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So for anyone who's wondering what's been going on with me outside of the book reviews, it's been mostly dull punctuated with occasional fun social events - a couple of great birthdays, a late-night movie viewing, Pride, a trip out west.

Last night was [livejournal.com profile] jenjoou's birthday party. Which is always a wonderful event - not just because she is a wonderful hostess and has a beautiful apartment, but also because all her guests are geeks. It is so nice to go to a party and not have to pretend to be conventional, which is what we geeks wind up doing at most birthday parties.

(Then I have to remember what Montreal's sports teams are called, and that's never pretty.)

Other than that, it's been mostly work, cleaning, and heavy novel-editing - I think I tipped the balance toward 30 hours this week on the novel. I finished the mostly gruelling chunk of editing about fifteen minutes ago. Now it's just light edits through September, and sending it out in October.
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The party was lovely yesterday. I got to see a lot of friends I've seen too little of. I was showered with lovely gifts as well - though not literally, as two were fragile and some of the books were heavy.

Today, I relaxed. A little bit of writing and a few dishes, but otherwise I vegged. After three weeks of doing almost nothing but cleaning, working, and writing I figure I deserve it. And it's always easier to relax in a clean apartment.
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So, yeah. It's been a quiet birthday. I worked all day, so I'm pretty tired. I might go out to a cafe later and get some writing done, but that'll be it.

The party is next week.

Normally I don't mind working weekends, though this time it could've fallen on a better weekend. I have the office to myself, usually. I keep the ancient fluorescents off and work by natural light. And I get to choose my own soundtrack (The Hidden Cameras and Rufus, today). I find data entry meditative.

So yeah. Otherwise, I'm about three-fourths through my outline in preparation for my eighth (and hopefully final) re-write of the novel. I'll be started on that before June. Sending in my novel this years means that the birthday is free overall of existential angst. It actually feels like I'm doing something with my life, for once.

And the next version is going to get published.
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Today is April 27, and it is snowing outside my window. Sadly, it's not going to last until Saturday, which is a pity. A white Beltane would be lovely.

I'm not going to be able to have my birthday on the actual day of it - I work that weekend, and can't get out of it. So I was thinking one week later, Saturday the 15th, and was wondering how that worked for my friends in town...?

I've been doing a fair bit of writing lately. I did a first outline of my novel re-write on paper, and now I'm doing a second, more detailed one. I'm more creative on paper.
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First off, Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] montrealais. I'll be at work all day and so I might not see you. I hope it's a good one ^_^

The weather's been really nice lately, at least for me. I'm sure I'll hate it when it gets really cold. But for now the leaves have turned, and it's been raining. I love how the city looks in the rain. And lately I've been going to work at dawn, so when it is sunny I get all the dawn colours.

This morning, there was a cacophony of dozens of birds of different types, singing in the same tree. It was louder than any of the other city sounds in morning. If that's how they mark territory, it must have been an avian World War I.

So yeah. Almost all my waking hours are work and writing now, though I've still had a chance to read The Iliad in bits and pieces, going to and from work. I can't believe it's taken me so long to start this wonderful book.
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It hasn't been my best day, but far from the worst. Work was pretty quiet, mostly because they're installing new computers and a new server so we weren't able to work for twenty- or thirty-minute stretches. One of my co-workers made a fudge cake, and I got a signed card from everyone.

I wish I didn't have to work tomorrow. I'm at a critical point in my writing, and I'd really like to have a full day to work at it. Eight pages left on the heavy edit, and I probably won't have a chance to finish it before Tuesday. After that, I have a couple of short edits planned.

Still not entirely satisfied, but I like it better than anything else I've written so far.

I'm reading American Gods right now, and I'm about one-third of the way through. I also finished Death Note, which is one of the best animes I've ever seen. I'll put up a review sometime when I have the time.
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I seem to have picked a bad day for my birthday party, as only four of my friends were able to make it in the end.

But there was good food and good conversation and nice gifts. I've actually got a certificate to get get some decent clothes thanks to the lovely [livejournal.com profile] em_fish, and another from [livejournal.com profile] montrealais for my first massage. [livejournal.com profile] scottevil was also there -- I haven't seen him much lately -- and [livejournal.com profile] maidenofirisa actually made it in spite of a very late work schedule, which made me happy.

