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18 June 2009 @ 08:59 pm
Good news in the mail  
Just back from camillealexa's reading at Powell's, which went smashingly. Lots of fine Portland writers at dinner beforehand as well.

I've had a number of nice things arrive in my mailbox recently: contract for the vampire story, galleys for the werewolf story, a nibble on film rights for one of my short stories (probably won't come to anything, but it's nice to be asked), and some other really good news that I'm not at liberty to share yet.

We're having the oil tank in the back yard taken care of, finally -- should have done it years ago, when we replaced the oil furnace with gas, but we'd just had the back yard landscaped and didn't want to mess it up. But now that the Japanese maple's been replaced by a pile of sawdust, it's time to take action. Today we had soil samples taken; we won't have results until tomorrow but the samples look and smell clean, indicating that the tank hasn't leaked. No leakage means we're looking at an $800 "drain the tank, fill it with gravel, and leave it there" job rather than the $5000-7000 "dig up and cart away half the back yard as toxic waste" job. So I'm cautiously optimistic on this.

e_bournee_bourne on June 19th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Congratulations! All wonderful news to be reveled in! Good for you!
barbhendee on June 19th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)

Ah, David . . . you tease and taunt us with your "really good news that you are not at liberty to share" (smiles).
AElfflaedbethpeters3 on June 22nd, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
We also need to have out oil tank removed. Will you let me know the company's name that did it for you & what you think of them once they're finished?
David D. Levinedavidlevine on June 22nd, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
It's ARMAC and we've been happy so far. They have an A+ rating from the BBB and they provided a reference at a local Realtor who was enthusiastic about them.