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We all fall down.

I've been up almost two hours now, but I'm not awake. There's a Red Bull in the fridge with my name on it. Tomorrow I think the labret will be sufficiently healed that I can go back to coffee, thank the gods. At any rate, this will ramble, because I'm not awake.

You'd have thought the bowl of leftover chili I had for breakfast would have helped.

Things went well yesterday. I did over a thousand words on "Untitled 20" (because I totally scrapped "Untitled 19" and started over). Then Spooky and I had a long walk. We saw neither woodpeckers nor crows. Spooky found a dime on the street. Back home, there was a package from docbrite, filled with all manner of wondrous things, including an assortment of Mardi Gras throws, a neon-pink alien finger puppet, two Elmer's Gold Brick Egg Pecan Melt-Aways, and a Le Fée Verte absinthe T-shirt from the Talk of the Cocktail lit fest, all of which helped to keep my spirits up. I went back to the iBook and wrote another thousand or so words, bringing my daily total up to 2,073 words. I'll easily finish "Untitled 20" today. I might even find a title for it.

Later, I did a Wikipedia entry on the basal anklyosaur Gargoyleosaurus parkpinorum, then we had the aforementioned leftover chili for dinner, then we strung blue lights in the hallway. We'd gone out meaning to rent Walk the Line, but all the copies at Videodrome were out and neither of us was up for the hell of Blockbuster. So we rented Tony Scott's Domino instead, which is actually an extremely cool film. Mickie Rourke is, well, whatever Mickie Rourke has become, generally a delight to watch, and Keira Knightly turns in a thoroughly satisfying performance. But the Tom Waits cameo alone was worth the rental price. Maybe we can find Walk the Line tonight. Anyway, after all the writing and walking and the movie we were too tired to wait up for the comet. Perhaps tonight. Perhaps this one will slip past without me seeing more of it than a couple of photographs, which would be a pity.

Oh, I'd meant to say, I was very pleased and surprised to see a clip from The Fifth Element in one of the montages during the Oscars.

Bill Schafer at subpress asked me to mention that we're down to the last 20 copies of To Charles Fort, With Love and the last 29 copies of Frog Toes and Tentacles. Also, I think subpress is still taking orders for the hardbacks of the False Starts and The Merewife chapbooks, but, alas, I have no links for those. Note, also, that I've agreed to do a Dancy vignette that will accompany the limited edition of Alabaster. This will not be an erotic vignette, but it will be a vignette nonetheless.

I have begun to dread the editorial letter for Daughter of Hounds. I was wondering when that would start.

A couple of quick science notes, both courtesy of sclerotic_rings. A second red spot has appeared on Jupiter, and Berkeley is now displaying the juvenile Triceratops horridus skull discovered back in 1997 (at first mistaken for a pachycephalosaur skull). I'm looking forward to the description which will shortly appear in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Okay. Time for me to go. The platypus isn't going to pimp itself...

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wishlish
Mar. 7th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
By the way, if anyone reading this hasn't signed up for the Sub Press newsletter, well...do it! Bill's had some nice sales for people who pay attention to the newsletter this week. Highly recommended!
rysmiel
Mar. 7th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
I was dubious about Domino for the first half hour or so, until it began doing the fractal-recursive plot complication thing, which was lots of fun. And I entirely agree with you about Tom Waits, I read that character as Jesus. Still think on balance that I preferred Tony Scott's work from before the camera angles jumped about like bad MTV all the time though.

The principal film reviewers for the Montreal Gazette have a very definite set of preferences, and one thing I can rely on is that if they find something "incoherent" it means it's nicely complicated and worth seeing and they just weren't paying attention, they said that about Domino. On the other hand, they do rather nice and usually useful assessments of target audience - not just on sex and violence etc, they're very good at identifying movies that while they contain nothing to traumatise or upset the most protected of small children would nevertheless bore them rigid. And I'll forgive a lot for the parental warning on Sideways being "some sexual content, some drug mentions, 1961 CHEVAL BLANC DRUNK OUT OF A STYROFOAM CUP !!" Because some things could scar a sensitive soul for life.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 7th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
I read that character as Jesus.

I think I saw the character more as a sort of wild and wandering prophet or even something angelic, the sort of thing that might have escaped a Nick Cave song.
activistgirl
Mar. 7th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd meant to say, I was very pleased and surprised to see a clip from The Fifth Element in one of the montages during the Oscars.

That was awesome! I think the whole building must have heard me scream "Multipass!!!!"
z0mb1e
Mar. 7th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Domino. I saw it in theatres and thought it was pretty entertaining. Being a HUGE Tom Waits fan, I just about peed myself to see him acting and singing in the film.
I think Walk the Line is something you have to see if you like Johnny Cash, but it is definitely just a rental. The acting is decent, but the writing is pretty terrible.
Also, a few entries ago you mentioned a ballet of Dracula - where did you find the DVD?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 7th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
I think Walk the Line is something you have to see if you like Johnny Cash, but it is definitely just a rental. The acting is decent, but the writing is pretty terrible.

Yeah, I've been skeptical, if only because I've had so much trouble seeing Joaquin Phoenix in the role. I really love Joaquin Phoenix, but I'm having an awfully hard time seeing him as Johnny Cash.

Also, a few entries ago you mentioned a ballet of Dracula - where did you find the DVD?

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary, directed by Guy Maddin. I found it at Videodrome, our local indie video place. I shouldn't think it would be too hard to locate.
sfmarty
Mar. 8th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
I got a trial subscription to Netflix and found it to be amazing in the variey of things I want. I have a que of about 50 flicks and and really enjoying it. (costs about $10.50 a month, including tax)

I have now added the Dracula ballet to my que.

Just as a note, when I did a search on Dracula there were 43 different selections.
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