• Daily Life

    Worldcon 75: Day Five

    Sunday morning at breakfast looked like everybody at the con hotel had just gone, “…yeah, no, screw it,” and not gotten up to eat. :)

    *I’d* gotten up because I wanted to go to Walter Jon Williams’ guest of honor interview, which I did (although I went into the wrong room first and was pretty torn about leaving what proved to be an astronaut’s lecture, but did anyway). The first half of it was full of what I thought were really great general questions for a writer and I wanted to be answering them! The second half got more specific about his career, but as he said at the end of the hour, “Well, that got us up to 1985, so please come to the next convention for the other half…” :)

    (jedward has sorry not sorry, get down low, i dont know why, and walking the wire on his playlist. dammit, norwegian air is supposed to have wifi on board and i’m dying to be tweeting this! also he’s singing a lot to himself, just under his breath, which for some reason i find wonderful. people should sing more! also, just in case anyone wondered: he can sing.)

    I bailed on the con after that because I really wanted to see a little of Helsinki without it trying to drown me. This would have been better if I had not somehow failed to put a meet-up with somebody into my calendar and forgotten about it, but she forgave me and I had a nice walk around some harbor-type thing where there were a number of trees shattered by the previous night’s storm.

    My impression of Helsinki was that it has wonderfully wide streets, excellent pedestrian areas, very good public transport, amazing bike lanes, a lot of very fit, Finnish-looking people, good tap water (they’ve got signs everywhere saying “you can drink water right from the sinks!”), and a sort of vaguely creepy Bladerunner-ish (to me) corporate ubiquitousness with innumerable signs proclaiming business affiliations everywhere vibe. It felt like being in a city labeled like Nascar jumpsuits. Someone I was with said it had a post-Soviet vibe to them, which may be more accurate, but it wasn’t what came to my mind. :)

    I went out to dinnner with friends and tried to find the Dead Dog party, gave up and sent one of our party ahead, then thought we HAD found it and went through a lot of contortions to contact said party member, only to find out later we’d screwed up and he’d almost been at the actual party and we’d called him back. We felt very badly. *moop* And I was a little disappointed to not get to the party because I’d wanted to say goodbye to Nicholas, at least, only as we sat around in the hotel lobby he happened to come through so I got to say bye anyway, yay. :)

    Famous Authors Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch & CE Murphy :)
    Famous Authors Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch & CE Murphy :)

    Shockingly, I completely failed to get to bed early, although I’d planned to. In the morning, Carol and I packed up, went downstairs to the lobby, happened to see eBear and Scott again, and then took ourselves off to the airport, where, to cap it all off, I sat next to half of Jedward, who smelled too much of cologne. And thus ends my Worldcon 2017 report!

    (Except for the pictures post I’m going to do! And anything else I remember later! :))

    (Like the moment on the way to the Hugos when I muttered (or so I thought), “That is an *extremely* attractive man,” about the gentleman in front of me, who was someone else’s husband. But apparently 3 days of convention was not good for my muttering skills, because he looked over his shoulder and smiled, which was both funny and mortifying. But my *god*, he really was extremely, *extremely* attractive.)

  • Daily Life

    A Liverpool Lark!

    A few weeks ago my friend Leah said her husband wasn’t much interested in seeing Wonder Woman, so she wasn’t likely to see it in the theatre, and Ted said “THIS WILL NOT DO” and checked to see how much plane tickets to Liverpool were and they were practically nothing so he sent me to Liverpool for a lark with Leah, and we went to Wonder Woman together!

    Knowing I had to get up wery wery early for my flight, I took a shower the night before and ended up with…Quite The Hair in the morning.


    But I tamed it, and got myself some hot chocolate at the airport. I was very tired. But less large of hair. :)



    It was the shortest flight I’d ever been on that didn’t involve being in an actual puddle-jumper (ie, 6-12 seat twin propeller airplane). We went up, we went down, there I was. I hung out at the airport for a while, reading, until Leah could collect me, and we spent an EXTREMELY giddy couple of hours ranting about work, children, and the patriarchy. (And, to be fair, a bit about Tom Hardy. Not so much ranting there, mind you, but. :))



    These drinks are not actually alcoholic, because it was 11am, but they were DELICIOUS!



