Friday says, “Beware. I live!”
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
truepenny was just writing about a book about the murder of a child in 1957 and how the child still hasn't been identified, and she asked the question "If the living don't remember the dead, who will?" And this fell out.Ghosts? Gods? God?In the streets and the trees and the asphalt and stoneIn the scrawl of the lights that blink "Open", repeat,In the hum of the wires, roar of engines, the beatOf the pulse of the rap from the car at the redIn the streaming of clouds, in the sirens, the dead,Reach from doorways and kerbside transactions and lies:We will all be forgotten and everyone diesBut the names of the nameless who died out of handCluster in echoes we don't understandGet tangled in edges of human and wildIn the road signs, the leaf-shapes: the name of a child,The thresholds remember, continue to gapeWhen the patterns are broken and stories lose shapeThey crowd at the borders to clothe the cold bone.Ghosts? Gods? God?
The ultrasound showed no evidence of a clot. I also don't have a broken knee; the doctor ordered an X ray that I thought was entirely superfluous, but wasn't going to argue too hard about. Apparently the swelling in my calf, and the scary purple line on the side of my foot, are all related to the fall I took a week ago when I landed on my knees, but mostly on my left knee. I can deal with it hurting, as long as I know there isn't anything that's going to get worse from my ignoring it.Everything went very smoothly at the ER at Methodist Hospital. The only glitch was the 40-minute wait to be discharged. The whole thing took just under three hours.This really wasn't the way I wanted to start using my new insurance provider, but it seems to have gone fairly smoothly.
Because everyone needs a regal-looking LEGO (space?) chicken or two:I was inspired to build this fine-looking bird after looking through LEGO PLAY BOOK: Ideas to Bring Your Bricks to Life's "barnyard animals" section. The book was a gift to us from Kelly McCullough of Wyrdsmiths, who has also, in the past, donated some of his LEGOs to Mason's gigantic collection. So, thanks, Kelly! This chicken is for you.
It's that time. I've started the final revision pass on Karen Memory. So far, I'm working through the bits that only need tweaks, because the earlier chapters have already had several editing passes, after all. (One of the many ways all that Useful Writing Advice doesn't work for me--several times over the course of any given book, I have to go back and restructure the early bits and add things and move stuff around, or the book doesn't go forward. I can't always just make notes and keep going.)Soon, my pretties. Soon. Soon. But for the meantime, we're in Earbrass Country. ("We can't stop here!")I spent the last four days shoveling out from under a bucket of post-novel ennui after finishing a short story tentatively called "No Place to Dream, but a Place to Die." There were a lot of movies and a certain number of books and even more Bejeweled, I'm afraid.In other news, it's coming up on a month to publication for Steles of the Sky, and I am psyched! Tor.com has the first chunk up as an excerpt if you just can't wait to get started.Whee!
got a call from one of Piper’s friends, asking to set up a playdate—the mom said that apparently Piper, her friend Max (who is a girl), and Abby, the playdate mate, have started a detective club at school. Piper lost a Hello Kitty watch at school quite a while ago, and these three girls spend every day at school looking for it, trying to come up with new theories as to where it could be. I’m pretty sure that someone else just took it home, but how fun for those kids to have a project. Piper also took it upon herself to write a note to her friend Carter, who is moving away at the end of the school year because his dad took a job out of state. Carter’s mom sent me a photo of the note, which said, as best as I can interpret, “I will miss you when you move. From Piper to Carter I had fun playing with you but I think it is time to say goodbye to playing for me playing with you and you playing with me.”I had no idea she was writing such a note or giving it to Carter. Piper hardly ever tells us anything—if she’s crying, she generally doesn’t want to tell you why. She was crying when she got in the car with Chelsea on Tuesday; the theory is that this is because she had written that note to Carter. Although she wouldn’t tell us. I wonder what else she gets up to….
First a plumbing emergency, for which the guy from Ron the Sewer Rat just arrived.Now the nurse at Park Nicollet is recommending that I go to the ER for a probable leg clot.And somewhere in there, I really need to get to the Post Office.
The Japanese hardback was the same as the original US hardback, and I've only just discovered that the Japanese paperback was... different. Very different.I've come to the conclusion that there are some books it's easy to make covers for and some where it is difficult. Tooth and Claw is clearly one where you can't go wrong -- the Orb cover is a bit dull, but it's fine, and that's the worst cover it has had. The original US cover, the UK cover, the Czech cover, the Chinese cover and now this, are all in their different ways awesome. Maybe the idea of Victorian dragons is just naturally picturesque in the way that the idea of Among Others just isn't. How do you illuminate the idea of a teenager reading SF and dealing with fairies and growing up and loss and life?I have put all the different covers of Among Others on their own page on my website for purposes of comparison. Ten covers. One cane. One face.