matociquala: (comics invisibles lord fanny)
What writers get up to when we're supposed to be encouraging each other to work...

[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Can I still say "sullen red light" or is that overused?
[livejournal.com profile] fadethecat: It doesn’t strike me as cliche.
[livejournal.com profile] fadethecat: Though it might depend on context.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: It might be overused.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Why is the light always sullen?
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Alternative?
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Why never morose?
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Heh
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Because it's grumpy.
[livejournal.com profile] fadethecat: Grouchy?
[livejournal.com profile] fadethecat: It could be a grumpy red light.
[livejournal.com profile] fadethecat: That would not seem cliche at all.
[livejournal.com profile] fadethecat: Misanthropic red light.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: A hangry red light
[livejournal.com profile] fadethecat: I would fear the hangry red light.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: We all would.
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: heeee
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Crabby red light. Put-upon orange light
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: ARGH
[livejournal.com profile] fadethecat: Contumacious purple light.
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Oh. The light could be purple.
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: But then it can't be bruised.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: welted?
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Inflamed?
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: a purple and red light suffering from cellulitis and blood poisoning.
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: No wonder it's sullen.
matociquala: (criminal minds fate)
In which [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb, [livejournal.com profile] fadethecat, [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange, and I talk about Hobbit Monopoly.

This is the same conversation where we found ourselves quailing before the inevitability of Bilbo/Smaug, given the actors involved.
matociquala: (comic tick ninjas hedge)
[18:43] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I'm not afraid of animals.
[18:43] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Just abandonment.
[18:43] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: This explains ALL of my books.
[18:44] [livejournal.com profile] leahbobet: Bear, that was almost a Softer World comic.
[18:44] [livejournal.com profile] fadethecat: It just needs a photograph and a mouse hover-tag!
matociquala: (can't sleep books will eat me)
Why authors have no interest in stealing your ideas, part six thousand.

So there's this writer chat I hang out with--basically an online writer's group--where we basically try to be a good influence on each other. And a virtual water cooler, an d a "Hey, how do I...?"

Conversation that took place ten seconds ago:

[14:54] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: I need a word to describe the way a ghost glows
[14:54] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: spectral and preternatural have been used close by.
[14:56] [livejournal.com profile] beatriceeagle: Eerie.
[14:58] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: fungal
[14:59] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Omphalotus_nidiformis_lawson_lightoff_email.jpg
[14:59] [livejournal.com profile] beatriceeagle: Bioluminescence, yay!
[15:00] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: or necroluminescence in this case
[15:01] [livejournal.com profile] beatriceeagle: Someone should really write a story about the biology of ghosts' glows.
[15:01] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I nominate you.

The truth is that anybody who is qualified to write a publishable story has, well... years of experience in generating ideas. We have more damned ideas than we know what to do with. The problem is finding time and energy and creativity to write them all.

Ideas are the easy part.

And even if Bea and Amanda and I all decided to write that story... they would, all three, be unbelievably different. Because we're different people, that's why.

(Oh sure, sometimes you'll see writers sitting around a table in a bar, and somebody will toss out a brilliant idea, and somebody else will say, "Can I steal that?!" And usually? The person who produced the idea will shrug and say "Yes." Because we know the truth: ideas are cheap. Execution, now that's expensive.)
matociquala: (criminal minds reid airquotes)
[12:47] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: UK/British Isles addresses: too freaking long for American forms.
[12:47] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: *Shares turkey noodle soup*
[12:48] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I will have to make this for you this summer.
[12:48] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: it came out awesomesocks.
[12:48] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: I suppose it comes of accreting all those historical placenames. :-P
[12:48] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: ooo, soup.
[12:48] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Fr Serious.
[12:48] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: *will not say no to awesomesocks *
[12:49] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: and it takes 20 minutes
[12:49] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: And is cheap
[12:49] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I should just post what passes for the recipe.
[12:49] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: But seriously: a house name, a street name, a town, a shire, sometimes a river, a country, and THEN A NATION?
[12:49] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: YOU PEOPLE.
[12:49] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: Hey.
[12:49] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Put a postal code on it and be done.
[12:50] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: Sometimes there is a bridge and a postcode, too.
[12:52] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: I once lived in a house with a name, a number, a road, a bridge, a town, and a county. And the road was named for the beach.
[12:52] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: I suspect if there'd been a convenient stream, it would have gone on there too - sadly, the local hill was already taken.
[12:52] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: At least we always know where to find you.

