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The mystery of downward-sleeping dog has been resolved. Unfortunately... not in a good way.

After a round of x-rays prompted by a stiff gait, it turns out that my very stoic baby has severe arthritis in both hips.

She's now taking about 16 pills a day, including various supplements and two pain relievers.

Poor baby! :(
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(For the record--and I hope this was obvious, but in case not--this veg*n (term cribbed from [livejournal.com profile] vegan_vulcan !) adventure is strictly reflective of my own health decisions, and not intended as a statement on anybody else's food choices.)

Wins and fails... )

Experiments this week: Various bowls and brands of prepared foods, some vegan prepared soups. I'm trying a vegan pepperoni pizza that may or may not work out. I'll let you know! (I think that one's a Tofurkey.)

For some reason, the idea of a veggie burger grosses me out. This has been an ongoing battle for years. I have some, though -- a new brand -- and some nice-looking sesame buns. I'll try one of those tomorrow.
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So when I was a kid, Night Gallery scared the crap out of me so much that eventually I was forbidden to watch it. (And to give you an idea of how low my terror limit was, I was also forbidden to watch "Dark Shadows" because of Angelique and that growing shadow plotline.) I mean genuine, heart-pounding, dry-mouthed terror. One of the things that scared me nearly to death was the Night Gallery episode "The Doll." On a whim, I rented it from Netflix the other day, expecting to laugh at my juvenile weakling self.

You know what? Still scary! (What did surprise me was how little the doll actually appears onscreen. I remembered a whole other scene that's not in there. That would be my imagination filling in the gaps that the technology of the time couldn't precisely illustrate, I suppose.)

Seriously! I mean, holy crap! Am I reacting to my old terrors? Probably, a bit -- but even after 40 years, I think that show holds up. Considering that they had nothing but makeup and music, they managed to pump up the adrenaline. No wonder I spent my childhood shuddering in the dark, too scared to scream.
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I knew this would end up being a trial-and-error sort of process, but I'm a person who's much happier with immediate gratification.

So, I confess here: I failed! Well... I did some things that were 'fail,' anyway.

Details behind this cleverly disguised stalk of broccoli. )

So the question is this: Vegan pizza, with no meat or egg ingredients. The label says "Produced in a facility that processes milk, eggs and soy." What do you think, vegetarian and vegan folks? Would you buy that? (Allergies aren't an issue. I'm blessed to say that I haven't yet met anything I'm allergic or sensitive to.)
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In writing news, James Patrick Kelly talks about writing workshops versus MFAs (from a panel at Boskone).

If you haven't read Jim's Nebula-nominated novelette "Plus or Minus," it's currently available for free download. Go! Read!

Also, congratulations to Sandra McDonald, whose Diana Comet is a Lambda Award finalist! Go, Diana!
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I just made vegetarian nachos and they were fabulous! I used a vegetarian "ground beef" product, black beans, and diced tomatoes and onions, threw in a bunch of seasoning, sauteed it all together, mixed in jalapeno slices, and poured it over broken taco shells.

Normally, I'd slather nachos in sour cream, but this time I just left it off. I might experiment with something like that later. I also could have used black olives, but this time, again, I didn't. The point of the experiment was really to test the waters with the fake hamburger, so I wanted to keep the condiments to a minimum. I'm happy to note that it passed with flying colors, so my recipe book gets to expand by one. (Plus, now that I know about the taco shells, I can always stick to beans and veggies. Not refried beans, though. They kind of gross me out.)

I read all the labels. I didn't spot any meat, egg, or dairy ingredients, so I'm pretty sure everything was vegetarian. I used regular brand-name taco shells, but the ingredients passed muster. I guess technically I should try to buy products made by corporations that don't also have meat or dairy companies, but I'm not going to worry too much about that right now. It's enough for me, for now, to just get a handle on what I'm putting into my stomach. Which in this case was a fabulous plate full of yum.
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Sandra McDonald is peeping her way through a novel rewrite!

Revision is good, and peeps are outstanding; this is the best combo since peanut butter and chocolate!

