October 4th, 2009

heart of the dragon


Almost there. I finished Chapter 26, and the book has broken 60,000 words. All that's left is the epilogue, which I will do in the morning before fighting class.

Then after fighting class, I sit and read the whole schmear, and with luck it will pass muster and go off to my editor so he'll see it first thing in the morning when he comes into the office.

Cha cha cha.....
  • Current Music
    "Hymn 43" by Jethro Tull
heart of the dragon

she rides!

Got to the end of the book! Woo!

Now to go to the dojo for fighting class, then back here to read it over and make sure it doesn't suck.............
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    "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Schott's Miscellany 3 October 2009

The Berlin Radio Conference adopted the signal SOS as an internationally reocgnized distress signal (1906)


One curiosity of associating red with the political right and blue with the left is that it bucks historical precedent. Red has long been the color of revolution, Socialism, and Communism (red Russia, red China, red under the bed), yet red is also regal and was the uniform of British soldiers in the Revolutionary War (the Continental army sported blue). In heraldry, red signifies magnanimity and fortitude; in folklore, red is linked to magic. Blue is associated with the aristocracy (blue blood), the sea, the sky, and constancy (true blue). Yet it is also the color of depression, and was worn by the lower classes: servants, paupers, charity-school boys, and licensed beggars. In military planning, allied troops are blue and enemy troops are red--thus "friendly fire" is known as "blue on blue."

Love is the wisdom of the fool and folly of the wise.
Samuel Johnson (1709-84)
  • Current Music
    the Yankees-Rays game on YES

my Sunday feeling

Woke up this morning, finished the two epilogues to Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon, went to the dojo for a most excellent fighting class (seriously, it went spectacularly well), then came home, watched some baseball, then printed out HotD, read it over, had dinner, put in a bunch of changes (both mine and various beta readers'), and I just e-mailed it off to L'Editor.

The season was supposed to end today, but it didn't, as the Detroit Tigers' rather epic collapse has resulted in a tie for first-place in the AL Central between them and the Minnesota Twins -- one which won't be resolved until Tuesday. Home field in the playoff is determined by who won the season series -- which is Minnesota in this case. However, the Vikings are playing their Monday Night Football game in the Metrodome, and so the entire baseball season is on hold for 24 hours to accommodate football. This is why there are so few stadiums that do double duty anymore....

The Yankees ended their season with a 10-2 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays. Amusingly, Alex Rodriguez entered the game with 28 home runs and 93 RBIs -- which is impressive, given that he missed the first five weeks of the season while recovering from hip surgery in March. It was only a pity that he'd miss the 30 HR/100 RBI plateau for the first time in more than a decade.

And then he came up in the sixth inning with two runners on and the Yankees down 2-0, and he hit a homer, giving the Yanks a 3-2 lead. That was only the start of the inning, and he came up again in the same inning with the bases loaded and the score 6-2.

At which point, he hit a grand slam, giving him exactly 30 HR and 100 RBI. It's the 12th season in a row that he's reached both milestones in a season (which is a major-league record).

Plan for the evening is to do a bit of cleaning in my room and also finish watching Burn After Reading, which has been on the DVR for a while, and which I started over dinner.

Tomorrow, it's back to the Census. And also back to scripting Farscape comics. And I have revisions to do on StarCraft: Ghost: Spectres. Cha cha cha.

Tuesday is my signing at the B&N in Park Slope.
  • Current Music
    "Tunnel of Love" by Dire Straits