December 4, 2013
SNOW! Current count on the ongoing snowstorm: 3″, which is moderately less than predicted, but it’s not over yet. I have the great good fortune of getting to stay home, and I’m hoping to get enough work done this morning that I can take a break this afternoon, maybe pop some popcorn, mull some cider, and sit with the Georgette Heyer book I’m reading. (I’m reading Georgette Heyer right now. Because once you’ve read all of Jane Austen you’ve got to do something. Also, I maybe be planning a Regency story. Maybe.)
Yesterday was the release day for DANGEROUS WOMEN, the giant cross genre anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. There’s an audiobook version as well, that I kind of can’t wait to get my hands on, because Stana Katic reads a couple of the stories. (Not mine, alas, but that’s okay, because my story is read by Inna Korobkina, a Russian actress for my story about Russian pilots. Yay!)
Monday at 7 pm is the big launch party for the anthology at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, NM. The editors and many of the authors — including me! — will be there for a panel discussion and readings and other good stuff!
And One More Thing! On December 17 at 6:30, I’ll be doing an online Q&A about short story writing through the Delve online workshops and the Pikes Peak Writers. This is free and open to all, but you must RSVP at this link, because numbers will be limited.
And with that: Snow, snow, snow, snow….
November 1, 2013
The musical, I mean. This is the hardest ticket to land in Denver right now. Apparently, it’s easier to find Book of Mormon tickets in London than it is here. This is the second time the touring show has come to Denver, and it still sold out within hours. The national tour opened in Denver a couple of years ago — sold out in minutes. I expect this is because Parker and Stone are locals. They’re ours. We claim them.
I put myself on spoiler blackout for this like three years ago when I first got an inkling of the thing’s existence, and when I heard the first song posted online: “Hello” on youtube. I loved this so much, and I decided I didn’t want to hear anything else about the show, the songs, or anything, until I could actually see the thing live myself. I have been waiting three years for this.
Mom landed the toughest tickets to get in Denver, because she’s just that good. We saw it Wednesday after a great dinner and two bottles of wine between the five of us who went, which is exactly the way to do it. We dressed up. The theater. Awesome.
The show: Parker and Stone (and Robert Lopez of Avenue Q) are pretty much the greatest satirists working right now, and this was like seeing a live action version of one of the better episodes of South Park. It’s crass, rude, horrible, and wonderful, and as a long-time fan of musical theater, I never thought I’d see a Broadway show that had female genital mutilation as a plot point and made it work. As a fan of South Park, I knew what I was getting into. But I wonder how many people in the audience were only there because this is the biggest musical of the last ten years and it won the Tony and well, they liked The Lion King so maybe this’ll be good too… Oy!
Between all the grossness and profanity, these writers know exactly what they’re doing and have tough, meaty issues under the sensationalism. The Book of Mormon isn’t about profanity or wild caricatures of both Mormon missionaries and western perceptions of Africa. It’s about how faith and religion are not the same thing, and one should never be mistaken for the other. This is awesome.
Plus, one of the main characters is a serious science fiction geek and they nailed it. Glorious, to see that on stage, and I’m so glad I didn’t know about that ahead of time because discovering Elder Cunningham was delightful.
October 28, 2013
Woke up this morning to overcast skies and chilly weather. This was after a week of bright sun and warm days. This means the seasons in Colorado have well and truly turned. My ash tree is now bare, my aspens are all golden, and the locust trees are getting there. I really wanted to go hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park this fall (I even have an annual parks pass this year!), but the road from here to there is still closed to general traffic from the flooding. I could get there the round-about way via a different road, but that would be something like a four-hour trip rather than the usual one-hour trip, and I just haven’t made time for it.
Believe it or not, I think I’m in the mood for colder weather. I’ll change my mind around January, but for now I’m ready for something different. This time of year, I’m constantly caught between being too cold and too warm. It’s too warm for coats but too chilly for just a sweater. I’m ready for my hats and scarves and big wooly gloves. I’m ready for the holidays.
In the meantime, I’m at that point where I have so much to do that I just end up on the sofa watching Lexx and knitting random crap that I didn’t plan on knitting…
September 30, 2013
I’ve lived in the area 15 years and I finally made it to the Butterfly Pavilion.
We came up with a brilliant project: butterfly wings, spread out, are shaped like shawls. We should knit shawls based on butterfly colors.
(I will never run out of projects.)
September 20, 2013
So many zoo babies! I even spotted the baby snow leopard, peering out from his ledge.
Emmy’s favorite animals were the elephants. Every time we tried to leave the elephant habitat, she said, “More!” If you ask her what an elephant says, she holds her arm over her head (like a trunk, see) and squeaks.