Although I don't think I could confine myself to one peep. Maybe one box of peeps*. Peeps are addicting.

*Maybe I'd say one box of peeps, but then I'd sneak downstairs later and eat every stinking peep in the house.
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For years I've been something of a default vegetarian. Over the past few months, though, I've been trying to make a conscious move to more overt vegetarianism. I've been eating more beans and rice and veggies, I stopped buying meat and chicken entirely. I've been sequentially trying out vegetarian foods from the grocery store. Last year, a Whole Foods opened within striking distance, so yesterday I went there to check it out.

They must have thought I was an idiot. I kept circling the aisles and reading labels -- sometimes reading the same labels over and over, trying to figure out what I was looking at. The vegetables were amazing -- but a lot of them are imported from quite a distance (given that it's winter here), which makes me wonder if I'm defeating my own ethics.

It's slightly discouraging. For instance, my new thing is to try being dairy free, but I've realized that dairy's been a big staple in my diet. I've managed to develop a taste for soymilk, but I eat a lot of cheese and plain yogurt. Last week, I tried O'Soy yogurt, but first of all, I thought it it was disgusting. Disgusting and sweet (and let me tell you, I'm a gal who likes sweet, so if I thought it was overly sweet, it's got to be extreme). But worse, when I did my reading up on it (because a lot of this involves seeing a product then coming home and researching it), it turns out it's got milk cultures in it. I've been buying Stonyfield Farms yogurt anyway because it's organic, but now I find out that because they're primarily a dairy operation, they're not really as... um... earth-friendly as their marketing might suggest.

I have a quart of Silk soy yogurt in my refrigerator, but then I read somewhere that Silk soy yogurt has issues, too (and at this moment I completely forget what they are). (And I have a terrible feeling that it will be disgusting anyway.)

Soy cheese? Yuck! (Maybe it's like the soymilk, which I used to hate. Maybe I can train my tastebuds to like it.) Soy ice cream and Rice Dream? Yuck! Actually, the Rice Dream wasn't so bad, but when I tackled the label with a magnifying glass, it turns out it's just not very good, either. There's no nutritional value to it. And anyway, in addition to trying to be be vegetarian, I'm counting calories anyway, since my weight is now on the downslope of its triennial undulation. So frozen sweet stuff is out.

Anyway, I'm finding the whole thing extremely difficult to navigate. I guess it's like anything else: just trial and error. But if anybody can recommend a good website or publication that might spell things out through all the marketing, I'd be grateful for the heads up. Or really, if you have any advice at all, let me know.

In completely unrelated news, Erin Underwood interviewed me over at Underwords. Thanks, Erin! That was fun!

In Oscar news... oh, who the hell am I kidding? I didn't watch the Oscars, and I haven't seen most of those movies. I do like the morning-after fashion blogs, though.

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From the great and powerful [livejournal.com profile] krylyr :

PodCastle wants you! We’re continually looking for volunteers of all backgrounds and ethnicities to read the cool stories we’ve bought. So if you’re listening to this, and you’ve ever wanted to read for PodCastle, or any of the Escape Artists podcasts, and you have recording equipment, we’d love for you to send us an audition.

Here’s what you do: Record a sample of you reading something, an excerpt from a story or a book, preferably under five minutes, just so we can get a feel for how you sound. If you can do accents – Creole, Spanish, Southern, Irish, Turkish, French, Japanese – please include that in your audition, and mention it in your email. Then drop us a line at
editor@podcastle.org with your audition attached. .wav, .mp3, .aif attachments are preferred. Please mention “audition” in the subject line.

As I said, we’re looking for readers of all backgrounds and ethnicities, but what’s driving this casting call is an urgent need for a story featuring an African American man in Louisiana. Here at PodCastle, we’ve always prided ourselves in bringing you a selection of diverse stories, and we’d love to have more people of color read these stories for you.

