Hugh Jackman is sexiest man alive? Duh.
Submitted by Faith on November 19, 2008 - 19:18
Glorious! Typing here from a "new" computer, actually one of my brother's Frankenstein efforts, assembled from cast off computer parts and some duct tape ... but praise jebus, it is so much faster than my old computer, and even smells nicer. It only took 20 seconds to boot up, rather than the standard 10 minutes! Truly wondrous. The old computer lasted me nearly eight years, and I expect the same out of this one. It made the trip all the way from Ontario safely, so I think it's pretty hardy. Unfortunately I'm not expecting to get anything back from the old computer. Thank goodness it tanked just as I'd finished Ellsmere, and had backed up those files. Not too sure what I've lost other than website files, which I think can just grab from the internets. It could have been much much worse. Counting my blessings. The biggest and saddest thing I think I've lost is about eight years of bookmarks. There's no way I can remember all the wonderful places I've been on the internets in eight years, so ... well, guess it's time to start over.
What've I done during my internet exile? Read a lot: Went through The Good Thief in a few days, which was fun. It was kind of like a Dickens action movie, Dickens as directed by a good action movie director, like Ridley Scott or Alfonso CuarÃ³n (Hey, did anyone else notice that Guillermo del Toro and CuarÃ³n did "additional voices" in the new James Bond movie? It's right at the end of the credits. I think that's kind of awesome. Anyway, back to the book), complete with dastardly, child-abusing villains, out of the blue family connections and plenty o' gore. But restrained gore, tastefully done (tasteful gore? lol). I really like it when I can read through a book in a couple days, as it makes the reading experience much more immediate and intense.
I also finished up my thumbnails for my new First Second book, and am anxiously waiting to hear whether or not they'll past muster. It's always so nerve wracking right at the beginning of a working relationship with a publisher. It's like going on a first date or something: oh god, will they like me? do I have stuff in my teeth? do these thumbnails make me look fat? like me, like me! Fortunately I'm a professional and I can deal. All part of the process. Although it'd be nice if I could stop sweating so much whenever they email or call.
One more thing: The War at Ellsmere is out in THIRTEEN DAYS!!!!111 I'm a bit excited, can you tell? And there's still time to enter the contest SLG and I are having to celebrate its release. And lovely local comic shop Strange Adventures will also be having a party for it, but that's not finalised yet, so I'll let you know when it's closer to the date.