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I got tagged on FB to do the 10 Books that Impacted Me Profoundly meme. FB isn't really a good platform to compose lists, so I'm doing it here. I'm restricting this to fiction because non-fic would take FAR too long and could never be narrowed to ten.
In no particular order and presented without commentary:

1. To Take a Dare by Paul Zindel

2. The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danzinger

3. Carrie by Stephen King

4. Skeleton Crew and Night Shift by Stephen King
(these go together since they're both anthos, and I obsessed over both around the same time.)

5. My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

6. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

7. Psycho by Robert Bloch

8. The Bachman Books by Richard Bachman
(these include Rage, The Long Walk, The Running Man, and Road Work)

9. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

10. The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

Honorable mention to Skipp & Spector's Book of the Dead anthos, all of Milk & Cheese, Coraline, and anything at all by Roald Dahl.

While I have your attention, I'm looking for someone who might want to write a monthly mag article about horror in television. It will be a nice addition to our regular lit, movie, and game reviews. It's not a paying gig, but I promise I'm swell to work with, and I bet some of you would love to add "magazine feature writer" to your resume. Right? :-)


May. 18th, 2013 08:07 pm
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Actually, people told me this after "A Stabbing for Sadie" first came out. I had no idea Salinger's books had terrible editing. Bahahahahahahaaa!

I write like
J. D. Salinger

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

wednes: (Homer Dance)
The Library of Congress has decided on the 88 books that shaped America. As I happen to be an American, I thought you'd like to know which of these influenced me personally.

Italics mean I read it and it landed somewhere between Zzzz, meh, and why the hell should I care.
Bold means it affected me in some meaningful and lasting way. Exclamation points afterwords mean the same thing, but more.

Cut in case of apathy on YOUR part )
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Which I stole from my intellectual hero, [personal profile] flemco

1. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I'd actually like to stay here in Ann Arbor, but live much better than I do.

2. Your biggest weakness?
Let's just say self-indulgence, and leave it there.

3. What is your favourite tv show?
The Simpsons. Colbert Report.

4. Name one thing you think you will never be able to do?
Be a mom.

5. Name a book that had a profound impact on your life view?
My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. the first 20 years of Stephen King.

6. What was the last thing you bought?
Sweet and sour shrimp, and egg drop soup with wonton.

7. Where would you like to go on a first date?
Meh, don't care. It's all about the people.

8. Have you ever had to act in self defense?
Ha! Yes, plenty of times.

9. What is your least favorite number?
6.9, because it's not THAT goddamn funny.

10. Do you collect anything quirky?
Cartoon and horror memorabilia, movies, various and sundry fandom items
One might argue that everything I collect is quirky.

11. Do you have any family heirlooms?
If a Grandpa's Basement bar sign counts, then yes. Yes, I do.
wednes: (Farnsworth/zombie jesus)
The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Seventh Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)High
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)Very High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Very High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Moderate

Take the Dante's Divine Comedy Inferno Test
wednes: (Night of the Living MadLib)

You were born during a Waning Crescent moon

This phase occurs right before the new moon.

- what it says about you -

You appreciate closure. It bothers you when people promise to do something and then don't follow through. You want to able to right the wrongs of the past. Studying history motivates you to improve the world. You put a lot of hope in the future and look forward to seeing technology and progress improve our lives.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at

If you have not already done so, do take a look at the Ten fictional characters YOU want on your offensive zombie team!!

Okay, so I'm not great with the images. I'm a writer, not a graphic designer. Only some kind of freaky supergenius would be good at both things. That reminds me, next up on my reading list is a book about Bi-polar illness and the creative mind. It's written by the same chick who wrote "The Unquiet Mind."
I'm stoked.
wednes: (Zombie SP Wednes)
A - Age: 40
B - Bed size: Queen
C - Chore you hate: Cat box
D - Don’t eat: carrots, raspberries
E - Essential start-your-day item: water, meds, parfume oil
F - Favorite board game: Zombies!!! Scene it!
G - Gold or Silver: Allergic to gold, and silver is prettier
H - Height: 5'6"
I - Instruments you play: flute, dulcimer, keyboard, theremin, violin. Oh wait, those are instruments I have at home, not necessarily ones I can play.
J - Job title: Novelist
K - Kid(s): No, thank Zod
L - Love or lust: Love is the Law
M - Mom’s name: Tiamata
N - Nicknames: Wednes, Wad, Lilith,
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: short bus to Crazy Town.
P - Pants or pantyhose: pants, or dresses with shorts underneath.
Q - Favorite Movie Quote: "We all go a little mad sometimes, haven't you?"
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: 2 brohama, an extra broham and sis, an awesome sis-in-law
U - Underwear: boxer briefs are comfortable as hell
V - Vegetable favorite: broccoli, mushrooms
W - Ways you run late: I really don't run late unless the cab is late
X - Xrays you’ve had: Does a CT scan or MRI count?
Y - Yummy food you make: Pinapple cake, mexican dip, chili, I'm an awesome cook, actually.
Z - Zoo favorite: grizzlies, big cats
wednes: (Sow the Seed)
So...plenty of stuff has been happening in the world. I'm at work, so you're not getting links, but all manner of crazy crap has been afoot. All those mysterious shark attacks in Egypt? Caused by sheep traders chumming the waters there regularly, then abruptly stopping. This, of course, makes for lots of hungry sharks expecting food and finding only tourists. Doesn't take Ron and Valerie Taylor to tell you that's gonna be trouble. Now, those poor whitetips are being killed, most recently by some drunken jackass doing a cannonball.

Disappearing Honeybees? This one has been going on only slightly less time than we've been hearing the omnipresent threat of killer bees coming soon to a schoolbus near you. Culprit? The EPA approved some pesticide that is harmful when ingested or touched. Not sure where the big mystery is, but guess what? Poison kills things. I no, rite? [sic}

DADT is dying a sputtering, Tim-Roth-in-Resevoir-Dogs-style death. You'd think people would be embarrassed to bray on and on that gays will make the military a terrible/unstable place. First of all, if you care so goddamn much about the military, how's about getting them proper equipment and medical care? And also, bigots said the same shit about the introduction of racial minorities AND women into the military. Guess what? We still have a military and their feats of bravery still manage to move me to tears on a regular basis. As much as I complain about my job, I'm pretty sure there won't be anyone shooting at me. Sheesh! All this gay-bashing nonsense truly amounts to God=good, gays=icky which is a matter of personal (and ridiculous) opinion, not a basis on which to pass laws. For fuck's sake, why are we even still talking about this?!?

Still have a bit of baking to do for the holidays. Everything will get shipped out tomorrow night or Weds morning via FedEx because we get a discount. H's birthday is today, and I'm giving him some cool gifts. Tomorrow I'm making him another mexican lasagne and marzipan cake. H's favorite cake in the whole world is my extra-rich marzipan butter cake.

