Last night, I took care of some writer bookkeeping. I looked back to my 2003 submission list to see 18 outstanding submissions. Since I have hit the 6 month mark with that, I decided to email them all to see what the status of my submissions were. So far, this is the result:
· Six bounced emails. I consider these "Rejected" due to the fact that I don't have a "no longer exists" section.
· One regular rejection with the comment that the story was excellent but did not suit the theme of the magazine and to please resubmit. I responded with a query of what themes they were looking for.
· One response of not having received the submission and to please submit it again with a promise to review it as soon as possible.
That leaves nine submissions from November 2003 still unaccounted for. It certainly has dropped my "In circulation" number. I am not particularly upset about it. My NaSubFicMo project had been just an experiment in the submission process and my ability to churn out pages of work to submit. I also have four submissions from this year still floating about. But, like before, I will give it six months before I query on their status.
I got some very interesting and terrifying news at work today. It looks like the Powers That Be have decided to give me all of the Server Side Email testing of the product. This is such a big project that I get four weeks to do the test planning on it. It touches about seven or eight separate and distinct areas in the product.
You have no idea how excited this makes me. I have a single large project to work on instead of a thousand tiny ones. It is one of those pervasive projects that will get me working with a lot of different people and new (to me) software. That's why it is also terrifying. It's a huge project using a technology I have never tested before. Now, I have to become an expert on it as the developer who has the dev end of the monster project is not really familiar with that technology either. This makes me a wee bit more nervous.
Still, I am doing the happy dance of joy over this. It is a cool project.
I have discovered something. I am practical in my fantasy life. Probably more practical than I need to be. I think it is because I am a planner. I outlined my story for the Grants Pass anthology which, I think, is going to have a really cool ending. However, it got me to thinking about what would happen "before" and "after" the timeline of the story. There are several things I would want to work on.
This is just off the top of my head.
1. If the power is still going, getting into homes and businesses to turn off machines and lights in order to conserve as much electricity as possible.
2. If the power is still going, eating as much fresh food as possible and freezing the rest before it goes bad.
3. Stocking up on vitamins and fiber.
4. Figuring out how to clear an area of dead bodies in order help with the smell and diseases. I'm bouncing between loading them in a dump truck for the dump or burning them in a great funeral pyre.
5. Getting doors open to let out locked in pets. Yes. I know this one could come back to bite me in the butt so to speak with packs of wild dogs.
6. Weapons. Getting enough weapons for "just in case" and always wearing one, even if there doesn't appear to be a danger.
7. Raiding hospitals for medicine.
8. If I was still in Redmond, moving from my condo to a house or apartment that is near the library and QFC so I wouldn't have so far to walk, especially uphill.
9. Once the plumbing stopped, were to go to the bathroom and how to keep relatively clean. Also, where to toss my trash.
10. Once the power is gone, figuring out how generators work.
However, some of it is also fun and frivolous. Life cannot be all about just survival and feeding myself. I mean, there will be cans and cans of food.
Plus, I know of four grocery stores within walking distance.
1. Jewelry stores. Going out and getting the super expensive jewelry I could never afford.
2. Clothing. Like in "Night of the Comet" the mall would be open for business.
3. Bookstores. Same deal. Bringing back some of my favorites.
4. Battery powered walkman players and DVD players.
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