December 7th, 2003

Fred/George

*grump!*

Point the First: I wish this iPod art fad would wander off. One or two, neat. Fifty a day, and you've got sheep. Of course, people probably felt the same way about "All Your Base," which I loved, so I suppose I should just let them have their fun.

Point the Second: I hate math. I don't care what my SAT scores say, my math sucks. Laurie and I just enjoyed a very nice (if somewhat precarious) walk around Lake Thoreau, ending at Suntrust Bank, which promptly told me I had a balance of -$60. WTF? By my calculations, I should have at least $200! So now it's time to figure out where the mistake is. Gah.

Fortunately, I've got a royalty check I can slap in there today, but it still irritates the heck out of me.

Anyway, in the world of non-grumpy news, last night I picked up the 2004 "Great American Pin-Up" desk calendar, figuring it could provide me with lots of ideas for Tiffany pics. It's lots of Varga-style pics from the '40s and '50s (and possibly '60s, it's hard to tell) of grinning, rosy-cheeked Jayne Mansfield clones with blonde, brunette, or red wigs tacked on at random. Flipping through it covers an astonishing range of human emotion ... some of the pictures are beautiful, some are surprising, some are fascinating, and some just make you cough uncomfortably and make you feel embarrassed on the part of your gender (whichever one it is).

Interesting cultural snapshot, in a creepy kind of way. Still has some very nice artwork, tho. I think I'll leave this one at home and take the "Dictionary of Cultural Literacy" desk calendar in to work, instead. :)

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    Laurie reading me the 2003 Dave Barry gift guide
Yue grim

Urk -- But! -- D'Ohhhh

Well, if you've heard me whine in the past about not being invited as a guest to conventions, I no longer have that ... I was asked by the very gracious folks of Furry Weekend Atlanta to be a guest this year. Problem is, the con is Feb. 13-15, i.e., three weeks after Further Confusion! I don't think I'm going to have the money to do that, unless FC makes me a bucket of dough, and even if it does, by then it will be too late to write back to FWA and say, "Yes, please!"

So I've passed them my regrets and asked them to keep me in consideration for next year. But I feel bad, because it seems like the places I actually get asked to come, I keep having to say "no."

Le sigh.

-The Gneech
  • Current Mood
    sad sad
Kero asleep

Semi-Productive

Well, I didn't get all the things done I wanted to this weekend, but I did get some stuff done and done well, so I won't complain too much. (The money thing is annoying, but I won't complain too much about that either. It's not worth the aggravation of thinking about it for the purposes of gripage, and we'll survive.)

I did get some more writing done on the new Michael Macbeth novel, particularly the opening, where Michael arrives at the home of his client. I've started introducing some important motifs as well as giving a quick introduction to Michael and a somewhat less-detailed introduction to the client in the space of about five single-space pages. The next part will be her telling him exactly why she wants to hire him, but that part of the backstory needs more filling out before it'll be ready to put into prose.

This is a tricky part, this moving from "broad idea" to "specific scenario," particularly for me. How do you go from "I have in mind to write a rags-to-riches fairy tale" to "Cindarella's dress turns into rags and her carriage back to a pumpkin at midnight?" Or in Michael's case, how do you go from, "client has had something of both great personal value and unexpected cosmological significance stolen" to knowing who stole it, how, and why? I'd had in mind to use one of my personal favorite villains, Dr. Vardeman, as the baddie ... but he tends to be a bit cliche. (Think every evil wizard you've ever seen ... or even better, think of The Master from Dr. Who, cast as an evil wizard.) I could use someone a little less generic, I think.

Ah well, I'll let my muse chew on it a while. I got some good work done tonight. G'nite, all!

-The Gneech
  • Current Music
    The Addams Family -- "Seances and Swordfights"