December 14th, 2008


[travel|personal] More San Francisco

Yesterday was a day with a bit of running around, then zellandyne came by and chilled with me, kenscholes and jens_fire. Ken put on a concert for us. Then it was off for a lovely tapas dinner, followed by writers with drinks, easily the best attended reading I've ever had. In addition to those three dear friends, I saw all kinds of folks there: catrambo (also reading that night), Mr. catrambo, nihilistic_kid, chris_reynaga, dsmoen, dinogrl, dave_gallaher, calendula_witch, witch_husband, Charlie Jane Anders, Annalee Newitz and oodles of other folks. After a rocking round of three short pieces from The River Knows Its Own, I bailed on a late dinner due to sheer worn-outedness and came back to the B&B.

Went out walking this morning. Did 100 minutes, up Twin Peaks again, down the other side, through the upper part of the UCSF campus at Parnassus, then back down to Cole Valley and my B&B. Up at the top of Twin Peaks a band of Hispanic Charismatics were having a pre-dawn service, shouting and writhing to cast out demons in Jesus' name. (I think that's what they were praying for, but my Spanish isn't that good.) Shortly after I passed them by they hopped in their cars and passed me by. So I guess they succeeded in casting me out.

Down in the eucalyptus groves of Parnassus I heard an owl. Dark, with that sharp scent and the cold of a San Francisco winter morning, but she had a lot to say.

I'm in now, getting to work on Madness of Flowers galleys soon until it's time to pop over to Borderlands for Writer in the Window this afternoon.

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[links] Links salad will be received in Graceland

Europa: Tides of Life?Centauri Dreams with some worldbuilding what am.

1/5 of Coral Reefs Lost Due to Acid-Filled Oceans — Nothing to see here, citizens. Just more liberal fear mongering. You weren't using those coral reefs anyway, were you? (Thanks to lt260.)

Jellyfish gone wild


?otD: Who done it?

Body movement: 100 minute urban walk (with some serious hill work)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville

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[writing] How much is that writer in the window?

Spent three hours doing writer in the window at Borderlands Books, got slightly over 4,000 words done on "Chain of Stars", what with conversation, pizza delivery and whatnot. calendula_witch read galleys for me, jlassen was his usual bad, gracious self, and San Francisco was astonishingly wet and cold. Now back at my B&B in Cole Valley, with a 3:20 am departure for the airport and points Omahan.

Apparently the weather in Portland is catastrophically dreadful. In Omaha, it is single digit lows highs. Maybe I'll stay here...

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