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The Bear Climbed Up the Mountain

Two Little Christmas gifts yesterday. Finally got the beast off the ground, the one that has had me entirely brain-dead and bottom-sore. It's that point where Sisyphus is watching it roll away, but this time, it's rolling down the OTHER side of the mountain, for better or worse. There's a lot to do with it, but at least the lot can be done, while up to now it's been shambling towards [REDACTED], inchoate and unplanned as a.... let's not finish that sentence.

So I'm alive again. Good to see you all.

The other gift was a sale to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, currently scheduled for April 13. I've been trying to crack that market for over a year, now, and I finally hit on the right combination of humour and wonder. I'm really glad, because it's a print magazine, which is essential to the story. It's a Monster at the End of this Book (yes, with your furry pal grover) kind of schtick, and I'd been hoping to write something like it when I grew up. Who knew it would take thirtysomething years to get off my ass and do it?

But it's been a very hard Christmas. We didn't expect to have been this badly delayed on stone-rolling. The wee beast, (aka Ms. Keller) is really having a hard time, and we've had to stop what we're doing every hour or so to get her up, take her out and/or give her a bath if she didn't make it outside fast enough. I'm developing "dog elbow". Take that Mr. Borg (Bjorn Borg, not 7of9).

We've also come from visiting a dear friend of the family who is in the last stages of terminal pancreatic cancer. That one's hard to talk about, so I won't.

So like all Christmases, much family, a little sweet & a little bitter.

And there's much catch-up to do, including reading asakiyume's new story, The October Witch. Yay!

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art_ungulate
Jan. 7th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
asakiyume's story is great. :-)

Congrats on the sale! Best wishes with rolling things uphill!
barry_king
Jan. 9th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It's been tough! For you, too.
arwensouth
Jan. 7th, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the sale, Barry! Great way to start the year.

And {{{hugs}}} on the news about your friend. We recently got bad news about a friend of ours, too. Cancer sucks.
barry_king
Jan. 9th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
It's getting all too familiar, yes.
peadarog
Jan. 7th, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
Well done on the sale, big boy! That's a cool market.
barry_king
Jan. 9th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It is!
asakiyume
Jan. 7th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
Very sorry to hear about both your family friend and Ms. Keller. I remember the same period with Molly very clearly--it is heartbreaking and exhausting.

But congratulations on the story sale! You say it's a print zine--as I recall they're in Australia (or am I wrong)? Will you get a contributor's copy?

My story is *very short* and *very light*--no great themes or anything; just ghost-story folktale-y stuff.
barry_king
Jan. 9th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
I've got it on my to-do list for the afternoon!
ginamariewade
Jan. 7th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the sale of your story! I'm sorry to hear about the bad stuff.
We're plugging along but have been having a hard time.
Hope 2013 brings better days.
barry_king
Jan. 9th, 2013 03:17 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
acwise
Jan. 8th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the sale - that's wonderful news! I'm sorry to hear about the bitter mixed with the sweet, but I hope things start to look up with the beginning of the new year.
barry_king
Jan. 9th, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
And congrats on the Lightspeed piece. Another to-do for the afternoon!
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