1. Beer: Meh, no thanks.
2. McDonalds: Delicious, comes with toy.
3. Relationships: Mine are all pretty awesome.
4. Colour: Pink or Blue
5. Power Rangers: Ew.
6. Weed: I'd love some, thanks!
7. Steroids: Yep, for my sinuses
8. Cartoons: Simpsons, Looney Toons, Seth MacFarland
9. The President: I love you, Barack! Don't let the haters hate on you.
10. Tupperware: Yes, but no parties
11. Florida: The ground is covered with shells.
12. Santa: Gimme Gimme Gimme!
13. Halloween: It's the moooost wonderful tiiiime of the yeeeeeear!
14. Alice: in Chains: Meh
15. Grammar: I'm not immune to the odd mistake
16: Myspace: Not lately, no.
17. Clowns: Only if Gacy painted it.
18. Marriage: Mine? It rocks. I see a lot of shitty ones though.
19. Paris: She's a bimbo.
20. Thor: He's aight
21. Redheads: Renee and Jay
22: Blondes: Meh
23. Pass the: Pipe, Bogartor!
24. One night stands: Not lately, but fine back in the day.
25. Donald Trump: Braying jackass
26. Neverland: I'm not one for the growing up.
27. Pixie sticks: Like drinking sugar.
28. Vanilla ice cream: Paul Newman's Own
29. Public Busses: No, thanks/
30. High school musical: Ugh
31. Pajamas: Underpants and T-shirt
32. Woody: The porn award? Okay.
33. Wet Socks: Goddamit!
34. Zombie Movies: Rock my World
35. Love: H
36. River: Huron
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I can't speak for anybody else, but for me, I want to know everything I can about artists whose work I really enjoy. I want to know what inspired it, what the influences were, what they were trying to convey. The more I know, the more there is to enjoy, and the better able I will be to understand the creation of art/music/movies/books from every possible angle.

My manic phase from 10 or so weeks ago has swung back around the other way, and I am now in the midst of a crippling depression. Missed work yesterday and today. I was also sick over the weekend and not keeping much down, so I was without my various meds for the whole weekend. Sucks. My doc appointment is not until next week. At the clinic where I go, I have to meet with my regular doc and the psyche doc at the same time. Good idea, to be sure, but difficult to schedule. Not sure if I need to be on some other kind of med or what. I can't really try any radical changes right now since it's the busy season at the day-job and I can't have things getting any worse.

Last night's dinner was steelhead trout and goat cheese mashed potatoes with kale. I'd never made red trout before, and it was tasty. The marinade turned out a touch too sweet, but it was still tasty. H liked it, which is the important thing around here. Going to throw together some alfredo pasta tonight. Comfort food at its finest.

Writing is going well. Seems that the need for short stories from me has gone way up, and 3 different Anthologies are waiting for subs from me. Not sure if I'm gonna be able to please everybody, but I'm gonna do my best. I need to come up with a story about a haunting, something in general horror, something on bullying, and one other thing that is escaping me at the moment. So I guess I'd better close here and get back to work.
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It's the "Five Songs Meme" where you get a letter and post your five fave songs that start with that letter. Because it's 2010, YouTube should have all of those songs. [ profile] locakitty gave me the letter L:

There are lots of versions of this song (originally by The Cure). This one is by Voltaire, whom I adore:

I liked this song a lot when it first came out. The little boy in it grew up to play Jackie Aprille Jr on The Sopranos:

When I was in college, I started my classic rock radio show with this song routinely:

Lonely Island is hilarious. If you don't think so, you are wrong. Sorry.

If you know anything about me at all, you'll know that Rob Zombie is my hero:
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One of my fave Lj writers, [ profile] porcelain72 posted this meme, and I'm copying her--because Maverick writers such as myself like to do that sort of thing. *snerk*

I Believe

--In Freedom of Speech (even for stupid people)
--Everyone can create something memorable if they try
--Seth MacFarland is hilarious
--All people deserve healthy food, and regular health care
--That a person can be healthy at any size
--Tony Soprano was whacked in the series finale
--All languages and cultures have value to humanity
--Religion is the crack cocaine of the masses
--Literature is becoming elitist (and should not)
--Hysteria over sexual mores is laughably ridiculous
--South Park is still goddamn funny
--M Night Shymalan consistently makes awesome films
--A novel without a compelling theme is not worth writing
--Reality shows about ridiculous families are not good for anyone or anything
--When there's no more room in hell, the dead shall walk the earth

I do NOT Believe

--FOX news is fair or balanced
--Wal*Mart helps people live better
--Harry Potter has anything to do with Satan
--Tolerating other languages is UnAmerican
--Tolerance in general is a sign of weakness or naivety
--All Americans have the same opportunities
--When films makes a lot of money, it's because they're good
--That Richard Gere gerbil thing
--Tom Cruise is gay
--Poor people should be drug tested to get welfare
--The Sex Offender Registry keeps anyone safe
--Poor people are poor because they aren't trying hard enough
--A Bachelors Degree is the key to gainful employment
--I will stay sober after work today

I used to Believe

--That my REAL parents were nice people who would be coming to get me soon
--God would kill me if I lied
--Stealing was sometimes justifiable
--Psyche Meds are a self-indulgent crutch
--No one would ever find me pretty while I was fat
--The Moon Landing was faked
--Getting books published would make me wealthy
--I would have lots of kids
--Cats could be trained to behave
--Prostitutes were low and icky
--Anyone who used drugs would die alone in an alley before age 30
--Capitalism meant freedom for everybody
--Hating people who hurt you would keep you from getting hurt again
--Pluto was a planet--wait, I still believe that!

How about you?
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Me, young: That chick from the new Hairspray, and Huge.
Me, old: Kathy Najimy

H: Laurence Fishburn, duh

Pentelope: a Liger

Joey JoJo Junior Shabadoo: a swath of destruction

Ryan: Harrison Ford

Mark (my brother): Adrien Brody

Mom: Piper Laurie

Fascinating, no?

Just scored an exercise bike for $100. It's being dropped off on Sunday. Didn't even occur to me to ask if it had a weight limit. As some of you know, lots of exercise equipment is not designed for fat people. Not just Wii fit, but other things too. That is smart, because everybody knows that NO fat people exercise--EVER. And if they didn't want to spend $2,000 on exercise equipment that will accommodate their fatness, they shouldn't have gotten fat in the first place. That said, I hope this works out for me, and is not too hurty to my back and legs. EDIT: This did NOT work out for me. Weight limit: 250 llbs. I'd been wanting to get one for awhile but have had far too many expenses lately. In general, marketing a book is expensive. Podcasting is turning out to be expensive too, which leads me to my next announcement:

Our podcast schedule for new episodes is changing. It will now be every other week, instead of every week. Even though our eps are pretty short, it takes a long time to edit and mix them properly. Couple that with my actors also having lives and jobs and families and such, this seems much more reasonable for me. Plus you know, I am also working on what will become the greatest zombie novel since Serpent and the Rainbow. Yeah.
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I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Was going to get a jump on my editing tonight so I wouldn't have to post my new podcast ep at 2am, as I so often do. But just as I was getting started, I heard a knock at the door. Out in the hall was a big box from Hirt's. Turned out its the thing that I wanted the most--and in fact, I referenced it in this recent post. It was expertly packaged and everything looked great. I put it together but haven't watered it as I don't have any distilled water in the house. And that's what carnivorous plants crave--not Brawndo. ;-]

Today I'll be beginning season 2 of Dexter with [ profile] uterdic. I have to edit, mix, and post the new chap of A Stabbing for Sadie. I made a doc appt for next week, so that's good. And I need to start meeting up with actors again to get some future chapters recorded. The podcast is doing pretty well. I need to find a few more shows to run my promo.
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For the love of God, HELP ME!!
I've been held in a fortune cookie factory for over 30 years.
Your lucky number is 420

I'm not going to finish the JulNoWriMo.
There, I said it.
I've never lost a monthly WriMo before, so it's new to me.
I have decided though, that I'm going to write 50K, I'm just stretching it out to two months. That way, I'll stay motivated and writing but not stress myself out or flake on things that are important. Like today, I have to record the vocal for tomorrows podcast, and cook a big rigatoni for me and H.
Speaking of Take a Stab at This! I've had lots of traffic. Not much in the way of feedback, but a lot of people are looking at it. A couple hundred every day, so that is good news. Sent my lead actor a refurbished iPod which he should be getting today. Might make my life easier to send him the new Zoom H1 recorder my work will be carrying soon. Maybe I'll be able to afford it soon. I still have to buy some copies of my books to have on hand, get new glasses, and then it'll totally be time to work on my Halloween costume, then Christmas and every jackass I know has a birthday in either November or December--the jerks!

