Saturday, November 01, 2003

Today I went to Borders(Yea!). I love bookstores. I was looking for a new book by Orson Scott Card, one of the world's greatest authors, called the Crystal City, the sixth book in his bloody brill Alvin Maker series. He posted the first third on his website,, and hooked me. Of course, my incessant need to finish book series prompted me to go for it too, but still. . .(wonderful series, really)

Get this: Crystal City was supposed to come out the first of November(today). But Borders doesn't get it until the tenth. Augh!


Instead I found another new book of his: Robota. Absolutely incredible, though the writing, I feel, might have been better and the illustrations and the writing didn't always fit together well. It was essentially an action book(which I have no problem with). I think it would be great made into a movie with a good special effects team, like Star Wars--a direction in which I think Chiang's talents are better suited. I didn't buy it, at its thirty-five dollar price tag, especially considering I was carrying only twenty-five bucks.

Moving on: Have ya'll ever tried chai? Great stuff. And today I was able to buy a big can of chai mix(yea!). So tonight I plan on mixing up some iced chai and seeing if it's good from the mix.

Afterwards, had to drain our pool and get it ready to put over the winter cover. Problem: My labrador, Kipper, hangs out in the garage sometimes. She got at the pool cover and chewed through pretty far. So my dad and I had to patch several holes in it today, and we have to wait for a while for the glue to dry. Which will mean I have to do pool work tomorrow. When I need to be finishing homework.

Homework I should probably be doing right now, but I'm a great procrastinator. Gotta write an essay comparing a movie and the book it's based off. And I've got a Spanish project. But I'll probably spend tonight writing my own stories. Might post the result in the early morn.

Be seein' ya. Take care of yourself, now.
No inspiration for another good post. *sniff*. My earlier long one didn't work. I suppose I'll post what I write tonight in the morn.
Erm.. . posting issues... let's see if this works.

Friday, October 31, 2003

One: first post. Yea! Yadda yadda.

Two: Tonight's Halloween. It sucks here. No, serious. Nobody decorates, really. We stuck up spiderwebs and jack-o-lanterns and people thought it was really cool. Whoopdi-doo. Jeez, where I used to live, they considered Halloween a success if the little kiddies were too scared to come to the door. If it was really good, the older kids would look freaked out too.

Oh, and these folks that take a basket of candy and set it on their porch? Public hanging/whipping/burning/shooting is too good for them. How can a kid grow up without a good Halloween? Always was my favorite holiday.

Because, you know, everything changed. It was incredible. People put effort into these awesome home made costumes so everyone looked different and decorations and candy and coming into our friend's apartment out of the cold and drinking hot chocolate and picking out a big chocolate bar, oh man, how can a kid grow up without that? It's the most beautiful holiday, and I fear I will never see a real Halloween again for some time.

Maybe it's the neighborhood. Stupid upper-middle-class suburbs. Everything's so blood, so bloody, I dunno, clean and kosher. We can't do anything original to our houses, we can't have something that doesn't fit the montony of the neighborhood, I mean, how do houses get any personality?

Oh, and I can't stand yuppie parents. You know: the sort that says "Let's take the monsters out of Halloween. It scares the kids, anyway." The kids are bloody thrilled with the monsters. It's like wanting to take the blood out of children's stories. Look, kids don't mind blood as long as it's shed by the richly deserving. And, well, you know the little mermaid? She died and disolved into sea foam. The story ended, well, beautifully. No sappily and happily.

Oh. gtg.