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It’s a big, round number. [Nov. 19th, 2013|10:45 pm]
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I just made my hundredth short story sale. Strange Horizons is buying “The Suitcase Aria.” The editors had asked for entirely reasonable edits last week–the sort of thing I would have done to begin with if I’d thought of them, fitting entirely well with my concept of the story–so I did those edits, and the way they were talking sounded like they had faith in my ability to execute these edits and were already telling me when they wanted to schedule the story. But I am a little paranoid about rewrite requests not counting as actual sales until they are actual sales, so…I said nothing definite to anyone. But then there was a lovely e-mail, so hurrah, sale, #100 sale, hurrah.


A big, round number. Really. Even I cannot argue that it is not.


So I know that I have said that I would have a party for #100, but now that we are there, the thought of putting together an actual party makes me feel fairly certain that I would end up sitting on the floor weeping in exhaustion, or else staring blankly at my friends thinking, “Why are you here? Why don’t you go home?” Which is not a good kind of party to have. On the other hand, a hundred stories! That is several! It wants observing! So here is what we will do.


On Thursday (this Thursday! November 21!) at 7:30 p.m., I will go to Cow Bella and eat gelato. And if you want to come to Cow Bella and eat gelato with me, hurrah! Please do! Cow Bella, as their website will tell you, is at 1700 Grand Ave. in St. Paul–it’s basically right on top of the Macalester campus. There is sorbetto for those who cannot have dairy. I believe there are also hot beverages such as coffee for people who for some reason do not want dessert, cold things, etc. This is a public place, so I could not possibly stop anyone who wanted to be there anyway, but if you’re wondering if I mean you: do you wish me well? Are you interested in being congenial to me and my household and random other persons in attendance? Then come! You are welcome to join us.


My theory is that even if zero of you are able to make it, hey, gelato; gelato is nothing to sneeze at, as far as celebrations go. And then if there are random friends with me, good deal! Hurrah! Gelato and friends!


I don’t know. I’ve always been aware that I write kind of a lot, but one hundred published short stories is a milestone I would not necessarily have predicted I’d hit at all, much less by now, if you’d asked me when I started. But now that we’re here, it feels entirely natural. Because this is what I do.


I like what I do.




Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux

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[User Picture]From: redbird
2013-11-20 03:54 am (UTC)

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Yay story sales, and yay gelato!

(I may go get myself a gelato in Seattle in celebration.)
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 04:05 am (UTC)

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That is entirely appropriate and encouraged.
[User Picture]From: p_j_cleary
2013-11-20 03:59 am (UTC)

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Congratulations! Milestones are great, and 100 is very impressive!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 04:05 am (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: katallen
2013-11-20 04:03 am (UTC)

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Brilliant -- wish I could be there :)
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 04:05 am (UTC)

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Wish you could too!
[User Picture]From: tiger_spot
2013-11-20 04:04 am (UTC)

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Congratulations! I admire the bigness and roundness of your number. :)
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 04:05 am (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: blue_hat_guru
2013-11-20 04:40 am (UTC)

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Congrats!

I'll have to try to remember to eat some of the gelato in my freezer near that point in time.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 12:57 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! I hope you have good freezer gelato.
[User Picture]From: carbonel
2013-11-20 04:45 am (UTC)

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Congratulations! Yay round number of lots of stories!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 12:58 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: davidgoldfarb
2013-11-20 04:46 am (UTC)

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Congratulations! I would totally be there if not for its being over a thousand miles away.
[User Picture]From: ckd
2013-11-20 05:00 am (UTC)

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I second this, though it's a different set of >1000 miles.
[User Picture]From: pameladean
2013-11-20 04:52 am (UTC)

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That is so splendid!

I am not sure if I can come to Cow Bella, but I will eat gelato with you in spirit. (My spirit has no objection to gelato; it's the flesh that is the problem.)

P.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 12:57 pm (UTC)

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We will hope for sorbetto in the flesh but be perfectly glad of gelato in spirit if that's what we can manage.
[User Picture]From: auriaephiala
2013-11-20 04:57 am (UTC)

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That is a wonderful milestone to have met, and you SHOULD feel great about it. Congrats!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: aliseadae
2013-11-20 05:15 am (UTC)

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Yay 100, gelato, and liking what you do!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Seriously, it is the thing.
[User Picture]From: gwynnega
2013-11-20 06:17 am (UTC)

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Congratulations! That is an amazing accomplishment. I will be eating gelato in spirit.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: athenais
2013-11-20 06:48 am (UTC)

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I am happy for you and I will eat gelato in solidarity on that date!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 01:00 pm (UTC)

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An excellent plan.
[User Picture]From: minnehaha
2013-11-20 07:48 am (UTC)

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Soundly impressive milestone! Congrats!

I have to be in STP earlier that day, so if my thing ends in time for your timing, I might well stop by and have celebratory gelato.

K.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 01:00 pm (UTC)

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Thanks! We'll be glad to see you if the timing works out!
[User Picture]From: alecaustin
2013-11-20 08:06 am (UTC)

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Gelato is good, and you are very good at what you do.

Congrats again. I'm just sorry I can't be there.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 01:00 pm (UTC)

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You know very well that you help me to be good at what I do, and that we will do something celebratory when you're here next.
[User Picture]From: txanne
2013-11-20 10:55 am (UTC)

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Hurray! I'll be there in spirit.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 01:02 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: fgherman
2013-11-20 11:51 am (UTC)

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Mazel tov!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 01:02 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: sam_t
2013-11-20 12:25 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations! I think most of the smaller ice-cream places have shut down for the winter now, but I'll see if I can find one in your honour. Failing that, I may have to toast you in roast chestnuts, if that's OK with you.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 01:01 pm (UTC)

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I have never had fresh roasted chestnuts, so that is entirely fine.

I am alarmed at the idea of ice-cream places all shutting down for the winter. The DQs with counter service only do that, but the best ice cream places here either soldier on or soldier on plus giving a discount based on the daily low temperature.
[User Picture]From: papersky
2013-11-20 01:09 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations, that is wonderful.

I also can't make it because of logistical quibbles, but I will eat some gelato here in your honour.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 01:17 pm (UTC)

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I am glad to hear it, since your gelato is so good.
[User Picture]From: sksperry
2013-11-20 01:13 pm (UTC)

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Congrats, Mriss!!!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 01:17 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: zalena
2013-11-20 01:25 pm (UTC)

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It is a milestone, built one story at a time. Congratulations!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 01:40 pm (UTC)

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I think that's one of the things I'm enjoying: that the whole is so varied. Thanks!
[User Picture]From: sartorias
2013-11-20 01:46 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations! That is an awesome milestone!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 01:48 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: blairmacg
2013-11-20 01:55 pm (UTC)

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Most excellent all the way around. Well done!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 02:04 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: teleidoplex
2013-11-20 05:00 pm (UTC)

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This is such awesome news! Many congratulations. I can't wait to read it (also, like the title :D )
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 05:20 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: deire
2013-11-20 06:04 pm (UTC)

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COGRATULATIONS! I am glad to see people acknowledging and publishing your talent.
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 06:05 pm (UTC)

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Thanks!
[User Picture]From: wshaffer
2013-11-20 06:13 pm (UTC)

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Congrats! I wish I could be there to celebrate with you!
[User Picture]From: mrissa
2013-11-20 06:14 pm (UTC)

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Me too. Miss you guys.
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