I'm not sure if Chiana's kicking Jenek's eema, or the other way round (most likely), but WOW! For more stills from the mini, check out Farscape World. Looks like Sikozu has undergone some sort of genetic mods! But I wasn't sure if she was really Kalish to start with, what with the biloid thing and all. And get a load of those Luxans. Cooooool. Chi's still blind, at least as far as I can tell from the scenes represented by these stills. It's nice that there's still something that makes me giddy (besides sex, I mean). Image Creative Partnership (who does the make-up and costume FX for Farscape) is also promising new stills soon. I would squee, if only I knew how.
Yesterday, nothing much but more notes for Daughter of Hounds. It doesn't feel much like writing, making notes for a novel. It feels sort of like goofing off. Writing stuff in my notebook. Trying to figure out the lives of nonexistant people, and a history of things that won't happen unless I write them down. This book is really beginning to intimidate me. I've already cut away Dancy Flammarion's part in it, trying to rein things in a little. She would have only distracted from the conflict between the two protagonists (who may also be the two antagonists, if you look at things through their respective eyes), Emmie Silvey and Soldier. And who are they, exactly? I'll say more later on. The story's still fairly unclear, and I'll probably leave it that way. Otherwise, I may fall into the space I was in with "Alabaster," feeling as though I'm filling in blanks. The thing that keeps me moving forward through a story, that keeps me writing it (I mean the thing other than fear of bankruptcy) is anticipation. I want to know what happens next, which means I have to write what happens next. It's a trick I've been playing on myself since The Five of Cups. And speaking of Daughter of Hounds, we have begun seriously planning the Great Research Trip to Rhode Island, New York, and Massachusetts. It's looking as though we'll be doing this jaunt by train.
Last night, Spooky and I got a cooking bug and ended up making a more-than-usual Kid Night dinner. Bratwurst boiled in dark beer and onions, then grilled, and a hot potato salad (garlic, onions, red bell pepper, etc.). But we did have root beer! Then we watched the entirely unnecessary, but mildly entertaining Starship Troopers 2 (apparently direct to DVD, directed by Phil Tippet, who should know better than to waste his time with a rip-off of The Hidden) and the very derivative, but also enormously delightful Returner (a lot of Terminator 2 and a dash of The Matrix). Check out the latter, if only for the adorable Anne Suzuki. It's the best Kid Night movie we've had since The Vampire Effect. Then we started playing Prince of Persia, but I was more tired than I thought and, after a lot of dumb mistakes, quit, brushed my teeth, put The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms in the VCR, and promptly fell asleep. Ta-dah.
I'm not sure what's gonna happen today. More notes, I suppose. Spooky was up early for a yard sale at a funeral parlour a couple of blocks away. It's a beautiful old place (think Six Feet Under) that's been put out of business by a newer establishment and is now up for sale. If only I had the dough. It would be mine and Spooky's. Maybe I'll take a picture of it for the blog. Anyway, she didn't find anything neat at the yard sale. We were hoping for antique embalming tools, etc. Tonight, we go to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Have a look at the article on water conservation at the National Wildlife Federation's website. This subject has been much on my mind of late. In Atlanta, clean tap water is fast becoming a thing of legend. But, we took the test , "What Kind of Water User Are You?," and we both scored a low, low 5. So, I think I'm doing the best I can, for now. I'm still trying to comprehend how the average American uses 100 gallons of water a day. Jesus, people. One day I'm going to figure out exactly how much I use on a normal day, but a pretty good guesstimate would be about 50-60 gallons for our entire household.
And have you seen the latest chapter of the manga at Nebari.net? The slash isn't creating half as much stir as the flirting beforehand did.