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Mama said there'd be days like this

Today has been a weird day. I've felt pretty off most of today, work and to do lists aside, I feel like I need to go home, shower and sleep. Then I'll just wake up tomorrow and pretend today didn't happen. There's not anything specific I can pinpoint, just an overall sort of dingy feeling to today. Maybe it's the rain, and the fact that I woke up with a sinus headache.

Work hasn't been spectacularly busy today, but there have been several headaches. Mostly I'm tired of doing the same work over and over again because people can't keep their data straight. I mean, seriously, there is work happening two and three times because other groups don't know how to double-check their work. :(

When I had some time this morning, I saved this link (which I got from jaylake). It's a pretty decent list of Steampunk novels: It's comprehensive, but a decent starting place if you're into that sort of thing. I would point out George Mann's The Affinity Bridge for one I read and enjoyed (there's zombies! and robots! and detective work!) and Tim Power's The Anubis Gates as a popular one (and notable for jump starting the genre) as one I've read, but didn't really enjoy. It was quite a slog for me to get through that book, and when I finished I wasn't quite sure what I'd read (or why). But I know a lot of people that have enjoyed it, so your mileage may vary. There is also quite interestingly, a few graphic novels/manga on the list too which I found interesting.

Speaking of books, Matt and I finished listening to Bill Bryson's "The Mother Tongue" this morning. I think it's a book we both enjoyed a great deal and is probably worth the time for anyone that likes writing, or knowing random tidbits of knowledge about the English language. The version I had of the audiobook had a few issues, so we'll probably track down a better copy one of these days. Definitely one of those things I'll want to listen to several times, just to pick up on new stuff that I'll have missed previously. (I tend to drift-off in the afternoons on our drive home, so I know I missed a bit.)

Lastly, since I'm really trying to focus on writing over the summer, and I need a bit of a jump-start, I thought I'd steal this little meme from darthneko.
Give me a story I never wrote (crack!AUs, crossovers, etc. totally a GO!), and I'll give you a line from it. To help give you an idea what I'm writing over the summer, I have two fandoms: Alice in Wonderland (original Carroll style) and Dragon Age: Origins (Awakenings included) and original fiction starring my Fake Band: Tinamou, as well as stories about Sorrow (an assassin, and a demon - appears in this meme), Alice and Fianne & Vincent from my Peeping Alice series and I'm also toying with expanding Anne & Jeremy's story from Ever-Dark. There might also be some historical fiction happening if I can get it done for Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn.

That's stuff I'm supposed to be working on, but feel free to throw any fairytale ideas at me, they're actually going to be useful for me over the summer. And I do love me some fairytale retelling fun.


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Jun. 9th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
"The Sorrow of the Brass Tack Stealer." I always loved that story even though I never read it and you never wrote it.
Jun. 9th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Sorrow didn't understand why the tacks were important to her employer, but when the demons say kill the thief...that's what you do.
Jun. 9th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
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