matociquala: (criminal minds bad shirt brigade)
via [ profile] kelliem  and [ profile] silme : Kitchen Cupboard Meme: Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you had but got rid of.

"I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, electric woks, salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands (wish I had one!), garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers, sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors,bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards."

I wish I had a food processor. It's on the list. Garlic crushers are utterly useless, though.
matociquala: (spies mfu goodliest outside napoleon)
Well, I just handed in a novel and I have more freaking short stories to write this year than I quite know what to do with. And the Honeydew needs updated again already, even though I just posted one yesterday...

Which means it's time for the first lines meme!

(For those who haven't encountered this before, the idea is that somehow magically listing all projects under construction will alert the brain to finish a few of them. Sometimes, it even works.)

Short fiction:

"It's not like I'd be selling my own liver."
--"This Chance Planet"

I loved you not.
--"Posthumous Jonson"

The first word was meant to be spoken quietly, if it should ever be spoken at all. A dribble of signal. An echo. A ghost. A coded trickle, something some PC running SETI-at-home would pick out of the background noise, flag, and return silently, the machine's owner innocent of his role in making history.
--"The Death of Terrestrial Radio"

Before she turned into a dragon, Kathy Cutter was Comanche Zariphes' best friend.
--"Form and Void"

"We wouldn’t be having this conversation if you'd flunked Algebra."
--"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera" (someday I will actually write this damned story. It's been a title and a single sentence for over a decade now.)

My father is deceased.

Johnny Backus was a daywalker. Johnny Backus was a vampire. Johnny Backus was a friend of mine.

Stormchases' little skiff skipped and glided across the tropopause, skimming the denser atmosphere of the warm cloud-sea beneath, running before a fierce wind.
--"The Deeps of the Sky"

There are no unremarkable worlds.

Nothing made Matthew hate himself more than waiting for the elevator.
--"Patience & Fortitude"

The universe will always need plumbers--at least until the Big Rip.

Shadow Unit:

Barry Petrewski lived in a hole in the ground.

The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. --Mark Twain
--"Dark Leader"

Danny Brady kept his lip from curling, but only just. “You want me to walk into that water?”

The old world is dying away, and the new world struggles to come forth: now is the time of monsters. -Antonio Gramsci
--"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes"


Tin laced her fingers together across her gravid belly and frowned along her nose at the feeble human child.
The feeble human child frowned back.
--An Apprentice to Elves

You ain't gonna like what I have to tell you, but I'm gonna tell you anyway.
--Karen Memory

Pewter scraped across the black wave-caps of the Atlantic on the morning Carl Hughes learned how his lover had died.

It was always night in Gotham.
--Gotham Jazz

Mrs. Cornelius stalked into the reception room, emerald studs in her ears glinting like the eyes of a snake.
--Unsuitable Metal

State of the Honeydew:


OWW Editorial Review: February 15, 2012
OWW Editorial Review: March 15, 2012
"Latency": March 15, 2012
"The Death of Terrestrial Radio" (new story for collection): March 31, 2012
Untitled Abby Irene stories: May 1, 2012
An Apprentice to Elves: June 1, 2012 with [ profile] truepenny
Weird West story: June 1, 2012
"The Deeps of the Sky" (Hard SF adventure story): June 1, 2012
First draft EII story: July 15, 2012
"The Wreck of the Charles Dexter Ward" (Collaborative short with [ profile] truepenny): July 31, 2012
Final draft EII story: September 1, 2012
"Underworld": September 15, 2012

Boskone: February 17-19, Boston MA
ConStellation: April 13-15, Lincoln NE (Guest of Honor)
KGB Reading (not mine: I'm Mr. Lynch's arm candy for this one): April 18, 2012 KGB bar, Manhattan
Reading/Signing (with Scott Lynch): April 24, Albany NY, Flights of Fantasy bookstore
WisCon: May 25-28, Madison WI
4th Street Fantasy Conversation: June 21-24, Minneapolis MN
ConVergence: July 5-8, Minneapolis MN
Readercon: July 12-15, Burlington MA
Armadillocon: July 26-29, Austin TX
ChiCon: August 30-Sept 3, Chicago IL
Viable Paradise: October 5-14, Oak Bluffs MA
World Fantasy Convention: November 1-4, 2012, Toronto

There will also be at least one appearance at Pandemonium Books in Boston, date TBD.

