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Via Extra Life: Han and Greedo bookends. I want.

Via web zen:The Top 100 Cover Songs. I love cover songs.
Some that they missed:
Revolting Cocks’ Da Ya Think I’m Sexy
Type O Negative’s Cinnamon Girl (the album version is much better, see also “Summer Breeze”)
Frou Frou’s Holding Out for a Hero
The Cardigans and Tom Jones covering Burning Down the House (See also “Iron Man”)

We need to straighten out our sleep schedule.  We’ve been consistently staying up until 5 or 6 in the morning.  Then sleeping until noon or one in the afternoon.  Too much caffeine.  Chris brought coffee pot filters into the house.  My “coffee” pot had only produced water for tea and instant coffee before last week.   I have, of course, completely lost track of the days of the week.  I keep having to remind myself that it’s Saturday (for another two hours).  Went and spent too much money on socks and bras.  I swear I must have lost five pounds out of each breast.  Rather annoying.

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Lifted from

:

1.) Where did you ring in 2006?
I was home, as I usually am.

2.) What was your status by Valentines Day?
Still married.

3.) Were you in school (anytime this year)?
Nope.

4.) How did you earn your keep?
I… um…  *cheesy grin*

5.) Did you have to go to the hospital?
I had a out-of-control freckle removed, but that was only near the hospital.

6.) Did you encounter the police?
Yes.  After the accident in May and while speeding our way to San Diego a few weeks back.

7.) Where did you go on vacation?
Cornado.  Lovely place.  If I’m ever very, very rich, I’ll buy a condo there.  Might be going back too soon to deliver Chris’s laptop.

8.) What did you purchase that was over $500?
The laptop we don’t have yet.

9.) Did you know anybody who got married?
No.

10.) Do you know anybody who passed away?
Uncle Dewayne.

11.) Have you run into anybody you graduated high school with?
Online,

 and Bobby Jo have both found me.

12.) Did you move anywhere?
No.  Still at the same apartment.

13.) What sporting events did you go to?
Unless you count participating in various frisbee tournaments, none.

14.) What concerts did you go to?
Didn’t attend any.

15.) Are you registered to vote?
Yup.

16.) If so, did you do your patriotic duty on Nov. 7?
I sure did.

17.) Where do you live now?
Tempe, AZ.

18.) Describe your birthday.
Eric took a long lunch and we ate at IHOP.

19.) What’s the one thing you thought you would never do but did in 2006?
Hmm.  Nothing comes to mind.  Seeing both Harlan Ellison and Peter S. Beagle in person was nice, but I guess I figured that would happen eventually.

20.) What is one thing you regretted this year?
Sending Model Species queries out a bit too early.

21.) What’s something you learned about yourself?
I’m comfortable being agnostic, and I can run five miles.

22.) Any new additions to your family?
Nope.

23.) What was your best month?
That’s a tough one.  Probably November.

24.) What from pop culture will you remember 2006 by?
Doctor Who and podcasts.

25.) How would you rate this year with a scale from 1 (shitty) to 10 (excellent)?
Erm…  We’ll go with a 6.

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Finally, before I go to bed:

I say we take off and nuke the entire katen from orbit.

Which movie was this quote from?
Get your own quotes:

It’s the only way to be sure.

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2006 Review

Work:
Words written: 95,838
Broken down by project:
Model Species: 15,228
Divine Fire: 29,645
Falling Star: 39,173
Associated Content: 3,558
Other: 673

Doesn’t include rewrite docs.  No, my numbers don’t add up. Yes, that is a pretty low number, but it doesn’t feel like I did that little. Much rewriting was done. Can I work harder? Yes.

Work to do:
Moth short story.
Divine Fire additions.
Finish Divine Fire and Falling Star.

The publishing end of work:
Sent Lucinda at the Window to two small presses. One rejection, need to query the other. Currently, one more possibility to look into.
Sent Pas de Chat to four agencies. Three rejections, might need to query one (it’s been six months).
Sent Model Species to two publishers, five agents. Six rejections thus far.
Other rejections:
Submission to Surreal Botany
Four rejections total for two flash pieces

Work to do:
Those queries.
We’re working on a better query letter for Model Species.
Always looking for potential publishers and agents.


