Monday, July 30, 2007

My Ugly Baby

So, I'm still going nuts waiting for any feedback on my story that I mentioned. Checking back. Checking back. Not really doing anything else for two days. I'm starting to think that I've got an ugly baby and no one wants to tell me. I never worry this much. What's different now?

I get e-mail notices when someone posts a comment to critique threads I participated in... finally a BAEN email shows up! And it's not for my story. And another. And another. None for my story.

I'm crawling the walls.

And now... someone commented. The little notice is there in my email. I've got to go look at it.

*deep breath*

It's probably nothing much. I'm calm. Really. I can go look. I can!


Dangit. It was an expression of incomprehension.


Maybe it will break the ice and someone else will comment.


Blogger Ymarsakar said...

There is a sort of pipeline effect concerning this. In the sense that people who might want to read your stories might also not have access to baen's board.

Simplicity of access is another reason to go online.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Ymarsakar said...

Do you have a direct link to your story?

12:17 PM  
Blogger Ymarsakar said...

Dangit. It was an expression of incomprehension.

You got to give time for these things to breath, so to speak. Develop its flavor.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Synova said...

I'm still working on getting my web-site up.

If you want to see the story I could email it. If you're willing to send an e-mail address to synova at pascal dot org.

I'm starting to see where the problems are, though. I've got more rewriting to do.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Ymarsakar said...

You know that I already commented on your story at baen, right?

9:29 AM  
Blogger Synova said...

You did?

Under what name?

(And thank you.)

11:00 AM  
Blogger Ymarsakar said...

Let's keep that a secret ;)

Just move the mouse clicker over the names and you'll see one my distinctive emails. That or the comments in bold might have given me away ; )

5:03 PM  
Blogger Ymarsakar said...

I find it funny that I often avoid short stories because I favor novels, yet oftentimes the new novel would bore me to tears whether because of the beginning or something else, while the short stories are exciting if not exactly lengthy.

My best experience with short story types is the Voyage of the Space Beagle. Loved that. Short stories chained together in one over-arching plot of space exploration.

Same reason I loved Ghost. 3 stories thus with triple the ending bang of a normal novel at 1/3rd the time required.

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate homosexuals and am sick of any conservative that would stick up for their deviant lifestyle.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Synova said...

*sigh* Please go away.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Synova said...

Ymar, I tend to like novels better too.

Ghost is one book that I'm ever so grateful I have on e-book rather than on a shelf where my kids can find it. Ack!

Princess of Wands had the same three-novella structure (and doesn't necessarily need to be hidden from children.)

When I looked at the Baen slush conference again it was obvious who you were. ;-) I do appreciate your comments very much.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Ymarsakar said...

*sigh* Please go away.

I have some guy from George Washington University, in DC, always trying to go incognito at my wordpress blog. He was around in my blogspot days as well. After I got his IP and tracked his "anonymous" name usage across the nets, he kind of well... stopped. More or less.

These folks get a kick out of the "Anonymous" business of the attack and stalk routine. Not so fun when they are the prey, at least not for them.

More sophisticated attacks you have already seen at

Wordpress automatically logs IPs of commenters. I found that, in combination with stats based checking, useful for tracking abusive Anons. Information is power, if only because no defense is invulnerable to it.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Ymarsakar said...

Ghost is one book that I'm ever so grateful I have on e-book rather than on a shelf where my kids can find it. Ack!

This reminded me of that hilarious review of Watch on the Rhine by a Lefty book reviewer. Hilarious! I say.

SS black uniforms, obviously a sign of the hidden impulse towards fascism on the Right! Haha.

These useful idiots are so easy to manipulate.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Ymarsakar said...

I felt there was something lacking or jarring about Himei of Wands.

For one thing, it was extremely surreal. It was almost like a story about regular folks but... not. Ringo's characteristic quoting or inclusion of real life characters and interactions is also present there. I kept wondering whether the guy at the end was Robert Jordan and David Drake. Or perhaps he was speaking of Ringo's own failures in fantasy writing.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Synova said...

Not Jordan, I think. I didn't recognize most of the characters in the middle story anyway.

I liked the premise though and I liked very much some of the story remarks about religion and faith.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Ymarsakar said...

Which part of the premise did you like?

The Light vs the Darkness is always a nice overall theme. I especially liked its portrayal in the Babylon 5 series depicted quite well in the Shadow vs Vorlon war.

5:46 PM  

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