Rejections, edits, and markets…

Posted by Rob on 25th September 2014 in Writing |

So, one of those delayed submissions finally came back, and it’s a rejection — but it’s a rejection of a kind I don’t often get, namely the “Liked it, but it’s not a fit for our magazine” rejection.  It’s actually pretty hard to feel bad about that — if I’ve done my job well enough […]


Stupid, meaningless injuries

Posted by Rob on 24th September 2014 in Exercise |

So, I’ve been exercising for a few weeks, on and off. Sometimes lifting weights, sometimes on the exercise bike, sometimes a little not-very-good-at-yoga, some stretching, some walking. It’s all been gentle enough, nothing too strenuous — because I’m too fat for that — and it’s just helping me get from A to B.  And this […]


Brain Bite #1

Posted by Rob on 22nd September 2014 in Brain Bites |

The first of many, most likely.  A collection of things going through my head that don’t fit well into anything else. Music of the Moment: Devin Townsend, “Bend It Like Bender!” This guy is probably going to show up more than once.  I got a kick out of recording vocals for his Universal Choir, and […]

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A Conflict of Interests

Posted by Rob on 21st September 2014 in Weight Loss |

When it comes to dieting, I have two sides to my personality.  They both compete, and at times, one or other of them has the upper hand. In the red corner, we have “Wants To Be Slimmer”, weighing in at about one hundred and sixty pounds and wearing the happy-face trunks.  And in the blue […]


Analog, and Bud Sparhawk

Posted by Rob on 21st September 2014 in Reading |

I opened my first issue of Analog on my Kindle a few days–curious, but not particularly hopeful.  As a child and a teen, I’d liked the idea of science fiction, but I’d found the writing to be often impenetrable, and difficult to get along with.  And somehow, I’d gotten the impression that Analog would reflect the books […]


Wait Times–What Are They Good For?

Posted by Rob on 20th September 2014 in Writing |

I’ve submitted a few stories recently, and I track my wait times in a little app I have on my PC.  But I don’t quite know what to think of them.  Sometimes, I’ll see a long wait time, and think “Great, maybe they’re considering it!”  And sometimes, I’ve even been right about that — for […]

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