As promised: redneck turkey soup deliciousness.

Take a quart of chicken or turkey broth (chicken is actually better, I think) and simmer it with some mushroom stems, thyme, bay leaf, black pepper, and garlic until the smell drives you mad.

Come back. Get some ground turkey (or chicken) and crumble it up and sautee it. You can sautee the mushrooms in here too if you didn't already use them for something else.

Deglaze the sautee pan with some of the broth. Strain the bits out of the remaining broth. Return all of this to the soup pan.

Add frozen green peas and your favorite egg noodles (wide ones are better) in quantity such as to make a hearty meal. Simmer until the peas and noodles are tender.

Eat with much smacking of teeth.
matociquala: (ascii frog by Jean Seok)
[23:35] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Somebody just said about the new Conan, "He looks the part, but can he act?"
[23:35] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Um.... it's Conan.
[23:35] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: In fact, if he can act, he might not be believable.
[23:35] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: he has such a great theatrical onus of history upon him, after all
[23:36] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: The Bogey Conan. The Olivier Conan.
[23:36] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Berhardt's breeches part
[23:37] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Don't forget his classic soliloquy, "What is best in life? To be, or not to be?"
[23:38] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Is it worth having a glass of wine now?
[23:38] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: I think it is, in honour of Shakespeare's Conan.
[23:39] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: And Dostoevsky's groundbreaking "Conan the Idiot".
[23:39] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: Have you touched on Kafka's yet?
[23:39] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: The Cimerian colony?
[23:39] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: about the guy who goes to sleep and wakes up as conan
[23:39] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Oh, that one.
[23:40] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: And let's not forget Kromm Here to Eternity.
[23:41] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Als Conan der Cimmerian eines Morgens als unrühige Träumen erwachte...
[23:41] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Sir Thomas More: A Conan for All Seasons.
[23:42] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Crom and Punishment.
[23:43] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Old Conan and the Sea
[23:43] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: King Conan and I
[23:43] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Love is the Plan, the Plan is Conan
[23:44] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Conan-22
[23:44] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Conan of Green Gables
[23:45] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Crom and Loathing in Las Vegas
[23:47] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: In Cimmerian Wine
[23:48] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Look of Homeward, Conan.
matociquala: (holmes confidence)
[22:18] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Research for May Maisy?
[22:18] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: yes
[22:18] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Mazer. *g*
[22:18] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: I was about to call her Misty May.
[22:18] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: But I think that's a softcore porn actress.
[22:19] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Apparently she's a professional volleyball player
[22:19] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misty_May-Treanor
[22:19] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Oh, no, that's Misty Mundae I was thinking of.
[22:20] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Of Lord of the G-Strings, and Play-Mate of the Apes.
[22:20] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: And two episodes of CSI.
[22:21] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0612691/#Actress
[22:21] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: As well as the doubtlessly tasteful "Duck! The Carbine High Massacre".
matociquala: (can't sleep books will eat me)
[22:24] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I should probably give up on this idea of Steampunk Domed New York as needlessly baroque.
[22:24] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: I like it.
[22:25] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I do too.
[22:25] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: But it begs the question of why.
[22:25] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Or am I thinking like a science fiction writer again?
[22:25] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Steampunk nuclear war?
[22:25] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I was thinking environmental toxicity
[22:25] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Well, wait a second.
[22:25] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: The steam is being powered by coal, no?
[22:25] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Some of it. This is more jazz age
[22:26] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: A way to keep the smog down!
[22:26] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Oh. Because excessive coal burning could be cause for a dome.
[22:26] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Sure
[22:26] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: And I just like typing "masonry sky."
[22:26] [livejournal.com profile] katallen: jacking up the utilities bills
matociquala: (writing steles burning)
