jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
It's been a busy couple of weeks here as I finalized the work for The Balance of Light. I took a few weeks off from blogging and doing other writing-related work so I could focus all my attention on it, and I'm glad to confirm that THIS PROJECT IS *DONE*. Well, okay, there's the reformatting for the print edition, building up advertising and promotion for the trilogy, plus creating and ordering freebie stuff like bookmarks and postcards for future use at cons, but that's all post-production. I can finally say with conviction that I can sign off on the Bridgetown Trilogy. No more pre-publishing work, no more rewriting or revising*.

Most importantly: the ebook edition of The Balance of Light drops on 10 February! You can order it here at Smashwords. :)

My feelings about this right now are kind of interesting. The sense of relief isn't all that strong, as it's overshadowed by pride that I got it done, and completely on my own. There's a stronger urge to keep my current energy and say 'OK! What's next?' This is what kept me working strong during the original writing. I'm tempering it by reminding myself that I don't need to do All the Writing at Once...I'm already working on the outline for Meet the Lidwells! but I'm also relaxing and taking time to enjoy other things. Picking up my guitars more. Working on art. Stuff like that.

I've been thinking about changing up some habits and activities, now that I have the the time and the inclination. I know I've talked about this many times before, but I think I can truly say I have time for them now, now that this major long-term project is complete. More on this at a later time.

In other personal news, I admit I stalled out on the politics on Twitter and FB. I haven't given up or become complacent, far from it...I just felt like I wasn't getting anywhere with it. In other words, adding to the noise but feeling like the only result was annoying people who read my feed. [I could be wrong about this. But I think on a personal level my words there just didn't have enough strength, or at least not at the level I was aiming for.] And on an emotional level, I was starting to exhaust myself, and that's never a good sign. I'm taking time off from that to figure out what I could do that would make a difference. More on that at a later time as well.

So now what?

Well, for this afternoon, I'm going to watch my beloved Pats beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl. And that's pretty much it. :)


*Okay, there may be some editing work done on future editions, but I'm not going to think about that right now.
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
ITEM: Roadtrip down to the mall and Trader Joe's yesterday netted the usual groceries, some needed replacement kitchen and personal items, some scary-looking candy corn (which I'm told is "that's all you" so I'll probably be eating it until next June), and a bottle of milk stout that apparently also includes sugary breakfast cereal bits.

ITEM: I'd completely forgotten there's a London football game today, Jags versus Colts. And the Colts seem to be phoning it in, sadly.

ITEM: Inktober started yesterday! I'm going to do my best and try to do something every day, even as we'll be on vacation at the end of the month. This is one month-long meme I can get behind. It's a lot of fun, and always rekindles my love of drawing, even if it's one of my many maps or Murph doodles.

ITEM: Six more weeks of this clown show masquerading as the Republican ticket. Will be so happy when it's done with and HRC wins.

ITEM: Noted last night when editing The Balance of Light that I'd gotten to the start of the next chapter and reacted with "Oh, this chapter! I really enjoyed this one..." Sometimes being a writer is a lot of fun. :)

ITEM: Bro-in-law stopped by yesterday to work on a film class exercise with A, and I found myself transported back to 1991 where I was doing my own film homework and slowly coming to the conclusion that I really wasn't the director type, nor a visual creator that I wished I could be. I'm okay with telling others what to do in a project to get it done, but I knew I'd always be let down by the end result because it wasn't exactly what I saw in my head. That's also right about the same time when I realized that writing might not be a bad idea after all.

ITEM (Related): He filmed the entire thing on his cell phone and edited it on his PC back at home. I'm insanely jealous. I had to do all that crap by hand back in my day #yellsatcloud

ITEM (Related): While they did their filming in the living room, I skipped up back and noodled around on my guitar. Figured out a chord from George Harrison's "Beware of Darkness" that had been dogging me for a few days.

ITEM (Related Sort of): I really need to make good on my plan to start recording music in Spare Oom. I even bought a new microphone for it!


And that's my weekend so far. Hope everyone's having fun!
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
YAY! It's pro football time again! I don't believe we got any of the previous weekend's preseason games, but we did get a great Raiders game the other day and the Niners game is on now. Woo!

Since we don't have cable, we miss the games that aren't on ABC or CBS (oddly our NBC affiliate has is the only station with an antenna not on Mount Sutro, so most of the city doesn't get their channel if they don't have cable). Still, that's not too bad, considering we'll still get a decent number of games on those two stations.

What is it about pro football, anyway? For years I didn't have the time or the patience to sit all the way through a full game as it didn't really interest me, but now that I'm older, I love watching it! Maybe it's that I have the patience now, or that I now equate it with my favorite time of the year (autumn) and the radio connections (college football broadcasts online).

