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five random things make a post, redux

And working on heavy rewrites turns me into short-attention-span Bear. Regular service will most likely resume after the draft is finished.

1.) I am out of Kelpie books. I did not need another Kelpie song now, because Kelpie songs breed Kelpie stories, and we can't currently be having that. And yet, the world sends me Kelpie songs.

He could put me high on a pedestal
He could rob me all of my shame
He could hold me under water
Till I could not remember my own name

2.) Page ~330 of the b&%k, and the party has finally assembled. You know, I've run role-playing games like that.

3.) via johnjosephadams, Wastelands Cover, Copy, TOC & Pub Date!

4.) I have gotten to the scene where Cahey makes his terrible mistake. (Yes, after saying I was quitting for the day, I went and wrote another 500 words. Because I couldn't concentrate on anything else. Even though I haven't practiced guitar in a week, and I have Netflix stuff to watch. For new readers: I always get like this around this part of the book. Aren't you glad you don't live with me?) That is why I am writing blog posts and goofing off on the internet rather than writing this scene, because it's a big giant setpiece thingy, and I am feeling blah.

In a minute, I will probably go start it anyway, because, well, I can't concentrate on anything but the book. Even the wonders of Chuzzle and Bejeweled fail to distract me.

If you think is bad, you should see what I'm like the week after I finish a first draft.

If I were any kind of a sensible writer, conscious of my image, I would delicately elide this part of the process, but what we're here for is to provide insight into the life of the working artist. So you get a front-row seat for the thrashing.

At least I have a Richard Thompson concert to distract me tomorrow night. And the damned heat has finally broken. The Presumptuous Cat is sacked out in the bedroom, which has been closed off for the past three days because it faces Southeast and whoa nellie the sun and the hot. She might forgive me for locking her away from her bed sometime this year.

5.) Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.

--Gautama Buddha


I now have to buy a Richard Thompson CD because a very nice friend sent be a track I just loved. Have fun at that show!
Not to distract you, but someday if you're bored I'd adore a list of about 10 Kelpie songs. Because I have and adore that Joan Osborne.

*slinks away quietly*
Oh, he's tricky, that one.

Jethro Tull, "Kelpie," of course
Emmylou Harris, "Deeper Well"
Joan Osborne, "The Man In The Long Black Coat"
The Pogues, "Whiskey, You're the Devil,"
Shriekback, "Underwaterboys"
No Doubt, "Bathwater"
Enya, "Caribbean Blue"
Christy Moore, "Black is the Colour"
Melissa Etheridge, "Bring me Some Water"
Iron & Wine, "Grey Stables"

Bonus Track: Leonard Cohen, "By The Rivers Dark," which is also a Matthew song: By the rivers dark, I wandered on. I lived my life in Babylon. And I did forget my holy song. And I had no strength in Babylon.

Wolfsongs are easier.
Hmm. I have several of those (Harris, Osborne, Enya, Etheridge and Iron & Wine) and someone else's version of "Black is the Colour" and "Whiskey, You're the Devil." I might have the Cohen somewhere too. I'll have to give them a try back to back and see if something stirs in the depths.

Thank you muchly!
*g* The Harris is the one that really kicks me in the teeth....
Hee. How about Thelonious Monk's "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"?
I lack background in jazz...are there lyrics in that Monk?

I'm pretty sure I have something else with the devil and the deep blue sea as part of the lyrics. I'll have to turn off iTunes for a little while so I can listen to my brain orchestra for a bit.

*time passes*

It's coming to me...it was a Carpenters remake of something, I hear Karen clearly in my head...

*rats through CD collection*

*goes to basement to vinyl archives*

Aha. "I'm Caught Between Goodbye and I Love You" by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis.

I have something to tell you
And I know it won't be easy
I've been thinking these past few days
It might be time to leave
You're like a stranger
Then you're a lover
Never the same
Always hard to believe

I'm caught between goodbye
and I love you
Never knowing quite where I stand
I'm caught between goodbye
and I love you
Falling both ways nowhere to land
So constantly stranded
I can't understand it
This double life you've handed me
Is like the devil and the deep blue sea...

...is it just me, or is my OCD very loud this morning? *grin*


No lyrics in the Monk, by the way. ;-)
I'm glad that you aren't so conscious of your "image" that you dilute the reports of your process and progress. It is most interesting to read about the entire thing.

also wik: I've seen RT in concert twice, once with his band, and once on his own. Great stuff!
If I were any kind of a sensible writer, conscious of my image, I would delicately elide this part of the process, but what we're here for is to provide insight into the life of the working artist. So you get a front-row seat for the thrashing.

Because, you know, it gets kind of bad if everyone's pretending it's Just So Much Fun! and you're quite sure you aren't having any just now...
*slinks back to draft she is avoiding*
Even the wonders of Chuzzle and Bejeweled fail to distract me.

Say, do you know about Bookworm? She asked, smiling innocently.

Yeah. It's not so much my thing.

Chuzzle can hook me for HOURS.
Ah. Bookworm does that to me -- heck in Bookworm *one game* lasts for hours. Chuzzle huh? Never heard of it -- suppose I should go a-googling....

popcap. too.
Damn those fiendish, uh, fiends!


If Bejeweled and friends are insufficient ...

Then you needs must discover the great hoover of time that is Desktop Tower Defense!

Oh yes, you know you want to ...

Re: If Bejeweled and friends are insufficient ...

Hey - Richard Thompson! Haven't seen him for years - enjoy muchly. And while you are there, remember that waltzing is only for dreamers and losers in love.

I read today that Mr Thompson is now best friends with Mr Arnold Schwarzanegger (that looks wrong written down). Who would have thought???
*cognitive dissonance*