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01 December 2008 @ 06:23 pm
it’s aaaaaaaaliiiiiiiive!  

Rejoining the world of the bloggers after a very pleasant and almost entirely off-line weekend. We had a lovely time with irishkate/Kate, and we all ate a truly tremendous amount of turkey, stuffing, and pie (they don’t have canned pumpkin here, so we ended up finding some fresh pumpkin puree, and Mom made the best pumpkin pie that any of us had ever had–and I’ve rarely met a pumpkin pie I didn’t like. Wow. No going back, now!), and lay around being comatose and content. :) Ted made homemade rolls and *wonderful* gravy (my mother makes utterly brilliant gravy, so there’s a very high Gravy Standard around my house: Ted’s gravy reaches it. So does mine, actually, after the Pork Roast Incident.) and just…wow. It was good. Om nom nom.

This morning I made fudge (a messier proposition than usual, when the spatula came apart in the marshmallow creme as I scraped it out of the jar, but it turned out all right) and while I was doing that the postman rang (once) and delivered unto us cover flats for the, wait for it, waaaaaaaaait for it…

…for the mass market editions of the Walker Papers! All 3 books will be re-released in mass market in June 2009, as a lead-up to the release of book four, WALKING DEAD in September. So there was much excited dancing and chirping and delight as we admired the covers. After so many years of publishing in trade, they look so SMALL! But they’re still terrific covers. Man, Luna’s done well by me in that department. So that was pretty exciting, really. (I don’t know why it’s exciting to get smaller versions of the exact same covers, but it *is*!)

Kate, wonderful creature that she is, drove us over to Argos, where we got uplighter lamps, only one of which came with a bulb, but even it alone has made a significant and fantastic difference in the lighting in the living room. I can’t wait for Ted to get back with bulbs for the other two! :) (oh, darn, the store didn’t have the right kind of bulbs.) And there was also a new pet supply store that’d opened up beside the Argos, so the cats now have new toys. :)

Ooh, Jupiter and Venus are in conjunction with the crescent moon! *runs outside to take pictures*! Aaah, kind of lousy pictures, I don’t have a good enough tripod/a remote at all, but that’s ok, it’s kind of nifty anyway:

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Alix (Tersa): Arnold--erudite (tersa)tersa on December 1st, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Ah HA!!!

I noticed the crescent moon last night and a single star in the sky next to it, and thought "That must be Venus." Then a *second* star showed up near both of them, and I thought "Oh, wow, that must be another planet! But it's not red, so it's probably not Mars, and I don't know what other planet would be quite that bright." (It was still dusk here at the time).

Hah! Jupiter! Thank you!

kitmizkit on December 1st, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Jupiter! You're welcome! :)
desperancedesperance on December 1st, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Actually, that's the most evocative photo I've seen yet. (Did you know that in Australia they get to see this configuration as a smiley face? 'Strue...)
kitmizkit on December 1st, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, well, thank you. :) And no, I didn't know that. That's cool! :)
Sanguine Pensanguinepen on December 1st, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
I saw that last night too. Wish I'd had my camera. We were just leaving the Mission, and that was the view out the doors. It was so bright.
Beshterbeshter on December 1st, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
I had to walk to the store last night, and saw that over my apartment as I left. God it was neat, I pointed it out to the roomie.
cedunkleycedunkley on December 1st, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Any idea when the Mass Market editions become available for pre-order on Amazon?

kitmizkit on December 1st, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
January? February? Donno, really. :)
Chrisberchrisber on December 1st, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Aha! That's what we saw last night. (I was pretty sure it was another planet, but like tersa wrote, not red.)
ghibbitudeghibbitude on December 2nd, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
to interject/validate your excitement re: mass market covers - since the aspect ratio is not exactly the same, and since the designers had to reset the text for the back (I'd doubt they'd go below 8 point or nobody'd read the back) you can look at it as a slightly new cover!plus, haven't you ever noticed how less impressive detail work is when it's big? makes all the little teeny elements more concentrated when they shrink down (before it makes them gobbledygook.. but I agree.. your covers have a very small gobbledygook factor. They're beautiful, clean little designs.. (did they decide to do the varnish on the mass markets though?)