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Feb. 18th, 2012

08:53 pm - Where I am

Quick roundup of my presence on the internets, in part explaining why I'm not posting here very often.

Plus I'm now a staff reviewer at Publisher's Weekly. So yes. Busy like a busy thing.

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Nov. 20th, 2011

02:18 pm

So I'm punting Yuletide this year. It does seriously pain me to do so, because I've enjoyed it so much each time, but there are only so many hours in a week, and somehow I've maneuvered myself into a position where December is going to be an absolutely fucking insane month, writing-wise.

But it's a good thing. I've got my biweekly Publisher's Weekly reviews. Tomorrow I have to turn in a think piece on William Gibson (similar to the one I just did for Terry Pratchett). I have a piece on David Bowie due in mid-December, the same week that I'll be covering Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop for One Week One Band. And there may even be one or two things that I'm forgetting.

It's all good work, but it doesn't leave much room for Yuletide. Which makes me sad, but that's how it goes. Maybe next year.

...also, hi everyone. I'm still alive. I ought to check in here more often.

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Feb. 25th, 2011

08:48 am - I've written a thing.

So it seems that I've gotten myself a new writing gig at's blog, and my first post went up this morning. It's a writeup of Gallifrey One 2011, and all in all I'm pretty pleased with it. There's about a dozen things I didn't manage to squeeze in there (the word count was getting seriously out of hand), but I think I covered much of what really made an impression, and ... well, there you go.

As you may have noticed, I don't really post much in these parts (Dreamwidth or LJ) these days, and I doubt this is going to change much. If you want to keep up with my doings, you can find me more often on Tumblr or Twitter.

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Dec. 17th, 2010

05:48 am - Dispatches from London - #1

Well, here we are at myHotel Bloomsbury, right in the heart of that neighbourhood. It's cold and it's snowing intermittently; on the flight over, we passed over Ireland and Wales, both of which were blanketed with snow.

I didn't really sleep much on the flight over, so we'll be heading out shortly to get some coffee. More later. Think of this note as a test of the tourist broadcast system. This is only a test. If this were a real update, it would contain actual content and be remotely entertaining. Service will begin normally after coffee.

Nov. 21st, 2010

09:30 am - Yuletide 2010 Prompts

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Oct. 25th, 2010

11:57 am - Book comments - Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles, Michael Moorcock

If you've ever read Neil Gaiman's short story "One Life Furnished in Early Moorcock", know that the protagonist, minus some of the most specifically male experiences, is basically me. Michael Moorcock and Doctor Who defined British SF&F for me from when I was about 12, and the epic crossover that is The Coming of the Terraphiles is a dream come true.

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Sep. 2nd, 2010

10:21 pm - Dreamwidth crosspost testing

Testing continues. Nothing to see here, really.

Although this is probably a good time to note that I do have two Dreamwidth invite codes available.

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12:17 pm - PSA

I don't post here much anymore, though perhaps I should fix that (and in the meantime, interested parties might want to check out my Tumblr). And I know I probably don't need to say this, if you're following me here, but: I will ban with extreme prejudice anyone who crossposts a comment here to Twitter or Facebook. But I suspect all of you are too sensible to do that.

Just so this isn't pure bitchery, here's a list of stuff I've been up to since last I posted:

Iron Man 2
Doctor Who
San Diego Comic-Con
Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World
Scott Pilgrim the comics series
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Zero History by William Gibson
Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy
Susan Collins's Hunger Games trilogy
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Kraken by China Mieville
New iPhone 4
Project Runway
Mad Men

...and more, but those are the highlights. More later, perhaps.

Jun. 29th, 2010

07:27 am - Meanwhile, elsewhere

In another branch of the multiverse, there's a version of me that got a PhD with a dissertation on the intersection of food and literature in, oh, I don't know, contemporary American lit or modernist Irish lit or something like that. Currently that other self is preparing a conference paper tentatively called "Anthony Bourdain and Models of Contemporary Masculinity".

Jun. 26th, 2010

06:12 pm - One single thought about the Doctor Who finale

I might post a lengthier piece later expressing a lot of no-doubt-unpopular (but postively inclined!) opinions about this season of Who, but for now, just one. Spoilers follow.

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And a bonus third thought: damn it. I need to dig into my Doctor Who mood theme and update the images with some Eleven, Amy, and Rory.

