Dan Wilson (stagewalker) Sun 24 Mar 02 22:34
Wow, new hair for squeaks, work for Madman... ok, I'll work on poker/story/something or other night as soon as I can. Maybe we can find a garden gnome, some accessories from Good Vibrations and some Super Glue and make a treat for Linda as well. I just ordered some Lafferty short story collections from Amazon, so maybe I'll read one of those...
Mary Roane (the-roane) Sun 24 Mar 02 23:03
Maure--glad you had a good time in Texas. Sorry the weather couldn't be better here, but who knows? By the time you get home tomorrow, it could be 94 degrees & sunny. Are you going to Horrorcon in a few weeks? We should try to meet. I'm pretty sure Tara is coming with me. And our friend Debbie, and the coolest 12-year-old ever <tm> Hey, Neil--when you get a second, what's your schedule like for Horrorcon? The website hasn't been too helpful yet. Which days are you reading? And are you & Gene Wolfe doing a reading or anything together? Anybody else coming to World Horror? I have deduced that a) the Drunken Master that I saw was indeed the second one, and b) seeing that movie can infect one with the insane desire to see every Jackie Chan movie ever made and to force everyone you know to see Legend of the Drunken Master. There is no cure. Help me! and c) eBay is *really* bad for Jackie Chan junkies. *Really* bad. Mary (who just started Princes of the Air by somebody named Ford...)
Pamela-If we'd had any goldfish we'd probably have sold them at the garage sale-Basham (pamela-bird) Mon 25 Mar 02 00:03
I'm just interrupting my complete and utter housebuyer emotional breakdown to say... Adriana is a Real FanGirl because she has a Sandman poster over her loo. And Howard Shore won for Best Original Score. Which was all I asked. The world can sleep in peace. Glad to see everyone's well on the, er... here.
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Mon 25 Mar 02 07:47
maure -- I passed on a chunck of the post with Megan's e-mail to Holly via e-mail. She has Hotmail, which seems to mean that mail from me goes automatically to her junk folder and is then deleted, but she may read it. dan -- let us know what you think of the Lafferty mary -- I wish I knew. I keep getting asked to do extra things at World Horror, and I say "I don't know, I haven't seen my schedule...". It would be enormously fun if Gene and I were to do a reading. pamela -- so how was the garage sale?
Emma Thompson keeps her Oscar on top of her loo (pamela-bird) Mon 25 Mar 02 09:23
It's true. She said so in VANITY FAIR. Neil, et. al.: For the truly intrepid, the full gory details of the garage sale are here: http://www.pamela-birdsnest.net/item.asp?user=Pamela_bird&tab=weblogs&uid=1092 165 For the less interested, it can be summed up thusly: 1. Garage sales are anti-Pam 2. People are gorgeous
Linda Castellani (castle) Mon 25 Mar 02 12:13
Great description, Pam!! I wish there were photos. Dan - do not allow my gnome anywhere near Good Vibrations! Aside from the occasional ant, busily scurrying among the nest of computer cables on the floor, all is quiet. Too quiet.
Maure Luke (maureluke) Mon 25 Mar 02 18:13
Mary, as far as I know, I am going to Horror Con. It really depends on my schedule for the Thursday and Friday - if my students have any tests either of those days, I won't be there, but I definitely will come on Saturday and Sunday. I would be delighted to meet you, Tara, and the coolest 12 year old ever. Neil, thank you. I told Megan to think about how she'd feel being invited to hang out with someone she didn't know at all, but she said she'd like it. I would run away, myself. I hope your speaking engagement goes very well tonight. I am still haunted by the hour of Coraline. It's not a bad sort; it's a lovely sort of haunting. And July will be here soon. Did you say the audio book will be out in May? Pam, that was lovely.
Erynn Miles (erynn-miles) Mon 25 Mar 02 19:38
Pam- I love your weblog, it's so inspiring!
