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Sunday, August 07, 2005

A Bit of Writing

The biggest news around here is that we've started the process to adopt a baby girl from China. We've filled out the first application and looking forward to our first orientation meeting August 13th. The process generally takes about a year, so while exciting, we've still got a long way to go before she can come home.

One more week of summer vacation for my boys and two more for me. I'm hoping to get up to Laramie, Wyoming during the week of the 15th to visit the labs where they study the properties of spider silk. Dr. Randy Lewis, a molecular biologist, heads the group sequencing the DNA and working on ways to spin spider silk for commercial uses.

The end of school is in sight even though these last two classes are reputed to be very tough. This also means I'm starting the job search, but I'm having difficulty finding companies wanting to hire a mathematician interested in biomimetic applications. Some companies list my skills but then say they want an engineer or biologist and I need to convince them a mathematician can fit the bill.

On the 20th of August, we hear the results of the photo competition for the Butterfly Pavilion. The other competition that I entered, the Eldorado State Park Photo Competition, is open for public voting and results will be released September 30th. These are my first entries into any photo contest. I'm a little nervous.

Another bit of news, a story I wrote about ten years ago (it sure doesn't seem that long ago) was selected for a "Best of" anthology. "One in the A.M." will be printed in the Best of Borderlands. Check it out at Borderlands Press in the "Coming Soon" area and order many copies! The synopsis of the anthology at the web site:

Best of Borderlands (Volumes 1 - 5)

Elizabeth Monteleone has selected the most memorable and
representative fiction form the first five volumes of the
greatest award-winning anthology series of all time.
Available in an affordable trade paperback edition that
will be a must-have for all readers of ground-breaking
fiction in the genres of horror, dark fantasy, and suspense.

The beginning of September, I'll be setting up a Pro Gallery in Shutterfly to sell prints. I'll keep everyone posted as this develops.


San Nakji said...

Interesting to see you write for a change. Good luck on the contest(s)and well done on the story selection, you are a published writer now!

Gabe Beasley said...

Woah, you got alot going on.

I sent you an e-mail. I'm going to
see my dad for the first time in
years where he lives now with my
step mom late this month. That's
about it right now for me.

Hypatia said...

Thanks! Actually, it was published way back when -- it's just being republished as part of this Best of Series.

Right after that story was published I stopped writing and was unable to bring myself to read fiction. Strange how personal events can derail a career path.

I hadn't thought about that element of my life until I got the call about republishing. It even got me pondering writing again.

The oddest thing about story writing is examining how much my outlook has changed ... and the things that haven't changed. I'm still deeply cynical about politics, organized religion, and human nature. In terms of genre, I'm far less horror oriented than I used to be. Part of the latter came from having kids, I think. I think my worldview is far more complex now that I'm older.

Hypatia said...

Hey Gabe, yep busy busy. It keeps me from turning into a mountain of jello -- it's always been a personal fear. ;)

Have a good visit with your dad! Hope that goes well.