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So I got back to Montreal a few days ago. I was half-expecting to have to spend a night at the Toronto airport, which has been happening to people all week, but luckily we got out between snowstorms.

I wound up last night at Sky for their New Year's Madonna-themed drag show. I was happy, though not at all surprised to see [livejournal.com profile] link2lando there. The dancers were professional-caliber -- they really knew what they were doing, and they were the best I've seen on any local stage.

But y'know, you really know you're Scottish if the dancers are gorgeous men of astonishing talent, dressed only in thin undershirts and kilts slit up the side, and you're thinking, "What clan is that kilt?"

Otherwise, it's been very quiet. I've been working on my writing, reading, and cleaning house. I'm not back at work until Monday because the office is closed this week, so it's still a little like vacation for me.

2008 meme )
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I just wanted to note that I'm back from BC. It was a very quiet trip -- I spent most of my days there hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] node357, which was nice. He composed some new music while I was there, and showed me Psychonauts, which really does deserve its reputation ^_^

I also saw a couple of friends I hadn't seen in about fifteen years -- all thanks to the miracle of Facebook. I never did get to Vancouver this time, though, so that'll have to wait for Yule.

The best pleasure though -- aside from seeing [livejournal.com profile] node357 -- was that of seeing the place itself. Montreal is toxic and grey and cemented compared to that greenery and clean air that is BC. I like Montreal because most of my friends are here, but except for the Old Port, and some of the older stone houses and parks, I have to admit I consider this a very ugly and polluted city. Too much concrete, and too few growing things.

Airports continue to get more and more surreal -- they've always bothered me because the waiting areas between flights are really non-places that drift detached from anything in a bland emptiness where things get sold. In other words, they're Postmodernism incarnate.

The Pearson airport in Toronto has a particularly weird waiting area. There's a stall there that sells jewellery trees for little girls, in the shapes of princesses whose heads and arms have been replaced by necklace-and-ring-holding tentacles. My first thought was Jenova from FFVII, or something out of Lovecraft.

Not much else to report -- I did not defeat any ninja armies this time around. I wanted a good start on the major edit of my novel, but only got about one-quarter in. It's almost a third finished now.


"If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the Internet, then post this same sentence in your journal."

(I'm lucky in that this applies to probably most if not all of the people I've friended.)
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I managed to maintain my physical integrity on the way home, and even managed to survive a stopover in Calgary. It was my first time flying cross-country at night in a window seat. Cities are gorgeous from above.

Regina in particular looks like it was designed to be seen from the air at night, but even Calgary and Toronto -- two cities I've tended to find ugly on the ground -- have a quiet dignity at night, when they become seas of stars.

End-of-year meme )
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Although I doubt any test that lists me as an introvert:

Apparently I'm Odysseus )

I stumbled on to a neat historical story for my my other blog that I'll put in my entry tomorrow -- one I think [livejournal.com profile] em_fish is going to love especially, though several others, I know will get a kick out of it ^_^
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And The Naked Civil Servant is one of the funniest books I've ever read -- it really lives up to its reputation.

For those of you who've never come across it, it's the autobiography of a man who was very, very, very openly gay decades before homosexuality was legal in Britain. He describes the community in the 1920s and 1930s -- his run-ins with the police -- his experiences as a male prostitute.

And he does it all with a sense of humour that would've given Oscar Wilde a run for his money ^_^
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My results for the everything meme:

This meme makes even less sense for me than most )

I especially like the "politics" and "socio-economic" boxes side-by-side like that. and I don't even listen to punk rock.

EDIT: It's practically a blizzard out there, now. An Easter blizzard!
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a meme about popular novels, yanked from sugar_spun )
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Oddly, when I did the recycling meme for August 18, the only entry close in 2005 (August 19)included a meme recycling past entries. There was also another meme, stuff about the Samurai Susanna, and the details of a very bad day.

My journal didn't start up until the end of 2004, so no August entries there.

In the here and now, I'm on Book 2 of Paradise Lost, and wondering vaguely what would've happened in the story if the fallen angels had taken up Belial's advice and tried to repent in hopes of being transferred to a minimum-security hell.