[16:08] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: So what does a Djinn look like, except blue?
[16:08] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I think he's incognito except for the part where he's standing in a brazier.
[16:09] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: So, like a Navi
[16:10] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Does he look like a man?
[16:10] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Djinn were blue first.
[16:10] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Or something terrible and awful.
[16:10] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I think he's the Oz of the Djinn world.
[16:10] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: except, you know, susceptible to flattery.
[16:11] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Because he is a Djinn, after all.
[16:11] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Maybe I should just make him look like a Middle Eastern Seth Green in lapis.
[16:11] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: That would amuse me.
[16:11] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: That would amuse about anyone, I think.
[16:11] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: Scott Evil!
[16:12] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Pretty much yes.
[16:12] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: *in the Oz voice*
[16:24] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: There is no gravitas in this Djinn-summoning.
[16:26] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: The PersiUns are advanced. They have trouser pocket technology.
[16:27] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: sensible PersiUns.
[16:27] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: Pockets might be in the top ten of most useful inventions of all time.
[16:27] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: they are up there.
[16:27] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: Or at least the most convenient.
[16:27] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Wheel, lever, aspirin, water screw, pockets.
[16:30] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: yep.
[16:31] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: condom, flush toilet, penicillin, coherent light, knife.
[16:31] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: that's pretty much it right there.
[16:31] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: food canning.
[16:31] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: I want a dog-destinker.
[16:34] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Amanda, it will be your job to tell me if the flip, insolent Djinn thing works, or if I'm outsmarting myself.
[16:34] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Okay
[16:54] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Is the djinn a he or an it?
[16:54] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: I'm pretty sure Seth Green is a he.
[16:55] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Yes, but he's only the actor playing the Djinn.
[16:55] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: It's a demigod, after all.
[16:55] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: my impression of djinni is that they are masculine.
[16:55] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: but, you know, I've never met one.
[16:56] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: It would simplify my pronoun issues if he were an it.
[16:56] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: but I can work around it.
[16:56] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: All the ones I know are male.
[16:56] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: er, him.
[16:56] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: they could be as sexless as angels, for all I know.
[16:56] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Does he want to be a he?
[16:56] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Well, I'm sure in this form he has boy parts.
[16:56] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: This is more of a metaphysical question
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: It is a spirit of wind and fire, which are not, you know, necessarily gendered.
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: I think if he puts on a boy's body, he might as well be called a boy.
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: He could have dressed up as a frog, or smokeless flame, or whatever.
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: And when he shows up later as a pillar of flame?
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: but fire is - in the Islamic theory of the humours - a more masculine substance.
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: This is a world without Islam.
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Then you're in for confusion. :P
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Heh. I'm thinking proactively.
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: (also in the Greek theory. Humoural theory in general)
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: It's also a world without Greeks. *g*
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: fine, spoil my humours. :-P
[16:59] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: descriptively speaking, not prescriptively.
[16:59] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: Wait, but what if he has boyparts but feels like a girl?
[16:59] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: if he has boyparts he should be a he.
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Except he doesn't always have boyparts.
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: And animals can be its no matter what parts they have.
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: So I think he's an it.

