It’s a three-weeker on Critters since Andrew (the Critter-herder) is going to be away at Torcon. Glad I used my MPC to bump my “squicky” story up the queue, although now I wonder if it would have made it into the current batch anyway. Oh well, not something worth fretting about.
I’m about 2000 words into a new slipstream/magic realism tale. I’m not sure where to take it. Part of me is totally inspired by Bradbury and I want to write something that’s beautiful and soothing and uplifting. But another part of me keeps wanting to make the story a little darker, a little harder-edged than that. After dwelling upon it for a couple days, I’m leaning towards going with my darker inclinations, but at the same time I want to keep a tone of soft serenity. Tricky tricky.
Today is Matthew’s birthday! I baked a cake (it still needs frosting) and there are prezzies to be opened. dude_the is flying in tomorrow. He’s staying with us all next week through Dragon*Con. Hurray for company and weekend fun! Except I’m not sure how much time I’ll be able to devote to this new story before the convention. I’d like to finish it before things become insane with D*C. Afterwards, I’m going to be pretty zombified and in heavy recovery mode, if past experience is anything to go by. My muse tends to curl up in a corner with a big “Do Not Disturb” sign around her neck for weeks after something as intense as Dragon*Con. I’d like not to set this story down and have it get lost and unfinished because I really like what I’ve got so far. We’ll see. I have picked up stories that I’ve lost the momentum on before, but they tend to be the exception rather than the rule. Maybe I can sneak in some writing time during this weekend’s AM hours when everyone else will be asleep.
Going to start doping Hobkin on Rescue Remedy today so that he doesn’t freak out as much with dude_the invading “his” territory. Also want to give him a bath. That’s always an adventure. Hobkin was a total cuddlefuzz yesterday night, crawling up beside me on the couch where I’d fallen asleep and wedging himself in my arms. Except then he woke up at around 3am and jumped down (of course waking me in the process). I stumbled off to bed, but he decided to run amuck. Poor Matthew stayed up with him rather than locking him away until I woke up, several hours later, to get ready for work and feed him (Hobkin, not Matthew) his breakfast. To say that Matthew was a bit groggy is a bit of an understatement. But hey, at least the weekend is finally here!
Have fun at DragonCon!
Thanks! Have fun at Torcon!
Happy Birthday to Matthew!
Hope you two have a great evening with cake and prezzies!
Looking forward to seeing you both in a week!
Thank you! Looking forward to seeing you too! Can’t believe Dragon*Con is just ’round the bend. Ack.
Tell Matt hoppy birdie from me, too.
And man, I wish I was going to D&*C this year… 🙁
Hoppy birdie wishes have been conveyed! Thanks! And I wish you were going to D*C this year too. Pook.
Ditto from me, Happy Birthday Matthew! Sorry I was clueless about it. What can I say, lately I am clueless about a lot of things.
Yay, friend coming to visit? Sounds like a blast! And I am glad he gets to come to D*C too.
Maybe you won’t be too over run at D*C and you can get some writing done. Do you have a laptop? If not you’re welcome to borrow mine when I am not needing it. 🙂
Matthew says “thanks” for the birthday wishes. No stress on the clueless part. He doesn’t publicize his b-day much.
“Yay, friend coming to visit? Sounds like a blast! And I am glad he gets to come to D*C too.“
He’s going to be one of our DD staff, so you’ll get to meet and hang with him. It’s his first Dragon*Con too. He’s got quite a weekend ahead of him, doesn’t he?
“Do you have a laptop? If not you’re welcome to borrow mine when I am not needing it.“
Thanks for the thoughtful offer. Actually I do have a laptop, although I wasn’t planning on bringing it. If my muse pops up during the convention, I’ll write on my Jornada, the same Palm PC that I use to write up articles for the DD, so it’s all good. But I greatly appreciate the offer.
“He’s got quite a weekend ahead of him, doesn’t he?”
Yes indeed! I look forward to meeting him and all the other people you suckered *cough* um I mean all the other people coming to work on your staff. heh
No worries about the laptop, I am glad you have something you can use. Not sure I know what a Jornada is, but it sounds very cool. 🙂
Oh, I have two hand held tape recorders, do you want one for the Daily Dragon? You could use them to tape interviews or something like that. I am bringing them both with me, just let me know if you want to borrow one.
“Not sure I know what a Jornada is, but it sounds very cool.“
It’s the little computer I’ve used to write my Daily Dragon articles for the last couple years. Bigger than a PalmPilot, smaller than a laptop with a keyboard that I can plug in and touch type on. A useful little toy!
“Oh, I have two hand held tape recorders, do you want one for the Daily Dragon?“
That’d be fantastic if we could use one to record interviews on. Thanks!
Happy birthday Matthew!!!! Fuzzy hugs from Siobhana, Magdalena and Luke!
By the way, I completely forgot to mention, Matthew shares a birthday with RAY BRADBURY! He’s 83 today!
Hee! We know! Is that the coolest?
I think the coolest person I share a birthday with is probably Tony Hawk (pro-skateboarder), or maybe Bruce Boxleitner. 🙂
see ya all in a week!!!
Looking forward to it!