Story submissions

I just submitted my story “When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer” to Orson Scott Card’s online magazine, THE INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW. With SCIFICTION ceasing publication, this is only the third “online” market to which I have submitted stories. It is also my first submission of 2006, although it’s not a new story.

I also submitted an older story of mine, “The Last S.F. Writer” to STRANGE HORIZONS. It marks my third submission to that online magazine and my second submission of 2006.

I’m still working (slowly) on the new story. I’d planned on getting some writing done today, but it got away from me.

Off to bed now.

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Story submissions

I just submitted my story “When I Kissed the Learned Astronomer” to Orson Scott Card’s online magazine, THE INTERGALACTIC MEDICINE SHOW. With SCIFICTION ceasing publication, this is only the third “online” market to which I have submitted stories. It is also my first submission of 2006, although it’s not a new story.

I also submitted an older story of mine, “The Last S.F. Writer” to STRANGE HORIZONS. It marks my third submission to that online magazine and my second submission of 2006.

I’m still working (slowly) on the new story. I’d planned on getting some writing done today, but it got away from me.

Off to bed now.

Spring-like weather in DC

When I left work this evening, around 4:30 PM, I stepped outside into unusually warm sixty-one degree weather. There was the faint smell of spring in the air. I didn’t even need to button up my jacket. It looks as though the temperatures are going to remain mild for the rest of the week, with temps in the mid-to-upper 50s. It’s nice to have a little bit of spring in middle of winter.

It’s actually been a mild winter here in DC so far. The (Potomic) River hasn’t iced over yet. That’s been my sign for the last three winters that Winter Is Really Here. Last year, the River had frozen over by December 28th, so already we’re behind schedule. Jen mentioned it snowed yesterday morning in New York, so I’ve got nothing to complain about.

Mostly, I just enjoyed sniffing the warm air on the way home from work.

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Spring-like weather in DC

When I left work this evening, around 4:30 PM, I stepped outside into unusually warm sixty-one degree weather. There was the faint smell of spring in the air. I didn’t even need to button up my jacket. It looks as though the temperatures are going to remain mild for the rest of the week, with temps in the mid-to-upper 50s. It’s nice to have a little bit of spring in middle of winter.

It’s actually been a mild winter here in DC so far. The (Potomic) River hasn’t iced over yet. That’s been my sign for the last three winters that Winter Is Really Here. Last year, the River had frozen over by December 28th, so already we’re behind schedule. Jen mentioned it snowed yesterday morning in New York, so I’ve got nothing to complain about.

Mostly, I just enjoyed sniffing the warm air on the way home from work.

Success on a tough problem!

I’ve been working on a tough database problem at work that involves triggers and recursive activity for a software system we’re building. I’ve been in the design phase for a few weeks now and today was the first day that I started on the actual coding. I’ve been “heads-down” in code all day, since getting into work at 7 AM. 8 hours later, the first crucial piece is working correctly. That is incredibly good news because it means the design is solid.

I still have a fair amount of work to do on this thing, but this was the first major hurdle and that it works as well as it does makes my life somewhat less stressful.

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Success on a tough problem!

I’ve been working on a tough database problem at work that involves triggers and recursive activity for a software system we’re building. I’ve been in the design phase for a few weeks now and today was the first day that I started on the actual coding. I’ve been “heads-down” in code all day, since getting into work at 7 AM. 8 hours later, the first crucial piece is working correctly. That is incredibly good news because it means the design is solid.

I still have a fair amount of work to do on this thing, but this was the first major hurdle and that it works as well as it does makes my life somewhat less stressful.

The frustration of false information (Or: searching for song lyrics)

There is a great song in the middle of Episode 12 (“Isabella”) of the Sopranos. It’s the scene where Tony Soprano goes out to buy a paper and some juice and nearly gets shot and killed by the two guys paid to kill him. I had the tune of the song in my head, but didn’t know the words, the name of the song or who sang it.

So this evening, I set about doing a search for the song so, perhaps, I could buy it and download it to my iPod.

It’s a pretty straight forward thing to do. I did a search for “Sopranos music” and came up with a number of hits, all of which listed songs by episode. Here are the songs that are listed for Episode 12:

  1. Tipsy – “Ugly Stadium”
  2. Thornetta Davis – “Cry”
  3. Garbage – “Tempation Waits”
  4. Tindersticks – “Ballad of Tindersticks”
  5. Al DiMeola – “Milonga del Angel”
  6. Cream – “I Feel Free”

I then proceeded to check for each song on iTunes and listened to the preview. And would you believe that none of the songs sounded like a match to what I had in my head? I thought perhaps there were different versions of the songs so I also listened to previews on Barnes & Nobel.com. Nothing sounded right to me.

I popped in the DVD and watched the scene to make sure I’d remembered it correctly, and sure enough, I had. But it didn’t match any of the songs on the lists. I went to the source, the Official Sopranos website on HBO.com. They had a music list by episode and that list was also identical to the one above.

To me, there were only two possibly explanations: either the list was wrong, or it left off a song.

So I listened carefully to the lyrics in the scene, and picked out a what I thought was a good sample, and typed those lyrics into a google search.

And I got a perfect match: Tiny Tears by the Tindersticks.

Now this is the interesting part. All of the song lists, including HBO’s “official” list, for that episode list a Tindersticks song called “Ballad of Tindersticks”. Clearly someone entered the wrong song. But all of these other websites probably never checked their facts, or even confirmed the lists were correct. They all took for granted what was there and reproduced it without question–which just goes to show you how useful the Internet can be for disseminating false information.

