Giles/Buffy sword

Dispatches from a cat platform

1. I am a platform for cats. For a black puddle of pure feline love, specifically. I am, I'm told, the best human ever. Especially if I were to pour some more cream. Then I'd totally win it.

2. Recent Lush experiences: Lush "Creamy Candy" bath melt is yummy. Next time I'll cut it in thirds, though. The "Big Blue" bath bomb smelled nice, but the seaweed looked disturbingly like little black worms as the bomb fizzed away. Also, it left seaweed all over the tub. Will not repeat for non-scent reasons.

3. I am extremely tempted by Mechanical Phoenix. Given the sort of people I hang out with, the scent of "copper gears, brass cogs, fused wiring, scorched iron, and motor oil" might have pheromone effects.

4. "Buffy is the Hero" ficathon story proceeds apace. I might finish a draft soon. Yay. Mouth shut about content, though I'm afraid it's going to be a bit less plotty than my usual. Heavier on the conversations than on the vamp-ass kicking. "Rough Boys" is on hold while I decide if Giles is too emo to be believed or not.

5. DIscovered that I seem to have forgotten to watch "Heroes" for, er, about five weeks now. On the advice of friends and coworkers, will continue holding off. If they fix it post-strike, I'll catch up. I'm not all that great about staying current with TV as it's broadcast. TV is a terrible way to watch episodic drama. DVDs win. No ads, for one thing.

6. Mr P has asked me why the heck we haven't been watching more Who, because he wants to. Okay! Yay.

7. What should I be reading? Don't say, "one of the books in the pile next to your bed", because then I'll throw one of them at you. I seem to have lost my copy of the third Temeraire book. I have the fourth sitting ready to read, but obviously I need to read the third first. I swear to you that it was in the living room.
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You need to pour some cream and then go read some Robertson Davies. Or possibly some Anthony Trollope.

Wench has spoken.

As for me, I'm going to see if I can sit down and watch Hush today. You know, for your birthday fic. Which I probably won't be able to actually write until I'm on my own computer again because it might be disturbing to leave unauthorized prawn (or even genfic) on someone else's computer.
Trollope, then. Have read Davies, and while I was thinking it was time for a re-read of The Rebel Angels or Fifth Business, probably reading something new is more fun.

Right then!
So I can tell you 'bout when I usta work in a machine shop & the 'K9 cutting fluid' smelled just so DELICIOUS!! (Not like the sniffable fun stuff we used, like kerosene. heehee) Oooo, ya.
(Though seriously, solvents are bad shit. Do not huff. Cutting fluid is basically oil, and therefore not great, but holy crap airplane glue is not good.)
Thanks for the link to Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. Awesomeness.
I warn you: cult phenomenon with extreme addiction power. And a "limited edition" product model that is a business school graduate's dream. When we get together for coffee which we should do soon I will enable you with a bunch of sample scent vials. Just give me some vague scent preferences :) Or alternatively, pick a bunch from my extras list. They are way generous with the free samples, and I have lots to give away.

Edited at 2007-11-19 08:44 pm (UTC)
All good. Thanks for the offer of samples - yay. Happy to kick in $$ to cover. Vague preferences...hmmm. Don't have good language, and it doesn't tend to be things that show up in most produced scents. I mean, I have a weird response to the smells of oil refineries, animal manure, dry grass and hot dust...not that I'd wear those on myself, but just to make the point that my nose isn't a standard model. ;-)

Tend to favor things that remind me of when I was growing up in West Texas...baked dirt, ozone rainstorms, dry herbal of desert plants. Old leather, amber, sandalwood, cedar, eucalyptus. I've been wearing a vetiver blend that I love. More unisex or men's fragrances. Not so much the traditional female florals or girly stuff. That said, it's all fun to sniff, even if I wouldn't wear it.

btw just sent you a gmail about getting together possibly this week. Lemme know if there's a better email addy for you.

Love your BPAL tracker app. Just poked around on it a bit. Done anything more with it, or has anyone else?

The live site represents all the work I've done on it. Periodically I get motivated and add a few new features. For instance, sitting on my laptop now is a bunch of not-quite-finished work to track how many sample vials I have of each sent. (Int not boolean, as I'm currently showing. I should also track bottle counts as well.) Ruby on Rails is frighteningly easy to write web apps with. Harder to get them performing well, but easy to get them prototyped and running.

Your scent preferences overlap with mine a good deal. You might love Dee and Coyote. Ooh, and Scarecrow! Hmm. I can pull together a bunch of samples. Owe you email, which I will send in a moment.
Comment from a cat mattress. [Ones on my left foot, and the other's draped across my right thigh and pressed up against the laptop.]

Ironically on the Buffy Hero story, all I have so far is ass kicking. Hoping the muse speaks soon! Glad yours proceeds apace.
What you should be reading...
Have you tried the Dhampire series by Barb and J.C. Hendee? Dark fantasy, vampires, scams, lots of fighting and deep and unexpected plots. Just finished a vampire trilogy by Cameron Dean that was surprising. Way more sex than I was interested in reading, but held my attention other than that. Also, you need to try Patricia Briggs Were-Coyote series. That's good. Just finished reading the first five books by Deborah Crombie in her series with a Scottish detective inspector of Scotland yard and his trusty girl sidekick. Listened to the audio book of Lamb by Christopher Moore. Poor narrator, but great story. I also like his book The Stupidest Angel. Well worth a read. This should take your mind off the cat.
Re: What you should be reading...
Hard to take my mind off the cat when she's nudging my nose and purring into my face. This cat is an amazingly affectionate animal. Possibly it's because we adopted her when she was 5 weeks old and very tiny.

The Deborah Crombie series sound interesting. Will investigate, thanks!