Our organic food delivery is coming tomorrow. We're getting spinach (Stop. Omlette Time!) and chard, two pounds of red grapes, and some other stuff. Not exactly sure who is growing grapes in Michigan, though I guess there are wineries here. St Julian's has been around forever. I used to love their sparkling juices as a kid. I ordered a bottle of dressing to go with the great lettuces, tomatoes, and cukes we are getting. I've never been so excited for a salad in my life!

Finished season one of Dexter. Even though I guessed who the bad guy was almost immediately, I thought it was a very well written show. Jennifer Carpenter annoys the hell out of me, but whatever. I'm stoked to get going on season two, and bummed that there's a season 4 spoiler on the cover of the CD set. Thanks, Showtime. You're still not HBO, so just get over yourself already. I do love how so many networks have figured out that people will watch shows if you bother to make them good--and that plenty of people really do know the difference between Art and Product.
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My feelings on fanfic are well documented. But since it's the topic of the day, I'll indulge myself.

I first became aware of fanfic on the Internets. Some people had written some stories based on characters from the various works of Poppy Z Brite. Being a horror fan (and Poppy, a horror writer at the time), I was curious. The fic was awful. Really, really awful. Spelling and grammar not quite as awful as teenagers write on Facebook these days, but it was close. I wasn't writing my own novels at the time, but I was incensed at the idea that people would write and post work with characters ripped off from "real writers." As such, I dismissed the very idea of fanfiction outright.

Years later, I met someone who was very into the fanfic thing. She wrote about in a fandom that I like (Harry Potter) and is, in fact, an evocative and engaging writer. She's popular in places where people go for fanfic, and in fact, has many more readers than I do. Many, many more. I briefly toyed with the idea of writing some fanfic of my own. But I couldn't do it.

In the end, fanfic feels like literary masturbation--especially considering that a lot of it is filthy. If I'm going to spend time writing, I want to spend it writing things I can share--things that are valid and relevant enough to make it worthwhile for people to read them. There may be a way to do that through fanfic, but I have no idea what that might be. It just feels like daydreaming or something. I just have this vague sense that fanfic isn't what writing is.

For the record, I would NOT want anyone to write fanfic based on any of my characters. If I want Sadie to end up someplace, I'll put her there myself. So if anyone is ever silly enough to do such a thing, for goodness sake do not post it on the internets.
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We Built This City (on Rock and Roll)

By Starship

I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to earn say, half a million dollars or more listening to it for an extended period. If I can do Customer Service professionally for X an hour, I can certainly tolerate godawful music for at least 24 hours.

Of course, once it was over I might actually have to murder Grace Slick.
I'm sure a lot of people would be bummed. NOT.
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As a matter of fact, I have.
I was working at this shitty ghetto liquor store; it was morbidly depressing. I mainly worked shifts with the owner's son, and this guy named Abdul, who was actually pretty cool. Parents coming in, their kids didn't even have shoes, buying cheap vodka and lottery tickets. The son was a redneck ass who carried a handgun in the wasteband of his shorts "because there's so many niggers around here." The first time my roomate at the time (rather a flaming queen) came to pick me up, the son asked if "that was the faggot I was telling him about." When I told him that was NOT COOL, he replied that I should relax because he didn't mean anything by it.

He also had these huge muscular dogs, the black and tan kind, I forget what they're called. Each one weighed at least 100 pounds. They were also there because of the "niggers" because the son said he "never knew what they'd do next." I had squared it with the owner that the son wouldn't bring the dogs to work when I was there, and that he'd "try to cool it with the race remarks."

When he brought the dogs in anyway, I reminded him that I wasn't supposed to have to be around them. He said "Oh, so you can be around queers but not my dogs?" He assured me that they would be well behaved. So when one of them jumped up on me and ripped my dress with it's unclipped claws, I called [ profile] missgrete and asked her to come pick me up. I snagged a bottle of Captain Morgan on credit, and left that place never to return.

Funnily enough, I had just met H while I was working in that crapshack. So my life began it's gradual move toward improvement right around that time, which was summer of 1999.
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That meme where you ask people to ask you questions is going around again. Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows I can't get enough of the questions. [ profile] groovesinorbit asked me the following:

1. How do feel about Voltaire now that you've seen him?

He is a fine performer. I enjoyed his show very much.

You know how when you love someone's work, you do this mental thing where you want to like them personally even know you don't actually know them? Yeah, well that is a recipe for huge let-down. Such was the case here. I'm a big fan of the work, but my Epic Squeee for Voltaire is rapidly waning. Just as well, as H was becoming progressively more annoyed with the whole thing.

2. Vampire Ball, would you go again? Do you think other events like this would be good to get your name out?

Well, the Vampire Ball was not really specific enough for me. My books are not about Vampires. The one vampire short story I wrote (specifically for [ profile] absinthofheart) she did not like very much. Not enough undead sex, I imagine. ;-]
I'm having considerable difficulty getting my name out. I shouldn't be, as my name is very memorable. I really need to get to podcasting and giving more stuff away for free.
But yes, I do plan to go again provided I'll be able to see Voltaire.

3. If you're not in the mood for horror films, what films do you like to watch the most?

I tend to watch reruns of Sunday Night Fox cartoons and South Park. I also enjoy classics, and comedies that have good scripts. Zoolander, Anchorman, and anything by Tim Burton are my staples.

4. How goes the poem writing?

Slow. I'm having trouble escaping the feeling that poetry is for the overtly self-indulgent. I have rebooted the challenge and started again, hoping to finish around Feb 10th, just in time for ny new book to come out. Details are, of course, at [ profile] wednes_writes

5. What first got you interested in serial killers?

When I was a kid, there was a guy called the Oakland County Child Killer. Not the most original name for a serial killer, but it scared the crap out of us 70's kids. My mom was FRANTIC about the guy, and when I volunteered to go door-to-door for three blocks to deliver the school newsletter, my mom insisted on following me in the car.
She later told me during one of her many psychotic episodes that my biological father was one of the suspects and that maybe I was just like him. Like many of her rantings, that stuck with me for a long time, and I used to worry that I would become a killer and there'd be nothing I could do about it. So far though, she is off target.

--end meme

Because I'm not doing the NaNoWriMo this year, I feel compelled to link you all to [ profile] flemco's insightful observations on this annual event. He is a tad more vitriolic and passionate than I am about it. But the basic ideas cover most of what bugs me about the NaNo, and why I have bascially avoided the forums for forever. Here it is. And if you're grossly offended by it, please bring that to me, not to him. It's a pretty old post, but still relevant. Enjoy!
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Seeing as how I'm not doing the NaNoWriMo this year, I have a bit o' time on my hands.

Frankly, I'm thinking I will start anew trying to write 100 poems in 100 days. Without a bunch of extra work and a vampire ball to plan, I think I can do much better this time.

Went to a work-based Halloween party that was a whole heap of fun. Most of my supervisors were there, and inside dish was mildly discussed. They are a good group. I don't typically do work-social things, but I think I will more often, as they are fun.

Tomorrow people are coming over for the collective birthdays of [ profile] uterdic and [ profile] lickingtoad. It is a cruel mockery that so many of my favorite people have November and December birthdays. It makes shopping very, VERY difficult. Fie. I'm going to be making quiche for the first time, including hand made crust. And when I say "hand made" I mean with a food processor because I don't know what the hell I'm doing. Pics to follow if it turns out.
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I'll do ya a few better. I've had my computer almost exactly one year. These are my top 25 most played songs for the last year. It's a fascinating glimpse into my psyche. Seriously. This is on the laptop only as I no longer synch my iPod.

