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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-15 07:16
Subject: [personal] Waxing the elephant, and other personal moments
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Tags:books, child, family, movies, music, personal, sunspin, writing
The lyric in the subject line of yesterday's post turns out to be Google-proof. I didn't know that was possible any more. It's from Wax Elephant, "Someday Gain Your Favor".

Passed yesterday evening in the house. Worked on the Sunspin outline, spent time talking to a friend or two, and also managed to watch an episode of Foyle's Warimdb ]. Interesting show, mysteries set on the south coast of Britain at the start of World War II, very tense and low key at the same time. Plus if I were the type to develop celebrity crushes, I'd be blissed out on actress Honeysuckle Weeks. (Whose name so totally sounds like a Bond girl, I'm thinking.)

Luckily, I'm not that type. Really. I swear.

More Sunspin this morning, then lunch with my parents, then off to that radio play of The Hobbit with tillyjane, a/k/a my mom. The evening will be spent on movies and pizza with the_child.

You up to anything fun?
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User: cuddlycthulhu
Date: 2011-01-15 16:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And here I thought you meant "waxing the elephant" euphemistically.

I have to agree with you, that's totally a Bond girl's name.
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-01-15 17:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay Foyle! The history in the show drew me in, and then I stayed because Christopher Foyle's facial expressions, especially when someone is lying to him and he knows it or when he notices something absurd and puts pressure on one side of his mouth to keep from smiling, are awesome. Sam gets some shining moments later in the show - one in particular involves a conversation between Sam and a poor Londoner who relocated to a farm - and there's an episode in series 5? 6? in which the news about the camps in Germany starts to appear in the British press, and the writers dealt with it in a very interesting way, subtle but still intense.

British mystery series: they succeed if they have a strong lead actor. I'm watching Cadfael right now, and while set and scene are usually attractive and there's a good bit of historical detail, Derek Jacoby as Cadfael has to make up for quite a bit of stilted "la la la, we're reenacting medieval duels" acting. Fortunately he's great.
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User: cascade_writers
Date: 2011-01-15 17:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm hanging out in Chicago. Just read a Mary Daheim cozy mystery called Loco Motion set on the Empire Builder--the very train I took to get here last week and will take back to Seattle in a few days.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-01-15 18:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What a total Bond-girl name. What fun!

Not much fun today. DH's birthday, which he gets to spend at work doing all the worky stuff that meetings and Serious! Management! BS! interfered with. Though we did go out to eat, which was cheerful, followed by gloomy discussion of how we need to adjust finances for impending retirement (not helped by my current poor prospects and other responsibilities). Plus he revealed he's now officially pre-diabetic but has no self-control for diet. What joy.

Which screwed up my short story writing time, sigh. Moods should not affect my writing, but the short story went thunk so I think I need to do some outlining and thinky thinking to get it back on track. This one is a hard one and doesn't reel out 500 words per day easily, not like the previous story.

Weather is too warm for skiing plus it's a weekend so going up late is not a good idea. Rode horse yesterday, along with a nice long hike with a friend. Not inspired to ride bicycle in the rain in traffic. Need other exercise.

Gloom and doom here. I need to resubmit short stories, kick my butt into gear to start submitting novels, do edits, do housework, and gloomily begin the process of uploading the current resume and other documents into the proprietary database that handles all teacher hiring in this state for a fee (sigh). And check Craigslist. And begin the process of updating my application in Portland Public.

Damn it, I want one fracking career in my life that doesn't implode on me.

Sorry for the gloom and doom, but that's kind of where I'm at currently.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-01-15 18:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Gloom and doom, I know those boys. They keep hanging out on my lawn no matter how much I shout and wave my cane at them.

Hope it gets better.
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oaksylph: fig
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-01-17 02:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I know little about you, but I like the way you talk to Jay, so I'm dispatching my flamingo goons to chase the gloom and doom from your yard, ok? Wait'll you see them - no knuckle-cracking menaces like the cracking of knuckles on one menacingly suspended foot. P.S., they like popcorn.
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User: mapescapacity
Date: 2011-01-16 16:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They must be revolutionaries of the Google Wars!
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