So, what happens when you send a manuscript to a pro market like Analog or Asimov’s or Cemetery Dance or Weird Tales and they accept it? Do you get a phone call? An email? A letter? A telegram? A smoke signal? At the moment I’m feeling discouraged and I feel like I just might never know from personal experience.
Sometimes I think that there’s something wrong with me and my enjoyment of certain geek shows, especially with they way I continue to enjoy them long after the rest of the geek world has pronounced them crap. For example: I enjoyed seasons five through seven of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, even though geek conventional wisdom holds that those seasons were pretty weak. I also continue to enjoy Lost. I also enjoyed Season 2 of Heroes, even though most people thought the second season sucked. And despite the criticisms of the first half of Season Four of Battlestar Galactica, I thought that was quite adequate as well.
I have this theory that the geek community’s expectations for a show continue to rise, whether or not the quality of that show rises in response to it. So if a show’s quality is constant, or even if it improves a small amount, if geek expectations rise higher than the show’s quality does, the geeks will proclaim that the show has decreased in quality. From what I can tell, my theory holds true of Season Three of Heroes. I haven’t seen the season premiere yet, so I don’t know personally, but I suspect I’m right.
There’s a new scam email making the rounds. If you receive it, just ignore it and delete it. Don’t fall for the scam. Here’s the text of the email as I’ve seen it:
From: Minister of the Treasury Paulson
Subject: REQUEST FOR URGENT CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.
I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.
I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.
This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.
Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to email@example.com so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.
Minister of Treasury Paulson
(Wil Wheaton deserves a hat tip for this one.)