Hey, munchkins. Sorry for the quiet; just didn't feel like updating, I
Umm...can I remember what I did the last several days? Wednesday was
another one of those great Berkeley days; take BART up, sit in Starbucks
drinking chai, eating a scone, finishing the first draft of "Pieces of the
Heart". (Starbucks has extensive outlets; otherwise I promise you I
would have patronized a local business.) Walk up to Other Change of
Hobbit, buy the rest of the Tamora Pierce series that I started last time
I came out, plus the new James White Sector General novel. Walk to Panini
and have a fabulous sandwich (their rolls are amazingly tasty) with
Orangina at an outdoor table; weather about 70 degrees, vines and flowers
climbing over trellises, lovely. Read White. Talk to Roshani for a bit
on cell. Walk up Shattuck to University. Walk down University with
vague idea of working at Anna's -- sadly, Anna's not open yet. Stop at
Pier 1 and find expectant mom gift, pretty bottle with seaweed and
blue sand and bath oil. Walk over to Karen's and leave it on her
doorstep. Walk back to Au Coquelet and settle in with book. Read book.
Finish book just as Karen arrives for chatter and tea. Don't actually
drink any tea (had pear cider while reading), but steal bites of her
chocolate mousse. Good gossip. Eventually Michael Harman arrives!
Meeting for second time one of SH Reviews Editors. Karen toddles off home
for a bit. Sherman eventually arrives. Three of us toddle up to Thai
Delight on Shattuck for yummy meal and getting to know each other. Two
Reviews Editors seem to be getting along. Good. Too bad third is in
Nashville or someplace like that. Eventually finish dinner, goodbye to
Michael, Sherman and I collect Karen and go down to Ian/El's. Much cooing
over new baby, new house. Very grown-up. They look a little tired but
very happy. :-) :-) :-) After midnight, go back to David's and fall
asleep like a log.
Luckily, not all days are so eventful, or I'd be taking forever to catch
you up. Thursday was basically working at David's day; I had the stack of
Herotica manuscripts; we're just making final selections and I was adding
my revision notes to them. Not many -- Marcy turns out to be an excellent
line editor, with an amazing eye for detail. She says she's not good at
the 'big picture' -- luckily, that's my specialty. Between the two of us,
I think Herotica 7 is going to be a really excellent book. I'm pleased.
Then watched some more Star Trek; I can now confirm that I have seen all
the episodes with Tasha's daughter, which was satisfying. I had missed one
and a half or so. Eventually made curry for dinner; good to cook, but
I undersalted things. Oh well... In the late evening, spent some time
recording. Did demo tapes for Ian/El and Roshani/Tom of lullabies for
their babies. Leo's is very silly and boppy; Zoe's is rather quiet and
melancholy. I like them both. :-) Also taped for myself three other
songs I've written. Very satisfying having them on tape, and cool
watching David deal with all the recording stuff. (He has a 4-track,
so we lay down the keyboard and guitar first on separate track, then
recorded the vocals, and then he mixed it all together. Cool.)
Friday worked in the morning, then David drove me around. We went up to
Good Vibes very briefly to see if I could schedule something for AE with
Charlie; unfortunately, he's only there on Wednesdays. Dangit --
should've called first. Then over to Telegraph for lunch at the Blue
Nile; yummy. Have had Ethiopian twice now. Will have to last me for a
bit. Then walked up Telegraph, looking at the little stalls. I love the
little stalls. Bought a dragonfly pin for Marcia, two small stud earrings
for Jed (one malachite, one blue opal), and a silver toe ring for me. :-)
David ran into Cody's briefly to check on their representation of Sheckley
(he's on a Sheckley kick). Back to the car, drove to the House and looked
around. Oh.. slightly melancholy. The herbs are monstrous; the rosemary
is going to take over. Should have put it in a pot to start out to
contain it. Sage is a bush. My bougainvillea is finally doing
wonderfully; I had such troubles getting it established, but it's starting
to really get huge, then way bougainvillea ought. I hope the new owners
leave it in, and take care of it. It should be trained along the kitchen
windows, framing the blue with its crimson petals, and then up along the
outdoor chimney. Fingers crossed. The morning glory El and Ian planted
for the wedding are looking marvelous; a great addition to the backyard.
I wish I could have bought that house...
Eventually back in the car, drove down to the South Bay, dropped me off at
Jed's. Not enough time with David. :-( Sigh. Nice day with Jed,
though; worked for a while in the afternoon, napped a little, went to Palo
Alto for Thai food and movie - Road to Morocco. Amazingly, ran into
Eugenie! (Mathematician from Chicago.) She's apparently at Stanford for
the summer doing research. Was great seeing her again, and made plans to
meet up Saturday. Went on to the movie, which was exceedingly silly and
fun. Some slightly stressful conversations at home after, but got
resolved. LDR's are sometimes difficult.
Oof. Almost caught up.
Saturday -- met up with Arthur, Pam, Maya, Eugenie for brunch. Very
yummy. Great company. Arthur and Pam looking disgustingly cute together;
very happy for them. Good catching up with Eugenie; she's nicely settled
in Appleton, WI at her new university. Eventually went home, finished
Connie Willis Fire Watch -- great stuff! Napped. Very lazy
day. Around six, dragged Jed away from his work, met Eugenie for dinner
at Janta, Indian restaurant. Good, though waitress was excessively
solicitous about refilling water, and bread was a bit oily. Leisurely
meal with much laughter, then walked to theater to see But I'm a
Cheerleader!. Very silly. Not something to go out of your way to
see, but amusing in a predictable sort of way. Had ice cream aftewards at
Double Rainbow. Really nice evening. Came home and fell asleep.
So that's mostly it. Been a really nice couple of days, haven't gotten so
much done. Well, some. Revised the CS toy store -- could really use
someone to do a complete overhaul and make it look like the bookstore, but
staff is busy. Just made a bit of a start on it. Any volunteers? Just
takes some free time and the willingness to look at sex toys...
Going to make one more pass at "Pieces of the Heart" this morning, I think
-- the middle section is still not really meshing, and I suspect it could
use one or two more sections. Maybe more. Will send it out before I get
on plane, though. Leaving here at 11:45, so I'd best get to work on
We're going to be needing a few more staff at SH, so watch for calls for
that if you're interested. Getting close to launch -- very exciting!
Also scary as heck. Lots happening in the next few weeks; orientation for
new program starts tomorrow. On the 15th, I should have all the
manuscripts for a CS book proposal and will have to go through them and
choose the few best to represent us. Then send it to Crown! By September
1st, launch SH! Feeling rather overwhelmed, but I can do it. Sure I can.
:-) I'll just give up sleeping for a while...
It was really nice getting a vacation. I did some work, but I did a lot
of resting and reading and eating of good food and talking with friends
and being in beautiful weather in familiar places. Rejuvenating.