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While I was writing this, I spilled tomato soup all over my desk. THIS IS WHY I CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS. (/dramaqueen)

I got my contributors’ copy (contributor’s copy? where does the apostrophe go? there’s only one of me, but many contributors…) of the November issue of Scifaikuest, which contains my scifaiku “autumn visit.”

I also just ran across this listing of Metafilter authors, which includes me. I’m internet famous!

I am also pretty sick. I probably caught this from somebody at the hospital where I work, where it’s going around. I’m all achy and tired and throatsore and have been drinking hot lemonade like it’s a miracle cure. I have a whole panoply of things I pretty much only consume when sick, which include: gingerbread cake, ginger ale (Canada Dry for preference), tomato soup, chicken noodle soup and hot lemonade. Alan kindly got me all of those things last night, except the gingerbread cake which Kroger of course doesn’t carry. I will have to make some if I want some, unless one of my kind readers knows where in Nashville it can be purchased.


I’ve decided to publish a new chapbook of speculative poetry and microfiction at the end of February, so they’re available for sale at 2010: A Space Oddity. I plan to do a limited, numbered edition of 100, with a mix of three different covers.

I’m taking advance orders now via PayPal to joannemerriam@gmail.com (or mail a cheque or money order to Joanne Merriam, P.O. Box 41232, Nashville TN 37204 USA). Be sure to include your mailing address in your comments. The chapbook will be selling for US$5.00/Cdn$6.00 (using the SMOASP currency exchange rate) and for advance orders I’m not charging for shipping. (You can request a specific cover or specific number in the series and as long as it’s not already sold out I’ll send that.)


Edgewise will include “The Aviary” (Chiaroscuro, January-March 2008), “The Butterfly Factory” (42 Magazine, Summer 2009), “Deaths on Other Planets” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2008 and Concelebratory Shoehorn Review, 1 February 2009), “Evolution” (Mise En Poem, 22 March 2009), “Last Will and Testament” (Chiaroscuro, January-March 2007), “Ribbons. Lightning.” (On Spec, Spring 2004 and Brain Harvest, 12 September 2009), “Spring in Rutherford County” (Dreams and Nightmares, No. 77), “Stolen Lighters” (PicFic, 17 August 2009), “Thirteen Scifaiku for Blackbirds” (Strange Horizons, 12 October 2009), “The Undead in Hospital” (Alba, January 2007), “Venusian Girls are Better” (Coyote Wild, January 2008), “Werepenguin” (Strange Horizons, 10 March 2008), “Work Requirements” (PicFic, 18 August 2009), and six untitled scifaiku (three from Scifaikuest‘s February 2010 print, February 2009 online and February 2009 print editions respectively, and three from Things Japanese in Tennessee, Duthie Learning. September 2008).

Scifaikuest & NaPoWriMo

Upon coming home from an awesome weekend in New York, I found my contributor’s copy of the February 2009 Scifaikuest (the print version, which is different from the online version, which also contained one of my scifaiku last month). Hooray!

I’ve also decided to participate in NaPoWriMo this year, and write a poem a day for the month of April, which is National Poetry Month in the USA and Canada (and maybe elsewhere too).