Modern fantasy story: January 2013
Steles of the Sky : January 2013
"Dark Leader": March 2013
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes": September 2013

World Fantasy Convention: October 31-November 3, 2013, Brighton

No fixed deadline:

Karen Memory
Smile (unless its name is actually Salt Water)
Unsuitable Metal
Gotham Jazz

"Form & Void"
"Untitled Space Opera Thingy" aka "Periastron"
"Posthumous Jonson"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"This Chance Planet"
matociquala: (can't sleep books will eat me)
Pick up the nearest book to you.
Turn to page 45.
The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

"He was conscious, but too weak for want of air to curl a finger or blink an eye."

--Shattered Pillars, Elizabeth Bear.

Hey, I'm editing.

Closest book NOT by me is The Russia House (John Le Carre), which offers:

"'Niki, first we have to thank you, pal,' Johnny said, in lazy East Coast American."

(via [ profile] snurri)
matociquala: (spies mfu geekier than the average spy)
I Am A: Neutral Good Human Ranger/Sorcerer (3rd/3rd Level)

Meme behind cut )

Yeah, that's probably about right. Wisdom is my dump stat. *g*
matociquala: (criminal minds garcia technopeasant)
Man, I'm on a roll. Apparently having [ profile] stillsostrange in the house is somehow good for my productivity. I got "Dolly" revised this morning and sent to La Datlow, which means that all that's left on the immediate to-do list is some book reviews, a novella, and--oh, yeah, half of a novel. Ooops.

Still, I'm pretty pleased with myself. This is, somehow, miraculously, coming together. Comparing honeydew lists from January and now, I am kicking ass.

Today, we're going to try to get some climbing in, and perhaps dim sum (yum).

And after the amount of food [ profile] batwrangler brought over yesterday, which was in large part summarily consumed, I may never eat again.

Oh, Pandora, do not put Duran Duran on my punk station. And every third song does not have to be The Misfits, no matter how much you like Glenn Danzig's melodious bellow.

Although I do appreciate you kicking up the UK Subs "Tomorrow's Girls" while I was finishing "Dolly." Vote of confidence from the internet ubermind!

State of the Honeydew:

Book reviews for Real Soon Now

Realms of Fantasy Review Column: June 9

Fourth Street Fantasy Convention: June 25-27

Secrit projekt novella: June 30

A Reckoning of Men: July 1 (with [ profile] truepenny)

Revise "Spell 81a": July 15 (with [ profile] stillsostrange)

Readercon: July 8-11

Proposal for Spectra: Sometime soonish in here.

Viable Paradise: October 1-10

World Fantasy: October 28-31

The Steles of the Sky: November 2

"Uniform": November 15 (with [ profile] stillsostrange, [ profile] blackholly, [ profile] coffeeem, [ profile] willshetterly, and [ profile] cristalia)

Darkover: November 26-28

The White City chapbook: late fall

"Ligature": January 15 2011

New Amsterdam IV: March 2011

Eurocon: June 17-19 2011 (barring volcanoes)

The Steles of the Sky book 2: November 2 2011

An Apprentice to Elves: December 1 2011 (with [ profile] truepenny)

The Steles of the Sky book 3: November 2012

No fixed deadline:

space opera thingy
revise "The Romance"
Karen Memory
(unless its name is actually Salt Water)
REZ (formely known at the Singularity Rent novel)


Apr. 7th, 2010 08:07 am
matociquala: (spies avengers steed and peel needed)
via [ profile] erzebet

1. Sarah
2. Bear
3. eBear
4. Elizabeth
5. YO!
6. matociquala

1. socks
2. rings
3. glasses

1. financial stability
2. true love
3. a brownie

[ profile] stillsostrange, [ profile] thecoughlin, [ profile] standuponit

1. made [ profile] tanaise's tomato cream pasta sauce
2. wrote some of "Spell 81a"
3. took the dog for a walk

1. my mother
2. [ profile] ashacat

1. go for a run
2. work on "Spell 81a"
3. make country-fried chicken Cornish Game Hen

1. tea
2. Islay single malt
3. more tea

1. this thingy, when [ profile] erzebet did it
2. cute older couple fangirling the GRD
3. silly, affectionate cats
4. very loud birds at sunrise (bonus smile)
5. Abstruse Goose (bonus bonus smile)
6. UConn women undefeated for 78 consecutive games. My team is > your team. Pretty much by definition.

