December 29th, 2009

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out and about a little bit

Very cold today.  First we went to [large independent local bookstore].  I'd wanted to get to the bank first, but Mom wanted to go to the bookstore first.  She didn't even have the purchase order number for two-thirds of the books she had waiting there for her.  I got to the secondhand bookstore for a little bit -- H.E. had already filled in the romance shelves there.  On the next trip out, we went to the bank and to the liquor store again, since it's right near the bank, conveniently enough.  Mom got another bottle of sherry so she was stocked up, and a bottle of white zinfandel.  I didn't get anything, since I have a bottle and a half of Kahlua currently.  I think there's another partially-filled bottle still around somewhere.  It will turn up when I buy another bottle of it, I'm sure.  But I got everywhere I really wanted to go today, so I was happy about that.  I still want to get to Staples to stock up on black ink for the printer, and back to [large independent local bookstore] to look around.  I asked for the Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire) series collection of short stories, but the guy at the information desk couldn't look it up just by the author's name.  I said it had been published in 2009 and probably had the word "Dead" in the title.  That still wasn't enough information for him.   I looked it up on Charlaine Harris' website.  It's called A Touch of Dead.  I don't think the guy at the bookstore was being terrifically helpful.  Sure, Charlaine Harris is a prolific writer, but she only published a certain amount of books in 2009.

Soap opera didn't have Deniz and Roman today.  Annette and Ingo finally actually communicated, rather than just screaming at each other.  Katja and Ben are cute together.  Annette reminded Ben about when he found out that Vanessa was his half-sister.  It wasn't too great for them, since Ben and Vanessa were in a romantic relationship at the time.  I thought it was rather mean of Annette.  Jenny and Maximillian were romantically involved for a while, too, before they found out they had the same mother. (Edited to add: No, they actually knew they were siblings.  Ick.)  Eskimo Kiss Project (http://awz.parakaproductions.com) explains it as being one of those Steinkamp things.  It's not like Ben or Max even knew Vanessa or Jenny before they were adults.  Not that that necessarily makes it better.  Ingo dated both Annette and Lena, but not at the same time.  We'll see how things go with Ben and Katja.  EKP is interested in Katja's story, and it's on Alles Was Zahlt (http://rtl-now.rtl.de/alles_was_zaehlt.php) anyway, so I can watch it even if I don't understand too much of what the characters are saying.  The actress who plays Katja has such an expressive face, I can follow a lot of what the character is feeling. 

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editing rant

So I'm working on another one by an author who writes pretty good stories.  The ones I've proofed/edited by her involve spaceships and shapeshifters.  The last one I proofed -- no shapeshifters, but spaceships -- there was a bit about the characters being in zero gravity in a spaceship, then having sex "in freefall."  I only noted the bit about how "freefall" was spelled, and didn't comment on it being floating and not falling.  The freefall line was taken out, so no need to look for it.  I probably should have commented on how messy sex in Zero-G would be, but I didn't think of it at the time.  My favorite comment for that one was, "Monkeys die if you do that to them."  It actually had to do with the hero having no socialization as a child.  I think it changed to him having very little socialization rather than none at all.  Not that he acted feral or anything.

I have more spaceship questions on this one.  I'm not sure what a manifold is -- I'm sure James can help me here -- and I don't know what would happen if meteorite bits got sucked through the manifolds and into the engine of the spaceship.  But I don't think it would be anything good.

Here's another one, different author, which I don't know if I ranted about on here before, but I may have.  Two characters are having sex at the top of a tree.  They both have wings, so whatever.  One happens to have a bottle of oil around his neck so he can use some sort of lubrication for the benefit of our other hero.  Later in the story, they're having sex in a bed, and they do not use lube.  I ranted about them using lube when they were having sex in a tree, but not using it when they were in bed.  It was just one of those WTF? things for me.

Rather tangentially, if characters are space aliens, or mythological creatures, or scientifically mutated or whatever, wouldn't more authors write the male characters as producing their own lubrication?  I can think of two or three authors who have.  No, make that four.  One had a male pregnancy, too, but the protagonists were both mutated mythological space aliens, so one getting pregnant really seemed more possible than some of the other things they were doing.

I should do a post on things I find squicky, but I know three-fourths of the audience (well, the audience that I know of) has a much higher squick tolerance than I do.  Plus, I can squick out S. in person.  I don't know how much he's heard about male pregnancy, or some of the other things more relatively common in the genre, but just a few of the things I've mentioned in passing have made "chills run down his spine" in a bad way. 
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thinking of flowers


So I already miss the flowers I had during the non-frozen part of the year.  This is when I stock up on indoor flowering plants.  But mentioning the Dr. Fell stories got me thinking about my comments on twink's journal (http://bens-twink.livejournal.com) about how pruning a sweet briar (eglantine) rose would be a great project for a bad boy.  That's something I hope Syd would feel free to use.  Heirloom Roses (http://www.heirloomroses.com) is almost done with their Early Bird sale.  I didn't order anything yet.  I asked for a gift certificate for there one year.  That was a fun order.  I used the gift certificate for me, then picked some with colors Mom would like, too.  They all got planted in pots, and very few survived the winter.  'Morning Has Broken' did very well, with a good bit of rebloom in the summer and fall, too.  I didn't expect 'Teasing Georgia' would be as hardy as it was.  Hybrid Teas will not survive the winter if they're in pots.  Being in pots means that it's the equivalent of being a climate zone or two colder for the plant in the pot, so they have to be really hardy to start with.  'Cardinal de Richelieu' should be that hardy, I think.  I forget what happened to the other rugosa or part-rugosa -- oh, 'Rosarie de l'Hay' (will edit for spelling later).  That was in a big pot near the White Rose of York and the backyard water faucet.  We'll see how that does.

What worked or didn't flowerwise this year: Snowdrops -- pretty good.  Crocuses: got eaten.  Pansies: got several flats more than I had room to plant in pots.  The ones I did plant performed well.  Daffodils: pretty good.  Want to mass more of the 'King Alfred' (yellow trumpet, yellow petals) type.  Lily-of-the-valley -- the ones in the rectangular pot by the Apothecary Rose bloomed.  Bleeding heart: bloomed.  Orris: very nice.  Blue flag iris: very nice.  Lilacs: good.  Magnolias: magnificent.  Old Garden Roses: pretty good, considering they haven't been fertilized in years, or pruned after blooming.  Four-o'-clocks: Did not get outside much when they were open, but it looked healthy enough.  Mistflower: very nice.  Will have to mark where it is so I don't weed it out.  It's a native flower, not a weed, otherwise known as "I want it there."  Speaking of native flowers: bee balm, all right, considering how badly that area needs weeding.  Elecampane: fairly spectacular.  I think it had three stalks of bloom, and considering that each stalk is easily five feet high, it was certainly noticeable.  Colchicum (autumn crocus): nice.  Went well with the purple of the ornamental kale.  Ornamental kale: still alive after over a foot on snow on top of it.  Mom was amazed.  Next thing to expect: snowdrops and winter honeysuckle.  Four more months.