I think Belial's even cooler than Satan. It's quite easy to forget these are the bad guys. Milton's good guys are so bland.

At work, I marked a placement test for a woman named "Lamia," and now I'm wondering how someone gets a name like that. I wonder if anyone's running around with the name "Medusa" or "Scylla" or "Chimera."

I'm more than halfway through the great culling of my novel -- about two months ahead of schedule. I should be two-fifths finished by tomorrow.
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Okay, so I've been tagged for a meme, and I'm bad about answering these things, so I'll do it right away.

List 6 random things about yourself then tag 6 people to do the same in their journal. No tag backs.

  1. [livejournal.com profile] rougemacabre's predicament reminded me how when I was a very small child, the family got severely food-poisoned by a fast-food joint called Mr. Mike's. From that time on, whenever we went camping, my sister and I would burn all the paper plates and called the decaying black mass of charcoal "dinner at Mr. Mike's."

  2. I wrote my first novel when I was 5 -- it had 12 pages, and was in the fantasy genre. I didn't seriously try to write another one until after age 25.

  3. I arrived in Montreal on Christmas Day, 1995, without an apartment lined up, without knowing anyone here, without even a place to stay -- just money for two months rent/bills/groceries. I apartment-hunted and found one sublet in my range, but someone else wanted it, too. I think I got it because I correctly identified the flag of Trinidad on the wall of the guy I was subletting from.

  4. I read Middle English fluently and like the sound much better than modern English.

  5. I have an interest in astrology and can even cast a chart, though I rarely talk about this except with close friends because it tends to make me a magnet for the kind of people who live in a van and believe they were Egyptian aliens in a past life.

  6. I've kept every (paper) letter ever sent to me, and every journal I've ever written. I'm keeping a great many emails, too, that will probably never leave my inbox.
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This meme seems to have really made the rounds of my friends' list in the last 24 hours. I first spotted it on [livejournal.com profile] yumemisama's journal:

(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

I miss somebody right now. I don't watch much TV these days. I own lots of books.
× I wear glasses or contact lenses. I love to play video games. I've tried marijuana.
I've watched porn movies. × I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship. I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I curse sometimes. I have changed a lot mentally over the last year. × I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
it goes on... )


May. 31st, 2006 02:18 pm
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I like this quiz. It came out very accurate for me. What it calls "cultural creative" is what I think of as "humanism," which definitely isn't a new philosophy but an old one that's evolved gradually over the centuries:

You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.


Cultural Creative
















What is Your World View? (updated)
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Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. This should be tatooed on the navel of everyone Postmodern and Marxist professor, where they are most likely to see it. If I ever start up the anti-postmodern English Literature Liberation Front, this is being incorporated into the manifesto.

Meme, cut for high school and other abominations. )
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This Is My Life, Rated
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Yep. That looks about accurate. Too bad every category is weighted the same for the overall total, though. I think "mind" and "spirit" compensate for a lot.


Is going very well, and I've made good progress -- though the massive revision is going to slow me down yet more.

Still, I'm way ahead of my November deadline for getting this publishable.


Harper gets chummy with the Cat-killer -- plus, the dead have risen and they're voting Canadian Alliance! )
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[livejournal.com profile] foi_nefaste had a lovely roleplaying get-together for her birthday on Friday. I played my first Shadowrun game, as an orcish hacker (which used to be called a decker). It's basically like being in a William Gibson novel invaded by orcs and elves and trolls.

Being a hacker is a lot of fun when you have a wireless network attached directly to your brain. It means that I can sound out and break into systems from a restaurant a mile away. Or a Starbucks -- and since it's Seattle in 2070, everything's a Starbucks, even the private apartments. That's why the Shadowrun-world is called a dystopia.

*ducks thrown objects from the two Starbucks fans I know to be on my friends-list*

In other news, I'm back at my old admin job as of Friday. And I revised 30 more pages of my novel yesterday. I expect to be done the big first revision today. After that, more research, more planning, more working out of specifics, and then I head into the second revision.

It's going much better than my first novel, and for the first time I feel I'm making real progress.

