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My Tab Habit

I have a really bad habit.

I use Firefox for my internet browser…and I do this thing where I leave a bunch of tabs open because there are 1.)stories I want to read 2.) things I want to blog about 3.) reference notes I want to make 4.) stories I want to write or venues to submit to…the list goes on. And so do the tabs. It gets to the point where I’m so incredibly, terribly behind that the tabs — like emails festering in my inbox — start to stress me out when I look at them. So I thought I would share my open tabs with you today so that I might take care of #2 on my list…and then get rid of some stress.

Tab 1: This one’s been up for a while, and I’m embarrassed that I just haven’t taken the time to read it. It’s Ted Kosmatka’s story “In Fall” that recently appeared in Lightspeed Magazine. I met Ted through the Codex Writers Group, and I’ve come to really appreciate his writing. Which is why I clicked on the link in the first place. *sigh* Ted, I promise…I’ll read this. Soon. I encourage any of you who aren’t familiar with Ted to go read it now…if only because you’ll have a chance to make me look bad.

Tab 2: Small Press Paper Golem is opening up to submissions next month for their Cucurbital anthology. Stories must include: a watermelon, a turtle, and a sex worker. Obviously, I’m still stewing on those idea seeds.Feel free to join me.

Tab 3: “The Secret Language of the Fan” — The fabulous Suzanne Lazear hosted this on her STEAMED blog back in…oh my god…January. (I promise I discovered it after that.) In it, Victorian costume expert Karlee Etter explains the various ways that the body language of a fan would be interpreted in Victorian society. TELL me you don’t want to use this in a story? Exactly. Brilliant. And tabbed.

Tab 4: Author Maya Lassiter hosted an interview with me on her “Mayaland” blog in a series called “Why Writers Do What They Do.” In it, I discuss why I don’t believe in Writers Block…despite the fact that I’ve had it once and lived to tell the tale. I might have mentioned this on Facebook and/or Twitter, but Mom doesn’t have Facebook or Twitter, so I try to make sure I always stick these very important sorts of things on my blog. Tab.

Tab 5: SF Signal’s “Mind Meld.” Jason Sizemore suggested a Mind Meld topic on Dystopias. Wikipedia defines Dystopia as “an often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian” – an idea that if often leveraged in science fiction. So what are some of the best ones to read? A bunch of really cool SF authors answered this question, and I was one of them. (No, my answer was NOT 1984.)

Tab 6: I’m bidding on something on eBay. The auction ends tomorrow. And NO, I’m not going to tell you what this one is, because you might bid against me.

Besides…I know for a fact that you have at least five really cool tabs open on your browser now with stuff you plan on checking out. You’re welcome!



Originally published at AletheaKontis.com. You can comment here or there.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
Tab 2
The Egyptian myth of the watermelon is that it sprang from Set's seed when he attempted to rape his sister. He was their Trickster/War god, and red was his color. This is apparently where the old wive's tale originates, that says you'll get pregnant if you swallow a watermelon seed.

A turtle is sometimes associated with the pudendum.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Tab 2
See...I started with the turtle and was thinking about the Vietnamese Turtle God who came out of the lake and handed this guy a sword so he could free Vietnam from under the power of the Ming rule of China.

Hmm. Maybe I can bridge the two...
Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Tab 2
Oh, a turtle shell, like a shield!
Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
p.s. I thought you were going to admit an addiction to diet soda.

p.p.s. why would I take a chance to make you look bad? as if that would happen anyway... Aw, I know what you meant. ;)
Apr. 22nd, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
LOL -- My older sister was addicted to TAB forever.

It turned into Diet Coke, and then Diet Mountain Dew...and now she just drinks tons of water. I'm so proud of her.
Apr. 22nd, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC)
Well then I am too! That's a good switch to make...it's unbelievable how bad soda is for a body.
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