April 18th, 2006


*contented sigh*

I have just finished reading WORLDWIRED, which was every bit as good as I expected it to be. matociquala persists in telling the kind of story I'd never think of but wish I could, in words I'd never use but wish I would, which generally comes around to "she's a better writer than I am" in my mind. (Given that Ebear's first novel(s) were selected for and won a Campbell, there may be some justification for this, actually.) It sort of gives me something to aspire to, and at the same time does not; even if I were writing the exact same stories, they'd come out like I'd told them, not like Bear did, and I'm generally good with that. Anyway, she's a really good writer and I look forward to her next books. :)

I've now got fewer than 10 books left on my TBR list. About 5 of them are books I bought and actually want to read, and the rest of which are default "this looks all right" books Ted's gotten. It is possible I'll read them all this month and be forced to go book shopping. Woe. Woe is me. :) It's every bit as possible I won't finish 'em, but I can dream. :) (I've been trying very hard not to buy a lot of new books, because I've had so many to catch up on and have been reading so little that it's just been overwhelming.)

Jeez. I'm having a lot of tired brain the last few days. I think it's mostly too much sitting on the couch the last month (since that's where I've been both reading and writing), so I think I may go upstairs and start shuffling things around to get Nook set up. That sounds like a pretty good plan. So does drinking some water...


I made it to MOUNT DOOM!


I thought it was 476 miles, but I just checked and it's 470! So I crossed the threshold this weekend, while walking around Portarlington! Wow! That means I've walked 1779 miles in the last 3 years! WOW! Holy cow! Go me! Yay!

Now where should I go? Do I start over from Rauros Falls and go to Isengard with Merry and Pippin (355 miles), or Strider's route to Isengard which is 484 miles? Do I let the eagles carry me to Minis Tirath and walk back from Minis Tirath to Bag End (a total of 1625 miles, the first leg of which is 535), or ... or what! Goodness gracious me! So many choices to make!

miles to (destination anywhere!): 4



So very, VERY smug!

Several weeks ago, in comments on arcaedia's journal, logrusboy admired the cover for FIREBIRD DECEPTION, saying he "could almost make myself buy a romance for that Dermody cover..."

This was followed by me saying they were spy novels, and him saying:

Hrm... Maybe if I moved the price sticker to cover the publisher's logo...or arranged to get an autographed copy inscribed something like this:

"Dearest logrusboy,

It's not a romance, it's a [favorite epithet here] spy thriller! Get over your insecurities about your manhood and read my [another favorite epithet here] book already, you [yet another favorite epithet here]!

Love and kisses,


For the last several weeks, we've been going around on how he might be so lucky as to get a copy thus enscribed. Now, when I say, "going around," what I mean is, he's been pleading and I've been putting him off, because I went behind his back and, via arcaedia and tryslora, got his address and sent him a copy of the book, inscribed *exactly* as he requested. He did not, as he hoped, get to find out what my favorite swear words were, but that's what you get for being specific. :)

He got the book yesterday.

*howls and dances around gleefully*  I am SO.  VERY!  SMUG!

*HOWLS*  I have email from him:

Dearest Catie,

I was delighted to receive your present.  It was very thoughtful and, although all the clues were crystal clear in retrospect, completely unexpected.  You, arcaedia, and tryslora got me good, and I congratulate and thank you.  One day, I may even forgive the lot of you.

Love and Kisses,


*laughs until she cries with glee*  *beam*