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Before I start, let me just say that I did, indeed, drop off the face of the internet for a while.  It's been a helluva summer.

In April 2011, my short story, "Items Found In a Box Belonging to Jonas Connolly," appeared in Strange Horizons. I was, and still am, really excited that they published my story--working with then-editor Jed Hartman was a great experience; "Items" got some really nice response out in the larger internet, and it won the Strange Horizons Reader's Poll for Best Story for that year.

Last week, I found out that a poet named David R. Morgan plagiarized a lot of works from Strange Horizons, including "Items." According to the Guardian website, he was caught plagiarizing from other poets as well, though that article doesn't mention the prose works he's plagiarized.

From what I've been told, since he's admitted to it, apologized, his plagiarized stuff (I hesitate to call it "work," since it's not, in fact, his work) has been taken down (mostly--apparently this is still ongoing), and his publications were in small venues/by small presses, there's not a lot to be gained from legal action. I'm not sure at this point how much further I'm going to look into that--I have very little money, for one thing.

But I am not best pleased. Y'all, I've spent about six and a half years of my life teaching people not to plagiarize. I have heard every excuse out there, quite a few of which Mr. Morgan has used to justify what he did. I've never bought those excuses before, and I certainly don't now.

Because here's the thing--this news is the most recent irritating, obnoxious thing in what has been, quite frankly, one of the most stressful, difficult, and saddest summers of my life. And you know one of the ways I've been dealing with it all? By writing stories--my own stories.

Anyway. I do want to thank Ira Lightman for digging through Mr. Morgan's book and finding all the work he plagiarized from the Strange Horizons site, and Ansible for making sure to mention Strange Horizons in their report. The editors at Strange Horizons have been keeping their authors updated, which I also appreciate. There are good people on the internet, and it's nice to see them in response to this sort of thing.

(If you go and look at that list I linked to, also go read the original stories and poems. I know I feel like the only bright side to something like this is the idea that maybe someone will go track down the original work and read it; I hope that might be a balm to some of the other angry authors on the list, as well.)
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Ladies and gentlemen, "Items Found In a Box Belonging to Jonas Connolly" came in FIRST in the Strange Horizons 2011 Readers' Poll!

(hang on, I have to do a happy dance ...)

I am so happy about this, let me tell you. Because I love this story. Maybe in five years I'll look at it and feel like it could be better or whatever, but right now? I look at it and am totally proud.

Also, the fact that I wrote it for [ profile] sugarcoatedlie based off her wardrobe ideas adds to the whole thing for me. Tiffany rocks.

So if you voted for Trinity and Jonas et al, I thank you very, very much. It means a lot to me.
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So The Strange Horizons Readers' Poll is nearly done--it ends tomorrow night--but if you liked "Items", please take a minute to go over and toss Trinity and Jonas, et al, a vote.

You can vote for up to five pieces per category (though you don't have to use all the spaces, nor do you have to vote in every category), so if you liked other stuff from SH this year, you can vote for those pieces as well. (Let me throw in a plug for "Eight" by Corinne Duyvis, here, because I really liked that one).

Thanks, y'all.
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A cold, a new semester (with attendant craziness) starting, and now I'm sort of catching up with my own life and brain.

Writer Laura

In his summary of 2011 in webzines, Rich Horton mentions "Items" in his overview of Strange Horizons. Yay!

Positive comments or reviews aside (though, let me tell you, they're really nice to read), I also get a thrill out of the proof that someone who doesn't know me personally has read my story. I mean, that is the main goal--to have someone besides my parents as an audience.

Zweeble's Mom

Well, the Great Elementary School hunt continues apace. I still think this school choice nonsense is going to either kill me or drive me to drink, but we're narrowing the field. One more tour, next week, and we need to gather the forms and fill out the paperwork before handing it all in and then waiting for four months to find out which school he's been assigned to.

Right now it seems our ideal school is one that has a mostly open-air campus with friendly teachers and a professional, organized staff ... along with some other curriculum stuff I won't get into here because it's a) only halfway interesting to other parents, and b) probably different from state-to-state, anyway.

Teacher Laura

I had heard tales of people teaching during the daylight hours ... but I did not believe them! And yet, there I was on Monday, leaving campus in the daylight! I felt like a truant.

Bookworm Laura

If you can find Somewhere Beneath Those Waves by Sarah Monette, get it and read it (it's on the Nook, e-reader peeps) because it's really good. Short story collection, very good, by one of my absolute favorite writers.

