Rain Friday

Reading: I’m picking at the last twenty pages of Iron Council like a punk-ass ten year old who refuses to finish his dinner.

Planning: Off to see family this weekend. It is the largest gathering of my cousins in over a decade. I cannot wait.

Wearing: Jeans and a Dragon Day t-shirt.

Writing: I picked up a young adult fantasy story again and started poking at MoBu City, trying to make it playable and I’m very close, I think.

And you?

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24 thoughts on “Rain Friday

  1. Reading: still going through The Scar. Also, Subsidiaries: A Guide to Pentex

    Planning: Winery trip

    Wearing: Work clothes

    Writing: A story that seems to be alternating between chapters that are plot and chapter that are a guide to magic (within the story) that the protagonist is reading. I dunno. Its funky.

  2. Reading: still going through The Scar. Also, Subsidiaries: A Guide to Pentex

    Planning: Winery trip

    Wearing: Work clothes

    Writing: A story that seems to be alternating between chapters that are plot and chapter that are a guide to magic (within the story) that the protagonist is reading. I dunno. Its funky.

  3. Reading: still going through The Scar. Also, Subsidiaries: A Guide to Pentex

    Planning: Winery trip

    Wearing: Work clothes

    Writing: A story that seems to be alternating between chapters that are plot and chapter that are a guide to magic (within the story) that the protagonist is reading. I dunno. Its funky.

  4. Reading: still going through The Scar. Also, Subsidiaries: A Guide to Pentex

    Planning: Winery trip

    Wearing: Work clothes

    Writing: A story that seems to be alternating between chapters that are plot and chapter that are a guide to magic (within the story) that the protagonist is reading. I dunno. Its funky.

  5. It’s funny, I wasn’t too interested in wrapping up Iron Council. It was my least favorite Crobuzon story (though Perdido Street Station had my least favorite conceit).

    R: The Way of Shadows, Brent Weeks. It’s alright, so far. Not a fan of the worldbuilding or the prose, but the story’s pretty neat.

    P: I printed up my newly-purchased copy of How to Host a Dungeon, and it’s exactly what I needed. I’m going to make lots of dungeons for a few weeks, most likely.

    W: Lame t-shirt with wolves and mountains on it (laundry day), gray slacks.

    W: Nothing … a camping trip with the kids ending in a 4am drive home has zombified me.

  6. It’s funny, I wasn’t too interested in wrapping up Iron Council. It was my least favorite Crobuzon story (though Perdido Street Station had my least favorite conceit).

    R: The Way of Shadows, Brent Weeks. It’s alright, so far. Not a fan of the worldbuilding or the prose, but the story’s pretty neat.

    P: I printed up my newly-purchased copy of How to Host a Dungeon, and it’s exactly what I needed. I’m going to make lots of dungeons for a few weeks, most likely.

    W: Lame t-shirt with wolves and mountains on it (laundry day), gray slacks.

    W: Nothing … a camping trip with the kids ending in a 4am drive home has zombified me.

  7. It’s funny, I wasn’t too interested in wrapping up Iron Council. It was my least favorite Crobuzon story (though Perdido Street Station had my least favorite conceit).

    R: The Way of Shadows, Brent Weeks. It’s alright, so far. Not a fan of the worldbuilding or the prose, but the story’s pretty neat.

    P: I printed up my newly-purchased copy of How to Host a Dungeon, and it’s exactly what I needed. I’m going to make lots of dungeons for a few weeks, most likely.

    W: Lame t-shirt with wolves and mountains on it (laundry day), gray slacks.

    W: Nothing … a camping trip with the kids ending in a 4am drive home has zombified me.

  8. It’s funny, I wasn’t too interested in wrapping up Iron Council. It was my least favorite Crobuzon story (though Perdido Street Station had my least favorite conceit).

    R: The Way of Shadows, Brent Weeks. It’s alright, so far. Not a fan of the worldbuilding or the prose, but the story’s pretty neat.

