As advertised, Steve and I are reading A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny one chapter a night, starting on September 30, and ending on Halloween (some folks have reported being able to download this as an ebook; I can’t find it myself, so if anyone can give a tip to those still looking, it would be appreciated).
So far, on our journey, we’ve met Snuff, our narrator; Jack; the graveyard dog; Greymalk; Cheeter; Needle — and heard news of Nightwind; Morris and McCab; the Great Detective and his companion; Crazy Jill; the Mad Monk Rastoff; Quicklime; the Count; and the kindly Druid. And let us not forget that curious paw print in the yard…
Mysteries are starting to pile up, and there turns up a curious question — Are you an opener? or a closer?#
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Yesterday, the coon cats and I spent many hours on the sofa, mapping out the Rest of the Story. We decided to cut out one narrative line for lack of space, and package it as a short story; and I think have a working strategy for getting everyone at the corner of Elm and 10th Street at the same hour on the date appointed. I have pointed the Auctorial Finger of Doom at several characters. We’ll see how well I do this time.
The whole stream of consciousness doc has gone to Steve for review. There is a brainstorming session in our very near future.
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Let’s see, what else?
Steve and I have been making an effort to bring more light into the house — this is in literal, rather than the metaphorical, sense. To that end, we have acquired an LED arc lamp to illuminate the living room. Steve has replaced his ancient (WWII vintage) desk lamp with a jazzy new LED lamp; I have a reading lamp in my upgraded reading corner, and we have placed a torche-thingy in the bedroom, which we’ve angle at the ceiling, and which illuminates the whole room.
What a difference a few lamps makes.
On that theme, my desk lamp (with full spectrum light tubes) blew out on Saturday. I’ve ordered in a replacement bulb, which will be here, it says here, on Friday. And not a moment too soon.
We still need to do something better about illuminating the bathroom and the kitchen. I’m thinking we should look into LED bulbs to replace the big globe- lights-onna-bar that were fashionable a while back, since we’re working with what we’ve got as much as possible. The kitchen. . .
The kitchen will require Creative Thinking.
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So, it’s Wednesday, and I’m for the volunteer gig in a little while. While I’m gone, you can read the Spotlight interview from Locus, here (please note that this is a pdf file): lee-miller-locus-oct-2016
I hope everybody has a pleasant day.