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no alarms and no surprises, please

A very fine day off yesterday. It doesn't usually go that way. But yesterday, Spooky made me get dressed and get out of the house. First we visited the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, mainly because the "Frogs" A Chorus of Color" exhibit is back (by popular demand, one supposes). This exhibit is pretty much what got me through winter before last. Despite the omnipresent reminders of the ongoing Anuran mass extinction (which the exhibit would be pretty pointless without), seeing all those frogs buoys my spirits. The tiny Golden Mantella Frog (Mantella aurantiaca) is still my favorite. Also, I visited with the Argentinosaurus and Giganotosaurus and the Louis Paul Jonas Stegosaurus model. Oh, and a marvelous photographic exhibit, "Nature's Jewels: Butterflies and Other Insects", all photos from the southeast and Mexico. That was wonderful, too. Afterwards, we got smoothies at Arden's Garden in Midtown (I had pineapple, mango, and ginger), then came home and read more of Dune. Then went out again for sushi. Then had a walk through Springdale and Virgilee parks along Ponce de Leon (and saw bats and the huge yellow-orange moon, just two nights from full). So, yes, a very good day off, and I slept an unbelievable eight and a half hours last night and feel much refreshed today.

Which is good, because now I have to go back to "Little Conversations" and expand it into "Salammbô Redux," which is going to be an odd, grim endeavor.

Also, I was under the impression (because it's what my editor at HarperCollins told me) that Beowulf was being released October 1st, but now Amazon says it was released on September 25th, yesterday. So, I really have no idea. I have yet to receive my author's copies (which comes as no sort of surprise whatsoever). Maybe it's already in bookstores. So, you can probably find a copy somewhere out there. It's only $7.99 from Amazon.

And I should remind you of the Threshold auction.

A note to all Sirenia Digest subscribers: this month's issue (#23) is running a little late, because Vince has been really weighted down with deadlines on other projects. But it will be along soon.

And I think that's it for me now. Where's the coffee?


( 5 comments — Have your say! )
Sep. 26th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
My wife picked me up a copy of Beowulf on Sunday, this was at a Borders Express in Southgate, Michigan.
Sep. 26th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
I got my BEOWULF yesterday & I've been showing it to everyone! I've gotten through the prologue and it is gorgeous. I NEED to read it out loud.
Sep. 27th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
I got it today at the bookplex!
Sep. 27th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
"Beowulf" is indeed out....I saw it at work today.
Sep. 27th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)
You should play Orphan Feast, because there aren't enough sinister Dickinsian flash games out there. Mmm....orphans...

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