j_cheney: (Hurry...)
Well, I woke this morning with a headache, and faint migraine symptoms (didn't actually have a migraine, just the visual glitteries). I suspect this is due to either a) lack of caffeine or b) tropical depression gusvtav arriving in Oklahoma. Either way, compounded by the mist falling outside, I didn't go jogging.

I went to B&N instead hoping to find a copy of the most recent Locus, but no joy. Probably Thursday or Friday, I was told. They evidenly don't track their magazine shipments at all. I'd like to see it because a) there's reportedly a pic of the WOTF ceremony and b) July Fantasy Magazine was reviewed.

(More on each)
A) I just want to know how the pictures came out. I managed to get in the middle, where my overlarge form should have been mostly hidden by those below me.
B) Don't know if my story even got mentioned but I was curious, especially since mine appeared at the last moment of the last week of July. No mention is better than a bad mention, though.
ETA: If you've seen it and it's bad, don't tell me...

The foundation I like is being discontinued. Figures. (Insert eye roll here) I managed to score a couple more bottles at Target at 75% off, though. Won't have to buy foundation till next fall.

And finally, my less yard-industrious neighbor now has a child of the green monster lurking in their front beds, overgrowing their climbing roses and annuals.

Urg...

Aug. 24th, 2008 01:52 pm
j_cheney: (Sleepy)
The ears are still giving me fits, popping and snapping. They're un-blocked most of the time, but closed enough that it's annoying. Went to the gym yesterday and jogged a bit but, under the influence of Sudafed I got lightheaded and could only jog for a couple of minutes at a stretch. (Cold sweat) Perhaps tomorrow.

[livejournal.com profile] displacedtexan is actually suffering his congestion in his chest, which just goes to show that different people have different wiring. His ears? OK.

And we have a WOTF review over at SciFi Catholic....which I didn't even know existed until now. The reviewer apparently neither likes nor dislikes my story, but he kindly spells my name correctly, which is good enough for me ;o)
j_cheney: (Black and White)
[livejournal.com profile] pabba has posted a kindly review of my story "Masks of War" here, in which he give me four out of five chicken nuggets! (OK, that's not strictly true, but the guy is obsessed with sushi, folks.)

I'm pleased he liked the story ;o) That's always a nice thing to hear.

I haven't talked much about this, but the story is actually based on a real department in the 3rd London General Hospital in WW1, the "Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department", also known as the "Tin Noses Shop". Smithsonian ran a wonderful article on this last year, avaliable on-line here.

Particularly fascinating are some of the before and after photos available in the photo gallery.(photo taken from the Smithsonian web-site)


Very few of these masks still exist....most of the men who wore them were buried in them.
j_cheney: (Ivy)
From the review now up at The Fix, a review of the July stories in Fantasy magazine. The reviewers liked the issue, on the whole, and my story "Masks of War" fell into the last slot of the month.

My story was called "Well-written and memorable", for which I cannot be anything but pleased ;o)
j_cheney: (Reaching Out)
Well, I copped out and sent that story I was holding for Black Gate somewhere else. Since it's epic fantasy, and 10K, the number of markets is somewhat limited, but I thought I'd give IGMS a try first. I also have a second story that I consider semi-submitted, so I'm going to call that 5 stories out.

OK, not so impressive, but that's 4 more than I had a couple of months ago.
Read more... )
Played hacky-sack with the dogs again today. Loki can't seem to get the 'kill' part of his mindset to turn off. He wants to kill the hacky-sack and only reluctantly surrenders it. Freya, on the other hand, immediately drops it after she catches it. She doesn't see any point to bringing it back to me, as it will simply prolong the silly game.

ETA: And I forgot, I got a nice review at SF Signal today. Thanks so much to [livejournal.com profile] pabba for giving me the heads up on it...I wouldn't have seen ift for a while otherwise. ;o)

Yay!

Jul. 23rd, 2007 07:40 pm
j_cheney: (Ivy)
The last big reivew is in* for Touching the Dead, and I didn't get lambasted!!
Tangent Online

The reviewer cyber-knows me and therefore wisely called in a pinch-hitter to cover my story. "J. Kathleen Cheney's "Touching the Dead" slowly unfolds like a delicate flower."

He has a lot more to say, mostly kind, for which I am very grateful. My writing style is rather more slow and deliberate than many readers like, but the reveiwer tries to cast that in a good light. And this just makes me glow...."In many ways, this young girl's methodical reasoning throughout the story reminded me of a young Sherlock Holmes."

*OK, the review came out last week, but I missed it somehow.
j_cheney: (Sleepy)
Got up about 3:30 this morning, and my head isn't very happy with me at the moment. I need to get some work done, though, so I'll just have to ignore it. ::sigh::

Got a few cleaning tasks out of the way, and I'm off to revise a story...

ETA: Just ran across a review of Issue #7 on SFRevu....
The reviewer likes the issue as a whole, citing Elizabeth Bear's [livejournal.com profile] matociquala as Excellent. He also liked me! The stories by newcomers all got a Very Good from me, with the standout by J. Kathleen Cheney. Yay! I don't suck. Gives me the energy to go revise....SFRevu

Ultraviolet

Jul. 8th, 2007 06:37 pm
j_cheney: (Black and White)
Last night [livejournal.com profile] displaced_texan and I finished watching Ultraviolet, a 1998ish British miniseries. Excellent viewing. We've decided it's a keeper. (This is not the Milla Jovovich movie, folks)

I got a nice write-up from [livejournal.com profile] chris_gerrib, who now no longer owes me a coke. He notes that the story is between Fantasy and Science Fiction, which pleases me immensely. The divide between F & SF seems set in concrete, but I often write between. That puts me in a weird spot...

I have heard the term 'science fantasy' before, but I don't know that I've ever seen a good definition for that.
j_cheney: (Default)
That's what [livejournal.com profile] david_de_beer calls my story "Touching the Dead" in his reivew posted: here. ::dimpling::

I guess reading all those books on forensics paid off...I just got a copy of Death's Acre...ooh, fun research time. ;o)

I think we've decided (as per the previous discussion)that 'Honorable Mention' is the same thing as 'Quarterfinalist', which does not mean top thirty-two. Good enough for me.

Off to the gym now. On day two of No Diet Coke. Headache. Bleh...

ETA: TNOD off to Brutarian. I've never subbed there before, but I thought it might fit.
j_cheney: (So many books...)
So, the English Degree is telling me to write last night, but the Marketing Degree is whispering that it's been a loooong time since I ego surfed. Since I have a couple of bits up now, I decided to go along with the marketing urge and look....

That's when I stumbled across: this.
There's a reference to my work about 2/3 of the way down.

This went up in late March of this year. The author is apparently a PhD from the University of St. Andrews, Laura Vivianco. I had to read it several times before I understood it, and there are a lot of references I'm not going to chase down. (Because ED says I should be writing, not ego surfing).

It's NOT a review. The author neither claims to like or dislike the story. It's an academic article...which makes this rather like seeing one's name in a biology book.

Going to breakfast now! Have a nice day, you guys.

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