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What I've Been Up To Recently...

I mentioned this in the intro to this week's PodCastle, but I took January off of reading submissions to focus on writing. Hopefully, nobody noticed PodCastle-wise, because my fearless co-editor was on the scene of the crime, taking notes, writing rejections, and being the all-around bad-ass I've come to expect her to be. Also, I continued to perform host duties, so I don't think anyone noticed. (In fact, bogwitch64 sent me a very pleasant email about it a couple days ago saying WHY DIDN'T I KNOW?)

The month off was really interesting. And I don't mean interesting as a negative. I got a ton out of it - but maybe not what I thought I'd get out of it? Suffice to say, I did some writing on a daily basis, and I'm very happy about that. But that's probably another post.

Other things I've been doing:

Emma and I watched Season 1 of Downton Abbey. I liked it a lot. It made me want to revisit Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and it made me hope we'll someday see another Big Novel by Susanna Clarke.

I just finished listening to John Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation and enjoyed the hell out of it. It's everything you expect from a Scalzi novel, including bacon! Actually, I was surprised how emotional I got over it in the end.

I just finished reading Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon. It's very, very fun. There's quite a bit I like about it, and Anna and I will be talking about it at a PodCastle Spotlight soon!

Also, I've watched the Spider-man preview over and over and over again. (I think it might be the best one yet, but I'm often overly optimistic about these things!)

So...how have you been?


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Feb. 10th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
Someone had to call you out. :)

My mom keeps telling me to watch Downton Abby. Maybe I should.
Feb. 10th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I do feel better knowing you're there to call me on shit :)

Downton Abby is well done, especially if you like the period stuff - and they do a pretty good job showing the class divisions. My only complaint is there are a couple characters with NO redeeming qualities. They're just asses. But, you know, I thought it was worth watching.
Feb. 11th, 2012 01:35 am (UTC)
I might have to disagree on the Spiderman movie. Sure the preview looks interesting, but do we really need a reboot of this series?

Speaking of movies, are you going to catch the 3D release of Star Wars? I hear Jar-Jar is best viewed in 3D!
Feb. 11th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
Dude, I want, want, WANT another Susanna Clarke novel so bad. My grubby paws ache for it.

Shortly after I watched Downtown Abbey, I got on a mega costume drama kick. It ended with me being totally depressed by Tess of the D'urbervilles (BBC, 2009)...talk about me going into a spiral of thinking about how I end things as a writer. It's not that the ending of it was bad - just not what I would've written. I remember being surprised by how season 1 of Downtown Abbey ended, too, but pleased...
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