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    Pocoyo & Richard III

    I am profoundly grateful to Stephen Fry for his wonderful narration for Pocoyo. That is all.

    Well, it’s not all, but it was important to say. :)

    I assume you all know by now that it *was* Richard III buried in the Leicester car park, which I think is enormously awesome. And also, as has been clear from Twitter all day, a great source of jokes:

    “A hearse! A hearse! My kingdom for a hearse!”

    “Richard III has finally been declared “1485 Hide ‘n Seek Champion”.”

    and my current favorite,

    “I love it when a Plantagenet comes together.”

    ETA: in the running for my new favorite, from Chris Fellows, “While making lunch, the words “a swiftly tilting plantagenet” popped into my head. Obscure pun.” Bahahah. :)

    The other night Ted made a berry coulis for ice cream, and there was coulis left over. I had some on my oatmeal and thought what it *really* needed was a spoonful of lemon curd to go with, so I got some lemon curd at the farmer’s market this weekend. And OMG, was I right.

    I haven’t watched this yet, but I think it’s probably awesome: The Avengers/Breakfast Club Mashup. :)

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    small world

    Ted, whose employer is a company that contracts tech support for Microsoft, just met the global head of customer experience for Microsoft, who is from Kenai and graduated the year before I did.

    Cue the song. :)

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    Shao Lin cows

    Ted and I went for a walk this morning, and during the walk I said there were a lot of signs of cows being on the path (namely cow flop all over the place), but I’d never /seen/ one, and there were very few places which seemed convenient, even for a none too smart cow, to get from the fields to the path. It all led to a discussion of them being ninja cows and then ultimately decided they were perhaps Shao Lin cows.

    We were out this afternoon, on our way home, when Ted said, suddenly, “There’s a cow on the path up there!”

    I looked for one! But I didn’t see one! So I said, “Are you messing with me?” And Ted *swore* he wasn’t, that a brown cow had just gone around the corner. So we stepped along smartly and…no cow. “It must be one of those ninja cows.” “Shao Lin.” “A Shao Lin cow that defected to the ninjas to teach them Shao Lin kung fu secrets.” “So now there will be a feud between the Shao Lin cows and the ninja cows because their secrets have been revealed.” “Nah. Those Shao Lin cows are pretty good about sharing.”

    Pause, and then at the same time: “Shao Lin cows sound like something Ursula would draw.” “Yeah. Little bald cows in robes with their horns and ears poking up.”

    Through all of this, there was still no sign of the cow. We’d walked a kilometer or so. Ted was beginning to doubt his own cow sighting. “There are cow *prints* here,” I said, and he said, “I SWEAR I SAW A COW!”

    On the last corner that leads into the home stretch on the canal path, we saw the cow waaaaaaaaaay up there in front of us. Ninja cow, indeed!

    miles to Minas Tirith: 583

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    nibs & nobs

    I am hugely relieved to have put the short story off until the end of the month. I’ve got almost 10K written on it, but it’s just not gelling yet, and there’s a long way to go before it’s done. I’ve printed it out and will be poking at the manuscript for the next few days, but in the meantime I’ve also begun the sixth Walker Papers novel*, tentatively titled RATTLESNAKE DANCES and henceforth referred to as RD. 1200 words done, 108,800 to go. :) (Except this is just the proposal stage, so I’ll only be doing about 10K.)

    Ted made red beans & rice for dinner last night. Red beans & rice is possibly one of the finest foods known to man. We had Mom & Dad over, and stuffed ourselves silly, and followed it up with apple crumble. An *entirely* delightful evening. Om nom nom.

    I’ve noticed Facebook & Twitter cut down on my impulse to blog longer stuff, even when I deliberately don’t post things there so I’ll have something to write about on the blog. Sadly by the time I get to the blog, I’ve forgotten what they were, or it’s about health care, politics or the economy, and I lack the will.

    This is pretty cool: Beluga whale saves diver (hat-tip to Andra for the link!)

    *Sixth Walker Papers, not fifth. The fifth, DEMON HUNTS, is done and due out in June 2010. The fourth, WALKING DEAD, is due out next month. People keep getting confused about this, so I thought I’d clarify. :)

    August thinks to do:
    – proposal for Walker Papers #6
    – finish “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight”
    – an essay or two for the Chance GN
    – getting together all the materials for that GN
    – sekrit project proposal
    – Mia script/proposal
    – visit Belfast to see the tall ships

    miles to Minas Tirith: 558.1
    ytd wordcount: 204,800