Thursday, April 17, 2008

Getting to End of Semester

It's April in Minnesota, almost the end of term for the two places I'm teaching at this year. I can't wait for it to be over so I can begin bartending lessons and really cranking on direct mail. It's going to be wonderful. I'm teaching one class at MCTC this summer.

I'm still waiting to hear back on a bunch of submissions. I'm so impatient. But, no news is generally good news.

Off to writing work.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Just another Wednesday. Taught three classes today. Worked on my two writing projects. First was the Much To Do About Nothing book project. Then I worked briefly on my script bible for Primetime. We're doing ok, but it's slow going at the moment.

In the class that I'm subbing for, I'm currently working with students on papers on death issues. I did not pick the topic, but it's somewhat interesting. Doing this has made me realize that doing research papers without the instructor having expert knowledge in the topics is a really bad idea. Very little learning takes place. Indeed, there's a tendency for the papers to get really, really cookie cutter. That's a shame.

Then again, so much of life is indeed cookie cutter.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Spring new stuff

Well, I'm back.

It's been a long winter. I've got several stories out there under consideration.

First, "You've Got a Problem," which is about my dissertation advisor, is under consideration at AlienSkin.

Second, "Bringing Work Home with Her," which is about a guy married to a spy, is under consideration at Andromeda Spaceways.

Third, "Rescue Man" is under consideration at IGMS.

Fourth, "Jacobite Revolt" is under consideration at Asimov's.

Publications: Review of Peter Firchow's Modern Utopian Fictions is up at H-Net Utopia.

My article "Institutional Crisis" is coming out at Extrapolation.

And work goes on slowly on the tv pilot for Primetime.