...and now it's time to go to work.
matociquala: (criminal minds fate)
Since I'm not journaling about much of anything useful these days, here's a meme. )

A vibrator that looks like a lightsaber? The Hydra? Wot?

Off to my D&D game. There will be new Shadow Unit content tonight.
matociquala: (writing softcore nerdporn _ heres_luck)
via [ profile] oursin--I don't think she meant this to be a meme, but it was too good to pass up.

The all-pupose archetypal [ profile] matociquala post:

I worked today. I didn't mean to work today, but I worked today. I climbed a rock. I went for a walk. Here is a picture of my dog. Here is a picture of my cat. I drank some tea. I wrote some words. The story I am working on requires a certain kind of attention. I am working very hard on a story and getting nowhere. I feel like I am spinning my wheels in tapioca here. I have figured out what is wrong with this story and am correcting it. I went for a walk with my dog. I climbed a wall. I saw a movie and here is my opinion of it. This TV show is not very good, but I am watching it anyway, and here is some viewer response. I drank some more tea. Here is a link. Here is another link. The internet is full of things. The wolf is at the door. Here is a picture of my workspace. Here is a picture of my tea. Here is an extended version of something I said in Twitter. Here is my to-do list. I work too much. Here is something I ate. Here is some music I liked. Here is my new cover art. Here is a charity auction of some sort. Here is a book I read and some stuff about what I thought when I read it.

Complaint department: Here is something pithy and cutting
Monkey: I am so your bitch.

Here is something that I perceive to be a false binary. Here are some tactics for writing that may or may not work for you. Here is my foot in my mouth. Here is some minor diversion in my day. Here is a list of things I am working on. Here is my deadline stress. Here is my public accountability.

Here is a meditation on the deeper significance of some pop-culture phenomenon, and a picture of Iggy Pop's chesticles. Here is someplace neat I went, and some discussion of one of the hobbies I don't have enough time for.

(Here is an episode recap of Criminal Minds.)

Here is some illustration of the glamorous life of the writer.

Here is a pithy quote.

927 words today, amounting to the first two pages of two different stories. One is the next contribution to the dragon stories [ profile] truepenny and I keep writing at each other. The other is a werewolf story for [ profile] stillsostrange.

At least my brain is doing something to keep itself busy while I figure out how the hell Grail gets from here to the end.

But I only have a hundred pages left to write, and two months to write it in. The pressure is off. I'll f igure it out sooner or later.
matociquala: (evile overbear)
This is [ profile] mrissa's fault.

3 Things Meme

baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. )
matociquala: (rengeek player king)
Ooo. [ profile] truepenny tells me it's time for the first lines meme!



1) Vethulf and Skjaldwulf did not get along. (A Reckoning of Men, with [ profile] truepenny)

2) Tin laced her fingers together across her gravid belly and frowned along her nose at the feeble human child. (An Apprentice to Elves, with [ profile] truepenny)

3) The first hint of returning consciousness was the icy tickle of fluid dropping across his lids, lashes, nostrils. (Chill)

4) It's harder to get good roles when you're dead. (Smile)

5) Nothing made Matthew hate himself more than waiting for the elevator. (Patience & Fortitude)

6) Ragged vultures spiraled up a cherry sky. (The Steles of the Sky)

7) I loved you not. (Posthumous Jonson)

8) On the first sunny day of Spring, Vladimir Karl Wilhelm Alexander, Prince of Freimarc, came to his father's father's fortress for the only time in his short sixteen years. He did not come willing. (A Treachery of Princes)

9) No first line, but an epigraph:

And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.

And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. (Grail)

10) Mrs. Cornelius stalked into the mahogany-paneled reception room, a jacket matching her chocolate trousers slung over her shoulder like the mantle of a queen, tiny emerald studs glinting in her ears like the eyes of a snake. (Unsuitable Metal)

11) A lone einherjar stood alone on the narrow band of black sand under the curve of the volcano's flank and raised his head to the impossibly bright spill of stars filling the sky. (Between the Bones)

12) No first line (Untitled virtual reality novel)

13) No first line (Untitled Heroic Hookers of the Old West novel)


1) The dream is smoke.

