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David D. Levine
09 November 2007 @ 10:31 am
Word count: 65673 | Since last entry: 0

No novel work this week, but I've been powering away at a new short story -- 3800 words so far, limit is 5000, first draft will probably come in about 6500. I really want to get this one done by Saturday; it'll be a near thing.

The cold I had last week is still hanging on a bit, no doubt because I took such good care of myself at World Fantasy (cough). Kate's also draggy, coughy, and phlegmy. Between the two I have not exactly been leaping out of bed in the morning, sometimes schlumpfing about in my bathrobe until as late as noon. I don't want this to become a regular thing.

A few missed notes from World Fantasy: thanks to dsmoen for consultation on this story, wowzers to deannahoak for showing up in a phenomenal dress that showed off all her chakras, and nods to new pal Todd Lockwood. I met Todd at O'Hare on the way to the con, where we comisserated on the almost complete absence of publicly-accessible power outlets. Then we kept passing each other in the hall at the con, giving each other the same "I know that guy, but where from?" look but never really intersecting. And then we wound up on the same flight back to O'Hare on Monday, where we had a very nice chat in the departure lounge. Turns out he's next year's WFC artist guest of honor! Small world.

We've seen Blade Runner: The Final Cut and a play called The Underpants in the last couple of days. You wouldn't think that Blade Runner really needed yet another cut, and yet this one is just marvelous. The changes are numerous but subtle, including replacing the obvious stunt double with Joanna Cassidy's actual face and fixing the mouth movements in the scene where Decker assaults the Egyptian so they match the dialog. It all adds up to an improvement you can feel, but not actually see. This 25-year-old SF movie holds up astonishingly well. The Underpants, written by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) based on a German play from 1911, wasn't nearly as memorable. Despite some fine performances, the whole thing was weighed down by over-broad comedy and a lack of surprises.

Remember that community college class that was studying "I Hold My Father's Paws"? I can't link to the class discussion, because it's password-protected, but the instructor's lecture on "Paws" and "The Best Christmas Ever" by James Patrick Kelly is publicly available in text and audio format. I'm just flabberghasted. I didn't put any of that stuff in on purpose, but all of those cultural and historical references are entirely valid and I can believe that I had many or all of them in mind at a subconscious level. It's great to get such a thoughtful outside perspective on my own writing process.

One last reminder: I will be participating in a "Local/NW Sci-Fi Authorfest" with 13 other authors at Powell's Cedar Hills next Wednesday, November 14, at 7pm. Hope to see some of you there!