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26 May 2008 @ 08:15 am
all out of…  

YAY the Phoenix landed safely!

…that was totally not what I was going to write about, but more or less the first thing I do in the mornings is check out the APotD, and YAY the Phoenix landed safely! *beams*

Right. Where was I.

Last night I was observing to Deborah that I was all out of give-a-shit. She observed in return that actually, what was impressive was that I was all out of grim. I believe she nailed the actual problem there, and it seems that having had it defined, I’m feeling a little more prepared to cope this morning. I don’t particularly want to, but apparently my Grim has been re-located. So.

critically necessary thinks to do:
- grant application
- checks
- work on FRWL

slightly less critical thinks to do:
- respond to some of jason’s email
- email scott
- poke jimfred to see if jim’s online
- start packing up books to send out
- try to remember the absolute crapload of other things that need doing

Nicking a meme that I haven’t done in a while, which I only promise to respond to the first five or so participants, and if I’m cool I’ll do more than that. Also, bearing in mind that there are 300+ of you on my LJ whom I don’t personally know, I reserve the right to be terribly generic if necessary. :)

Raise your hand in my LJ and:

1) I shall respond with something random I like about you.
2) I shall tell you what song, movie or book reminds me of you.
3) I shall name something we should do together.
4) I shall say something that only makes sense to you and me (or at least me).
5) I shall tell you my first or clearest memory of you.
6) I shall leave you a quote that is somehow appropriate to you.
7) I shall ask you something that I have always wondered about you.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Current Mood: coldcold
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on May 26th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
kitmizkit on May 26th, 2008 09:35 am (UTC)
1. I like your voice very much.

2. A broad-spectrum answer, perhaps, but so far as books go I tend to associate you with Terry Pratchett. This will come, I think, as no surprise. :)

3. We should go to--blast it, I've forgotten specifically where it is, but bellinghwoman told me about it; a springtime festival in Switzerland(?) that you two go to annually in which everybody in town gets up before breakfast on the first day to see the start of the party. I'd love to go to that with you sometime!

4. Catching the glint off the cathedral clock tower was indeed on purpose!

5. My first proper memory of you is having breakfast together at Octocon in 2006. I seem to recall we were all very tired. :)

6. "I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." --Dr. Seuss

7. I don't know about *always* wondered, but have you given any thought to doing your book reviews on an official basis? Or is that too much bother?
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on May 26th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
Ah, I'm chuffed.

As for the voice, it must be the educated British accent. It gets you colonial lassies every time (he says, twirling his mustache. Twirling ... damn, overdue for a trim). Of course, to me my voice is just my voice, and it's yours that's interesting.

Breakfast at Octocon is my first concrete memory of you, too (though I'd seen you on-line, of course). Goodness knows what you thought when we plonked ourselves down with you and Ted, but it's a hazard of con breakfasts. Being a naturally shy person, I seem to overcompensate on occasion. I'm glad it hasn't led to permanent mental scarring.

The reviews. Hmm. I read other people's reviews, and see just how enormously better they are than mine. Most of the reason I write mine is to understand what I read better. (Analogously, I've learnt a lot about programming from answering other people's questions.) I am an omnivorous reader on occasion (there have been times when I've read well over three hundred books in a year, though having a TV and a wife reduces that somewhat), and there's a danger in that of being totally unreflective. Stopping and writing something, anything, gets me more per book read, not just in retrospect, but when reading the next ones too. I suspect a professional writer will see a lot more, but I'm beginning to see how plot mechanics work, and so on. It's nice to see that there are people who read my reviews and value them, and I'm not going to stop doing them, but they are an amateur effort.

And as for that festival - it's Fasnacht in Basel (Also here at Wikipedia). It's not merely before breakfast. It starts at 04:00, so people get up at 03:00 or so. Given that it's still winter (the year before last, half a yard of snow fell within the previous few hours) it can get pretty cold. But it's fun, enormous fun (why have we been there so many times otherwise), and we'd love to introduce you to it the way that dduane and petermorwood introduced us to it.
kitmizkit on May 26th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I could (and did) intellectually step back and say "ok, part of it is the accent," which is, yes, utterly delicious, but apart from the accent itself, you've also got a very nice voice. :)

*laughs* We thought it was very nice of you to sit down and be nice to the two newbie Americans, is what we thought. :) And I must say, I don't think of you as a shy person at all!

Hm. I think one of the things I tend to like about your reviews is they're generally bite-sized. I rarely read long reviews, so the ones you do are just about right for me. But fair 'nuff. I was curious, though! :)

Yes! That festival! It sounds terrific.
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on May 26th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
Raising hand.
kitmizkit on May 26th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
1. I love your passion for your work. I wanted to stand up and cheer after your speech at the closing ceremonies of P-Con.

