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October 31, 2006

Little Known Horror Classic

An underappreciated scare flick from 1962, I believe. Think this double-billed with "Night of the Colic."


Happy Halloween, everyone.

October 30, 2006

Pour Some Sugar On The Wheel In The Sky

Like the cats, babies don't "get" Daylight Savings Time. But unlike the cats, it's not the dinnertime that's a problem, it's the bedtime (and correspondingly, the time they wake up in the morning). Should make for a fun week, as Ian makes the adjustment.

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Got the second half of the payment for "Goddess" yesterday. Whoo!

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Heard on the radio (97.1 The River! No DJs! Nothing less than twenty years old!) this morning that uber80's bands Journey and Def Leppard are touring together and coming to town.

Journey and Def Leppard.

Touring together.

Wow. How things change.

October 28, 2006

Single Parent No More

Lisa's home! Yay!

October 27, 2006

Blasted Expansion Pack

The boy is unwell. Still with the coughing and sneezing, only now he's added a bit of a temp, lack of appetite, and generalized fussiness. Doctor's appointment this afternoon. Glad my parents are still here, whilst I sit at Ye Olde Reference Deske. Sigh.

October 26, 2006

Six Words

This is some sort of uberflash concept, squeezing a story down into six words. It's like putting a haiku on a restricted diet. And now it's spreading as a meme. My attempts:

"Baby's awake." "Aw." "No, baby dragon."

Frankenstein plus Ford equals clockwork necromancy.

Medusa's hairdresser needs cosmetology and herpetology.

Zombie dance: shuffle, shuffle, grr, shuffle.

Born. Lived. Died. Then what happened?

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The baby soloing goes reasonably well. As I have to work tonight, my folks have come to visit and are minding the lad. I called a couple hours ago, and they said he was "ripping up the newspaper and having great fun." He is a kitten after all!

Reading: Olympic Games, by Leslie What.

October 25, 2006

Pretty

Sadly, No!'s Tuesday night video, replanted for you Wednesday morning:



Aussie band The Go-Betweens, singing their tune "Cattle and Crane." Makes me think of a slightly subdued Crowded House. Of course, they recorded it in 1983, so no surprise there. Here's the MP3, if you've a mind.

October 23, 2006

And Now You Know It

Flytrap 6 will be out next month. I call your attention to this because I'm that issue's featured poet. There's be two old poems of mine ("The Laundromat Advances The Plot" and "Universal Language") and two new ones ("Seven Songs the Fantasy Writer Sings to His Newborn Baby" and "The Goblin Party"). Mmm, feature. You should also look into it because Flytrap gives good read, and Tim'n'Heather are swell folk and all that. But really I'm just being selfish here. Yes, it's all about me me meeee!

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Bought the new car seat this weekend. And then, just 'cuz she asked so nicely, we went and visited Chandra'n'Jason in Athens. A successful road trip, I think. Visit went well (I especially enjoyed the look on Jason's face when we asked him if he wanted to hold Ian), and Ian seems to like the seat, if for no other reason than he now has a broader field of vision (and a clearer field of fire).

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Finally, Lisa's going out of town Tuesday for a conference in Seattle. She'll be back Saturday, but until then Ian and I shall be left to our own devices. I'm thinking we'll be doing formula shots followed by competitive napping. Woo!

October 19, 2006

Why Do I Hear The William Tell Overture?

This headline amuses me no end: Man Allegedly Fires Crossbow at Motorist:

"It was a drive-by crossbow shooting," said Steve Gilgenbach, a pitcher for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock baseball team who said he was the man's intended target. "I've never been shot at by a crossbow before."
Well, who among us has?

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Ian had his second round of immunizations today. Poor lad. He's also reached the maximum length for his current car seat, which means we must needs buy a newer, larger, more expensive one. Poor us.

Reading: The Book on the Edge of Forever, by Christopher Priest, which I'd forgotten I had requested from ILL right after the Ellison flap.

October 17, 2006

A Rare Political Post

Senator Santorum makes me sad. Very, very sad.

Embattled U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said America has avoided a second terrorist attack for five years because the “Eye of Mordor” has been drawn to Iraq instead.

...

“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said...

Y'know that part of the book, where it turned out that Frodo and Sam ended up stationed in Mordor for years, and that bastard Aragorn kept turning down their requests for more troops, or some other hobbits at least, or for the love of God some chainmail, not even the mithril kind? I don't remember that.

October 16, 2006

Word Of The Day

According to this morning's spam, is "coherecoshatmosphere." Swell. So what does it mean? Your guess is good as mine.

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Got a 17 day rejection from Clarkesworld Magazine yesterday. A little slow for Nick, but he did just move across state lines, so I can see how that might slow a guy down. Also got half the payment for "Goddess." A small clerical error, soon to be fixed. Otherwise, the only news is that Lisa has a sinus infection. Or as the nurse practitioner put it, the daycare crud. Poor thing.

October 14, 2006

Memetrack

It's a meme! Aiiee!

The soundtrack of my life:

1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...


Opening Credits
"White Summer/Black Mountain Side," Led Zeppelin

Waking Up
"Crash Into Me," Dave Matthews Band

First Day At School
"Perfect World," Talking Heads

Falling In Love
"Out of Love," Five for Fighting (how contrarian of me)

Fight Song
"Starfire," Low (clearly not a fistfight, unless it's done in super slow-mo)

Breaking Up
"Sleeping Giants," Gullinkambi (a weirdo no-lyrics synthtune that appears to be hummed by whales. perfect!)

