Waffle Coffee

Book Talk

Little Zee came with me yesterday to the mobile office and charmed everyone. Having a precocious five-year with the biggest blue eyes EVAH tends to endear you to the baristas. She dubbed my “to-stay” drink “waffle coffee” due to the caramel drizzle pattern on top. I’m going to order it that way from now on. “One waffle coffee, please.”

I discovered there’s a tool for importing Livejournal entries to WordPress, and so I’m pulling over the LJ entries and creating a vast swamp of an archive. Mainly because I’d like to keep the content from LJ, but it is getting tiresome to deal with a) the persistent ads that keep interrupting me from doing admin duties over there, and b) the only ones who seem to still be on LJ are spammers. So, over the next space of time, I’ll be tagging and categorizing those entries. I suppose I could also find the old Moveable Type blog archive and import that too. Just to be thorough. We’ll see. It all sounds like avoiding writing to me, but there’s a certain desire to maintain this archive as I do–every once in a long while–find myself looking for a reference that I know I blogged about once upon a time.

I finished Lars Kepler’s The Hypnotist last night. A grueling read, and part of the exhaustion was simply that it hit all of my buttons, but the pair also managed to ratchet the tension nicely without ever going overboard. There’s a number of plot elements that get discarded a little too casually for my liking (as well as a couple of annoying issues with the flow of information), and I never quite felt as satisfactorily connected to the characters as I did in Steig Larsson’s books, but overall, it was a mighty fine read.

Scarlet Imprint’s Red Goddess continues to perch on the edge of my desk, and I’m snatching bits and pieces out of it as I have time. Peter Grey has a nice rhetoric that is inflammatory enough to keep you engaged, but not so fiery as to be overbearing. Plus he calls out Christianity almost immediately for stomping all over existing Pagan structures and lumping them all under the heading of “Devil Worship,” which gets a +1 from me.

Checking In, Catching Up

Ye Olde Archive

I never get any less busy, and posting is always the first thing that gets left behind, so let’s pretend this is a catch-up post.

Two weekends ago, I was at sword camp, and it was good. Well, more than good; it was great. The same gang that does the bi-annual WMAW conference put together a special event on the off-year to celebrate the 600th anniversary of Fiore dei Liberi’s Il Fior di Battaglia. Typically, the WMAW (Western Martial Arts Workshop) covers everything that can be remotely considered to be a “western” martial art; this one was all about one Italian master. Delightful.

Last weekend, I managed to get to one day of the Esoteric Book Conference. Long enough to hear a couple of the presentations (which were fantastic) and to do some serious damage to my pocket book.

Yesterday, the interview I did for Tor.com about The Mongoliad went live. Also, I found out that both Lightbreaker and Heartland are now available on the Kindle (those links will take you to their respective pages at Amazon.com). Huzzah! Go little books, go!

Today, I am hip deep in a backlog of video content as I try to put together some semblance of clips for all the choreography work we’ve done over the last eight months.