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I just opened the blinds in my office for the first time in days. I can see no evidence of snow remaining out there. The sky is a gentle blue dabbed with swatches of white cloud, and the washed-out New England sun. It's easy on the eyes.

I know better than to look at the news, but I find myself looking, anyway. More and more often. No, I don't know why. Morbid curiosity? Anyway, I was oddly pleased to learn of a study demonstrating that teens who take those silly virginity pledges are no less likely to have sex than those who don't. And, what's more, it appears the virginity-for-Jesus crowd are more likely to have unsafe sex. Which makes sense, really, since their sexual activity is more apt to be spontaneous, and the repression of normal sexual desires will have also required the repression of knowledge about STDs and birth control. Kids, listen...just get laid. If there is some sort of great cosmic boogeyman out there, he has far bigger things on his hands than whether or not you're doing the nasty. If you want it, just do it. But, please, have the good sense and foresight to be safe about it. Anyway, back to news pollution, we have government-sponsored hatred in Tennessee, Canada has at least ruled that seals must be dead before skinning, and I'm not even going to get started on Israel and Hamas.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,112 words and finished the piece that is no longer called "Untitled 34," but is, instead, now known as "Lullaby of Partition and Reunion." It will appear in Sirenia Digest #37, along with a second vignette, which I will write over the next couple of days, based on an illustration by Vince Locke. The platypus says that the 29th of December is a truly excellent day to subscribe to the digest, by the way.

Anything else about yesterday? A last day of isolation before I am forced out into the world. It's been almost a week since I left the apartment. After the writing, there was a nap on the sofa in the front parlour while Spooky made a feast of leftovers from Saturday night's Chinese takeaway. I had a long hot bath and washed my hair. There was more WoW, Shah and Suraa still wandering the sandy desolation of Tanaris. They stumbled upon and into the Caverns of Time, which rather rocked my little ring-tailed lemur world. Later, I nibbled at Turkish delight while Spooky read to me. I got to sleep about three ayem, and didn't sleep enough.

It was a day.

This afternoon, I have the dreaded doctor's appointment.

Please do have a look at the current eBay auctions. Your bids are greatly appreciated.

And now...another day.

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greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)

My only worry is that the people who need to see that study are the exact ones who will ignore it, as happens so often.

I suspect it's all part of the Pentagon's conspiracy to insure a new generation of canon fodder.
sovay
Dec. 29th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
a new generation of canon fodder.

That may be a typo, but it's a great one.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)

That may be a typo, but it's a great one.

Whoops.
sovay
Dec. 29th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
I do not know if you have been following Jeff VanderMeer's ongoing commentary on the Penguin series of Great Ideas, but I thought this line he selected from John Ruskin's On Art and Life needed to be introduced to you:

. . . while in all things that we see or do, we are to desire perfection, and strive for it, we are nevertheless not to set the meaner thing, in its narrow accomplishment, above the nobler thing, in its mighty progress; not to esteem smooth minuteness above shattered majesty; not to prefer mean victory to honourable defeat; not to lower the level of our aim, that we may the more surely enjoy the complacency of success.

Because The Red Tree is a real novel.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)

. . . while in all things that we see or do, we are to desire perfection, and strive for it, we are nevertheless not to set the meaner thing, in its narrow accomplishment, above the nobler thing, in its mighty progress; not to esteem smooth minuteness above shattered majesty; not to prefer mean victory to honourable defeat; not to lower the level of our aim, that we may the more surely enjoy the complacency of success.

Thank you. I may print this out and put it on the wall above my desk. Just so I won't forget.

Because The Red Tree is a real novel.

I hope so.
mercydelerium
Dec. 30th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
wow
i so love patti smith! i had a chance to see her a few years ago in St. louis and it was wonderful! i had wanted to see her perform since i could remember:)
Thanks for the lyrics going through my head:)
corucia
Dec. 30th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Any plans to pick up the new Farscape comic that's coming out on Friday? It appears to be by Rockne O'Bannon and Kieth DeCandido, and starts up after the Peacekeeper Wars.

(You might have mentioned this before, but I can't remember...)
greygirlbeast
Dec. 30th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)

Any plans to pick up the new Farscape comic that's coming out on Friday?

I'm just not sure. I wasn't entirely happy with Peacekeeper Wars, and not to thrilled with what I've seen of the artwork.
spiritworld25
Dec. 30th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Sounds like a another fun day for you. I'm sure that your doctor's appointment will go fine, I have for my pregnancy with my OB/GYN in a few weeks and I'm hoping that goes well since I'm five weeks as of this week. :)
jtglover
Dec. 30th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
I've been mostly offline for a couple weeks, so it's a pleasure to return to see the Locus offer, Providence pics, news about "Colliers Venus," etc. I look forward to your thoughts on The Historian.

Sunday I passed through Birmingham and did a whirlwind tour of Threshold and Low Red Moon sites. Didn't get to see everything, and the fucking camera battery died halfway through, but it was exhilarating--similar to my only visit to Providence in 1995 (1996?). Planning to post pictures to Flickr, and I might try to write the visit up for some mag or another...
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