October 30th, 2007

muppetology need bears fozzie & kermit

fain would i be in my own country

For lo, in preparation of the advent of the houseguest, I have performed the ritual cleansing of the chamber of ablutions, yeah, even unto the scrubbing of the grout, and exorcism of the common Drain and Toilet Shoggoths.

And nearly asphyxiated myself on the Tilex fumes, but that's life, I guess. Augh.

In celebration, some Link Salad:

Malaria No More is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing the spread of malaria, as you might guess from the name.

From the website:

Transmitted by mosquitoes, malaria causes 350 to 500 million infections each year, threatening 40% of the world’s population. The disease strains health systems and economies. Because of malaria, sick children miss school, local agriculture and economies wane, tourism suffers, and foreign investment is stifled.

Nevertheless, despite the horrors that malaria is causing everyday, there is hope. While malaria may be one of the world’s most deadly diseases, it is also entirely preventable and treatable. The United States eradicated malaria over 50 years ago.

One of the tools it uses to do this is the distribution of the new design insecticide-treated bed nets, which are each good for approximately five years. (The old style bed nets had to be retreated every few months.) A $10.00 donation purchases a net that will protect a family from malaria while also paying to educate them in its use.


tamnonlinear offers a little (awesome) fanfic: 7 Things That Never Happened to Tam Lin.


John Scalzi weighs in on what authors know about their characters and don't tell.

I know all sorts of things about my characters that never make it into print. But it sure informs what does make it into print. Is it canon? Well, it will be when I write the Official Atlas of Valdyrgard....


jimhines offers a new-novelist's view of the road to publication, complete with the books that fell by the wayside. Coincidentally, my first novel published was also my fourth novel written (not counting juvenilia, of which there are several.)

And tonight, I get to go fall off walls.
problem cat

if it's peace you find in dying when dying time is here--

[15:47] matociquala: (all I ask of living is to have no chains on me.)
[15:47] matociquala: Sorry, Laura.
[15:47] matociquala: That's something nobody gets.
[15:47] matociquala: Except sociopaths.
[15:48] katallen: okay, now I'm wondering how sociopaths relate to music
[15:48] katallen: (via... maybe she's singing songs for sociopaths)
[15:48] matociquala: heee
[15:49] matociquala: (swear there ain't no heaven)
[15:49] matociquala: (pray there ain't no hell.)
[15:49] matociquala: you know, I think she is
[15:50] leahbobet: *saves Music for Sociopaths as a story title*
[15:51] matociquala: "Gin, with Occasional Music."
[15:51] matociquala: er, gun
[15:52] stillsostrange: Either way, really

(Here's Judy Kuhn's cover of "When I Die", for those of you born after 1976 or so. And here's the Blood, Sweat & Tears version. [ kind of awesome in an OMG it's 1970 kind of way: wow, leather pants, harmonica, and duct tape on the mike.])

Also, if this is what being neurochemically normal is like--I think I really like it. Wow. Everything is so easy when my brain is behaving. I wonder if I can convince it to do this full-time.