

One last thing--poking around the website for All Possible Worlds the other day, I noticed my name listed on their website as one of the authors appearing in their premier issue--pretty cool to see that. Right at the top of the list too! (since it's alphebetical...) That should be coming out next March.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Story up at Mytholog

I don't think I ever even got a chance to mention that this story had been accepted here, and it's already up in their autumn issue. It had been tentatively accepted just over a month ago. I reworked it slightly and had just received word a week or so ago that it was definitely going to be appearing in this issue. And I had no idea it would be illustrated until I opened up the new issue. I like the picture. The story is called "Turtle Car in the Mountains." It's quite short, so check it out!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Micro-loans and the Nobel Peace Prize

I just read this article about the Nobel Peace Prize winner. I find that inspiring. My wife's minor was in third world development, so it's something that I like to pay attention to. Just to think that a $200 loan (on the honor system!) is enough to benefit people so's pretty incredible. It seems like so much of the opportunities we have to help people in other countries turn out to be good for a few individuals but not for the society at large or otherwise have drawbacks to how they're implemented. And maybe this does too, but it seems to be a good program.

In related stuff, I just learned that the Democratic candidate for governor of Colorado spent time in Africa doing development work (as in 'third world development', not as in 'realty developers'--it involved HIV prevention and treatment). I think that speaks very well for him. I'd already been put off by the racist-tinged ads of his opponent, so I probably would have voted for him anyway, but it's a nice thing to learn.

And if you're on the ball and already trying to plan Christmas presents (which I've seen a couple people mention that they are), find one of the organizations that allow you to buy a water buffalo or a goat or drought resistant seeds to be used where they're most needed. Then give the certificate as a gift instead. We did that last year instead of buying stuff that people don't really need anyway. It's definitely a worthwhile program.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Go Tigers!

Who'd have thought last spring that I'd be saying that this time of year? We've taught our (not quite 2-year-old) son to sing "Take me out to the ballgame." Here's how it goes, with what I sing in black and what he sings in red:

Take me out to the ballgame,
Take me out to the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and [some] cracker jack,
I don't care if I never get back.
For it's root, root, root for the Tiiii-gerrrrs,
If they don't win it's a shame.
For it's one, two, free strikes you're out,
At the old bald-game!