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"I left my heart in the Cambrian. And the Carboniferous."

My heart gets around.

Cooler today and cloudy. Our high was only 74˚F, with the heat index at 75˚F. But no rain, at least.

I was up at 6:30 a.m., after about four hours sleep. I wrote 1,059 words on a new short story I am calling "Strandling," which is being written for an Ellen Datlow anthology. It's been almost three years since I have tried to write a piece of fiction for anyone but myself. I am my ideal audience. I have trouble with most everyone else. Anyway, then, after coffee, I spent an hour dusting about an eighth of this dusty office, this space that is presently serving double duty as prep lab and writer's office.

I learned from Jun Ebersole it will be July before I can return to McWane, and that was kind of a bummer. But he's bringing me more Pleistocene cave matrix, and there's Winifred, and the Secret Project. There is another paleontological matter I am anxious to work on, and I am currently waiting on an important email to tell me if I have the green light on that.

There was email today with Jun (as I said), and with Vince Locke (illustrations for Vile Affections), and with Paula Guran (a very late "Year's Best" contract I signed in March, but had not yet mailed), and...the other matter that is making me anxious, it got an email, too.

That was pretty much today. I had a ham and turkey sandwich for dinner. Cornflakes for breakfast. Not much else to eat today.

And yes, this is my 57th wretched birthday month, fifty-seven trips around the sun, and yes, you may have a link to my Amazon wish list. Gifts are distractions, and distractions keep me functional.

Later Kittens,
Aunt Beast

4:36 p.m.
Tags: "strandling", anxiety, birthdays, computer stuff, cooler weather, disappointment, ellen datlow, gifts, jun ebersole, jvp, may, mcwane, mosasaurs, not enough sleep, paleontology, paula guran, pleistocene, readers, secrets, turtles, vile affections, vince locke

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