Wow, sorry for being kinda MIA for a bit there. Thanksgiving week was a lot busier than I anticipated it was gonna be, then I got distracted by other things...then was just plain lazy for some of it, I'll admit. ^^;
Thanksgiving was good, though a bit stressful. Zack and I did a LOT of cleaning for his grandparents' visit (which I didn't mind too much--it all really needed to be done, anyway). I kinda slacked about eating well, though, since we had a ton of leftovers...hopefully I didn't gain a whole bunch of weight this week, but I guess we'll see (I guess it didn't help that I had to make A CAKE for grandma's birthday...I had originally planned not to eat any, but then I did end up eating some of it, haha XD;; I have no willpower, it sucks.) We had fun, though--or at least, I did. Sometimes I can't tell wither Zack's mom enjoys family visits or if it stresses her out, she's good at hiding it.
We didn't do Black Friday--not even our usual, ultra-lazy Black Friday where we sleep in all morning and stroll into the stores at 2pm--because we literally saw nothing in the ads that really seemed like a good enough deal to even bother. So we stayed home and relaxed/worked on stuff instead. (Though I did grab some stuff on Amazon, thanks to their Black Friday lightening deals.) We did go out on Saturday to look around a couple of places and go grocery shopping--including a new store in town called "The Nerd Cave". This "Nerd Cave" had flyers posted on a local video game place to have "comics, manga, games, and more!"...but really, it's more of a place that sells merchandise than anything else. They have a wall of comics, but it's all graphic novels, and the one manga I saw was vol. 1 of "Akira"...other than that, the only things I saw related to manga were some Naruto and Bleach posters and a Mazinger Z vinyl figure that was nearly $100. I wasn't terribly surprised about that, but at the same time it was a tad disappointing (I was thinking they'd at least have a LITTLE more than 1 vol of Akira.) They had a sign that said they could special-order things on request, but...meh. It's an ok shop, but damn most of the place is literally just TEE SHIRTS, which is disappointing. You can buy superhero t-shirts almost anywhere lately...do we really need an entire store that's 1/3 shirts?
Anyway, I stopped by Hastings just to have a look and ended up seeing that they had a 1-day sale: all used manga & graphic novels were $3! So I caved and got vol 1 of Cross Game
by Mitsuru Adachi. (I'd been eyeballing that copy since they got it in used--I like Adachi's work, but they wanted like $11 used for the thing so I kept passing it by.) I tried to find more to but I guess the shelves had been picked clean by a couple of other manga fans earlier in the day (even stuff I'd remembered seeing just last week was gone). Most of the stuff left was just junk, but I did also manage to find one of the old You're Under Arrest!
books shuffled in with the American graphic novels, so I figured why not and got that one, too. (Even though you can get it for pennies on Amazon, it still costs $4 for shipping, so I still got it for less.)
Then the rest of my weekend was spent mostly working on stuff for my Etsy shop's Cyber Monday sale
(which is still going on--it won't end until tomorrow morning, heh.) So far I've only gotten one sale from it...BUT, hey, that's better than nothing, so I definitely take it. XD I also spent a good chunk of this evening recording auditions for something that would be a paying gig if I got accepted, so...here's hoping, I guess!
So I guess that's what I've been up to in a nutshell. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! (Or to my non-American friends, just a nice week in general, lol.) What have you all been up to?
The dangerous women are coming to the Jean Cocteau this week.
(We also hoped to present THE LAST SEDUCTION, but the film has been withdrawn from distribution because of a rights dispute, alas).
See one, see two, see them all. Kickass avengers, femmes fatale, women warriors, alien queens, what more could you want?
All of this, of course, is part of our Dangerous Women Week, to mark the debut of DANGEROUS WOMEN, the gigantic crossgenre anthology I edited with Gardner Dozois.
And next Monday, December 9, we'll launch the book with "Dangerous Talk About Dangerous Women" at the Cocteau, a gala panel discussion and booksigning featuring me and Gardner, and seven of our contributing writers - CARRIE VAUGHN (!), SAM SYKES (!), MELINDA M. SNODGRASS (!), S.M. STIRLING (!), DIANA ROWLAND (!), MEGAN LINDHOLM/ ROBIN HOBB (!), and DIANA GABALDON (!).
The auctions for Janis Ian's Pearl Foundation fund-raising drive, including those for the items I donated, have entered their final day.
There's some great stuff here, including items by Neil Gaiman, Pat Conroy, Harlan Ellison, Jane Yolen, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, and many others, and the Pearl Foundation is a terrific cause... so here's a great chance to add some wonderful books to your collection and do good at the same time.
