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Stolen from [ profile] mrscrittenden , my beloved sister...

1. Pierce your nose or tongue? Nose - had it done once, would like to do it again.

2. Be serious or be funny? Depends on the situation. It irritates me when folks joke rather than deal with really serious stuff, but most stuff isn't serious enough to need to not joke and have fun while dealing with it.

3. Boxers or briefs? I don't wear either, but prefer boxer briefs on men. Best of both worlds!

4. Whole or skim milk? Skim in most cases.

5. Single or taken? Taken

6. Simple or complicated? I'm complicated, but I like things to be's that for an answer! (I agree with my sis here!)

7. Law or anarchy? You never create anything new by following the rules, but I think we need a basis of laws to support society, so a bit of both.

8. Flowers or angels? Flowers

9. Grey or gray? Either. I'm flexible.

10. Read or write? Yes, please.

11. Color or black-and-white photos? Depends on the situation. I love sepia tones, when the subject works for them.

12. Sunrise or sunset? Both have their own charm.

13. M&M's or Skittles? Usually M&Ms, although I like skittles for plane trips. Little bites of fruity flavor and chewy texture give my mouth something to do.

14. Go to bed late or wake up late? Go to bed late and /then/ wake up late. LOL. Actually, usually go to bed and wake up early.

15. Rain or Sun? Rain. Gods, I miss rain.

16. TV or Radio? I have the same issue with both - commercials! I prefer Roku/DVD for tv series' and recorded music (ipod or pandora) for music.

17. Is it POP or SODA? Soda, although usually I order "Diet coke or pepsi, whatever you have."

18. X or O in Tic-Tac-Toe? Either

19. Leather purse or knit purse? Leather. Knit gets messy too fast.

20. Eat an apple or an orange? Apples are easier. Golden delicious, Fuji or the like, usually.

21. What came first the chicken or the egg? The egg - reptiles laid eggs millenia before chickens existed.

22. Hot or Cold? Drinks? Cold. Climate? Cold. Food? Usually hot. Emotions? Hot.

23. Light or dark nail polish? Dark, usually a burgundy tone of some sort.

24. Tall members of the opposite sex or short? Tall, although it's really more about personality than height.

25. Sun or moon? Moon

26. Emerald or ruby? I actually prefer garnet or lapis or other semi-precious stones.

27. Mt. Dew or Surge? Mt. Dew (mixed half and half with Diet Pepsi, or fully Diet)

28. Left or right? Depends

29. 10 acquaintances or 1 best friend? 1 Best Friend

30. Vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream? Good vanilla (preferably with pecan pralines in it, or a little chocolate syrup or the like.) If it's just mediocre, chocolate. Bad chocolate is better than bad vanilla.

31. High or Drunk? Drunk.

32. Green beans or carrots? Carrots, usually. Green beans only if garlic stir-fried

33. Low fat or fat free? Fat free, in most cases.

34. What is your biggest fear in the world? Abandonment/rejection

35. Silver jewelry or gold jewelry? Silver

36. Kids or no kids? Kids...duh!

37. Cat or dog? My dog.

38. Half empty or half full? Half full

39. Mustard or ketchup? Ketchup, usually. Sometimes both.

40. Hard cover books or soft cover books? Soft Cover. After selling thousands of dollars of books to Powells before moving to Massachusetts, I've gotten careful about what I buy.

41. Newspaper or magazine? Magazine, I get my news mostly online.

42. Sandals or sneakers? Ballet flats, if at all possible. Sneakers for working around the yard/hiking/long trips to the zoo, etc. Sandals when I've got a pedicure and the situation is right.