If you have any questions, please post on our forum, or email us at
editor@podcastle.org. Thanks for listening, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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My story "Dirt Witch" is live at Beneath Ceaseless Skies. If you're in the mood for ghost soldiers, magic flowers, and girl versus witch, it might be the story for you.

Also appearing is "The Ghost of Shinoda Forest" by the phenomenal Richard Parks. His ghost is much cleaner!

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My friend Will Ludwigsen is doing something pretty amazing. Every week, he takes a random image and sits at his computer, and for one hour he writes a story based on the image he's selected. They're One-Hour-Stories, and they're entertaining and chilling little nuggets of brilliance. Check 'em out!

(And don't forget Will's other brilliant fiction.)
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Happy Imbolc to those who celebrate.

Blessed be!
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Fantasy Magazine is running a contest. Leave a comment on a 2010 story, and be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Hey, you've probably already read a story or three over there; why not capitalize on it and maybe win some bucks?

I have a story on the list -- "Bitterdark" -- but commenting on any of the Fantasy Magazine stories from last year would be a great (not to mention enjoyable) way to support a terrific magazine.

So go! Read a story or two and leave an opinion. You know you've got one!
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I love my dog. I love my dog more every year, and I'm starting to get very nervous about the gray hairs in her nine-year-old muzzle. In short... she's getting old, for her breed and size. Apparently it doesn't matter. She still periodically develops these odd habits that seem to come out of nowhere. She's constantly teaching herself new tricks!

The newest: gravity-defying dog. She's suddenly started to enjoy sleeping in the reading chair with her head down, on the footstool.

Molly on the ottoman

Weird! (That sheet is my mostly futile attempt to keep the dog hair out of the corners of the chair.) I can understand her sleeping on the cushy chair -- I bought it for grad school, and she totally appropriated it even though she didn't give me a cent to pay the Visa bill. What boggles me is that she apparently enjoys sleeping with her head downstream of the bulk of her hundred-and-twenty pounds. That would make my head feel funny and strange -- but not her, apparently! At first I thought it was an accident, that she happened to just roll that way. But now I'm finding her in this position more and more, so it's striking me as preferential.

Maybe she likes the funny strange feeling!
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My grandfather was a big deal in Republican politics in Philadelphia in the forties and fifties. He won an election or two, he was on the national committee. When we cleared out my father's house and my uncle's, you wouldn't believe the number of elephants we found -- not to mention the inauguration memorabilia.

My uncle, this grandfather's last son, died recently. He told me that in the fifties on Election Night everybody would gather in his family's house to wait for the election returns -- Republicans, Democrats, it didn't matter. They all got together to eat and drink and argue and wait for the results. it was like Superbowl. People disagreed, they were passionate, but in the end they were all in community to support a system they really believed in.

It's hard to believe that was only a few decades ago.
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Happy 2011!

May it bring you success and joy in every way possible.

Did you celebrate? I was in bed, but fireworks woke me up around 1 AM. I figure they lasted an hour and I was just that tired, or somebody was drunk and had their watch set to the wrong time.

Anyhoo -- happy!
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Five boys, a woman, and fifteen stolen sheep in a Mercedes. Not to mention that the driver's blood alcohol level was 32 times the legal limit.

Talk about holiday cheer!

For me, I'm thinking a couple of cookies and visiting my brother in Philly. Maybe, if I'm tempted, I'll boost a sheep -- but only one. One's totally my limit.

Bone Poets

Dec. 8th, 2010 02:14 pm
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How cool a name is this for a band?

Bone Poets Orchestra.

Seriously, how cool is that name? I just caught the tail end of one of their pieces on Pagan Radio. I haven't listened to any of their music but I find some of the Gaia Consort stuff to be catchy.
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Happy news! Beneath Ceaseless Skies has accepted my story, "Dirt Witch." (It's got witches! It's got dirt!)

Beneath Ceaseless Skies is a great venue, and I've wanted to place a story there ever since Scott opened shop. Thank you, editors!

Happy Thanksgiving, I say. Even though it's just a little early.
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 Project Runway, you are dead to me!

Spoil spoil spoil... [oh, the irony...] )
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