July 14th, 2009

glowing

In which I reveal my inner road nerd.

10 hours of driving yesterday, home from Las Vegas. I spent very little time on superslab in this variation of my route. And most notably, I got from the San Joaquin Valley over the coastal range on California route 198, which was a little gem of a road. 50 miles of excellent pavement, twisties tight enough to discourage trucking, and swooping elevation changes. A perfect road for motorcyclists and sport drivers alike. And as trivia for those of you who remember this story, Giles & Buffy drive along the other half of this road in "Reconnection" on their way to Sequoia National Park. The story also makes an oblique reference to Coalinga, my favorite California place name.

On the other end of the road spectrum, there's Route 395. The southernmost segment of it is a straight line in the desert, perfect visibility. I was passed by somebody on that stretch going at an unreal speed. And I was not exactly a slowpoke. The Mojave is such a strange place. Dust, sand, rock, surreal patches of Joshua trees, always a few cars on the road moving through and never stopping.

Home now, where the cats are pretending indifference and the dogs don't appear to have noticed my absence. Mr Pedia was welcoming, at least.

My copy of the Anna.K Tarot arrived while I was away. Today's agenda: fiddle with this new deck, do laundry, revise Remix story, work out, go bouldering at the climbing gym with friends, collapse.
harry potter

In which I post twice in one day,

1. Am answering my shameful comment backlog. Aside from fic feedback, which must always be answered, is it okay for me to declare an amnesty for comments that are three weeks old? Man, I totally went out to lunch around here in May.
2. At this rate, I'm going to be catching up with summer_of_giles after it's all over.
3. I feel no real urgency to see the newest Harry Potter movie, which means it'll be the first one that I won't see within 24 hours of its opening. I was thinking about why, and I suspect it has to do with the publication of the end of the story. Some tension and drive is lost by knowing the resolution of everything. Maybe.
4. Revision for the Remix will stop tomorrow, after which I will plunge into writing oodles of fresh prose for my Summer of Giles story. Which has been decided upon, note careful use of passive voice.
5. The plan is for me to hop into my car and head east for WriterCon the minute after I post SoG on Monday, July 27. But that might be too late. I might have to post while on the road. I need to start route-planning now.

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