44. Red car or white car? Red!

45. Happy and poor or sad and rich? Happy and poor...actually prefer happy and comfortable, which is what I am. (Ditto)

46. Singing or dancing? Singing. I love to dance, but I sing better and less self-consciously.

47. Hugging or Kissing? Yes, please.

48. Eat in or take out? Eat in or drive-thru and eat in the car.

49. Happy or sad? Happy!

50. Purple or green? Green, preferably dark hunter green

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Happy Birthday to the most excellent of Vikings! My darling Lordhusband!
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1. What color is your toothbrush? White and Yellow
2. Name one person who made you smile today: The Viking
3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning? Still have two hours to get there. Yesterday? Sleeping in, blissfully.
4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? Playing Diablo II
5. What is your favorite candy bar? White Chocolate Kit Kat
6. Have you ever been to a strip club? Yes
7. What is the last thing you said aloud? Let me know when you're dressed and I'll help you brush your hair out.
8. What is your favorite ice cream? Margarita Ice from Baskin Robbins
9. What was the last thing you had to drink? Coke Zero
10. Do you like your wallet? I'm not emotionally attached to it
11, What was the last thing you ate? Pecan Praline Ice Cream
12. Have you bought any new clothing items this week? I bought some new shirts for my interview last Monday, which was less than a week ago.
13, The last sporting event you watched? I can't remember. I don't really watch sports. Maybe the last few minutes of the Superbowl?
14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? Theater style buttered
15. Who is the last person you sent a text message to? Sara Mooney
16. Ever go camping? Lots growing up and in the SCA, not for the last 3 years or so
17. Do you take vitamins daily? No, but I should.
18. Do you go to church every Sunday? Nope.
19, Do you have a tan? A little on my hands and face. Most of the rest of me is pale
20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza? Depends on the quality of each
21. Do you drink your soda with a straw? At restaurants, sometimes, or in to-go cups, but not at home.
22. What did your last text message say? That Sara had made it home safely from New Orleans to Phoenix
23. What are you doing tomorrow? Hopefully playing Mahjong with the neighborhood ladies
24. Where is 24????? I don't know!
25. Look to your left, what do you see? A pile of stuff that needs to be organized, and the "My Ladywife won an ENnie" t-shirt that the Viking had made up for last year's GenCon.
26. What color is your watch? Silver
27. What do you think of when you hear Australia? Koalas!
28? No clue!
29. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru? Drive Thru most times
30. What is your favorite number? 3
31. Who's the last person you talked to on the phone? Ed Healy from RPG CountDown (
32. Any plans today?Cleaning house after I get everyone off to work/school
33. How many states have you lived in? Oregon, Washington, California, Massachusetts, Arizona (5)
34. Biggest annoyance right now? Not knowing what will be happening in my life 3 months from now.
35. Last song listened to? I'm Too Sexy
36. Can you say the alphabet backwards? Yes
37. Do you have a maid service clean your house? LOL - Um... right.
38. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time? Little black ballet slipper style flats
39. Are you jealous of anyone? Rarely
40. Is anyone jealous of you? Probably
41. Do you love anyone? Yes Yes Yes
42. Do any of your friends have children? Many, although many of my friends are younger than us and haven't started families yet. But many have!
43. What do you usually do during the day? Take care of the family, write, use the computer
44. Do you hate anyone that you know right now? I prefer not to hate.
45, Do you use the word 'hello' daily? Yeap
46, What color is your car? "Vintage Pearl Plum"
47. Do you like cats? Some. Like people, some are more personable than others.
48. Are you thinking about someone right now? Yeap
49. Have you ever been to Six Flags? Yeap
50. How did you get your worst scar? Hysterectomy, probably, or my "dueling scar" on my left cheek.
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Because sheriffjoe asked for an update, I'll give what I have...

Mind you, all of this is remembered through two and a half whirl-wind weeks of travel and a few days of nervous tension (that's an understatement), so I beg your forgiveness if I've missed or misremembered anything...

Let's see... Where to start?

Wednesday, April 1st - Bo and Amy came to pick up Kodi and Lobo. It was a hard day, a sad day, but lessened because we know the puppies are going to a great home and will be getting the attention they so greatly deserve. I also had the great pleasure of meeting Jeff Marriotte and his ladywife MaryElizabeth Hart, who are awesome book-people. The viking had the creeping crud, so he did not get the pleasure of meeting them, but did roust his poor sick body out of bed long enough to help handle the puppy-hand-off, which was good, because I was crying.
After getting the puppies sent off to their new home, I had to turn right around and head to Tucson myself, because I flew out the next morning at o-way-too-early for I-Con in New York.  So finally got my stuff together and headed to Tucson, crashed at the hotel around 11pm and woke up the next morning at an obscene hour to catch my 6:30am flight to NY.

Thursday, April 2nd - Mostly was spent flying to NY. I was met at the airport by a lovely couple of avid LARP organizers who had volunteered to be my transport to the hotel. We stopped on the way at an awesome Chinese buffet (by far and away the best I'd ever been to) and shared several hours of amazing conversation and general socializing. They brought me to the hotel, hung out and chatted a bit more, then headed back to finish up their stuff before the con. I crashed hard after curling up in bed with some rum and an ice cream bar (how decadent is that?)

