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November 28, 2006

It Was So Young!

My iPod appears to have broke itself. Can't get it to turn on, reset trick doesn't work, not even the Code Red restore function. It comes on if it's plugged into something, such as the computer, but that doesn't make it particularly mobile. Dang thing's only two years old, far too soon for the battery to go wonky.

Grr.

Reading: The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories, by Susanna Clarke.

November 26, 2006

To Prevent Fallapart

Well, it was a good holiday. T-day dinner was lighter in attendance than in previous years (only nineteen twenty-three attendees), but it was the usual anarchy. Ian did as well as could be expected: brought him inside to see everyone and he promptly burst into tears. Oh, the humanity. He eventually warmed up, but it took a while. Even so, a baby is an unstable thing. We had three family meals over the last three days, and were the first ones to leave every time. Just the way it is.

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Tangent just reviewed two more pubs I'm associated with: Flytrap and Aberrant Dreams. Sure, they didn't talk about my poetry in the Flytrap review, but it was still lovely all the same.

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I will close here, as it is hard to type with a 24-pound cat on one arm.

Reading: Hundred Dollar Baby, by Robert B. Parker.

November 23, 2006

Happy Turkey Day

Hope everyone has a lovely holiday. At the moment, Ian is in his bouncer as I type this. Lisa's upstairs, getting ready, and after she comes down, it'll be time to make our contributions to the feast: deviled eggs and green bean casserole. Mmm, eggs of the devil.

Safe travels to you all and hope you have a lovely holiday. Or, if you're not in the U.S., hope you have a lovely day all the same.

November 21, 2006

Bow Down Before The One You Serve

You are The Emperor

Stability, power, protection, realization; a great person.

The Emperor is the great authority figure of the Tarot, so it represents fathers, father-figures and employers. There is a lot of aggression and violence too.

The Emperor naturally follows the Empress. Like an infant, he is filled with enthusiasm, energy, aggression. He is direct, guileless and all too often irresistible. Unfortunately, like a baby he can also be a tyrant. Impatient, demanding, controlling. In the best of circumstances, he signifies the leader that everyone wants to follow, sitting on a throne that indicates the solid foundation of an Empire he created, loves and rules with intelligence and enthusiasm. But that throne can also be a trap, a responsibility that has the Emperor feeling restless, bored and discontent.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

November 20, 2006

Filler

Well, no go on buying the original; artist already sold it to someone else (his publisher). To which I say: crapcakes.

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The weekend was nice, except Sunday night around 6pm. I won't get into it, except to say that we're now thinking very, very seriously about buying a portable steam cleaner for the carpets. Gah.

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For your amusement: President Bush and other world leaders in drag Vietnamese formal wear.

Reading: Wintersmith, by Terry Pratchett.

November 17, 2006

Memement

Germs have their revenge, it seems. Ian's got a bit of an ear infection, so say the sawbones. But it's pretty mild, all things considered. So another antibiotic for him. Think this one's banana flavored.

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Behold, the SF Book Club's list of The 50 Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books, 1953-2002. And no list like that can go without someone somewhere turning it into a meme. Shocking, this internet.

So, the rules: Bold the ones you have read, strike through the ones you read and hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put a star next to the ones you love.

  1. *The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  5. *A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
  11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
  12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr. - Admittedly, I was fourteen the last time I tried to read it. But I do own a copy.
  13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras - It's apparently the best book I've never heard of.
  15. Cities in Flight, James Blish - Again, I do own a copy of this.
  16. *The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
  18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
  19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
  21. *Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
  22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
  23. *The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson - I read the first book in fifth grade, and did a book report on it. You should've heard the class go "Eeeeew!" all at once, when I said the main character was a leper. Even the teacher.
  24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  25. *Gateway, Frederik Pohl
  26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
  27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin - Again, I was fourteen when I tried and failed. But I've got a copy, so I can try again.
  31. Little, Big, John Crowley - Another book I own but haven't read. Sad, really.
  32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny - I liked this, but I think I prefer Creatures of Light and Darkness. I'm a sucker for the Egyptian motif.
  33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
  35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon - Yes, owned but not read.
  36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith - As this is his collected short fiction, I can only say I've read some of it, not all.
  37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
  39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
  40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
  41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien - The Silmarillion works better for me if you pick it up, read a tale, then put it back down again. I've been doing that for a while now.
  42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
  43. *Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson - There's something satisfying about naming your main character Hiro Protagonist.
  44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
  47. *Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer - I read "Riverworld," which is set in this series. Does that count? No?

Apparently, I read a lot. I also buy books I haven't yet gotten around to reading. I blame librarianism. For much more amusing commentary on this list, consult with Mr. Moles.

