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Nov.09.2013
It snowed today. It probably won't stay, but right now there's snow on the ground and I walked through it and it was cold and wet and it made me feel so darned sad. Snow. Winter. Ugh. I love Ottawa, and I love Canada, but wow. Winter? My least favorite part. It made me crave the places that are...
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Nov.08.2013
Today I got to see someone I hadn't really seen in ten years. It was lovely - she and I worked together back when I was first a manager (and had absolutely no idea what I was doing) and after a ten year gap it's quite fun to sit down together and discover who we are now. And, half-way through...
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Nov.07.2013
I've gone from stuffed up and coughing to mostly breathing, so I think the cold is on its way out. I'm not usually one for whom colds linger - normally it's a day a symptom and I'm done three days later. This one wanted to stick around. Lots of good things today, actually, most of them random...
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Nov.07.2013
Some years back a short story of mine about Australia entitled "Surviving Moriori" appeared in the short story journal of the Sorbonne, Paris Transcontinental.  It is the story of a British academic vacationing near the Great Barrier Reef and his encounter with an Australia woman who works at...
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Nov.06.2013
Had a trip to the doctor today that was pretty much full of great news - always what you want. I even got my flu shot, which was an added bonus before I head into retail Christmas. I also had a few brainwaves about story ideas, which was nice, since the more November becomes December, the less...
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Nov.05.2013
If I haven't said it enough lately, I love this digital world we live in. I love that I can see (as a not-so-random example) the faces of people who have just learned that their home state will allow their marriages. I love that I have friends I've never met face-to-face all around the world,...
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Nov.04.2013
George Saunders’ collection of stories cum novella, Civilwarland in Bad Decline, is a comic, satirical assault, sometimes fighting with paper tigers, that repeats certain formulae, perhaps strategically, perhaps obsessively. In numerous stories a questionable protagonist is trapped in some kind of...
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Nov.04.2013
It's been a rough couple of days here at Casa Smith. On Sunday night, I was to deliver a large presentation with two other managers to three stores worth of staff. Public speaking, as you know, doesn't bother me at all, and I had a few days to go over the notes and make sure I had it down pat...
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Nov.03.2013
The best thing about today is that it will be over shortly. "By Quarry Lake," by Josephine Myles I loved this last tale from Summer Lovin' mostly for how it left me with an "aww!" feeling. Two young men parted when a kiss turned into a punch and misunderstanding has been left in silence ever...
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Nov.02.2013
This will be a quick update, as today I fought the technology gods all day at work - and lost. Happily, after work there was a costume party, and I donned my wizard robes again, strapped on my athame and pentacle, and had a decent night. But after something wicked this way was done, I am ready...