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Warm here in Providence today, warm and sunny. Even warmer in the house than out there.

There was some talk yesterday of heading down to Connecticut, either to Stonington for the old cemetery, or maybe to Mystic for...well, I'm not sure. Instead, I mostly passed the day reading Polly Adler's A House is Not a Home (1953), and doing other bits of research so I can begin writing "The Maltese Unicorn" as soon as possible. Oh, and a thank-you to Steven Lubold for sending me a copy of the Adler book.

Early in the evening, we drove over to College Hill, to the RISD Museum of Art, to see James Crump's Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007). After the film, we exited the museum onto Canal Street (we'd entered from Benefit Street). We bumped into an old friend of Spooky's, Dave James, and then spent a little while at the edge of the Providence River. The tide was out, and the river was low. There was no chill to the evening. A beautiful sunset was reflected in the city skyline, and I was sorry I'd not brought the camera. Back home, we had souvlaki and, later on, halvah. Late, we watched Matthew Robbins' Dragonslayer (1981). I'd not seen it since the original theatrical run, back when I was a junior in high school. But it's held up very well, and Vermithrax Pejorative remains my favorite cinematic dragon right up to the dragons of 2002's Reign of Fire. I got to sleep before three. It was a good, quiet evening.

Today, I need to get to an interview for Clarkesworld that I'm guilty of having put off almost forever. I also need to read through "A Redress for Andromeda" and make whatever changes I want made to it before an upcoming reprint. So, time to pet the platypus.

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dollydelusion
May. 21st, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Old Mystick Village has some amazing stores to check out. My three favorites are a Native American store that sells beautiful stones and all manner of incense and smudge sticks. Another is an Asian store where you find some lovely knick knacks and clothing. Lastly there is the Army Navy store where you can stock up on t-shirts and boots :) They also have a Swedish store and another that sells Irish items as well. Highly recommended!
greygirlbeast
May. 21st, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)

I think my own favourite shop in Mystic is one that specializes in mermaids.
xjenavivex
May. 21st, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
How are you liking the book so far? Have a great weekend.
greygirlbeast
May. 21st, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)

How are you liking the book so far?

I should probably withhold judgment until I've finished.
xjenavivex
May. 21st, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I will look forward to it.
chris_walsh
May. 21st, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
One of the things I love about Dragonslayer (which I didn't see until college) is that it's a fantasy that uses politics in its story. Play the system, Princess!

So the platypus consents to petting now? Didn't seem like that was its thing.
greygirlbeast
May. 21st, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)

So the platypus consents to petting now?

I think it's more the other way round. It demands I pet it, so I do.
v1ewfr0mbugtown
May. 21st, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Really like your icon today...
greygirlbeast
May. 21st, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)

Really like your icon today...

I found the image somewhere, and it made me think of Narcissa Snow as a child, and of Mother Hydra.
fusijui
May. 21st, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Dragonslayer... what a blast! I hadn't thought of it for years. I'm going to try and pick it up on the way home tonight. Don't think I've seen it since it first came out, either. Perhaps on this side of 40 I won't get pissy about the gender play bit. Thanks for bringing a B-classic back to light! :)

(I hate being a newbie/outsider to insider-speak here... but am I hoping in dirty-minded vain that 'petting the platypus' is actually a synonym for 'splitting the kitten'?)
greygirlbeast
May. 21st, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)

Perhaps on this side of 40 I won't get pissy about the gender play bit.

That's something I actually liked.

(I hate being a newbie/outsider to insider-speak here... but am I hoping in dirty-minded vain that 'petting the platypus' is actually a synonym for 'splitting the kitten'?)

Sadly, no.
fusijui
May. 21st, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
That's something I actually liked.
When I saw it, around age 13ish, it wasn't long after I'd finally twigged that my parents had raised me as a boy for no reason other than their own misogyny. Like Zhaan on her bad days I was filled with an uncharitable rage, at pop-cultural products (any-cultural, really) that reminded me of the whole sordid situation. I don't expect anyone else to share that perspective, though.... and don't get me wrong, I still thought it was an awesome movie. And probably the reason that in my early D&D experiences, I assumed wizards were supposed to kill dragons, not knights.

Sadly, no.

Aw, well... I can deal with that disappointment too, being all mature 'n shit now....
greygirlbeast
May. 21st, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)

When I saw it, around age 13ish, it wasn't long after I'd finally twigged that my parents had raised me as a boy for no reason other than their own misogyny. Like Zhaan on her bad days I was filled with an uncharitable rage, at pop-cultural products (any-cultural, really) that reminded me of the whole sordid situation. I don't expect anyone else to share that perspective, though

Got it.
fusijui
May. 21st, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
!!!

Must leave work now, pick up the movie, and see what my perspective is today.
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