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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.


BPAL Description:

Bat-winged, flame-eyed, and possessed of an unearthly, perfect beauty: the Daughters of Lilith, the Succubi, invade the dreams of men and lie with them in rapturous, unholy sexual union. The scent of their skin is bittersweet, dusky and terminally seductive. Mimosa, orange blossom, neroli and bergamot with a drop of sweet clove.

My Notes:

Vial:  Oranges, oranges, oranges--bitter and sweet. And something musty, like undusted corners.

Wet:  at first I smelled like I'd spilled a shot glass of Cointreau down my shirt, but that faded after the first breath. Now it's dustiness with occasional sweet notes.

Drydown:  The dust backs off, thankfully, letting more traces of orange shine through. I feel like I should be hoovering, nonetheless. And then there's musk, which is becoming overpowering. Alas.

Dry:  Soapy.


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that bpal was on my list (cuz of orange blossoms) but so not a fan of musk! (that explains why there are no boys chasing me. I smell too darn clean ;))

Re: darnit!

Well, it doesn't *say* musk in the description. And it was in the process of going all ick on me.

So, um. It might still be okay on you.
Concerning the moreaus versus the shoggoths, well, that depends upon what you want as far as moreau armament. More importantly, what sort of armament do the shoggoths have, and does it go long distances?
Do shoggoth nead armament? The moreaux definitely do....
...the Iron & Wine song I quoted, "Woman King."...

Good call. Thanks. In return, I offer a pointer to a completely different kind of song: Deep Forest "Endangered Species", from _Music Detected_. The whole album is amazing, but that song floors me, both intellectually and booty-shaking-ly.

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.

That's one of the reasons why I love your job as well. My money is on the shoggoth, though. Nuke a cthulhu, and he'll just come back, slightly more pissed off, and oh-by-the-way, highly radioactive.

"The Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe"

I realize this is probably gonna fall into the category of "Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs" (please don't take that wrong - I have no idea how old you are, and I don't think it matters) but you are of course aware of the Pamela Zoline story, right? I can't remember where I first saw that story, but I remember it connecting very powerfully with me and some of my own personal demons.
Thanks for the heads up--both of them.

This is why titles, thankfully, can't be copyrighted.

I've never actually read or previously heard of Ms. Zoline's story, but it's good to have Entropy's street cred as an SF cliche shored up.)
Oh wow music. Thank you!
Yeah, Sam Beam's pretty amazing, and his neo-folksy routine is the kind of thing that could easily turn out twee and mannered. (Actually, having approached most of his fellow old school strummers with similiar suspicions, I've mostly been happily disappointed. I dunno if you could send me running fast from music than telling me it's by a screechy girl with a harp, for instance, but Joanna Newsom's cool.)
He does very nice work. And thanks for the link!
Thanks for the music! Very good, adding it to my work background. I so love having earphones, so I can put the volume waaaaay up.
I got a few more off iTunes. "Evening on the Ground" is *awesome*.
It's so good to be finally welcomed. I was beginning to feel like an interloper.
Nah, go ahead, kick your shoes off. *g*
I love Bare Trees - have you by any chance ever heard the Buckingham and Nicks album (pre-mac)? It's quite good.
No, I haven't. Something to keep an ear out for, I suppose.
Hi, newbie to your journal here, usually I drop in to read your Bpal reviews. I really like Woman King, but of the Woman King LP its Jezebel that made me an addict.
Hi, and welcome in!

I don't think there's a bad song on the EP, really--"My Lady's House" and "Gray Stables" are also very catchy.
I lurk fairly often, but don't post. Thought I'd say hi. Loved Hammered, loved Scardown, planning to reward myself with Worldwired after NaNoWriMo.
Thank you! I really appreciate that. And I hope you find yourself well-rewarded.
Got any cider in the fridge, he asked hopefully?

I promise not to doggerel on the carpet while the bottle lasts.

We'll lay some in. What kind do you prefer?
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.

They'd need some wet celery, a half-eaten toffee apple, and a holy sock. Oh, and let's not forget a snail wearing spectacles. Just because.

Um ... hi! I'm the one in the corner by the plant, who cackles occasionally. (waves) :)
Hardly 'new'...just decided to finally friend you after linking to your LJ from time to time from others' LJs.
someone might have already posted this, but Iron&Wine had at least two tracks on the soundtrack to Garden State...
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