Daily Archives: March 17, 2005

Class Act

One more reason to be glad Tor is one of my publishers, via this online obit of Andre Norton:

Her last complete novel, “Three Hands of Scorpio,” is set to be released in April. Norton’s publisher, Tor Books, rushed to have one copy printed so that the author, who had been sick for almost a year, could see it.

“She was able to hold it on Friday,” Jewell said. “She took it and said, ‘What a pretty cobalt blue for the cover.’ “

The obit says the she asked to be cremated with the first and last books she wrote; she’ll be able to have that wish fulfilled.

Good on ya, Tor.

An Earned-Out Universe

Good news from my non-fiction agent: The Rough Guide to the Universe has earned out its advance, making it officially the first of my books to do so (For Book of the Dumb I was paid a flat fee plus bonuses when the book hits certain sales points; under a more conventional contract I would have earned out some time ago. Old Man’s War has earned out at this point, I think, but it’s early and there are no official sales figures yet). Yay, Universe!

This is especially sweet since my first book for Rough Guides (The Rough Guide to Money Online) was something of a disappointment, being released as it was just as the Internet Bubble was popping. I appreciated that they gave the go-ahead for the Universe book anyway, so I’m delighted to be able to have provided them with a solidly performing book. Here’s hoping The Rough Guide to Science Fiction Film continues the upward trend.

Hate Mail Entries

I had a request to repost the “How to send me hate mail” entries from 2002 — which surprised me since I though I had already reposted them. Apparently not. I will eventually repost them in their appropriate archived month, but for now, here they are in one omnibus edition. You’ll find them behind the cut. Please note that they are positively swimming in profanity, so the more sensitive among you are warned.

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Hate Mail Entries

I had a request to repost the “How to send me hate mail” entries from 2002 — which surprised me since I though I had already reposted them. Apparently not. I will eventually repost them in their appropriate archived month, but for now, here they are in one omnibus edition. You’ll find them behind the cut. Please note that they are positively swimming in profanity, so the more sensitive among you are warned.

Continue reading Hate Mail Entries

Quick Basement Update

For those of you wondering: It was a busted sump pump, not an actual busted pipe. Which is good because a busted sump pump is easy to fix, whereas a busted pipe (depending on where it is), not so much. We broomed out much of the standing water ourselves and then let the pros come in and handle the rest, and now we’ve got three very large blowers downstairs drying the place out (see picture). And of course, now we have a new sump pump.

We had some water damage to stuff we had stored down there but not as much as there could have been, and we used the opportunity to junk some stuff we’d been meaning to get rid of anyway. We’ll have to see what the final bill is, but overall, if you’re going to have a domestic disaster, this seems the way to do it.