1. When Tom Hiddleston's on screen, I can't take my eyes off of him. When he's not on screen, boredom ensues.
2. "Plot? We don' need no stinkin' plot!"
3. Anyone else think, "Hey! I didn't realize this was a Dr. Who Christmas episode!" when London was getting trashed?
That's about all I took away from the movie tonight. Your mileage may vary.
The universal response from my publisher on down was, "Booooorrrrinnggg! Stick with the original title."
"But it's a joke!" I'd say.
No one paid attention. Finally, I came to the realization that sometimes you have to give the public what it wants. So expect to see The Pirate's Secret Baby (my pirates being hot speaks for itself) in March, 2014. I thought about pushing the deadline to get it published before Boskone 51, but I'd rather have the book done right than done fast.
More on this as it develops, but here's a short blurb: "Experienced governess wanted: Must exhibit patience and skill in dealing with children, puppies, and pirates. Apply Capt. R. St. Armand, The Prodigal Son."
- Current Mood: accomplished
- Current Music:Fiddler's Green
This was my first visit to San Antonio, since I'd had to miss LoneStarCon 2 in 1997, but it was worth the wait. While everyone was complaining about the 100F temperatures, my response was, "Ahhhh...dry heat!" When you live in North Florida, almost anyplace is a better place to be in August.
- Current Location:Home!
- Current Mood: accomplished
I could use some fannish input for The Fake Hugo Awards. If you've got suggestions, throw them at me in the comments here. Thanks!
In addition to my program appearances, signed copies of Castaway Dreams will be available in the Dealers Room at Old Earth Books. Support your indie bookseller and get some great vacation reading. Castaway Dreams is a finalist for the Aspen Gold Reader's Choice Award, sponsored by the Heart of Denver Romance Writers of America. The winners will be announced in September. Also, Castaway Dreams and Sea Change are now available in Kobo editions. They've long been available from all the other major vendors in all formats.
The Future of the Small Press
Friday 13:00 - 14:00
Gary K. Wolfe (M), Kaja Foglio, Michael Underwood, Darlene Marshall, Neil Clarke
The Fake Hugo Awards
Friday 18:00 - 19:00
Sure, the Hugo Awards have a prize for everything from Best Novel to Best Semiprozine to Best Fan Artist. But what about an award for the Best SF Novel by an Author Who Insists They Don't Write SF? Or Best Rant About the Death of Science Fiction? Come out and see what else our panel can suggest.
Dave McCarty (M), Darlene Marshall, Guy H. Lillian III
Saturday 11:00 - 12:00
Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy. How can you use these terms to describe the varied work of Angélica Gorodischer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Laura Esquivel?
Darlene Marshall (M), Howard Waldrop , Rudy Ch. Garcia, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Stina Leicht
I Married a Werewolf: Paranormal Romance
Saturday 13:00 - 14:00
Vampires and werewolves (and sometimes even zombies, as the recent Warm Bodies showed) are more complex creatures than they used to be. Moreover, over the years, they have become the subject of romance. Why, and in what ways?
Darlene Marshall (M), Carrie Vaughn, Jean Johnson, Gail Carriger, Charlaine Harris
Writing Outside Genre
Monday 10:00 - 11:00
Many genre writers also write things on and over the edges of genre. Why do they do this? How is the experience of writing in different genres different?
Ellen Datlow (M), Lezli Robyn , John Maddox Roberts, Darlene Marshall
- Current Mood: bouncy
- Reading: Darlene Marshall (Reading), Sat 11:30 - 12:00, Independence (Westin)
- Going Graphic in the e-Book Age (Panel) (M), Sat 13:00 - 13:50, Burroughs (Westin)
- Humor in the Stuff We Read (Panel), Sat 14:00 - 14:50, Carlton (Westin)
- Silver Anniversary of the Liaden Universe (Other), Sat 17:00 - 18:20, Griffin (Westin)
- The Spirit of the Place (B48) (Panel), Sun 11:00 - 11:50, Harbor I (Westin)
I'll also have books for sale at the Old Earth Books table in the Hucksters Room. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there
- Current Mood: busy
I thought I had them beat. I'd installed squirrel baffles on my feeder poles, and they did indeed appear baffled. Then one day I saw the pole swaying as a squirrel jumped off the bird feeder. I was flummoxed. How the heck had that animal gotten around the baffle? I went outside, raised the baffle a few inches to make it impossible to access from the ground, and thought I'd fixed their little butts.
