May 29th, 2008

Me - May 2008

Thor's Day

Administration
Hello to new reader barthanderson!

Medical
Cautious optimism.

Venture Brothers this Sunday!
And and and they have a T-shirt of the Week club! "Each week we premiere a brand new episode of The Venture Bros. television program, we will premiere a brand new t-shirt to go with it RIGHT HERE. The shirt will remain on sale for one week only--until the next episode and the next shirt premiere. " First shirt here. Subscribe and get a bonus shirt. I do not have money for this. Oh heck no. *eyes shirt*



And besides the awesome idea of limited tie-in shirts, I am very bouncy that we'll be getting more Venture Brothers. That is some high-quality madness there.

WisCon Drama
ktempest says it best. purplefrog26's response is also excellent.

Note: Aside from this, the con was awesome. And we weren't aware of it til the tail end of the con, so it didn't taint the con for us.

I don't know quite what else to say on this. I'll let you know what else comes up.

Link Soup
* Robot with supergun attached.
* The end of Endicott. :(
* Inside the Kindle. I discovered the downside to travelling with the Kindle this weekend, by the way. The problem? Whip out your Kindle, and you will draw a crowd. "Oooh! Is that a Kindle?" And then you have to spend ten minutes or so doing a Kindle demo. This was a chunk of my flight home. I just want to read my Kindle. *laugh*
* Evil Dead: The Musical posters. (I have the soundtrack, and it is awesome.)

Daily Science
Getting ordinary plastic bags to rot away like banana peels would be an environmental dream come true. After all, we produce 500 billion a year worldwide and they take up to 1,000 years to decompose. They take up space in landfills, litter our streets and parks, pollute the oceans and kill the animals that eat them.

Now a Waterloo teenager has found a way to make plastic bags degrade faster -- in three months, he figures.


Plans
I have a plan-free day! *dances* Right, then. Organizing the writing projects. Writing something up for Blogathon. A review or two. And some form of exercise - possibly a walk to the library.
  • Current Music
    Dean Gray - American Jesus
Max

Double-bonding

So we have three cats. Max is my cat, Jack is Adam's, and Victoria is Elayna's. They're very closely bonded to us. If we're on the couch watching a movie, say, Max is perched beside me, Jack is draped over Adam's arm so he can't type, and Tor-tor is on Elayna's lap or just generally stalking around her.

However.

Each of our cats has a backup human.

I have no idea if this is normal. I don't know if they worked it out amongst themselves, and how. I've never lived in a situation before that had a 1:1 ratio of humans:cats.

If Adam is unavailable, Jack sits on me, curls up on my chest when I nap.

If Elayna is unavailable, Tor-tor follows Adam around the house, chirping at him til he picks her up and snuggles her. (Tor does not meow, she chirrups and squeaks. It is ludicrously adorable.)

If I'm unavailable... well,that's the thing. Til this weekend, Max did not have a backup human. It was me or nobody. He likes everyone just fine - it's just that he tends to keep to himself when I'm not around to love on.

This weekend, Max selected a backup human. He apparently curled up in bed with Elayna every night - trying to snuggle with her as he does with me, at the head of the bed. Elayna cannot sleep with a faceful of cat, so she kept moving him to the foot of the bed - and he kept coming back.

So Max has a backup human, and Elayna is a backup human, and there is balance.
  • Current Music
    John Parr - St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
Wind Tunnel Dreams

Love in Graveyards

Wind Tunnel Dreams starts up again on Sunday, and on this one, I actually have a title ahead of time - "Love in Graveyards", to help pay for this necklace. It's an Artist Challenge piece, which means I pay elisem in installments with money that I make from my writing - like layaway for writers. (Bartering stories for jewelry rocks. Seriously.)

Why am I telling you this in advance?

So you can send me your favorite pictures of graveyards. I'll be going out and taking pictures at Mount Auburn, but variety's good. Post your pics in comments!

* Yes, the pieces will all be genre.
* Seven separate pieces, not a short story in seven parts.
* I already have several in mind, but hope that pics trigger some cool stuff.
* If pics inspire a specific piece, they'll be posted with it.

For the New Kids: I write flash fiction every day for the first week of the month; there's a PayPal button on the bottom of each piece so you can throw in some coffee money if you liked it. No obligation. More info here. Read previous stories there or here.
  • Current Music
    Flogging Molly - The Wrong Company