Nice day

Apr. 22nd, 2009 06:58 pm
michaeldthomas: (Default)
The weather today is dry and cool. I'll take it. Here are some quick things while [livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne is off doing the Rare Book thing in French.

1- I've managed to increase my volunteer workload again. I'm now on the RAMP Wheel-A-Thon Steering Committee (RAMP is our local disabilities advocacy agency). Many of you might remember our fundraising efforts last year. It shouldn't be too much of a time sink (I hope). I'm also going to be working with the City of DeKalb's IT department as they redesign the city's website. I'm the member of the Disabilities Commission who will help them with ADA compliance.

2- I spent the afternoon out at the independent coffeehouse. It's called The House. I'm usually only they for evening live shows since they're closed in the morning. The place is a mix of aging hipsters and NIU art kids in retro-kitsch surroundings (so much velvet). I sat there drinking my coffee, reading Gregory Frost's Shadowbridge, and eavesdropping on conversations. Good times. It was nice to get out of the house and actually take some time off. Also, very little has changed since my coffeehouse days over a decade ago. It's like college culture got frozen somewhere around 1994.

3- The Cubs are still chugging along. Dusty Baker's Reds...not so much. We're not a perfect team, but our division blows. The Cardinals and Brewers have good points, but the Reds, Pirates, and Astros are putrid.
michaeldthomas: (Han Solo)
Thoughts from the first half of the week:

1- Our friends Sarah and David had a sad Monday; they had to put down their beloved cat, Ronny. Caitlin and I spent the evening at their house trying to help keep things from getting too morose. Our solution: watching the horrendously bad/unintentionally comic G.I. Joe: The Movie. This was the TV movie that effectively killed the G.I. Joe franchise for 20 years. The gist of the film is that they ret-con everything. The cartoon had been about a special forces military group versus crazy world terrorists. Think S.H.I.E.L.D. versus HYDRA. In this movie, they decided that Cobra Commander was a member of a race of snake people that once ruled the earth like the Silurians on Doctor Who. Now the snake people are back with their odd organic tech trying to mutate humanity. Their battle cry is “COBRA LA LA LA LA LA!” It would be hard for this movie to make less sense. Oh, I almost forgot Don Johnson starring as Lt. Falcon, a rule breaker who discovers the true meaning of being a Joe. Ugh.

2- I posted last year about the cowardly and terrible terrorist attacks of 2001. I know that we all still have strong feelings and emotions about that day and its legacy. I think it’s important that today we try to remember that it was a day that many people lost friends and loved ones in an act of senseless brutality.

3- The Cubs won last night. I am off the ledge for a moment.

4- We watched the first half of the Bond film License to Kill with [livejournal.com profile] kevinsom. I forgot how awful that film is. It’s like a grim, boring episode of Miami Vice.

5- The writing keeps rolling, and Caitlin still thrives at school. That’s about all I can hope for.

6- Gregory McDonald passed away, one of my favorite authors. His books are a master class in writing dialogue. He will be missed.

Just finished reading- China Mountain Zhang by Maureen McHugh (gorgeous and brilliant)
Currently reading- Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
michaeldthomas: (Caitlin 08)
This week is the real beginning of Caitlin's summer break. The good news is that the Cait and I get to hang out. The bad news is that I've pretty much lost all of my fiction time. Hopefully, I'll get some more time for novel rewrites Friday morning.

Even though Caitlin's on break, life really hasn't settled down much. Yesterday we went to the dentist, and today we went to her pediatrician for the kindergarten check-up and immunizations. Everything is fine. Caitlin's pedie was very impressed with her development. Otherwise, the days have been filled with Fraggle Rock, Disney films, and Big Finish Doctor Who audios. With the help of my trusty iPod, I'm even getting some work done on Fluid Links during the Disney onslaught.

Our copy of Spaced arrived yesterday. Lynne and I are very happy about this. In many ways, it's like watching secret home movies of my wasted youth.

Currently reading: The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
michaeldthomas: (Doctor Venture)
I’m off to the Pitchfork Music Festival with my friends Sarah and David tomorrow. Hopefully, I won’t seem like too much of a sad, old bastard out there. I’m only familiar with a handful of the bands (Vampire Weekend, Boris, Animal Collective, Apples in Stereo, Dinosaur Jr.). I’m mostly excited about seeing Jarvis Cocker live. Pulp provided much of the soundtrack to my wasted youth.

It should be fun, except for the heat, humidity, overflowing port-a-johns, and the $5 bottle of water.
michaeldthomas: (Doctor Venture)
We’re back from CONvergence, and I'm still exhausted. Thanks again to my amazing family for watching Caitlin.

[livejournal.com profile] rarelylynne and I were immersed in geek culture for four days. Lynne got lots of work done, and I made it through 8 panels. It’s too hard to write a con report, so here are some of my favorite things from the weekend:

1- The many fun meals with our peeps, including [livejournal.com profile] seanmmurphy, [livejournal.com profile] lyda222, [livejournal.com profile] kellymccullough, Laura McCullough, Lars Pearson and [livejournal.com profile] christapolis. It was fun to watch our worlds mix together.

2- We got to hang out with many of our Minnesota friends. It was great geeking out with [livejournal.com profile] dewey921, [livejournal.com profile] jklumpp, [livejournal.com profile] weasel_king, [livejournal.com profile] michaellee, [livejournal.com profile] fizzixrat, [livejournal.com profile] frozendragon, Christopher Jones, Melissa Kaercher, Steve Manfred, and so many more. I hate it that we live so far away.

3- Lynne got groupies! :)

4- Toast!

5- “The Event That Didn’t Happen” was awesome!

6- Feeling 17 again after meeting Trace Beaulieu and Mercedes Lackey.

7- The Masquerade.

8- The wonderful TARDIS Tea Society once again acting as our party home base.

9- Hundreds of people coming to our panels.

Next year can't come too soon, especially since our friends Kelly McCullough and Pat Rothfuss are Guests of Honor.
michaeldthomas: (John Smith)


Due to weather and illness, I was only able to get a couple of days of writing in this week. Still, I’m happy with what I wrote, and I’m still on target.

Panera is really becoming my place to write. This is amazing considering that I got so little done at coffeehouses in my youth. Of course, back then most of my “writing” was juvenile crap about how I was so sad because of the unfair world, and how I was looking to find a sad girl so that we could share our sadness. How was this genius unrecognized?

I will admit it, I wrote at coffeehouses in the hope that the writer mystique would help me score. It worked, but not with the girls that I should have been after. Long gone are those days of wearing flannels over They Might Be Giants t-shirts, smoking Camels, and writing about the deep, dark places of my 19-year-old soul into a battered spiral notebook.

Panera is different. It’s quieter, the refills are free, the wi-fi is free, and it is filled with other freelancers and adult students. I find myself much more productive when I’m there. If I’m home, phone calls and chores distract me. When I’m at Panera I can just listen to my iPod and write. It is my little writing haven while Caitlin is at school.

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