Monday, December 22, 2008

restless

Unfortunately, the title of this post describes my boy last night and not me. I think I might have slept between midnight and 1 last night. Maybe. I apologize in advance if this is more rambling than normal.

I am pleased to announce that after 307 days I finally heard back from From the Asylum. It was a hearty and well thought out rejection but at least they got back to me. Luckily I had all but given up hope on them five days earlier and sent the story into Opium magazine. I look forward to hearing from them in about six months.

I suppose I could do a year in review as my first official year where the only thing I did, other than look after my kids, was write (and cook and clean and work on vehicles and replace windows and doors and mow the yard and blah, blah, blah . . .) It was a good year actually. I had 9 stories accepted in the last year. All but four have been published at this point. I felt pretty good about that. I managed to write about 25 or so stories and two book length works which are not ready for a publisher yet, but I am working on them.

My daughter is at Kindergarten now. My boy is home with me full time. My wife changed jobs to an independent pharmacy (she used to manage a local Wal-Mart pharmacy) she is happier and so am I. We managed to go on two mini-vacations. We took one to Minneapolis, MN and anther to Hannibal, MO. they were both fun. We managed, after overheating the engine on one mini-van (faulty radiator cap) to buy anther one right after the Hannibal trip.

The only thing I can say I am regretting this year is that my woodworking has suffered. I was planning on building a full bar (solid walnut with glass doors on the upper cabinets) but alas, I have run out of time this year. Maybe next year. Until then, my liquor will be relegated to a small cabinet above the refrigerator in the kitchen. I can say that I do not regret quitting my job as a subcontractor for a wood manufacturing company.

Here is hoping everyone a fantastic Christmas and a great new year. May our inboxes be filled with acceptances from here on out. :)

9 comments:

Catherine J Gardner said...

Woot for 2008!!! And wishing you a fabulous word and acceptance filled 2009.

Jamie Eyberg said...

You too Cate! I just hope I can break into some of the markets that are already taken with you.

Aaron Polson said...

Huzzah for 2008, and raise a glass of something from that above 'fridge cabinet to an even better 2009!

(and get some well-deserved rest, if possible)

Catherine J Gardner said...

And maybe some of the markets that are about to slap a restraining order on me - I've tried Lone Star Stories far too many times, but Mr. Marin rejects within 24 hours so I can't resist.

Break him, Jamie. :)

Jamie Eyberg said...

LOL! I think they rejected one of my stories (a really bad one at that, within minutes if I remember right)

Jamie Eyberg said...

Aaron- next time you are in Iowa (are you ever in Iowa) feel free to give me a buzz. We can have that drink together. By the way I just ordered my subscription to Sand.

Jameson T. Caine said...

Congrats on a good year. Here's to continued and growing success.

K.C. Shaw said...

Ouch to the reject, but I'm sure the next place will grab it up! And your 2008 sounds fantastic, although not a patch on what 2009 will undoubtedly be. :)

Jamie Eyberg said...

Thanks Jameson and K.C.