Either way, I can't complain. I'm ready for it! :)
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)
Yeah, I have to admit I have no stakes in today's particular game, as the previous week's playoff games ended with both teams I was rooting for losing. If anything, I'm kind of rooting for the Panthers, purely due to their underdog status here. Won't mind if Peyton wins, though, because that would mean he'd end his career on a high note before starting a new one doing more of those goofy Nationwide commercials.

Picked up A from the airport yesterday evening, and I was quite surprised that the traffic was rather light both ways. I ended up waiting longer at in the arrival lobby (thanks, A says, to the long process of going through customs and getting her luggage), but thankfully I'd brought a book with me to read. And yes, the apartment remained in one piece for two weeks. I actually did quite a bit of cleaning and whatnot. A major dropoff at Goodwill and at the library (who sells their donations either at their branches or at one of their HUGE book fairs), a big cleanup of Spare Oom and its closet, and the usual vacuuming and dusting.

Finished the line edit of The Persistence of Memories the other day, but I still ended up with about 166k words, so I'm going through it one more time; this is the Evil Red Pen Line Edit run this time, in which I'm focusing completely on cutting out the chaff. I'm already three chapters in and cut maybe a few hundred words already -- mostly clunky word choices and repetition. I'm still on track to have this one released by end of the month, so as soon as it's ready to go, I'll let you all know!

OK, time to shower and start the day!
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First, to get this out of the way:

WOOOOO!!! GO PATS!!! :D :D :D :D :D

*ahem* Carry on...


Been a surprisingly productive weekend here at Casa TC. Yesterday was mostly Errand Day, as our cupboards were emptying out. So, shopping at Westlake Mall! I had a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more of food at World Market, so we went a bit wild with snacks (various chocolates, Zapp's potato chips with an interestingly vague flavor name of "Voodoo", some maple pecan popcorn, among other things) some pumpkin ale, and some wine. Also, a good portion of regular food was purchased downstairs at Trader Joe's.

We also decided to head over to the DSW shoestore for new footwear specifically for our Paris trip in a few weeks [HOKEY SMOKES, is it coming up that quickly?!??]. As I have been informed that I will apparently be laughed off the continent for wearing New Balance sneakers, I spent the extra money and got some nice and comfy solid black Nikes. Emm got a nice pair of walking shoes as well, along with a pair of pumps which surprised both of us (she normally doesn't wear them).

Spare Oom got another good going-over yesterday as well...I managed to combine all my work-related stuff into one box and shoved that into the closet, magazine piles were thinned out, and things were moved so I can actually use the loveseat behind me again! Now I just need to make a trip to the Fort Mason book drop and the Goodwill up the way, and the floor will be even more open.

Today was Clean All The Things! Day, so I did quite a bit of vacuuming and dusting, arranging, throwing away, and wiping up of said Things. I really should have taken a Claritin, as I am still slightly congested from the Great Dusting of Jon's Corner of the Bedroom. Clearly I should have done this quite some time ago, and it would not surprise me in the least if I find myself NOT snoring from congestion tonight. And lastly, I just kicked off an email to our building maintenance guys (cc'ing our building manager, of course) detailing some plumbing issues. Nothing horrible, but just enough to warrant fixing.

So! It's just past two pm here, I'm kicking back and listening to WAMH online, and wondering what I'm going to do with the rest of the day. Emm is currently in the kitchen making a giant batch of applesauce, but once that's done we'll most likely take a walk up to Land's End and then over to the Quickly on Geary for some bubble tea. So what's next?

I'll be working some more on Chapter 6 of A Division of Souls, and I know that it's going to be a big pain in the ass like Chapter 5 was...but I'll going into that in another post momentarily. In fact, a lot of writing-related thoughts I'd like to touch on in the next post. Stay tuned!

Also...I need to install the Rosetta Stone Francais software and get crackin' on it, as we have just a few weeks for me to brush up on a foreign language I haven't actively studied since 1993. Geez, and I call myself French-Canadian...! The packaging is a bit vague as to how many people can use it, and how many computers it can be set up for, so I'm thinking maybe setting it up on the Spare Oom PC here, and then onto the Lenovo, that way we can get it up and running and the both of us can use it. As I've said, I can passably say the little things one needs--y'know, the please, thank you, I'm afraid I've eaten too much cheese, things like that--and I can understand it a lot more than I can speak it...but I should at least try to recapture more of it.

Okay! Time to head outside and enjoy a bit more of this shockingly warm day (I say shocking, considering it's been in the 50s and foggy for the last few weeks) and partake in some tasty bubble tea.

