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It's my birthday. Happy Birthday to me!

Yesterday, fosteronfilm wrestled open the computer in order to install the new DVD burner I got him for Christmas. Our old one (the one that was factory-installed) was having problems with x16 DVD-Rs, despite a firmware update, and Sony wasn't supporting that particular type of burner anymore--even though it's only two years old and their factory installed model. Plus, Matthew had been making impressed-eyes at the LightScribe technology, so I thought it was an obvious prezzie. After some swearing, much grunting, and a couple calls to the HP help line, it's now installed and working.

Note to self: next time, give a lot of thought to whether a "some assembly required" prezzie is a good idea. Urk. But he does seem pleased with it now that it's properly functioning.

Also packaged up my laptop and called FedEx. They're going to pick it up to ship to HP this afternoon. I miss it already, and it's still here--just boxed up. Normally I work in the evenings with the laptop downstairs on the couch with Hobkin curled at my side. Last night I couldn't, even though I've got a temporary system in place. It's a desktop and Hobkin would have none of the whole moving from the couch to the desk suggestion. So I sat on the couch, peering longingly at the computer, pinned down by an 8lb animal. Yup.

Hobkin is indeed madhappy to be home. He absolutely adores his godmother, but he's always a fuzzy cling-beast when he gets back.

Curled up on fosteronfilm's lap.


And, as promised, a picture of the step we got him for Christmas:

No action picture yet, but that's in the works


When he first saw it, there was some trepidation and much sniffing. I lured him up it with a treat, and then there was chin rubbing/marking. Now he's bounding up it like it's always been there. He's got some problems with the going down part still. He insists upon going down it sideways which seems to result in him sort of half-falling, half clambering off it. Silly beastie.

   

Writing Stuff

Found a nice little blurb on a French site called Chronicles de L'imaginaire of "The Storyteller's Wife" in Faeries:
"Eugie Foster raconte L’épouse du conteur, une belle histoire d’amour aux pays des contes."
--Hanako

I believe that translates to (approximately): Eugie Foster tells "The Storyteller's Wife," a beautiful story of love set in the country of stories (fairies?). Any native French speakers that can correct my translation out there?


Received:
- 43-day personal "nope" from Aeon with extensive commentary and invite to submit again.
- 14-day and 57-day personal "nope"s from Fantasy Magazine along with some back-and-forth chatting with the editor.

Y'know what would be a nice birthday present? An end-of-year sale. Especially if it's via my agent! *crickets chirping* Well, it would be.

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On December 30th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC), mroctober commented:
Happy Natal Day, m'dear!


I hope this is a wonderful 25? 26? year for you.
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On December 30th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
"I hope this is a wonderful 25? 26? year for you."

Thank you! You're a sweetie, not to mention an outrageous flatterer!
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On December 30th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC), marksiegal commented:
Happy birthday! I wish you good luck on a nice end-of-year sale. :)
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On December 30th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you!
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On December 30th, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC), lord_darkseid commented:
happy birthday, eugie. cya.
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On December 30th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks!
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On December 30th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie!
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On December 30th, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC), gillpolack commented:
Happy birthday!
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On December 30th, 2005 01:54 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you!
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On December 30th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC), grommie commented:
Happy Birthday, Eugie!

And AWWWW - sleepy/contented Hobkin picture! :-) Need more.
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On December 30th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you!
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On December 30th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC), aimeempayne commented:
Hooray for Birthdays! I hope yours is a happy one!
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On December 30th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie!
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On December 30th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC), klingonguy commented:
happy birthday to you!

or, as the klingons say, qoSlIj yItIv
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On December 30th, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you! How does one/is there a way to say "thank you" in Klingonese?
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On December 30th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC), lizziebelle commented:
Happy hatchday, and good luck making a sale! :)

Oh, and Happy New Year while I'm at it!
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On December 30th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you! And a Happy New Year to you as well!
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On December 30th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC), ccfinlay commented:
Happy birthday!

May you get everything you've asked for, and then some.
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On December 30th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Mwaaa! Thankee, kind sir.
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On December 30th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC), coronalrain commented:
Happy Birthday!!!!
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On December 30th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you!
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On December 30th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC), merebrillante commented:
First, happy birthday!

Now, the translation. I've always been fuzzy on the difference between histoires and contes myself, so I pulled out my Petit Robert and looked it up.

Histoire - Récit d'actions, d'événements réels ou imaginaires. It lists conte as a synonym.

Conte - Court récit de faits, d'aventures imaginaires, destiné à distraire==fiction.

So it seems that the difference is that "conte" is the word for the actual form, like we use "short story." So the translation would be "a beautiful love story in the land of short stories."
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On December 30th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Coolness. Thanks for the translation help. It has been a long while since French in college, and the online translators are iffy at best . . .
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On December 30th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Happy Birthday!
Scott
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On December 30th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: Happy Birthday!
Thank you!
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On December 30th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC), alleypat commented:
Happy Birthday! :)

question - how do you keep the ferret smell off the ferret? LOL
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On December 30th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
You mean the skunk smell? A: feed him bell peppers . . .
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On December 30th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC), ericmarin commented:
Happy birthday, Eugie! :-)
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On December 30th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, Erin!
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