Nope. Yesterday I watched a squirrel jump off the feeder when I went outside to yell at it (I might add, not an effective squirrel deterrent). Then I went back in the house and stood at the door, watching the feeder through the glass. Sure enough, about five minutes later I saw how they were doing it: The squirrel would climb the low wall on my patio, clamber atop a hefty pot holding a miniature rose bush, and launch itself through the air onto the feeder.
While I admire their ingenuity, I wasn't about to let this stand. I went out, moved all my pots on the wall far away from the feeder, and feel satisfied I've fixed this once and for all.
Of course, I also felt that way after I bought the squirrel proof feeder (fail--they climbed the pole to get to it), greased the pole (fail--they'd work the grease off, though it was entertaining to watch them slide down the pole in confusion), installed the baffles (fail--they could jump through air) and now, moved the pots.
So we'll see. I just hope those darn birds appreciate all I'm doing for them.
- Current Mood: satisfied
- Current Music:Braveheart
Janey looked at the colorful wrapping, and the size and shape.
"It's a book," she said flatly, disappointment evident in her voice. She'd asked for a pony earlier in the year, and I explained that wasn't happening. In fact, I said, "Do I look like Santa Claus to you?"
"Yes, it's a book," I said. "When I give gifts to my reading pals, Janey, I give books. This is one of my favorites, and I hope you'll read it over Break and tell me about it when we get back together."
She clearly wasn't enthused, but I continued: "The first time you jumped rope, were you able to jump as well as you do now?"
She shook her head.
"Reading is the same way. You have to practice to get better. I read every day. You can read everyday, and the more you practice the better you'll be. Read cereal boxes. Read magazines if you see them. Read the books you got from Reading Pals. I like to read my favorite books over and over again."
"My mama has me read signs."
"Excellent! Your mama's a smart lady, and she knows reading takes practice. You keep reading signs. Read cans of beans. Read the newspaper. You won't understand every word, but you'll learn more and more as you keep reading. It's how it works."
I gave her a copy of Corduroy. You can't go wrong with the classics.
- Current Mood: optimistic
I also plan to have signed copies of Castaway Dreams in the Dealers Room at Old Earth Books. Stop by, get some good reading, and tell Mikey I said "hi!".
Beyond the First Two Pages
We've all heard how important it is to hook a reader's attention quickly. But let's say you've already done that. Your story's opening is dramatic, ingenious, and free of typos. Your first two pages have been polished to near oblivion. Now what?
Darlene Marshall (M), Pat Rothfuss, John Berlyne, Nick Mamatas, Carol Berg
- Current Mood: chipper
I called AAA, they said they'd be out within 30 minutes, called my hubby 'cause his office is just three blocks from where I was, and he was out to lunch. So after I reached him on his cell, he said he'd come and get me if I needed a ride, Now I just had to wait for the truck.
As I was waiting, it occured to me that short of a dead battery in my own driveway, this was probably the best breakdown I've ever had. It was after my visit to the salon, so I wasn't going to miss my appointment. I didn't have another appointment until four, and had my calendar cleared to run non-vital errands. I was in a parking lot, not on the street. It wasn't raining. I had my cell phone, a store with a bathroom, lunch if I wanted it at the French bakery, and a chair on the portico in front of the supermarket. Best of all, I had my ereader with the new Lee Child "Jack Reacher" short story.
The truck showed up within its alloted time, turned out to be the battery (I got a jump) and when I got home I called Chrysler and they said, "Nope our records show we've never put in a new battery." So I got seven years of life from my battery, which I can't complain about either.
I'll take my son's Prius out for the rest of my errands today, and take the Sebring in to Chrysler in the morning to get a new battery. All in all, I have to say "life is good" when a minor inconvenience could be so much more stressful. My son Raphael taught me the phrase "First world problem", as in "Your washing machine breaking down is a first world problem. Not having running water in your house is a rest-of-the-world real problem."
My car woes are most definitely a first world problem, and I'm darn glad I've got a car at all (and a back-up car too).
- Current Mood: contemplative
"By divesting themselves of a direct [income] tax which fell most heavily on the rich, the legislature obliged the executive to rely on indirect taxation which proportionately fell most heavily on the poor...[Legislature responded] to the cry of 'Cheap government!'
By [year] the process of enforced retrenchment had reached a stage where the basic structure of the state was endangered."
The bracketed words are mine. The period is 1815-1818. The setting is England. Taken from: Aristocracy and People--Britain, 1815-1865 by Norman Gash.
I hold by the words of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: "I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization."
- Current Mood: grumpy