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Thank God, it's not that simple in my secret life.

Progress notes for 11 October 2006:

"Orm the Beautiful"

New Words:  3158
Total Words: 2811
Pages: 14
Deadline: --
Reason for stopping: Draft! Yay!

Stimulants:  Pumpkin ale
Exercise: gym with ashacat. We sissied a bit on the weights, but I did double cardio, so I don't suck too much.
Mammalian assistance: Mebd is vulturing on my desk as I speak. I think she wants wet food. Or something.
Mail: I got paid! Yay!

Also, Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press let me know last night that he'll be serializing "Limerent" online, as a teaser for the rest of New Amsterdam free gift to you! Woot!

I'm no sure of dates yet, but I'll be bugging you about it later, I promise.

Today's words Word don't know: beryls, labradorite, beloveds, dragonish, sett, unavenged, knapped, sodalite,

Mean Things: imminent extinction
Tyop du Jour: The dad did not need sleep.
Darling du jour: 

Dragons are not specifically disallowed in the airspace over Washington, D.C., but it must be said that Orm the Beautiful's presence there was heartily discouraged.


There was a man in the cage inside the mechanical dragon. He made terrible unharmonious noises as he burned. Orm the Beautiful seized him and ate him quickly, out of pity, head jerking like a stork snatching down a frog.

Jury-rigging: This all went remarkably smoothly, actually. That may mean it's broken.

There's always one more quirk in the character: Orm the Beautiful prefers backhoes to humans.
The Internet is full of Things: The Smithsonian's entomology collection. Or a portion thereof.
The glamour!:

I suffered a critical chandlery failure while making candles this afternoon. I think I need to buy new putty. Or, ah, tie bigger knots. *g*

At least wax is easy to clean off counters while it's warm.

I am watching Criminal Minds. I admit it. Part of the schtick is that each episode is framed by quotations. I rather liked tonight's:

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. 
~Oscar Wilde


Why yes, I was thinking of you.

Come visit us here in Amerisiberia, Comrade. The Smithsonian is free. *g*
Free. Gratis. Provided to the public as a Cracker-Jack prize for living in the former greatest country on earth. *g*

It closes at 5:30, though....
Orm the Beautiful prefers backhoes to humans.

If you're ever driving through Kansas (in the northeast corner of the state), say, heading east from Colorado, take a left on 70 just past teh world's largest sunflower. Keep going through the tiny town with the world's largest ball of twine, and about forty more miles down some backroads through lovely rolling country interrupted only by stands of trees around small cricks and a few white spires, you'll come on a small country road through cornfields. And there, on your right, will be the world's largest dragon built out of a John Deere tractor.

I am so not making that up. In fact, I have pictures! Err, somewhere, in a box. Still haven't quite unpacked, y'see. But still!
Not too far from Reno there's a twenty-foot-tall black widow spider built out of a VW bug.
Is it the world's largest? I'll put it on the list.

In one week from now, I will be standing in front of the world's largest concrete artichoke, as a matter of fact. This time I'll take pictures with the digital; easier to scan in than large-format on the antique camera. Woot.
I wonder what ever happened to those Junkyard Dinosaurs in Connecticut.

Dumb chandlery question

What does one use putty for in candlemaking? We never did in girl scouts (though it must be admitted we weren't making 'advanced' candles in any way -- one session of Pilgrim Dipping and one of poured molds).

Re: Dumb chandlery question

You use it to block the wick hole at the bottom of the candle mold.

Re: Dumb chandlery question

... oh. I always used gaff tape. Well, that and the wick itself. I presume putty gives better results?

Re: Dumb chandlery question

It doesn't leave stickum on your mold....
The dad might need sleep.

But Moms and the Undead? Don't.
Moms NEVER get to sleep.

That's why they have eyeliner, I think.