Thursday, July 25, 2002
According to - Publishers search for next 'Harry Potter' I'm a "sci-fi writer". Isn't that cool? When I was a kid, I really wanted to grow up to write science fiction, and I've always felt like I might have had a chance at being the next Heinlein or Asimov or even Stanley G. Weinbaum if I'd only paid a little more attention in Biology, and if I hadn't hated Physics (or at least, my physics teacher) quite so much. And if I had a mind that went to those places. I'm very used to being described as a comics writer, a fantasy writer, or a horror writer. Or just a writer. But I think this is the first time I've been a sci-fi writer (a word I find cutely retro, like hi-fi, and, while I'd not use it, not offensive, although I have friends who do not like it at all).

Reading Maddy Daniel Pinkwater'sThe Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, although after we read the chapter with the best ever description of Laurel and Hardy in it, and I discovered she'd never seen any Laurel and Hardy, I'm also now playing her fifteen minutes of FLYING DEUCES a night so she can see who they are and what they do. And am ordering some DVDs of the classic short films, so that I have them and she can see them...