Month: August 2005

Katrina, Cont.

More thoughts — that I didn’t want to tack on to this post for various reasons.

It was mentioned in the comments of that particular entry that the locals shown on the news tended to be the blustery type — “Evacuation be damned! I’m going to stick it out!” It’s easy to put these people on TV, because they make for good soundbytes — and they make it easier for the masses to care less when they get killed. Why, they practically asked for it! Darwin’s system is at work, and those too stupid to escape got what was coming to ’em.

But the truth is this: people with no resources and no possibility of evacuation would rather look stubborn and angry than helpless and trapped. There is dignity in the appearance of willfullness, and in obstinate defiance of authority. It saves face to say, “Screw you all! I don’t want to leave and you can’t make me!” rather than to admit the truth, which is that they couldn’t go even if they wanted to.

Pre-Con Glee

Pre-DragonCon excitement is most definitely underway. I spent the weekend attending to hair dye touch-ups, accessory collecting, and the like — including some quality time with a needle and thread. I have two gorgeous pendants that I’m not content to wear on chains; nay, I think they look better sitting on black velvet. So I scored some appropriate ribbon, some sew-on snaps, and my hot glue gun,* and I got down with my bad-assed self. Two new chokers, coming up.

I won’t be doing any costumery this year, for a variety of reasons. For one thing, I’m going to be quite busy — as opposed to previous events, when I’ve all but weaseled out of the schedule. But the real reason is that nothing has struck my fancy. Last year, I got together with my friends Laura and Jess … and together we gussied up as Guinevere’s back-up brigade from the King Arthur movie. Jym joined in too, but I don’t have any pictures of him in his duds at the moment. Will fix that this year.

Anyway, I think only one of us ever got around to actually seeing the film, but our costume mock-ups went over smashingly at the con. [Click the thumbnail below to see the larger image.]

Dragoncon 2004

This year, nothing looked quite so jolly do-able. I’ve got a few new clothes — including a new corset — and this will have to suffice. In case I haven’t made it quite clear yet, I am ridiculously excited. I love DragonCon. Look forward to it all year.

Speaking of which — my panel schedule (which has changed 4 times since I got my “final” schedule) can be found here, and it is correct to the best of my knowledge. I’m sure one or two things more shall change once I get to Atlanta, but that’s how it always goes. Must be flexible. And must remember to wear comfy shoes, at least during the day.

Okay. Enough squealing for now.
More to come, I’m sure … plus a whole lotta pictures.

* Glue gun to seal the ends of the ribbon; the fastener will be under my hair so no one will see it, but I don’t want the ends to come unraveled.

New Things

To quell my mounting impatience, the mighty and powerful Liz sent me a scan of the brand spanky new Realms of Fantasy review. Since the magazine’s site hasn’t been updated with the September content yet, I can’t link you to the full text — but I’ve excerpted the beginning and added it to my reviews page, if you want to take a peek.

In other news, my agent was contacted by a movie producer earlier this week. I guess someone read the Publishers Weekly review and wanted to see the book, so Lantz has dutifully sent along an ARC. I’m not as excited as you might think; this has happened twice before, and nothing came of it. Once it was declined in the midst of all the legal crap with Mad Bruce, and the second time it was dropped because the interested party got fired (or so I understand). Perhaps the third time’s a charm; perhaps not.

It would be an easy book to adapt, and it would make for a better southern gothic piece by far than anything that I’m not going to name here but have seen recently and was disappointed by.

Ah, well.