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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Odin's Day 
23rd-Jun-2010 07:21 am
I did get a nap yesterday after all, so I seem to be caught up. Pain levels continue to be just fine.

Trip prep yesterday was not at all fun. Elayna was all teeth-gritty and tense and snappish. It was an afternoon and early evening of us pushing each other's buttons. Leverage cured that a little, but still. Argh.

She has For the Win and His Majesty's Dragon on Adam's Nook, and I'll be sneaking Shiver into her luggage. Photocopies of passports have been made. She has a little first aid kit, and it has her insurance card and passport number in it. As for water, fans, sunscreen, et cetera, my parents will be buying all of that there.

I do not want her to go. I've been posting less than is my inclination because all I've been thinking is how not-ready I am for this, and there's only so much of my whining I'll inflict on the general populace.

You Should Buy This.

Will have my story "And To My Wife..." and my "Nine Things About Oracles" poem in it. At the printers now! Every time I read "And To My Wife..." at cons, people ask where they can get it. Now you know. Go forth, consumers!

Speaking of Writing
A random Google Alert yesterday led to me Googling and finding out how completely ineffective Google Alerts is. Suffice to say that there are a lot more (really good) reviews of "Valentines" out there than I was aware of.

This gives me thinky thoughts that I don't have time to unpack now, but hopefully will later.

Link Soup
* Got $10? Michael Swanwick will tuckerize you.
* I love this post not only because it highlights the fact that rape prevention tips are all geared towards stranger rape when the majority of rapists are people you know and at least somewhat trust, but because its trigger warning made me lol.
* hangingfire has a brilliant Doctor Who filk idea. Only click on this if you have seen "The Pandorica Opens".

Daily Science
By emulating nature's design principles, a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has created nanodevices made of DNA that self-assemble and can be programmed to move and change shape on demand. In contrast to existing nanotechnologies, these programmable nanodevices are highly suitable for medical applications because DNA is both biocompatible and biodegradable.


Work, then a mad rush to gather up everything Elayna forgot to pack, then cab to the airport. No tonight plans. I assume that I will be curled up in a little ball or furiously scrubbing countertops.
23rd-Jun-2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
*hugs* If you run out of countertops, I've got some that could use furious scrubbing. ;-) Seriously, I can imagine how hard this must be for you - Z. is about the same age as Elayna and I would be a nervous wreck letting her go on a trip like this. It makes me appreciate that much more what my parents (my mom especially) must have gone through in letting me move a 6-hour drive away for my last 2 years of high school.
24th-Jun-2010 05:34 am (UTC)
Huh. Sounds like your kid & I have similar taste in fiction. I've enjoyed 4... or maybe 5 of Naomi Novik's dragon books & I would have FTW on my kindle if not for a botched download. Shiver looks interesting.

Other favorite authors of mine, if you deem her old enough, include Jim Butcher, Tanya Huff & Charles De Lint. Actually, TH & CdL should be fine for 14 & up, only butcher *might* you want to check first. I particularly recommend Sing the Four Quarters if she likes high fantasy. I fell in love with that one when I was a teen.

blatherblathblather... also, being a mom sounds hard. *my sympathies*
25th-Jun-2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I just read His Majesty's Dragon and Throne of Jade, and now I've started Black Powder War.

Hang in there, hon.
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