Happy early birthday to ragingamazon, who advances a year over the weekend!
Exhausted yesterday, for good reason. Feeling reasonably well today, with prickles of warning to not overdo. I'll bring my cane, I think, just in case - because when I crash, I crash hard, and we don't have a hotel room today.
* Update at Sihaya Designs! And you'll get the chance to win a Sihaya Designs piece during Blogathon...
* jimhines is the very Model of a Modern SF Novelist. Go. Sing along. Laugh. :)
* For Spooky: Smoking skeleton garden ornaments!
Now in press at Astrobiology is a look at the possibilities of life on Enceladus that holds out hope for detecting biomarkers with data gathered during a Cassini flyby. That’s an exciting possibility, depending as it does not on an orbiter or lander mission from an indefinite future but on equipment we’ve currently got in Saturn space. And the Enceladus picture remains fascinating because of the possibility that some microbial systems on Earth that operate far beneath the surface may offer examples of how life could evolve on a cold and distant moon of Saturn.
THE GRAND INQUISITOR'S HERETIC'S FORK: Coppery dried blood, metal, vetiver, and bonfire smoke.
In bottle: Smoldering vetiver.
On me: The blood note comes out and mingles with the smoldering vetiver. Tang of metal at the last. Very nice.
HAND OF GLORY: Beeswax, dry leather, black pepper, saltpeter, nutmeg, Mysore sandalwood, and oak bark.
In bottle: Something that offends my nose. The saltpeter, maybe?
On me: I just barely get beeswax under the ick. Ick ick ick.
LICWIGLUNGA: Hemp paper, frankincense, dried pomegranate juice, lavender, gum mastic, verbena, fennel, star anise, and Dittany of Crete.
In bottle: Oooh. Lick of pomegranate and anise.
On me: Potent pomegranate. Lavender rises to join it. Resins at the bottom. But it doesn't add up to something that works on me, more's the pity.
PICKLED IMP: Cinnamon, clove, vanilla, and pine sap.
In bottle: Cinnamonclove! Cinnamonclove!
On me: Cinnamonclovevanilla. *adds to bottle wishlist*
Wearing: Little blue lacy nightie. It's hot here.
Reading: I'm hip-deep in several books at once! Multireal by David Louis Edelman, The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia, and The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen by Delia Sherman.
Writing: Blogathon item descriptions for auction. *bangs head against wall* It'll be easier next week, as the most time-sensitive stuff will be done. Then I can get some work done on the 5,000-Word Challenge. I'm not counting the Blogathon stories toward that, even though that'll almost certainly be over 5K. I don't know why. Maybe because it's not a real, marketable story.
Planning ReaderCon! Like I said, if you see me, say hi. I'm not doing panels at this one. But if you're on my friendslist, I'm probably going to at least one of yours.
Will not be online. If you need me, feste_sylvain has my cell-phone number.