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Current Mood: bouncybouncy

Jun. 25th, 2010

01:50 pm - Seriously, not laughing at all.

You know, of all the not-funny things I've read about the BP oil fuckup in the Gulf, this is the least funny thing I've read to date. Because, y'know, MY PARENTS LIVE IN THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE, FUCKERS.

...I've been contemplating a post about the entire debacle, but the fact is, I take this shit personally, because the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Gulf Coast is family business to me, and the whole thing would degenerate quickly into completely incoherent BAWWWWW RAAAAAAGE. So I'm just going to point you to Cherie Priest, who says everything I could have said, and much better.

Jun. 22nd, 2010

10:30 am - Filks I Need to Write But Probably Won't, #1412

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Current Mood: sillysilly

Jun. 19th, 2010

07:27 pm - Help.

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Current Mood: hyperFLAIL

May. 28th, 2010

11:10 am - For the curious...

You can now read my Big Finish story submission at either Teaspoon or at An Archive Of Our Own.

I'm pleased with it, overall. It may not be the best thing I've ever written, and I think it might have been better if I'd had about 250-500 more words to play with (it's amazing how short 2500 words can actually feel). And it's also the first time I've ever written Four and Sarah Jane, and that was a little scary. But all in all, it's a brave effort, and if BFA opens up another contest, I'll be there.

Current Mood: pleasedpleased

May. 10th, 2010

02:01 pm - Well, damn.

Big Finish Short Trips winners announced.

Alas, I am not among them. Still, I think I gave it a good shot, and I'm looking forward to reading/hearing the winning stories.

And I thought there was some very good advice here.

Can't win 'em all. But I'll give it another shot, definitely.

Current Mood: melancholymelancholy

Apr. 30th, 2010

10:02 am - Vote Muji!

So our kitty Muji made it to the finals of Modernica's Pets on Furniture contest! The final voting round is today, so let your voice be heard. :)

And, um, yeah, there's a ton of other stuff that I really should post about. Maybe I'll take an evening and try to get it all sorted.


Apr. 12th, 2010

07:29 am

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This is one of the most delightful things I’ve seen. I love the Saarinen tulip chair in the second ad, and the third ad … well, it’ll make the Romana II/Four shippers really really happy. Actually, all of these ads probably will.

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Apr. 4th, 2010

02:16 pm - chatter.

I have Thoughts on Anthony Bourdain's 4/1 thing at the Paramount (beyond, "oh my god that was awesome and did he really make a Two Girls One Cup joke?"), and I have more thoughts on the new Doctor Who (beyond "PURE JOY OMFG and by the way Murray Gold has used up the last bit of slack I was willing to cut him ever") and I'll post those later this week.

But in the meantime I have Thoughts on a writing project.

The main problem for me is one of goal-setting and discipline; without a deadline I can faff about forever without getting anything done. But with a deadline (e.g. Yuletide, the Big Finish Short Trips entry) I can work wonders of 2500 words or more. I've been wanting to do NaNoWriMo for a while now, but November is a crap month for me, usually full of shitty work deadlines, my birthday, Thanksgiving, and the Yuletide assignments.

So I'm thinking about blocking out the month of either May or June as my own personal NaNoWriMo; same terms as the one everyone else uses, just in the summer instead of November. I'd really like to do May, but the problem with that is the TipsyTech cocktail class doesn't wrap until 5/11, and I'll lose the first ten days of May to studying and prepping for the final. I could go from, say, May 12 to June 12. Or I could do all of June. Not sure.

One thing I'll definitely have to do, should I do this, is kiss my social life goodbye; the only way I can accomplish the desired daily word count and still actually sleep is to have the discipline to use my non-work hours as writing hours. It will require a lot of selfishness on my part, frankly.

Still, I've been kicking around this YA novel idea for over a year now, and I'm tired of not advancing on it and not being able to staple myself down to work on it, and of continually finding new interests and distractions. If I want to do this thing, I need to bloody well do it.


Mar. 26th, 2010

10:52 am - Concert notes - An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin

When I was five, my parents bought the original cast recording of Evita on cassette. I'm not entirely sure why I got so obsessed with it, but I literally played it until the tape broke, and to this day I think I have about 90% of the libretto memorised. Go on, quiz me -- I could probably quote an entire song without having to look it up.