My own donations are a script from GAME OF THRONES, signed by the entire Stark family: http://www.ebay.com/itm/George-R-R-Martin-orig-pilot-script-GAME-THRONES-signed-all-Starks-/200988947831?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ecbdff577
Also, a presentation copy in slipcase of the Subterreanean Press limited edition of A DANCE WITH DRAGON, illustrated by Marc Fishman and signed by both of us: http://www.ebay.com/itm/George-R-R-Martin-signed-personal-presentation-copy-DANCE-DRAGONS-/200988953490?pt=Antiquarian_Collectible&hash=item2ecbe00b92
And finally, a set of hardcovers for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, all five volumes published to date, to be autographed and personalized on request: http://www.ebay.com/itm/George-R-R-Martin-signed-hardcovers-all-five-SONG-ICE-AND-FIRE-novels-/200988772976?pt=Antiquarian_Collectible&hash=item2ecbdd4a70
So go ye forth and bid! Bid often! Bid high!! Come out, come out, you snipers, do your worst, and raise some pearls for pearl.
Just in time for my return from Down Under, a couple of fresh offerings debuted at the Jean Cocteau... one brand new, and one a classic.
Here's a taste of this week's offerings. First, BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, a prize winner at the Tribeca and Berlin Film Festivals, and a likely contender in the foreign film category of next year's Oscars.
We're also showing THE GREAT SANTINI, the terrific 1979 film adaptation of Pat Conroy's 1976 novel, starting Robert Duvall and Bylthe Danner. One of Duvall's greatest and most memorable performances.
And, of course, THE GREAT SANTINI is only to whet the appetite... on Monday, December 2, we will be having Pat Conroy himself at the Cocteau for an evening of conversation, to discuss his life, his books, and the movies made from them... which list includes not only THE GREAT SANTINI but also THE PRINCE OF TIDES, THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE, and CONRACK. Pat will also be signing copies of his latest, THE DEATH OF SANTINI, and his other titles. Admission is free with the purchase of a hardcover book, $5 with the purchase of a paperback.
As with our previous events, seats are going fast, so if you'd like to attend, do call the Cocteau ASAP and reserve a book (and a seat) before they are all gone.
See you at the movies.
We're headed home tomorrow. I shudder to think of all the email and mail and work that awaits me. But it;s time… I have started to dream of green chile.
Yes, I am aware of the SOUTH PARK episodes. No, haven't seen them yet. THere's been no time for TV down here. But I will get to them eventually, no doubt. Till then I live in fear.
Yes, I am aware that my football teams continue to suck.
Anime music holds a special place in many fans' hearts, and we're no exception! Returning guests Nitro (who you might remember from the Studio Ghibli/Miyazaki ep) and CandyAppleCat (who was my first ever guest on ep #1!) discuss our Top 10 personal favorite opening & ending theme songs with me from older anime. Listen to us ramble about some of our favorite songs and the anime they came from--the good, the bad, and the downright awful. What will we pick? You'll have to listen to it all to hear our lists!
Stream the episode on Tumblr or [Direct Download]
Some links we mentioned in the podcast:
☆ On Youtube - Kasho No Tsuki Theme by Nakamura Yuriko
The somewhat obscure (but very lovely!) ending theme to the OAV of the same name.
☆ On Youtube - Macross: Angel's Voice
And amazing fan creation mixing Basara (of Macross 7) and Minmay (of Macross) vocals of "Angel Voice" to create a beautiful duet between the two.
☆ On Youtube - Mari Ijima Rock Masters 5 "Do You Remember Love?"
Mari Ijima performs a piano-only version of the classic "Do You Remember Love?" for Japan's Rock & Folk Masters Live.
As always, feel free to give me your thoughts and comments on this and for future episodes! Thanks for listening!
Sort of related to the podcast--I had someone who runs a podcast about 80s anime message me and asked if I'd be willing to participate in a "anime podcaster questionnaire" episode of his! Basically, he'll send me some questions, I'll record my answers, and they'll be included in an episode with other podcaster's answers. I'm kinda thrilled about this because apparently I'll be the first female podcaster they've had on! *GASP!* They've had people from ANNcast on there before, so I'm kinda psyched about it. I'm hoping it won't take too long to come out so I can share it with you guys once it's finished! :D
My friend Janis Ian is launching an amazing charity auction for her Pearl Foundation. Parris an I are thrilled to be a part of this.
Details, from Janis herself:
Starting November 21st, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Janis Ian and eBay auctioneer Amy Leslie will host PROSE FOR PEARL, a 10-day auction of unique items and memorabilia by famous authors, to raise money for returning students. The auction will take place on the Pearl Foundation’s eBay site: http://stores.ebay.com/thepearlfoundation/
and you can read the whole story here:
We have items signed and donated by George R. R. Martin, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Len Wein, Joe Haldeman, Jane Yolen, Harry Turtledove, Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Moesta, Michael Swanwick, Mercedes Lackey, Mike Resnick, and the family of Anne McCaffrey, plus a gold, diamond, ruby watch Janis’ family gave Pearl when she graduated.
What’s unusual about this auction?
-- It was suggested by author George R. R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and his wife, Parris McBride, who are donating a pilot script from the hugely successful television series, signed by all the “Starks”, as well as signed books and personal notes from Martin to the high bidders.