After spending yesterday tidying, scrubbing, mopping, and shopping in the lead-up to the party, I don't think I want to do much of anything today except write. I want to be four-fifths through this edit by the end of the day.
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I just thought I'd pop in to wish my sister [livejournal.com profile] jc2004 and [livejournal.com profile] archdiva both happy birthdays. Also, it's Queen Elizabeth's real birthday today. Clearly it's a good day to be born :)

Things have been pretty quiet. I've passed the halfway point of this edit some days ago, and now I'm getting close to three-fifths. It's slow going because I want to get it right, so I keep stopping. Everyone's been crazy-busy or out of town lately, so I've mostly kept to the house and taken it easy. I would like to see people when travel plans/work schedules/schoolwork allows.

Also, I beat Yiazmat and Omega, which is a sentence which will make sense, I think, to exactly one of you. Maybe two or three.
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I've been violently ill for most of the past couple of days. Today, I'm propped up at work thanks to the power of Dimetapp.

On the other hand, being on the verge of delirious does mean a lot of the teachers' paperwork almost makes sense.

I never got a chance to thank everyone here for coming to my party, and for the wonderful gifts -- mostly books and manga, and none of it I've read. Also, décor -- "lj user="matt_mcl"> got me a gorgeous stained-glass window display, and [livejournal.com profile] em_fish a lovely stauette.

There is also Star Ocean, though I am not sure yet if I should thank [livejournal.com profile] maidenofirisa and [livejournal.com profile] rougemacabre for such a dangerously addictive game ^_^
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I ended my internet detox with a vengeance yesterday by joining Facebook -- which promptly crashed on me, meaning that I haven't had a chance to explore it thoroughly, except adding to my profile this morning when it was back up.

I was feeling pretty lonely last night. Nothing dispels that like opening an inbox full of friend-requests. I haven't had a chance to explore its capabilities -- how did all those people know I was there so quickly...?

(Still no photo. I scanned a grad pic of me from 2004 -- my last decent photo -- by the scanner picked up all the microscopic damage to the photo so it looks like I've been attacked by a deranged ex. Honestly, I may just scan in one of my childhood pics -- they're in better condition.)

It's my birthday, and I'm at work. I was feeling pretty down yesterday, but I'm doing better today.
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So, to clarify, I think as usual the party will be kind of a drop-in, since afternoon is better for some, and evening for others. I was thinking about opening the doors around one in the afternoon on Sunday ^_^

I've been offline for the better of three days, the beginning of my usual internet detox period. If anything crucial has been happening, I apologize for not noticing.

Writing progresses. I'm trying to hold myself back to two pages a day -- that is, re-writing two, then editing them two to four times before progressing. This is the best way to ensure I don't force passages that shouldn't be rushed. It seems to be working -- my improvement in some areas is much greater than it usually is.

It also means I'll be able to integrate suggestions from my editors before I get too far in.

In the meantime -- with all the extra time that normally goes to writing and internet -- I'm reading Beowulf and trying to muddle through the Anglo-Saxon without cheating by looking at Seamus Heaney's translation.

I find that by drawing on archaic English vocabulary, my intermediate (and very rusty) German, and knowledge of the runes, I can sometimes get the gist of a sentence. I've also been able to figure out some words from context, like ymb (around) and ellen (force or power).

I'm also about halfway through the poaching sidequest in Final Fantasy Tactics, which has made my characters too powerful for any of the story-battles to last more than a minute.
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I wasn't online yesterday long enough to post, so let me just wish a quick belated birthday to my sister, [livejournal.com profile] jc2004, and to [livejournal.com profile] archdiva. I hope it was a good one ^_^
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Just thought I'd pop in before work to with [livejournal.com profile] rougemacabre a happy birthday ^_^
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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] seal7. I hope it's a good one ^_^

I'm doing well, right now. I'm still writing a chunk of new material on my novel, so it's going more slowly that usual. I am up to 136,000 words, however.

Other than that, things have been tranquil. I'm still reading One of the Boys, which is talking about military culture and homosexuality around the world now, for comparison.

Right now, I'm reading about the Sambians of Papua New Guinea. I'll post more on them when I have more time.
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Social Life

'Twas a marvellous party yesterday -- I think my most successful in 10 years. Last year, the highlight was the treats [livejournal.com profile] montrealais concocted, but greatly suffered from poor planning -- a two-day open-house ensured that no one arrived at the same time.

Things were pretty crowded last night, at least by the standards of entertaining here. I'm getting much better at dealing with crowds of people and loud noises -- I haven't had a panic attack in about a year -- so next year I might open it up not just to friends, but to friends-of-friends.

