Martha Soukup (soukup) Thu 17 Dec 98 18:04
Scrubbing lavendar exterior latex off my hands.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Fri 18 Dec 98 00:04
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 18 Dec 98 00:10
'Cause why would I want to keep it on my hands?
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Fri 18 Dec 98 10:18
You see how you are?
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 18 Dec 98 10:30
When I look in a mirror I do. The rest of the time, I can't see much more than things like my hands, which I'm noticing still have some paint on them. It's the Habitat for Humanity site around the corner, where I've been pitching in to build two buildings, four homes, since about February. The dedication was last Sunday, but there's a ton of work left to do, and volunteers are scarce in the Christmas season. In fact, yesterday afternoon, when I stood on the next-door roof and painted a swath of our siding, was the first time I was able to drag myself in this week (okay, I went Tuesday, but no one else was there so I went home), and today will be my last opportunity this year. As a painter--well, I get there. That's pretty much how I am with everything constructionwise: slow, but I get there, and I'm careful.
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Fri 18 Dec 98 17:40
well, brava, girl! what color did you say?
Gail Williams (gail) Fri 18 Dec 98 18:28
Lavender she said. Now that's a San Francisco house color. Say, Martha, I was imagining you painting away on a ladder, with lavender all around you, and I wondered if you get story ideas while you paint. Do you have some stories in gestation right now? Or do you think of something completely different, like drip-prevention?
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 18 Dec 98 19:12
I'm trying not to think about anything but housebuilding while housebuilding. Does this make sense? Dunno. But I'm taking a small vacation from guilt-- as best I can. You're absolutely right that there's plenty to think of already while painting.
Gail Williams (gail) Fri 18 Dec 98 20:06
Yeah. So do you set up special time just for getting story ideas? Or do they just sneak up on you?
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 18 Dec 98 21:02
Any way a story wants to get to me, I won't say no.
Michael R. Walsh (mrw) Fri 18 Dec 98 21:30
Heck, some story ideas ferment for years before they're ready to decant.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 18 Dec 98 21:51
Erik Van Thienen (levant) Sat 19 Dec 98 06:08
Does'nt paint fume help?
impoverished intervallic palette (castle) Wed 23 Dec 98 13:47
So, Martha, I recently heard an amusing anecdote about a bungee-jump at the Queen Mary and an observation made by the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine about said jump...would you like to relate the story?
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 8 Jan 99 23:17
Oh. Well, a couple of Nebula Award Weekends ago when the ceremony was held on the Queen Mary, Jenna Felice and I decided to collect money from the assembled members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and use that money (mostly a dollar or two apiece) to jump off a bungee platform. Really from way up there, thinking "This is a really odd thing to be about to do" and "But there are all those little skiffy writers down there waving and yelling, and it would be embarrassing to give them all those dollar or twos back", I couldn't make out the words of any individual, even magazine editors with penetrating voices. I just jumped is all.
Jennifer Powell (jnfr) Fri 8 Jan 99 23:39
You did really? You jumped on a bungee cord?
Martha Soukup (soukup) Fri 8 Jan 99 23:41
Well, that would have been hard to do, with it attached to my ankles and my ankles bound to it. But I jumped _with_ the bungee cord. Actually you don't so much jump as plummet.
Jennifer Powell (jnfr) Fri 8 Jan 99 23:45
I don't even want to think about this. Martha!
Martha Soukup (soukup) Sat 9 Jan 99 00:19
And yet, perceive: I narrate this, and I am living.
blather storm (lolly) Sat 9 Jan 99 05:20
You call this living?
Cynthia Heimel (plum) Sat 9 Jan 99 09:24
that is the scariest thing I ever heard.
Jennifer Powell (jnfr) Sat 9 Jan 99 09:45
what plum said!
David Gans (tnf) Sat 9 Jan 99 10:10
Waita minute. I thought there was a PUNCHLINE to this story!
excessively heterosexual (saiyuk) Sat 9 Jan 99 10:51
Whatever soukup, must come down.
Martha Soukup (soukup) Sat 9 Jan 99 12:01
Gardner Dozois is said to have got off a line: and when does he not? I could describe the event more fully, if it would allay any anxiety.
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