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Got an email from my mother. She and my step-dad are coming to visit in October from China. They're doing a tour of the U.S.--part business and part pleasure. He's got a conference in Chicago to attend, and they're visiting family and friends en route between California and New York. My step-dad has gotten me a three-volume set of Journey to the West, the mythological fantasy of the Monkey King! Isn't that the coolest? It's amazing how fond I've become of my stepfather in such a short amount of time. We've hit it off quite nicely, and I'm not unaware of the irony that he knows my proclivities and tastes better than my mother does. Gimme books over pink dresses any day.

Hobkin is slowly metamorphosing from a bratty summer skunk into a couch potato autumn one. I followed him around with the camera as he contemplated getting into mischief. He was less-than-pleased by my attention. Or perhaps it was the flash.

Digging at the hardwood floor. I'm not exactly sure what he thought he was going to accomplish doing that.



Noticing me with the camera and exhibiting his ire. Yes, I'm grateful he's de-scented.


"Quit flashy-thinging me, Mom!" Doesn't he look all fierce and sinister? Awww.


Tuckered out from all that stomping. Hobkin's normal activity level.



   

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New Words: 900
On the supah sekrit fairy tale project. Caffeine is my friend. So is sugar. I'm actually doing a modern fantasy re-telling of a non-Eastern (*gasp*) fairy tale--Little Red Riding Hood, even. Yes, it's a much-redone tale, but I'm giving it a nice twist. At least I hope it's a nice twist and not terribly cliché and trite. Muse, don't forsake me! But I've wanted to do something with Red for a while now and this seems a good opportunity to take the bit and run with it. I keep having these tangential "Eastern-esque" thoughts because, well, red is such an important color in Chinese culture. Maybe I'll do a Chinese Red Riding hood after this. Or maybe I should just focus on what I'm writing and not get sidetracked. Discipline, dammit!
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Club 100 For Writers
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Sigh. Starting over again. I suck. But at least I'm persistent about it. Or something.

500/day
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On September 13th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC), cat_whisperer commented:
Such cuteness. :-) About how many hours per day do skunks usually sleep?
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On September 13th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Many many hours. I'm inclined to say somewhere between 14 and 17 but I've never kept track and haven't seen formal stats anywhere. Skunks sleep a lot.
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On September 13th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Bow down before the fuzzy overlords, mwa ha haa haaaa!
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On September 13th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yay for fuzzy muse companion beasties!
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On September 13th, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
Sounds cool, Eugie! I'd love to see what you would do with a Chinese Little Red Riding Hood...

I got so mad at myself; I made it to Day 95, then forgot for three days. :rueful smile: I'm planning on starting over after November. (I don't think trying to work on two separate insane projects at once is a good idea this year; not on top of everything else! ;-)
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On September 13th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
95! So close. So close! In fact, closer than I've managed to make it with my Club 100 efforts. We shall plow ahead from the beginning together. Rah!
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On September 13th, 2005 01:08 pm (UTC), mroctober commented:
On the supah sekrit fairy tale project.

Excellent. ::rubs hands together with malicious glee::
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On September 13th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Yessuh, I'm writing as fast as I can. *bows scrapes*
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On September 13th, 2005 01:10 pm (UTC), whitecrow0 commented:
I love the "Quit flashy-thinging me!" pic!
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On September 13th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee. Skunk stomping. It's very cute.
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On September 13th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC), troutqueen commented:
The cuteness slays me! it's no wonder ferrets and skunks are in the same family :)

::digdigdigdig::

::Show Super FERRET ferocity!::

::thud. Sleep now!::
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On September 13th, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Very much so! We transferred a lot of what we learned when we kept ferrets to planning for Hobkin's arrival to excellent effect. I think it's one of the reasons we were so successful litter box training him so quickly.
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On September 13th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC), ogre_san commented:
That IS a nice present. I'm envious.
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On September 13th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I assure you, I had to go through pink dresses and plastic knick-knacks to get to a step-dad with good taste and a keen sense of discernment. I've paid my dues.
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On September 13th, 2005 02:02 pm (UTC), reddherring1955 commented:
Red's tale
Keep jabbing at the red riding hood story. I know you've got both the Western twist and the Eastern story hidden within you. They will soon surface, I'm sure. And the tale has such sensuous undertones, too. Will this be for kids or for adults?
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On September 13th, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: Red's tale
"Will this be for kids or for adults?"

I'm hoping that it'll appeal to both, but the target audience is a YA one.
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On September 13th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC), merebrillante commented:
Awwww, he's such a cyutie! Kerry says she'll share her Qdoba bag with him.
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On September 13th, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Hee! That's very gracious of Kerry. But the big question is, is the Qdoba bag empty or is there still yummy food in it?
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On September 13th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC), alijt commented:
As always, Hobkin is looking spectacular! I think mine too are beginning to feel the shift in seasons as they are becoming increasinlgy hard to find at dinner time...LOL
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On September 13th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! Hobkin's tail has gotten so thin. He's still blowing coat--mostly tail--like a maniac. I can't wait until he's done shedding! Fur. Everywhere.
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On September 13th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC), lanyn commented:
Look at those CLAWS!!! Little daggers, they are!
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On September 13th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
More "diggers" than "daggers" but he's caught me a good scratch or two . . . usually in the process of using me as a springboard.
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On September 13th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC), raecarson commented:
Ooo, Teh Mighty Hobkin is so fierce and skeery!

*fears the fluffy one*
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On September 13th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Fluffy overlords of doom! *fuzz fuzz fluff*
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On September 13th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC), beth_bernobich commented:
Teh *cuteness* of Hobkin!
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On September 13th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
And oh, he knows how to use it!
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On September 13th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
How to unleash a comment firestorm. Let loose the Hobkins pics. His tail is so fluffy. Is that natural or does he require grooming? (I think you've said he takes umbrage to grooming; can't remember.)

I like trite and cliche, but my taste is well... Kinda hope the wolf isn't too evil...I love wolves.

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On September 13th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Skunk tails are naturally fluffy. I do brush Hobkin when he's shedding to try to get the loose fur out, but he doesn't like it. And actually, his tail's pretty thin right now since he's been blowing his tail fur pretty aggressively for the last couple weeks. There's fur everywhere! Agh!

(And I love wolves too.)
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