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  • I’ll have to pick it up. Is it out yet?

    October 09, 2005
  • Let’s just pretend I actually read your entire one-sentence post and didn’t just ask the question you already answered, shall we?

    October 09, 2005
  • Congratulations! You so rock. ;>

    October 09, 2005
  • Wow! This is becoming a regular thing. It’s been years since I read Analog regularly but at this rate I might need to subscribe again. Congratulations!

    October 09, 2005
  • Cool! I’ll have to go pick up a copy.

    October 09, 2005
  • First of all thank you. Second of all, this cracked me up. I thought, finally! a writer with an attention span as short as my own.

    October 09, 2005
  • Ha! Thanks, Luke. I’d like to think I have my moments (too few, though, too few).

    October 09, 2005
  • Well, my writing output is uneven—there’s nothing in the pipeline right now, so it will be a while before there’s another Analog byline.

    October 09, 2005
  • Thanks, Kathryn—I appreciate the moral support.

    October 09, 2005
  • It’s still a streak. You just don’t know, you might get slapped upside the face by the muse any second. No need to get hit by a van, like some writers, though. Just sayin’.

    October 09, 2005
  • Ha, thanks! That’s oddly reassuring (that the muse might strike at any moment, and not necessarily with the grille of an econoline).

    October 09, 2005
  • Hey, great! This guarantees that I’ll look for and pick up this issue. Congrats, Bob! Looking forward to reading it.

    October 09, 2005
  • Excellent! I’m looking forward to reading it too.

    October 10, 2005
  • I’m sorry, what was — oooh, shiny!

    October 10, 2005
  • I obviously don’t have this yet, but CONGRATULATIONS on ANOTHER sale, and…..and….

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!!

    October 10, 2005
  • Anonymous

    Nice to see your writing again

    Read your feedback email account.

    October 10, 2005
  • Hey, Mark, thanks! I imagine it will make it to the Upper-Left-Hand Corner any day now.

    October 10, 2005
  • Thanks, Lee—I appreciate the kind words.

    October 10, 2005
  • Thank you, thank you—yes, I have one foot in the grave and the other on the gas pedal. I appreciate the EXUBERANT congratulations!

    October 10, 2005
  • Re: Nice to see your writing again

    Already answered the e-mail. What, it would’ve killed you to leave a name?

    October 10, 2005
  • Yeah, yeah…don’t ever say I don’t help you guys imagine my vocal tones and inflections.

    October 10, 2005
  • Ausgesichnicht! (sp?)

    I have two copies in my sweaty little hands, having mostly cleaned out the B&N at 54th Street.

    October 10, 2005
  • A copy shall be mine.

    Assuming, of course, I survive the New Jersey roads. There’s a traffic circle between me and the nearest bookstore. Very scary.

    October 10, 2005
  • I have the Best friends (a theme on which I’ll be elaborating here shortly).

    I think (hope) you mean “ausgezeichnet.” A literal translation of Ausgesichnicht might be “not out of itself.” Very SFnal, but I’ll be damned if I can make it out to be a compliment.

    October 11, 2005
  • P.S.—Don’t feel bad: people named “Bill” are apparently handicapped when it comes to the German language. Mason and I labored under the Prussian browbeating of Herr Leo for three years at Brooklyn College, and Mason now speaks less German than when we started.

    October 11, 2005
  • “Ausgesichnicht” =
    “Not out of itself” =
    “Not out of its mind” =
    “Not crazy.”

    See? Compliment!

    October 11, 2005
  • Hey John—thanks!

    (Boy, you can take a horror writer out of the genre… From the gothic syntax of “A copy shall be mine,” to the unerring ability to see the macabre just beneath the surface of ordinary suburbia.)

    October 11, 2005
  • Anonymous

    Hmm… where is James Michael Mooney when you need him? He had taught me two phrases before he vanished off the face of the earth. Slightly more than Herr Leo had taught me in three years. One was how to request oral sex (which I choose not to use here) and the other was a direction for someone to do something rude to themselves. Consider it used! (I forget how to spell it and you’d make fun of me anyway)

    Bill

    October 11, 2005
  • Achtung! Wütenderkrüppel!

    Hey, that’s handicapable, pal!

    Achtung!  Wütenderkrüppel!

    Say, where’s your party membership card…?

    October 11, 2005
  • Aw, Bill: don’t think of it as making fun of you—think of it as, um, well…

    (Okay, this is why I have so few friends.)

    And for those of you who need to request oral sex in German—courtesy of Jim Mooney: Blas mir an. (“To Blow” is “anblasen,” slang useage the same as English.)

    October 11, 2005
  • Re: Achtung! Wütenderkrüppel!

    ROTFL!

    This killed me! Boy, just reading this blog will get you sent to hell.

    October 11, 2005
  • I am so pleased for you, and I can’t wait to read it!

    And congratulations on becoming 40, which is where I’m sticking, anyway.

    October 11, 2005
  • Ha! I lurve the graphic, BTW.

    October 11, 2005
  • Hey you! Thanks!

    Yes, I’m renewing my 40 license again this year. You, my dear, are ageless.

    October 11, 2005
  • This birthday greeting from . (Imagine, while you take in this feast for the eyes, Julie Andrews singing “My Favorite Things.”) It’s a little scary, how well Laurie gets me.

    October 11, 2005
  • …or is that immature? I always get those mixed up.:g:.

    October 11, 2005
  • Boss, Boss, “immature” is not you: “immature” is a slur that rigid, unimaginitive, freedom-hating ass-biters use. Because they’re jealous of your childlike capacity for wonder. And your beauty, yeah, yeah, your beauty. Also your millions of adoring siphonaptera fans.

    October 11, 2005
  • And we are charmed by them, trust me.

    October 11, 2005
  • Re: Achtung! Wütenderkrüppel!

    I just wish LJ had rendered the damn HTML escape entities as proper ü’s.

    Cig isle!

    October 11, 2005
  • Scary indeed how she zeroed in on all that. 🙂

    October 11, 2005
  • Basically, all but the boobs were filler, ha ha.

    When you presented the postcard Bill and Laura got you a while back, I could feel the glee jumping- no, LEAPING- off the page.

    Normally it would be inappropriate for me to post boobie pics, but this little lady…I think she’s just absurd enough to convey the tone I was shooting for .

    October 12, 2005
  • Laurie, it is never inappropriate for anyone to post boobie pictures. Where on Earth did you ever get that idea?

    October 13, 2005
  • I blame you for this.

    October 13, 2005
  • Yes, because I’m the one who’s been writing this blog all along.

    October 13, 2005
  • Dear Bob –

    I’ve been so inattentive to LJ for so long that I missed this post until this morning when I cracked open my December Analog… lo and behold, it contains a story by Robert J. Howe!

    Congratulations! *tucks it into his backpack to read it tonight*

    Chris

    November 18, 2005

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