October 12th, 2005

bear by san

I walk on pins and needles. I walk on gilded splinters.

Hello, newcomers. Feel free to introduce yourselves, hang out, comment, put your feet up, ask questions. I don't always answer comments unless I have something to actually say about the topic, but I do appreciate them, and sometimes pretty good conversations launch. Beer and pop in the fridge, tea and coffee in the kitchen. You're on your own for snacks.

A couple of people asked yesterday about the Iron & Wine song I quoted, "Woman King." You can download "Woman King" free here.

I suspect fans of, say, Bare Trees era Fleetwood Mac, Fairport Convention, Peter Mulvey, Pentangle, Boiled in Lead, Steeleye Span, and Robin Williamson will find it as earwormtastic as I do. His stuff is hypnotic and rhythmic, hushed without losing urgency, with instrumental intricacies and really interesting lyrics delivered in a reedy tenor. The guitar line on "Evening on the Ground" sucks me in and drags me around in a manner much reminiscent of the effect (though not the sound) of Mississippi John Hurt or the better Blues Traveller songs.

Some other free Iron & Wine downloads here, at Sub Pop Records.

Yet another fine musician discovered via the auspices of Radio Paradise.

Reasons why I love my job #276: I'm sitting here trying to figure out whether moreau shock troops would be effective against a shoggoth main battle group, and what the moreau would need to do the job properly.

I guess the reborn All the Windwracked Stars is gonna get written one of these days after all.

Progress notes for 12 October 2005:

"The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe"

New Words: 918
Total Words: 1544 / 1750
Pages: 7

Reason for stopping: Draft
Mammalian Assistance:  Marlowe gave me back for a while.
Stimulants: Republic of Tea's pomegranate green tea is pretty good.
Exercise: *whistles and looks innocent* I've been tired enough--post-novel ennui--that the only thing I feel up to is walking, and the universe has been conspiring against any of that.
Mail: nomail
Today's words Word don't know: entropic, bungee, unbeating
Words I'm surprised Word do know: thermodynamic
Tyop du jour: n/a
Darling du jour: n/a
Books in progress, but not at all quickly: Ladislas Farago, The Game of the Foxes; The Adams-Jefferson Letters;
Mean things: Entropy always wins.
Other writing-related work: n/a
Interesting tidbits: via Emerald City, Lyda Morehouse rises from the grave reinvents herself as Tate Hallaway, supernatural chick lit writer. I've only met Lyda once, but she's a total sweetie and a quite sharp cookie, and she has absolutely fantastic hair.

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