Les Semaines

December 2, 2007

what I'm thinking and doing § what I'm listening to § what I'm reading
what I'm writing § retrospective: old journal


December Brings Heavy Weather

Yesterday, on the first day of December, this happened:

SnowThe first snow of the year started falling.


Atia's first snowAtia had to try to figure out what was going on. Perplexing, this white stuff. Am I supposed to chase it? She tried, a little. (Sophia and Titus slept through it.)


We got about three inches (I'd stopped taking pictures, sorry) and it stuck around for a few hours then gradually went away.

Today, on the second, it rained it all away. Then rained, rained, and rained. It must think it's winter around here or something because the day hardly bothered to get light at all. Jim complained about that, but I didn't care. I was deep in sloth. I have some kind of cold, or maybe it's an infection because my left eye is swollen, and my nose and throat hurt, or maybe it's just winter, but I hardly got off the loveseat today, despite a long list of things I had planned to accomplish. I didn't get much more than that done yesterday, either. I'd felt fine earlier in the week. Crazy annoying!

The only thing I accomplished this weekend was a lot of online shopping for books, music, DVDs at usually suspected places, and too much stuff at Etsy (what a treasure trove!) and of course Giant Microbes and Uncommon Goods. The good news is that my holiday shopping is nearly done. Especially if everything arrives on time. I am delighted.

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Turns out that thus far I find the new Christine Fellows a little disappointing, especially compared to her previous album. This one just seems less heartfelt, a little more random.

Also now have a copy of a strange Danish disc, Futh by a band called Tjamtjala. A reader of the Ectophiles' Guide mentioned it to me a few years ago and sent me one song and I found it fascinating. I can't tell if it's medieval or medieval inspired, but it certainly gives off that mood. Scandinavian folk music is often dark, eerie, beautiful like this.

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Scott Westerfeld's Extras is a science fictional YA novel set in the world of Uglies, Pretties, and Specials. This one takes place in a future Japan where fame is everything, and people run news stories for attention (rather like the blogosphere) and the already famous stay famous for being famous (rather like celebrity news, n'est-ce pas?) Aya hates how low her ratings are and is aching to kick a story that will get will her recognized, and so when she runs into the nearly mythic Sly Girls who are rumoured to run daring risks, she works her way into their group, even though she has to lie and plans to betray them for her own fame, right when the highly attractive (and more famous then her) leader of the Radical Honesty cult suddenly finds himself interested in her. This is a fun story and a worthy follow-up to the previous stories in this strange world Westerfeld has envisioned.

William Gibson's Spook Country is about a women getting involved in a situation where nearly everyone she meets is some kind of spook, whether they're ex-CIA, in hiding from the world, so wealthy they don't have to interact with the real world. Even she is a spook--she used to be in a famous band, and that gets her introductions she might never had gotten otherwise, though she really doesn't feel much like that person anymore. The story also follows a junkie who has been highjacked by a spook, and a young man from a family with deep ties to spooks who has been doing jobs for them for years as part of a family debt. All of their strings are being pulled by various puppeteers who are trying to out-spook spooks. There were parts where I got a little weary of the constant chasing around, but found the main parts of the story quite interesting and ultimately involving.

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The writing isn't going so well. Foggy head does not make for smooth writing sessions--I think it could best describe it as frustrating.

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Retrospective: old journal

Didn't get to the journal, sorry. Bad time to be sitting here typing.

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