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16 October 2009 @ 10:32 pm
Albuquerque tourism, and good and bad news via email  
Spent the day touristing around Albuquerque, including the Petroglyph National Monument (fun scramble up into the rocks to see ancient carvings), Coronado State Monument (site of an ancient pueblo and some interesting old murals), the town of Corrales (which lacked a center), and lunch at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo. Dinner was at Rudy's BBQ, which was not so much a restaurant as a place that sells smoked meats by the pound, and side dishes, and has tables you can eat your food at. Totally without frills but excellent BBQ. In the evening, dancing started.

I also got a bunch of writing-related emails, some good news and some bad.

  • My story "horrorhouse" will be published on October 30 at DayBreak Magazine, the online companion to Shine, Jetse de Vries's print anthology of optimistic near-future SF.
  • I got my program schedule for World Fantasy Convention. I'll be joining jaylake and maryrobinette in Improv Storytelling on Saturday at 8pm.
  • I also got a draft program schedule from OryCon, about which more later.
  • After waiting more than a year for a response to a submission of my first novel, I got this: "Sadly, the manuscript wasn't for me. I am not engaging with the writing style as much as I want to. Also, I fear the market for debut SF has continued to shrink. I get much smaller orders for my SF than I do for my fantasy, and so I am buying less of it, and as I buy less of it, I'm getting pickier and pickier about the SF I do take on board. I hope you understand." This makes me sad.
Tomorrow: more square dancing.
 
 
 
Leah Bobetleahbobet on October 17th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Also, I fear the market for debut SF has continued to shrink. I get much smaller orders for my SF than I do for my fantasy, and so I am buying less of it, and as I buy less of it, I'm getting pickier and pickier about the SF I do take on board.

Gaaaaaah. And thus, the reason why I've had so little truly...satisfying to read in the last two years? Is made clear.
joycemochajoycemocha on October 17th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Second the Gaaaaah. But wait a minute? Haven't there been a lot of complaints about fantasy overload and more requests for SF?

Hmm. Food for thought.

Meanwhile, David, sorry about the novel. If there's any consolation, the recent reject I got for my first SF novel was very similar in tone. I doubt it's the same house.

I'm going to park that one (I can do that, I have two more novels to market) and flog a stronger SF novel as well as a fantasy novel. Both just need some final tweaking and they're ready to go.
westprogwestprog on October 17th, 2009 10:59 am (UTC)
Remembering Albuquerque

I'd tell you all the great places to visit in Albuquerque, but it's really a matter of taste. I liked Taco Sal, next to Gun's And Pawn - I think on Eubank somewhere.

What most people do in Albuquerque is take the one hour drive to Santa Fe. If you do that, visit Madrid as featured in Wild Hogs.

(Pronounced Mad Rid of course).
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Steve Hutchisonfoomf on October 17th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
How many years do you have to be published before they stop thinking "debut"?
David D. Levinedavidlevine on October 23rd, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
First published novel is "debut" no matter how many short stories you've published. The gulf between not-novel and novel is wide and cannot be filled by short stories.
Steve Hutchisonfoomf on October 23rd, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
That's utter stuff and nonsense, but not inconsistent with the self-deluding traditions of publishing. It's like being "a little pregnant".

F. Scott Fitzgerald lived off his short stories, not his novels.