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Now that I actually tweet, my blog entries don't seem to hang together very well. I keep thinking in terms of short bursts of information.

1. I've been working diligently on Worldcon programming for the writing track. Lots to do, lots to do. Deadline looms. I also have to get the web page up for the workshop.

2. I heard a barred owl this morning at 6am. This is nice because I haven't heard one recently. It was farther away than normal.

3. Dick Deadeye, a hen that is part of the original group that included Walkabout, is not doing well. Deadeye was attacked by a hawk that first summer and one eye was damaged. One pupil is fixed. But she's been a tough old bird all along. She and Gimpy are the only two originals left. Egg production is about 8 eggs a day, average. With 14 hens. So our population is aging. And some of those eggs show signs of stress. I prefer not to sell those.

4. I received my contributor's copy of the May issue of Esli magazine. Oh wow. Was that ever cool. Trying to find one's name in Cyrillic. Good thing I can look for "Oz" which comes out like "O3." Just imagine that 3 a bit smaller. Online http://esli.ru/jrn/archive/20090428154430archive.html there is a synopsis. Since the synopsis says Gale is "ungrateful" to her creator, I find the Russian interpretation of the story interesting from a writer's perspective. Maybe that explains the Finnish attitude, which translated as "so what?" You can run a translator over it to see how it translates into English. Two different translations with google and yahoo.

5. marshall_payne embarrassed me yet again by celebrating my birthday. I'm touched, but thoroughly mortified. Not because I'm a year older. No. I can't say I mind that, though the body isn't what it used to be. It's because I'm not comfortable when someone fusses over me.

6. I had to cancel going to Wiscon for financial reasons. This meant I could go to klingonguy's book launch for his first novel, Buffalito Destiny, at Balticon. Very nice. Lots of attention, lots of books sold with Laura Ann Gilman as his cashier. Val, unfortunately, was sick and stayed home.

7. Other Balticon news: The Dude did his own shopping at Larry Smith's bookstore. Lots of money spent. Miss E went shopping at "Undiscovered Treasures," her favorite stall in the dealer's room. She was pleased by the presence of a Wegman's, where we picked up Asian buffet bar for my birthday dinner. We met scottedelman in the hall as we went to get day badges and firmed up our lunch plans. Miss E was suddenly a toddler again, hiding in Mommy's skirts. I had hoped she'd outgrown that. But she was fine at lunch, except for the part where the grownups go "blah, blah, blah" all the time. Later that night she asked me if the man we met in the hall was the same man we went to lunch with. Apparently, she was shy enough that she never took a good look at him that first meeting. I had a nice time hanging out with Karen Wester Newton (and spouse), David Louis Edelman, Scott Edelman and Tom Doyle in the con suite after tomdoyle's reading.

8. Miss E pronounced the Embassy Suites as a suitable hotel for her needs. Which is good, because that's where we have rooms in Montreal.

Frog Out

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marshall_payne
May. 25th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Methinks that since you list your birthday on your profile page, and your flist is alerted by email of the approaching day, that you secretly want to be mortified. If so, I'm happy to do my part. ;-)

Edited at 2009-05-25 04:25 pm (UTC)
birdhousefrog
May. 25th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
I had no idea that was an option. I checked the notifications and it seems it is. Wow. I'll delete it. I thought it only showed up on the "home" page that I never use if I can avoid it.

Oz
kelly_yoyo
May. 25th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
Did you have fun at Balticon? How far are you from Baltimore?
birdhousefrog
May. 25th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
I would say yes, I had fun, especially because Eloise and Jason were pleased to amuse themselves. I'm about an hour and a half from the con's location on the north side. All highway driving.
mindseas
May. 26th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Wow! Congrats on becoming an international writer! The table of contents looks really cool. Luckily I studied Russian in college, so as well as your name, I was able to read John Kessel and Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Most of the other authors looked Russian to me. I'm not knowledgeable enough to understand the synopsis of your story--I could only pick out the words technology and Galatea. But it's all good!
birdhousefrog
May. 26th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
A good part of Rusch's story is on the website. You can run a translator from yahoo or google over the webpage. That's how I got that it says that Gale is ungrateful to her creator. Something like "In an age of computer technology sculpture Galati - case ungrateful."

So they picked up that Gale was Galatea and that it was a Pygmalion story. But I never thought of her as "ungrateful." So that was very cool. A different reading.

I puzzled through, word by word, from English to Russian, my bio I sent them. I found "Virginia" and "pen name" and "Clarion" and "Taos Toolbox" and "gen ships." I can't find "ditchrider" but I didn't think that would translate, though they got the colony world part. And since Russian has 10 words for "chicken" I can't figure out if they included that I blog about my chickens.
klingonguy
May. 26th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
I feel bad that I didn't get to spend more time with you at the convention. A quick glimpse and introduction to Jason and Eloise in the dealers' room, and a brief exchange during the book launch (which was a blur anyway).

I hope you had a good time at the con.

Also, I realized after the fact that I neglected to wish you a happy birthday. :( I suck.
birdhousefrog
May. 26th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
You do NOT suck!

I was only there the one day, with something of a dry run for Montreal in terms of the family. It went well. Eloise was pleased and she's the princess. Keeping her pleased greatly decreases the whining in my ears and my stress level.

Had I been there all weekend, there would have been time to talk shop. Eloise was pleased enough to say that she'd like to go again next year and stay longer. So with Val there, next year should be quite busy.
karen_w_newton
May. 26th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad I got to see you in the flesh, so to speak, for a little while at least. I find that I actually have trouble remembering which of my LJ and FB friends I first met online and which I met first in person.
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