Various & Sundry, 7/10/09

Let’s see, what am I thinking today:

* Having finished The Project I Can’t Tell You About Yet, the question now becomes what I do next. And the short answer to that is: No idea. The PICTYAY was one on a list of possible things to do; now that it’s done, I suppose I’ll go back to the list and see what on it interests me the most. I still have time to think about it, though, since whatever major thing I do next, I’m not going to start until after Worldcon. That’s because between now and then I have another busy travel schedule, and I’ve learned that me + travel = a whole lot of nothing getting done. Fortunately after Worldcon, I’ve got no substantial travel until October, when I head to Martha’s Vineyard for Viable Paradise. That’s a nice chunk of time in which to get something done.

* Which is not to say I’ll be spending the time in the interim, like, eating chocolates. I’ll be catching up on a couple of non-writing projects, including losing at least some percentage of the Buddha Belly I’ve been sort of passively been working on (when you meet the Buddha Belly on your abdomen, KILL IT), working on SG:U and the AMC column, and, oh, who knows, maybe writing a short fiction piece or two, because why not. And totally killing zombies. Because what are you doing with your life if you’re not totally killing zombies?

* Things purchased at the store this morning: Three yogurts, two cans of chicken soup, a bottle of Gatorade, and a package of Immodium AD. To which the checkout lady said, “oh, no, you have a little one home sick today.” Which indeed is entirely true. On the other hand, the little one is a bit feeling better and is spending the day lying on the couch watching cartoons, so I don’t think it’s entirely a bad day for her. Still, today was the day her day camp was going off to the local water park, so she’s not necessarily of the same opinion. I know, I’ll take her out into the yard and put the hose to her. That’ll be just the same.

* Going back to the subject of Worldcon, I received my schedule, which includes two reading slots (one for non-fiction, the other for fiction), a signing and a kaffeklatch. So, stalkers, you’re in luck! I’ll post the full schedule as we get a bit closer to the actual event.

21 Comments on “Various & Sundry, 7/10/09”

  1. Meh, I’ll do my stalking on Martha’s Vineyard instead of WorldCon…uh, I mean…these aren’t the droids you’re looking for?

  2. If you DO decide to hose her off in the backyard, make sure she gets dried off and warm ASAP. Lotsa cold water + sick child very much != healthy child.

  3. I always have my zombie-killing crowbar by my bedside, just in case.

    Also, poor kiddo :(. Here’s hoping you have lawn sprinklers and not just a hose.

  4. I call my version of the Buddha Belly diet, “The Dicky-Do Diet”.

    When your stomach sticks out further than your dicky do, it is time to diet!

  5. John – I highly recommend a personal trainer if you’re going to exercise. He will push you when you want to slack off or give up.

    Also, drink more water and drink less diet soda (oh noes – not the coke zero!) Although it *is* diet soda, it has lots of sodium in it. If you can’t drink less Coke Zero, then drink an equivalent amount of water to flush the sodium from your system. And you will be doing a lot of flusing, too. ;-)

  6. I recently went on the get-a-dog diet and lost 13 lbs. Of course, for that to work, you have to actually walk it rather than just let it out to do its thing on its own.

  7. you and gaiman going to try and hook up and plot something dasterdly at worldcon?

  8. Totally killed zombies are by far the best kind because the partially killed ones always interfere just when you’re about to press that button that saves the town.

  9. I intended to comment here that your zombie killing should definitely include a pass through the lawn, but I see that John@7 has beaten me to it. So I’ll just second his comments: full of win and highly addictive!

    It’s a completely different experience than your usual zombie regimen, but they say that varying your workout is key to maintaining momentum.

  10. Any chance at promoting that regional con that you’ll be attending as guest of honor in a couple of weeks?

  11. I can not sharpen & practice my stalking skills if you continue to post where you are going to be.

    Where is the challenge.

    I think I am going to start stalking Ellison. At least the added danger of a kick to the groin will keep me on my game.

  12. Not saying that you don’t regularly do it, but… do plan some of that time to be spent with your family, John. Best time investment you could do there – aside from Actually Killing Zombies (TM), that is. :)

  13. (when you meet the Buddha Belly on your abdomen, KILL IT)

    So… Coke Zero helps your belly achieve its Buddha nature?

  14. So, stalkers, you’re in luck!

    That restraining order only applies in the US? Woo hoo!

    I think I am going to start stalking Ellison. At least the added danger of a kick to the groin will keep me on my game.

    I understand he now goes directly to Level 2 if he responds at all. Level 2 involves rocks and fingerbones. large rocks and your fingerbones. (Just kidding, Harlan. You know we love you. Don’t forget we still have a restraining order. And pit bulls.)

  15. If you desire to be a Gatorade fiend, just buy the powder and mix your own. The bottled stuff has far too much liquified sugar and corn syrup, and you avoid that by getting the powder.

    You can also, in a fit of ignoring your tongue, mix it with protein powder for a intense workout drink that replenishes and disgusts.

  16. What a crap summer to be low on funds. I can’t go to Worldcon to see y’all and Gaiman, and I can’t afford DragonCon either, which has a host of amazing guests (to wit: Leonard Nimoy AND Patrick Stewart).