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03 August 2006 @ 11:04 am
I'm Baaaaaaaack! Sort of.  
Sorry for falling off the planet, everyone. Between the fic for thelana's birthday (yes-- way back then) and then the two major Supernatural deadlines, I've had a lot of trouble just checking email and keeping up with my f-list. Rest assured, if you wrote something since thelana's birthday (including FOR her birthday) it is probably in my "TO READ" memory pile so I won't forget it! And again, apologies!

I'm back briefly (SPN deadlines were met and are past), but this weekend is the prep for my daughter's birthday party (must design Harry Potter fantasy cake) and then Packing (!) and Vacation(!). More AWOL to come, I fear.

Book Meme Thingy that everyone's doing: (your book-- right now)
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people

He smiled a little. "Rois kept bringing me things to cheer me up-- some of them walked, I recall. A caterpillar, once, and a beetle with bright wings."

Sadly one of the LEAST indicative passages of any part of this book (including its gorgeous prose and its compelling story). "Winter Rose," by Patricia McKillip, which is at my desk because I loaned it to a friend. McKillip hits what is clearly a major kink of mine in the fantasy genre, aside from new cultures and alien ways of thinking. It's the exploration of reality/unreality, of overlapping and merging and parallel and sub-realities. And she tackles it in so many different ways time and again. This book in particular is fascinating (the first one of hers I read). But that excerpt... not so much. Oh well.
bluesister on August 3rd, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Are you very crafty with the cakes? If not, I'm sure Google can suggest something. But will you have to work in the dead of night so it doesn't melt? (I worry about these things)

Where are you going on vacation? Excuse me while I live vicariously for awhile. Thanks.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on August 5th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Are you very crafty with the cakes?
I am, actually. Thanks to the kids and their ideas, I've made cakes around the themes of "Ocean", "Beach Party", "Dinosaurs", "Teddy-Bear Circus", "Butterflies", "Thomas the Tank-Engine", "Hello Kitty", "Dinosaurs" again, "Neverland", and "Shark Boy and Lava Girl."

The Dinosaur cakes improved significantly between the first and second time (I came up with a better volcano technique). And I generally do it using figurines (as in, little plastic Hello Kitty toys and such), frosting, paper things on toothpick legs, and frosting.

"Harry Potter" is going to be a challenge, because we don't have any little props. My husband is at Toys 'R Us scouting around even as we speak. And if he bombs out, I'll have to run through the Goodwill toy bins tomorrow. :0 Cake is due mid-day this Sunday!

I do put it in the fridge periodically, so the icing doesn't sliiiide. :D

Wish me luck! My son is doing "Pirates" (about 3 weeks from now) and I already have some props for that!

Oh, vacation-- going up to Oregon where my parents are (Eugene) and two sisters are (Portland). When we went sans kids, we'd visit everyone for a few days and do a LOT of hiking and such. We saw most of the state that way (hence all the detail in the spn_50states Oregon fic). But with kids now, we see a lot of indoor swim centers, the Zoo, playlands, etc. And an occasional picnic by a river or lake. When my son is older (the boy with endless energy), I can see the two of us doing longer hikes while my husband trails behind my slowpoke daughter OR takes her to the mall (far more likely). :0
bluesister on August 5th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
Do you ride the MAX to the zoo in Portland? That's such a great station. I spent entire days riding public transit in Portland for free (in fareless square). The little train through Washington Park from the zoo is mightly nice too.

Do your sisters have kids? Live in NE? Maybe I know them! (or is that too weird?)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on August 5th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
We have never taken the kids on the MAX though they'd probably like it. That is one dream of a public transportation system (Sacramento is decades behind Portland there). We DO ride the zoo train, though, because my son has been a major train fanatic since before turning 2. And this hasn't changed. Plus, that is a terrific ride.

One of my sisters has kids, and has lived in (let me think here) Tualatin, Hillsboro (I think), and West Linn (where she is now). During the years my family lived in Portland (when I was 9-13) we lived in NW Portland, which is an area I still love. The Fremont bridge was built during my years there. Still looks pretty darn good, too. :)
bluesister on August 5th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
The Fremont Bridge wasn't far from where we lived in NE so it was our main route over the river. Yeah, NW Portland is beautiful.

We seem to get back about once a year but only for a day or two. Your post makes me realize I need a longer visit. :/

And have you ridden the streetcars? They run from downtown into NW. And they're made in the Czech Republic! (more info than you'd ever need)
I'm for wine and the embrace of questionable women: tbagmissyjack on August 3rd, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Big congratulations for your bagful of awards at the PB Fic Awards! Is there a ceremony? Will you be wearing a designer frock?
So deserved, and thank-you for all you wonderful writing.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Casthalfshellvenus on August 5th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
Big congratulations for your bagful of awards at the PB Fic Awards!
Thank you! I'm all a-squee about it! :D

No special dress, no ceremony-- although I love the text descriptions of "Crime" and "Sentence" following the awards.

I think mainly a big "Squee!" and a hope to get some more fics written while on vacation (if only a few, I'd like to make headway on "Always").

Thank you, missy_jack! :)