West Coast Friday

Reading: Ah reading on vacation, just me, a couch, a book and some pooches. I tore through Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon but then I figured I’d like a book whose running title was Jews with Swords. Gentlemen made me pine for the 13 Cities.

Just finished Vance’s Dragon Masters and am digging into another novella included in the same book, The Last Castle. It is really nifty stuff. I love Vance’s isolated societies twisted into really odd shapes.

Planning: Enjoying the last bit of vacation.

Wearing: Sweatpants and my Crossfit Ithaca t-shirt.

Writing: I didn’t bring the EeePC, Babycakes, so nothing got written this week.

And you?

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24 thoughts on “West Coast Friday

  1. Chabon and Vance seem to have much in common to me. I supposed Chabon’s heroes are more likeable than Cugel but get into as many scrapes.

    Of course the real comparison is with Leiber.

    I’ve been reading Live Without a Net, a load of stories, many steampunkish, about SF worlds without an internet. Rogue Farm by Stross is the pick so far for me but there is much goodness.

    And I’ve been dealing with the post-Gen Con thing, jet lag and work. It’s not been too bad.

  2. Chabon and Vance seem to have much in common to me. I supposed Chabon’s heroes are more likeable than Cugel but get into as many scrapes.

    Of course the real comparison is with Leiber.

    I’ve been reading Live Without a Net, a load of stories, many steampunkish, about SF worlds without an internet. Rogue Farm by Stross is the pick so far for me but there is much goodness.

    And I’ve been dealing with the post-Gen Con thing, jet lag and work. It’s not been too bad.

  3. Chabon and Vance seem to have much in common to me. I supposed Chabon’s heroes are more likeable than Cugel but get into as many scrapes.

    Of course the real comparison is with Leiber.

    I’ve been reading Live Without a Net, a load of stories, many steampunkish, about SF worlds without an internet. Rogue Farm by Stross is the pick so far for me but there is much goodness.

    And I’ve been dealing with the post-Gen Con thing, jet lag and work. It’s not been too bad.

  4. Chabon and Vance seem to have much in common to me. I supposed Chabon’s heroes are more likeable than Cugel but get into as many scrapes.

    Of course the real comparison is with Leiber.

    I’ve been reading Live Without a Net, a load of stories, many steampunkish, about SF worlds without an internet. Rogue Farm by Stross is the pick so far for me but there is much goodness.

    And I’ve been dealing with the post-Gen Con thing, jet lag and work. It’s not been too bad.

  5. Reading: Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone, still.

    Planning: To watch kids trying to float stuff, prior to writing a report about it.

    Wearing: Polo shirt and shorts.

    Writing: I’m laying out A Taste For Murder and writing the final bits for it.

  6. Reading: Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone, still.

    Planning: To watch kids trying to float stuff, prior to writing a report about it.

    Wearing: Polo shirt and shorts.

    Writing: I’m laying out A Taste For Murder and writing the final bits for it.

  7. Reading: Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone, still.

    Planning: To watch kids trying to float stuff, prior to writing a report about it.

    Wearing: Polo shirt and shorts.

    Writing: I’m laying out A Taste For Murder and writing the final bits for it.

  8. Reading: Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone, still.

    Planning: To watch kids trying to float stuff, prior to writing a report about it.

    Wearing: Polo shirt and shorts.

    Writing: I’m laying out A Taste For Murder and writing the final bits for it.

  9. Reading: Read The Sinestro Corps wars (enh) and in the middle of Perdido Street Station

    Planning: How to survive a week at both jobs

    Wearing: Sleep clothes still

    Writing: Not much.

  10. Reading: Read The Sinestro Corps wars (enh) and in the middle of Perdido Street Station

    Planning: How to survive a week at both jobs

    Wearing: Sleep clothes still

    Writing: Not much.

  11. Reading: Read The Sinestro Corps wars (enh) and in the middle of Perdido Street Station

    Planning: How to survive a week at both jobs

    Wearing: Sleep clothes still

    Writing: Not much.

  12. Reading: Read The Sinestro Corps wars (enh) and in the middle of Perdido Street Station

    Planning: How to survive a week at both jobs

    Wearing: Sleep clothes still

    Writing: Not much.

  13. Vacation is good. Hope you are enjoying the weather on this side of the country. We’re in for a nice mild weekend here in Portland.

    Reading: Still working on Desolation Road. Also reading the non-fiction book London Orbital – author Iain Sinclair hikes all the way round London in a series of walks paralleling the M25 motorway. By following an arbitrary physical path instead of a social one – from work to job, job to local pub, pub to local grocery store, etc – he passes through all these odd places that he would normally never see. Fascinating stuff

    Planning: Cleaning up boxes from the move. Turning my garage into a mini-studio for art stuff.

    Wearing: Office casual, same as usual

    Arting: Not sure yet. Little sketches, maybe a gelatin monoprint, maybe more altering of the Ars Magica rulebook I bought.

  14. Vacation is good. Hope you are enjoying the weather on this side of the country. We’re in for a nice mild weekend here in Portland.

    Reading: Still working on Desolation Road. Also reading the non-fiction book London Orbital – author Iain Sinclair hikes all the way round London in a series of walks paralleling the M25 motorway. By following an arbitrary physical path instead of a social one – from work to job, job to local pub, pub to local grocery store, etc – he passes through all these odd places that he would normally never see. Fascinating stuff

    Planning: Cleaning up boxes from the move. Turning my garage into a mini-studio for art stuff.

    Wearing: Office casual, same as usual

    Arting: Not sure yet. Little sketches, maybe a gelatin monoprint, maybe more altering of the Ars Magica rulebook I bought.