She really wanted to see monkeys, but seemed a bit nonplussed by them. That’s when I suddenly realized (though I should have realized this a long time ago) that our standard accepted stylized monkey form, the kind you see in storybooks and cartoons, doesn’t look anything at all like any real life monkey. Cartoon monkeys are brown with big ears and big smiles and long tails. Like baby chimps, except for the tail. Real monkeys are pretty much any color but brown, and when you get right down to it they look like shriveled little nightmare homonculi. They’re not actually all that cute. (Well, the pygmy marmoset was cute. Mostly because it’s the size of a freaking teacup.) So yeah, we got some really good looks at the zoo’s monkeys and lemurs, and Emmy sort of had this look on her face like, “Yeah, right — where are the real monkeys?” I can’t really blame her. (She conked out for a nap in her stroller just as we got to the great apes, so we didn’t get to see if maybe the gorillas matched her idea of monkeys better.)
But the elephants were a hit.
Today, I’m offline as I go in to have my wisdom teeth out. I’m a bit freaked out about it. Wish me luck. In the meantime, I’m just going to look at this picture of a month-old baby zebra for awhile. That’ll make me feel better.
OMG baby zebra!!!!!!!!!
September 16, 2013
Just an update: I’m still okay. Many, many people are not. This is one of those “everybody knows somebody affected” situations. Happily, I got word that a couple of my friends who live in the mountains are okay. Stranded, but okay. The roads are opening. My niece and sister-in-law are visiting my parents and I’ll get to see them tomorrow. The ending of the Flash Flood Warning has been a huge mental relief. We’re still on watch, but it’s not the constant feeling that something terrible is about to happen.
My troubles have been so minor I feel ridiculous even mentioning them. This is going to take so long and so much effort to recover from, I hardly know where to start. Well, I started here: Help Colorado Now. If you’ve been wanting to know how you could help or where you could donate, please check it out.
Thanks for all the good thoughts and prayers.
September 13, 2013
I am okay. I’m not in an evacuation zone, but it’s a close thing. My town has a river in the middle of it where there’d been just a creek a couple of days ago. By this evening, we’ll have been under a flash flood warning for 48 hours.
I had water in my basement because of a broken window well liner. It’s under control, but I’ve been bailing water for two nights to keep it that way. I’m tired. Very sore. But I’m okay, and Lily is a super trooper, putting up with it all.
I’ve lived in Boulder County for 15 years now, and you don’t live here that long without hearing lots of stories of 100 and 500 year floods and sheets of solid water pouring through towns. I never thought I’d actually see it happen. Water gathers in the mountains and pours down narrow creek channels in a solid wall, carrying debris and destruction. We’ve had almost our entire annual average rainfall in four days. It’s bad.
I’m staying home. Most of the roads around me are closed, so I can’t go anywhere anyway. I haven’t lost power yet, I have plenty of food and water. I’m not worried. I just have to wait it out. But it’s going to be weird emerging from all this, because my town’s going to look kind of broken for awhile, I think.
August 14, 2013
June 21, 2013
I keep posting pictures of flowers because this has been a banner year for flowers in my yard. I could give myself credit for good gardening practices. Except I don’t actually do anything except weed once or twice. On the other hand, I think the 40 inches of snow we got between February and May might have had something to do with how totally productive my flowers have been.
For example, my rose bush totally went to town. So proud of it!
June 14, 2013
It’s a Friday. I’ve been heartbroken watching the news of the Black Forest fire north of Colorado Springs, which is right near my old neighborhood. The high school I graduated from and the house my family lived in are in the pre-evacuation zone. (My family has since moved away, so we’re all safe, no worries. But wow, I know that area, you know? It’s where I went driving when I was pissed off and didn’t want to talk to anyone.) I remember watching the Waldo Canyon Fire last year and thinking it couldn’t get any worse than that. And here we are, a year later, and it’s worse.
So, random movies seen on TV lately:
The People vs. Larry Flynt. I was totally curious, and the thing hooked me enough to draw me through it. It’s a typical biopic, in that it has no plot to speak of. But Courtney Love and Ed Norton are both amazing in their supporting roles, and the film features many fine, cogent, articulate discussions of various freedom of speech issues. I just love that a movie exists where the climactic scene is Ed Norton delivering an argument to the Supreme Court.
Supernova. I must have noticed when this thing was out in theaters, but I didn’t see it, which is good because holy cow is this thing awful. Truly, astonishingly awful. It clearly wanted to be just like Event Horizon — only it picked the terrible second half of Event Horizon to emulate, instead of the brilliant first half. Big mistake! So yes. I can’t even get into the awfulness of this. Derivative, nonsensical — and really bad science. Really bad. It’s too much. Which is too bad because it’s got kind of an awesome cast. Like Angela Bassett, who needs to do more SF movies. And James Spader is actually kind of hot as the bad boy hero. But yeah, you all know how much I loathe Event Horizon, and this thing makes Event Horizon look Oscar worthy.