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Samhain '08

Got to admit, I'm more than a little disappointed in how my first New England Hallowe'en is shaping up. No parties. No costumes. No pumpkin patch. Given we're on the second floor, there won't even be trick-or-treaters. My schedule right now didn't even allow me to take today off, which is just...wrong. So, I suppose that Spooky and I will do something together tonight, watch some scary movies, eat something sweet, mark the turning of the wheel and the beginning of a new year, and whatnot. But, yeah, disappointed. Maybe next year.


Yesterday, I did 1,208 words on "Metamorphosis C." I thought this story would have sort of a Cronenberg feel, and, instead, so far, it's entirely different. Filled with a sort of cold, quiet menace. A sort of resignation. More Stanislaw Lem, by way of William Gibson, maybe.

Last night, after a takeaway dinner of hot and sour soup, egg drop soup, and steamed dumplings, we watched Kenneth Branagh's recent production of As You Like It (2006). It was nice, set in 19th Century Japan, and I have a weakness for anachronistic takes on Shakespeare. Later, there was WoW, of course. Voimakas, my Draenei hunter, and Jalokivi, Spooky's Draenei shaman. But for some reason, we took a quest from the Stonetalon Mountains that meant running, running, running south, all the way through the Barrens, into the Thousand Needles, and finally to the eastern border of Feralas. I think we spent an hour and a half simply running. Still, Voimakas made Lvl 29. And got a better sword off a dead harpy. So it wasn't all slog.

I got to bed about 2:30 ayem, and slept an amazing eight and a half hours (this is my brain, telling me it's exhausted).

If you haven't already, please, please, please preorder A is for Alien. I'm quite sure this will be one of my best books to date. Which is to say, I am especially proud of it.



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Oct. 31st, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that this year's a little disappointing. Does being on the second floor really discourage trick-or-treaters? I have friends who live in a two-family house and they get tons of them each year, mostly because they make sure the front of the house is as inviting as possible, with signs encouraging them to "ring the upper doorbell".

I live on the end of a dead-end street. Off the major N-S thoroughfare in town, which means that I get almost no trick-or-treaters. Parents in the neighborhood seem to stick to the side roads with less traffic. Alas. The past few years, we've been giving out the Full Bars, in hopes that we'd develop a reputation. No such luck.
Oct. 31st, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Preordering now. I've been out of the loop for some time now and missed Waycross :(
Oct. 31st, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
I already have a stack of your books on my "to read" shelf. Is there any particular order you recommend I read them in?
Oct. 31st, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
So, I suppose that Spooky and I will do something together tonight, watch some scary movies, eat something sweet, mark the turning of the wheel and the beginning of a new year, and whatnot. But, yeah, disappointed. Maybe next year.

Next year in Providence. Enjoy as much of tonight as you may.
Oct. 31st, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween!
If you aren't expecting trick-or-treaters at your door, I'd recommend going for a walk during trick-or-treat hours and at least getting a look at the wee ones in costume and any houses that have decorated for the occasion. You might even find a few piles of leaves to kick through.
Oct. 31st, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
There is a party tonight in Olneyville, but it hasn't been advertised, to avoid the police. There's a haunted house that people have worked on for weeks now, and a number of bands, many of them doing covers; but others too. I might play, a short set of violin. An excellent band Vvltvre is covering the Swans; there are covers of Flipper, the Misfits, etc. It is right off of Olneyville Square, on Troy St., just one block left of the car wash if you're coming from Westminster. Since it's a show, I think it will be $5 to get in. The place is enormous, and called "Kevin's Friendly Castle" sometimes, after the owner, who's allowing it to happen. There are a lot of bands on the two floors.

People have been planning this show since August. If you would like more info, you can go to Armageddon records (i guess you could mention that Cybele sent you, but there's probably no need, they're very nice) or call/text 303-746-2984. It's very easy to find, actually, even though it's a little hidden.

In a random, fan/personal note - I just got past a part of Daughter of the Hounds where the train tunnels were mentioned, and the parties in them (I didn't go to the parties, just went other times). I had already thought of sending the book to a friend in TX when i was done, who used to live here and was responsible for a lot of good chaos (last person dancing in the tunnel in a police raid); we're trading music, and I wrote that i was delaying the package until I'd finished a book. He wrote back that I could hand it to him, and then I ran into him on the street here later, more than a year since his last visit.

Oct. 31st, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
City's Offerings.
The Steel Yard's Iron Pour (as reported by MAKE:blog) tonight looks like a good time; if I weren't trapped in Boston, I would go. Really, when is molten metal not a good time?
Nov. 3rd, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
I usually like to make a big deal out of Halloween also, but have been too occupied with moving into a new loft in Detroit. Well, new to me, but not so new...it's an old brewery building and is quite...rough.

I tried putting on movies, but ended up cleaning and working rather than watching them.

But hey, for some of us, Halloween is a state of mind all year round, right?

(As my loft is downtown with a view of an old gothic church, I DID have to watch The Crow. It was mandatory.)
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