Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pirates

Still writing "Pirates of the Ozarks", up to 3,600 words

Ed Morris sent along first draft of a chapbook featuring four of our collaborations. Going to go over it. Looks like a lot of fun.

Monday, October 26, 2009

It goes on and one and on...

More rain. It rained all night and past mid-day. The county judge this morning (I write up the county commissioners' meeting for the newspaper) said he is writing the governor and asking for a disaster declaration for the county. The individual commissioners reported (they're in charges of public works in their parts of the county) that they have many damaged and washed out roads.

On the genre front, got an invite to submit to an annual anthology. The editor liked something he read in "The Silver Dollar Saucer" and got in touch with me. It deadlines next March. I'll see what I can write up.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Alien

The local community college Humanities Department is having another month-long film series. Back in April it had a science fiction theme, and I spoke when they showed "Fahrenheit 451". This month the theme is horror.

Since they were showing "Alien" on Oct. 22, I volunteered again to make some petinent comments. The attendance was much lower than expected, but we've been having this Texas monsoon weather and a lot of students probably didn't want to go out.

The series ends with a showing next Thursday of "Bubba Ho-tep" and Joe Lansdale is coming to town. This outta be good. The college is taking us both out for lunch Thursday, and I plan to write up a story for ther entertainmemt page of next Sunday's paper.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pirates (cont.)

Still working on the story, only up to 2,800 words but I've been tightening up the story and straightening out some narrative kinks. Again, I'm kinda enjoying this one.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pirates sail on

Returned to "Pirates of the Ozarks" this evening, up to 2,500 words, but it's all been in fleshing out and improving portions already written - actually didn't add anything to the end.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Back to the Pirates

Got back to "Pirates of the Ozarks" tonight, now past the 2,000 word mark. Lots of fun!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Around and about

The sun came out Friday - pretty much startled everybody. It has been rainy and overcast for ever a week now, and I'd forgotten what a sunny day looked like.

Good thing is the garage dried up on its own. After it was flooded Tuesday, I assumed I'd have to remove water from the floor, but it dried up on its own. The last time the garage flooded that wasn't the case, but I guess this time the humidity dropped and it evaporated. We'll wait and see if the dryboard mildews, but since it has been cleaned at least twice earlier, there must be some residual bleach on the walls.

Hope to get caught up on submissions and get back to writing, but I have to spend some time cleaning around the house, especially all the mud that got tracked in this week.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thanks, but no thanks

Gee, mentioning SoonerCon... got an email today inviting me to be a guest in 2010. Already replied, in the negative. Sorry folks, I'm staying out of OKC for a while.

Got the contract in the mail today from David Riley for the publication of "A Djinn for General Houston" in Issue No. 5 of Science Fiction Trails next spring. Already signed a copy and stuck it in the mailbox. Glad to be back for a second year. "Professor Malakoff" got great reviews.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oh, and by the way

On Monday - my day off - I drove 450 miles round trip to Henryetta, Oklahoma, where my old Ford Taurus station wagon has been sitting since the transmission melted down while I was going to SoonerCon.

I cleaned out my personal effects. An old boy at the garage said he'd give me $100 for the car, but we couldn't get the title transferred because it was a legal holiday. I left him the title anyway, and told him to mail me the money. There was no way I am going to make that trip again.

I pretty much figure I'll never see the money, but I need to move on.

It was a good little car. I was proud that - after sitting there for four months - I turned the key and it started right up.

Not had a chance to get back to "Pirates" - to much cleanup at home in the wake of the monsoons.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Afraid this would happen

A few years ago I read, in an article about the potential effects of global warming, that Texas would stand to become wetter because of the increased evaporation from the Gulf of Mexico. In my story "The Rocket Powered Cat" I mentioned that the near-future Dallas had a pseudo-tropical humid climate, with a new growth forest growing up between it and Fort Worth.

