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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-02-14 05:53
Subject: [personal] Miscellaneous updatery likes candy hearts
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Music:not much
Tags:child, madness, personal, writing
I worked on Madness of Flowers yesterday on my lunch hour, got about 20 pages done. Which was a good thing because I never got back to my keyboard after that. I won't see the_child for almost two weeks due to the two of us having overlapping travel schedules, so she was around a whole bunch in the afternoon and early evening. lasirenadolce returned to Nuevo Rancho Lake as well.

I was cleaning the fridge because of my upcoming absence. (After today I'll be in the house one day before March 3th — RadCon, a business trip to Denver, home one day, the South Carolina Book Festival, a business trip to Omaha, Potlatch, then home.) I had a chicken carcass and a good piece of a turkey quarter which had to go. Rather than chucking them, I cooked them down to stock. the_child liked the smell so much that we pulled off a daughter pot of the stock, threw in oregano, black pepper, salt and paprika, and some chopped onions and carrots. I fished a few pieces of meat out of the stock pot as well. So, homemade chicken-turkey soup. Churkey? At any rate, it made the house smell divine.

the_child and I also spent some time discussing music. She now has a much broader technical knowledge of the subject than I do. I played some favorites for her and we discussed their key, their tempo, the length of the notes, et cetera. The playlist for this little seminar was:
  • Whiter Shade of Pale
  • Don't Fear the Reaper
  • Godzilla
  • Smoke on the Water
  • Kashmir
  • In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida
We was in the house, baby! It's nice to have erudite conversation with her.

This morning is Valentine's Day, of course. lasirenadolce and I have both already attempted ambush tactics. Send your love to someone today, whatever that means to you.
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-02-14 14:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Don't Fear the Reaper

Excellent taste in nerd-rock. They do a pretty good live show, when I saw them 3 years ago, the final encore was Black Blade, sadly without the synthesizer vocals.

Can't have everything I guess.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2008-02-14 14:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
>>Whiter Shade of Pale
Don't Fear the Reaper
Smoke on the Water

What, no Sinatra? Seriously, I hope she's also getting exposed to slightly more -um- mellow music.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-02-14 15:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
She's been on Annie Lenox and Talking Heads since she was a baby.

Her comment on last night's playlist was: "It's all guitars, dad."
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User: mssrcrankypants
Date: 2008-02-14 15:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The fact that you listed not one but two BOC songs in this lesson has made me want to buy fresh copies of your books. Although I am a little disappointed you didn't work with either of the songs they co-wrote with Michael Moorcock!
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Brent Kellmer: Howard the Duck
User: skaldic
Date: 2008-02-14 16:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Howard the Duck
they're great at that age, when they start to have coherent tastes in music, etc. My 9 yr old has a definite taste for Green Day, so my wife did a playlist seminar on the punk movement not too long ago, ranging from the Sex Pistols to the Ramones, etc. (She did punk seriously, back in the day). I think I'm up next with the lesson in early Bowie.
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robin catesby
User: deedop
Date: 2008-02-14 18:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Churkey stock rocks. One should never just chuck carcases when there's soup to be made. That probably goes for just about everything, except maybe insects and certain types of roadkill.

When I was the child's age (or slightly younger), my older brother introduced me to The White Album. I am eternally grateful.
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User: frabjouslinz
Date: 2008-02-14 18:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Since it's Valentine's Day, how about some Ella Fitzgerald? Billie Holiday? "My Funny Valentine," and "The Man I Love," and "The Lady is a Tramp," and such. Just for a change. :)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-02-14 19:15 (UTC)
Subject: List
Whiter Shade of Pale
Don't Fear the Reaper
Smoke on the Water
You realize you have the abstract structure of a novel right there, don't you?
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2008-02-14 20:30 (UTC)
Subject: 20 pages in an hour?
That's...really fast.

Did you know?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-02-14 20:36 (UTC)
Subject: Re: 20 pages in an hour?
Close line edits, not first draft!

I can first draft 9-12 pages per hour. 20 pages per hour seems to be my pace on doing a very tight line edit.
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