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    I've just found out that my short story Call Out has been selected by Ellen Datlow for the Best Horror Of The Year 6, which was big enough news. Then I saw who else was in the anthology, and I keep doing a happy dance around the room (I don't mind admitting I'm a huge Gaiman fan).

    "Here’s the Table of Contents of The Best Horror of the Year volume Six:

    Apports by Stephen Bacon Black Static #36
    Mr. Splitfoot by Dale Bailey Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells
    The Good Husband by Nathan Ballingrud North American Lake Monsters
    The Tiger by Nina Allan Terror Tales of London
    The House on Cobb Street by Linda E. Rucker Nightmare #9 June
    The Soul in the Bell Jar by KJ Kabza F&SF November/Dec
    Call Out by Stephen Toase Innsmouth Magazine #12
    That Tiny Flutter of the Heart I Used to Call Love by Robert Shearman Psycho-Mania
    Bones of Crow by Ray Cluley Black Static #37
    Introduction to the Body in Fairy Tales by Jeannine Hall Gailey Phantom Drift #3
    The Fox by Conrad Williams This is Horror chapbook
    The Tin House by Simon Clark Shadow Masters
    Stemming the Tide by Simon Strantzas Dead North
    The Anatomist’s Mnemonic by Priya Sharma Black Static #32.
    The Monster Makers by Steve Rasnic Tem Black Static #35
    The Only Ending We Have by Kim Newman Psycho-Mania
    The Dog’s Paw by Derek Künsken Chilling Tales: In Words, Alas, Drown I
    Fine in the Fire by Lee Thomas Like Light For Flies
    Majorlena by Jane Jakeman Supernatural Tales 24
    The Withering by Tim Casson Black Static 32
    Down to a Sunless Sea by Neil Gaiman The Guardian.com
    Jaws of Saturn by Laird Barron The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All
    Halfway Home by Linda Nagata Nightmare #12
    The Same Deep Waters as You by Brian Hodge Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth"
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2014 edited
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    Got food poisoning or something, but the upside is that there was only one episode of vomiting. And I a) had time to put my hair up, and b) had time to take my braces elastics out.

    And I'm totally milking it and not at work today and am instead napping.

    EDIT: DAAAANG, Steve Toase!
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    @dorkmuffin

    Thank-you :) , still happy dancing. Started with Lindy Hop. Now on Jive and Jitterbug...

    Hope you're feeling better soon.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2014
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    Oh, I'm mostly better now, I'm just napping on the couch now and again while drawing/internetting. Thanks!
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    One of my new years resolutions was a vague intention to actually go on one of those date things that the young people seem to enjoy so much, and it looks like (thanks to a friend setting me up by stealth at a barbecue) I actually have one lined up for the weekend. I am doing my best to be cool and mature about this in public, while hiding under a sheet and hyperventilating while safe at home.

    She seems nice and didn't flee on being introduced to me, so that's hopeful. I think I'll have to drop the "I've got aspergers and have no idea what I'm doing" speech on her nice and early though to avoid complications later on.

    I also spent 6 hours yesterday tracking down a single line of code that was breaking an entire customer interface for a major customer. Fixing it involved taking said line of code and moving it three lines down in the file. Frustrating while it was going on, but the sense of achievement when it was done was satisfying in the extreme.
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2014
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    I'm kinda backsliding into depression and pain and stuff, but I'm folding paper cranes and it's pretty soothing. I have boxes of them in storage, from ages ago, and the goal of making 1000 is there. Not banking on the wish-granting, but magic only works if you believe in it, right?
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2014
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    My university just processed a bursary for the remainder of my tuition fees. I like to think it's their way of giving back after two years of imbecilic bureaucracy and misinformation. Every little bit counts.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2014
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    britt, you gave me the craziest origami craving. I can't even do animals, just those little froebel stars. And I can't even remember that.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2014
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    @brittanica: Glad it's helping. I hope the depression etc. doesn't linger for too long - I know all about that dark shit.

    @dork: It's good your feeling a bit better - take care of yourself.

    Christ, I'm burnt-out from recovery stuff - I've done NINE bloody meetings over the past week, ran two groups at the local treatment place and done quite a lot of voluntary work there. We've just had a house meet where I live, which also reminds me of being in rehab, a place I really don't want to go to again. It's no wonder I feel like going to a music festival or something and going absolutely berserk. I need to address this karmic imbalance or the space/time continuum will forever be ruled by the Lords of Order, and we really, really don't need that.