We'll see if we can fit that many people in this apartment, which is large but uses space strangely (the bedrooms are gargantuan, and the living room is tiny).

Thanks to everyone who came, and thank you for the gifts. I loved every gift I got, so maybe I'm not as hard to buy for as I thought I was.

Being inundated with manga is not a bad thing, the books were great (your friends really know you when you get the only two books by a favourite author you don't own, on the same night), and [livejournal.com profile] montrealais's homemade project was both thoughtful and beautiful. Also, I want the recipe for [livejournal.com profile] melting_penguin and [livejournal.com profile] bananality's Easter-egg-chocolate-chunk cookies.

'Course, no one's going to see me much for the next month, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] em_fish's and [livejournal.com profile] rougemacabre's gift. If you don't ever see me again, it's your own fault :p
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I survived the nasty, heavy-work-load, six-day workweek! Now I feel like I'm 31!

On that note, there is a birthday party here. For me. I figure we'll start around 6 pm, and go on from there. I don't have to work Wednesday morning, so we won't have to end ridiculously early.

If you're planning on coming, RSVP to this message, just so I have some idea who'll be there. I know Tuesday's a weird night for people, so I won't be offended if you can't come. This goes double for those of you in other cities...

...except you, [livejournal.com profile] seal7. I'm still disappointed you didn't dig that Munich-to-Montreal tunnel last time around.

My address and telephone number are here. That entry is pretty tightly locked, so if you still want to come and can't read it, you'll need to contact me somehow to give you that info.

For some reason, this is the first time in years I've actually forward to a birthday ^_^
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Social Life

So I'm tentatively saying the evening Tuesday, May 8th, for birthday, starting around 6 or 7. This is really the only time I can do it that week.

Anyone on my friends list is invited.

And as for my Pagan friends, are we doing anything for Beltaine...? It's Tuesday of this week.
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First I'm going to wish a Happy Birthday to my wonderful sister, [livejournal.com profile] jc2004, and to the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] archdiva, as well ^_^

I am still a little sick, though now it mostly takes the form of seal-like barking cough. I think I'm going to stay in most of this weekend.
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I have been even more absent lately. So this is belated, please forgive me:

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I finally got my grades back for the semester. I've got seven A's and one A- so far, and one grad class left.

Mostly I've spent the last few weeks trying to get past writer's block. My usual trick (video games) worked, and I'm back on track for my self-imposed deadline for the novel in November.

Also, happy Dollard-des-Victoria-the-Patriot's Birthday today, to my fellow Canadians! Today we get together to celebrate Queen Victoria's valiant struggle for democracy in Lower Canada against the Iroquois! She was martyred, but she got better*

*To those of you completely lost, this is a long weekend in Canada. It's officially called Victoria Day, after Queen Victoria. It's also known as The Queen's Birthday, leading some to falsely assume that Lizzy Part II was born on May 24th. In Quebec, where the monarchy is often seen as a symbol of the evils of British empire and a form of parasite on the public purse, many took to calling it Dollard-des-Ormeaux, after the French soldier who was martyred, according to legend, killed by the Iroquois he set out to masssacre.

Of course, Queen Vic is now recognized as a symbol of racism, militarism, and prudery. And we tend not to consider would-be Indian mass-murderer heroic. So now it's called the Fête des Patriotes in Quebec, for the martyrs of the 1837-38 Rebellion for democracy in Lower Canada. Which doesn't help the rest of Canada.

May I humbly suggest Three-Day-Weekendmas? We could sit around, singing Three-Day-Weekend carols, roasting chestnuts over the Three-Day-Weekend log, and exchange Three-Day-Weekend presents.

Also, I don't think the name Festivus II: The Revenge of Festivus is yet taken.
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The party was a lot of fun. Low-key, like all my get-togethers are, but that's how I like it. [livejournal.com profile] em_fish, [livejournal.com profile] melting_penguin, PapaGnu, and [livejournal.com profile] archdiva were there, as was little Michael of course. Naturally, [livejournal.com profile] archdiva and PapaGnu went to high school together, but [livejournal.com profile] archdiva knows everyone.

It has been a very graphic-novel birthday, which is good. [livejournal.com profile] em_fish got me V for Vendetta, one of Alan Moore's most famous works. PapaGnu and [livejournal.com profile] melting_penguin got me Earthian and the Gravitation novel :)

There will be a game tomorrow, noon as always. Looking forward to seeing everyone there :)

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