Month: October 2008

Spooky movies on Halloween night


I sit here watching a silly Boris Karloff movie, some sort of dramatization of an H. P. Lovecraft story. The neighborhood children have long since come by for their Hershey Bars. Fortunately for my stomach, I think that they took all of them. One of them was dressed up with a rubber John McCain mask, his own choice. They are a heavily Republican bunch. They always stop by our house first, after the taking of […]

NaNoWriMo 2008


Today is the one day I have (because I’ve been a bit lazy) to prepare my whatevers to get ready for this year’s NaNoWriMo, which starts tonight at midnight. I’ve decided that the baggage that comes with midnight on Halloween is a welcome addition to the mix. After all, if you can’t think of anything else to write about, you can write about those Hershey bars (with almonds) that your husband has hidden somewhere in […]

Almost cancer-free, in a strange sort of way


So it happened like this: a few weeks ago, my oncologist’s office called and rescheduled (via the message machine) my regular appointment for yesterday at 4:00. So I show up then. And they couldn’t really find me… I wasn’t scheduled with my usual oncologist, and my regular one doesn’t come in on Tuesdays at that office. Turns out that they’re switching their records over to a new system, and I hadn’t been transferred properly. They […]

I love archaeology: King Solomon's Mines edition


I do love archaeology (Buck and I participated on a real dig in England, near the city of Derby). And what better find can there be other than a truly mythological place? Finding King Solomon’s Mines would be almost on a par with Heinrich Schliemann‘s discovery of Troy. Now I wonder, where did I leave my trowel? 😀  Researchers may have found King Solomon’s mines – (CNN) — Archaeologists believe a desert site in […]

Reading now: Anathem


To those who know my reading habits, it might come as a surprise that I have pushed off all other books I was reading aside in favor of Neal Stephenson’s latest, Anathem. I am also trying to read it slowly, so it will last a long time. If any of you have seen the book itself in the stores or in a friend’s (or your own) house, you might well respond that it’s going to […]

the time between night and sleep


Sometimes, I can’t sleep even after I’ve taken the Ambien. At times like these, I find a new world in this half-awakeness. Life takes on a thinner and more ebullient sheen. This is a special time between waking and sleeping and I want to make the most of it. Unfortunately, I can think of few ways to do that than utter words to the effect that I want to make the best of it. The […]

Writing small


I’ve always written small — small poems (I actively don’t like long ones, as a rule), smallish blog posts, etc. The one nanowrimo that I won (2006) totally surprised me, due to the fact that I never thought I could come up with at least 50,000 words on anything. Turns out my instincts are a good thing, according to Seth Godin: Seth’s Blog: Too small to fail One secret of ‘small is the new big‘ thinking […]