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Russ gave a talk at Macquarie Uni yesterday evening. We made a day of it: drove to Sydney early-ish and lunched at a restaurant with a fabulous view of Lane Cove River and the National Park. A family of magpies looked at us threateningly while we were finishing our meals, clearly hoping to scare us off so they could swoop on the remaining bits of steak. We valiantly kept eating despite the beady eyes glaring.
     When we got home, there was an email from Damien Broderick in my inbox: "Cosmos needs you!" I knew that Damien (who is Fiction Editor for Cosmos) had passed a story of mine on to the overall editor and head honcho of Cosmos, Wilson da Silva, and I'd been anxiously awaiting Wilson's decision. (Many nails were chewed.)
     So, yay! I couldn't believe it at first - I looked at the email in all possible ways, worried that it might not REALLY mean that my story was accepted, even though it SEEMED to. (Paranoia rules.) But the email was indeed an acceptance - and my story "High Maintenance" will be published in the August/September issue of Cosmos this year, in time for Worldcon!!! Double yay!
     I started the story in San Jose, the day before World Fantasy, when I'd come down with some ghastly ear-nose-throat thing and was too uncomfortable to sleep. I'd been thinking about time_shark  's Call for Submisions for Clockwork Phoenix, which used the term "rococo sf." Hmm, I'd thought, as I tossed and turned with fever. Rococo sf. I could do that. Maybe....
     Between getting back home, with both of us gradually recovering from the evil San Jose disease, and preparing to move house, the story grew very slowly. When I finally finished it I looked at the Clockwork Phoenix website and found that the deadline had long since passed. All the same, I'm grateful for the stylistic prompt! I'm not totally sure that the finished story fits the rococo sf tag, but, hey, it's fairly odd ;)
   Thanks are also due to stephbg , who offered me several very useful and quite rococo words when I was posting on wordcount progress on FB. Yay, Steph!


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Apr. 23rd, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jason! I'm Really Quite Pleased ;)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
That's great! And now your nails can regrow. :)
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Apr. 23rd, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
Congratulations again!
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
I can't wait to see the results of your fevered imagination.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 07:36 am (UTC)
Only a few months, Steph!
Apr. 23rd, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
That's a great sale! Congrats!
Apr. 23rd, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
Hooray! Crack open the bubbly.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
Well, awesome.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for pushing me in that direction, Mike! I'd have loved to have got into the current Clockwork Phoenix, of course ;)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks, everyone! We've been over at Russell's sister's for dinner, and much (virtuous but delicious Oxfam) bubbly has been consumed in celebration.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I've tried the rococo SF thing as well. Let's just say that the results were... uneven.
Apr. 23rd, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Huzzah for High Maintenance!

Good way to perk up a day, eh?
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