MOre soon!
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No Pats game here on the west coast. BOO! X( On the other hand, we do get the Raiders/Steelers game, as well as the Bucs/Niners game, so at least we do have some local games. Although I've a feeling the Niners are going to tank as usual...this is definitely not their season...

Today continues the weird weather: the rain sun rain sun MAKEUPYERFRIGGINMIND who-knows-at-this-point is most likely going to play havoc with any ideas of going outside, although a quick run for coffee may be in order, as usual. It's freakin' COLD out this morning, in terms of San Francisco weather at least (yeah, I know 49 degrees is balmy back east, shut up). The psychotic weather should end somewhere around Tuesday, just in time for a few sunny days near the end of the week. Just in time for Turkey Day! :)

Not too much else to report here...I need to start the laundry, straighten up Spare Oom a bit, maybe even do a bit more cleaning. You know, the usual boring housecleaning. I believe we have nearly everything we need for our Thanksgiving food preparation ([livejournal.com profile] emmalyon is gonna make butter tarts!!), so I don't think we need to do much food shopping, especially since we bought quite a bit from the Grande around the corner yesterday.

And later, while listening to the Potted Plant Countdown (thank you, streaming WAMH), I'll be doing more work on Love Like Blood. As mentioned briefly on my Facebook page, chapter 9 needs a bit more work, so after I finish this go-round, I may backtrack and go over it again. It still feels a bit rough. Plus my usual Sunday afternoon poetry over at Dreamwidth.

Hope everyone has a nice Sunday!
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So today is the 25th Anniversary of Amoeba Records opening, so we're taking our rare jaunt over to the Haight so I can spend a lot more money than I really should buy some new and neat stuff. [livejournal.com profile] emmalyon will most likely be hanging out elsewhere while I do my shopping, but we'll meet up and have lunch at Martin Mack's Irish Pub. Sad to say that those are the few places we ever go in that neighborhood (trust me, the allure of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood went away a loooooooooong time ago, unless you're into the whole hippie/organic scene, which we're not), but the good thing is that we can walk home via Golden Gate Park and it's pretty much all downhill so we don't have any climbing to do.

I'll be doing more writing and whatnot later today...I'm at the scene in Love Like Blood where the lead character has a life-changing experience (so to speak), so I'm sure I'll be hemming and hawing over this one for a good couple of days to make sure it works. I've got a couple of other smaller writing-based things to do as well, but they shouldn't take long.

And tomorrow? FOOTBALL! :D Though I'm sure we may pop out in the afternoon for a coffee and/or lunch break. And tomorrow night Emm will be packing for her mini-business trip back east for a few days (we'll be waking up at mumble:30 Monday morning so I can drive her to the airport). She'll be coming back Wednesday evening, just in time for us to go on a mini-vacation up to Sonoma! Just like we did last time, we'll head up to Santa Rosa and hang up there for a little bit, then head down to Sonoma for the evening and stay overnight at one of the bed and breakfasts. Should be fun!


Hope everyone has a spiffy weekend!
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So I pretty much goofed off yesterday between football and doing other non-writing, non-productive things (well, aside from going out for a walk and doing the laundry), and it occured to me this morning that:

--I completely forgot to listen to the Potted Plant Countdown on WAMH's streaming site (Yes, [livejournal.com profile] head58, they still have it after all these years, but I don't think they give away potted plants anymore...)

--I completely forgot to do my Dreamwidth poem posting. [On the plus side, I also realized that the subject of holidays could possibly be used in this one. Thank you instant inspiration!]

Ah well...at least I have today off, so I can work on the latter sometime today. And perhaps getting some actual work done as well would be good.



On tap for today:


Going to see this around the corner at the 4 Star later today. I have to say the actor has Ginsburg's voice down perfectly, right down to the delivery of the famous poem itself. I suppose it's fitting that I'm going to see an indie movie about poetry and San Francisco and alternative culture, at an indie movie house around the corner from my apartment here in San Francisco where I do my writing... :)
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Okay, so we finally got back around 3:30ish after heading south to Watsonville for apples at Gizdich Ranch. It seems we were a few weeks too late for self-service apple picking, but their store had a good and tasty supply that we bought, along with some raspberries and some apple juice. On the way back we stopped in Gilroy at the outlet store universe they have down there for other things (and where I happened to hear the doofiest version of "La Vie En Rose" ever at the kitchen supply store), and a sidetrip into Morgan Hill for lunch. We got back just in time for the Blue Angels to start today's show, so it was kind of fun sitting in traffic on Great Highway and hearing the WOOOOOOOSHT of fighter planes zooming past overhead. After a sidetrip for grocery shopping at our seaside Safeway, we're back home, tired, dusty, and relaxed. I will upload and may post some of the many pictures we shot today a little later on. :)

And now we have the USC/Stanford game to watch! Should be fun! :)


Also on tap this weekend: more Love Like Blood revision, possible research for Walk in Silence, a lot of football, and perhaps some walking around the neighborhood if this gorgeous weather keeps up!
jon_chaisson: (tom brady)


Best. Song about football. Ever.
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WOOHOO!! :D

(Thanks to my sis who emailed this to me today :) )
jon_chaisson: (Marc Anthony confused)
Made of Bacon.