    Later!
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2014
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    @allana: cranes are about the only thing I can fold! If I put my mind to it, I can put together boxes and simple stuff like that, but it does take a lot of concentration. For some reason, though, cranes were easy and I memorized how to make them quickly. Those stars, are those the ones that are made w/ strips of paper instead of squares? If those didn't require special-sized paper, I'd probably be making those instead.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2014
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    Nice three-hour commute. My car was spewing vapor from the defroster vent, so my wife picked me up in the Yaris. She drove like a trooper, but that was some buuuullshit.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2014
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    I have the most romantic apartment ever for Valentine's!

    On account of having my electricity cut off.
    I'm going for the silver lining on this being destitute thing.

    Oh well, I've got candles and a gas stove.

    (Can't wait for the social security to kick in.)
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2014
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    This thread has turned real sarcastic real quick.

    brittanica, yeah, they're the paper-strips ones. My mom taught me. http://goorigami.com/modular-origami/froebel-star/2227
    They're definitely one of those things, like knitting, that I only pick up when I'm sitting around bored out of my mind at my mom's place.
    Also
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2014
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    Taphead, I guess suggesting an anti-Valentines Skype party would be silly, since you have no electricity ....
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2014
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    Yeeeeah, that'd be tricky, but a lovely idea. Also! I'd like to take this opportunity to sing the praises of laptop computers! With batteries!

    BUT ALSO! (ALSO BUTTS)

    I was actually being at least semi-serious about the whole silver lining thing. This is a wonderful chance to see another disaster being a lot less catastrophic than I feared. Eh, I'll take this experience as a cabin trip, except in the center of the city, so: bonus.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2014
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    Good God today was long. And it came on the heels of a night where I played it as stupid as I could and didn't sleep.... I'm still a little shaky and glad I don't have any hard decisions to make.

    But I got in real work, shook hands with people who I want to have think of me as a professional. I took care of some business for my theatre community and I repped myself pretty dang well as a VO artist. ...all for no pay, but well thems the brakes when you're a newb. Someone on the newer end of things was really positive about this sort of work and insists this could very well pave the way to more prominent work, if not paying stuff. Even in the universe of paying VO, this is still very much bottom of the food chain, but hell I don't care.

    I got to shake hands with two professionals I dig *very* much. They were very supportive and kind and I believed them when they said they hoped to work with me more. And I saw someone I've been working with for a while in a class situation. He got a hug because the poor man was very tired and looked like he needed one.

    And then! Korean BBQ with a newish friend! I may have overshared... But then that gave her room to overshare. It was nice. She freaking knows everyone dubbing anime in LA. But more importantly she's a pretty cool cat, so I'm glad we finally got to hang outside the studio.
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th 2014
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    I got a five-day vacation next week. Praise Batman, I need it. Work has reduced me to a state of perpetual bad attitude towards everyone there, and I'd like to not call a store manager or district manager "fucking stupid" to their face.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2014
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    Feb is almost over, so I feel like we should stick with this thread.

    A while back a friend took a photo of me that some friend of hers decided to paint.



    BAMF.

    I've been painted/drawn before occasionally by studio mates (we'd sit for each other), and obviously have been the grateful subject of drawings for some of you kind and talented folks, but this is some next-level shit.
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    I went out on Friday for the first time in while, as I was invited to WFMU to come and hang out on Friday's "beer-o-clock" hangouts because someone wanted to give me a camera (one that is lightweight and won't kill my spine to bring it with me everywhere), which is amazing. When I arrived, many humans were happy to see me! I got, like, a few hugs! And when I left they were sad I was leaving! CRAZINESS!

    My headaches have seemed to calmed since Friday, which is beautiful! I had almost a whole day without any head/neck pain on Sunday!

    Last night I got a call from a performance artist I've worked for before, and she is bringing me out to the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival this year to photograph and film her! And probably some other events coming up! HOORAY!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2014
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    This happened tonight...

    VOtrio

    On the right Troy Baker - Joel from LAST OF US, Booker DeWitt from BIOSHOCK INFINITE - and on the left Steve Blum - Spike Spiegel, Starscream, the voice of Toonami's TOM, and a zillion more. In the middle, me and ALL MY TEETH.

    Plus some really nice chatting with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn - the major from GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX, and director of a bunch of stuff including COWBOY BEBOP - and greeting Laura Bailey (oh just look up these people, they're amazing)...

    And all hosted by the amazing and fantastic Rob Paulsen (Yakko Warner of ANIMANIACS among a million others).

    *bouncey*happy*yes*

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