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"You have set something in motion..."

Not quite awake, though I bloody well ought to be. What good is raisin/cinnamon toast with organic cream cheese and a glass of Gatorade if it doesn't wake you up?

Yesterday, I wrote 1,083 words on Chapter One of The Red Tree. Mostly, how Sarah Crowe met "Amanda Tyrell."* I think this is the last scene in the chapter. Another day or two of writing. After the writing, I packed eight boxes of books, before admitting I was too tired to pack anything more.

But the office is damn near done. I've never written in an empty office before, all the shelves bare of books. Almost all of them. Only fourteen days left until M Day. Fourteen Days. Two weeks. Two of those days will be lost to a couple more day trips to Burningspam (to see my doctor, then to retrieve my belongings from the storage unit), so, really, we have only twelve days remaining in which to pack, etc. And I have only six writing days left before the move. Wow. Fourteen days. 336 hours. Well, no, because it's already 11:30 ayem, so more like 324.5 hours. 19,470 minutes. 1,168,200 seconds (give or take). Spooky's gonna smack me when she sees this breakdown.

It rained all day yesterday.

Later, sometime After dinner, we...well, never mind that part. But after that part, we watched a whole bunch of the special features on the Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street DVDs. Helena Bonham Carter is cuter than anyone has a right to be. Later still, Spooky read to me from House of Leaves — mostly the section on Karen Navidson's short films What Some Have Thought and A Brief History of Who I Love. I still find the Hunter S. Thompson comments priceless. Then Spooky fell asleep, and I read to myself from Ronald Rainger's biography of Henry Fairfield Osborn — Chapter 6, "The Museum, the Zoo, and the Preservation of Nature" — until about 3 ayem.

And I'm two doses into the antibiotic, and, of course, they frell with my stomach. Stupid tick.

Oh, and before I forget again, I post the following for the kindly, T-shirt making aliens over at Ziraxia (who brought you the Stiff Kitten Ts):

Reynolds/Washburne 2008


Shiny! You must have one. You must. And right now, they're on sale for only $12.99 (through Monday, when the price goes back to $16.99). Though, I will say that I think "No Power in the 'Verse" would be a better campaign slogan. Maybe we can use those on the bumper stickers and yard signs.

350.org.

* We never learn "Amanda's" true name in the book, as Sarah only uses a pseudonym when referring to her.

Comments

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scarletboi
May. 16th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
It's a parody, sure, but I would TOTALLY vote for them.

If only to hear Mal's state of the union addresses.

Simon would be the Surgeon General, of course. And River'd be in charge of bein' a mite loopy.
greygirlbeast
May. 16th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)

And River'd be in charge of bein' a mite loopy.

Oh, indeed.


If only to hear Mal's state of the union addresses.


I may now have to write that...
mb2u
May. 17th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
And River'd be in charge of bein' a mite loopy.

Oh, she's Secretary of State?
stsisyphus
May. 16th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
I will say that I think "No Power in the 'Verse" would be a better campaign slogan...

Perhaps for Riddick '08. Just Riddick, no running mate.

We never learn "Amanda's" true name in the book...

But will she be contemplating a spider building its web? No, that might just be too indulgent.
greygirlbeast
May. 16th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)

Perhaps for Riddick '08. Just Riddick, no running mate.

Riddick '08: "Had to end sometime."


But will she be contemplating a spider building its web? No, that might just be too indulgent.


Indeed.
loki1978de
May. 16th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Helena Bonham Carter is cuter than anyone has a right to be.

So technically too cute?
The good Morgan Le Fey. Wich brings me to Miranda Richardson.
Who in my book is also cute.
greygirlbeast
May. 16th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)

So technically too cute?

Nah.

Wich brings me to Miranda Richardson. Who in my book is also cute.

I had a thing for her once, long ago.
elmocho
May. 16th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for leading me to that shirt site. I now have birthday gifts for a large circle of friends for oh... years.
greygirlbeast
May. 16th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for leading me to that shirt site.

You're very welcome.
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greygirlbeast
May. 16th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)

Offtopic, but I had a thought today that there is so much science in Lovecraft that he is more like a successor of Verne than Poe. Critics always compare him to Poe, but I don't buy it.

While it is true that Lovecraft's later work is proto-sf, and very important proto=sf, at that, there is a period of his work that is fairly recognized for its likeness to Poe, just as there is a period that bears a striking resemblance to Dunsany. It is clear from Lovecraft's own writing that he was imitating much of Poe, consciously, and even the sf still carries a great deal of Poe's influence. I don't see much reason for comparison with Verne, except that Verne helped to father the sf tradition that Lovecraft eventually moved towards (but the same could be said for Wells et al.).

And yes, that was waaaaaaaay off topic. ;-)
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greygirlbeast
May. 17th, 2008 02:57 pm (UTC)

Sorry please don't ban me like Wikipedia did ;-(

It takes A LOT to get banned from this journal. In all the many years it has been up, I've banned maybe six or seven people. So, no worries. ;-) However, the matter of Poe's influence of Lovecraft is right there in print, in Lovecraft's own words. Research often helps in avoiding uncomfortable situations.
corucia
May. 16th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
There's an article that came out today in Current Biology that documents very rapid vertebrate evolution, in stickleback fish. Has some very interesting implications regarding the rapidity with which organisms can respond to abrupt environmental shifts, especially valid given our ongoing planet-wide experiment in that topic:

http://www.current-biology.com/content/article/abstract?uid=PIIS0960982208005125

There's been some discussion about it on io9, too:
http://io9.com/391018/rapid-deevolution-creates-lake-of-fully+armored-fish-in-just-50-years
greygirlbeast
May. 17th, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)

There's an article that came out today in Current Biology that documents very rapid vertebrate evolution, in stickleback fish. Has some very interesting implications regarding the rapidity with which organisms can respond to abrupt environmental shifts, especially valid given our ongoing planet-wide experiment in that topic:

Thanks. I shall have to have a look.
chris_walsh
May. 16th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Probably a real reach of a question:
Is the name Tyrell a Blade Runner reference? Or is it simply The Right Name?
greygirlbeast
May. 17th, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
Re: Probably a real reach of a question:

Is the name Tyrell a Blade Runner reference? Or is it simply The Right Name?

On the one hand, I did not intentionally choose the name as a reference to Blade Runner. On the other hand, I was immediately aware of the implied reference, no matter how unconscious it might have initially been. Which is to say, as much as that film has influenced me, I often do not see the influences until after the fact (in this case, seconds after the fact). But. It is a name. Many, many people have this name. In fact, there is a little known actress named Amanda Tyrell. So, no...not an intentional reference in any way that I can (yet) see. And yes, the Right Name.
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