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it came out of the wordwork

Just about in gear
Back from the ocean; the vacation will wind down through the weekend and Monday will be a full working day. Sigh...

Among the things waiting for me in the (e)mail this morning:

a forward from rolanni that lead me to these truths about myself...

20 Questions to a Better Personality

Wackiness: 68/100
Rationality: 46/100
Constructiveness: 44/100
Leadership: 68/100

You are a WEDL--Wacky Emotional Destructive Leader. This makes you an anarchist. You don't give a damn. When push comes to shove, you just forget about it--it's just not worth the heartache. What this means for others is that dealing with you can be aggravating, because they find they can't get you motivated about things they care about. What this means for you is that you are happier, calmer, and saner then they are on their best days.

You are near-immune to criticism, and those who know you well acknowledge and respect that. You may come across as lazy, but the truth is that you find little to get worked up about. Regardless, you have slews of friends, because they are fascinated by your world view, jealous of your lifestyle, and drawn to the fact that you are hilarious to be around.

You are a pillar in a sea of hot-bloodedness. You have a sweet tooth.

This is, alas, an amazingly accurate summation. Be warned.

Elsewise; the working part of the vacation was both more and less productive than I'd hoped, with fewer actual words added to computer files but a much better overview of the near-term writing as well as several long term projects. Sword of Orion was on my mind enough to inspire at least one dream while we were at the ocean, a sure sign (in my experience) that the story is maturing.

Time at the ocean also seems to have demonstrated that I need to get out more -- literally -- because I was walking constantly while we were there -- in the water, on the beach, around town. I feel great, and I also feel a bit antsy at the moment since I haven't been out for a walk yet to day.

Alas, there's also anecdotal confirmation that I'm more sensitive to central Maine allergens than I'd realized, since I was basically sniffle-free for our entire outing... until we got to the LA portion (that's Lewiston-Auburn for flatlanders) of the drive back when the sniffs kicked in again. More and more reason to step-up the effort to move to the actual coast.

By the way, the cool inn-keepers at the Skylark gave us the name of someone in real estate down that way... who knows, maybe with the right contacts we'll end up living at the ocean before I hit 60. Or 58. Or 56...

And now that we're back we'll have to get back into the publishing day-to-day. And while we were gone, Balance of Trade stuff happened:

1. Rich Horton put up a decent review of Balance of Trade in his sff.net newsgroup. Likely that review appears elsewhere .. but I dunno where that else is.

2. Balance of Trade turned up in the Locus Bestseller list for a second month -- hey, we'll take it. I hope you've got your copy of the hard cover first printing, because we have very few left here -- a box we'll take to Trinoc*con for sale there -- and reports are that bookstores are going through warehouse stock quickly.

3. However, for you SFBC members, looks like Balance of Trade is *real close* to being an SFBC book before Christmas.

Meanwhile, the Gaylactic Spectrum awards folks will be announcing finalists and winners for that award... at WorldCon. Sigh. "This House" from the Stars anthology is a nominee. We'll cross fingers and hope everyone else will, too.

More later -- need some more music and some more coffee