...maybe. Unless I change my mind again.
matociquala: (writing softcore nerdporn _ heres_luck)
[13:31] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I need to name the !Sarmatian
[13:31] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Since we only have greek words for them this is complicated.
[13:31] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Maybe I'll just go latinate and fuck it.
[13:33] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: or you could go Turkish. :-)
[13:33] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Or Slavic
[13:33] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I alsready have Nottomans,
[13:34] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: so I'm avoiding the turkish
[13:34] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: The woman-king has a fairly Slavic name.
[13:35] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: I'm a little prejudiced concerning latinate names, me.
[13:35] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: heh
[13:36] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I think I will call him Saura.
[13:36] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: I do not like to see them outside Rome. :-)
[13:36] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Which is officially an obscure joke only you will get.
[13:36] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: (You know the etymology behind Sarmatian, right?)
[13:36] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: Herodotos!
[13:37] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Yes *g*
[13:37] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: This is why I pay Liz.
[13:38] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: Herodotos is full of crazy and wonderful stuff.
[13:39] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: He keeps turning up in my research
[13:40] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Of course, I'm mashing up 2000 years of history, but don't tell.
[13:40] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: Wouldn't dream of it.

ETA:

[13:44] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: I'm quite fond of Herodotos. He has interesting ideas about what people who are not Greek do.
[13:44] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: Mostly wrong ideas, but, still. Interesting. :-)
[13:45] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Hey, this is fantasy. It doesn't have to be right, it just has to be interesting.
[13:45] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Okay, nearly to the conan homage here.
[13:45] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: I('m thinking about his much debated account of Babylonian temple prostitution)
[13:46] [livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: Conan homage!
[13:46] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Hmm, think I can use depictions in kurgan stelae as evidence that women routinely went bare-chested?

...that's why they call it fantasy.
matociquala: (criminal minds reid airquotes)
REMINDER: The Metatropolis contests are still open!!

Deathmosey proceeding. ~2000 words so far today on three different projects, and I mosey on.

[14:32] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: This story still needs a title that does not suck.
[14:33] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Yeah, so do many of mine.
[14:34] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Right now it's either Little Furry Animals or Indigenous Fauna Of The Pacific Northwest.
[14:34] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Neither of which really floats my goat.
[14:34] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: Fur Loving Criminals
[14:34] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: Do goats float?
[14:35] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: What am I saying.  Clearly they don't float if they're unimpressed.
[14:35] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: With floaties they do
[14:35] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: Fine Young Animals
[14:35] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: You need an accessory to float your goat
[14:36] [livejournal.com profile] tanaise: *tries to think of other bands to canibalize*
[14:37] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: It's more challenging than floating a boat, which requires only water.

Things I googled today: Does Coors have a twist cap? Actual wording of a MacBeth quote. Just how big IS a cave bear, anyway?

We're getting a lot of use out of that Danny Brady's Kitchen set, I tell you what.



Soon I will go climb. Afterwards I will come home and eat. Then there will be still more deathmosey.
matociquala: (criminal minds elle lucky)
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: The book I am currently reading for review doesn't suck.
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: ooh.
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: which?
[16:57] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Mind Games, Crane. It's mind candy, but it's honest mind candy.
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: I started Gemma's book last night.
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: And the protag is not brittle and mouthy
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: She can fucking write.
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Who?
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Gemma Files.
[16:58] *** [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia has joined the conversation.
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: It's A Book of Tongues.
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Don't know her
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored: hey Jamie
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: *falls over*
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Hey, Jamie
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Hey jamie
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: She is local-to-me-persons.
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored: I only know her as a poet
[16:58] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I am glad her book is aawesome.
[16:59] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: And meeting her in person when I was 19 or 20 was really weird because she wrote the movie review column in one of our alt-weeklies when I was in high school.
[16:59] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: I had this OMG FAMOUS PEOPLE thing.
[16:59] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: This book is not awesome, but it is perfectly fun urban fantasy
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: with telepaths and stuff.
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Like you do. *g*
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: And it owns its moral mabiguity
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: yeah
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: hee moral mabiguity
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: hee
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: It is also refreshingly faerie and werewolf free.
[17:00] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: I want to parse that as MAN-biguity.
[17:01] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Gemma Files?
[17:01] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Yup.
[17:01] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: I am four chapters in and so far I am a happy me.
[17:01] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I went to a shakespeare place, of course
[17:01] [livejournal.com profile] kafkonia: Odd fact: her name weirds me out because she came to my attention shortly after the death of Jenna Felice (sp?)
[17:01] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Mabiguity = you don't actually know what Queen Mab is going to do next.
[17:02] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Status Normal
[17:02] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: MANbiguity = is that a dude?
matociquala: (comics bone stupid stupid rat creatures)
1403 words and breaking for lunch and laundry and dog outs.

..and chatroom entertainments....

