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The Strange Things You Get

Things are getting a little packed, what with taking off to the States on Tuesday, and the things that need to be done beforehand. The blog'll probably be quiet until November 14th, when I get back, and Anna and I kick off Nowhere Near Savannah. Until then, it's likely to be sporadic, at best.

However, under who saw this fucking coming, it looks as if I'll be writing an opinion piece for the New York Times Syndicate and their Writers at Large series. What that means is that, should they like what I write, they'll pay me an obscene amount of money and then sell it round to papers around the world to be published. The editor in charge contacted the agents last week after, I can only imagine, seeing the VanderMeer piece on Amazon, and asked if I was interested in writing a piece in relation to the racial politics that gave rise to Black Sheep. Did you think I'd say no? The due date is the first of December, which places it a week after the election, and that means, with a little bit of amusement, I get to have a more and usual public opinion on the racial cards that get pulled this election. It's like Christmas, except, you know, without the make believe content.

Also, in about five minutes, a guy is going to arrive to put a Nielson's TV rating box on my set. Just after Summer Heights High finished, too.

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lyndarama
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
Hey well done, that's great news. I always wanted to be Bitch at Large myself - I think I have largely succeeded too :-)

The timing couldn't be better either - I'm so sick of election BS and I haven't even been watching it. It's like a mozzie doing laps around the bedroom in the dark at night: you can't see it, you can barely hear it, but you just know it's there.

Have a good trip - you'll love New York - I'd move there in a heartbeat given the opportunity...
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
thanks.

i'm hoping it's a cool city. i've always wanted to see it. as for the election, yeah, you're right. it's slightly more tolerable for me now cause it comes under 'work research'.
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ashamel
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
Excellent!
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
thanks.
elenuial
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)
That's pretty darn amazing. I imagine you're already aware of the magnificent boost that'll probably do to book sales should your piece get run. Congratulations. :)
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
well, i hope it does something for the book. i imagine it'd be better if i was in distribution, with a print run and all, but we'll see.
exp_err
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
I wish they'd put one of those ratings boxes on my TV. Last week, they'd have got "Chaser", ten minutes of "the 7:30 Report", ten minutes of "Futurama" and maybe fifteen minutes of rapid channel surfing.
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
heh. they just would have got SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH out of me.
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exp_err
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Good luck with the syndication. :)
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
thanks.
girliejones
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
I can't believe you got one of those ratings boxes!!!!11
girliejones
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Oh! Just realised! I'll be there Sunday night! I can have a say abot Sunday night TV! Wooot!
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mondyboy
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
That's fantastic news. And have fun overseas.
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
thanks.

i plan too :)
mariness
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
Hey, massive congratulations :)
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
thanks :)
jack_ryder
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Well done! Couldn't have happened to a surlier guy!
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
thanks.
wyldemusick
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
Congratulations...that's hopefully a very good thing for you.

(Just remember not to use the word "cunt" in the piece. That ,ight make them a bit testy, Americans being a mite prudish.)
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
well, you know, i do plan to try. my original essay was cunt, repeated a thousand times.
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ataxi
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Big congrats on the NYT thing. Maybe they'll even refer to Black Sheep as an "unputdownable tour de force" in their literary review ;-)
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
you're assuming they review it ;)
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switchknitter
Oct. 26th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
Congrats!

It sucks that you'll be in the country and I can't see you. Ah well. Have a good trip. *hug*
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
when i come back i plan to go places i haven't been. shall pass through your area next :)
black13
Oct. 26th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
You're hitting the big time. Next thing you know, you'll have a short story in Playboy.

And that's when you know you've arrived as a real writer.

Congrats!
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
nah, i kinda doubt that. i'd have to write a short story first, and i think, though i might be wrong, it's a closed market.
shadowsandice
Oct. 26th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
OARSUM. HAI.
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
thanks.
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ironed_orchid
Oct. 26th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
OMG this is the best comment.
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ironed_orchid
Oct. 26th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
That's really cool news.

Have a great time.
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
thanks.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 26th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
take a copy of ballard's hello america with you, and come back with a road novel, elvis's sideburns and tuft, and a pair of mickey mouse's ears, so they know at home you were really there. otherwise they will say you were just at mcdonald's.
benpeek
Oct. 26th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
i shall try my best.
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