How reluctant is that op?

Posted by: Anonymous

How reluctant is that op? - 05/06/01 12:30 PM

Hi, Barbara Paul -- Do you plan on writing any more Callie Darrow stories? (I hope.)
Posted by: Barbara

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/06/01 03:41 PM

Hello, Chris. Yup, there's one in the pipeline right now. It'll be published later this year in Ellery Queen (I don't know which issue yet). The title is "Golden Retriever" and the story has nothing whatsoever to do with dogs.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/06/01 10:57 PM

Good! I subscribe to EQ, so I won't miss it. That's something to look forward to.

And happy May Day, six days late.
Posted by: Lorna

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/07/01 08:50 AM

Another Callie story -- that's great! Barbara, I don't subscribe to EQ, so you'll post here when you know what issue it's in?
Posted by: Kay

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/07/01 12:05 PM

I can't even find EQ .... Maybe they have it at one of the bookstores, I'll have to check.
Posted by: Julia

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/07/01 01:48 PM

Glad to hear there's another one, I thoroughly enjoyed the first. Still no sign of the shared world anthology finding an interested publishe?
Posted by: Barbara

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/07/01 02:56 PM

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I don't subscribe to EQ, so you'll post here when you know what issue it's in?
Oh, count on it, Lorna.
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Still no sign of the shared world anthology finding an interested publishe?
We gave up on that, Julia, a long time ago. Back before GEnie went kaflooey. It's dead, dead, dead.
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And happy May Day, six days late.
Same to you, Chris. For a long time May Day was a source of mild embarrassment for me. I once was one of a gang of little girls in long dresses and flowers in our hair; we were handed streamers attached to this big white pole in the ground and told to "Duck under, pass over." We screwed up. The middle and bottom part of the pole had that nice plaited look that well-wrapped May poles are supposed to have, but the top was a mess.

That was then. Now, May 1st just means it's time to break out the Advantage.
Posted by: Rita

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/08/01 08:52 AM

I don't subscribe to EQ but I think I will; it's sometimes hard to find specific issues, since they come out so much earlier than their cover dates.

So you're an Advantage user too, Barbara! One of my cats doesn't mind the stuff at all, but the other one acts as if she's being tortured whenever I put those two or three little drops on the back of her neck.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/08/01 11:50 AM

Advantage is expensive stuff. Does it really do what it's supposed to do?

And what shared world anthology?
Posted by: Mary

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/08/01 01:36 PM

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Originally posted by Rita:
So you're an Advantage user too, Barbara! One of my cats doesn't mind the stuff at all, but the other one acts as if she's being tortured whenever I put those two or three little drops on the back of her neck.


I was trying to figure out what Advantage is. We have something called Frontline, you put the liquid on the cat's skin on the back of the neck and it keeps fleas and ticks away.

Same?
Posted by: Barbara

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/08/01 02:55 PM

Same thing, Mary. And yes, Chris, it does indeed work. A lot of products promise a flea-free summer, but Advantage really delivers. I don't know the product Mary uses. (Rita, one of my cats does the "torture" act too when I apply the stuff; the other two barely notice.)

Chris, some of us on GEnie got together and produced an anthology of mystery stories that shared the same fictional setting; "The Reluctant Op" was one of those stories. But we couldn't sell the anthology. The editors we approached were interested, but editors no longer decide what gets published; Sales Departments do. We could never get past Sales.
Posted by: Mary

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/09/01 05:35 PM

Oh, Frontline works. Chessie acts like I'm trying to carve my initials in her neck, but once it's there she's oblivious, so I think it's just that she doesn't like being held down while it's happening.

Barbara, if you never got the opportunity to sell the stories, did you ever consider doing something online? E-publishing it, or something?
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: How reluctant is that op? - 05/09/01 10:38 PM

That anthology sounds like a GREAT idea. I've read shared world science fiction, but I've never seen it done in mystery. Those sales departments must be nuts.