Yesterday started with an email from one of my agents saying that a check was on the way. Then my story in a new anthology (RETRO PULP TALES, published by Subterranean Press) got a fairly nice mention in the new issue of LOCUS. Then last night I found out that stories by both my wife and I made the cut and will appear in the Robert E. Howard Memorial Anthology published in conjunction with the World Fantasy Convention this fall. Mine is an El Borak story, as far as I know the first ever El Borak tie-in. And on top of that it was my birthday (I turned 53). I wouldn't expect a day like that every day, but it was sure a nice counter-balance to the days when all the publishing news is bad. On the birthday front, one of my presents was the boxed set of the original KING KONG, SON OF KONG, and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG on DVD. I made the comment that if we watched all of those and also watched the new version of KING KONG, it might be too many giant monkey movies. To which my younger daughter replied, in her usual sardonic fashion, "You can't have too many giant monkey movies." I think she's probably right.