Thursday, December 08, 2005

The Year In Review

I remembered Hard Boiled (John Woo's last Hong Kong film) as starting with the shootout in the birdcage-Dim Sum restaurant; instead, it begins with Chow Yun Fat playing a clarinet solo over the credits. First, a little heresy. Right after Christmas I bought a small shelf for DVDs. Who'll be next? Or, "Inside Edition: The Nebulas!" Assembly reports are often problematic; those who were in attendance often read such reports only to see if they are mentioned, and those who were not are seeking the sort of gossip and low talk which no self-respecting chronicler would call attention to in a public forum. This is what I've been doing lately, plowing through the revisions of Superpowers, doing mucho research for a couple of new short stories and gearing up for final revisions on a couple of older ones. The latest Strange Horizons has a fascinating (if all-too-brief) interview/conversation between/with Japanese translator/reviewer/editor/writer Yoshio Kobayashi and temporary expat wunderkind Christopher Barzak. My story "Virginie and the Fool" is now live at Ideomancer. I know it sucks, but I've had to enable that bullshit "Word Verification for Comments." I love everyone. You will too.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Brain Fuzz

Am just writing this to let y'all know I am alive and coughing. Yes, that's right, it's the first cold of the season for me, and I am muzzy-headed and sore and have the spectacular added feature of constant heartburn which I always get with colds. I believe it's all caused by school stress, and hopefully will fade soon after that ends on Monday. (Well, it doesn't end, but there will be a hiatus.) Oh, and AIM isn't letting me sign on. So I am going to trudge off through the lonely cold to meet Andy Hatch for lunch (I hope) and hope that the Yin Chiao starts to work soon. Blog ya later.