The political piece at offended a conservative. I have trouble understanding how a Science Fiction writer can be a conservative. I know that it happens more frequently than I would guess, but it still seems odd.

I tried to smooth the ruffled feathers as best I could. I didn’t want to offend, just state a position that I feel strongly about.

“Speed Trap” was rejected at ASIM with odd comments by the readers:


Yes, although there’s something that bothers me, I can’t put my finger on it.


There’s a lot of good stuff in this story, not least the idea of a modern day wrecker, but it doesn’t work for me.


I thought it spent a lot of time concentrating on the technical attributes of the car, and not enough in moving the story along.


I always feel that the comments are by the same person. There is a flow to them. The first comment from ASIM is always positive. The last is always the most pointed (and sometimes rude).

I sent the story off to today, not because I expect to sell it there, but I think that they give a good critique and they do it in just one day.

I still like “Speed Trap” and even after 12 rejects, I intend to keep submitting it until it sells. I might sent it in to ATSOISE, but it is not really their style.

Gracie the kitten gets her stitches pulled today. She is finally eating on her own, although she doesn’t drink. She doesn’t snore anymore. She is as cranky as she was before the encounter with the car. She is still blind in her right eye, even though the swelling has gone down and the color is returning to normal.


  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Hang in there Gracie!

    Monday, October 18, 2004 at 8:03 pm | Permalink
  2. Keith wrote:


    Gracie was sitting next to me in the little cat window shelf in our library (actually the old downstairs bathroom converted to fit a desk where the bathtub used to be.) She was helping me check my email. I tickled her under the chin for you and she rolled over for more. She can be very affectionate at times, especially when she knows that she is the object of special attention.


    Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 8:33 am | Permalink