Acid Trip: Rob Zombie
Animals: Nickelback
The Bachelor and the Bride: The Decemberists
Bad Things: Jace Everett
Brickhouse 2003: Rob Zombie
Close But No Cigar : Weird Al Yankovic
Dark Globe: Syd Barrett
Fett's Vette: MC Chris
Final Scene: Sweeney Todd
Fuck Her Gently: Tenacious D
I will survive: Cake
Kidnap The Sandy Claws: Korn
A Little Priest: Sweeney Todd
Lotion: Greenskeepers
The Man Upstairs: Voltaire
Meet The Creeper: Rob Zombie
My Favorite Bears: Rowan And Hastings
Never There: Cake
Possum Kingdom: The Toadies
Tribute: Tenacious D
When You're Evil: Voltaire
White & Nerdy: Weird Al Yankovic
The Worst Pies In London: Sweeney Todd
Re: Your Brains: Jonathan Coulton
A Sorta Fairytale: Tori Amos

Okay, so that is my top-25 iTunes list, alphabetically. I took out two things because they were chapters of Harry Potter books and replaced them with the next two most often played songs.
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There's lots and lots of stuff I'd want to tell myself. Problem is, I'm not entirely sure I would listen. My younger self was kind of a know-it-all.

1. Even though Nancy Reagan and that commercial with the frying pan were total BS, there are some legitimate reasons not to give your life over to drugs, even marijuana. So dammit, be careful.

2. You are awesome. Anyone who tells you otherwise is of no consequence, even if those people live in the same house as you.

3. If you really want to be a writer, start writing and don't stop no matter what.

4. Go see a counselor and get some meds so you don't waste 10 or 15 years being unable to manage your life.

5. No credit cards. EVER.

6. If boys are mean to you, stop sleeping with them.

7. Spend more time with your Grandparents while you can.

8. People you like to get high with will make shitty roommates.

9. Keep your tap shoes, new taps are expensive.

10. You are never stupid for trusting someone, even if they turn out to be unworthy.

11. That's compressed air. If you screw around with those tanks, they're gonna blow up!
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There's a meme going around where you post the top 15 books (off the top of your head, no research) that have influenced you profoundly. Series' can count as one book, and non-fiction is a-okay.

My list, in no particular order:

1. Harry Potter series, duh.
2. Harriet Lerner's Dance of... series
3. My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
4. On Writing by Stephen King
5. Psycho by Robert Bloch
6. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
7. Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein
8. Johnny Got his Gun by Dalton Trumbo
9. Serial Killer (method and madness...) by Peter Vronsky
10. America Psycho: Bret Easton Ellis
11. Once and Future Goddess by Elinor Gadon
12. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
13. My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
14. anything by Christopher Moore
15. A Stabbing for Sadie by me (what can I say, it affected me profoundly)
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You Are Creepy
Serial killers would run away from you in a flash.

I think Chapter 60 is basically done. My plan is to finish the rewrite of the ending this week. Then I have four weeks, which should be enough time to go over the entire manuscript at least four times. So far, I'm kind of scaring the hell out of myself.

Watched Disney's Fantasia over the weekend. Man, I really do enjoy that film despite my general loathing for Disney Corp. I was discussing this on Facebook recently in fact. I had heard a rumor that Disney removed the fat squirrel scene from The Sword in the Stone, which is one of my fave Disney features. My VHS copy of that movie has the fat squirrel, and the version I saw that was downloaded online had it. So I haven't actually confirmed that it's been taken out, I just heard that it was. Anybody know? After watching the footage again, I really found nothing to get offended about.

I wanted to post the infamous "Sunflower" footage for those of you who have never seen it. But it appears that it's only on YouTube once, and is not embedable. So here's the link. This is the entire pastoral symphony, which is almost 10 minutes long. Sunflower, as you may guess as you watch it, is the slave horse who makes the pale horses beautiful, and never gets a partner unlike every other horse. So it's not just two-thingsism.
In the interest of fairness, Disney was not the only company putting out racist cartoons. Looney Tunes has a handful of things they don't show anymore, including the spear-chucking native, the burning mohican, and the "slanty eyed bastards" of WWII. Even Ralph Bakshi, who I love, has done some really offensive shit.

Okay, I'm tired so I'm going to bed even though I'm closing tomorrow and don't have to be in until 4pm.
I know, right? What kind of office work starts at 4pm?!?
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I'm not actually going to post about Mexican Swine Flu except to say Holy Shit! and I'm glad I live in the north. Well, I was already glad of that. ;-]

Somehow I'm the last to know that they added a made-up scene to the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince movie (spoilers under clicky)?!? Not sure how THAT news managed to elude me for all this time. For all the news I've been reading as of late, I seem to miss a few key events here and there. Frown.

Still trudging along with the rewriting of the ending of my serial killer. He is not cooperating at all right now. Not giving up, shall stay at it all night if I have to. I'm gonna at least finish this chapter. Then I will reward myself with a viewing of Michael Emerson on The Practice. I heart him. <3

Do you know the bible?
(3 out of 3 Questions Correct)
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1. Your cell phone? PINK

2. Your significant other? AWESOME

3. Your hair? SHORT

4. Your mother? DYSFUNCTIONAL

5. Your father? WHO?

6. Your favorite Season? FALL

7. Your dream last night? ZOMBIES

8. Your favorite drink? AMARETTO

9. Your dream/goal? FAME

10. What room you are in? OFFICE

11. Your hobby? ARTS

12. Your fear? ZOMBIES

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? HOUSE

14. Where were you last night? BED

15. Something that you aren't? DISHONEST

16. Muffins? CRANBERRY

17. Wish list item? HOUSE

18. Where you grew up? TERROR

19. Last thing you did? BREAK

20. What are you wearing? DRESS

21. Your TV? COMCAST

22. Your pets? DESTRUCTORS

23. Friends? PLENTY

24. Your life? DOLCE

25. Your mood? PLEASANT

26. Missing someone? H

27. Car? NOPE

28. Something you're not wearing? ASCOT

29. Your favorite store? AMAZON

30. Your favorite color BLUE

33. When is the last time you laughed? TODAY

34. Last time you cried? LOST

35. Who will resend this? NOONE

36. One place that I go to over and over? WORK

37. One person who emails me regularly? REGULARY?

38. My favorite place to eat? LASHISH

39. Favorite vacation? CLARE

40. Last person you talked to? CUSTOMER

Even though I totally called what was going to happen on Battlestar Galactica, it was still quite amazing to see. I'm of the opinion... )

My sprained knee is much better today. I'm beginning to think that I have super healing powers. It's not quite back to scratch, but I can walk without a horrible limp. That is good, because I'm making H some stroganoff tonight, which is a fave of his. It's rather labor intensive and I'll be standing for a while.

Don't forget, my books are still on sale, HALF PRICE till the end of the month.
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I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I'm an
Extroverted Reinventing Self-Knower

We ordered pizza at work today from New York Pizza Depot. It was pretty tasty. Tonight I'm hanging out with K and N, which should be fun if they don't get me sick. It seems like someone is always under the weather at their house.
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I got tagged over on FACEBOOK to do the 16 Random things about me, meme. But since I don't post notes over there, I thought I'd do it here.

1. I have been bitten multiple times by an anaconda, and I don't have a single cool scar for the experience.

2. There exist, photos of me being five years old in a ballerina/bunny costume. It's from when my mom made me take dancing lessons.

3. On that note, I can tap dance. I keep telling [ profile] uterdic he needs to let me tap dance in one of his movies. Probably in a Felini inspired dream sequence.