    P: I printed up my newly-purchased copy of How to Host a Dungeon, and it’s exactly what I needed. I’m going to make lots of dungeons for a few weeks, most likely.

    W: Lame t-shirt with wolves and mountains on it (laundry day), gray slacks.

    W: Nothing … a camping trip with the kids ending in a 4am drive home has zombified me.

  9. Reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s Three Californias trilogy, on and off again. Currently about two-thirds of the way through Pacific Edge, the utopian book. I no longer have The Gold Coast, which I will most likely hunt down in the next few weeks.

    Planning RinCon ’09, our “small” regional gaming convention that’s getting guests like Shane Hensley, James Ernest, Mike Stackpole, Jeff Mariotte, Kelly Barnes, John Wick, and Jess Hartley. It’s a crazy star-studded guest line up for a year two show.

    I’m also planning on getting more information about our world’s first GM conference up online. We had a blast. (There are some comments about the recent event at UncleBear.com .)

    But tomorrow, I’m running episodes two and three of our police procedural game set in Batman’s home turf, MCU: Gotham. Actual play at http://cartoonlad.livejournal.com/tag/mcu:+gotham . They’ve got Killer Croc, but he may have been set up. It’s the most awesome game ever.

    Wearing my Got Dice? t-shirt, cargo shorts, and nope, not my Birkies. I can see them from my chair. That wine-colored shirt I always seemed to wear whenever I posted to your RPW? Wore that this morning when working in the yard. So yes, it’s still around.

    Writing copy for the RinCon website, summaries for the past episodes of MCU: Gotham, and probably not much else right now.

    Gaming in a CthuluTech/Shadowrun mashup where the table found out my character’s big secret. Daniel has had his wife locked up in the basement for well over three years. There’s something wrong with her. Something very, very wrong with her. He’s going to cure her, no matter what he has to do. There will be no happy ending for Daniel.

  10. Reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s Three Californias trilogy, on and off again. Currently about two-thirds of the way through Pacific Edge, the utopian book. I no longer have The Gold Coast, which I will most likely hunt down in the next few weeks.

    Planning RinCon ’09, our “small” regional gaming convention that’s getting guests like Shane Hensley, James Ernest, Mike Stackpole, Jeff Mariotte, Kelly Barnes, John Wick, and Jess Hartley. It’s a crazy star-studded guest line up for a year two show.

    I’m also planning on getting more information about our world’s first GM conference up online. We had a blast. (There are some comments about the recent event at UncleBear.com .)

    But tomorrow, I’m running episodes two and three of our police procedural game set in Batman’s home turf, MCU: Gotham. Actual play at http://cartoonlad.livejournal.com/tag/mcu:+gotham . They’ve got Killer Croc, but he may have been set up. It’s the most awesome game ever.

    Wearing my Got Dice? t-shirt, cargo shorts, and nope, not my Birkies. I can see them from my chair. That wine-colored shirt I always seemed to wear whenever I posted to your RPW? Wore that this morning when working in the yard. So yes, it’s still around.

    Writing copy for the RinCon website, summaries for the past episodes of MCU: Gotham, and probably not much else right now.

    Gaming in a CthuluTech/Shadowrun mashup where the table found out my character’s big secret. Daniel has had his wife locked up in the basement for well over three years. There’s something wrong with her. Something very, very wrong with her. He’s going to cure her, no matter what he has to do. There will be no happy ending for Daniel.

  11. Reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s Three Californias trilogy, on and off again. Currently about two-thirds of the way through Pacific Edge, the utopian book. I no longer have The Gold Coast, which I will most likely hunt down in the next few weeks.

    Planning RinCon ’09, our “small” regional gaming convention that’s getting guests like Shane Hensley, James Ernest, Mike Stackpole, Jeff Mariotte, Kelly Barnes, John Wick, and Jess Hartley. It’s a crazy star-studded guest line up for a year two show.

    I’m also planning on getting more information about our world’s first GM conference up online. We had a blast. (There are some comments about the recent event at UncleBear.com .)