Smoke. Not fire. Not yet.

But you know the fire is coming. ("Smoke & Mirrors," Shadow Unit)

2) One gray-blue eye emerged from under the zippered edge of the jacket, blearily squinched. "From Hell's heart I stab at thee," Todd grated. "Is it the end of the world?" ("The Unicorn Evils," Shadow Unit, with [ profile] coffeeem)

3) Someone had left flowers again. ("Spell 81A," Shadow Unit, with [ profile] stillsostrange)

4) The first word was meant to be spoken quietly, if it should ever be spoken at all. ("The Death of Terrestrial Radio")

5) "We wouldn’t be having this conversation if you'd flunked Algebra." ("On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera")

Good dog, I really am totally out of short stories. 0.0

Oh, and La Datlow took a cute photo of me losing a Locus award to Paolo Baciagalupi. With the much-requested Purple Hair.

matociquala: (writing rengeek magpie mind)

-Describe me in one word- just one single word. Positive or negative.

-Leave your word in a comment, before looking at what words others have used.

-Copy and paste the meme to your journal to find out how people describe you when limited to one word.

matociquala: (bad girls  mae west)
for 2008

Rewrite The Sea thy Mistress

for 2009

Revise Chill
Revise The Sea thy Mistress
Write S2 Shadow Unit episode: "Lucky Day" (with [profile] coffeeem (started))
Revise One-Eyed Jack and The Suicide King
Shadow Unit S3
Write Grail
Sell some books before I starve

When they get done:

Write "Smile" (Bone Garden) (started)
Write "Snow Dragons"
Write "The Horrid Glory of its Wings"
Write "On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera."
Write the blind cave mermaid story.

2008 bookkeeping )

And that first line of the month meme....

2008 in review:

January: It's snowing!
February: I have here before me the CEM for Hell & Earth.
March: Progress notes for 1 March 2008
April: So I know what's wrong with my head.
May: Wow. CSI:NY is a really, really, really bad TV show.
June: Somebody jimmied the passenger side door of the Moby Smurfberry last night and made off with my cheap-ass second-hand Pioneer CD player.
July: Today is the pub day for Ink & Steel.
September: 2474 words to finish the novella, and then I answered a bunch of interview questions.
October: My poem, "Seven Steeds," is live in the current issue of Lone Star Stories.
November: And this is why I love my country.
December: I haven't been doing a lot of writing at the big computer on my desk recently--most of that happens in my comfy chair, with the laptop--though I have been known to resort to it when stuck, or when the laptop (inevitably) dies when I am on deadline.

matociquala: (iggy pop chairman of the bored)
via [ profile] slash_girl, a soothing meme:

Put your music player on shuffle, and write down the first line of the first twenty songs. Post the poem that results. The first line of the twenty-first song is the title.

Friends say it's fine. Friends say it's good

My body is a cage that keeps me from dancing with the one I love.
We give to you a disc of gold that represents the dreams.
Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street.
Such a night is such a night.

Alas my love you do me wrong.
You shine the headlight straight into my eyes.
So messed up I want you here.
Tell the rabble to be quiet we anticipate a riot.
I must. I must not.

Ribbon of darkness over me since my true love walked out the door.
Brainstorming habitforming battle-warning weary winsome.
There's life underground.
Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?

It's of a brave young highwayman this story we will tell.
Please please please no more melodies. Please please please no more maladies.
I'm gonna find my baby before that sun goes down.
Went to a party, I danced all night.
When I was a child the days whispered by.
Baby don't do it. Don't you do it.
Your date has gone home.

key )

(I did skip foreign-language, duplicate artists, and instrumental tracks.)
matociquala: (writing carnival)

Well, I get a B in Civics:

You answered 28 out of 33 correctly — 84.85 %
Average score for this quiz during November: 78.1%
Average score: 78.1%

You can take the quiz as often as you like, however, your score will only count once toward the monthly average.

Drat. I had the Gettysburg Address question right, too, and second-guessed myself.

[ profile] ozarque talks about her workspace, or artist's studio, and the differences between a real artist's studio--a room of one's own, squirrelled away where it fits--and the ones you might see in a magazine.

My entire apartment is my studio, and it's designed so that I can work in any corner of it, as the spirit moves me. (The laptop is a powerful tool.)