4. The job I've worked for more time than any other was my least favorite, McDonalds, for a total of 6 years of my life.

5. My 3 Favorite movies are (in no particular order) Psycho, Night of the Living Dead, and The 10 Commandments. Originals, of course, since all three of these have been remade. Actually, the first 10 Commandments was silent, I like the first remake, the one with Vincent Price and Charleton Heston. NOT the one with Dougray Scott, though he is hot.

6. Among my favorite foods are potato chips, goat cheese, mushrooms, ground beef, and lemon soda.

7. I sell violins (and violin accesories) for a living.

8. I used to smoke camel lights in a box.

9. I have bi-polar disorder, and PTSD. As such, I underwent an experimental (according to my insurance carrier) procedure which helped me immeasurably. I've mentioned it before, it's EMDR.

10. I lost 40 pounds when I gave up sugar soda. Though until I found out about the diabetes, I had a coke once in awhile.

11. My favorite mind-altering substances are marijunana, chocolate, zyprexa, and LSD, pretty much in that order.

12. I am sad that I still don't have my own website. I need to pay someone to build it for me.

13. I had over 100 girl scount badges. I had two full sashes of them, plus they continued down the back of my uniform. It was embarassing.

14. In 1995, I lived at a women's shelter for 2 weeks. There were frogs in the kitchen and I had to cook for 40 people.

15. I worked as a phone sex operator off and on for four years. I made an average of 50 cents per minute. Men used to complain about the 6 minute minimum. I laughed at them.

16. This june, H and I will have been a couple for ten years.
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2008 Meme, yeah!!

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?

Published two novels and actually sold a few.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Nope, I was gonna pay better attention to my diet. Oops.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No, I don't think so.

it gets even more interesting under the cut )
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Isn't this so super cute?
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H doesn't actually have a tie-dyed shirt. Still...

Want your own? You can make them here.

Today I baked my most difficult Holiday cookie: Almond Jam Cookies. These are a pain in the ass because each cookie has to be rolled into a ball, then flattened, then a thumbprint is made, then you fill it with jam. I much prefer drop cookies that you can scoop out with a disher. That's what I'll be making for my next cookie: mint chocolate chip. So the hardest part of holiday baking it done. The next hardest part will be done Friday, then I just have to make a bunch of breads in the bread maker.
I also photoshopped our holiday photo and made it into a cool postcard for H to print out. It's badly done in a hilarious way, and feature H and I from our set engagement photos, altered to look more Christmassy. I'll be posting it when it's closer to the actual holidays.

It occurs to me that it is almost January. That means the following shows are coming back:
Battlestar Galactica
Life on Mars
Big Love
I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but these are among my faves.
What are YOU looking forward to watching in January?

My Holiday shopping is almost done. I still have to wait for some things for H to arrive in the mail. Columbia House is taking their sweet time sending out our copy of Dark Knight. They really suck as far as customer service goes. They just don't give a damn. I also have to make something for my Secret Santa person. It has to be something you made, so it will either be a hat, a CD, or a copy of one of my books. I won't know until Monday when I draw my name.
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Woke up with a bloody nose this morning. Not sure how that might have happened. Also got a mysterious bruise on my arm a few days ago. Maybe I'm fighting battles against some unseen evil while I'm asleep. Not likely since I'm generally alone when I go to bed. Hmmmm...

My work is cutting back on everyone's hours even though it's December. I don't want to be a Negative Nancy, but I don't like that one bit. I'm trying to look for a new job, but there's just nothing out there. Nothing at all...
And if the auto companies don't get some kind of bailout, it's gonna get even worse for us regular people here in Michigan. I have to wonder what happened to the big Google building that was supposed to bring in all these jobs. I never saw it, even though I did see some small jobs advertised a few years ago. Fie!! Let's just hope Obama's plan for the economy comes to fruition soon.

As it is, we are not giving out very many holiday gifts this year. Families are getting fancy breads and cookies made by me. We're getting a cool gift for our favorite couple, plus my brother and H's sister. And we're giving some small gifts to each other. That's is though. I used to do granola, muffins, fudge, and cookies for everyone, but we just can't afford it this year. I still owe $90 to a doc I saw in January and don't want H to pay it because he's trying to save for a new computer, since he doesn't have an Intel Mac yet. Poor guy. Anyway, the money is really, really tight and I don't see any way out of it any time soon.

These are always so funny:
On the twelfth day of Christmas, wednes sent to me...
Twelve dulcimers drumming
Eleven ambergris piping
Ten runes a-leaping
Nine zombies dancing
Eight tattoos a-milking
Seven comics a-swimming
Six simpsons a-cooking
Five be-e-e-en linus
Four urban legends
Three heavenly creatures
Two norman bates
...and an esher in an abnormal psychology.
Get your own Twelve Days:

Tonight is Life on Mars which I should think will be taking a hiatus in January when LOST starts back up. Because I never watched the original, I am enjoying this redo very much. I especially enjoy Harvey Keitel and Michael Imperioli. I missed last week, but it's on tonight and I'm stoked to see what's up. They've made it pretty clear that he's in a coma, not really in 1973, but it's still a pretty cool show.

Chocolate News, and Sarah Silverman show remain profoundly unfunny.
If you watch either show, can you please tell me why?

In better news, my copy of Beadle the Bard should be arriving any day.
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Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
35,067 / 50,000

Very little has been going on with me aside from work and writing. But the writing is going smashingly. I'm taking all the notes I'll need to go through and revise this thing after I'm done with my serial killer. I'm really excited about him and how he's going to end up. All my characters are right where I need them to be.

My kitchen flood is mostly cleaned up. I'm hoping H will finish all the dishes tomorrow. We had to rewash everything in two cupboards and a drawer, which is 90% of the pots, pans and storage containers all full of disgusting filthy water. Maintenance didn't even bring by a wet/dry vac. Bastards!

Here's the Friday Five:

What made you happy this week?

Getting new socks from my Aunt as an early birthday present.

What made you sad?

My work friend having a terrible personal tragedy.

What made you angry?

H, being a minor jerk about something important to me.

What are you looking forward to in the next week?

My birthday party, and dinner with my Brother.

What are you not looking forward to?

Working Saturday 10-5 ick!
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If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for?
(Bearing in mind that I live in Ann Arbor and would not get arrested for marijuana possession)

Answer me, then post to your own journal and see how many crimes you get accused of.
(You don't have to repost if you don't want to)

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20,651 / 50,000

I don't think I'm done writing for the day, I really need to get ahead so I don't fall behind the weekend before my birthday when I'll be terribly busy. The story is coming along reasonably well, though I'm not sure how horrifying it all is. It's definitely creepy and crazy.

[Poll #1296198]
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That's right amigos, I've been sick. I missed work yesterday and slept for a good 18 hours, with some TV and internet mixed in. I'm feeling more awake and less congested, but I could still use a few days to recoup.


That's not going to happen because I've been called in to work today, which is my usual day off. I'm off tomorrow but I have stuff to do all day. So really I'm just being whiny because I didn't want to leave the house today and now I've got to go to stupid work. Oh well...

I planned to get some writing done. I'm trying to flesh out some characters for my NaNo novel. My main character, Marcie is going to have an interesting roommate who scams people on the internets out of money instead of getting a real job. And did I mention she's in love with her boss? I do I come up with this stuff?

