September 13th, 2011

20111112, Marilee

A Bit Wobbly

After I posted yesterday, I was online until 7am and went straight to bed to read and finish the magazine I've been reading. I went to sleep at 9am yesterday and woke up for good at 10am today. I got up a few times for water or to use the bathroom, but I went right back to sleep. I decided to stay in bed until noon, to try and reset the timing again. I was too wobbly in the shower to stand, I had to sit on the seat, which makes washing harder. I was the same way getting Spirit's box of ashes and going to the grocery, plus coming back in. I rested in the recliner for a while and ate and seem better now.

I sat down at the pharmacy in the grocery and the clerk came to ask me if I was okay -- she's used to me resting there, but I didn't look very good. I told her I was just a bit wobbly, but I had the cart to hang on to. She was worried. She told me about a friend who has two polydactyl cats and what they did. She thought they were like dogs, and I told her that Junie insists on playing fetch, which is rather like dogs, too. By the time I got up to the checkout, I was completely soaked, and I'm pretty sure part of that was the wobbliness.

Spirit's little box is on the same set of shelves as the other four -- I cleared something else off for that. I only had two things that had to be put away, so I did that and everything else is on the counter. I was going to do the sheets today, but I'll try tomorrow.

I have 12 papers to read and many TV shows to watch on the computer. I really need to get to work on them. I don't read all of the papers because I read a bit online so have read a lot of the important articles:

Thirty-six light-years away, there's a planet that might be like Earth.

This is not from The Post, but it is from our county -- during and after flood.
20111112, Marilee

Asimov's October/Novermber 2011

Williams talks about how newspapers and other similar publications should get the right reviewers -- if the reviewer is going to an SF show or to read an SF book, they should know something about SF. Kelly had an article on steampunk.

This was a double issue and I certainly liked more than usual:

"Stealth" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch -- another story in her Wreck Divers series and while it wasn't exactly diving, it was a good part of it.

"The Man Who Bridged the Mist" by Kij Johnson -- on a planet that is probably not ours, or at least nowhere near our time, an engineer comes from a big city to a rural town to put a bridge over the "mist," which has beings in it that hurt people. The story mixes the bridge and his experiences in a very different place than where he came from.

"My Husband Steinn" by Eleanor Arnason -- a married troll tries to get our protagonist to marry him.

"Free Dog" by Jack Skillingstead -- it turns out that your ex-wife can make an informationized copy of your dog and spread it around. Is she trying to get back at you? Is there a question?

"A Hundred Hundred Daisies" by Nancy Kress (nice to have a couple in the same issue) -- near the Great Lakes, a corporation is pulling water from the lakes and sending it south. In the process, the farms there all died. While people try to damage the pipes, one little girl draws lots and lots of daisies.

The poetry I liked was:

"Extended Family" by Bruce Boston -- everybody is somewhere else, and all in Stfnal places.

"Galileo's Ink Spots Fade Into Twilight" by Geoffrey A. Landis -- how the world ends.

Two stories I thought weren't particularly SF:

"The Outside Event" by Kit Reed -- people go to a castle for a writing month. It's kind of like Clarion and Harry Potter. I knew the end on the second page.

"The Pastry Chef, the Nanotechnologist, the Aerobics Instructor, and the Plumber" by Eugene Mirabelli -- this one had no SF. It's romance. A pretty good romance, and it would make a good one-act play. But it's not SF.