    We went to our movie. We sat through a truly inordinate number of ads, which, thankfully, had no sound. We started to become concerned, in fact, after many many soundless ads. Then the trailers started, also soundlessly. They were doing these weird little 10 seconds spots for Dunkirk, and the second-to-last one faded to black and immediately came up with the trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes, except because there was no sound and the fade to black had been so brief, they really looked like one trailer.

    “Is this how we won WW2?” Leah asked, mystified. “Woody Harrelson and an army of monkeys?”

    Then a theatre employee came in and said the entire sound system in the theatre had blown and they would not be showing us Wonder Woman in that theatre at that time.



    However, there was another showing half an hour later, and they let us go to that one!



    We had an utterly splendid time. Leah really enjoyed the movie. It ended and she said, “That was…that was *good*,” in astonishment, and then we went back to the airport, picking apart all our problems with it and rewriting things to our satisfaction, but we were really happy and had such a good time! And decided that we should really do that more often, because it turns out to be really cheap to pop over for a day, and ours is one of those friendships based on kindred spirithoodness rather than regular meetings in real life (we think that was our 6th time actually being on one another’s physical presence), but it was such fun that it seems like it should be a thing we do, and I need to look into doing that with OTHER friends in England and equally nearby locales…!

    But yeah. That was really great. Yay for a lark!

  • Daily Life

    easter holidays

    Indy’s on Easter holidays, which is 2 weeks off, and I’ve basically been convinced it’s the weekend since the 8th of April.

    Strangely enough, it has not been the weekend since the 8th of April, which has led to some deep confusion on my part. I suppose I’ll get back in the swing of things when school starts up again, but this bodes ill for my brain over summer vacation.

    We went down to Fota Island for a day, and I took some pictures.

    Indy was thrilled beyond comprehension to see REAL! CHEETAHS!



    He raced the cheetah. The cheetah chased him, in a desultory fashion. :)



    Just some pretty flowers.



    The white-handed gibbons were in fine form, giving out to one another…



    …singing…



    …and playing…



    Indy making a wish at the wishing well. (He wished Fota Island would have 130 cheetahs. They apparently ALREADY have THIRTY-NINE!)

  • CEMurphy,  Walker Papers

    Slaying the Dragon: A Walker Papers short story

    Once in a while I manage to have my act together enough to present a holiday short story to my readers. This year’s story was inspired by visiting North Carolina for the first time, and driving some of those twisty twisty roads that Joanne is so fond of.

    Slaying the Dragon is set five years after the end of SHAMAN RISES, and as such, contains, if not outright spoilers, certainly spoilers by association. :)

    Slaying the Dragon (pdf)
    (turns out wordpress won’t let me upload epub or mobi files, sorry. you can always subscribe to my Patreon if you must have the e-reader friendly files. :))

    Story behind the cut!

  • Daily Life

    a live blog of the solstice

    9am:
    #ThinksToDo:
    wrap gifts
    put tree together
    hold my head still so snot doesn’t swirl around & make me dizzy
    work on leah’s comic

    10am:
    so far i’ve:
    emptied dishwasher
    cleared wrapping table
    gotten laundry going
    fetched wrapping paper
    located indy’s gifts

    11am:
    have now:
    wrapped, if not ribboned, indy’s gifts

    must now:
    store them
    find ted’s gifts
    wrap them
    shower
    eat something besides sugar cookies

    12pm:
    have now:
    found ted’s gifts
    disovered i hadn’t [redacted]
    proceeded to [ redacted ]
    wrapped MOST of his gifts despite delay
    did not shower
    ate fudge

    1pm:
    have now:
    cleared away evidence of gift-wrapping
    did another load of laundry*

    *by which i mean there is a giant pile of unfolded clothes in a chair

    3pm:
    have now:
    got child from school.
    bought honey for hot toddy.
    lost pokebattle at gym.
    ate some real food.
    cleaned kitchen.

    must
    Do Something about the tree soon…

    5pm:
    have now:
    left house, got stuff for dinner
    made dinner
    lit solstice candles

    solstice-candles

    must still
    tidy, vacuum, possibly rearrange living room
    put tree together

    7:45pm:
    have now:
    tided, vacuumed & rearranged living room
    PUT TREE TOGETHER (VICTORY!!!)

    …still need to fold a huge chairful of laundry…

    8:20pm:
    do not believe i will get to leah’s comic tonight. i may, however, get to that hot toddy…