Halloween Meme
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[ profile] derekfz puts fake eyeballs in your Wings Greatest Hits
[ profile] groovesinorbit carves [ profile] spiralwitch's effigy in the medium of socks
[ profile] jenniepanic haunts your candy
[ profile] kissdbyagnome devours the entire neighbourhood's Bank Manager's lunchbox
[ profile] lickingtoad swoops on [ profile] groovesinorbit and drains their pumpkin
[ profile] madush69 buries [ profile] derekfz at the crossroads with a brain through their heart
[ profile] porcelain72 TPs your gerbils
[ profile] princezna eats [ profile] absolutely_lee's spicy, spicy brains.
[ profile] roane shows up with burning torches, pitchforks and dip
[ profile] smarbaby tries to pick up Phantom Hitchhikers
[ profile] spiralwitch sacrifices [ profile] zenithberwyn's cutlery
[ profile] the_omega_man gives you a toothbrush
[ profile] uterdic calls [ profile] jenniepanic to let them know the psycho killer's in the remastered version of Star Wars
[ profile] zenithberwyn puts apples in your razorblades
LJ Name
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Even though I'm trying not to pick up any new shows, I did give Life on Mars a try last night. It is based on a BBC show, so the concept is solid, and the cast (Lisa Bonet, Harvey Keitel, Michael Imperioli) is well put together. Other than that, I was not very impressed. It seems pretty clear that the lead guy is actually in a coma and has not really time traveled to 1973. I'm gonna give it a few weeks and see if it falls into it's groove.

I'm about to lose my "extra userpics" on LJ, and I can't decide which ones to keep. In fact, I'm not even sure how many I will get to keep, I got lot of free ones for being an upstanding contributor or whatever. How do I find that out? Anybody know? I'll look into it when I'm at work today. I have a feeling it's going to be a long, slow day.

Last October we had free shipping at work, so we were crazy busy. I missed half the month though, because I was busy getting married, having a honeymoon, and making a life with my beloved H. But our sales goals are the same as they would be if we had free shipping. Needless to say, no one is fussed about the very real fact that we will not make our sales goals this month.

My buddy Steve will be getting an LJ soon. Details to follow. He is trying to increase his online presence because he is writing a book. So we'll likely see him around soon.

here's a Halloween meme )

It looks as if I will not be doing the NaNoWriMo this year, much as I might like to.
Well, I may surprise myself. I haven't gone through my idea file yet, I need to.
Any of YOU doing the NaNo?

EDIT: Okay seriously, stop sending paid time and userpic time, you anonymous wonderful people!!!

TV meme

Sep. 30th, 2008 07:19 pm
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I know I just posted today, but I'm bored at work so I'm doing this TV meme.

List five fave shows:

2. Battlestar Galactica
3. Simpsons
4. South Park
5. Law & Order et al

1. Who's your favorite character in #2?
Felix Gaeta, even when he almost got shot out the air lock.

2. Who's your least favorite character in #1?
Kate. I fucking HAAAAAAATE Kate.

3. What's your favorite episode of #4?
The one where Cartman is "psychic," although Christian Rock Hard is brilliant.

4. What's your favorite season of #5?
I like the first season best, but anything with Chris Noth is especially awesome.

5. Who are your favorite 'ship in #3? Why?
I thought it was cool when Skinny and Crabby got together.
They deserve eachother.

6. Who is your anti-ship in #2? Why?
I don't think Starbuck and Apollo belong together. Anders is a good cylon guy.

7. How long have you watched #1?
Since they replayed the first 4 eps. At first, I was watching Smallville that night and had to choose. And I never looked back--Smallville sucks anymore anyway.

8. How did you become interested in #3?
It was on Tracey Ullman, and I've always loved Matt Groening. I loved it before the first full ep ever aired.

9. Who's your favorite actor/actress in #4?
Mary Kay Bergman *sigh* who is no longer with us.

10. Which do you prefer; Season 1 of #2 or #5?
I could never choose, wait, it's BattleStar.

11. Which show have you seen more episodes of; #1 or #3?
Well, 3 has been on 4 times as long as 1, so 3.

12. If you could be anyone from #4, who would you be?
Probably the mayor, that bitch gets away with everything.

13. How would you kill off your favorite character in #1?
Oh Hurley, I could never kill you.

14. Give a random quote from #5.
"What have you been smoking" DA Schiff to Jack McCoy.

15. Which character in #2 do you love to hate/dislike?
Gaius Baltar

16. Would a #3/#4 crossover work?
Simpsons did it!!!

17. Pair 2 characters in #1 that would make an unlikely but strangely okay couple.
Hurley and Sawyer

18. Has #5 inspired you in any way?
It makes me think I know a ton about our legal system.

19. Overall, which show has a better cast; #2 or #4?
Well, BSG has an awesome cast, but Trey and Matt do pretty much everything on SP, so it's a tough call. I'm gonna say BSG

20. Which has better theme music; #3 or #5?
Def #3. Elfman rocks!!

Neat Meme

Jun. 9th, 2008 11:11 pm
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Nice weather we're having, and for once I don't mean that sarcastically.
I'm just saying, it's a damn nice day out there.
Anyway, here's a meme:

1. My username is _____ because ____.
userinfoWednes, which is short for my name, but also makes you pronounce a syllable you wouldn't normally.

2. My name is _____ because ______.
Wednesday Lee Friday, because that is my self proclaimed name (for those who don't know, I was born with a different last name. Then it got changed, then it changed again when I got married, but 'Friday' has stayed.).

3. My journal is titled ____ because ____.
Wuzzon: It's a perfectly cromulent word, because in the 80's, Matt GRoening predicted that "wuzzon" (short for What's on TV) would eventually replace 'hello' as a greeting. It's a pefectly cromulent word is from The Simpsons.

4. My subtitle is ____ because ____.
Now please shut up, I'm trying to write, because you should all shut up, I'm trying to write. ;-]

5. My friends page is called ____ because ____.
We Gladly Feast on Those Who Would Subdue Us is my friends heading. It is, of course, from the Addams Family movies and implies that we don't take no guff.

6. My default userpic is ____ because ____.
It's my cool logo that H made me. It'll be on T-shirts and shit when I am famous.

Speaking of which, I almost got away with telling someone yesterday (okay, it was [ profile] sudrin) that I didn't want to be famous. This is a vile and odious lie. But it is entirely possible that I only want to be famous so I can bitch about what a drag it is. I've also decided that I MUST be a famous writer, because I'm not particularly good at anything else. At least not as good as I am at writing.

While I'm here, I'll mention that this season of BattleStar Galactica has been kicking the ass. I knew Adama would have to trust Starbuck in the end. I don't particularly like her, but I do think she knows the way to Earth. Six is awesome, I'm really starting to like her. I also like how Gaius is fucking with himself for a change. Go SciFi!!
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Went to the dentist for the first time in over ten years yesterday. Yeah, I know...the dentist said the same thing. So now I get to go through a pretty intensive cleaning and scraping process. They also said something about oral surgery of some kind. So I guess I have that to deal with.

My galley for The Cat's Apprentice is here, and I've been going over that. It's still not my best work, but it's a perfectly readable novel. I like the characters, and I like what they do. I'm just not sure about theme, and wish I had another couple months to work on it. Anyway, that comes out in September. Truthfully, I'm more excited about the horror anthology that comes out in October. It contains a few of my most favorite short horror stories: In the Closet, The Growlers, and Moonlight Stab, among others.

Also been working on a script for a 30 second TV spot for A Stabbing for Sadie which is going to run during Nightmare SINema and anywhere I can post it. I can't afford any network or cable time, but I can afford this, so I'm going for it. Mad thanks to [ profile] uterdic who will be helping out. I'm pretty excited to have a TV spot for my book, I hope it does some good. Locally famous is a good precursor to actual fame.

That reminds me, anyone who wants a signed copy needs to preorder thier copy within the next 2 weeks. I haven't presold that many books, I want to be loaded down with them on my way to the post office. C'mon kids. You don't want to miss out on reading my book. Of course, you won't actually miss out if you don't preOrder. You'll be able to get the book for a good, long time after the official release. But if you want a SIGNED copy, you better order soon.