[14:51] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Today I find myself wondering when we will realize that treating international terrorism as a "war" legitimizes it, and that we should treat it as what it really is.
[14:52] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: A crime, and thus a matter for international law enforcement.
[14:52] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Mm, yes.
[14:52] [livejournal.com profile] katallen: :: nods ::
[14:52] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Thing is, that requires empowering the international courts.
[14:52] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: And the US at this point will never do that.
[14:52] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: and police forces.
[14:52] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Because they won't like what the international courts have to say to them.
[14:53] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: alas.
[14:53] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: So as usual, this could really all be solved by people being grownups.
[14:53] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Rule of law is HARD.
[14:53] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: And you don't always get what you want.
[14:54] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: (Umf. Out of cheddar. :-( )
[14:54] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: (OTOH, out of cheddar because I ated it. :-) )
[14:54] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: *blames the rule of law*
[14:54] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Yeah, well. Fairness sometimes sucks.
[14:54] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: if it weren't for that, you could go out and take the cheddar of anybody you wanted
[14:54] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: That's part of the point.
[14:54] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: heeee
[14:54] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: I can! For six dollars!
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: But you could spend that six dollars on an ARMY.
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: And shall on my way home from errands!
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: and then get free cheddar forever.
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Eh, you'd just have to feed them.
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: And they'd eat all your cheddar.
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: ...don't you bring logic into it
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: *g*
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I WANT AN ARMY
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: *Army costs $6 billion*
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: Lotta cheddar, that.
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: *uses it to get $6 in cheddar*
[14:55] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: *calls it a win*
matociquala: (criminal minds reid purple shirt)
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: okay, I just have to find an in to this scene.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: It does not appear to be in KMFDM.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Who wants to break it to Sascha that "relax" and "complex" don't rhyme?
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: I think that's Pig
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: You're probably right.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Who writes the lyrics? *g*
[livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: Check the liner notes. :P
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Alas. Virtual music.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I will ask the internets!

...I have 353 words on Grail and given my Cabdriver Protocol*, I think I may have to just give this up as a bad job today and go play Bejweled or something.



*Cabdriver Protocol: a work ethic that suggests that, rather than knocking off early when you've made good progress and toiling harder when you haven't, it is more productive to work hard when things are happening (ie, you are getting fares) and give yourself a break when they are not (nobody is riding). So named because the original research was done on cabdrivers.

matociquala: (writing headbang)
What my online writer's group talks about when we're gathered together and deathmarching.

[livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: *shares melted chocolate over vanilla icecream*
[livejournal.com profile] beatriceeagle: Mmmmmm.
[livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: (yes, I do plan to die of heart failure before the age of forty, why do you ask?)
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: ooo
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Well, it beats cancer.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Cancer: evolution's last-ditch "You, get the FUCK out of the gene pool!" clause.
[livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: :-)
[livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: not fun, that.
[livejournal.com profile] beatriceeagle: *twitch*
[livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: (although did you see the article about the research drug from Tel Aviv university?)
[livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: (one day, they might be able to cure even cancer.)
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: So we'll just get older and older and older and never die.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Wasn't there a cautionary tale about that? *g*
[livejournal.com profile] beatriceeagle: Tithonus!
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: eventually we shall all become cicadas
[livejournal.com profile] beatriceeagle: And live in baskets in the corner of heaven.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: You know, I don't really have a lot of places I can come for conversation like this.
[livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: assuming heaven has corners!
[livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: it might be a sphere. :P
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala: It might be a hypercube and have LOTS of corners
[livejournal.com profile] hawkwing_lb: (the one shape heaven shouldn't be is a pyramid)
matociquala: (rengeek fucking silence)

[livejournal.com profile] matociquala (3:26:22 PM): One of the challenges of writing Sebastien is the fact that the impact the death of a human companion has on him is rather like losing a beloved pet, not a lover. And yet he must remain sympathetic.
[livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored (3:26:48 PM): yeah
[livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored (3:27:12 PM): he wouldn't survive if he loved them like a lover
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala (3:27:19 PM): He just can't.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala (3:27:23 PM): They're gone too fast.
[livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored (3:27:26 PM): yeah
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala (3:27:35 PM): Evie and David, he loved like lovers.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala (3:27:42 PM): Even when they made him crazy.
[livejournal.com profile] matociquala (3:29:13 PM): This is Yet Another Problem With Vampire Romance
[livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored (3:29:36 PM): humans break and have a sell-by date

matociquala: (loose tea for loose women)

So I just opened the dishwasher to find a house centipede as long as my pinky on the inside of the door.

