Apology No. 1
To all who received a spam email from me yesterday... My google mail was hacked. Sorry. 'Tis all fixed now (she hopes) and I have new industrial strength passwords. It was so scary to wake up and find my blog supposedly 'deleted' and not able to access my gmail. Thankfully my mobile was charged (which is unusual as I never use the darn thing) and I was able to provide google with the phone number so they could send me a verification code and all (fingers crossed) is well.
Apology No. 2
About three weeks ago, the wonderful (deletes several expletives) Mercedes challenged a bunch of us over on the non-timewasting Twitter to sub 10 stories by September 1st. I'll admit, I knew from day one I wasn't going to make it. I was writing Fred (may he rest in confetti pieces), all my stories (about five) were out in the big bad world already and I had nothing new fermenting. That didn't mean I didn't want to play though. I offered twitter a maniacal grin and it offered me one back and we agreed, what the hell, you never know. Erm, well okay, I sorta did. Anyhow, here are the subs I did manage to make during the bet (thanks to some thoughtful rejections)...
A World of Cardboard Houses - time travelling, helter skelter madness - subbed to Shimmer on 31st Aug 2010
Kodak Dragons - a near-future, far too-positive (and according to Asimov's - cute) sci-fi journey about holding onto things lost - subbed to Daily Science Fiction on 25th Aug 2010
The Stars Blink Out, One by One - a tale of fairies, a doomed trip to the moon and spindly illuminator men - subbed to Arkham Tales on 20th Aug 2010
Nameless - as in literally; a short competition piece to win an ARC of 'Please Ignore Vera Dietz?; (hey, Mercedes said it counts) - entered on 16th Aug 2010
Pathetic, I know. Get over it. I did manage to write three new stories in that time-period though - all of which are drying on my jingle bell line and will be edited this month and then sent out or left to dry again. I know, I know, it's too late now.
So here comes the grovelling...
Dear Mercedes, Anthony, Simon, Katey and everyone else who was playing, I most heartily apologise for not getting ten subs out. I've spent this afternoon washing my mouth out with soap and rubbing bleach into my eyeballs and I've sliced through the back of my neck so my head tips reverently forward to your majesticselves. I shall spend the next 30 days writing 'I will not let my sub parters down again' on every available space I find be it wall, floor or faces.