Jade Walker (maidenfate) Tue 26 Mar 02 04:36
Maure -- Screw the vet. What does he know anyway??? I drove from Miami to San Francisco and back again with my four cats in a white Ford Escort. It would have killed them to stay locked up the entire time. Instead, I let the kids have free rein which made the trip rather enjoyable. The truckers passing us really got a kick out of seeing Princess sunning herself on top of the dashboard. Mary -- Would love to attend HorrorCon this year, but I've decided to wait another month and take my first vacation in four years instead. Come May 1st, I'll be cruising to Key West (http://www.jadedwritings.com/pages/030602.html). I can't wait! Jade Walker
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Tue 26 Mar 02 07:28
Jade -- well, I think you should come to Horrorcon. I mean, a chilly April in Chicago vs. a Cruise to Key West? Pam -- loved your Xanga description of the event.
Maure Luke (maureluke) Tue 26 Mar 02 08:50
Jade, I love the visual of the cat on the dashboard. Kira was happy to sleep under the blanket. I don't know whether or not I could drive with my three roaming around. I love how you describe the unclenching-ness of driving. I completely empathize with that, which is why I rented a car in Texas and drove all over. I love the feeling of driving on highways, as long as it's not the stop and start type I'm usually doing.
Maure Luke (maureluke) Tue 26 Mar 02 20:11
I just read this on the WHC website, in Gene Wolfe's bio sketch: "In 1996 I taught a semester of creative writing for Columbia College. " I went to Columbia in 1996!! I oscillated between deciding to take the creative writing class or the poetry workshop, and chose the poetry workshop. That would have been so cool to have had a class with him. Damn!
Mary Roane (the-roane) Tue 26 Mar 02 22:39
Jade--we shall miss you at Horrorcon, but don't listen to the Englishman. He probably *likes* damp chilly weather ;-) I do the same thing with my 2 cats--let 'em roam. They *hate* being caged in a car. It winds up that Berlioz curls up in the back seat, and Sebastian stands in my lap with his front paws on the window looking out (yes, this is when I'm driving). This has usually been on that strip of I-57 between Memphis & Chicago, where if you see 3 cars a day you're lucky. We *finally* got AITDT yesterday. Loved Mike's intro--the poem was a riot. Will start it as soon as I finish "Princes of the Air". Mike--I meant to say how much I loved Dragon Waiting. I am now shoving it and everything else of yours I have at my friends and insisting that they read it. I( just got a copy of From the End of the Twentieth Century for exactly that purpose. Can't wait for my actory friends to read A Little Scene to Monarchize....... Well, it's Tuesday of Holy (Hell) Week, and I'm still on my feet. Things are looking good. Now if I can survive my friends coming to watch the Vigil, I'm golden. Mary (tired, babbling and shutting up)
Mary Roane (the-roane) Tue 26 Mar 02 22:42
Poo, I forgot to say--Pam-- loved your description of the yard sale. No wonder we've filled up 17.5 topics--I can never remember the important stuff I mean to say. Hmph.
John M. Ford (johnmford) Tue 26 Mar 02 22:57
Mary -- Thank you. Obligatory whatever-it-is: DRAGON will be back in print from Millennium in about six weeks -- in the UK and Europe. Amazipadeedoodah UK lists it as on sale 9 May. There's almost certainly going to be a US edition, but I don't have any details to offer yet, and given the time these things take, it's unlikely to happen before very late this year.
Jade Walker (maidenfate) Wed 27 Mar 02 01:39
Neil -- You're killing me, you know that? Horrorcon is mighty tempting. I would love to see you, Gene Wolfe, Gahan Wilson, Brian A. Hopkins, Yvonne Navarro and the Son of Svengoolie under one roof. Ah well...I'll definitely attend next year. Maure -- I never get to drive. When I moved to Manhattan, I sold my car and I've been using public transportation ever since. It's nice living without traffic jams and gas bills, but at the same time, I miss taking long, relaxing drives. Mary -- Have a blast in Chicago! Be sure to enjoy a brat while you're there. Jade Walker
-N. (streak) Wed 27 Mar 02 02:07
Okay, see, where I come from, "enjoy a brat" means something _real_ different...