2. Hm. Maybe "Lord of the Rings", the movies, 'cause they had some pretty darned good wyverns!

3. Man, if there was any practical chance of me getting to Dublin on Thursday I'd say we should go together to see the Sea Stallion put out.

4. Oh dear. I can't think of anything clever with meaning to both of us. I have this urge to yell, "Charge of the light brigade!" and just run with it. :)

5. Well, not my first memory of you by any means, but I do hold a special fondness in my heart for your story of reading WINTER MOON because "Mercedes Lackey, Tanith Lee, and who was this CE Murphy person, well, you'd read it anyway," and enjoying "Banshee Cries" so much. :)

6. "That has so mixed with fable in our songs
That all seemed fabulous. We are come, by chance,
Into King Conchubar's country, and this house
Is an old guest-house built for travellers
From the seashore to Conchubar's royal house,
And there are certain hills among these woods
And there Queen Deirdre grew."
--W.B. Yeats

7. Do you harbor a secret (or not so secret) desire to be a writer yourself?
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on June 3rd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
4. I can't do charging on a horse... I can do trotting 8) or at least I could when I was younger. Having got over some of my speed issues by being a willing pillion on a motorbike I reckon I might actually survive a faster speed on a horse. Then again I didn't have glasses when I rode a horse so it may have been a sight issue.

5. *grins*

6. Nice one, haven't seen that one before, I think Irish education is determined to expose us to all the uncool stuff.

7. Yup. Need to now apply seat to chair and hands to keyboard and stop surfing for a few hours per day. That or just break out paper and ignore the laptop for a while.
madmiss on May 26th, 2008 11:28 am (UTC)
TQB not available in cork!
What is this madness?

*waves hand*
kitmizkit on May 26th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
It is madness! MADNESS, I tell you! MADNESS! :) You're back in Cork then?

1. I like how tall you are! I like tall women. :)

2. "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" comes to mind, largely because of your South American adventures last year. :)

3. Have coffee soon!

4. Goat's milk ice cream? *Really*?

5. Well, I met you online first, but my first *real* memory of you is having lunch with you in Dublin! Made me feel not quite so alone in the Irish wilderness, as it were. :)

6. "For the great Gaels of Ireland / Are the men that God made mad, / For all their wars are merry, / And all their songs are sad."

7. Have you decided what you'll be when you grow up?
madmiss on May 26th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
:) Well, by Cork you mean the confines of home until I can afford to venture out, then yes. ;)

I will say, 'You betya' to the coffee. Whenever your free.

Love the quote, made me think of Leonard Cohen, I love his music and people keep asking me "why? His songs are so depressing!"

And no... I've been through 3 different options this week: Fireman, New age/ curiosity store owner and the one I'm liking: being a purveyor of books, Dylan Moran style.

debela on May 26th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Shamelessly, I join in.
kit: myrysmizkit on May 26th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
1. I'm terribly fond of your cat-like insouciant demands for attention. *fetches you berries at once*

2) "The Lady Vanishes", Fairport Convention

3. Jeez. *Anything*. It hasn't been *quite* a decade since we saw each other last...

4. I believe my default on this is "Potato bins!" However, in order to not be predictable, I think I'll also say "You can have this heart to break."

5. ...man, my first memories are waaaaay too old at this point to be clear. :) Also, they're technically of someone who isn't you, since they tend to revolve around Meredith. However, I'd say it's safe to say my first lasting impression of you is as someone who is quite clearly capable of ruthlessly taking over the world.

6. "The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious."

7) What *is* it with the berries, anyway?
debela on May 26th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
And you used the Rynna icon, which was very sweet.

I will check out "The Lady Vanishes." I gooped at #4. And I can answer #7, actually -

My grandparents had a house up at Sable Forks in upstate New York. Upstate New York is gorgeous country with very little civilization; their house was on a dirt road and the lake was in walking distance, which is to say it was only a few miles.

There were blueberries out back. Piles and piles of blueberries, in fact, and I remember being up there when I was eleven and picking them because we could. We brought our loot in to show our grandparents, and Grandma felt this merited a pie. This was fascinating to me, since I had not (at age 11) met blueberry pie or much pie at all. (My parents were remarkably stodgy eaters.)

Grandma could bake, it turns out, and she let me 'help', which largely involved her producing one viable pie and me producing a lot of attempts at pie that mysteriously vanished in the process. When we served it, my brother refused to have any, since he did not recognize it, but I pretty much shamelessly tried to claim his portion. (And got away with it, which is dreadful.)

We had collected sufficient berries that two things happened. My grandparents took us strawberry picking, which was *wonderful*, and we had berries nonstop for the rest of the summer. This struck me as an ideal approach to living and I have been trying to recreate it ever since.

My brother still won't eat blueberry pie.
rfrancis on May 26th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
I raise my hand for terribly generic results!
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on May 27th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
I .... awww. You already have five. But I would've raised my hand if I'd turned on the computer sooner!