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Abstract Thoughts has been updated with Jennifer: 0. Boyfriend's Alarm: 1. - which is about Bay Con, writing, and how I fumbled my security check despite having the alarm codes.

May 16, 2007
Jennifer: 0. Boyfriend's Alarm: 1.
It's a week until I head out for Bay Con. I am really looking forward to this road trip. I'm going to get to see a lot of friends that I haven't seen in a long time. Plus, this is my first time as an official guest type person at a convention. That, in and of itself, is exciting. After the convention, I'm going to spend a little time with Rich and Cil. Then, sushi with Monte before running out to Sacramento to spend a couple of nights with Heather. All good stuff in my book.

Looks like my schedule for Bay Con has changed and I'm going to be a little bit busier than I thought. I am now on eight panels instead of six. I have to do more preparation than I first expected but nothing too major.

Friday, 25/07 16:00 Growing Up Geek - How do you raise a fannish child? What do you do as a second generation fan? How do you deal with the interesting calls from school, or the utter confusion from your own classmates when you read your 'what I did over the summer' paper?

Friday, 5/25/07 21:30 Rules of Metaphysics - It's magic, but there are rules... Our writers and gamers discuss how they create the rules that make their magical worlds work.

Saturday, 5/26/07 14:30 World Creation for Gamers - How does world design differ between written, video and game platforms?

Sunday, 5/27/07 10:00 Fun Ways to Kill Your Characters - A gamer/goth, anthropologist, pharmacologist, swordmaster, a Ranger and fan discuss all of the creative ways you can kill off your characters. It's not all blood and guts!

Sunday, 5/27/07 14:30 Geek of My Dreams - Where is my Geek? Panelists discuss what makes someone a geek, and what makes them sexually attractive.

Sunday, 5/27/07 20:00 So There I Was... - "So There I Was... in the middle of the field when..." Join RPGers as they share their gaming war stories. Bring your own to share.

Monday, 5/28/07 10:00 Pandemic Flu - Spanish Flu. Hong Kong Flu. Bird Flu. What is it that generates an epidemic? What stops it? Is it inevitable that we will have another flu epidemic or can we stop it?

Monday, 5/28/07 14:30 Why and When to use a Pseudonym - Pseudonyms are frequently used by authors. But why would you want to use a different name? Isn't there an advantage in name recognition? Our panelists have all used different names in their writing, and will explain the pros and cons of using a pseudonym.


For the first time in many years, I got new ink. It is a tattoo I have wanted for over a year now. That is part of my rule about tattoos. I have to have the same image on the same part of my body for a year in my head before I can get the ink done. This one, the silhouette of a sitting kitty is on my left ankle covering up my dagger tattoo.

It is not that I did not like the dagger tattoo anymore. It is the fact that ten years later I no longer need the dagger for what it represented. Originally, I got the dagger to symbolize the cutting off of my 'old life' from my 'new life.' Ten years later, I have reconciled all parts of my life and am happy with where I am. So, I felt a new tattoo was in order. I chose the silhouette of a sitting kitty for many reasons. Some friends have dubbed the new tattoo "Crouching Kitty, Hidden Dagger" because while the dagger is no longer visible, I know it is there.

The tattoo hurt a lot. I remembered that it would hurt but it hurt more than I remembered it would. Fortunately, while I did not need him there, my best guy came to hold my hand and watch while the tattoo was done. The thing I did not remember was how much the tattoo would hurt in the week after. Oh man! Pain and swollen ankle! Lots of it. I will be very glad when the tattoo finally heals. It is almost a week later and it still hurts.


On the writing front, I've decided to trash what I've done with Novel #2 and start over again. There are a couple problems with it. Plus, after talking with some people who sell books, it sounds like the better bet is to do the trilogy idea instead of one single long book. Thus, I need to change the focus of the outline. It will change the timeline I originally had planned for Novel #2 but I'm not that worried about it.

Also, I'm doing some editing for FanPro on their Degensis line. Either I'm really picky or the previous editor was distracted while they were editing. Some of the mistakes I'm found are pretty darned blatant. It's surprising. But, now I can see why they asked for editors.

Things are going very well on the Edge of Propinquity side of things except for the fact that I'm behind on reading the slush pile again. I want to get totally caught up before I head down for Bay Con. Between the editing and the Bay Con prep, that's going to make my time a bit tight in some respects. I think I will just hold off on the restart of Novel #2 until I get back from Bay Con and not worry about it. If I have time, I will write up a new outline for it.


You know you've got a good guy when, upon beating him home, you get inside and turn off the alarm. Only, you muck it up and the alarm center calls the home and asks you for the password - which you don't have... which requires the alarm company to send out the police and instead of being mad at you, your SO laughs and claims it as a "big win" for him.

My guy and I play random games with each other all the time. Word games, number games, and "let's do things this way" or "see, I'm right" games. It's fun. It's random. It's spontaneous. I like it. I am so glad he had a sense of humor about the whole thing and claimed it as a big win for him. Because, man, was I embarrassed.

Also, I am VERY glad that he was only 30 seconds behind me. I'm glad I didn't have to face the cop by myself, trying to explain that I was the new girlfriend and I mucked up the alarm system the first time I used it. The cop was amused after my guy proved that he lived in the house. The alarm company mentioned that my guy could set up a password 'just for the girlfriend' if he wanted to.

I'm gonna be wary of that alarm system from now on.

Jennifer: 0. Boyfriend's Alarm: 1.


As a complete aside, my new glass top oven looks spectacular! It is very nice to have an oven again. If the trend of me losing one major appliance a year holds, next year at this time, I will be buying a new dishwasher.


Tarot Card for the Day: The Sun, Inverted

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deirdremoon
May. 16th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
As a silly side comment, J and I will probably be buying a new glasstop oven ourselves this month. The old oven started beeping alarms at us that mean nothing and can trigger multiple times a day. Or, y'know, middle of the night. We turned off the fuse to the range before leaving on vacation so our neighbors wouldn't hear a shrill "beepbeepbeepbeepbeep" and worry we were on fire or something. :)
Vulpin OpenID [myopenid.com]
May. 17th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
In the chance you are getting here early enough on Friday, care to try to catch Pirates III before you go to Baycon? There is a theater in Redwood City (Century, I think) that should be showing it, and that's convenient for you.

In any event, safe journey!

-Me
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