    But tomorrow, I’m running episodes two and three of our police procedural game set in Batman’s home turf, MCU: Gotham. Actual play at http://cartoonlad.livejournal.com/tag/mcu:+gotham . They’ve got Killer Croc, but he may have been set up. It’s the most awesome game ever.

    Wearing my Got Dice? t-shirt, cargo shorts, and nope, not my Birkies. I can see them from my chair. That wine-colored shirt I always seemed to wear whenever I posted to your RPW? Wore that this morning when working in the yard. So yes, it’s still around.

    Writing copy for the RinCon website, summaries for the past episodes of MCU: Gotham, and probably not much else right now.

    Gaming in a CthuluTech/Shadowrun mashup where the table found out my character’s big secret. Daniel has had his wife locked up in the basement for well over three years. There’s something wrong with her. Something very, very wrong with her. He’s going to cure her, no matter what he has to do. There will be no happy ending for Daniel.

  12. Reading Kim Stanley Robinson’s Three Californias trilogy, on and off again. Currently about two-thirds of the way through Pacific Edge, the utopian book. I no longer have The Gold Coast, which I will most likely hunt down in the next few weeks.

    Planning RinCon ’09, our “small” regional gaming convention that’s getting guests like Shane Hensley, James Ernest, Mike Stackpole, Jeff Mariotte, Kelly Barnes, John Wick, and Jess Hartley. It’s a crazy star-studded guest line up for a year two show.

    I’m also planning on getting more information about our world’s first GM conference up online. We had a blast. (There are some comments about the recent event at UncleBear.com .)

    But tomorrow, I’m running episodes two and three of our police procedural game set in Batman’s home turf, MCU: Gotham. Actual play at http://cartoonlad.livejournal.com/tag/mcu:+gotham . They’ve got Killer Croc, but he may have been set up. It’s the most awesome game ever.

    Wearing my Got Dice? t-shirt, cargo shorts, and nope, not my Birkies. I can see them from my chair. That wine-colored shirt I always seemed to wear whenever I posted to your RPW? Wore that this morning when working in the yard. So yes, it’s still around.

    Writing copy for the RinCon website, summaries for the past episodes of MCU: Gotham, and probably not much else right now.

    Gaming in a CthuluTech/Shadowrun mashup where the table found out my character’s big secret. Daniel has had his wife locked up in the basement for well over three years. There’s something wrong with her. Something very, very wrong with her. He’s going to cure her, no matter what he has to do. There will be no happy ending for Daniel.

  13. Reading: I finished The Invention of Hugh Cabret, which is utterly delightful. I’m halfway through Michael Burstein’s collection I Remember the Future, which is classic sf for my generation, e.g., all this and characterization too. I am very glad I’d read the second story in the collection before, because the first is the weakest, in my extremely arrogant opinion (and I’m hoping I can chat with Michael about that some time). The rest, what I like about them? The loose ends — not plot loose ends, but the things just there, showing that, while the issue in the story is resolved, the world as a whole is not that simple. Heck, even in the first story, that’s one of the things I liked.

    The second story, “Teleabsence”, was the first one he got published, and I remember crying the first time I read it. I found out that it was written in response to a panel discussion. Oh yes, that’s another thing I like about the collection. Each story has an afterword talking about how the story came to be written. Even when there’s something I think weak, it’s fascinating to see why the author made the choices he did.

    Planning: Getting ready for and going to WorldCon via train to Montreal. This happens Wednesday in the morning. Last Thursday night, we flew out to the UK for HarmUni / Constitution, returning Sunday, and we were informed, several times, that we were insane. But, I got to hear Playing Rapunzel in person — and waltz to the music with — and they are stunningly good. And I got to see British filkers and gamers who just don’t get to the USA.

    Wearing: T-shirt for 1995 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, white jeans.

    Writing: My zine for Alarums and Excursions #408.

