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By MartiniPhilosopher (Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 07:43:15 AM EST) (all tags)
Been sitting and watching the rain off and on this morning. We've had rain for the last few days. A bit of relief, a bit of respite from the summer which is due to return any time now. And then it'll be August summer. The mid-point of it all. Hot, humid and if we are lucky, a bit on the breezy side. If we're unluckily, it'll just be hot and humid.


Last week was the kind of summer that I dread having to deal with. Temperatures in the mid to high 90s with lots and lots of sun. Had to put the hose out on the grass and trees every day to keep them going in the middle of it. When taking the dogs on walks, they'd be dragging a bit after a half mile. The nice part is that they stop fighting the leash. The bad part is that there aren't a whole lot of sidewalks or grassy areas that aren't other people's yards to take them around in, so I have to be careful about how long they're on the pavement. Once we get home they both head for the basement bathroom and its cool concrete.

Dad escaped to Bartle starting this past Saturday for his yearly vacation. He and Mom still do a bit of traveling a couple of times a year but this is his "getting away from it all" time. He gets to deal with parents and troop leaders a bit but overall he doesn't have too worry about much. My sister's wedding is causing no small amount of stress and especially between her and mom. Just about everything is done but the two of them keep coming up with stuff that they want to see happen and stressing over it. When talking with Mom last night she found a transportation thing to worry about. As a way to try and keep things calm all of us pitched in on her birthday gift this year. A trip to a day spa for her to take before or after all of this gets done.

Haven't heard anything from family in Cali. Hoping the no news is good news. Amusingly enough the prediction for the "Big One" to hit in the next 30 years renewed itself. I can remember hearing that since I was in grade school. Disaster must sell very well these days.

Work took a twist. The guy who hired me and was running most of the shop is going to be leaving on Friday. He's been here for four or so years now. Waiting for the official word to be spread around. Given that this is a business of 17 people, I find it amusing how well things like that can be kept quiet. Wonder if there is some sort of inverse relationship there: The more people there are in a company the harder it is to keep news actually quiet. Not sure that means anything for me. I'm still a contract player at this point. Anything could happen, but that is the way life is in the first place.

Brought "A Canticle of Leibowitz" to read at lunch today. Started it this past Saturday when I decided I needed a break from the other book I've been trying to get through. "Kushiel's Dart" is one my wife has been recommending for while. The problem with it is incredibly dry and very MarySue-ish. She keeps telling me it gets better in like the last fifty or hundred pages and that the rest of the series is like the end of the first. I don't know if I have the patience to read much more of it.

I'm still not writing as much as I would like. There has been a couple of inspiring ideas that I've made some notes for but over all the output has kept pretty flat. I'll do a burst for a day, maybe two, and then go empty again. It is not exactly what I would call upsetting but it is rather mysterious. How I could go from August to January last year blasting out pages and then just dribble down to nothing is concerning. I am hopeful that more reading will help but that means getting past the major blockage as described above. Bleh.

DragonCon plans are moving forward. Considering the amount of trouble we've gone through this year, this had better be pretty damn fun. Also, I never thought the day would happen when I would pine for the crap of the GenCon sign-up system. The DragonCon organization seems to have gone out of their way to create as many barriers as possible. Such as: Hiring an outside firm for all media relations and then forgetting to post how to qualify for said media credentials. Or letting Ticketmaster (of all companies) do the tickets but not linking those tickets back to your own database. W!T!F! Like I said. This had better be pretty damn fun.

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I'm reading Trollope by Clipper Ship (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 08:04:16 AM EST
You should stick to the Top 40 hits. They never fail to please.

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Kushiel's Dart by ks1178 (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 08:11:23 AM EST
Not quite sure how you can consider any part of the book dry. Now the pace definately changes over the course of the book. Also it is very MarySue-ish. It's what I would think a corss between a Romance novel and Fantasy (never having acutally read a real romance novel).

But I will second your wife's opinion that it is a good book.

I will also second that the rest of the series is similar to the last 1/2 of the first book. Unfortunatly, that's not necessarily a good thing. While I enjoy Carey's writing and the elements behind the universe that the stories are set it, eventually it becomes rather repetative.

Dry in that by MartiniPhilosopher (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Jul 30, 2008 at 08:36:24 AM EST
much of the action that takes place is very mater-of-fact, positive prose. Especially the combat. There is little, if any, flourish or extra dimension to it. This is opposed to the rest of the world and even to some characters that have more than just the facts about them read out. There are sounds, sensations, smells and everything else which could be in those descriptions. I admit that the world she has set up is entirely interesting enough but I hope that the action get some of that soon.

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

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