The Amazing McRachel only has a couple more days here in Birmingham before she leaves for the wilds of New York. Like, permanently. Moving there. Y'all in NY treat her right, okay?
Wow, it's been a long time since I updated this journal. I did post a ton of updates at dailydigestnews, however (go back a couple of days and you can even see a pic of Voldemort's wand), including several fall preview-type laundry lists and a general casting update that's more in the spirit of the old Digest. Whee!
In something of a Halloween mood lately. Probably because of reading all that Lovecraft. That, and my summer vacation started in early May. I'm not ready for summer to be over, exactly, but... maybe my seasonal clock's running a bit ahead.
(Hee: "I CTHULHU: or What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47 ° 9’ S, Longitude 126 ° 43’ W)?" Thanks, riverchild.)
My cat has discovered The Littlest Mint and is trying to eat it. NO NO BAD CAT. The Littlest Mint, meanwhile, is looking kind of crispy. I water you (but not too often)! I give you sunlight (but not too much)! What more do you waaaant from meeeeee?
(Speaking of cats... Stuff on My Cat.)
BPAL: Can anyone advise on the Carnaval Noir blends? I'm trying to put my order in before the Lunacy LE comes out and blows the shipping time all to hell again. At this point I'm looking at Snake Charmer, House of Mirrors, Kunstkammer, Midway, Fire Eater, Freak Show, and Gypsy Queen; pure florals don't work well on me, but fruit/citrus/foody blends do. Anyone tried these yet?
National Lampoon vs. Adult Swim. The winner: Adult Swim, by a mile!
Via Making Light: The Book of My Enemy Has Been Remaindered.
Not a link, but definitely a spam. Sender name in a spam email I got: Disapprovingly B. Surfboarded, which is awesome. I absolve you, Mr. Surfboarded!
EEEEEEE: Neil Gaiman and Stephen King and Lemony Snicket and lots of other authors are auctioning for charity the chance to get your name in a novel this September. You can bid on...
Lemony Snicket: "An utterance by Sunny Baudelaire in Book the Thirteenth. Pronunciation and/or spelling may be slightly 'mutilated.' An example of this is in The Grim Grotto when Sunny utters 'Bush[ch]eney.' Target publication date is Fall 2006."
Stephen King: "One (and only one) character name in a novel called CELL, which is now in work and which will appear in either 2006 or 2007. Buyer should be aware that CELL is a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human brain. Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying. Character can be male or female, but a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female. In any case, I'll require physical description of auction winner, including any nickname (can be made up, I don't give a rip)."
Back to Neil: "...while I am promising to put your name onto a gravestone in my next children's novel, THE GRAVEYARD BOOK."
If my name were in a Snicket book, I would die. I shudder to think how much some of these will go for, however. Bidding starts in September as follows:
September 1-10: Michael Chabon, Amy Tan, Peter Straub, Andrew Sean Greer, Karen Joy Fowler
September 8-18: Stephen King, Lemony Snicket, Dorothy Allison, Jonathan Lethem, Ayelet WaldmanA song named "Cleolinda." I bought a download and it's nice--sort of a wistful acoustic guitar instrumental. I think the date on the song is 2002, and I was using the name Cleolinda online (a couple of years?) before that, but I don't think I "inspired" this in any way. I only mention it because someone actually left me the link in a comment (I've lost the name of who it was, dammit) and asked if I was "the same Cleolinda." Also because I've met only one or two people who even knew who the mythical Cleolinda was; if you know the name, it tends to be attached to me. But if you would like to whistle a few bars of "You're So Vain" at me, go ahead. ; )