...

Yeah, I got nothin'. O_O

Conflict!

Nov. 30th, 2009 05:14 pm
jon_chaisson: (Marc Anthony confused)
What do I do...?

Finish off the month writing with NotNano...

Or watch the Pats/Saints game???
jon_chaisson: (Mooch writing)


When you forego watching a Looney Tunes marathon on Cartoon Network, and not pay attention to the Patriots/Colts game, in order to finish off a major chapter of the novel you're working on.
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Got up pretty early this morning, about 6:15 or so, simply due to not being sleepy anymore. Which is good, because one of the few downfalls to watching Holmes on Homes on Saturdays is that it's on Eastern Time now on the Dish, so it's on at 6am. Had breakfast, hung out a bit, and by 9am we were ready to go.

Headed over to our old neighborhood to do some much-needed shopping at the Marina Safeway and so I could drop off our keys to the old apartment. Made one last swing through the place to make sure I didn't forget anything (which I did--one plastic hook we stuck up on the wall to hang something), then dropped off the keys at the Trinity office.

Once we got back and unpacked the foodstuffs, we went out for what ended up being nearly a three-mile walk around the neighborhood, including checking out some of the REALLY nice houses in Seacliff (which, let's face it, is part of the Richmond district, but the houses are mostly detached and rich and sometimes famous people live there, so they want a separate name. ;) )...as well as heading down a good swath of Clement, which has all sorts of awesome little stores and restaurants. We found a Russian grocery store, a Pho restaurant (PS, [livejournal.com profile] head58: click on this one and scroll down--they have a Pho challenge that I think you should join in on when you come out), many produce stores, all types of other restaurants, and whatnot. Finally we swung over to Geary to make our way back, and saw even more really neat stores and restaurants (including a place called Buffalo Burger, where we had an AWESOME lunch), including our local Wells Fargo/Starbucks--yes, they are actually in the same storefront. One more swing back over to Clement, and back home. Google Pedometer says we walked 2.871 miles today.

But that's not all!

Once back, we moved more things around today...yarn was unpacked, boxes broken down, stuff put away in my desk, bookcases moved around, more stuff put away, and piles of stuff created to eventually be filed/put away/thrown away/recycled/donated. Also, many boxes moved and rearranged. Unfortunately we're nowhere near finished, but at least it's a start. We're still sort of trying to figure out where we want everything to go, and of course we're also making a mental list of more furniture to buy in the future once we see what we need. I know on our mental wish list we have a larger couch (our loveseat will probably end up being in the 2nd bedroom), a glass case where we can put our collectibles, and a very small kitchen table to wedge into the corner in the kitchen.

Tomorrow?

More unpacking while football is on! :D
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To Do This Weekend:
--dropping off the keys to our old place (after I go back in to take down the hooks I forgot to take down earlier)
--shopping at the Marina Safeway while I do said dropping off (Emm will do this)
--continue unpacking/rearranging stuff in the apartment
--watch football!

Wow...no big event, no opera or symphony? O_O
jon_chaisson: (Mooch Autumn)
I'm becoming more and more dependent on that thing. It's about the only thing that sufficiently reminds me of things I need to do--that is, reminds me ahead of time, because I can see it on the 'crawler' at the bottom of my mail screen.

So what have I just done? Added the schedule for Stanford, U Cal, and Amherst College. Just in case they're on TV or I'm able to listen to them online. :D
jon_chaisson: (Groucho Marx)
So SCOREBOARD, who SCOREBOARD else SCOREBOARD is SCOREBOARD watching SCOREBOARD the SCOREBOARD Titans/Cowboys SCOREBOARD football SCOREBOARD game SCOREBOARD on SCOREBOARD Fox SCOREBOARD right SCOREBOARD now SCOREBOARD?
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GREAT ending to the NY Giants game!!! :D

Hi, Dummy!

Feb. 1st, 2009 06:56 pm
jon_chaisson: (Marc Anthony confused)
I'm not sure why, but this one is probably my favorite commercial of the Super Bowl, simply for its high level of WTF-ness...



I think it was the koala that won it for me... ;)

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