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... like getting to use the phrase radioactive velvet Elvises.
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Visions of a 28% O2 atmosphere to offset 1.15G's on a planet being surveyed and a hyperbaric coma chamber for cleansing fasts have again repopulated my mind.

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I believe I have discerned the reason I will be in for unremitting mockery for being foolhardy enough to jump into the NI90 fray - lately, I've been writing stories that I wouldn't necessarily want to read. I see [ profile] matociquala's enthusiasm for the niftiness of her characters and contrivances, then look at the various chunks of what's dribbled onto the page thus far from my efforts and I'm left thinking, "Who is this sensitive, humanist, sympathetic asshole? Where's the grit, gleam, and cool shit?"

I want to watch ESPN, FX, and Spike... and I'm writing for Oxygen and A&E. Not that there aren't people who want that sort of thing, but I'm not, strictly speaking, one of them.

Warm fuzzies should be my counterpoint, not the crux of the narrative (unless there is something deep in my psyche that I don't really want to face at the moment. Bah, nice guy syndrome, bah!).

I need to recalibrate my internal remote control before I bother setting up to TIVO anything.
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So, my winning streak was ended at one; I got the polite rejection (with critical feedback) for one of my stories overnight. I'll say this - by working in the online flash fiction market, you don't languish in some slushpile for months at a time. :-)

In arguably more-and-less-real news than the fate of some stylish lies, a bunch of us finally got together and kicked some virtual butt for a couple hours last night.

Off to the massage therapist for me this afternoon; hopefully, that will put paid to a lot of the knots essentially holding my skeleton together, and help stave off the sinus infection that felled K earlier this week.

Long weekend will be spent doing very little. I hope.
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"Joe, there's something I need to tell you."

"What is it, woman? I'm trying to paint goats here!"

"Ummm... the baby ... It isn't yours."

Joseph pauses, turns, and strokes his beard thoughtfully, dripping paint on the manger and one of his sandals. "Has the pre-nup been invented yet?"

[later, on Springer]

Jeremy bar Jeremiah Springer: "On today's show, we have a very special case. This woman [camera zooms in on Mary] says that her husband [camera cuts to Joe in the green room] is not the father of her firstborn child [still photo of Jeshua bar Joseph, perhaps from a kindergarten group shot], but she was married as a virgin [audience "oooohs"] and has been faithful as his wife [scattered catcalls]. Mary, could you explain what in the name of Moses is going on here?"

If you haven't read Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal [Christopher Moore], do so. I can't recommend it enough (though I might try to do so more if I could get kickbacks; I've sold at least a dozen copies because of my inability to shut up about it).

[this can arguably be blamed on [ profile] gooddamon dreaming that his wife, [ profile] floatingtide was giving birth to the Baby Jesus as part of an amateur Nativity production by a community theater group ... or something like that.]
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Finished [ profile] jaylake's novel, Trial of Flowers, during the weekend's travels [to be detailed and bitched about later]. It falls rather outside my usual area of reading material, so bear in mind that the only things remotely like ToF that have been on my bookshelves are Chia Mieville's Perdido Street Station (this is a common comparison, from seeing previous reviews), and some of Neil Gaiman's work, Neverwhere in particular. Some reviewers say that it imparts a scale of history that is seldom achieved by similar works; I can't say I agree with that assessment overmuch (or maybe my "historical scale" detector is poorly calibrated).

I wander in from a Sci-Fi environment, so it's not second nature to accept magic out of hand; some of it is carried off with a deft touch and is very natural; some less so. The characters themselves are all immediately and vibrantly identifiable and distinct, few falling prey to established tropes or archeypes in any genre. For my money, they're the best facet of an interesting universe hewn from irregular stone.

If you're a fan of weird and twisted things happening to not altogether blameless characters, I can endorse ToF without reservation. I found some aspects of the story maddeningly believable (petty politics in the face of grave threats, and self-centered motivations throughout (which is a pleasant change from characters who always take the long view and work for the good of the many unreservedly), but this was offset by a vaguely gratuitous application of perversion that didn't seem to serve much purpose, or was insufficiently explored to pertain to the story in a complete manner.

I may not be able to say precisely what "the new weird" is as a literary genre, but I know it when I see it. Trial of Flowers is.
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Ladies and germs, I just became a paid and published author.

One of my bits of flash fiction (originally appearing in [ profile] shortshort), has been picked up by Flashquake, and will appear in their winter edition, published on December 1st.

*twitch, twitch*
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