Happy birthday to dkollin!
Hm. Pretty okay today.
Oh hey, okay, I figured out why I dread going to bed so very much. It's because I hardly dream/remember my dreams anymore, thanks to the meds. Used to be the sleep was like drifting off into another, weirder world. Now it's a complete shutdown. I feel vampire-dead-til-morning.
Is horrifying and trainwreck mesmerizing. I'm still reading #iranelection on Twitter, but feel that it's ecalated beyond my ability to have any real effect with my retweets; it's harder and harder for Iranian tweeters to get to Twitter to get the info spread, and the mainstream media has finally picked it up.
So I read #iranelection, and Andrew Sullivan, and wonderful posts like rm's, and I ponder. I try to extrapolate. I wear green. I send the undirected heartfelt prayer of please.
We went Shopping yesterday; she had no shorts or bathing suits that fit. These things are pricey! So thanks for buying my BPAL. :)
She's off with the Girl Scouts today and tomorrow, whitewater rafting and doing other outdoorsy-type stuff. Saturday we get to clean and reorganize her room. Yaaaay. Sunday she has dim sum with friends, then the Explo orientation meeting, and Monday.... well. Saturday's the last day I'll get to spend a significant amount of time with her til the second week in August. *sigh*
So today and tomorrow
are organizing and ducks-in-a-row days.
I'm... hoping to do a week of Wind Tunnel Dreams next week, both for money for the Readercon hotel and to generate some new stuff for people who want to craft for Blogathon. (Also, I need money for craft supplies.) I've yet to decide if it'll be a five-part short story or five individual pieces.
WTD readers: a poll for you!
Boston-Area Makers of Stuff!
Interested in vending your wares? Here's an opportunity.
* New topic on takebackscifi!
* Map of X-Men character relationships.
* Performance with 64 helium balloons.
* S00j & K firespinning photos.
* This person needs one million giraffes. Naturally, they have turned to the internet for assistance.
* Fantastic post about race and steampunk.
* ysabel needs help... writing a Japanese spell invocation for a cleric of Hello Kitty. I know I have whimsical speakers of Japanese here.
* Wondrful art by haikujaguar!
For the first time, scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission have detected sodium salts in ice grains of Saturn's outermost ring. Detecting salty ice indicates that Saturn's moon Enceladus, which primarily replenishes the ring with material from discharging jets, could harbor a reservoir of liquid water -- perhaps an ocean -- beneath its surface.
Aaaagh. Teh Packening. Specifically, wrapping up dozens of BPAL decants and bottles and addressing envelopes and blah blah blah. So if you've been wanting a Wind Tunnel Dreams book, order now, because I'll be going to the post office anyway.
Other than that? My usual "the child is gone; this disorients me, so I must clean frantically" thing. Looking through partly-finished short stories to see what to pick up next. (Yes, I'm letting "My Empire for Ashes" sit for a bit before editing the rest of it in.) Photographing the stuff I already have for the Blogathon auctions and getting preview images and an intro post up there. Tonight, I get interviewed for Matt Staggs's impeding podcast; jumping-off points are the bloody roots of fairytales; the intersection of cultural anthropology, folklore, and fantasy; and, of course, Blogathon. And from there we are expected to ramble. I can ramble. I hope to be coherent.