Friday, April 3rd - Nothing really happening at the con until late, so I met up with some friends I'd met at UBCon the year before (Midori, Chris and Seth). We did food and played a game, then headed over to the community college where the heart of the convention was being held. Midori and I lucked out... as guest and games-master, we got our badges easily. Poor Chris and Seth had to wait in a huge line (close to 2 hours, I think) even though they'd pre-registered. Midori and I took advantage of the extra time to grab a bite to eat, then I ran off to my first panel, followed quickly by a Meet-The-Pros session over at the hotel I wasn't staying at. There I met up with lots of cool folks, including Aaron Rosenburg who I'd met at Lunacon a year or two ago, and Jamie and Cam from Margaret Weis Productions. Ended up going out for late night dessert with Aaron and some folks from the industry. It was awesome.

Saturday and Sunday were con-o-riffic. I could go into great detail (and might later) but it was, in general, a con. Panels, games, concerts, LARP, drinking, 4am fire alarms and hotel evacuations... you know the deal. I was exhausted, but very happy, by the time Monday came around and it was time for me to fly back home.

I almost didn't /make/ it home, due to weather issues in Atlanta. This gave me great concern, both because I was ready to be home and because I was turning back around the next monday and flying out to Atlanta again... Weather and Atlanta being an issue became a re-occuring theme for me.

But, after some re-routing, I caught a non-stop to Phoenix, and the viking (darling man that he is) was willing to schlep it up to PHX-town to pick me up. We managed to straggle back to Bisbee by around midnight Monday night, and Tuesday through Thursday was spent mostly finishing up on a freelance project that was due Monday, as well as doing laundry, re-packing, etc.

Friday, April 10th, the valkyrie had a medical procedure. They basically were just checking out her larynx, lungs and stomach to see if there was any physical reason for the horrible coughs she'd been having earlier in the year. We were worried, of course, as it was her first time going under general anastesia, but she did great, we came home that night and everything looked completely clear.  Saturday and Sunday were mostly family time, along with me finishing up the writing and packing.

Monday, April 13th, I headed Tucson-ward again, this time to catch a noonish flight out to Atlanta to interview with CCP North America/White Wolf. Again, weather in Atlanta hated me. We ended up delayed 3 hours, but luckily I found out before I checked in at the airport, so I used the time to do a little shopping and hang out in Tucson a bit. Finally made it into Atlanta by 10ish, and to my hotel by 11 (Atlanta is big...)

Tuesday, April 14th, got picked up by Ned Coker and taken to the CCP North America/White Wolf office. COOLEST CUBICLES EVER. (I'll post pictures later this week). Did an interview session, had lunch with the crew there, did several more interview sessions, had dinner with more folks. Came back to the hotel and collapsed. Got up the next morning, got the rental car, picked up my dear friend Oakthorne and his partner, ran some errands, dropped them off at the new house they were prepping to move into, toured a high school in the area to check it out for the Valkryie, came back to CCP/White Wolf to do /more/ interview sessions, picked up Oakthorne for some hot-tub/swimming, went out to dinner and ended up talking /way/ too late. The next morning, the car came to pick me up and I made my way home mostly on remote-control due to exhaustion, nerves and jet-lag.

I still haven't heard anything from CCP/White Wolf about the interview. I'm hoping maybe I'll get word one way or the other this coming week, and believe me, you'll all be among the first to know.

And now, I'm going to bed.
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Our cat, Wrongway, was stalking something on the back porch this morning. I stopped in the window to see if I could see what it was - a dove, perhaps, or a lizard on the wall... Imagine my surprise when I saw his target - 6 mule deer!

The viking got some great shots of them posted on his website. Check them out!

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Goblin Markets finished and turned in.
Laundry/Packing done.
Itinerary, hotel/travel info and questions for interview printed and packed.

Tomorrow, I get the Valkyrie sent off to school, then I fly out to Atlanta.

Tuesday, I interview for a position in-house with White Wolf/CCP North America.

Yes, if I'm offered (and accept) the position, it will mean the Valkyrie and I move to Atlanta (well, Snellville/Stone Mountain/Lilburn, really, but close enough.) 

Yes, I'm terrified.

Yes, I'm excited.

No, I'm probably not going to get much sleep tonight.
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The Valkyrie (our 14 year old daughter) is going in for some investigatory procedures today.

She'll be having a Fiber optic Laryngoscopy, Fiber optic bronchoscopy, and Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (aka EGD).

