Yeah, ultimately it's just entertainment and just a game, but there's an awful lot of suckage going around these days, and when glee comes to revel in, I'm reveling in it. Go Giants!!! :) :)
It's the German-language edition of The Binder's Road, the sequel to Zauberin des Lichts, and I wasn't twmed this time; German Amazon dropped the weird Cassiopeian middle initial from my byline for this book. And it makes a lovely set with this one.
Available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble online, as well as from Powell's, from my favorite place to buy books online, Books-a-Million, and from my favorite place to buy DVDs online, which has now expanded into bookselling and of the vendors listed here does in fact have the best price for this book, with no club-membership requirement: Deep Discount.
At I-Con I read from the chapter that mirrors the first chapter of Illumination from a nineteen-years-later perspective. It was received well, and reading it gave me a wonderful feeling of coming full circle while still moving forward.
Because my body decided last night that 8 p.m. really was still 2 a.m., even though I thought that sleeping eleven hours the night before had been an insta-cure for jetlag, I was in and out of a heavy drowse on the sofa till my SO called it and shut CNN off around 10:30, but I've been up since five hoping to hear good news about Montana and Virginia.
(Yup, could be a long wait, but K woke up too sick to go in and I can work up here, so now we're back to hanging out in front of CNN.)
The weird thing is: On German Amazon, I've acquired a middle initial W. On U.S. Amazon until they fixed it, and still on BarnesandNoble.com, for Illumination I've been listed with a middle initial M. Neither W nor M is my middle initial, and I've never used my middle initial in my byline (although I think some magazine printed it once, for some reason I never got to the bottom of).
I can kind of see the M; it's the sort of typo you'd make when you start typing the last name, get distracted, then come back and type the last name in from scratch, leaving the first letter of the aborted attempt as a vestigial middle initial. But the W is a mystery to me.
It's the constellation Cassiopeia of middle initials.
I've been twmed.
The thing that struck me about the Best Buy invasion was that they'd have had very little to chronicle if they hadn't been trying to chronicle it. What got them into trouble, and made fodder for all the anecdotes, was the cameras they smuggled in to record the invasion. Attempting to observe the phenomenon not only changed the quality of it, but made it into something.
I really, really loved their Cell Phone Symphony mission, though.
Whoever keeps putting my middle initial on my convention badges
Circle I Limbo
The people who canceled Firefly in favor of "reality" programming
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind
Cellphone performance artists
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow
Anyone who contributed to making Microsoft Word suck
Circle IV Rolling Weights
People who talk in theatres during shows /// Homicidal Domino's Pizza drivers
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled
The corrupt and inept people destroying the library where my friend works
Circle VI Buried for Eternity
Racists, homophobes, and the other socially intolerant
Circle VII Burning Sands
Cheney, Rove, and Dubya
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement
Abusers of children, the elderly, animals, domestic partners
Circle IX Frozen in Ice
Electronic Road Signs and Me
Somewhere on one of the parkways around here there's a sign that says CAUTION: LOW BRIDGES. Kevin misread it once, and we laugh now every time we pass it. Who knows...maybe, for a few hours one night, it really said what we thought it said. *g*