Although the change hasn't affected other parts of Texas, here in East Texas it's kicked in. We've had four days this year of between four and eight inches of rain in six hours. We had almost six inches Tuesday. The garage flooded out for the fourth time this year (it has never done that before). Our house is on a hill, but the thunderstorms are so heavy the water simply can't run off fast enough.

The community infrastructure is beginning to crumble. There were 60 road closures yesterday in the county. A number of bridges and culverts have washed out. It's becoming hard to keep phone and cable lines in service. Texas doesn't design things for a monsoon climate.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chicken Soup for the Cold

Made and ate two cans of chicken soup today. It does seem to help with the cold and flu symptoms. No fiction writing today, spent some useful time doing chores around the house.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Getting started

Got a start on "Pirates of the Ozarks" on Wednesday, have 1,300 words so far. Been trying to ward off the flu. somewhat unsuccessfully. I got caught in a cold rain Friday and last night was so weak I slept 13 hours. But I may have turned the corner.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Another acceptance

I was happy last year to send "Professor Malakoff's Amazing Ethereal Telegraph" to David Riley for Issue No. 4 of Science Fiction Trails. He liked the story and it was published this spring.

I sent him another story for Issue No. 5, "A Djinn for General Houston". He says he likes that one, too, and it will be in Issue No, 5 next spring.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Satisfaction

I've had a story title bouncing around my head for a few years, "Pirates of the Ozarks", but I've never been happy with any outlines I've come up with. Today, pretty much in a flash, the solution came to me. The title instead will be "Concluding Report of the Successful Suppression of the Pirates of the Ozarks".

Ir rained all last night, and the place is soaked again. So much for the Sunbelt.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Anniversaries

By some reckonings, today is the 25th anniversary of the publication of "Neuromancer". Never read the book.

By more reliable accounts, tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the debut of "The Twilight Zone". Now there's an anthology with a sense of wonder.

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"It’s possible that you haven’t run into the stories of Lou Antonelli. Since 2003, he’s been publishing delightful short tales of alternate history all over the nooks and crannies of the SF world. Thanks to Fantastic Books, we now have 28 of these little gems in one place. "Many of Antonelli’s stories have an unexpected twist ending. And many of them are what he calls “secret history” stories, which aren’t exactly alternate history—they’re set in our familiar history, but there’s always some element that contemporary observers missed. " -

- Don Sakers, The Reference Library, Analog July-Aug. 2014

A better path develops for a distraught man in “Double Exposure” by Lou Antonelli (debut 6/11 and reviewed by Frank D). Jake is about to end it all. He has been trying to keep his high maintenance wife happy for decades and has needed to embezzle to satisfy her spending habits. Now, on the verge of indictment and abandoned by his spouse, he buys a gun. Before he pulls the trigger, he spies a Kodak one-day photo hut. Curious, he pulls up to the window. They are holding pictures of him and his last girlfriend from 30 years before. The package is a lot thicker than it should be. Double Exposure” is listed as an Alternative History story but I would classify it as a Magical Realism tale. It is set as a second chance tale, a look into a life that should have been. The author is inspired by his memories of the old photo huts (I remember them) and of their disappearance. A cool idea (photos of another life), one that I could imagine would make for a great anthology.

- Frank Dutkiewicz, Diabolical Plots

“Great White Ship”: A traveler stuck waiting for a flight strikes up a conversation with an old airline employee. The Old Timer tells him a story of a Great White Airship that arrives from a most unusual destination. The story of a craft from an alternate reality and how it got there is only the precursor to the final act. This is one of my favorite stories from this site. I have a great passion for lighter-than-air craft and their potential as a future means of transport, which opens the story. The author uses this speculation to launch into an engaging tale. As fascinating as the main story line is, the alternate history premise that accompanies it is just as worthwhile. This story was well written and very well thought out. It is well worth the read. Recommended.

- James Hanzelka, Diabolical Plots

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