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When I arrived, Jack, as before, is struggling with the fax machine, but this time he did not BS-ing. Click-Click-issued by the sound of fax machines, idling with.

Yesterday I was doing vanity searches to see if there were any new reviews of my writing around, and ran across this yeeyan.com page infringing my copyright. They don’t have my permission to translate and republish this story, but they’re in China (presumably) so there isn’t much I could do about it even if I were inclined to go after them, which I’m not, since it appears to be a website for students to learn English.

Running it through Google Translate is fun (and I’m sure introduces a few errors, too). I’ve learned two things from their translation: Seinfeld is apparently called Happy Single Party in China, and Sunday school is apparently called “Japanese school.”

Swan Song

The Fix (a short fiction review site) says this about my short story “Swan Song” (emphasis mine):

The story is very well written and also engaging, which is impressive because the first third deals with a rather boring look at a rather boring life. This is to be expected, as most day-to-day lives are boring. We wake up, we go to jobs we’d rather not do, we carry on at conversations we’d rather not have. But the strength of Merriam’s writing is that this day-to-day tedium holds as much poetry and resonance and insight as the more tense scenes later in the story, after the epidemic has been revealed.