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Happy Day After Halloween! It was a pretty low key All Hallows for us. Didn't even costume up, not counting my Happy Bunny jammies.

dude_the is here, escaping the Midwest, and we watched The Sixth Sense. And I did not need to cover my eyes, nor did I insist on having fosteronfilm accompany me throughout the house so I wouldn't be alone in any room . . . unlike the first time I saw it.

In other news, Comcrap annoys me. A lot. They're in the process of overhauling their online storage setup, and it's kyboshing every site that I link images to: my LJ, MySpace, etc. It's been messed up for weeks now, so I finally contacted their unhelpful help people to nag them about it. Outcome: "They're working on it." *grumble* They don't even have a status board or anything that I can check in on. If they weren't the only outfit in the area that provides cable broadband, I'd switch faster than it takes to fling a hamster in the general direction of the support folks in India.


Writing Stuff

Got a note from a student at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. She'd heard the Escape Pod production of "The Snow Woman's Daughter" and wanted my permission (and a copy of the text) to illustrate it for a school project. Shiny!

Not only do I believe in supporting students, but I also love seeing how artists interpret my stories. So I sent her a PDF along with my a-ok.

- My November Writing for Young Readers column is up: "Worldbuilding Considerations for the Children's Writer."

New Words/Editing:
- Did an editing pass on the new story I'm writing for the Datlow/Windling anthology to get me back into the swing of it. Cut about 200 words from where I left off, putting it at 3570 words (out of 5.5K or so, I'm hoping).

It's always sort of scary coming back to a WiP after a hiatus. Will it suck? Will I know where I was going with it? Will I be able to pick up the threads of my inspiration?

After the editing pass, I don't think it sucks (whew), I know where I'm going with it (whew), and my inspiration is still perky (WHEW). Charge!

I'm feeling:
chipper chipper
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On November 1st, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC), amysisson commented:
If the student gives you permission, it would be lovely if you could post an image of her illustration here!
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On November 6th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
If I can, I most definitely will!
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On November 2nd, 2007 02:02 am (UTC), j_hotlanta commented:
AT&T is installing U-verse down the hill here. Hopefully they will have it available up there too. Nice shiny high-speed internet and video for about $50/month less than Comcrap.

Should be operational by February by my guess.
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On November 6th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks for the heads up! I looked into it, and it appears to be essentially DSL over fiberoptics, yes? The speeds would be slower than our cable modem (when it works), alas.
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On November 6th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC), j_hotlanta replied:
They put in a "Big Box" for every hundred houses or so that has fiber optics then use the existing phone lines to the house (replacing them as necessary). I have the 8MB service now under the old technology which is enough for my 5 VoIP phone lines, a 3MB BitTorrent download and streaming video all at the same time. So, while not as fast on the label as ComCast, I find the speed adequate for what I need to do. Reliability is king for me since I work from home...AT&T might go down for a few seconds once a month. I monitor it closely and the longest it's been out in the last year is maybe 5 minutes.

The plusses for Comcast are higher theoretical speed and no blocking of Port 25; the minuses are reliability, customer service and currupting some traffic streams (and "more-or-less" denying to Congress that they do it).

In AT&T's corner are price (on video+internet I'll save $50-$75 a month) and reliability. They are promising more speed by the time the service rolls out, too.
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On November 2nd, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC), mroctober commented:
Well, I would offer to read the new story, but you might be wary of that experience.
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On November 6th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I always welcome your input, Steve! I might not agree with it, but I'm always glad to get it.
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On November 2nd, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC), cdennismoore commented:
The Sixth Sense never ceases to creep me out. Both the scene with the kid's blown-off head, and the mother screaming at Cole in the kitchen in the middle of the night.

And congrats on the request.
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On November 6th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Definitely! I think it wasn't until my third viewing that I could actually watch it all the way through without covering my eyes through parts of it. I'm such a wuss!
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On November 7th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC), cdennismoore replied:
In a time when both THE SIXTH SENSE and THE RING scared the piss out of me, I'd hoped for a return of the true horror movie. Unfortunetly drivel like BOOGEYMAN and CABIN FEVER soon followed.

Oh well.
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