Prom
"Carrickfergus," James Galway & The Chieftains (apparently the prom is hosted by the Fairie Queen)

Life Is Good
"Bermuda Highway," My Morning Jacket (ooh-kaay)

Mental Breakdown
"Long Way Around the Sea," Low

Driving
"Ram On," Paul McCartney

Flashback
"I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (Instrumental)," O Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack

Getting Back Together
"Headlong," Queen

Wedding
"Square One," Coldplay

Paying The Dues
"The Cool, Cool River," Paul Simon

The Night Before The War
"Your Agonizer Please," James Lileks (Star Trek clips over a dance track. apparently the night will be spent clubbing)

Final Battle
"Run Away!" Monty Python's Spamalot Soundtrack (snort. I'm guessing we lose)

Moment of Triumph
"Shannon Stone," Go Home Productions (Rolling Stones/Shannon mashup)

Death Scene
"Song 2," Blur (sounds like I go out in an infernokrusher blaze of glory! whoo!)

Funeral Song
"Now The I Have Everything," They Might Be Giants

End Credits
"Something to Sing About," Once More, With Feeling: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Musical Soundtrack

October 12, 2006

"What Time Is It?" "Summer"

Ah, it's simply gorgeous outside. Blue sky, pleasant temps, and all that other stuff that makes being outside a joy. Later tonight they're thinking it'll rain and get cold in an annoying kind of way. But right now, it's as close to perfect as you could ask for.

Reading: Vellum, by Hal Duncan.

October 10, 2006

Pluggage

A book is a friend for life. Unless, of course, you're leaving the country, so you have to put them up for sale because you can't afford to bring them all with you. That's the sad situation Mister Lundberg finds himself in. But his dilemma can be turned to your advantage! Go take a look and see if there's anything that catches your eye. Low prices! Nice selection! Easy payment! If you're a conservative, you'll be getting a liberal out of the Good Ol' U.S.A. If you're a liberal, you'll be helping a like-minded individual escape this quasi-theocratic fascist state in utero. Of course, if you're a moderate, you'll just be shopping. But still.

G'wan, take a look. What's it going to hurt?

October 09, 2006

U. S. Marines Take Hobbiton

My alternative joke was going to be a Wizard of Oz reference, perhaps something to do with the breaking of the illegal monopoly of the Lollipop Guild:

Most Surreal Moment — Watching Marines arrive at my detention facility and unload a truck load of flex-cuffed midgets. 26 to be exact. We had put the word out earlier in the day to the Marines in Fallujah that we were looking for Bad Guy X, who was described as a midget. Little did I know that Fallujah was home to a small community of midgets, who banded together for support since they were considered as social outcasts. The Marines were anxious to get back to the midget colony to bring in the rest of the midget suspects, but I called off the search, figuring Bad Guy X was long gone on his short legs after seeing his companions rounded up by the giant infidels.
From "The Secret Letter From Iraq," author unknown. Time, Oct. 6, 2006.

Reading: Then Brown Girl in the Ring, by Nalo Hopkinson. Now The Continent Makers and Other Tales of the Viagens, by L. Sprague de Camp.

October 07, 2006

Drool

Got my contributor copies of Realms in the mail.

Got a big two page illo by Tom Kidd for my story, smackdab in the center of the magazine.

I am ridiculously happy.

October 06, 2006

Good News From The Internet

Yesterday ROF forum empress Alêtheia Aklines informed me, er, here that my tale "In the Lair of the Moon Men" will be appearing in the December ish of Realms of Fantasy. Whee! Very exciting.

Here: stare into the heart of the galaxy! (Warning: honking big file)

October 03, 2006

It's Getting Interesting

Ian rolled over this afternoon.

I set him on the floor on his stomach for a little tummy time, and then went and moved the baby carrier into the next room. When I came back, he was lying on his back with a very surprised look on his face.

Do you know what this means?

It means we can no longer count on him being where we set him down. Now we're in trouble.

October 02, 2006

In The New October

There's a review of Twenty Epics up on Tangent Online. I excerpt my paragraph without due regard to copyright:

"The Book of Ant" by Jon Hansen, like other offerings in this anthology, distinguishes itself by way of its unusual narrative structure. The reader follows the adventures of Ant through the ant world as she deals with Worm, the Queen, and other insects. This 3,000-word story is divided into ten short chapters, which is fine, but each paragraph is typically no more than a single sentence, and they are numbered like verses from the Bible. I learned to ignore the numbering, but more difficult to ignore was how half the sentences began with "and" for the first few chapters. The author admits to getting the idea from an old interview with Michael Moorcock where he states that many fantasy epics are written in a pseudo-King James style—sentences leading with "and" and "but" in order to create a sense of urgency. However, I found myself focusing on this stylistic eccentricity more than the story, which is a shame because the story is pretty good.
A message here, I'm guessing. Don't let your style get in the way of the story you're trying to tell.

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It's feeling Fallish here (or Autumnish, if you prefer). We had to buy Ian a jacket, because he's now old enough to go outside and ride The Buggy. The Buggy, as far as I can tell from the pictures I've seen, is some kind of super-stroller, holding six kids at once. They sit upright and can view out. My sister-in-law used to work in a daycare where they had one of these contraptions, and when the kids found out they were about to ride in it, they would become very excited. Toddlers would forget how to toddle. Kids who were about to be fed or take a nap would cry because they would miss the ride. In short, in baby terms, it's a Big Deal (so much I'm learning).

But now he has a jacket, so can now ride in the Buggy and come to crave it. Ah, his first addiction. Safer than caffeine, I guess.