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So, yes... I post flowers because there's been too much to do, and I have a prescription that tells me to do so. So what's news?

In writing news, I had a poem accepted by Polu Texni, called "Rook", which I wrote a couple of years ago.

In writing news, I gave up on my raccoon-dream story. For now.

In writing news, I finished yet another story I'd intended for JUE, but ended up having nothing to do with bugs whatsoever, but somehow turned into Potatoes, puberty, politics, and parthenogenesis. It didn't need beta readers, though, so it went out the door unregarded.

In mallard news, Mrs. Mallard returned briefly to be stroppy about the pool being opened:



In mallard news, Mr. Mallard has lost Mrs. Mallard. He drops by every few days looking for her, but I don't think she wants any more of his attention.

In garden news, The plot is weeded.

In garden news, the plot is planted: tomatoes, chard, turnips, and Compte de Bauce Beans, under the watchful regard of marigolds.

In garden news it's freaking cold for June, with heavy cloud, no rain. As my colleague Peter says "A low of 'it IS June, isn't it?'" and a high of "fucking Canada".

In CZP news, we shut down chizine.com to get it refurbished.

In CZP news, I am much behind in getting things done on the new site.

In CZP news, Westlake Soul is being optioned for film (this news just came in as I typed the last line). Say "Yay!" Thank you.

In archery news, we have a 3D tournament this weekend (this means grown men shooting rubber animals that don't move). I have made many many many scorecards and am now tired of sorting though financials and coordinating things.

In health news, visiting a naturopath has sorted out a lot of chemical/allergy issues, and no knives or prescription drugs were involved.

In health news, I'm now doing about 9 miles on the ice-skating machine, but everything else has levelled off. I've discovered that in the second half of your life, your will becomes beyond your body's ability to obey. This has let do a lot of ouch and re-learning limitations, but also remarkably low blood pressure.

The dugong breathes in. The dugong dives.

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sartorias
Jun. 6th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
Yay for the good things!
barry_king
Jun. 7th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Yay, indeed!
arwensouth
Jun. 6th, 2013 12:32 pm (UTC)
Our mallard pair, whom I assumed had made their annual 2-day visit and moved along, are apparently lingering in the area. Or at least Mr. Mallard is. He surprised me by making a splashdown landing in the koi pond the other day, and we've seen him in there several other times as well. We assume Mrs. Mallard is sitting a nest somewhere not far away (we are also near a canal, which might have afforded her a bit more privacy). It'd be cool to see the ducklings, but I doubt that'll happen.
barry_king
Jun. 7th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
I am told male mallards are notoriously fickle. Once the eggs are laid, they're outta here!
acwise
Jun. 6th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the poetry sale! The raccoon-dream story sounds intriguing. I hope you'll go back to it eventually. I have full confidence that one day you'll write an awesome bug story, but we will also have other, non-bug, one-off themed issues in the future... And that mallard is totally giving you a 'look'.
barry_king
Jun. 7th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
She sure is. That's a "keep your hands where I can see 'em, buster," look if I've ever seen one.

So I'll keep an eye out. Maybe the raccoon will become a beetle by the end.
asakiyume
Jun. 6th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
Happy fishing, dugong. Watch out for motor boats.


That's excellent news about the naturopath and the poetry sale, as well as having another short story out the door. And as for Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, perhaps it was best for both of them to go their separate ways.
barry_king
Jun. 7th, 2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
They were the ditziest of ducks, I must say.
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