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Friday: 5 things on my mind

I don't usually do a pot-luck post on Fridays, but I have many random thoughts in my head and no coherent theme so I'm going with the flow.

1) Earthquake! Montgomery County, Maryland, where I live was hit by a 3.6 magnitude earthquake this morning at a little after 5:00 am. I slept through it! Everyone is talking about what it felt like, and I have nothing to contribute! I feel so left out.

2) The old spice guy. Am I the only one who never saw these commercials? They are hilarious! The actor is fantastic (and gorgeous in a towel, BTW). I watched a video last night (when I should have been writing) about how they made that first Superbowl commercial (the one with the horse), which was filmed in one long shot (three days and 80 takes, 57 of them on day 3!). There's even a wonderful take-off on it about studying at the library in college.

3) Con season. I can only afford to attend a limited number of conventions. I already went to Balticon in May, and I plan to attend Capclave and World Fantasy in October, but Readercon was last weekend and NASFic is next month. I had no plans to go to either, but I am seeing friends like scottedelman and tomdoyle post about going, so now I am feeling blue about missing out. I have never gone to ether of these two cons, but I was thinking this year we might go to one or the other. But then item #5 came up, and so we did that instead. I want to have my con and go to the beach, too!

4) Self-publishing. While I wait for the agent to sell my YA contemporary science fantasy, I have decided to publish some older, more traditional science fiction novels as ebooks. I will be using a pseudonym, because my agent tells me the last thing you want to do is muddy your track record with an effort that doesn't sell well, and self-publishing is a even more of a crap shoot than traditional publishing. My niece-in-law (the graphic designer) is working on some covers, I have a friend doing the copy editing, and I am looking into conversion services for the formatting. I also have some plans on marketing, so we will see how it goes.

5) The beach. I miss the beach! I really wish I was back on the Outer Banks, in a lovely house right on the water with a pool in the back yard and the ocean just beyond the dune. I'm including the shot of all of us on the deck between the pool and house so you can see there really were 19 of us.

And that's my Friday! How is yours going?

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Jul. 16th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)
I heard about the earthquake! That never happens on this coast. What in the world?

Also, I LOOOVE the Old Spice guy. Fantastic.
Jul. 16th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we were all very surprised when the earth moved. Especially at 5:00 in the morning.
Jul. 16th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
When I lived in Atlanta, TN had one and the aftershocks were felt in Atlanta. I thought the movement of my bed and the groaning of my apartment was a dream. On my way to school I learned I had experienced my first earthquake. Odd.

Old Spice guy. Love him. He was Oprah a few months ago. His voice is AMAZING. Oh, and so is his body.

Best wishes on the self-publishing venture.
Jul. 16th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
I don't even have a dream to recall!

The old spice guy is an amazing combination of talent and good looks, isn't he? Some folks in Hollywood had better watch it. He will be big.

And thanks for the good wishes.
Jul. 16th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I found the Old Spice Guy hilarious. P&G hit one out of the park with that series of commercials. Will he get as iconic as Mr. Whipple? Probably not; commercial lifetimes aren't that long anymore. However, he's great.

(And yes, I know he's hot. I may be a married man, but I'm not an idiot.)

Okay, which one are you in the pic, or are you not saying?
Jul. 16th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I am in the middle row, 4th from the left, between my dad and one of my nieces and her dog. My husband is right behind me, and my daughter is in the back row, far left.
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Aha! Another redhead!

Your husband just looks like someone I'd find roaming the flea market at the Dayton Hamvention. Not sure why, he just looks like a ham operator.
Jul. 16th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Old Spice guy...LOVE HIM!!! That body! That voice! The humor! What's not to love?

You're going to WFC?? Did I know this??

In a little less than a month, I will be on the beach in Fenwick Island, DE. Can't freaking WAIT!
Jul. 16th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
I thought we had the "You're going to WFC?" conversation already? Wait, maybe that was some else. I'm sure we will all post about it when it's closer to that time.

Have fun at the beach!
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
That was me you had the conversation with, Karen.
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
oh, well, no wonder! You and bogwitch64 look so much alike. -)
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaa! It has to be the red beard. Makes us seem like twins. ;)

Mike...are you going too??
Jul. 16th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
No, cost is in the way. Plus, it's too much of an exclusive thing for me to get that hyped up. I'm not that big on events that emphasize their exclusivity; I'm sure this is a side effect of dealing with cliques in grade/high school, because I'm the sort that zags when the crowd zigs.
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
We probably did, Karen...my brain isn't always as organized as I'd like. :)
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
No, no! see above comment.
Jul. 16th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
All of that sounds wonderful. Let me know when your ebooks come out.

. Maybe there will be another one ;)
Jul. 17th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
I'm sure there will be plenty. Or do you mean, a specific one, hmm?
Jul. 16th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Man, I love those old spice ads!

Do let us know how you get on with the ebooks, if you can do so without compromising your other career...
Jul. 16th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
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