January 1st, 2007

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Boundary Values Between 2006 and 2007

A Quiet End To The Year

Well, watching the Bears playing the Packers on NBC's Sunday Night Football looked pretty much to be a lose -- and wasn't that game supposed to be on at 1pm in the first place? So it was easy to switch to PBS Great Performances and watch Garrison Keillor's New Year's Eve special from Nashville TN. A lovely quiet and gentle way to end the Strange Year of 2006. PBS ran the show til 1am EST, but we took the cats downstairs at 12:40am and listened to the simulcast from the Ann Arbor NPR station. They, too, tubed out at 1am, even though Garrison seemed to be saying that they were going to be on through the New Year in PST. So we missed some of that.

Had the traditional eggnog and pickled herring after midnight. It's supposed to be for good luck, but I'll understand if you get a funny look on your face, because we're mashing two different traditions together and some years eggnog & herring just don't quite sit well.

Did fine last night. (grin)

A Quiet Start To The Year

I was flipping between two adjacent channels watching the Rose Parade this morning -- because, well, why watch commercials or listen to interminable plugs for network TV when you want to watch the damned parade -- when I noticed a tent marked HGTV. Wait... doesn't the Home & Garden channel cover the Rose Parade? And don't they do it commercial free?

YES!

Okay. I like this. And the weather in Pasadena CA was much better than last January the 1st.

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Dr. Phil's 2006 Writing Report

Updating stats for Fourth Quarter 2006

124 submissions (31 "wins" - 80 "rejects" - 6 "No Calls")
43 short stories written, 7 currently in the field
4 published, 3 in print, 1 web, 1 additional story on blog

Year          2002  2003  2004  2005  2006
Submissions     8*   24    26    26    40
Returns         3    22    26    26    40
-- Wins         0     5    10     7     9
-- Rejects      2    15    15    18    30
-- No Calls     1     2     1     1     1
Number Out      5     7     7     7     7
  at year's end
New Stories     8     9    11     8     7
New Markets     6     9     8     6     9
E-submissions   2     2     2     6    19
Sales           0     0     0     1     0
Prizes          0     2     2     0     3
-- Honorables   0     1     2     0     1
Paid            0     1     0     1     2
Pending Publ.   0     1     2     2     3
Published       0     0     1     1     2
-- Print        0     0     1     1     1
-- Web          0     0     0     0     1
Other Publ.     0     0     0     0     1
_________________________________________ 
                         updated 01-02-07

* - Partial year stats for 2002.
(1) Wins includes Sales, Prizes, Honorable Mentions,
WOTF Quarter/Semi/Finalists even without publication,
plus Encouraging Letters from Editors which just cannot
be considered the same as a straight rejection.
(2) No Calls include Contests canceled, Publications
gone under, Manuscripts lost by the USPS, and Manuscripts
withdrawn after Way Too Much Time (usually associated
with Publications gone under).
(3) New Stories is only for stories shipped, does not
include all 2004 Clarion workshop stories or chapbook
stories sent to friends and family.
(4) New Markets are those first-time submissions for
Dr. Phil, not necessarily a new market in the industry.
(5) Honorables include Honorable and Laudable Mentions
which do not win a cash prize, but may be eligible for
print or web publication.
(6) Other Publ. include short stories placed on blog
http://dr-phil-physics.livejournal.com/
"A Rosebourne Christmas" for Christmas 2006.


BIBLIOGRAPHY of Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon
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1. "The Gravediggers" in CrossTIME Anthology Vol. III. 
Santa Fe NM: CrossTIME, 2004.  pp. 44-63.  (August 2004)
ISBN 1-890109-06-1

2. "The Pulse of the Sea" in Northwest Passages: A Cascadian 
Odyssey / edited by Cris DiMarco, hosted by Cascadian Con.  
Port Orchard WA: Fandom Press, the co-operative division 
of Windstorm Creative, 2005.  pp. 179-194.  (September 2005) 
ISBN 1-59092-185-2

3. "Boxes" in CrossTIME Anthology Vol. V.  
Santa Fe NM: CrossTIME, 2006.  pp. 132-147.  (September 2006)  
ISBN-13 978-1-890109-08-0

4. "Dead Forever" at Ralan's Web Spectravaganza; 2nd Prize 
2006 Grabber Contest.  Illustration by Teresa Tunaley.  (October 2006)
http://www.spectravaganza.com/2-win-06.html



I just made my "annual 7 still out by the end of the year" by submitting 3 stories on 30-31 December 2006 – entry for WOTF and e-subs to two small markets. Did not check e-mail during New Year’s Eve, just in case the one editor did a less-than-24-hour turnaround. (grin)

This has been a very good year in some respects for my writing.

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