February 24th, 2007


Take a picture here, take a souvenir.

Snurched from mellawyrden:

1. If you were to find out you were pregnant what would you do?

Rethink my stance on the supernatural.

2. Do you trust your friends?

I try. The world has done its damndest to make a cynic of me.

3. Would you move to another state or country to be with the person you love?

Yep. Well, unless the state was Mississippi. Or North Dakota.

4. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

I do not believed in uncaused events. A glass breaks. Something broke it. In that sense, there is a reason why everything happens. But I don't think that's what this question wants to know. I do not believe that things happen according to some "meaningful" plan or with purpose or direction, no. Unless, of course, the event was caused by a conscious agent capable of foresight, such as a human being. Even then, not always.

5. Name one thing you would NOT tolerate in a relationship:

Racism. Homophobia. Speciesism. There's three.

6. Which one of your friends do you think would make the best roommate for you?

Er...none of them.

7. Can you deal with people who are too concerned with status?


8. Are you afraid of falling in love?

Too late, though I never was.

9. Is there someone who pops into your mind at random times?

Bunches of people. Two or three dozen, at least.

10. Would you stop talking to your friends because you hooked up with a new guy/girl?


11. From your friends list, who can you call in the middle of the night if you need to talk?


12. What qualities do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?

Gentleness. Intelligence. Strength (physical and emotional). Level-headedness. Loyalty.

13. Fill in the blank. I will NEVER _____.

Vote Republican.

14. What are your goals in life?

See a whole lot more of the world than I've yet seen. Write a book I can find no fault with. Fight ignorance and hate and short-sightedness. Find peace with myself. Get a good night's sleep. Keep Spooky safe.

15. What can you tell about a person by kissing them?

How frequently they brush their teeth. If they have stomach trouble. Whether or not they smoke. Whether or not they're vegetarians. If they have chronic sinusitis. Whether they'd be good in bed.

16. When you get married, how would you envision your dream wedding to be?

A Nebari tribal ceremony in a natural history museum.

17. If you could say just one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?


18. If you were to wake up from being in a coma for an extended period of time, name some people you would want to see around your bed?

Spooky. Jada. My mother. Byron. Hubero. I'm not gonna name dead people.

19. How many kids do you want to have?


20. Would you make a good parent?

I would hope so, but it's an entirely academic question.

21. Where was your default pic taken?

The Marriot Hotel in downtown Atlanta (September '03).

22. What is your middle name?


23. Honestly, does your crush like you back?

I never know.

24.What's on your mind right now?

My recent lack of genuine crushes.

25. Are you musical?


26. If you could go back in time, and change something, what would you change?

The evolution of hominids.
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Read the scene where gravity is pulling me around...

So near the end of this March now, New Consolidated as it is. Yesterday, I did 1,685 words, and I wrote 1,564 words the day before. My fingertips are bloody, and I'm missing a thumbnail, but that's nothing that will not heal. From where I sit this morning I can see THE END, though several perils might yet lie between myself and that golden fleece. The target date of Sunday, February 25th remains tenable as the final day of marching.

There has actually been very little else to the past two days. Just the writing. Outside, it's warm, near 70F both days, but I haven't taken walks. I wake and sit down at the keyboard, have coffee, have Red Bull, and write until late.

Speaking of Outside, there's a murder of crows squawking in the tree out front. They will just have to wait.

Last night, we watched Christina Ricci in Brian Gilbert's The Gathering (2002). It was rather a mess, and Ricci's acting was pretty much nonexistent. Still, there were some intriguing concepts in back of it all; a shame the film was not better executed.

Afterwards, we finished reading Dan Simmons' new novel, The Terror. This is a brilliant book. I'm really no good at this whole review thing. It was a brilliant novel, filled with awe and beauty and horror and moments of transcendent joy. There's a quote here from an actual review by John Clute, posted by sovay to one of my LJ entries last week, which says it better than I can:

If we are to take literally everything that happens, we need to think of ourselves as inhabiting another kind of story. It is a tale of wrongness—the sort of wrongness that, in a novel of the fantastic, augurs and manifests an amnesia about the true nature of the world. Franklin and his officers—even the supple-minded Crozier at the start of things, before he begins to learn the score—are not simply white men who don't get the point, though it is blindingly clear that their contemptuous and culture-bound refusal to adopt any of the techniques the Inuit use to survive in the far North constitutes a fatal failure to get a very practical point, that you cannot make the world do your bidding by bullying it. But that's not the whole of it. What the white men of The Terror also manifest is another, far more terrible and terminal fact, a 21st-century fact, that maybe you can't make the world do your bidding by bullying it, but you can certainly kill the world trying to.

By all means, this is a novel you should read. Afterwards, we began reading Mitch Cullins' A Slight Trick of the Mind, which concerns Sherlock Holmes at age 93, just after WWII.

My grateful thanks to girfan and matwinser, who are sending me the UK "Lesser Octopus" stamps I mentioned last week. I shall be sending each of you some a little something soon (if I have your addresses).

Please take a moment to have a look at the latest eBay auctions. There's a copy of the ARC of From Weird and Distant Shores, one of the last I'll be able to offer. The same is true of the copies of "On the Road to Jefferson" and Candles for Elizabeth. There's also an ARC of the Subterranean Press edition of Low Red Moon and a copy of The Five of Cups.

And now I go attend a bleating platypus...
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