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30 July 2009 @ 07:34 pm
thistledown & other things  

The thistles are all exploding with thistledown. I have this utterly irrational urge to, like, collect, spin, and weave with it, or something, just because there’s so much of it! This was one of my primary thoughts while walking (dear god) nine and a half miles today. Another one was a long and serious consideration of how I would survive if I was thrown back a hundred years in time with only the clothes on my back (answer: get by long enough to place a large bet on the Titanic sinking), including how I would explain my utterly inappropriate haircut (I sold it for money!) and my even-more-inappropriate clothes (I was set upon by creative bandits? …who invented tennis shoes?). I decided I would be best off writing newspaper articles or serialized stories, and also, in order to help my future self, also writing all the manuscripts I’d like to get caught up on and putting them in a safe deposit box, which I would notify myself of via postal letter sent a hundred years into the future.

…don’t other people think things like this while they’re out walking? In my defense (if I need a defense) I think I sorted out some stuff for the short story whilst walking, too. *frowns at it*

Several people showed up at the war room this morning, some of them even with the purpose of writing, so I’ll probably start posting over at Toonowrimo when I go to work in the mornings. Hopefully some other Europe-based writers will join me.

Oh! Ted has arranged a hotel room for us for the 13th-15th of August, so we’re going up to Belfast to see the tall ships. Belfast-based people, get in touch, we should have dinner!

miles to Minas Tirith: 535.7
ytd wordcount: 198,600

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
tamagotamago on July 30th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
your hair
You might also explain that you had a bad fever. It used to be folk wisdom that cutting one's hair off would help "break" a fever.
Pamelajeditigger on July 30th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Those thoughts are AWESOME. :)
martianmooncrabmartianmooncrab on July 30th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
utterly inappropriate haircut

used to be for some illnesses they would cut your hair, mostly because they didnt want to care for it...
Marithmarith on July 30th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Have you got the time-travel-cheatsheet poster in case you get thrown back a hundred years in time? :) (I don't remember where it is, but Trip knows)

I wonder if thistledown is good for spinning? Cat probably knows, she can turn *anything* into yarn as far as I can tell.
kitmizkit on July 30th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
I don't, but I did think if I had a day to prepare before being thrown back in time I'd make sure to have one of those "how to survive anything" books...:)

I believe thistledown can, yes, be spun and woven.
Tripspace_parasite on August 4th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Maybe this is what you need.
Kari Sperring: Living With Ghostsla_marquise_de_ on July 30th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'm about to rushing about for about the next 18 days, but after that, I'd be good for European time-zone war-rooming.
Iyllianaiylliana on July 30th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
The wordwars were so useful today, and so much fun. I'd really like to hop along tomorrow again :)

Also I'm near Belfast, if nobody else that you already know chirps up and you need like, a stand-in or something :D I'm so paranoid about looking like a crazy stalker!

Angie :)
kitmizkit on July 31st, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
Awesome, I shall see you at the wars around 11am then! :)

I'm thinking of trying to arrange a Friday night dinner or something in Belfast! Would you want to come along? That'd be grand so!
Iyllianaiylliana on July 31st, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am up for dinner :)
sandrawickham on July 30th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
That's what's best about walking! Having crazy thoughts and working out writing issues!! :)
The owner of a grey cat: Elizabeth readingjennielf on July 31st, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
if it helps, I have weird thoughts like that when i walk and bike too and I'm not even a writer. :)
oh, speaking of, I found your books in the wild here in Florida, and thought you might like a picture...
CEmurphy Books on a shelf
Let me know if you cant see it. :)
kitmizkit on July 31st, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
ooh, lookit that, right next to Jaqueline Carey. They shoulda put QUEEN'S BASTARD there! :) (Except those are mass markets, aren't they?)

No, but seriously, that's awesome: that looks like the "highlighted material at eye level" shelf instead of the regular shelves. Yay! :)
Beshterbeshter on July 31st, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
OMG-You know you have made it when you appear in a Trivial Pursuit game. I was just playing the X-box version of Trivial Pursuit when they had a question on your books. LOL Thought you'd like to know that.
kitmizkit on July 31st, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
You're kidding.
Beshterbeshter on July 31st, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Nope! It was in the Literature section! My roomie got the question too, it was very silly, (I had sanguinepen's copy of Queen's Bastard on the table too, {wrong series}, and so she guessed, and got it wrong.) Mwahahahaha.

But yeah, she asked, "Isn't that your friend's friend?" And I squealed and made for my computer.
kitmizkit on July 31st, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
That's CRAZY.

What was the question? :)
Beshterbeshter on July 31st, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
What city is CE Murphy's Negotiator series take place in?
kit: negotiatormizkit on July 31st, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
*boggles* that's...completely surreal. :)
Beshterbeshter on July 31st, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
I thought you would like that. It's on the Xbox version of it, so a lot of the questions are fairly up-to-date. Still, I wasn't even prepared for that one. So now you know you've made it! A shelf full of books with your name on it, and a Trivial Pursuit question. Now, if you make it on a Jeopardy question, you will hit the big time.
Janne: trek Watchingjanne on July 31st, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
I wish my childhood comics had survived -- one of them did indeed feature a girl from circa 1970 being thrown back to circa 1870 and having people gasp in outrage at her indecent clothing. (Then again, that might have been the response had she been thrown forward in time to 2009, too -- ah, the age of mini-clothes :)

Edited at 2009-07-31 10:28 pm (UTC)
tdapenguintdapenguin on August 2nd, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
I have a tendency to think 'oh I could spin that' about almost any fibrous material I encounter. Most of my friends know to take that as a sign to say 'UMMM BAD IDEA' and talk the crazy person back from the ledge (of utter insanity) but a few sigh and go 'yeah, that would be fun and then one thing would lead to another and I'd be trying to care for a goat on my very small balcony. Quick! Talk me out of this!'

I tend to think less of 'spontaneous time travel to 1909' and more 'what skills would I bring to a post-apocalyptic world.' Basically the only one I can think of is 'sooooo, laughter is the best medicine, right? I'm funny!'