If I've seemed a little absent from comment boxes and other internet stuff this week, I have two reasons for that. First, three years ago as of Wednesday, this came to pass:
|Still pretty much the best day of my life.
Second, I've started packing up the apartment, because—God willing and all goes well—we're closing on a house in a few weeks!!! Can you sense the excitement? I'm going to be able to garden.
Forewarning: chances are, I'll be taking a couple of weeks off the blog around the core moving time. I'll try to keep it to that. :)
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The only downer news: I've had to back out of music for the time being, thanks to probable vocal cord nodes. I hate not being able to sing. Hate it. But it's cut back for awhile now, or possibly do permanent damage. If I haven't already—I've been dragging my heels on this for a good six months.
For now, at least I can still go in the kitchen, where the acoustics are good, and do a small amount of gentle practicing. If I sing very lightly and carefully, things seem to go okay.
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Back to cheerful thoughts: until 2012, there are only two more Wheel of Time books to review (unless I miss it desperately and decide to go for the prequel), and I've already read one of them! Which means I can start resting my eyes as well as my voice. It also means that if you're all bored of my going on and on about those books, there's other stuff coming. :)
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Writers' link of the week: Jay Kristoff guest posts at YA Highway, talking about how to write outside your gender (and really, how to write about anyone who is different from you):
"But whatever you do, never, ever fall into that baffling belief that you should only write in your own shoes. Unless you’re a part-time super-spy or possessed of mutant powers, chances are, a book about you is going to be a boring book."* * *
Music of the week: Line of Sky. No video to be had at this time, but you can listen to the songs over on Bandcamp. Line of Sky is otherwise known as Mike Grigoni, and I've got to say, we have very talented friends. :)
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Funny of the week: From The Onion, "Scientists Trace Heat Wave To Massive Star At Center Of Solar System." (Thanks to George for linking it on Facebook.) This just made me happy. Now if only the Pacific Northwest could catch sight of that star a little more often...
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Ah, moving. The kitchen holds a few empty boxes, and the whole house holds loads of unboxed stuff. I suppose I can pack my recording equipment. But I'll hold off on the main bookshelves for a week or two.
Happy weekend, everybody!