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A slushy day in NYC


Well, it was only a little slushy in the literal sense of the word, but today was the day that Doug and I did our monthly slush transfer. What this means is that I take all the submissions that come in over a month and drive them from New Jersey to NYC, while Doug brings the survivors of the previous month in from LI. We then trade baskets and come home and read. This time I got a batch of 28 mss out of 213 given to Doug just before Thanksgiving. I haven't started on them yet since I just got back a little while ago and have been catching up on other work. I expect to do my buying run sometime in the next three or four weeks, though I have to check with Warren on the timing. 

The funny thing is that for all these years Doug and I have been meeting on the weekends, mainly because I thought he had a day job and couldn't meet during the week, which would have been much more convenient for me in terms of setting up business lunches, dinners, parties, etc. It only occurred to me to ask about a mid-week transfer this time because we just couldn't get it together on two consecutive weekends because of snow storms, holidays, traffic, etc. I suddenly realized that his full time job is now home based, and I thought I'd give it a shot. What a nice change! I was able to meet Ellen Datlow for a wonderful lunch at my favorite neighborhood restaurant and I was home by 3:30!  

So this is blogging? Kind of boring, I think, but if people want to read about their friends' haircuts on Twitter, maybe someone wants to read about my drive into New York and my nice lunch!

Stay warm and happy, people!

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melissajm
Jan. 8th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Well, it's nice to know about the slush transfer. Thanks for the update. (For once, I didn't miss it by just a couple of days!)
akashiver
Jan. 8th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
It's nice for those of us outside the publishing world to gain some insight into the life of a fiction editor. Plus, some of us like to read about nice lunches. :)

Thanks for posting.
ellen_datlow
Jan. 8th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Shawna forced me to share the baguette with fabulous apricot preserves/jam???? whatever and the delicious apple strudel dessert with Schlage and red jammy stuff.

It was a very good lunch.
melissajm
Jan. 9th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
What's Schlage?
ellen_datlow
Jan. 9th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
A type of cream--not whipped, much thicker--it's German but kind of like the cream you get with scones in the UK.
melissajm
Jan. 9th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Clotted cream? The name had always turned me off, but I had some last year and it was delicious. Sounds like a fantastic lunch.
ellen_datlow
Jan. 9th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
Yes, sorry. I couldn't remember the name for it. But it's the same.Yummy.
melissajm
Jan. 9th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
I'll have to call it that the next time my husband refuses to eat clotted cream because the name grosses him out. ;)
birdhousefrog
Jan. 8th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
"So this is blogging? Kind of boring, I think, but...maybe someone wants to read about my drive into New York and my nice lunch!"

Yes. We do.

I live quietly in the country now, 50 miles from DC with cats, chickens, child, and I enjoy hearing about the weather and life and the vagaries of editors exchanging baskets. Not to mention what they ate for lunch. *grin*
callistra
Jan. 8th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'm fascinated by the slush transfer. This means... hard copy? Dead tree editions?
:-)
shawnam
Jan. 9th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Yep, dead tree editions. We don't accept electronic submissions. I'm not up to reading hundreds of short stories electronically and neither is Doug!
callistra
Jan. 9th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
:D
rachel_swirsky
Jan. 9th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Heh, it mostly amounts to hundreds of first paragraphs, doesn't it? "No... no... also no... the word thumb is not spelled with two "ms"... no..." Or is that just my slushing experience? :D

(Not intended as an argument in favor of electronic subs, just intended as a joke.)
douglascohen
Jan. 9th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
rachel_swirsky
Jan. 9th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
Hmm. For those of us who live in places with no culture, reading about people getting to have lunches with other editors in NYC is like flipping through the glamour mags. ;)

And, relatedly, for people with stories in your slush, we appreciate you and Doug going to the effort of updating us on our stories' travels through the north-east.
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