Basically, they're knocking her out, and then putting a thin, flexible tube down her nose to look in her larynx (voice box), and then one
down her throat to look in her lungs and then into her esophagus and stomach. They're hoping to find (or rather to eliminate the
possibility of) some sort of physical cause for her coughing, be it evidence of non-heartburn-symptomatic acid reflux, a floppy trachea
or... who knows what.

Anyway, the procedures are all simple ones but we are, of course, still nervous. It's the first time she's been given general anesthesia, and that's always a little scary.

She should be released as soon as they let her out of the recovery room, and we should all be home this evening.
I'll post once we get her home and settled, and let folks know she's okay.

Love you all, and appreciate your good thoughts.
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Finished both of the remaining redline projects I had to do, and it's a bit late (and I'm a bit sleepy) to start my next project before the morning. So, instead, I'll do a silly meme that I got from my sissy...

100 things I might have done....

I've done the things in BOLD print. I have not, but would like to do the things in Italic print (this is my addition - jkh).

1. Started your own blog - as well as this LJ.

2. Slept under the stars - many times

3. Played in a band - Middle School clarinet. I wasn't very good.

4. Visited Hawaii
- twice, to the big island. Would love to go again

5. Watched a meteor shower - Several times.

6. Given more than you could to a charity - I've given a lot, but never more than I could.

7. Been to Disneyland (once, but would like to go again)

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Made something up to replace a missing question in a meme

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea -
Watched them coming in off of the sea multiple times, but never while at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
- Several arts and crafts

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty - No, but have seen it in person from the ferry at Staten Island.

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa

20. Traveled by Train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitchhiked

23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill

24. Built a snow fort - Thank goodness for Massachusetts!

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse (solar)

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
- When at UBCon in Buffalo 2 years ago, and again for Anime North in Toronto last year.

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language
- STudied French in High school, but that doesn't really count.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied - I don't need money to be truly satisfied, but yes... we're comfortable.

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo's David

41. Sung Karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on the beach in the moonlight - Was married on the beach in the moonlight!

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted - had a cute sketch done by a friend, though.

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling - In Hawaii! I loved it!

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Made up a second question to go with number 11's missing one

55. Been in a movie - I had a very small role as a demonic teacher in a small indie film shot in Portland, Oregon several years ago. I don't think anyone ever saw it.

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business - I'm going to assume my freelance writing counts.

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Lied on a meme because you were afraid to admit the /complete/ truth publicly

65. Didn't do a meme specifically because one or more questions would have been awkward/uncomfortable to answer publicly

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar - Didn't like it.

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job - Quit a few, and was laid off from one (permanently) so we'll take it as counting.

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book
- I think I'm up to 30 something joint projects and one solo

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chicken pox

89. Saved someone's life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a lawsuit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in a day

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I'm continually amazed at how flippin' awesome and wickedly smart the Valkyrie is.

She's doing some Social Studies homework and they're discussing the Civil Rights movement. She noticed that, while African-Americans are referred to as such in her text, they still refer to Caucasian people as "Whites" (note not only color reference, but capitalization).

She came to ask me about this, and we had a great discussion about underlying (rather than blatant) racism, the good/evil, clean/dirty analogies of calling people by color labels (especially white/black) and the like.

Afterwards, she wrote up a very nice and polite letter to her teacher and requested that they discuss this example of inherent and underlying racism in the class, because it was a very specific example of how even in a text that pre-supposes that the hey-day of racism has passed, remnants of those times still remain.

I hope that he (and the rest of the class) are up for the discussion.
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Goinked from [ profile] eddyfate  and brought to you, because I love...

In light of recent announcements, some fans have expressed concern over the future of electronic (PDF) format book sales in the RPG industry. White Wolf Publishing today has announced that it currently has no plans to discontinue its existing PDF products.
“Quite the opposite,” says Eddy Webb, the Alternative Publishing Developer for White Wolf. “I believe this is a growing market with potential we haven’t yet had a chance to fully explore, both as publishers and as fans of role-playing games.” Eddy remarked that he has dozens of upcoming PDF-exclusive products on his schedule in addition to continuing to provide PDF versions of upcoming products, and that White Wolf is still actively looking into returning to the print-on-demand arena.

To celebrate White Wolf’s continuing devotion to PDF products and reward their growing, loyal fan base, the company is offering a free download of the Exalted Second Edition rulebook as well as a one-time 10% discount on the purchase of any White Wolf PDF titles through and Simply enter the coupon code wwlovesyou to receive the discount. Both offers expire by midnight (EST) on Sunday, April 12th.