TV Laura

Is on hiatus until Sherlock comes back, apparently.

And that, gang, is the State of the Laura. I had a wonderful Christmas break, but that's over now--back to the chaos that is my life. :)
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Well, overall 2011 did not live up to its predecessor. But, thinking it over, it wasn't bad so much as schizophrenic. So let's focus, on this last night of the year, on 11 good things about 2011:

1. "Items" at Strange Horizons!

2. My best friend for 28 years, the lovely [ profile] doggiesushi, married his always-fabulous [ profile] sugarcoatedlie, and I got to be there.

2a. I got to finally meet [ profile] jenifoto and [ profile] takarosa in person, and met [ profile] jehzuhbell and [ profile] belladonna_, along with a ton of other people I've been hearing and reading about for years, all of whom were hilarious, nice, and generally awesome to be around.

2b. [ profile] gnadige and I stormed Detroit! In a Chevy Aveo! Armed only with Coke and Rock Star! BECAUSE WE ARE AWESOME LIKE THAT!

3. My friends rock. Scary things were a lot less scary thanks to [ profile] jkason and David. And my friend K taught me a great lesson: denial is not always a bad thing, as long as you choose it and set an end date.

4. Amanda Palmer's music.

5. Books! Holy cats, there were a lot of good books to read this year! And [ profile] dracoangelica, Girl of Fire and Thorns was freaking awesome*, so thank you for the rec!

6. Good TV. Sherlock. Doctor Who was a touch uneven, but a bad episode of Doctor Who still usually has some good moments. Even some of the shows I didn't get as into (Whitechapel) were interesting.

7. My husband and my son have gotten to spend a lot of time together, and it shows (sometimes in sheer annoyance with each other, but mostly in their "guy" bond).

8. My kiddo is always a highlight of my year. Today he took the teeth portion of his play-doh dentist set, put it in his mouth so he had this odd, jack-o-lantern mouth, and calmly walked into the kitchen, where he stood and stared at us, deadpan, until we noticed. And cracked up.

9. 2011 marked twenty years of the Scott and Laura Saga. A lot of things made me feel old this year, but that ... does not. :)

10. But speaking of old--I threw a surprise birthday party for my husband's 40th last January, and aside from a couple of glitches, I pulled it off! I'd almost forgotten about that. :)

11. This was the year of unexpected stories. I kept finding short stories to write--right up until Thursday night, actually. They were welcome surprises.

So while I am not sad to see 2011 go, it did have its high points. I suppose all years do. But for 2012, I wish for us all some unexpected, but very welcome, stories; the chance to see old friends and meet new ones; good music, books, and TV; funny stories about small kids and/or pets; the pulling off of something cool; and the continuation of something wonderful and true.

*#1 in a series, but it had an actual ending, which was really nice.


Oct. 14th, 2011 08:22 pm
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Okay, this is really cool.

That's right, a person in Denmark read "Items" and dug it. (Or so I gather, after using Google translate.)


Jul. 12th, 2011 09:33 pm
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Tangent Online reviews the April Strange Horizons, and "Items."


Apr. 25th, 2011 11:20 pm
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Locus Online reviews "Items" (scroll down a bit after you click on the SH link; it's there).
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That would be the theme of my life right now. At least, it keeps running through my head at regular intervals.

Today was a day of ... lord, I dunno. General moodiness and stress. Eah. So I packed it all in, came home, sent the kid off with his grandmother, took a bike ride, and then Scott and I watched Hot Tub Time Machine.*

It's a mental health night.

Hot Tub Time Machine was funnier than I expected, and I enjoyed it. It was really stupid. Or, well, it was a stupid 80s comedy made by people who grew up watching (and/or acting in) stupid 80s comedies. I dunno--I liked it. Particularly the Fishbone T-shirt.

We also have Iron Man 2 to watch, because I feel like gorging on movies tonight. Tomorrow is the premiere of Doctor Who, so you know I won't be watching movies.

And in keeping with my Positive Thoughts this evening, Tiffany--the lovely bride-to-be of my best friend [ profile] doggiesushi--sent out links to the dress options we PartyNinjas (aka their attendants) have to choose from. So many choices! I am leaning toward this one, though I also like this. The second one is already in the right fabric, so you have to imagine Dress 1 with dots.

I'm actually really excited to play dress-up and go all 40s/50s glam.

And I am still thrilled and excited that "Items" is up at Strange Horizons, if you haven't read it yet ...

All right. Tony Stark, here I come.