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50 day rejection from Strange Horizons. Oh, and did I mention I got an email from someone who wants to turn "Tales of the Plush Cthulhu" into a music video? I'll let you know what comes of this.

November 16, 2006

Such Writerly Goodness

The annoying thing about not posting every day (because you have the plague) is that things happen that you want to post about. Unfortunately, all you want to do at the time is die. So here's another summing-up list.

* The ever-alert, all-seeing all-knowing Jenn pointed out that my story "In the Lair of the Moonmen," in the December ish of Realms of Fantasy got a kickin' review in TangentOnline, who called it "the best story of the issue." I blush with praise.

This also means this issue is available in bookstores most places, so if you don't subscribe and would like to see it, you can buy it now. I'm also unbelievably happy with the interior illustration as well, as it is pretty damn sweet.

* I also have another story out right now, a flash piece called "Mandatory" at web/printzine Aberrant Dreams. Have a read, if you're inclined. It's short. They've also got really cool cover art by Jamie Bishop. What's not to like?

* Got another teeny tiny royalty check for "Eater," my story in the Such A Pretty Face antho. Last year's would buy me a happy meal. This year? Well, no fries.

* Oh, and today I got my contrib copies of the latest issue of Flytrap (and the sweet, sweet moneys as well) for my poetical works contained within.

To sum up: screw you, germs!

November 15, 2006

Dudez

Update: Some context.

November 14, 2006

Where I Am

Sitting in my office with my head tipped back, letting my sinuses drain. Ugh. In short: not dead, tho' I have recently wished I was. Go away, come back later.

November 10, 2006

Friday Night Lit

Finished Goblin Quest, or as I think of it, "Jig: The Life and Times of a Wandering Monster." Pretty good read and more importantly, funny without trying too hard to be funny. You know what I mean.

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Had the day off today, as repayment for having to work this Saturday. Felt like I spent much of it running around, doing errands, but I did manage to find an hour to go shoot the bow. Haven't done that for six months. But the weeks of sleep deprivation eventually ended, plus I got my stabilizer fixed so it no longer makes a racket. Did pretty well, altho' I only shot about three dozen arrows before quitting. Still: yay, twangy goodness!

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In random notes, saw the Spiderman 3 trailer. So crowded with villainy goodness, poor Harry Osborne barely gets any screen time. Tragic.

Also, Jack Williamson just died. I'll be damned.

Reading: Spirits, Stars and Spells: The Profits and Perils of Magic, by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine C. de Camp. Hey, nonfiction!

November 08, 2006

Well, That Was Interesting

If nothing else, the last two years of Bush's term now have the potential for great amusement. The Daily Show must be thrilled.

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In nonpolitical news, I'd like to make a pimpage recommendation: Goblin Quest, by Jim C. Hines, a most amusing fantasy for dungeoncrawlers everywhere. I'm certainly enjoying it. Came out yesterday, so it should be on the shelves of fine book purveyors near you. And if not, ask them why in Ghu's name it isn't.

Jim's currently doing a virtual book tour, so feel free to follow him around like a Deadhead of the Fantastic. I've got no questions, because, well, I'm busy reading.

Reading: What, you have to ask? Did you even read what I just wrote up above? Sheesh.

November 07, 2006

Vote Early, Vote Often

It's the American Way.

November 04, 2006

Literature Is Poorer For It

Thanks for your well wishes. I am (mostly) better, altho' still suffering the sore throat. At any rate, it seems to have receded somewhat.

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Behold! The boy in his Halloween costume, such as it is. It's basically a black onesie with a spider web and button spider on it (a closeup, if you don't believe me). As Lisa put it, this meant we pretty much dressed him up as a dark corner. Hee. He's in an ironic costume, years ahead of his time. Next year we'll do something a little more costumey. Assuming I don't just slap a nametag on him that says "Hi! My name is God".

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Spent the day over at my folks' house, celebrating my brother's birthday with him, his lovely wife Joy, and Nephew Chris, also known as He-Who-Will-Not-Be-Photographed-Smiling. Lovely time had by all. Also: ha ha, dude. You're still older than me.

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Reading: While laid up I managed Deus Irae, a post-apocalyptico by Philip K. Dick and Roger Zelazny. Could've been the inspiration for GAMMA WORLD™. But now I'm reading the delightful The Android's Dream, by John Scalzi. You don't see many books open with an extended fart joke these days.

November 03, 2006

Nngh

Getting over my own case of the Daycare Crud. Feeling better than yesterday, but since my body's not grading on a curve, that's still not that hot. More later.