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Happy Birthday Rachael!

The cupcakes are out of the oven. The clues are placed. The balloons have been inflated.

Update: It was good.

First Grade Joke:

Why are monsters so wrinkly?

Because they’re so hard to iron.

Ray says…

For her birthday she would like Littlest Pet Shop or Bakugon stuff. “Anything would do. Just not Hannah Montana. Or High School Musical.”

But really, if YOU thinks it’s cool, and it’s not completely out of the question for an eight-year-old, she’ll probably think it’s amazing. She’s like that. Really.


My murder mystery party game expansion is LIVE, baby, LIVEHollywood Lies rocks on.

They did need a few names of some cheesy horror movies, though, for the Halloween edition, Halloween Lies (same game, just different movie names).  So I coughed up these:

  • Pumpkins over Paraguay – The president of a small country is being
    impersonated by a demonic jackolantern.
  • Brains and the Beast – A woman lures a strangely deformed man into
    murdering..for love!
  • Blood Red Hood – A helpless geisha is pursued through a medieval
    Japanese forest by a group of thugs…but are things really what they
    seem? (Ninja Horror Movie!)
  • The Boneshaker Carousel – After a mysterious carnival comes to town,
    children begin to disappear.*
  • The Sound of Screams – A schoolteacher tries to hide her charges in an
    ancient castle during the Nazi invasion of a small town in the Alps.

Comedies and Musicals. Feel the love.

*In honor of Cheri Priest’s Boneshaker, which I really really want to read and will probably buy When the Royalties Come In.  Like, Thursday. [Victory dance.]


As you can see, the issue with images has been repaired by the kind and prompt folks at my host server, Hosting Matters.

And with not a little help from Doyce and Dave.

Dance dance dance!

Writing Contest

I entered Scalzi’s SciFi Writing Contest over at AMC, Option 9:

9. Stung by the reviews of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen that describe the flick as being utterly without any redeeming qualities, director Michael Bay declares that the next Transformers movie will have a story and script based on one of the plays of William Shakespeare. In no more than two paragraphs, write a synopsis of that movie, using any Shakespeare play you like. NOTE: No fair using Titus Andronicus.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S MACHINE (2013): Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox return in Michael Bay’s latest installment in the Transformer series. Sam Witwicky (LeBeouf) and Mikaela Banes (Fox) have split up. Mikaela is about to get married to Max McNabber (Simon Pegg), while Sam is about to propose to Elaine D’Lessoin (Malin Akerman), who used to be his girlfriend – until Elaine accidentally betrayed Max, a scientist who had discovered how to use a fragment of the AllSpark to interface a human brain with a machine.

After Optimus Prime’s (Peter Cullen) AI is accidentally exchanged with the mind of Agent Reggie Simmons (John Turturro),* Megatron (Hugo Weaving) and Starscream (Charlie Adler) are free to wreck havoc on the humans. However, a mysterious female robot, Nightbird (Sigourney Weaver) attacks Megatron, accusing him of betraying her – Nightbird is the result of a human-Decepticon experiment abandoned by Megatron. Starscream tricks Nightbird into blaming Optimus Prime while simultaneously attempting to transfer Megatron’s AI into Agent Simmon’s body, destroying Optimus Prime’s mind. Nightbird traps Optimus Prime (with Agent Simmons’ body). It’s up to Sam, Max, Mikaela, and Elaine to resolve their differences, discover how to return Optimus Prime and Agent Simmons to their own bodies, and trick Megatron and Nightbird before Megatron can take over Optimus Prime’s brain and destroy them all.**

*I.e., an ass.
**I almost want to see this now. And of course the resolution will include a fake-death scene. O Pyramis!

[Insert snickering to self.]

Continued issues with WordPress at the other site

…but I really like playing with their toys, so I will probably persevere.

Thanks, Dave and Doyce 🙂

On cursing.

Somebody gave me what has to be the first reason not to curse that I can respect:

“It takes no discipline to curse.”

Just so.

Except, personally, I disagree.

I grew up so shy, so self-contained, and so afraid of breaking the rules that cussing is a sanity check for me. If I let one slip and proceed to panic, I know I Need to Calm Down.

I had to practice to be able to curse, out loud, in front of other people. (I still would rather walk around pantsless than try to spit in front of someone.)

I still think cursing at someone to make them feel bad is repulsive. I do it sometimes and am repulsed. I feel embarrassed about cursing in front of someone who finds it offensive or improper (or excessive). I also feel embarrassed when a ridiculous number of cuss words show up in my novel – on the level of using too many exclamation points or adverbs. I feel like cursing in the car is losing my cool when I need it most.

But, in general, it takes me more discipline to keep myself relaxed enough to curse and not grit my teeth afterwards than to keep my mouth shut in the first place.

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