Great time to check out Exalted, if you're in the mood for some fantasy rp with an exotic flavor, or to round out your pdf library - May I suggest the newest Changeling: The Lost product, Dancers In the Dusk? The discount takes it down to right at 20 bucks if you use the wwlovesyou code. 

Unfortunately, there is not (yet) a "jesslovesyou" code, but know that I do, anyway!

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Not a joke, I promise!

A Sneak Peek at Geist: The Sin-Eater fictionfor those who are interested in what's coming in August.
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An excerpt from a project I worked on recently has been made available for free preview-download. I'm both proud (and a little bashful) about this one, as it's my first publicly produced "adult" project.

Exxxalted - The Scroll of Swallowed Darkness is a look at the steamier/sexier side of Creation. It features in depth exploration of the intimate world of DragonBlooded, Solars, Abyssals, even Lunars (yes, we break that cross-species taboo). The preview offers several new erotic-focussed new charms/spells (for those who prefer their sex a little crunchy) a hot little piece of fiction, and some essays on the nastier, more depraved sides of the Exalted.

As the author of the section that inspired the subtle "oral in an alley" illustration in Compass of the Celestial Directions 1: The Blessed Isle (Page 143 - did you miss it on the first read-through? I know I did!), I was thrilled to be pulled back over to the Exalted side of the company for this project!

The free 16 page censored excerpt - Exxxalted: The Scroll of Swallowed Darkness, featuring erotic art by the very talented Melissa Uran is available as a pdf through

The uncensored 16 page preview is being released for sale for 99 cents (mostly so that folks have to signify that they know they're buying an explicitly adult product). The artwork alone is worth the price, I assure you. However, it is not for the faint of heart nor easily offended, as it does feature full (illustrated) nudity (both male and female) in extremely graphic sexual situations.

So, there ya have it... Proud/bashful me!

If you read it, see if you can pick out the parts I wrote. I'm particularly proud of the rather heavy censoring on my sections.

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Tension and deadlines have taken their toll on my shoulder/neck.

Does anyone know of decent massage folks in either Tucson (where I'll be spending the night tomorrow), or NY (the Ronkonkoma area?) 

Alternately, does the Minneapolis Airport happen to have one of those chair-massage places that some airports/malls do? 

Or does anyone know if there are any massage folk at I-Con (sometimes bigger cons have booths for chair massages, etc.)

I'm up for suggestions. I need about a half hour or so of someone to just work the stupid tendon under my right shoulder blade. It's thumping like a guitar string at this point.
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For my own reference more than anything else:

My April Schedule:

1 - Send puppies off to their new home. Have breakfast with Bo and Amy, as well as Jeff Mariotte, a local writer who I've been wanting to meet for a long time now. Spend the night in Tucson in prep for 6:30am flight to NY

2- Fly to NY. Picked up by Christopher Hedge of Maniacal Gamers and his ladywife. Dinner with them, then getting dropped off at the Holiday Inn Ronkonkoma.

3 - I-Con doesn't start until 5ish, so maybe get together with [ profile] thegamemistress  and [ profile] lostsatyr  and [ profile] ramius_rathorne  for some gaming or nosh during the day.

4 - I-Con

5 - I-Con

6 - Fly home from I-Con. 2 hour layover in Atlanta from 5ish until 7ish (Anyone wanna meet me for dinner at/near the airport?)

7 - Collapse & Write on Goblin Markets

8 - Ditto

9 - Ditto X 3

10 - Valkyrie has medical procedure in Tucson - Gone all day

11 - Collapse/play nursemaid for Valkyrie

12 - Ditto + Finish Goblin Markets if necessary

13 - Fly to Atlanta for job interview

14 - Job Interview

15 - Explore Atlanta/look at schools

16 - Fly home

17 - 20 - Open/Pending

21 - The Viking's Birthday!

22 - 31 - Open/Pending

Looks like a good time, and maybe I'll have some time in the last half of the month to follow up with some of the non-White Wolf projects I've got pending!

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I just got a call back from The Splendid Table (, a public radio cooking show that I adore.  They have a call in question segment, and I'd called with a question pertaining to Mongolian cooking (my SCA persona is Mongolian). Specifically, "many historic Mongolian recipes call for marmot, but it's not exactly something that grocery stores in the States carry - what readily available meat would be closest in taste and texture to marmot?"

They called me back and want me to call in on Thursday while they're recording the show to ask Lynn!

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Two IC posts in two days? What is this world coming to?