  15. Vacation is good. Hope you are enjoying the weather on this side of the country. We’re in for a nice mild weekend here in Portland.

    Reading: Still working on Desolation Road. Also reading the non-fiction book London Orbital – author Iain Sinclair hikes all the way round London in a series of walks paralleling the M25 motorway. By following an arbitrary physical path instead of a social one – from work to job, job to local pub, pub to local grocery store, etc – he passes through all these odd places that he would normally never see. Fascinating stuff

    Planning: Cleaning up boxes from the move. Turning my garage into a mini-studio for art stuff.

    Wearing: Office casual, same as usual

    Arting: Not sure yet. Little sketches, maybe a gelatin monoprint, maybe more altering of the Ars Magica rulebook I bought.

  16. Vacation is good. Hope you are enjoying the weather on this side of the country. We’re in for a nice mild weekend here in Portland.

    Reading: Still working on Desolation Road. Also reading the non-fiction book London Orbital – author Iain Sinclair hikes all the way round London in a series of walks paralleling the M25 motorway. By following an arbitrary physical path instead of a social one – from work to job, job to local pub, pub to local grocery store, etc – he passes through all these odd places that he would normally never see. Fascinating stuff

    Planning: Cleaning up boxes from the move. Turning my garage into a mini-studio for art stuff.

    Wearing: Office casual, same as usual

    Arting: Not sure yet. Little sketches, maybe a gelatin monoprint, maybe more altering of the Ars Magica rulebook I bought.

  17. GotR was my favorite fantasy-ish novel of last year. Loved it to death. Deeply disliked his afterward, which seems like he spent a lot of time justifying writing a less-serious work.

    Reading: The Steel Remains. FINALLY.

    Planning: Weekend with the girlie, Depeche Mode concert on Sunday.

    Wearing: As little as possible since it’s about 90F in my office right now.

    Writing: More gtalk than I should, although I do love helping my peeps hash out game designs.

  18. GotR was my favorite fantasy-ish novel of last year. Loved it to death. Deeply disliked his afterward, which seems like he spent a lot of time justifying writing a less-serious work.

    Reading: The Steel Remains. FINALLY.

    Planning: Weekend with the girlie, Depeche Mode concert on Sunday.

    Wearing: As little as possible since it’s about 90F in my office right now.

    Writing: More gtalk than I should, although I do love helping my peeps hash out game designs.

  19. GotR was my favorite fantasy-ish novel of last year. Loved it to death. Deeply disliked his afterward, which seems like he spent a lot of time justifying writing a less-serious work.

    Reading: The Steel Remains. FINALLY.

    Planning: Weekend with the girlie, Depeche Mode concert on Sunday.

    Wearing: As little as possible since it’s about 90F in my office right now.

    Writing: More gtalk than I should, although I do love helping my peeps hash out game designs.

  20. GotR was my favorite fantasy-ish novel of last year. Loved it to death. Deeply disliked his afterward, which seems like he spent a lot of time justifying writing a less-serious work.

    Reading: The Steel Remains. FINALLY.

    Planning: Weekend with the girlie, Depeche Mode concert on Sunday.

    Wearing: As little as possible since it’s about 90F in my office right now.

    Writing: More gtalk than I should, although I do love helping my peeps hash out game designs.

  21. Reading: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier.

    Planning: A lot of phone calls to doctors, social workers, and what not to figure out what my father’s status in the hospital is (MICU as of now, which is actually a step up), and how my brother and I can set up the things that Dad dang well should have set up after his last long stint in the hospital 3 years ago. (And if he did set them up, he dang well should have let us know what was set up and how to invoke it.)

    Wearing: How to Serve Fan T-Shirt from Chicago 2008 WorldCon bid. Blue jeans.

    Writing: Lists and notes about parent status and tasks. Transcribing notes from WorldCon.

  22. Reading: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier.

    Planning: A lot of phone calls to doctors, social workers, and what not to figure out what my father’s status in the hospital is (MICU as of now, which is actually a step up), and how my brother and I can set up the things that Dad dang well should have set up after his last long stint in the hospital 3 years ago. (And if he did set them up, he dang well should have let us know what was set up and how to invoke it.)

    Wearing: How to Serve Fan T-Shirt from Chicago 2008 WorldCon bid. Blue jeans.

    Writing: Lists and notes about parent status and tasks. Transcribing notes from WorldCon.

  23. Reading: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier.

    Planning: A lot of phone calls to doctors, social workers, and what not to figure out what my father’s status in the hospital is (MICU as of now, which is actually a step up), and how my brother and I can set up the things that Dad dang well should have set up after his last long stint in the hospital 3 years ago. (And if he did set them up, he dang well should have let us know what was set up and how to invoke it.)

    Wearing: How to Serve Fan T-Shirt from Chicago 2008 WorldCon bid. Blue jeans.

    Writing: Lists and notes about parent status and tasks. Transcribing notes from WorldCon.

  24. Reading: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier.

    Planning: A lot of phone calls to doctors, social workers, and what not to figure out what my father’s status in the hospital is (MICU as of now, which is actually a step up), and how my brother and I can set up the things that Dad dang well should have set up after his last long stint in the hospital 3 years ago. (And if he did set them up, he dang well should have let us know what was set up and how to invoke it.)

    Wearing: How to Serve Fan T-Shirt from Chicago 2008 WorldCon bid. Blue jeans.

    Writing: Lists and notes about parent status and tasks. Transcribing notes from WorldCon.

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