Archive for February, 2010

Yes, Book 2 is Done, Yo

February 8, 2010
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Quote of the Day

February 8, 2010

“Don’t smell like sunsets and baby powder. Smell like Jet Fighters and punching.”
– Old Spice body wash ad

(I shit you not!)

Quote of the Day

February 5, 2010

“(on the creation of gendered fantasy genres in bookstores)…. one which is full of boys’ stuff like blood and killing, which is for boys and which boys should read, and one which is full of stuff that girls enjoy, like blood and fucking, which is for girls and which girls should read.”

I’m not sure if graduating from “romance” to “blood and fucking” is an improvement (Twilight, best I understand, doesn’t have much of either. It’s pretty straight romance), but put in those particular terms, it does remind me that there’s a primed but largely untapped “blood and fucking” market (Joe Abercrombie’s “Best Served Cold” is a good example of a true “blood and fucking” book). I know this, of course, but every time somebody passed on GW because they thought it was “unmarketable” really threw me for a loop.

Book 2 Revision Progress, in Pictures

February 2, 2010

What Book 2 SHOULD look like: 

What Book 2 looks like right now:

New Digs

February 1, 2010

After much wringing of hands and moaning over our $900 rent payment and crazy utility bills, J. and I decided to downsize.

We can afford our current place perfectly during the summer and passably during the winter, but we’re looking for a place we could afford should one of us lose our jobs. Crazy economy, and all. We also wanted something with a slightly more efficient heating system (no more radiators!), a fenced yard, a garage, and a liberal pet policy that would let us have a dog.

Enter our solution: $665 a month. Slightly better neighborhood. 2 car garage. Forced air heat. 700 sq feet smaller. Still has 3 bedrooms. Lacks a shower upstairs, but has one downstairs. Needs some extra 3-prong plugs upstairs, but we’ve got them in the kitchen and upstairs in what will be J’s office (I have no problem using converters. He shudders at the thought).

We’ll still be paying out the ass for utilities during Dec/Jan/Feb, but the furnace is more efficient and total sq ft is smaller, and I’ve learned my lesson about the whole “put plastic sheeting over the windows” thing. I detest the white trash idea of “winterizing” my house with plastic sheeting. But then, I grew up in the PNW, where it doesn’t generally get below 40 degrees for very long. Winterizing is still a foreign idea. We’re def. doing it next year.

We’ve filled out all the paperwork, so we’ll see how it turns out. Move date would be around March 15th.

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