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Brief Update & Accomplishments, 9/17/2017 to 9/23/2017

I live! Aside from the fact that my ulnar nerve in my left arm is no longer on speaking terms with me, I am doing pretty well, having finally crawled out of a depressive episode of over a month.

However, I have sworn off social media for the next thirty days, so if you want to reach me, the best bet is a)texting/messaging me (I’m still using FB Messenger, even if I’m not using Facebook), b) I dunno, smoke signals? I decided to try this social media sabbatical on somewhat of a lark, but I’m finding it delightful not to feel like I have the universe yelling in my ear all the time. I may never come back!

(And yes, I’m still crossposting to social media. If you want to reply to something from this post, your best bet is commenting here, because I sure won’t see it otherwise).

To be frank, I shouldn’t underplay the problem with my left arm. My pinkie and ring finger have been numb for three weeks now. I’m scheduled to see an orthopedic surgeon tomorrow, and to have a nerve conduction study with a physiatrist next month, but in the meantime I have no relief. I try to stay positive, but my work involves typing, and my hobbies generally do, too, so it’s exceptionally hard not being able to do what I want.

In the meantime, here’s what I’ve been up to this week.

Accomplishments

Writing
– Edited FSOTU story “Pinions” for writing group
– Did a second editing pass of FSOTU story “The Mirrors of Her Eyes”
– Submitted “Mirrors” to Clarkesworld (and got a prompt rejection)
– Submitted “Mirrors” to Fireside
– Did a second editing pass of FSOTU story “Granny Hubbard vs. the Giant Slime”
– Submitted “Granny Hubbard” to Daily Science Fiction

Reading
– (Re)read The Dragonbone Chair, by Tad Williams
– Read Deep Work, by Cal Newport

Other Media
– Listened to Stuff to Blow Your Mind, “The Psychology of Tattoos”
– Listened to Stuff Mom Never Told You, “Women & White Supremacy”
– Listened to Happier with Gretchen Rubin, episode 131-133

Social/Travel
– Took trip to New Hampshire with EB
– Visited the Hamilton Smith Memorial Chapel in Durham, NH
– Visited the Woodman Institute Museum in Dover, NH
– Visited the Madison Boulder in Madison, NH
– Stayed at Adventure Suites in North Conway, NH
– Had dinner at Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Company in N. Conway
– Visited the Memorial Arch of Tilton in Northfield, NH
– Visited the Franklin Pierce Manse in Concord, NH
– Visited the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, NH and saw the Lake Winnepesaukee Mystery Stone
– Visited the Old Man in the Mountain replica in Hooksett, NH
– Had lunch at LaLa’s Hungarian Pastries in Manchester, NH
– Visited Cat Alley in Manchester, NH
– Visited the Dancing Lion Chocolate Shop in Manchester, NH
– Visited the grave of William G. Bruce in Mont Vernon, NH
– Visited the Swing Bridge in Milford, NH
– Visited the grave of Caroline Cutter in Milford, NH
– Had dinner at Yamato Japan in Leominster, MA with EB

Health
– Did Zombies Run! S1E18 (1.91mi in 29:55)
– Did Zombies Run! S1E19 (1.78mi in 29:05)

Picture of the Week


One of the highlights of this weekend’s New Hampshire adventure: a clamshell bed.

Rejection Log

– 2-day rejection from Clarkesworld for “The Mirrors of Her Eyes”

  1. God, prompt rejections are such a mixed bag (speaking from my job hunt experience). On the one hand, it’s nice not to be left hanging, and certainly I’m still more annoyed about all the places that literally *never* got back to me than I am about the ones that turned me down. On the other… jeez, quick turnaround on a no can sting.

    Also: Clamshell beds, part of this complete mermaid experience.

    -Pickle

    • Thankfully in publishing it’s rare to *never* hear back, and for places where it’s still a thing, there’s usually a “if you don’t hear from us in thirty days, it’s a no” kind of thing. That said, some publications take approximately forever and DON’T give you the out of an assumed no — and you generally can only submit to one publication at a time 🙁

      Clarkesworld is great for fast rejections. At two days and a form rejection. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even get past the first readers to Neil’s desk, but oh well. I don’t think I’ve ever read a fantasy piece they’ve published, though theoretically they do… I’m slightly more hopeful with Fireside, which is where this story is right now.

      The bed was part of the “Deserted Island” suite. It also had an in-room jacuzzi where EB and I sat, drank wine, and watched The Muppets Take Manhattan. (Where Frank Oz decided to have the Muppets graduate from my college’s dining hall, because he thought it was the most collegiate-looking building on campus).

      This is also the hotel where the door to the lobby bathroom is the front panel of a Coke machine…

  2. The clam bed is very cute. Was the psychology of tattoos interesting? I find myself interested in the topic ever since I started watching Ink Master.

    • It was! They talked about the many reasons people get tattoos, only some of which have to do with identity — a lot of tattoos have to do with belonging to a certain group, or memorializing something. I also learned that you can use any dark substance for black ink in a tattoo, which includes cremated remains…

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