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Jul.15.2013
Something pretty incredible happened today, in a small way. My boss came into the store, and be bought a copy of This is How You Die, got me to sign it, and then later in the day brought it up on the weekly conference call. I've never had a boss show interest like that before - let alone give me...
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Jul.14.2013
Horror and I are not friends, as I've mentioned. This leads to me sometimes frowning at a book with what my husband calls "rabbit face." I purse my lips, shift my mouth a little bit left and then right, and squint. Or, apparently, this is what he says happens, since I can't really watch myself...
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Jul.13.2013
The other night - after a migraine - I had odd dreams. This happens every time I have a migraine, because thanks to the joys of brain chemistry (and the alteration thereof) I end up with an abundance of seretonin (or at least, this is where I'm putting the blame) and have, to put it mildly, a...
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Jul.12.2013
I love coincidences. Lately, my husband and I have been re-watching Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes via Netflix. Tonight, the episode "Elementary, Dear Data" has arrived. I've been enjoying the episodes, and this one in particular is a kind of silly joy. It's a fun little romp - though...
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Jul.11.2013
Massive headache = horribly embarrassing moment of upchucking in the middle of the mall (into a recycling container at least) = go home = medication = passed out for two hours = woke up feeling wretched, and still with headache about half-way to migraine. I wish I could cut my head off sometimes...
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Jul.10.2013
Recently, my husband and I watched Alien again for the first time in ages. This led to watching Aliens, since - let's be honest - Hicks is sort of the best space marine character in the world out there (especially for a young gay kid) and Ripley just kicks ass. We both agreed that we'd only...
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Jul.09.2013
Today I received four messages that were - in some way - variations on a similar theme. The best one (and the prime example of the whole set) was this, from Twitter: @nathanburgoine You sonofabitch #thisishowyoudie I love it when someone takes time to reach out and tell me they enjoyed a story...
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Jul.08.2013
I have a copy of This is How You Die! I went to Chapters Rideau on Sunday, and there it was, sitting on the display! So, even though it doesn't officially release until tomorrow, I have been reading it! I'm sort of drunk and giddy on the high of it all. So! That link above there (just in case...
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Jul.07.2013
Every now and then, when I spend any sort of time with a kid (like I did today, visiting wee little Moe, the wonderful and funny little son of two of my oldest friends), I think about how different a world they're growing up in. From my own selfish point of view, I mean a world where his...
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Jul.06.2013
To say it was hot today does not do it justice. Humid, hot, horrible. And it didn't exactly translate to good moods at work, even before the entire network and pretty much our whole functionality fell to bits. Good times. Thank the gods I had some fine words to escape into on my break. "A...
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Jul.05.2013
I've never tried to write historical fiction. The closest I've come is "Elsewhen," which kinda-sorta takes place post World War II, but in a place that isn't quite real, and is being visited by someone from today. I did do research for it - I had to figure out what the former train station...
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Jul.04.2013
I have conflicted feelings about my memory. It's very good. In fact, my husband is often astounded at the things I can remember, details and lines of dialog from movies or television shows I've seen once, in childhood. I can remember entire conversations that happened back before I came to...
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Jul.03.2013
If you've never picked up a copy of the Lethe Press Wilde Stories anthologies, allow me a brief explanation: they're collections of the best of the gay speculative fiction for the year. Similarly, there's the Heiresses of Russ anthologies (lesbian spec fiction). Further, there's the Best Gay...
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Jul.02.2013
Half-way. Between yesterday and today, I hit the half-way point with this little project of mine. Looking back over the nearly two hundred short stories I've chatted about this year so far, I can honestly say this hasn't often felt like an obligation. Short fiction is so digestible, so off-the-...
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Jul.01.2013
Happy Canada Day! I love this country. Even with Harper (ugh), and even with our current track record of falling far short of what we used to stand for ecologically speaking (double ugh, and also Harper), and various other concerns, the fact remains Canada is pretty much the best country in the...
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