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Oscar, the Happy Potato

Asleep too late, up too early. Blegh.

Today, we'll finally finish proofreading the galleys for Alabaster. We did "Les Fleurs Empoisonnèes" yesterday. It was good to see that I still love this story, written way back in 2001, but the errors we found were annoying. On p. 28, "early sixth century BC," which ought to be "early Sixth Century B.C.", for example, with B.C. in small caps. Or the fact that Dancy is mysteriously wearing tennis shoes, when she's wearing boots in all the other stories and in Threshold. And I will not even get started on the punctuation. And, I think, this is a nice segue way...

Sometimes, like this morning, trying to make the Life of a Writer, or at least the life of this writer, interesting is an effort that entirely eludes me. Yesterday, for example, we proofread. Wow. And there was all the frelling busyness, which I won't get into. I start yawning just thinking about it, and yet I get up each morning and try to make it interesting. 99% of what I do involves sitting at this desk, either pecking on the iBook, looking up obscure bits of this or that, or staring out the damn window. And I'm of the opinion that this is pretty much the norm for writers. Which is to say, I'm having a lot of trouble this morning fashioning an entry that won't put everyone to sleep (and I'm hardly awake myself).

We had a nice walk yesterday. Spooky found an empty luna moth (Actias luna) chrysalis.

Really, that was the highpoint of the day.

Mostly, these days, I'm trying to look forward to the trip to Rhode Island this summer and to Dragon*Con. This will be my twelfth Dragon*Con. I should get a special badge or a cake with candles or a least a celebratory orgy. Jada's talking about coming down this year. That would be cool, as I haven't seen her since May 2003. The Crüxshadows will be there, and I haven't seen Rogue and Jessica since...wow...since Dragon*Con 2004. Ted will be there, and we've talked about doing an Alabaster panel. I might spend a day as Nar'eth, or I might do a drow costume, or perhaps a fairie, or maybe I won't costume at all. I'd love to do a half Nebari, half Klingon. How cool would that be? In the trade, we call this filler. Or padding. Anyway, yes, I will be at Dragon*Con this year and will be myself for at least part of it. You are all invited. I'm doing so few public appearances these days, having pretty much lost interest in such things, I can honestly say that it's a rare opportunity to meet me face-to-face.

Okay. Enough with the dilly-dallying. Where's my red pen...

Comments

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firebirdgrrl
Apr. 11th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'll be at D*C-and I think you should get cake *and* an orgy.
thingunderthest
Apr. 11th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, like this morning, trying to make the Life of a Writer, or at least the life of this writer, interesting is an effort that entirely eludes me. Yesterday, for example, we proofread. Wow. I don't know. Two lovely young ladies in an office, the sensuous turn of a page, the quick flash of a pen leaving a slash of red. A gaze lifts from the page ...

This will be my twelfth Dragon*ConHmmm, I was thinking of trying to make it to Dragon*Con this year. Of course that could be one of the signs of the apocalypse.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I was thinking of trying to make it to Dragon*Con this year.

I keep thinking, wouldn't it be drad if this year I held a sort of semi-secret micro-con or sub-con during Dragon*Con...
thingunderthest
Apr. 11th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
That would be frelling cool.

greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
That would be frelling cool.

In theory.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
Does this mean we'd need a goat for the micro-con?
thingunderthest
Apr. 11th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
Personally, I find goats a bit, hairy for my tastes.

I was just remembering a few years ago at Norwescon, Neil Gaiman was guest of honor at the same time some of the planning people where talking about trying to tone down all the goths at the con.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Neil Gaiman was guest of honor

If it was '98, I was there that year, actually.
thingunderthest
Apr. 11th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC)
Just my luck, I missed that year with a freak case pf pneumonia.
brokensymmetry
Apr. 11th, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
I desperately want to go to Dragon*Con, but I don't think my schedule will allow it. Maybe, if I get lucky and don't have Friday classes, I'll be able to make it.

I was rather surprised when the google search for "Oscar, the Happy Potato" turned up links to places other than your brain.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
I was rather surprised when the google search for "Oscar, the Happy Potato" turned up links to places other than your brain.

Sadly, I do not possess the genius required to create one such as Oscar, the Happy Potato.
blakesrealm
Apr. 11th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
or a least a celebratory orgy

For some reason I think that if you were serious about wanting this I'd think that they'd arrange it in a heart beat. =)

I'd love to go to Dragon*Con, it's something that I've always wanted to do, but being in Georgia, and me being in Michigan, it's pretty rough. Also making it rougher is that I have to also choose between Origins and Gen Con, last year Origins won out.
sovay
Apr. 12th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
or perhaps a fairie

Madame Cassandra?
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