Neil Gaiman (neilgaiman) Wed 27 Mar 02 07:35
Mary -- THE DRAGON WAITING is one of my favourite books in the world. It even, in memory, survives the original UK cover, a painting of a very lumpy dragon executed by a talented 12 year old. But not a very talented 12 year old. Jade -- I was teasing. Enjoy Key West. They do a terrific sunset down there. And we, as Streak suggests, will enjoy brats, gamins and street urchins on your behalf.
Jinxie (jinx) Wed 27 Mar 02 09:03
Cats in the car,....my 2 are apt to wander at will, since both the girls are totally able to open their carrier. Min climbs onto her favorite spot (my neck) and goes to sleep, totally making it impossible to change the radio station. Dora climbs up onto the passenger seat and watches the world go by. Jinxie watching Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back, reading my email and waiting for the oil guy to get finished and knock on the door.
Linda Castellani (castle) Wed 27 Mar 02 09:24
E-mail from Jouni: Ahhh. (sniff) I like the smell of a fresh topic! Like Neil pointed out at the end of the topic 125, this really seems to go on forever. I searched my first post and found it in topic #73 (message 620) dated 26 Sep '00 (few weeks after Neil had been in Finncon)! That's almost two years ago... And that reminds me... Neil -- I know this (more or less) constant whining has to be frustrating, but is there even a slightest hope of you touring Scandinavia (and Finland in particular) in the near future? Jouni
Adriana Roze (ariadne26) Wed 27 Mar 02 09:42
Jinxie: beware of a certain Scooby-Doo deleted scene on the Jay and Silent Bob DVD. It's traumatizing. I don't ever need to see Scooby that way again. *shudder*
Daniel (dfowlkes) Wed 27 Mar 02 09:50
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Annie the harpy (ancillafelium) Wed 27 Mar 02 10:35
Wow, it's been a long bit of catch-up for me, too much to comment on! Dan, you crack me up!! Adding accessories form Good Vibrations would be a heck of a way to achieve the desired obscene gnome. My big sister actually found a rather obnoxious one on Ebay which seems to be imitating a plumber with the way its pants lie across its bottom. It's not quite mooning, but there's definitely a crack to be seen. She bought it and gave it to our little brother as a Christmas present, and he proudly displays it on a shelf in his dormroom. On car-roaming cats: One of mine (the sweet, well-behaved and timid but loving Buttercup) would do wonderfully as a loose-in-the-car-cat. The baby, OTOH, would be a terror. I probably would end up having cat-under-the-brake-pedal with little Zwei. She's just too much of a nut, and would probably try to play with my feet as I drove. (this is the cat who, a week ago today, knocked down two kitchen shelves- entirely; the brackets were even out of the wall- and everything on them, then proceeded to play in the potting soil from the plants knocked over by the falling stuff. I arrived home after a full day of work to find the kitchen destroyed and potting soil EVERYWHERE. Nearly had roast kitten for dinner.) Jennifer- yeah, isn't grad school fun?? I guess I didn't really want any spare time til I'm done with the PhD. Barely even any time to read new literature by Master Gaiman. :( annie (still waiting for spring. why does it keep snowing??)
Adriana Roze (ariadne26) Wed 27 Mar 02 11:16
Annie, you can have our Spring if you want it! It seems to be perpetual Spring in L.A., and never winter. *sigh* Kinda feels like bizarro Narnia.
Annie the harpy (ancillafelium) Wed 27 Mar 02 12:26
Oh, wouldn't that be nice...i'd prefer perpetual spring to the perpetual winter-under-the-White-Witch that seems to occur in Rochester. Apparently the only month that Rochester's _never_ had a blizzard is July. My favorite times of year are spring and fall- for some reason i just love the in-between times like that. I'm pining for the smell of thawing dirt right now. I wonder if i can persuade my next landlord to let me dig up part of my yard for a garden...
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