March 25th, 2009


Wanted Ad

Yesterday at work I mentioned how at my bday party I had discussed this thing (see below) and they were most amused. And then we went to the movie last night which featured a mobile grocer who would tour every day all the tiny little villages, of a couple of houses each in the mountains, I guess, in Provence. And each day people would come out and buy like 3 tomatoes or a can of peas. And we were laughing cause here was my "Coffee and Croissant Man". So with no further ado, my ad:

Wanted: Coffee and Croissant Person

Task: To let him or herself into my house in the morning just before my rising, quietly place a steaming cup of *good* coffee and a fresh croissant on my bedside table and then quietly let him or herself out again, without talking to me.

At my bday party my friends reckoned that I could totally pay for this service. And I think it would greatly improve my morning mood.

My work friends reckon I should add the option of placing said items on my desk at work right before I slide in in the morning. Thus expanding potential candidates for whom location is important.

On Taxes

(Yes I am still working on mine. I'm going to do the first three quarters of 08/09 as soon as I finally finish 07/08)

But from Boing Boing - at least this was not something I needed to get my head round: Are kidnapped children tax deductible?

According to the IRS website, the answer is "yes," if two conditions are met:

1. The child must be presumed by law enforcement to have been kidnapped by someone who is not a member of your family or a member of the child's family, and

2. The child had, for the taxable year in which the kidnapping occurred, the same principal place of abode as the taxpayer for more than one-half of the portion of such year before the date of kidnapping.

Ted Chiang for Hugo

Also ... you know I love him, he's my favourite SF short story writer at present. He's up for a Hugo for his story "Exhalation" in Jonathan Strahan's Eclipse 2.

It's a very different story - both in pace and telling to "The Alchemist's Gate". (if I lent you my collector's copy of this ... please please please return it) It's a Chiang. And it's available for free download from the Nightshade Books website now:

You know you want to. Chiang makes everyone happy :)



So the colleague that annoys me at work is leaving. She hasn't actually told me, or even our team yet, but she has discussed issues relating to it in my vicinity on three occasions now. I guess I know? Meh.

Anyway, she is LOUD. Loud ALL the time. Her work mobile (which she uses as her personal one) plays a stupid tune loudly for ages when it rings. Today she has had about 5 very loud phonecalls. She has sneezed really loudly then excused herself in a baby girl voice (she's like in her late 50s). It's all about her, all the time.

My mobile phone beeps once when it receives messages and then goes to vibrate. It's one shrill beep and that's it. If I'm in the vicinity of my phone, I'll hear the message from that, if not, it doesn't matter, I'll get to it later and people around it don't need to be bothered.

It just beeped once. One FRIGGING time and to that she's all "what's that noise!" OMG!! I did snap. I said "it's my phone" in a grumpy voice. Ohferfucksake are you kidding me?! Then I came racing out my door to return my lunch to the microwave, not quite hot enough, and I bowl into her coming round into my office to say "oh I'm sorry, I just thought it was coming from there" motioning to the cupboard of electonic-ey things (I dunno what goes on in there and that's the safest way to be). I was just like, "it was my phone" as I headed off to the kitchen. What's she gonna do if it *was* coming from over there anyway?

*deep breath ... tries to remember how relaxed I was 5 minutes ago from my workplace massage*

For Tehani

Behold the back cover blurb, in case you were wondering what the heck this book is actually about.

New Ceres, a planet in the outer colonies, embraced the Age of Enlightenment nearly two hundred years ago and refused to let go. Refugees and opportunists come to New Ceres in search of new lives, escaping the conflicts of the interstellar war that has already destroyed Earth.

New Ceres Nights presents thirteen exciting stories of freedom, debauchery, decadence, subterfuge and murder set against the backdrop of powdered wigs, coffee houses, duels and balls.

Thanks Simon!


Need something done? Give it to a busy person. Right?

I'm all about lead time and deadlines at the moment. I like my schedules and routines and I like to be able to plan ahead for things I am doing. I'm not really all that spontaneous, not really. Mostly though it's because my time is already allocated and I *could* have been spontaneous ... if you'd given me some lead time! :)

So I'm pretty pushed for time at the moment. I'm working till 11.30/12 am and feeling it in the mornings. The book is not yet at the printers. We haven't fully sorted and organised the book launch. We have other things to sort out and prep for Swancon. I'm still doing my taxes. I have family and friends commitments. Working my day job which is about to ramp up to crazy town. And the rest of TPP doesn't stop wanting to move just because one of the projects is on super urgent deadline. All the other projects have lead time too and need to have things laid down now in order to be able to deliver them on time later. I'm also struggling with the inbox - it's not been under 130 for any length of time in weeks.

It means for the minute that if something new comes up, that didn't get included and planned for in lead time, there is nowhere in my day for it to happen. No miracles and no rabbits out of the hat right now. I hate that and it kinda makes me feel quite stressed. Throw a new ball at me and I have to drop one if you want me to catch it.

So ... working on the saying "No" thing at the moment cause the answer just cannot be "yes" right now.