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Friday, October 31, 2003
Evil Eyes Don't look now, but another incriminating photo has popped up on the Internet. Many thanks to Maggie Griffin and Lee Child for a wonderful party at the Peppermill. Zap!
Boo Happy Halloween. Want to disturb yourself beyond comprehension? Go out and rent Takashi Miike's Audition.
The System was Down, Yo! Well, that was certainly interesting. The server that was hosting this illustrious site went kaput. I finally got around to moving all my stuff over to its new home. Stay tuned for post-Bouchercon reflections, a link to the L.A. Times article I was quoted in, and highlights from Sean Doolittle's L.A. book tour stop.
Sunday, October 12, 2003
Congratulations My deepest congratulations and all my love go out to my best friend Tom Fassbender and his smart and lovely wife Samantha on the birth of their first child today. I'll let them give you the details, but please join me in welcoming this joy into the world.
Friday, October 10, 2003
Preparing for Vegas Next week is the big national mystery convention, a little shindig called BoucherCon, named after pulp writer and esteemed mystery reviewer Anthony Boucher. (For the record, my favorite Boucher book is Rocket to the Morgue). This year it's being held in Las Vegas, which means that instead of getting kicked out of the hotel bar at closing time, we'll most likely get kicked out for some other reason. I'll be attempting daily postings during the show to share the fun and excitement. Until then, there's work to be done!
Thursday, October 09, 2003
Kim for Sale Amazon.com has now listed my first Kim Possible novelization as available for pre-order. It's only four bucks, so order a couple, won't you please?
Monday, October 06, 2003
Dreams I heard a report recently about the U.S. becoming a "dream-deprived nation" ... the thought being that with more people working more hours, people are remembering their dreams less. This dream pundit suggest that we all strive not just to remember our dreams more, but also to share them with others.
Last night I dreamed I was on a light-rail system. I was sitting in the front of the train with my friend, Steve Spignese, who was hitting on the female driver. She, for her part, didn't know where the stops were on this line; she was new to the job. They both asked me for advice, but before I could respond, I realized we were passing the same stop again, as if on a circular track.
Later, in an unknown apartment with this driver, I was cracking my knuckles -- not by bending them back, but by pulling them out of socket. I reached the middle finger of my left hand. I pulled -- not so hard, really -- and the finger came right off my hand. A clean cut, separated bone and all.
I immediately shoved the finger back back into its socket, applying pressure to stop the bleeding, hoping that if I held it long enough, the wound would heal itself.
I can still distinctly remember the feeling of holding my finger. It felt like a cold, thick, lizard's tail.
Friday, October 03, 2003
Now Playing Here's a round up of some of the music I've been listening to this week.
1. Sigur Ros - ()
Listening to this now with a nice cup of oolong (thank you, Nathan Walpow), before I go back to my massive home sanding project. This untitled CD is beautifully haunting.
2. David Bowie - Reality
It's not nearly as amazing as his previous Heathen, but it's growing on me.
3. Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
Yes, they sound like Joy Division. No, this is not a bad thing.
4. Mochipet - various tracks
I got this CD-R from Mr. Mochipet himself at an experimental electronica show. It's absolutely wonderfully deranged. Listed to Dessert Search for Techno Baklava if you don't believe me.
5. Kaito - Band Red
Brit girls playing happy teenbeat punk so insanely they sound Japanese. Mmm.
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