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January 21st, 2004

Jack Frost Can Keeps His Nips to Himself

Most of the time, it has to be pretty darn cold for it to bother me, extended bouts of bitter chill that burn any exposed skin when you're outside.

Well, it's bothering me now. When did we move to Anchorage? Frickin' brr!

In other news, this morning I had a long, complex dream that was basically a sequel series to The Vicar of Dibley, which was pretty darn funny, actually. Called simply, "The Vic," there were about four episodes (I think there were others that I didn't "see," as well). The premise was that it was several years later and set in another, slightly larger village. Gerry was there, of course, being the titular vicar, but instead of being the parish priest, she was more or less just a resident of the village. David Horton was there as well, having mellowed considerably in the intervening time between series ... apparently some of his radical conversion to romanticism late in the original series had stuck after all.

There was an alternate character taking the place of Owen ... basically the same character with another name and a different actor (apparently the guy who played Owen in the original series wasn't available). I don't remember the character's name, but I do remember that he was a little more actively perverse than Owen. There was a running gag that he kept trying to peep on the vicar.

I don't remember any of the episode plots except for the very last one, which had David rekindling his earlier attempt to woo the vicar. This time, she was more receptive (ironic that my brain should come up with this, considering how artificial the whole David/Gerry romance seemed to me in the real series) ... but oddly, in this particular episode, the vicar had suddenly become noticeably older, with gray hair, deep wrinkles, and a generally grandmothery sort of air. In contrast to this, there was a romantic montage of "young David" and "young Gerry" romping around, apparently symbolically rejuvenated by love or something like that. The routine was pretty funny, since "young David" had this really fakey black wig to represent his lost hair. At one point, they were galloping along on horses and had to leap a creek, which Gerry cleared easily, but David's horse balked at. (It was a pretty funny visual joke ... it doesn't really carry across in text.) They then settled down to have a snuggly rendezvous in the woods, only to be interrupted by discovering the alternate Owen character lurking in the bushes and trying to watch.

It was at about this stage that I woke up, and lost large chunks of the dream. Only a tiny bit of it stayed in my head long enough to write down, alas.

-The Gneech

Hidden Gems of Fantasy Writing

I've been quietly simmering ideas about my writing the past few weeks, both about Ethangea and Michael Macbeth, so when a thread on the ENWorld message boards posted a link to articles about writing buried deep on the Wizards of the Coast site, I decided to check it out.

Some of the essays there are just thinly-disguised promo pieces for various D&D novels, yawn. However, they have some very interesting articles in the "Classics of Fantasy" series, discussions of important and influential books of the genre that talk not only about a given book or series, but what made that book or series special and important. Some of the books are familiar, and others are more obscure. Fascinating stuff!

The Hobbit

Watership Down

A Wizard of Earthsea

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (jamesbarrett take notice!)

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

There's also an interesting series of articles for budding writers, called (appropriately enough) Write Now. Enjoy!

-The Gneech

Tonight's To-Do List

  1. Go to ATM, get some cash and in-flight snackies

  2. Go to Kung Fu, then come home, change, eat dinner, etc.

  3. Write up price list with data from mammallamadevil; print same

  4. Put up ... er, something ... for Sunday & Monday (& Wednesday?)

  5. Program jadedfox into cellphone, and charge it!

  6. Pack!
    • Markers, pens, rulers, cash box
    • Price list, ref. books for penciling panel
    • Portfolio (w/ commissions for delivery & auction cameo certificate)
    • Yellow bristol and sketchbook (in backpack)
    • Green Rider (in backpack)
    • Itinerary (in backpack)
    • In-flight snackies (in backpack)
    • Toiletries (razor, shampoo/cond., toofbrush & toofpaste, deodorant)
    • Sleeping clothes (thu, fri, sat, sun)
    • Wearin' clothes :) (fri, sat, sun, mon)
    • Cellphone & charger


  7. If time: find Handspring & keyboard, reload software (d'oh!)</ul>

    Have I missed anything?

    -The Gneech

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