If you get near it, do try the bannana stuffed french toast at iHop. It'll blow your mind.

My Personality
Openness to Experience
You are not generally self conscious about yourself, however you experience panic, confusion, and helplessness when under pressure or stress. You lead a leisurely and relaxed life. You would prefer to sit back and smell the roses than indulge in high energy activities. You enjoy a certain amount of debate or intellectual thought, but sometimes get bored with too much. You are mostly a compassionate person, however you prefer to make objective judgments when possible, however you believe that a certain amount of deception in social relationships is necessary. You are guarded in new relationships and less willing to openly reveal the whole truth about yourself. You have a reasonable amount of will-power and are able to follow through on tasks that you feel you need to complete. You can be distracted however and have been known to procrastinate.

Take a Personality Test now or view the full Personality Report.

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Friday night and I literally have nothing to do. Well, I could clean my horrific looking kitchen and change the cat box, but I'll probably put that off until tomorrow. Maybe not though...

I spent the day looking for new online markets to pitch. If you know of anyone who might want to review my book, speak up. So far, 3 different online magazines have agreed to review. I'm also going to pitch some big boys, like New York Times and Entertainment Weekly. I don't have high hopes for getting reviews by them but at least I can say I went for it.

Speaking of reviews, The Ruins is terrible by all counts. That's too bad, it looked pretty scary and I hear the book is excellent. So I guess H and I will not be going to the movies this week, since there's nothing out we really want to see. That is a damn shame in my opinion. But maybe we can use that money to buy a copy of The Mist which was awesome and which I do not own yet.

This weeks Friday Five is a good one, so here it is:

1. If you became ruler of the world, what three things would you do first?

1. Stop all wars and punish those responsible for continued violence. Open communications with all warring nations.

2. Global Health Care, funding more people to study medicine so there are enough docs to go around.
This includes dealing with phramaceutical companies to make meds affordable.

3. Basic rights (voting, marriage, religious freedom, privacy etc) for all peoples.

2. If you were a superhero, what would be your name and what powers would you have?

I'd have the power to use words to evoke physical changes, like punching people verbally. My name would be "Mama Sass"

3. You can ask one question to someone who knows EVERYTHING. What is it?

Who was the Oakland County Child Killer? Where is he now?
(Yeah, I should say he or she but seriously, c'mon.)

4. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do?

Visit my brother Mark and see if he's okay.

5. If you saw a mythical/religious deity walking down the street, what would you do?

Nudge my buddy next to me, pointing them out. I'd like to think I'd smile and say hello.
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I couldn't think of any good April Fools pranks to play on anyone, so I remained prankless. At least nobody got one over on me, so that's better than getting pranked.

Spent today calling back all the people who've been trying to reach me, including a friend from Group, my new psyche doc, and the glasses place: DOC. Then I started sending out queries for interviews to some various online markets. I've approached 8 or 9 online magazines, so hopefully 4 or 5 of them will be interested in doing a review or an interview with me. I still have to assemble hard copies of my press packet and send those out to a few local places.

Here's that TV meme:

1. Bold the shows you've watched every episode of
2. Italic the shows you've seen at least one episode of
3. Post your answers

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City

45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers

40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python's Flying Circus
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm

37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted

35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI: Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood

30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under

26. Red Dwarf

25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office UK
22. The Shield

21. Angel

20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development

17. South Park
16. Doctor Who (new version)

15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica (new version)
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld

10. Spaced
09. The X-Files

08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24

05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons
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There's a meme going around where you post a YouTube of the intro to your favorite show as a kid. I couldn't find just the intro to MY favorite show, so I had to settle for the not very factual "tribute" to my horror hosting hero, Sir Graves Ghastly. This whole thing isn't that good, but the intro is in there, and it's killer.

H found my hat, scarf, and slick fold-over gloves from last year. Just in time for spring, right? They were in a plastic bag in the closet, to keep them fresh. Maybe I'll put them in the coat closet, it least I might think to look there next winter.

I got invited to interview at a place I sent a resume to. Turns out, the job is too far away, still it's nice to be asked. I might not have to sell violins forever. It's a decent gig that pays fairly well, I'm just not very good at it. And I know almost nothing about violins. I applied at another place today, because I'm feeling both confident and sick of my job.

I wanted to post a YouTube of a Ralph Phillips Cartoon, but I can't find one. So here's another Wednes fave:

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Here's ten reasons why [ profile] sudrin Rocks:

1. He was in my high school math class, arguably the most ineffectual class I've ever had. I learned far more about note passing than anything math related. And [ profile] sudrin was there.

2. Used to have nickname "Mobius" after the perplexing strip of the same name.

3. Has really pretty eyes.

4. Has watched zombie movies with me while listening to my commentary. Yay zombies!!

5. Feels passionately about really nerdy things, like Star Wars.

6. Looked me up after ten years away.

7. Had one of my favorite awkward high school moments with [ profile] sudrin.

8. Took me to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

9. Has read my novel.

10. His biting cynicism.
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It's my day off today, and I've completed most of my prep for my presentation on Friday. It's about Bonding and Rapport as part of the sales process. Should prove most valuable. I also changed the cat litter and cleaned up this filthy apartment. I really need to scrub the carpets, but I don't have access to a carpet shampooer currently. Drag.

So Ralph Feinnes is not appearing in Half-Blood Prince. I don't think that's a very big deal though. If memory serves, it's mostly about Draco and the Death Eaters anyway. I don't even remember when and if Voldie appears in that book. I need to read it again though. I still say David Warner should be playing Fenrir Greyback. He's not, though.
In better HP news, Deathly Hallows is for sure being made into 2 films. Whoo Hoo!!!
Both movies are being directed by David Yates. Whoo Hoo again.
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Tomorrow I find out whether or not I've lost all of my mp3 music...about 11 gigs worth. I'm trying to keep hope alive but it's not looking very good. I have all my music saved n a succession of discs, but if you can believe this, I can't find them. They are all together in a case somewhere in this apartment. I think there's some kind of vortex in my apartment that eats discs. I can't find my Final Draft disc, which I totally need to work on, or even read, my killer zombie screenplay (that I will one day finish, for serious).

Does anybody out there have a Final Draft disc they can burn for me?!?

I got a haircut Friday night after work. I'm having a photo taken for my book cover (the back) so I need to have snappy hair. It'll be a black and white photo, taken my the same talented chap that photog'd at my wedding. My book is all edited. I'm just waiting for one more person to go over it. The editor took out a zillion words like "and" and "but" and "kind of" and "pretty" that I tend to use ad nauseum and then never edit out. The editor did a smashing job, so far as I can tell.

I was going to go to bed, but Harry Potter came on at midnight and I'm slowly getting sucked in.
Stupid ABC family or whatever they're called now...

Some lady in Ann Arbor got killed by walking in front of a train. I don't want to jinx myself or anything, but it seems like that would be sort of difficult to do...just walk in front of a moving train. You'd have to be basically deaf for one thing. Am I missing something here? How does this happen.

Anyway, I changed my mind. I'm going to bed.

You fit in with:

20% spiritual.
80% reason-oriented.

Your ideals mostly resemble that of a Humanist. Although you do not have a lot of faith, you are devoted to making this world better, in the short time that you have to live.

Take This Quiz at
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I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. I read your journals, or we have something else in common and we chat occasionally. Some of you I hardly know at all. Perhaps you lurk, for whatever reason. But you friended me and I thank you for your interest in my words.

But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's so and so...they listen in rapture to the love-music of she-turnips."

I'd love it if every single person who friended me would do this. Yes, even you people whom I know really well. Then post this in your own journal and see what gems of knowledge appear.

