Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Like cold water on a hot day.

Via Instapundit, I thought this column was particularly good. Specifically, this part:
One of the chief objections to Christianity is that it meddles in people’s personal lives. This is a curious objection, in some ways. Christianity has fairly little to say about food or drink, except to advocate moderation. And very little to say about clothing, except that modesty is appropriate. It’s silent on computers and automobiles. And it generally advocates discipline couched in love where children are concerned.
What its detractors mean often comes down to this: ‘Christianity has something to say about sex, and we don’t like it one bit.’ Typically, one hears that Christians are prudes and spoiled-sports, ranging across the earth, shutting down sexual pleasure wherever we locate it. Of course, higher birth rates among evangelical Protestants and Catholics seem to suggest either a staggering number of virgin births, or a tendency to, well, you know.
The whole thing is definitely worth reading. Every now and then, it's nice to hear from someone else that I'm not a prude, or mentally unbalanced, or some other negative, because I refrain from sex outside of the marriage bed. It's doubly nice to hear it spoken with love, instead of the more usual "this is the right way, and everyone else is wrong, wrong, wrong" screeching that tends to pop up when someone (anyone) takes a stand about something (anything). It's very refreshing.

It's that time of year again ...

Put in my application to be an official NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison! I won't hear if I'm accepted until after Sept. 26 (the application deadline), but I have every reason to hope I will be. Hooray for write-ins, and parties, and word wars, and the return of the Box of Awesome! Ima start outlining my novel tonight, yo. I can't wait!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

BOOYAH

And with that, that's yet another novel finished! Woo! I am on with the rocking, and ready to begin the rolling on the next one!

(And before you ask, yes, it will be a sequel. More of a part 2, actually; story-wise, it's all just one very long novel. Can November come any faster?!?!?

Short answer: No. Mwa ha ha.) Enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

FINALLY.

So after two weeks of an INCREDIBLY ITCHY bandage, I finally got it taken off and had the stitches removed from my incisions. The main slice is about an inch longer than last year's, but it's considerably neater and closed up with a lot less scarring. There are also two small incisions (one or two stitches each) from the scope. I have a small bandage now that I can take off on Monday, but the rest of my skin can finally start to heal.

Of course, I'm still stuck at home for another two weeks, but hey. Progress is progress. (Unfortunately, the blogmeet has gone from "hopefully, maybe" to "definitely not, unless a miracle occurs". :-( Next time!)

Just like last year, pic below the fold!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The book meme (because why not, hey)

Bold means I finished it. Italics means in progress, or started and one day intend to finish, or, for longer series, some read/some not. Strikethrough means I started and have no intention of finishing.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15.Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

There are entirely too many sections of unformatted text on that list. I shall have to correct that forthwith. Glee!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Because my loyal readers have asked ...

My current status: I'm fairly mobile around the apartment, but nowhere near driving or going out anywhere for another couple weeks. Painkillers, not so much (only OTC on occasion). Incredibly itchy bandage from the toes to the knee, causing night sweats and nasty skin irritation, oh so much. It comes off at midday Friday. I am literally counting the days (sometimes even the hours) until that moment. But Doctor Who starts back up on Saturday, so I'm generally peachy.

Thanks for asking!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A comic you should be reading, and why.

For some reason -- and I honestly can't quite put my finger on why -- the Aug. 16 strip for Spacetrawler is probably the most touching moment I've seen yet in the series. Martina's character has shown incredible growth (they all have to some degree, although Dimitri's kinda always pegged the awesome meter*), but it's been done in such a subtle, skillful way that it almost feels like you're watching your friends in the next room, instead of characters on a computer screen. That's a rare thing in any media. Anyway, you should be reading Spacetrawler. Start at the beginning. Your socks will rock right off.




*Yes, that's a drink in his hand. Yes, he almost always carries it. Yes, even in battle. Yes, he's Russian.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fwoo.

-- Radio silence is like to continue for the next few weeks, as in two days I will be drugged into oblivion so a man with a knife can carve up my foot like a Christmas goose. I've spent the last week prepping my apartment for convalescence and packing my freezer with precooked meals, and stocking up on reading material (the next two books each in "A Song of Ice and Fire" and The Baroque Cycle). Whether I will have the cognitive function for anything more complex than "Pat the Bunny" remains to be seen, but I'm hopeful.

-- I lost my good pocketknife and had to replace it. So far the new knife is doing well, as long as I remember to take the danged thing with me when I leave the house.

-- The Phineas & Ferb movie was excellent. Also, "Alphas" on SyFy is shaping up to be a pretty good series.

-- I miss my bike, but that's nothing new. This time next year, I hope to try riding again.

-- Picked up an Adler Royal for three bucks and change at Goodwill -- one quick pass with a damp rag and it was ready to go. Score!

-- I make a truly awesome cheese souffle.

-- Still don't wanna.