April 28th, 2004

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Desk as Dollhouse

Well, Mr. Poe continues to provide quite amusing companionship. And I think while I'm not looking, he's secretly arranging the "furniture" on my desk to his liking:

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So I just spent about 3 hours finishing up putting stock #'s and format changes to the price matrices on those industrial mats. There were 6-7 that didn't have an Excel spreadsheet to go with them, so I figured I was safe from bothering with them for a couple of days, until Mat Man sends them. Then I noticed the email he sent two days ago had them in it. Gah! In any case, not doing any more until tomorrow, I will cry if I do any more of that kind of work.
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    "Honey Pie," Beatles
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Metro Girl sells out

Not counting a free classified I did a while back, I just placed my free print ad for Metro Girl.

In general, I don't think print ads make much sense for me, since they're expensive and I wouldn't stand out much in a "general" sort of newspaper, but right now I'm looking into some speciality publications. This ad I just placed is in an Atlanta lesbian newspaper that just started last month. I happened to find a copy of the first edition while out in Avondale and I thought since it's small and cheap and I *know* those readers will pay attention to who placed ads, it would be a good deal.

Next, I think I'm going to place a 10-week classified in Southern Voice, Atlanta's GLBTQ weekly newspaper, under Computer / Services. I don't think I can really afford a regular ad in that paper or many other ones in town, but I think a classified might work. Even if I just get ONE client in that ten weeks, the ad will pay for itself in a heartbeat.

Wheeeee....
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This must be a mistake!

My DirectTV bill is cheaper this month! Huh? What? Seems they decided to charge $2 less for the extra package I bought (in addition to the default "bulk" channels I get just for living here). Yay. It's funny, just this morning I was thinking about maybe cutting this bill down by dropping local channels or something. But no, now I can be secure that BBCA and SciFi are always available...
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Genre -- flip a coin?

This week I've actually been working on my new book project (Tarimur), reviewing all the past chapters and straightening them out before I move on. It's been nice to see that actually things are very much on track and the biggest fix I'll need is switching some vocabulary so there aren't 10 words that start with "tari."

Anyway, as I do this, I once again have been thinking about the whole question of "genre." Sigh. Would a publisher call it fantasy, or would they call it science fiction? The story is definitely fantasy to me -- something I am completely making up, not spun out of "real life headlines" or whatever -- but it involves aliens and alien biology. In a way, it's similar to the sort of Ursula Le Guin books I've read so far -- it's a story but it's alien anthropology at the same time. Because I know Le Guin is normally called a sci fi writer, I wonder, then is my book sci fi? Octavia Butler is considered SF as well and the book I read was a heck of a lot of fantasy -- freaky fantasy with SF element. I think mine squarely straddles the two genres. It's not at all heavy on the science (I'm the writer after all, and I'm no geneticist) but on the other hand, things do happen for a reason, there is biology involved -- there's no "magic" or spells or anything supernatural that explains things away.

For myself, I don't give a care about the labels; I'm only wondering in terms of marketing it to a publisher eventually. I've got to say "This is an X novel..." Maybe I will just reference Le Guin and say "Hey, like that!" it'll work. Anybody have thoughts on this? xanath, I bet you could give some input!
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Author web sites

Why do so many authors, even "big" ones (example: Mercedes Lackey) have such awful web sites? I can understand when it's really, well, a case of no money -- not everybody has talented friends who will design web sites for free -- but still, it gets me because it would be such an easy way to connect with fans, share news, create and share a whole vision. I have found like a dozen bad author web sites in the past couple of weeks and as a web site maker, I think, "Man, there has to be money in this!" Several times I've been tempted to write email saying "Hey, I need to expand my portfolio, can I redo your mess of a web site for free?" LOL

I'd love if more authors were like Ricardo Pinto! I drool on his web site...
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    "We Can Work It Out," Beatles
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Lumps & Lean

Just discovered, during a pleasant little cuddle, that YinYang's got medium-sized lumps behind her front legs. She wasn't at all bothered when I squeezed them. I think they must be abscesses like what Abbie had. I doubt they are any immediate problem, so I'm waiting to take her to the vet until I get back from my trip to Boston next week. I don't have the time to make trips out there by bus two days in a row and I'd also hate to burden Caleb with taking care of a sick animal who needs medicine.

Meanwhile, caught bits and pieces of Dr. Zhivago tonight. Seen it before a couple of times or would have watched it all, I love that movie. It totally is the music. I think I could watch the movie without seeing it, just listent to that music. It's Maurice Jarre, thesame composer who did Lean's Lawrence of Arabia, which has a soundtrack so spectacular I've got in on CD. All night any time I'd wander around, I'd find myself singing "Lara's Theme" and hearing jingling bells and balalaikas!
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