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Weather Harlot returns (northern Harlot, Momcat equals southern Harlot)
I am back from my vacation and am still in that awkward transfer from vacation zone-out back into the real world. As I get older it is harder making the adjustment. It’s a mild version of post-traumatic-stress-spring-feverish out-time that has to be transitioned across. It’s painful coming back into reality.
At work I’m still day dreaming about the mountains, the beautiful fall foliage and the bracing cold. I can feel the wind burn on my lips. I actually had to use chap-stick, a once in a decade purchase for me. I also miss Vala’s incessant jitteriness as she was bouncing about trying to keep warm. I think she is only truly happy when the temperatures soar and stay in the high-humid nineties.
I’ve also enjoyed four weeks of minimal computer use, which gave me time to think about stuff that normally stays subsumed in my thoughts because I’m not particularly good with expressing intangibles in words this is going to be difficult to communicate.
I have been thinking about several related topics one is why SGU universe isn’t connecting with me, and how that is related to other general and very old intellectual questions I been mulling about fan fiction since I first encounted the genre.( years ago ). It goes back to reading Love and Death in the American Novel by Leslie A. Fiedler. I decided on vacation I was ready for a re-read of this amazing critical study. Since I’d forgotten most of it and because the intellectual issues the author addresses haven’t changed that much in forty years I knew it was going to be fun.
Fiedler’s cultural criticism is more relevant with each passing decade and he gave me an interesting lens with which to interpret fanfiction and the media products they are based upon.
Momcat has been putting up with my rants about this for awhile--Why can’t young men get over their fascination with dark and edgy fiction about loners, psychopaths, and dark characters as the pinnacle of literary (or screenplay) sophistication.? Or to quote the blurb on the back cover of Fiedler’s tome.
“….. there emerges Fiedler’s once scandalous—and now increasingly accepted—judgment that our literature in incapable of dealing with adult sexuality and is pathologically obsessed with death.”
Here are a few more quotes, to get the gist of Fiedler’s points.
“Our great novelists, though experts on indignity and assault, on loneliness and terror, tend to avoid treating the passionate encounter of a man and woman, which we expect at the center of a novel. Indeed, they rather shy away from permitting in their fictions the presence of any full-fledged, mature women, giving us instead monsters of virtue or bitchery, symbols of the rejection or fear of sexuality”
“--our classic literature is a literature of horror for boys.”
“...the typical male protagonist of our fiction has been a man on the run, harried into the forest and out to sea, down the river or into combat—anywhere to avoid “civilization” which is to say, the confrontation of a man and a woman which leads to the fall to sex, marriage, and responsibility.”
(Must get to work will continue this later)
I enjoyed the meal at the Cove last night and the chocolate cake and ice cream was yummy. It is totally unfair that you order sweet-potato fries so I won't steal them. Next week the cuisine of choice is Mexican, I'm not sure where we are going yet, but I will call everyone at the usual time.
I was telling Ann_Tara what a bust my television watching has become. The one show I really wanted to see the Castle season opener, I missed. Ann_Tara says it will be streamed at the network, so when I'm off work that's what I will be doing tonight. That and watching episode three and four along with SGA rewind.
It appears Vala is getting into Supernatural, I'm going to give it another try too. It's all Ann_Tara's fault her descriptions and analysis of the episodes are soooooo tempting. I asked her today if I could skip the first two seasons and jump in at three and four. The short answer was--No. So I feel another time sump coming on.
Work is calming down and I'm catching up on my sleep. I've been on a creative burst since the middle of summer and I hate to let it go. I also want to get back to the jewelry making and avoid house cleaning as long as possible. I will be posting the rest of the icons for Hide and Seek and 38 Minutes soon. I went way over-board on the 38 Minutes icons but I learned quite a few new techniques.
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Momcat is joining us for dinner. She called me at three and wanted to know if I could do lunch, I couldn't I working till 6:30 I told her to get across town before the game traffic lets loose. She'd forgotten about the game. Vala3 is watching the Tennessee UCLA game right now, we play them next week so I will get a long report about them tonight at dinner. She keeps up with all that stuff, I'm such a sorry-ass Gator Fan.
I've been busily creating SGA icons for Search and Rescue, I finished the Rising group, now the fun part begins---figuring how to post the things behind the cuts correctly.
With each batch I'm working my way deeper into the photoshop functions. I want to start playing with some of the special effects filters, and try for some atmospheric effects.
I'm also finishing up a couple of involved posts to SGA Rewind. I'm already two weeks behind in watching the episodes. Today is the beginning of episode three--or 'Bug Week' as I'm calling it.
I'm going to make a few bug icons, and I was commiserating with Vala3 about the lack of artful tick illustrations in public domain. She commented she was shocked by such an oversight, You can never have enough tick, spider and crab graphics.
She wants to have both the Carson and the Sheppard ready for the Chicago convention so she can get them signed. Her hand is healing fast, but she still has to take frequent breaks in her drawing.
I spent the day doing artwork and cooking. I made lentil soup and froze lots of ground beef packages for adding to eggs, soups and veggie stacks.
Tonight Vala and I watched 'Enemy at the Gates' from her newly purchased 5th season of 'Stargate Atlantis' and imbibed a Newton Claret with chocolate while watching the final episode. It was sublime.
I'm tired, it is going to be a long week coming up. I'm looking forward to the Anhinga Conference, but I've got lots of other projects going at the same time. I fear my summer is almost over. The tunnel is approaching fast I'm not ready for classes to begin. Aaaarg.
The Anhinga Writers' Studio 2009 Summer Workshops will be held in Gainesville Florida July 29- August 1st. Information at
On Thursday July 30th Charlaine Harris creator of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and HBO's hit series, "True Blood" will give a talk at 3:00pm at the Hilton UF Hotel. This will be followed by a book signing. Information below