The centipede stared at me. I stared at the centipede.

I shouted YIKES! and  jumped back three feet, just as if I were in a cartoon. I'm not usually much troubled by bugs, but this was one epic centipede, and he caught me by surprise.

Well, he was safely transferred to a drinking glass and tossed outside, despite the dog's assistance. This is our second plumbing centipede so far. I say again, eek!

[09:55] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: The secret of dishwashers revealed!
[09:55] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: It's not jets of water and detergent
[09:56] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: it's giant centipedes with spongues.
[09:56] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: sponges
[09:56] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: spounges?
[10:04] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: spongues are like tongues.
[10:05] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: yes
[10:05] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Only sponguier.

...and now I have to go do my pushups.

matociquala: (can't sleep books will eat me)
More writers at work:

[14:06] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Can I get a suck check on the flap copy?
[14:06] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: sure
[14:06] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: +++
[14:06] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Dark magic is afoot in the City of Jackals.
[14:06] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Eighty years Bijou the Artificer has been a Wizard of Messaline, building her servants from bone and metal and jewels, living with the memory of a great love that betrayed her. She is ready to rest.
[14:06] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: But now her former apprentice, Brazen the Enchanter, has brought her a speechless feral child poisoned by a sorcerous infection. Now, Messaline is swept by a mysterious plague. Now the seeping corpses of the dead stalk the City of Jackals.
[14:06] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Now, finally, Bijou's old nemesis--Bijou's old love--Kaulas, the Necromancer, is unveiling his plans.
[14:06] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: --30--
[14:06] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I think it needs a kicker line.
[14:07] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: but I got nothing.
[14:09] [livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored: my mind jumps to something about her rest having to wait
[14:09] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I thought so maybe too, but everything I came up with sounded dumb.
[14:10] [livejournal.com profile] katallen: maybe something with the title involved in it?
[14:11] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: If I take out the bit about her servants above, maybe.
[14:11] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: I'd go with something agentive.
[14:11] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: The necromancer is unveiling his plans, so what're they going to do?
[14:11] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Yeah, Leah, I think--
[14:11] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: End on action.
[14:11] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: That's a good angle.
[14:11] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Hurmity
[14:12] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Bijou and her creatures must/are something something
[14:12] [livejournal.com profile] cristalia: (Now, faced with the truth of her unappetizing smell, Leah must shower -- or perish.)
[14:13] [livejournal.com profile] katallen: Only Bijou and her bone and jewel creatures can keep Leah smelly
[14:15] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: And only Bijou and her creatures wrought of bone and stone and metal can save the City of Jackals from a terrible half-death.
[14:15] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: You know, this makes me want to write a zombie utopia.
[14:15] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: where the zombie apocalypse happened and now everybody is happy.
[14:15] [livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored: that line works, Bear
[14:15] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Nobody worries about their looks.
[14:16] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Nobody has to go to a job they hate.
[14:16] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Nobody has to eat brussels sprouts.
[14:16] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Or pay taxes.
[14:16] [livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored: or rent
[14:16] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Nobody's feet are ever cold (because they have fallen off).

...and they ask where we get our ideas....
matociquala: (leighton pavonia)
[13:37] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Okay, writing flap copy.
[13:38] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: "In the City of Jackals, blah de blah blah blah blah.
[13:38] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: heee
[13:38] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: You should totally write that.
[13:38] [livejournal.com profile] katallen: really you just need the keywords
[13:38] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: I've got a 90-year-old wizard, a feral child, and [livejournal.com profile] jaylake with a giant clockwork spider.
[13:38] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: How hard can this be?
[13:39] [livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored: *g*
[13:39] [livejournal.com profile] stillsostrange: "City of Jackals blah blah blah necromancer blah blah blah maggots blah blah blah sloth
[13:39] [livejournal.com profile] katallen: In the City of Jackals blah de blah de wizard blah de blah GIANT CLOCKWORK SPIDER
[13:39] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Blah blah bey is no use blah zombies blah.
[13:39] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Also zombie raven.
[13:39] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: win!
[13:39] [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: (did we mention the sloth?)

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