A HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout-out to mabfan this morning, who for those who don’t know him, writes science fiction like a modern-day Isaac Asimov (if slightly less prolific). Hope you have a great day!
A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY shout out to danmeg , who is even older than I am today. I hope you have a great birthday. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.
I gave Kelly her Valentine’s gift yesterday, since we had a busy day today, and she gave me not one but two cards this morning, which made me realize that I hadn’t gotten her any cards. Nevertheless, we had a very nice Valentine’s day–our first as a married couple. I was up at 6 AM to feed the cats, came back upstairs and told Kelly that I was probably just going to get up, since I was already awake. I then promptly fell back asleep for another hour or so, which she found very amusing.
We flew out of Reagan/National and once again, it’s great living so close to that airport. The flight to Albany was less than 1/4 full. In fact, there were 19 people on a plane that holds 80. It was quite possibly the emptiest flight I’ve ever been on. We left the gate 10 minutes early and arrived in Albany nearly half an hour early. strausmouse was there to meet us, and we piled into his car and headed to a nearby mall where we met rmstraus and their little dude for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. Then it was back to their house to hang out, and where lots of talk about babies took place.
Eric made an excellent dinner that consisted of pasta with sweet potatoes, to say nothing of a side salad with some homemade dressing. And there was some pumpkin ale to go along with it. Yum! For dessert, there were chocolate-filled strawberries and ice cream. We ate dessert while playing a few games of Apples to Apples. Ryane won the first game and Eric somehow managed to win the second game. It’s hilarious to watch those two play any game together. Around 10 PM, Kelly and I called it a night.
A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY goes out to fellow writer and workshopper will_couvillier ! Hope you have a great birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes this morning to fellow writer and work-shopper alaneer ! Hope you have a great birthday!
January 2nd is Isaac Asimov’s birthday and he would have been 89 years old today. It’s hard not to remember the fellow who taught me to love science and science fiction, however indirectly.
If I am not mistaken, today is ANALOG/ASTOUNDING’s 79th birthday. For those who don’t know, ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION is the longest continuously running science fiction magazine around. It started up in 1930 (when my Grandpa was 10 years old!) and is still going strong today. (In the 1960s, the name was changed to ANALOG). It is usually considered to be the "major" science fiction magazine market.
On a related note, I have a story that’s been out at ANALOG for 31 days now (that’s longer than any story I’ve ever submitted there, but I attribute that to the holidays). Last night, I had a dream that I received a "rejection slip" from Stanley Schmidt, editor of ANALOG for 30 years now. What was strange about it was that it was a long, handwritten note (several pages) with questions about the story scrawled in between references to various articles on the science contained within the story. There was not a word saying that the story was accepted or rejected. This is interesting because mabfan, in a radio interview, described getting a similar letter from Stan and not knowing whether this meant Stan wanted a rewrite or not. To me, it’s just a sign that the submitted story is in my mind. One other thing about the dream: in his note, Stan asked "What happened to Norman?" (Norman is the protagonist in the story)–implying that the ending was not clear. This is contrary to the actual story where it is very clear (to me) what happens to Norman.
Heading off to go shopping now. Hoping to get some writing in later today.