However, it is a small apartment (two modestly sized rooms and a galley kitchen)  and I live in it alone, so I have the luxury of spreading myself out as I see fit.

As [ profile] greygirlbeast notes, 'tis the season of Jethro Tull. Because no other modern music goes better with winter. 

Now I need to practice my guitar and braid me some bread.

matociquala: (comics invisibles lord fanny)
I'm posting this meme as an antidote for the incredible wall of crabby I am oozing from every pore tonight.

10 good things.

1. I had my yearly eye appointment today, and not only has my eyesight not degenerated significantly, it's possible my right eye has gotten a touch better.

2. I picked out a new pair of frames today, and they are funky enough to make Penelope Garcia jealous. They've plum and chartreuse, and they have filigree. And also they look fabulous on me.

3. The whole thing (eye exam, glasses, new contacts) cost under $500.00.

4. I got out of the auto repair shop for under $400.00, and the Moby Smurfberry has a clean bill of health. It needs new brakes and the headlights reground in about six thousand miles or two oil changes. Not bad for a car with nearly 150,000 miles on it. Go, Honda Nation. Also, I had the money to pay for both of these things this month.

5. I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow, or talk to anyone. And I can sleep in.

6. The cat is purring.

7. I had pretty good Mexican food for dinner tonight.

8. My upper body strength is starting to really develop. Climbing is good for that sort of thing. Apparently, I can do a one-armed bent-armed hang now. I found this out yesterday. So I'm officially stronger than I think I am.

9. Soon, I will have the brain for writing again. I can feel the stories starting to twitch under their cover of winter snow.

10. Saturday I get to go for a run in the morning, and then Saturday night I get Japanese food and also to see Crooked Still with [ profile] kayselkiemoon.
matociquala: (spies mfu bolsheviks _ naominovik)
Yeah, I had to do it twice:

Once for my legal name...
LogoThere are
or fewer people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

And once for the book edit version:
LogoThere are
people with my name in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

matociquala: (writing whiskey soul)
...okay, this is [ profile] sovay's fault, with associate blame to [ profile] cristalia and [ profile] stillsostrange.

A Demon Lover Muxtape.

What's on it, and why-- )

  • Neko Case - Dirty Knife (no room; already had some creepy girls; all my friends already know this song)
  • Cat Power - Werewolf (no room; already had some creepy girls)
  • Blue Oyster Cult - I Love The Night, oh and also that other really famous song of theirs. (everybody's heard this already)
  • Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting (everybody's heard this already)
  • David Bowie - Width of a Circle (too long, but really, if you want extended devilsmut, that's your song)
  • Joan Osborne - Man in the Long Black Coat (everybody's heard this already)
  • Sarah McLachlan - Angel, Possession, and about sixty others. (well-enough known that I didn't feel the need to unearth them)
  • Leonard Cohen - Light as the Breeze (ran out of room.)
  • Steeleye Span - All their other Demon Lover songs: The Demon Lover, Tam Lin, King Henry, Orfeo, etc. (could only fit one. and the live version of Tam Lin is eleven minutes long.)
  • Sting - Moon Over Bourbon Street (not going to surprise anybody with that.)
  • Jethro Tull - All their other Demon Lover songs: Kelpie, Witch's Promise, Velvet Green, etc. (I thought this one fit the theme best.)
  • Garbage - Queer (well, not technically a demon lover. But really, close enough for government work.)
  • Chris Smither - Lola (Okay, really, it's a bad woman blues. But what a bad woman.)
  • Jonathan Coulton - I Crush Everything, Skullcrusher Mountain, The Future Soon (all wonderful. all not quite demon lovers, but in on the same technicality that covers the Andrew Bird song. But you can hear them all at JC's website!)
  • Terri Gibbs - Somebody's Knocking. (oh, but here's the Youtube to make it up to you, because I can hear your cries of 80's cheese dismay from here.)
  • Six million versions of "The House-Carpenter." (too obvious.)

matociquala: (writing literature vonnegut asshole)
from [ profile] nebula99, a book meme.

Apparently, these are the books most often listed as "unread" on librarything. The original instructions included recommendations to italicize books started but not finished, bold books read, and bold and underline books read for school. I'm 36 years old. Like I remember what books I read for school.

click the list )

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