-- The authors are Janis’ friends, and chose the items themselves. Many posed with their items, and sent photos of themselves with Janis for the sale.
-- The items are offered with no reserve. Each item has a description from the author as well as a short vignette by Ian detailing their relationship.
-- The authors will sign and personalize their items whenever possible.
-- In 1998, Ian held the very first Internet auction through her own website, raising over $60,000 in college scholarship funds for Goddard College. What begun as a one-time tribute to her mother’s life-long dream of attending college became the Pearl Foundation, an IRS-approved charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for returning students.
-- To date, the Pearl Foundation has given away more than $700,000 in college scholarship funding. The Pearl Foundation’s annual overhead is less than 2%.
The items I've donated myself--
-- a television script from GAME OF THRONES signed by the members of House Stark,
-- a p/c copy of the SUbPress limited edition DANCE WITH DRAGONS,
-- a set of five current edition hardcovers for books one to five of SONG OF ICE & FIRE.
I will be pleased to personalize all these for the winners… so bid lustily.
Man, I feel like LJ gets more and more dead every time I check my flist. Even some of the communities I used to see post frequently seem to have dried up substantially. I guess LJ is finally coming full-circle--when I started blogging/journaling, I had maybe 2 friends who were also on here. Over time, I've met so many different people through LJ (some that have even changed my life!)...some have come and gone, and now I'm back to maybe a handful of people who I actually still see post at least semi-regularly. It's kind of weird.
But I've said it before, I don't think I'll ever really totally abandon my LJ. Even as time goes on, I still feel more comfortable writing substantial amounts here than I do anywhere else. I can't write paragraphs on FB, and half of the people on FB are just old classmates trying to up their friend counts, or people who are more like acquaintances than close friends. The actual close friends I have on FB would care, but most of them still check their LJs, too, so...XD And try as I might, I can't really think of Tumblr as an actual blogging tool. It's more of an image board or a way to self-promote--commenting on Tumblr is just a pain and a half. It's not set up to work that way, really. At least Twitter has the instant gratification thing...but still is more like a giant chat room that you never really turn off. XD
I know I've probably said all this before, though. Sorry to repeat myself.
I can't believe it's already November. I feel like this year has gone by too quickly, which is odd because the days seem to blur together in my mind a lot, as routine has been making every day feel more and more the same. (Not that that's always a bad thing--routine helps.) December's coming up quickly and I feel like I really should try to think up more designs to make for my Etsy shop in time for Christmas shopping, but my sales have been so utterly FLAT lately that I feel like people have already lost interest in my work. I used to get a fair amount of reblogs on my images on Tumblr often, but now? I get nothing. I know I've been pumping a lot more effort into my podcast and stuff lately, but I'm legitimately confused as to how I get absolutely no interest at all lately. Maybe I should work on more cartoony designs? Lately I'd been doing more simple ones, even just text, so that could be it. But it's really hard to tell. People of Tumblr/the internet in general seem to be a fickle bunch. People who commented/messaged me a lot when my shop first opened seem to have disappeared, which is a little sad. I'm tempted to make some posts about commissions, but I fear no one will really care, seeing as--like I said before--interest in what I already have for sale seems to be all but gone. -__- If anyone who actually still reads LJ would be interested in a commission or had suggestions for new designs they might want to see me do, hit me up, though. I'm all ears.
I've already sort of started with holiday shopping...nothing crazy, but I'm glad I've at least started. I'm still trying to think of things for my sister and my mom...it gets harder and harder to shop for them every year, I swear! Zack's a lot easier. Zack's mom is a little tougher, but I've already got some ideas. I wish I had more money to send friends back in WA gifts as well as friends in other places...but money seems to be tight everywhere, so I know they understand if I can't, at least. Thankfully, with the stuff I managed to sell on eBay and such, I have enough money to cover my bills and gifts through the holiday, which is good.
I've still been doing my photo-a-day project thing, I've just been terrible at uploading them to the 365 Day Project website. >__>; I really should set some time aside over the weekend to upload my backlog (after actually pulling them off my camera first!) I'm at least still taking them, though, that's the important part...right? XD
I know lots of my friends say that they might not post or comment a lot on LJ, but that they still read it a lot. So, even if you don't post or comment or anything like that...just let me say, I love you guys. You're all my friends, and I think about you guys often, and hope you're doing ok. Even when you're not, I'm still here for you. So take care, ok?
FROM THIS YEAR'S CAPCLAVE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvdsmhQYTyc&feature=youtu.be
Warning: contains risqué anecdotes and off-color stories that may offend some.
I should also mention that I had a senior moment during the panel, when I mentioned that I won my first Hugo in 1985 and appeared on my first panel in 1986. While the relation between those two events is correct, the dates aren't. I misplaced a decade there. I actually won my first Hugo in 1975, and appeared on my first panel later that same year (at the same con where the trophy was presented to me).