*Snakes On a Plane, Hot Tub Time Machine ... all I need now is to watch Hobo With a Shotgun to complete my "There's Your Plot, Right In the Title" set.
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All right, so Skynet is self-aware and we have until tomorrow to prep for the nuking of humanity by our new computer overlords ... well, before that happens, remember to go and read my story!

Seriously, you don't want to have regrets when you're training to take out Terminators and no one's allowed to use a computer anymore.
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And now, the other piece of awesome for today:

My short story, "Items Found In a Box Belonging to Jonas Connolly" is up at Strange Horizons.

(This is the story that was inspired by Tiffany and Lorna's clothes, just by the way.)

I am really, really excited about this! Strange Horizons is one of my favorite spec fic magazines, and I am thrilled to have a story on the same site as Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear (among others--really, after you finish reading my story, you should go poke around their archives, but you might want to wait until after work because you can get lost in there).
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Today is always the best part of a usually-busy month. Why? Today is the Zweeble's birthday!

Right now, four years ago, I was sitting at this same table (in a different seat), doing the same thing I'm doing right now (surfing the web). My mother and grandmother were here, and my husband had just rubbed my huge (and wriggling, as the boy has been a morning person since conception) belly and said, "Any time now, little man, any time," before leaving for work.

And so, as for many things, I totally blame Scott. :)

Four years later, I have a lanky little four-year-old who informed me this morning, in no uncertain terms, that he is not a baby.

He's so awesome.

And a little later, I'll have another piece of awesome for today ...
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My short story, "Items Found In a Box Belonging to Jonas Connolly, Upon His Death," will be appearing at Strange Horizons sometime early next year.

I know, I know, it's a long time to wait. But go check out the site in the meantime, because there is a lot of really great stuff in their Archives to read.
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Okay, the bulk of the story is done, for better or worse.

6,332 words. That's kind of long. What the hell, the book is short and the short story is long.

Well, we'll see what happens. It's done, and that's the main thing. Onto revisions and other fiddly stuff. Oh, and that novel I want to submit--there are things to do there, too.
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So I'm sort of stuck.

I finally found a character who is all about talking, so I spent a couple of days writing her bits ... but I'm not sure they're even part of the story. And I'm not sure how to go about poking at them to try and get them to work.

On the plus side, I think this thing is finally taking some sort of shape, instead of being a big muddle.

And good lord the internet is full of Stupid today. And since I can't stop looking at it, I suppose I'm part of the problem.
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I spent today thinking (since the guy was replacing the water heater, so Z. wanted to stay close and hang out more than run around causing mayhem, and god knows I don't actually want to watch Spongebob) and mulling, then wrote some notes, then wrote another scene on my sea monsters love story thing.

(sea monsters in love, there's a thought)

Last night I also did some noodling on it.

The thing is, I think one of the issues with this story is that pretty much all of the characters are like Talia (from Chirality, which needs a better title)--they're private, and they really don't talk much about the big things that are going on. And, unlike Talia, they don't tend to lose their tempers and spit out at least partial information despite themselves. These people are very controlled.

So I had a stern discussion with my idiot brain the main character, something along the lines of, "Look, I know you don't want to do this, but get the hell over it because if you don't spill something soon, I am going to shelve this story and you can wither away in my notebook with the other buttoned-up prudes. Lose some inhibitions or don't get written!"

Less whimsically, though, in terms of the narrative--the guy is really agonizing over writing things down, which is awesome, but I think he needs a good reason why he's so reluctant to do it, and I'm not sure I have it yet.
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Gel, you consarned thing, gel!


You know, there was a time I was told that I did the disjointed structure thing so well, so maybe I ought to try the more traditional approach. Well, I did, and now the disjointed structure skill is all rusty.


I will get this bloody story figured out. As god is my witness ...
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It seems a little weird (and decadent) to take my child to preschool/daycare and then come home to write. Shouldn't I be doing something much more tedious?

On the other hand, love story with sea monsters proceeding apace! Agent hunt to be recommenced shortly.
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The plus side of working on two things at once--when one thing isn't going well, you can switch to the other one and feel like you've been productive. In addition, the other thing will seem easier by comparison.

I'm working on a short story as I finish the last manuscript tweaks, and the damn thing is really hard to write, to start with, as well as morphing on me from a story about obsession into a sort of quiet little love story. With sea monsters. Told primarily in epistolary style, though not completely so.

Seriously, creative undermind, wtf?

The plus side of short stories is that they're short. While it's hard to figure out, I am moving right along through my list of scenes. So there's that.


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