  14. Reading: I finished The Invention of Hugh Cabret, which is utterly delightful. I’m halfway through Michael Burstein’s collection I Remember the Future, which is classic sf for my generation, e.g., all this and characterization too. I am very glad I’d read the second story in the collection before, because the first is the weakest, in my extremely arrogant opinion (and I’m hoping I can chat with Michael about that some time). The rest, what I like about them? The loose ends — not plot loose ends, but the things just there, showing that, while the issue in the story is resolved, the world as a whole is not that simple. Heck, even in the first story, that’s one of the things I liked.

    The second story, “Teleabsence”, was the first one he got published, and I remember crying the first time I read it. I found out that it was written in response to a panel discussion. Oh yes, that’s another thing I like about the collection. Each story has an afterword talking about how the story came to be written. Even when there’s something I think weak, it’s fascinating to see why the author made the choices he did.

    Planning: Getting ready for and going to WorldCon via train to Montreal. This happens Wednesday in the morning. Last Thursday night, we flew out to the UK for HarmUni / Constitution, returning Sunday, and we were informed, several times, that we were insane. But, I got to hear Playing Rapunzel in person — and waltz to the music with — and they are stunningly good. And I got to see British filkers and gamers who just don’t get to the USA.

    Wearing: T-shirt for 1995 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, white jeans.

    Writing: My zine for Alarums and Excursions #408.

  15. Reading: I finished The Invention of Hugh Cabret, which is utterly delightful. I’m halfway through Michael Burstein’s collection I Remember the Future, which is classic sf for my generation, e.g., all this and characterization too. I am very glad I’d read the second story in the collection before, because the first is the weakest, in my extremely arrogant opinion (and I’m hoping I can chat with Michael about that some time). The rest, what I like about them? The loose ends — not plot loose ends, but the things just there, showing that, while the issue in the story is resolved, the world as a whole is not that simple. Heck, even in the first story, that’s one of the things I liked.

    The second story, “Teleabsence”, was the first one he got published, and I remember crying the first time I read it. I found out that it was written in response to a panel discussion. Oh yes, that’s another thing I like about the collection. Each story has an afterword talking about how the story came to be written. Even when there’s something I think weak, it’s fascinating to see why the author made the choices he did.

    Planning: Getting ready for and going to WorldCon via train to Montreal. This happens Wednesday in the morning. Last Thursday night, we flew out to the UK for HarmUni / Constitution, returning Sunday, and we were informed, several times, that we were insane. But, I got to hear Playing Rapunzel in person — and waltz to the music with — and they are stunningly good. And I got to see British filkers and gamers who just don’t get to the USA.

    Wearing: T-shirt for 1995 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, white jeans.

    Writing: My zine for Alarums and Excursions #408.

  16. Reading: I finished The Invention of Hugh Cabret, which is utterly delightful. I’m halfway through Michael Burstein’s collection I Remember the Future, which is classic sf for my generation, e.g., all this and characterization too. I am very glad I’d read the second story in the collection before, because the first is the weakest, in my extremely arrogant opinion (and I’m hoping I can chat with Michael about that some time). The rest, what I like about them? The loose ends — not plot loose ends, but the things just there, showing that, while the issue in the story is resolved, the world as a whole is not that simple. Heck, even in the first story, that’s one of the things I liked.

    The second story, “Teleabsence”, was the first one he got published, and I remember crying the first time I read it. I found out that it was written in response to a panel discussion. Oh yes, that’s another thing I like about the collection. Each story has an afterword talking about how the story came to be written. Even when there’s something I think weak, it’s fascinating to see why the author made the choices he did.

    Planning: Getting ready for and going to WorldCon via train to Montreal. This happens Wednesday in the morning. Last Thursday night, we flew out to the UK for HarmUni / Constitution, returning Sunday, and we were informed, several times, that we were insane. But, I got to hear Playing Rapunzel in person — and waltz to the music with — and they are stunningly good. And I got to see British filkers and gamers who just don’t get to the USA.

    Wearing: T-shirt for 1995 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, white jeans.

    Writing: My zine for Alarums and Excursions #408.

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