Cherie Priest

Tiny Godzilla since 1975

Preoccupation and Procrastination

2 years, 6 months ago, mid-afternoon

I’m not even going to pretend I did anything productive today, apart from taking out the trash and making the bed. I got up a little early, then went back to bed and crashed for a nap after breakfast, and though I wish I hadn’t lost the middle of the day, I do feel better. I think I might be on the road to recovery. And it’s about damn time.

Anyway, I entertained myself this afternoon by fixating on the remodeling I cannot wait to do to the house I cannot wait to move into.

We’re not going nuts or anything – mostly settling for some painting. But we do have one thing which must go ASAP, and that would be the the Unfortunate Master Bath. We call it the Unfortunate Master Bath because the lovely people who live in the house right now have done a marvelous job remodeling/restoring the place room by room, but they had not yet gotten to the Unfortunate Master Bath … which was last redone sometime in the eighties.

And it shows.

Imagine, if you will, a perfectly serviceable space – a bathroom with a traditional tub/shower combo and Jack/Jill sinks. Now imagine that some damn fool threw down what can best be described as a hard-form plastic creamy peach counter-top with white/silver marbling and molded sinks that have SUPER CLASSY light bulbs installed underneath them. Why? So you can, I don’t know … turn off the overhead, shut the door, and pretend you’re a witch with a bubbling, festively shell-shaped cauldron or something.

Laugh an evil laugh, people. It’s either that, or cry.

Add to this some Wall O’ Mirror plus mirrored linen closet doors, and off-white linoleum with brown cross-hatching – and you’ve got yourself a place I don’t particularly want to pee in.

(It’s extra-striking in contrast to the other bathroom, which has been restored/remodeled to a positively divine degree. Let me put it this way: upon seeing the other one, my husband declared it his “platonic ideal of a bathroom.” It is verra nice.)

So although I won’t be in this place for another five weeks (but counting down!), I’m already plotting ways in which the Unfortunate Master Bath can be redeemed. We’ll leave the plumbing/electrical/whatnot in place, and leave the layout as-is; but I’d love to pull out that tub and install a nice tile shower – given that we already have a (awesome, cast-iron, with footies) tub in the other bathroom. The linoleum has to go, in favor of a more appropriate tile floor, and the Jack/Jill vanity will be ejected with great prejudice.

And all of this will be replaced with … what, exactly? We aren’t sure.*

I’m be dragging my fabulous dad out from Kentucky to have a look-see at the set-up, as he’s the King of DIY and has tackled such projects before with great success. But in advance of all the dirty work, I’ve done something I swore I wouldn’t do: I’ve started a Pinterest page to keep track of ideas, thoughts, and whatnot.

It’s not very interesting unless you like bathrooms. (Or furniture wishlists.) And it won’t tell you anything you don’t already know about me, which is to say, I am an old goth at heart and I like Victorian(style) furnishings.

But if you’re dying to check it out or something, well, here you go.

To be honest, I’ve found it rather helpful when it comes to refining what I want, what will work, and what I’d actually like to see in that space. So although I originally dismissed Pinterest as “kind of useless,” I’ve given it a shot and so far, so good.

Join me there, if you like.



* I want something that complements the vibe of a late Victorian, but is a little cleaner (stylistically speaking). I’m thinking of a color palate with grays, off-whites, and an accent punch of something richer and darker – maybe aubergine or eggplant. This will be in keeping with the rest of the house’s color family without being too “matchy-matchy.”

Yet more Ninjas vs. Aliens metrics

2 years, 6 months ago, mid-afternoon

Here’s recent progress on my comic/sci-fi young adult project where a girl becomes a ninja and fights aliens with much ass-kicking and many LOLs but not a whole lot of kissing (or any kissing, to be frank) plus BONUS Bruce Lee’s ghost, a vintage Thunderbird, zenlightenment on the fly, and fat stacks of Cool Ranch Doritos.


    Project: Ninja Planet
    Deadline: Sooner or Later
    New words written: 2368 (Better, if not stellar.)
    Present total word count: 27,040 words



    Things accomplished in fiction: Caught up to Paulie, the alien abduction victim/survivor who is in one hell of a pissy mood; negotiated tentative peace between Paulie and Walter, the FBI agent; got Paulie to start telling his story.

    Things accomplished in real life: Went to the bank; went to the post office; burned through only half a box of tissues so I must be improving, right?; did some internet research on bathroom remodeling oops I mean aliens or martial arts or something; took a brief nap with the kitty.

    Other: Check it out – John DeNardo’s Book Cover Smackdown (at SF Signal) pits INEXPLICABLES against some fine opponents – The Burning Man, The Inexplicables, and Deadfall Hotel: FIGHT!

Ninja-related word metrics

2 years, 6 months ago, mid-afternoon

Have I been bad about working on this project? Oh yes, totally. I dropped the ball right out of the gate, I swear. But in my slight defense, I’ve been tied up in Inexplicables edits, and I’ve also been trapped deep in the throes of some disgusting, phlegmy bug I picked up upon my return from Tucson. I blame the husband. Because he is here.

Anyway, this is pitiful progress, but it’s the only progress I have to report. I cut out some material, rearranged some material, and then added … well, not a huge segment of material, but better than no new words at all.

So here’s an update on my comic/sci-fi young adult project where a girl becomes a ninja and fights aliens with much ass-kicking and many LOLs but not a whole lot of kissing (or any kissing, to be frank) plus BONUS Bruce Lee’s ghost, a vintage Thunderbird, zenlightenment on the fly, and fat stacks of Cool Ranch Doritos.


    Project: Ninja Planet
    Deadline: Sooner or Later
    New words written: 1516 (Don’t judge.)
    Present total word count: 24,672 words



    Things accomplished in fiction: Was picked up by an FBI agent who is stuck running errands for a belligerent alien abduction victim. Got lost in those little residential neighborhood warrens on Queen Anne hill.

    Things accomplished in real life: Burned through half a box of Kleenex (with lotion somehow magically incorporated into them, thank God); got my inbox down to zero which was no small feat, I’ll have you to know; recounted a pretty kick-ass dream on Twitter; very little else of substance, to be frank.


Ah, well.