Penned by Mara-Zen, my Changeling: The Lost character (Spring Court, Fairest Dancer)


Second Chances... )
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I don't often filk, but this is a special offering for my dear friend Charmain, because she hates me...

Morgana and the Dragon )



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Are any of my LJ friends going to be attending GameStorm in Vancouver, WA this year? I've got a friend from AZ coming out as a guest there, and he won't have a vehicle. I'm wondering if I could connect him with some folks who have cars to play taxi/get him to something fun in the evenings for meals/drinks... He's a great guy, a game designer and con organizer himself.  Drop me a line with contact info for you if you're interested in me connecting you?
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Lobo says "Don't you wanna help us find a good home?"

Pictures of the puppies we're looking for homes for from this morning.

The scoop here:
"After 6 years of being a one-dog household, we decided late last year to add another canine member to our family. We were very careful about it, screening what kind of pup would be a good addition to our home and a good companion for both the 2- and 4-footed members of our family. Just before Thanksgiving, we found an ad at a local shelter, looking for homes for these guys - Lobo and Kodi. They were barely weaned, and we just couldn't take one and leave the other alone, so we adopted both of them.  For the last 4 months, they've been our constant companions. They've had all their shots, have been raised on top-of-the-line puppy chow and we're having them fixed next week.

However, due to totally unrelated (and utterly unforseen) circumstances, our household is being spread all over the state between now and summertime. These little guys deserve more time and attention than we're going to be able to give them, so rather than deny them the attention they're used to (and so richly deserve) we're looking for a good home for them.

We believe they're lab mixes, Lobo maybe with a beagle and Kodi with a chow. They're both /incredibly/ sweet dogs and have been raised in a household full of love and affection, so they know nothing else. They're mostly indoor dogs, although they love running around outside, so a fenced yard with a mostly-inside family would be perfect for them. They've been exposed to cats and do fine with them, as well as older dogs. They're great with kids, although they are labs (and thus big and kind of clumsy) so they might not be the best choice for a family with easily-knocked-over toddlers. We don't need a "rehoming" fee, but a new family for them can expect to be carefully interviewed before we release these little guys into their care. We'd really appreciate their new family being willing to keep in contact with us as well, because our teen daughter is heart-broken to have to find new homes for them, so the potential to stop in and say hi to them in the future would be /gratefully/ appreciated.

Vet records available on request, and we're willing to accept homes for them seperately or as a pair. We will even give you a starter bag of the puppy food they're used to, so you can either continue with it or transition it gradually into whatever you'd like to feed them.

Please contact us if you know of any potential good homes for them? We really want to do right by these little guys.

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Driving up to Chandler to look at condos and apartments tonight. Will be back Sunday, so internet connectivity will be fairly limited over the weekend (due to being busy, the hotel has internet, I just won't be there much.)

I'm super bummed to be missing out on meeting Charles De Lint at the Tucson Book Fair tomorrow, but preparing for this move over-rides my fangirl obsession with the man's take on urban faerie.  The fates couldn't be so cruel as to deem this is my only opportunity to meet him. I know I'm doing the right thing, in focussing on finding an apartment so we can get The Valkryie into a good high school, so I'll trust that they'll give me the opportunity to meet him again somewhere down the road.

For those of you playing along at home, we're still looking for good homes for Lobo and Kodi. They're wonderful pups, loving, affectionate, housebroken, and cute to the n-th degree. They can go together or separately, and will need either someone who's willing to walk them frequently or some space to run, because they're lab-mixes and need a bit of growing room.  We're planning on getting them both fixed when I get back from Phoenix this weekend, now that they've hit their 5 month mark, and they're up to date on their shots. Both recognize "kitchen" (the gated area where they sleep overnight), and run in there and sit down expectantly waiting for their biscuit when given that command. Both also recognize "sit" and "outside" as well as their names.  They love chasing a ball, but aren't really great about fetch yet (mostly because both will run after it, one will grab it and the game becomes "wrestle over the ball" rather than "bring the ball back to mom."

I'd really appreciate folks keeping their ear out for good homes for these guys. They're both just too wonderful of puppies to suffer from this life-choice we've been faced with. You can know that they've been smothered with love and affection since they were barely weaned, so they don't know anything else. They'd make a great addition to any family, as they're used to being around other dogs, and cats. They might be a little big/clumsy/doofusy for toddlers, but do great with kids that are too big to bowl over with love.

Lobo says "Don't you wanna help us find our forever home?"More Pictures. Cut for Cute Overload... )


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