October 15th, 2012


Of course there are connections between the Beatles and Monty Python

We can play a little game. In this game, every answer is one of the Beatles. And no, the answer's never "Stu Sutcliffe" so I'm not trying to fake you out. In fact, this shouldn't be too hard, knowing y'all.

Here's the trivia. One Beatle each did one of the following:

A) Made a cameo on Monty Python's Flying Circus.

B) Helped finance a Monty Python movie.

C) Produced a song by Monty Python's most frequent song contributor.

D) Said this in the 1970s: "Part of me would sooner be a comedian. I just don't have the guts to stand up and do it, but I'd love to be in the Monty Python, you know, rather than the Beatles, in a way."

Answers in a separate post! Guesses in the comments, as you do (comments screened for now; I'll unscreen them later). You can do this!

EDIT: Unless I've screwed up my memories of the Beatles and the Pythons, there should be a different Beatle for each letter. (Note, by the way, that this edit is JUST to add this note; I haven't changed how the questions are phrased.)

Later Edit: Answers posted! Behind a cut, if you still want to guess or just don't want to know.
Me 2 (B&W)

Clean MORE of the things

At home, not at work, not wanting (yet) to go out to do anything else, wanting to be useful: hey! I can be useful with elbow grease!

That, a spray bottle of orange-colored cleaner/degreaser, some paper towels and (a little later) the old socks, undies and T-shirt fragments I've saved for cleaning once I can no longer wear them, and the willingness to roll up my sleeves meant I finally took care of, well, most of my kitchen floor. Which needed cleaning like whoa. It's now the cleanest it's been in years. Good thing I got sick of looking at the dirt, and good thing I had -- not necessarily the ideal tools for cleaning it (I told myself Jeez, Chris, one of these days just buy a Swiffer) but cleaning-capable tools.

This is also where having a grid pattern on the floor helps with the cleaning. Made it feel targeted, segmented: a certain square or rectangle of tiles at a time, becoming brighter than they'd been. And seeing the nice difference helped keep me at it.

Because I'm lazy, I didn't clean in some corners of the kitchen where stuff is, um, piled. There's a distinct line between the scrubbed area and one unscrubbed area. Let's see how long it takes for me to get twitchy about that and move around the stuff that I'd need to move in order to clean it.

THIS IS THE EXCITEMENT YOU GET FROM MY BLOG. The excitement often stops here.
Good Omens

No "Yesth, I have a three-part question with comments and elaborations" from me. (Author event!)

Question. *starts to sing Moody Blues* ...no, not "Question." No, I hit on a question that's probably good to ask two authors when they make a joint appearance. I went to an SFWA reading by Seanan McGuire (seanan_mcguire), and Portland-area SF authors M.K. Hobson and Jay Lake. Mr. Lake left right after reading his story, so the Q&A was Hobson, now doing books she's getting published thanks to Kickstarter fundraising, and McGuire.

I decided to ask a question, and make it simple and for both of them. What I came up with was "So what would result if the two of you wrote something together?"

See, Hobson does turn-of-the-19th/early 20th century science fiction with a steampunk flavor; at this event she'd read from an alternate history novel of hers where Nikola Tesla was far more successful than Thomas Edison, and has an impressive factory/compound in 1910 Detroit. McGuire writes about zombies, urban fantasy, pandemics ("Airborne rabies: when that happens, that's when I shoot myself"), and the many ways in which humanity could end the world. When I asked, they found common ground. McGuire talked about her problems with most steampunk, summed up in this: steampunk wouldn't be all brown. "These were the Victorians," she explained. "They'd just discovered neon." So steampunk should be more colorful, she said -- no, exhorted, enthusiastically, describing garish colors. Hobson said "THAT'S why we need people like you writing steampunk!"

Ah, a good response at a fun event. I should use that for other authors when they're doing joint appearances. And afterwards, I was able to talk to McGuire briefly and thank her for her blog, which she remains very serious and enthusiastic about. (She said she's been on LJ in one way or another since "the beginning," and has a fanfic blog elsewhere on it.)

One more quote from McGuire tonight: "'Duology' and 'trilogy' are two words we misuse horribly... The only legitimate time you can write a cliffhanger in a series is the first book of a duology, or Book 2 of a trilogy. Otherwise you're doing it wrong, you make me cranky, and I own a machete."