While I have your attention, here's a movie meme. I'll post 16 lines from movies I love, and you name them. When you get one right, I'll slash it out and put your name there so everyone will know how smart you are.

hint: they are not ALL horror movies

1. I'm not gonna see that thing cut open, and see that little Kitner boy spill out all over the dock.Jaws[ profile] vomit_maggots

2. We all go a little mad sometimes, haven't you? Psycho [ profile] spiralwitch

3. Yeah, they're dead...they're...all messed up. Night of the Living Dead [ profile] leemoyer

4. When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.Dawn of the Dead[ profile] vomit_maggots

5. I cut myself, look at the blood!!! Silence of the Lambs [ profile] uterdic

6. That's wonderful!! Go and love some more.Harold & Maude [ profile] groovesinorbit

7. I can't fuck a gorilla! Man with 2 Brains [ profile] uterdic

8. Allow me to introduce your new Defense against the dark arts teacher...ME!Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets[ profile] vomit_maggots

9. Naughty children deserve to be punished. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [ profile] leemoyer

10. He's not Spiderpig anymore, he's Harry Plopper.Simpsons Movie[ profile] vomit_maggots

11. Did you just go out of your way to make me feel good then ask me for something? My god, I've created a monster.

12. He didn't get out of the cockadoodie car!!!Misery[ profile] vomit_maggots

13. Do you think I can stay here to become nothing to you?!?

14. Sony: Because Caucasians are just too damn tall.

15. That's mountains you idiot! Plays are not there until some asshole writes them!!
Deathtrap[ profile] vomit_maggots

16. They brainwashed Derek to kill the claymation dude! Zoolander [ profile] uterdic
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REPOST with name of high school and graduating year!
I went to 2 different high schools, Hazel Park High and Royal Oak Kimball grad: 1988

1. Did you date someone from your school?
Not really. I didn't do much dating, preferring to go out in small groups.

2. Did you win anything in Senior's Who's Who?
No, by senior year I was working full time and didn't do much school stuff.

3. What kind of car did you drive?
None, thank you. The same kind I drive now.

4. It's Friday night...where r u?
Work, followed by drinking in a parking lot.

5. Were you a party animal?
I drank a LOT, but didn't go to parties much, always working.

6. Were you considered a flirt?
I don't know if I'd call it that. I was pretty desperate for male attention, I needed the validation.

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
I played the flute and was in drama club.

8. Were you a nerd?
Yes, but not as nerdy as my cohorts.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled?
No, but I had plenty of detention for skipping class.

10. Do u remember your school fight song?
Not really. Something about Kimball Knights fight fight!

11. Who were your favorite teachers?
Mr Barlow at HPH, Mr Botens at Kimball. Both of them thought I was a great writer who showed promise.

12. Where did you sit during lunch?
In Finster's car in the parking lot, or at some fast food dive.

13.What was your school's full name?
See above, and Clarence M Kimball High School. I have no idea who Clarence M Kimball is.

14. School mascot?
I forget Hazel Parks mascot, but it was the Kimball Knights

15. Homecoming court?

16. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
Maybe, I'd have done it much differently

17. Where did you go senior skip day?
My Mom made me a doctors appointment. Spiteful Bitch.

18.Were you in any clubs?
Just Drama club and debate team.

19. Have you gained some weight since then?
Honestly? I've gained about 5-10 pounds a year until 2005, when I finally started losing.

20. Who was your Senior prom date.
[ profile] kissdbyagnome but we didn't actually go to the prom.
The prom is for suckers and sheep.

21. Are you planning on going to your 10 year reunion?
I doubt it, it was years ago. My 20 year is next year and I may go to that.

22. Who was your home room teacher?
Some guy I didn't have for any classes

23.Who will repost this?
Who knows

24. Did you play any sports?
Nope. Not unless competetive drinking counts.

25. Do you still talk to people from high school?
Yes in fact, [ profile] kissdbyagnome and [ profile] sudrin are still good friends of mine, even though we lost touch for a while. I wish I could talk to Finster, but he went crazy. Too bad too, he was a good one for a while there.

While I'm here, here's the Friday Five:

Many people make a big deal about not being "labeled." And yet, we all are, constantly.

1. Pick one label that you think does describe you (race, religion, hobby, etc.).
I like being called a Witch, you know, the magickal kind.

2. Pick one label that is often put on you, that you really think is inaccurate.
People often tell me how easy going I am, and how I'm so comfortable with myself. This is usually a facade. I'm very "fake it till you make it" in that way.

3. Pick one label you wish could be put on you.
The world's greatest horror novelist since Stephen King.

4. What is one kind of label that you think is universally wrong to use (race, gender, height)?
Labeling people by race can be lazy and stupid, and very vague.

5. Labels, used intelligently, can be a convenient rhetorical shorthand for identifying how a given person will fit into (or react to) a given situation. Labels, used incorrectly, can be an excuse for dismissing the differences still inherent in the people to whom the label is applied. Discuss.
Actually, that pretty much sums it up. I don't mind labels if they are fair and accurate, but they often denegrate into stereotypes, and those are no good for anything.
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That's right kids, I'm 37 years young today. I hate that expression, years young. I'm not so afriad of aging that I can't even utter the word "old". I'm getting up there in years, in fact my 20 year high school reunion is next year, as I was just telling [ profile] sudrin.

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Anyway, things with me are fine. I'm working a zillion hours next week, so I need to step up and finish the NaNo soon.

I almost completely forgot that Razor, the BattleStar Galactica special movie thingy is on tonight. Since I don't keep up with everything being leaked to the internets, I haven't seen it yet. I'll be recording it so's H and I can watch together. Anybody know when the replay is? I couln't find it on SciFi's site.

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
45,160 / 50,000

H got me a Hannibal Lecter figure for my birthday, and something else that hasn't arrived yet.
I love getting pressies.
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To counteract the negativity of my last post, here's five things I'm stoked about currently:

1. The Mist which is going to rule. Such a great story, and I loves me some Stephen King, usually. ;-]

2. Having a pretty solid beginning to my NaNo novel even if I have no idea how it will end.

3. Watching Superman with H. The real Superman I mean.

4. Reece's Puffs Cereal. Mmmmmm.

5. The New Rob Zombie Live CD. I know I already posted that, but it's good enough to warrant a second mention.

Dangit! I always get Caligula!
I'm Caligula!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.
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I try not to watch much news these days (fake news doesn't count) because it makes me feel so helpless and disgusted at what is going on in our country, and the world. I don't feel like I can do a damn thing about it, and that makes me very sad. Sometimes though, there is an atrocity that we can actually do something about. Case in point, the slaughter of endangered gray wolves. While I don't know all the facts here, I'm pretty sure using aerial snipers against endangered animals is wrong. Maybe one of you knows why they want to kill the wolves. Better yet, maybe some of you will want to stop it. By clicking the above link, you can spread the word and contribute to saving the gray wolf.

I got tagged to do a meme where I post ten things that made me happy recently. Let's see if I can think of that many:

1. My raise at work.
2. Being prepared for my work presentation tomorrow.
3. Getting married
4. H's mom coming to the wedding
5. H's undying love
6. Payday avalanche bars
7. Seeing college peeps at the wedding
8. all the new dresses I've been getting
9. My cats
10. New season of Sunday night FOX

We thought H's fam might not make it to the wedding, but it turns out that they can. I haven't decided yet if I want to cook for the rehearsal dinner or if we want to go out. I kind of want to cook for H's family but don't want to stress myself out with too much work. I think I will probably make a pot of chili.

I also don't know what hotel to put H's fam in. Honore and her step bro Gene are staying with us, but the parents need a hotel. I'm thinking either Holiday Inn express or Best Western. I was going to make reservations for everyone at Best Western, but it doesn't look like anyone else will need a hotel at all.

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