Anyway, the point of that is that Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin were an integral part of the soundtrack of my childhood, so naturally I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see them perform. It was a fabulous evening. Very heavy on the Sondheim and on the Rodgers and Hammerstein; they did entire segments of South Pacific and Carousel, laced in with bits of Company, Follies, Merrily We Roll Along, and also some Kander and Ebb. The first half closed with "April in Fairbanks", a spoof of "April in Paris" that they performed as a dance routine with a pair of office chairs. Probably the best use of office chairs in the last year.

And then in the middle of the second half, they performed two songs from Evita: Mandy did "Oh What a Circus", and then Patti brought down the house with—what else—"Don't Cry For Me Argentina". (Having already done so, I might add, with "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from Gypsy.) I admit, I cried a bit. I grew up with those songs, and I never thought I'd see them performed by the people who I've always associated with them.

It takes real talent to make you hear these songs properly again after having heard canned versions of them so many times over the years; "Some Enchanted Evening" is suddenly something other than the cheesy lounge act you thought you knew, and the towering high notes on "If I Loved You" become chill-inducing again. I think Patti's performance is somewhat stronger than Mandy's these days; he seems oddly over-mannered at times, reminiscent of an opera singer who's decided to lower himself to do showtunes. Whereas Patti is looser and a bit more actorly in her manner, and her phrasing and delivery are unmatchable.

It was really a great evening, and I'm so glad I didn't miss it.

Mar. 24th, 2010

09:50 pm - SXSW recap - Day 4

 Bands seen:

We didn't go to any day shows this day because it was brass-monkeys cold. Uchi canceled their show, and who knows who else did; I do know that the Rachel Ray thing at Stubb's still went off as planned.

All in all? Not one of our better times at SXSW. We had planning issues, and the sudden discovery of badge-only showcases kind of put a spanner in the works. Also, we have concluded that we probably should consider actively avoiding indie bands (in the Williamburg Hipster Sensitive Skinny White Boy/Girl Though Mostly Boys sense); the best acts we saw at the festival (Scissor Sisters, In the Nursery, Julia Marcell, Zoe Keating) weren't that kind of annoying fungible indie stuff. At this point, to quote something Bruce said at dinner tonight, I'd rather see Lady Gaga ten times than another boring white hipster indie band having no fun on stage.

09:36 pm - SXSW recap - Day 3

Bands seen:

This evening was kind of a disaster, to be honest, because what we really wanted to see was jj, Holly Miranda, and the xx. But when we got to the church before Band of Horses went on, we discovered the event was "badge only". Later, even more aggravatingly, we discovered we probably could have gotten in during jj, but we'd assumed the church was badge-only all night. This badge-only thing is kind of a pisser. I realise that SXSW is an industry event and the wristbands are a courtesy to those of us who get our city worked over for a week, but it would be nice to know that some events are going to be badge-only early enough that we can plan our schedules accordingly; had we known, we'd probably have skipped all the other day stuff to go to La Zona Rosa and the see the xx there. Live and learn. You can't win them all, and considering what a good time we usually have at SXSW, it was probably only to be expected that a crap day would come along eventually.

Mar. 22nd, 2010

03:49 pm - The Unsung Hero

Still need to finish up my writeups for SXSW and Gally One, but for now, to tide you over, here's a video.

This is from the Gally One Masquerade, and was without a doubt the highlight of the evening. Should delight old and new fans alike, although probably slightly moreso if—like me—you're an old school fan with a soft spot for Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.

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Mar. 20th, 2010

01:05 pm - SXSW recap - Day 2

Bands seen:

The French Legation is a great venue, but the sound at the tent stage was really not what it could have been, in part due to the placement of the speakers (below crowd eye level? really?) and epic amounts of feedback. Lawn stage sounded much better. The whole affair had the feel of some kind of bizarre hipster garden party.


12:29 pm - SXSW Recap - Day 1

Bands seen:

Disconcerting realisation: when Billy Bragg played "Sexuality", realised it has been about 19 years since I bought my first Billy Bragg album (on cassette).

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Mar. 12th, 2010

06:56 pm - Twitter stuffs

I've just done something hideously confusing on Twitter, so I'm going to clear it up here. If you don't follow me on Twitter, skip.

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