Here's a meme, since I haven't done one in awhile )
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I've been too busy to update for awhile. Both time spent with West-Coast friends and working around the clock on my novel has meant I've had little time for it, though I did get caught up reading the friends-list.

Spent two Tuesday hanging out with Sam and his girlfriend from Thailand. Sam spends most of his time in southeast Asia these days -- he saves up a little money here, and then lives cheaply adventuring out there.

Also hung out with Aaron, whose life changes so rarely it's terrifying.

For writing, I've been taking advantage of internet access whenever I want to write the historical scenes of my novel -- fact-checking with reliable sources (such as primary documents on government websites) every single sentence. Trying to reconstruct the 40s and 50s when you weren't there is difficult.

I've stumbled across across a lot of neat pieces of information, like the adventures of Jack Nissenthall at Dieppe, or the extperiences of queer Canadian servicemen in World War II.

Saw Chronicles of Narnia last night. It was bad -- gorgeous to look at, but badly acted and badly scripted. Weta Studios could not save it for all their special effects. Seeing a beaver in chainmail was the most amusing part of the whole film.

The World War II allegory finally clicked in for me -- I hadn't known, when I read the book, that lions were tradional British symbols for England, foxes for France, and wolves for Germany. I guess that makes the beavers Canada.

Also amusing that, according to the IMDB, the kid who played Edmund is a direct descendent of Charles Darwin. Considering the role Edmund plays in the Christian allegory of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and considering how the evangelicals feel about Darwin, the fundamentalists would probably wet themselves if they knew.

Finally according to this meme, I belong in the Seventh Circle of hell:

cut because this post is already too long )

For those of you not up on your Dante's Inferno, the 7th Circle is for those guilty of violence against others (who become wolves in the Circle's woods), violence against selves (suicides -- who become the trees of the wood), or "violence against God."

"Violence against God" is the miscellaneous category -- stuff that doesn't really hurt anyone. It includes blasphemy, moneylending, and homosexuality. Sinners are condemned to a desert where it rains fire -- homosexuals/bisexuals can run around, but the blasphemers are fixed to the ground, and the moneylenders held down by their money.


Dec. 21st, 2005 12:12 pm
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  • Happy Yule! to everyone who celebrates it!

  • I finally did reach [livejournal.com profile] node357 last night, and went to his apartment Vic West. It was fun to see him again, and we hung out with his friend Jen and talked. And he played us some of his original music :)

  • Walking through Esquimalt between Vic West and Saanich between 2 and 4 am is the only real-life experience that accurately simulates being in a werewolf movie. A large, bright moon, a mist, and total, absolute silence (I heard three cars in two hours). You know that the dark corners could conceal Esquimalt famous violent gangs and assorted psychos, who could leap out of hiding at you. Fortunately, the couple of people I saw were clearly as scared of me as I was of them.

  • I am being dragged to Mormon nativity play on Yule. And I don't have a pentacle to wear, unfortunately. I may have to buy one.

  • I am rapidly re-arranging my plans to see [livejournal.com profile] jc2004 and [livejournal.com profile] snowdaemon before Christmas instead of after. I'm very much looking forward to it. How are the evenings of the 22nd and 23rd for you guys...?

  • I haven't written at all, today, so I feel out of sorts. Must write before I have to deal with Mormons :/
And a meme:

Apparently, among the Endless, I'm Death )
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A quiet day. Been trying to reach [livejournal.com profile] node357, to no avail. I'll try again tonight. Wondering if he just wants to be alone right, now. I sometimes go into my shell and avoid phone calls. 'Tis better, sometimes, than trying to interact with people, in certain moods.

Anyway, on another subject, here's an meme I've been working on:

meme -- cut for length )

Wrote 12 pages today. Haven't left the house. Beginning to worry this trip will be like the last.
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Well, we all know that online, self-judging Jung typology tests are dangerous things to rely on, but damn they're fun to do.

And it's a nice break from actually reading Jung's Alchemical Studies and Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious -- which I have to do for my essay -- to sit down with some watered-down, pop-culture Jung.

So is this me?

Portrait of a Protector Guardian as a Jung Artist -- Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging )

And is it just me, or does "Protector Guardian" sound like a superhero in a badly-translaed anime?


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