Reading:
I had two ‘resolutions’ last year, both involving my book habits. One was to not purchase any books I wasn’t going to immediately read. The other was to read 30 books. These resolutions were…mostly successful.

Not counting Paperback Swap, gifts or books acquired from cons, I bought 12 books. Six of them are a series that I haven’t read through. Haven’t even finished the first one. I read four of the others. Not bad for a year that included new releases from Peter S. Beagle and Ray Bradbury.

I read twenty-seven books in 2006. This is more than I’ve read in any single year since I’ve been keeping track. Some of them were on the short side. Of the fifteen I have data for, I averaged 78,000 words per book.
Rereads: one
Number of new authors (not counting scripts and short story ‘anthologies’): 8
Gender of authors (again not counting scripts and shorts): 10 women, 13 men

I’ll be renewing my 2006 resolutions.


Health:
I decided near the end of 2005/beginning of 2006 to improve my back health. Keeping in mind that self-evaluation is generally unreliable, I’d have to say that I’m better off this year than I was last year. I started running and that’s been better for me than doing the stretch/strength type exercises. Movement is the key. I’m now trying to do something similar with my hands by teaching myself card tricks.

Quantitatively, I can run five miles now where last year I was happy to manage one. My knees are now a factor. It’s fairly clear that ultimate isn’t the best thing for my back. I was in a good amount of pain after New Year Fest and the Flagstaff tournament in August. I’m still gonna be play ultimate though. I can’t not. It’s too much fun and otherwise good for me. I’m also happy about how my throwing has come along.

On the weight front, I decided to try reducing my calories on a whim and I’ve been pretty happy with the results. I’ve lost 15lbs, and I’m in much better shape than when I was this weight in 1999. The trick will be maintaining what I’m doing. I’ve learned a few things about calorie budgeting, and I should probably try to get along without FitDay. It’s been hard keeping track these last two months with all the traveling and holidays. It will be good to get back to a normal schedule.


Mental Health:
Still working on being a collaborator instead taking every suggestion as a personal attack.  I’m also working on remembering the good comments rather than disregarding them.

My family hasn’t been bugging me much despite their drama.  I just find that I can’t worry about it.  Maybe that’s avoidance, but it works.

I’ve been reading and hearing more from the skeptical movement.  It’s good to be reminded to question assumptions.

The last half of the year has been disjointed feeling.  Part of it is working in the back room, a major change in my environment.  Part of it is probably the writing I’ve been doing.  I’ve started two novels, written for AC, and put some time into shorter pieces all in the second half of the year.  That’s on top of frisbee tournaments, conferences, an impromptu trip to California, the advent of watching a lot of TV on my computer, and Eric strongly considering a career change.  We’ll just have to see how it all plays out in 2007.

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Chemical may stop alcohol craving.  If orexin is part of a reward pathway, the interesting question is, how many things is it involved in?  Just alcohol and food intake?  Learning pathways?  Other ‘happiness’ pathways?  Ah, psychopharmacology, you little minx.

As with iocane powder, so with peanuts.

FDA may clear cloned food, but public has little appetite, asserts WashingtonPost.com.  How often has it happened in the past that a new technology is met with fear and other ‘vague emotions,’ but later becomes status quo?  Or, have we hit a point where science has outstripped the intelligence of the common people?  Personally, knowing that my milk was from a cloned cow would go a long way toward the coolness factor of buying milk.

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First, for Eric who probably won’t see it since he isn’t goofing around at work, Airborne Baloney.

We started up our EverQuest accounts again.  We’re back to Quack.  And I am torn.  I really *should* do my dishes.  But Danae really *needs* griffin meat.  (My character has a much better cooking skill than I do.)  I suspect that our lack of forks will be the deciding factor.

Finally, after three weeks of PMS…  It’s always enjoyable playing disc with cramps.

Chuck & Bonnie brought us a plate of holiday snacks.  Mmm…cookies…

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DiscO!

Yet another team pic. Yeah, I never tire of posting them. I still can’t believe that we had *everyone* at finals. That’s just awesome. I’ve been on teams that were lucky to be savage by the end. So, on that count, Yay, DiscO!

I think  “The Unquiet Dead” is my favorite Doctor Who episode.  Simon Callow as Charles Dickens and gaslight ghosts.   What’s not to love?