There is a happy ending, however. “Tiny Tears” was available on the Apple Music Store, and I’m listening to it right now.

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The frustration of false information (Or: searching for song lyrics)

There is a great song in the middle of Episode 12 (“Isabella”) of the Sopranos. It’s the scene where Tony Soprano goes out to buy a paper and some juice and nearly gets shot and killed by the two guys paid to kill him. I had the tune of the song in my head, but didn’t know the words, the name of the song or who sang it.

So this evening, I set about doing a search for the song so, perhaps, I could buy it and download it to my iPod.

It’s a pretty straight forward thing to do. I did a search for “Sopranos music” and came up with a number of hits, all of which listed songs by episode. Here are the songs that are listed for Episode 12:

  1. Tipsy – “Ugly Stadium”
  2. Thornetta Davis – “Cry”
  3. Garbage – “Tempation Waits”
  4. Tindersticks – “Ballad of Tindersticks”
  5. Al DiMeola – “Milonga del Angel”
  6. Cream – “I Feel Free”

I then proceeded to check for each song on iTunes and listened to the preview. And would you believe that none of the songs sounded like a match to what I had in my head? I thought perhaps there were different versions of the songs so I also listened to previews on Barnes & Nobel.com. Nothing sounded right to me.

I popped in the DVD and watched the scene to make sure I’d remembered it correctly, and sure enough, I had. But it didn’t match any of the songs on the lists. I went to the source, the Official Sopranos website on HBO.com. They had a music list by episode and that list was also identical to the one above.

To me, there were only two possibly explanations: either the list was wrong, or it left off a song.

So I listened carefully to the lyrics in the scene, and picked out a what I thought was a good sample, and typed those lyrics into a google search.

And I got a perfect match: Tiny Tears by the Tindersticks.

Now this is the interesting part. All of the song lists, including HBO’s “official” list, for that episode list a Tindersticks song called “Ballad of Tindersticks”. Clearly someone entered the wrong song. But all of these other websites probably never checked their facts, or even confirmed the lists were correct. They all took for granted what was there and reproduced it without question–which just goes to show you how useful the Internet can be for disseminating false information.

There is a happy ending, however. “Tiny Tears” was available on the Apple Music Store, and I’m listening to it right now.

Fragmented weekend

This has been one of those fragmented weekends where I am trying to do three different things and not doing any of them very well.

I’ve been watching episodes of The Sopranos. I’ve seen all of them more than once already, but for some reason, felt the urge to watch them all again. Perhaps because season six is schduled to start up in March. In any event, I’ve spent a number of hours watching Soprano’s episodes this weekend.

I’ve been trying to get some writing done on “The Graveyard Shift”. I did a pretty good job of that yesterday, but I also felt like I would do more this morning. Instead, I watched a couple of episodes of The Sopranos.

I’m also trying to finish up Foundation’s Fear. I’ve managed to get halfway through it, but I would have been a lot farther along if my time hadn’t been so fragmented this weekend.

Add to that the fact that I’ve been tweaking style sheets for my reading list website (certain styles are driving me batty!) and have not done any of the house-related chores I set out to do, and you get an idea of the kind of weekend this has been.

On the plus side, I did come up with another pretty good story idea, which means I’ve got four solid ones, if you count the one I’m working on now.

Anyway, that’s how my fragmented weekend is going.

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Fragmented weekend

This has been one of those fragmented weekends where I am trying to do three different things and not doing any of them very well.

I’ve been watching episodes of The Sopranos. I’ve seen all of them more than once already, but for some reason, felt the urge to watch them all again. Perhaps because season six is schduled to start up in March. In any event, I’ve spent a number of hours watching Soprano’s episodes this weekend.

I’ve been trying to get some writing done on “The Graveyard Shift”. I did a pretty good job of that yesterday, but I also felt like I would do more this morning. Instead, I watched a couple of episodes of The Sopranos.

I’m also trying to finish up Foundation’s Fear. I’ve managed to get halfway through it, but I would have been a lot farther along if my time hadn’t been so fragmented this weekend.

Add to that the fact that I’ve been tweaking style sheets for my reading list website (certain styles are driving me batty!) and have not done any of the house-related chores I set out to do, and you get an idea of the kind of weekend this has been.

On the plus side, I did come up with another pretty good story idea, which means I’ve got four solid ones, if you count the one I’m working on now.

Anyway, that’s how my fragmented weekend is going.

Another good writing session

I sat down at 10 PM to do more writing on “The Graveyard Shift”. I rewrote the second section of the story and it’s much better now. It was a more or less complete rewrite and I did about 1,500 words. I’m also going to rewrite the first section but not right away. I’m experimenting a little, and working from an outline is allowing me a little more flexibility in this because I have a much better idea of where the story is going. Anyway, I’ve done 3,000 words in the first 7 days of the year which is over 400 words a daya on average.

Now I’m going to watch the newest episode of Battlestar Galactica, which I downloaded from the Apple Music Store while I was writing.

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Another good writing session

I sat down at 10 PM to do more writing on “The Graveyard Shift”. I rewrote the second section of the story and it’s much better now. It was a more or less complete rewrite and I did about 1,500 words. I’m also going to rewrite the first section but not right away. I’m experimenting a little, and working from an outline is allowing me a little more flexibility in this because I have a much better idea of where the story is going. Anyway, I’ve done 3,000 words in the first 7 days of the year which is over 400 words a daya on average.

Now I’m going to watch the newest episode of Battlestar Galactica, which I downloaded from the Apple Music Store while I was writing.