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Industrial Faerie Necklace|
NOLA Jewels Industrial Faerie necklace, $45
Tags: etsy, nola jewels
Chose Or Lose |
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Chose Or Lose
Holy Fire and wisteria waves|
I walked in the woods with a student of wakanomori's while he ran a road race. We saw wild columbine and wild strawberries and fungicidal (I just learned this from urbpan) garlic mustard and starflowers and other things I didn't recognize, and I called horses to us, which made me feel magical, but best of all we talked, and sometimes--sometimes--you can say and understand a whole lot with words that only touch on the edges of things. She gave me a glimpse of the ocean inside her, which I recognized because of the ocean inside me.
The town where the road race was held had more population a hundred years ago than now. It was chock full of churches, and even buildings that weren't churches looked rather churchlike.
Here is an actual church. The sermon will be on Holy Fire. Jonathan Edwards would approve. You don't get more New England than this.
After we parted ways, wakanomori and I went to Lilacland, where this time I took lots of photos of wisteria. Wisteria is called fuji in Japanese, and classical Japanese poems often talk about fujinami--wisteria waves. Here are those waves:
And below the cut, for sartorias, some more lilacs.
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Tags: church, flowers, friends, lilacs, new england, photos, wakanomori, wisteria
Rosary Bead & Rose Quartz Necklace|
NOLA Jewels necklace featuring black glass beads, antique purple rosary beads with an iridescent sheen, and a hand-carved rose quartz center bead, $30
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Wait, who’s driving this thing?!|
…oh, yeah, that’s me. Whoops. Sorry the bus exited the freeway, took the back roads, and ended up in a ditch with its wheels in the air. My bad.
Driver’s back now, though. Never fear.
I’ve been busy in my absence from the blog. In the category of YES FINALLY, I wrapped up edits on the latest (and hopefully last) major rewrite of my archaeological time travel novel, ABSENT, and shipped it off to my faithful and deeply awesome readers. That’s a huge burden lifted and frees me up to work on new projects. Yay! New projects
I have two short stories drafted that I’ve really been wanting to get back to and clean up. I’ve also got a lot of wonderful feedback on PROJECT AWESOME from PLIII that I want to incorporate so I can carry on with drafting.
Fortunately, my schedule is about to open up. This last Wednesday was my final day of classes and next Wednesday is the big day for final exams. Right now I’m buried under a pile of research papers and exams so deep I can’t see daylight. But a red pen and a bottle of wine should see me through. And then, soon, I will be released into that magical land known as Summer. I’ll eat mint gelato every day and dance in the park under a big moon and swim like a fish. Well, maybe not. Probably I’ll do a shitload of traveling, write as much as I possibly can, and try to re-acclimatize myself to NYC’s patented summer scent – the aroma of hot garbage.
Also on the horizon is a writing retreat with new friends and old in Colorado. I’m really looking forward to this one. We’ll be flying into Denver and taking a train deep into the mountains to some crazy little town with hot springs. Our hotel looks like it’s straight out of The Shining. Nine writers at a historic hotel in a backwoods town in the Colorado Rockies…what could possibly go wrong?
Ha – that’s a good short story in the making!
Running Results - Hy-5K|
It was time for the first 5-K of the year. The Hy-5K is out at my place of employment, which means that it is a nice flat loop course. Weather conditions were optimal; not too humid, nice cloud cover, not too hot. It was a little crowded right at the start but it soon cleared out.
My goal was to finish between the 9 minute pace sign and the 10 minute pace sign. I did. This year the fancy chip timer worked so I can tell you with confidence that I had a chip time of 29:54, which was good for 24th in my age group. My splits were 9:58 and 19:58, but those are both in clock time, not chip time. I averaged 9:39/mile. I didn't walk for the first two miles, and then more or less fell apart in the last mile, with 3 short walks and one longer walk. I redeemed myself somewhat by digging for fire and sprinting the last 150 meters of the race.
Overall this was slightly better than last year's time. Perhaps more importantly, even though it was my first race of the year it would have easily been my second best time in 2012, behind only my 29:03 PR.
I went running fifteen times prior to this race for 26.8 miles total. Only two of those were longer than a 5-K, and both of those were fartlek sessions, so this was really my first long run of the year. However, I also biked 7 days for a total of 97.9 miles. That may not have helped the sprinting much, but it sure didn't hurt the resistance to pain, which for me is almost always the limiting factor. If my legs don't hurt, I don't have to walk. If I don't walk, I get better times. So biking saves my knees, and indeed today my knee didn't hurt at all; it was all calf and foot pain.
The next confirmed race is the Color Run on June 8.
Tags: bike, running
[conventions|photos] My day one of the Nebula Awards Weekend|
Yesterday, Jersey Girl in Portland flew down to San Jose. We ran into Richard Lovett on the plane, and shared a cab to the convention hotel. Once there, the afternoon became a blur of old friends and new that I couldn't possibly do a sane job of listing. At the author signing, I was seated between John Scalzi and Joe Haldeman, with Connie Willis and Stephen Gould on the far end, safely out of range from me. Signing was busy and a lot of fun
DNA transfer between myself and John Scalzi
After the signing, Jersey Girl and I went to dinner with C.E. Petit, Catherine Shaffer, and the Locus crew, led by the indomitable Liza Trombi, along with Francesca Myman, Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw.
DNA transfer between myself and Francesca Myman of Locus while Catherine Shaffer looks on approvingly in the background
Post-dinner, we hit the reception at which the Nebula nominee certificates and pins are handed out, along with drinks and photography. It was fun to stand with Aliette de Bodard, Ken Liu and Lawrence Schoen. We were only missing Nancy Kress. And I am in awe of both Aliette and Ken for their across the board strength on the award ballots this year.
(Most of) the Best Novella ballot lining up to be photographed for the later restraining order
Eventually I retired early for a crappy night's sleep.
Today my parents show up, as does my aunt and uncle, as does the_child. My profound thanks to Crystal Black for making her trip possible. Plus a ton more friends.
Tomorrow, I am off to Rio Hondo at the crack of doom.
Photos © 2013 N. Schaadt. All rights reserved, reproduced with permission. As usual, more at the Flickr set.
Tags: awards, california, child, conventions, events, family, friends, jerseygirl, photos, travel
[photos] Your Saturday moment of zen|
Your Saturday moment of zen.
Test tank interior at Hanford Site, 2008. Photo © 2008, 2013, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.
This work by Joseph E. Lake, Jr. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
Tags: photos, zen
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