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Turns out, after driving to Birmingham, I had to forgo the dental appointment. We were home by noon yesterday. I'm no closer to knowing what the pain in my face is all about, and we're making an appointment with a local dentist. Screw this driving to Alabama nonsense. As for my doctor, she wants to put me on medication that will interfere with my ability to write, which makes sense, as she suspects I'm writing too much and the writing-related exhaustion is a major factor in my present health problems. I did point out that if I miss deadlines, I cannot pay medical bills. Hell, if I make deadlines, I still can't pay medical bills. Anyway, after we got home, we spent the better part of yesterday extracting shards of Budweiser bottles and knobby sweet potatoes from my buttocks. Which is to say, in an ideal universe, Robert Frost might have come across as a less-naive poet. Which is to say, this bit from "The Death of a Hired Man":

"Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in."

"I should have called it
Something you somehow haven't to deserve."

...well, it's bollocks. I mean, yeah, I wish, and I still love Robert Frost, if only for the sound of his words, but bollocks.

Yesterday, I received the cover flaps for the new mass-market edition of Murder of Angels, which goes on sale April 1st, 2008. Overall, I'm very happy with the cover. Penguin used the same model for Niki that they used for the mmp Silk cover. Anyway, much more to say on both these books (and the mass-market paperbacks, in general) tomorrow. Today, I find myself not in the mood to write about writing.

So, here are some links, instead:

From the Natural Resources Defense Council, a much-needed petition asking the US government to extend protection to polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.

Also, Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno has declared creationism to be a form of paganism. Well, duh. Still, this is a weird one for me, as I cheer all jabs at creationism and "intelligent design," but cannot help but be annoyed at Consolmagno's comment that what's so troublesome about creationism is "it's turning God into a nature god." For my part, the only gods worth a damn are nature gods, but since my concept of gods views them as metaphorical, or as focal points for consciousness, I suppose I can shrug this off and just be glad that even the Catholics still want nothing to do with creationists (the Vatican has a long history of denouncing "scientific" creationism). I also love Consolmagno's description of the concept of Papal infallibility as a "PR disaster," and this statement regarding the Pope: "It's not like he has a magic power, that God whispers the truth in his ear."

And lest I leave you with the thought that I have a soft spot for the Church, here's this bit about the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights (cough), denouncing the film adaptation as a platform for atheism aimed at children. Meanwhile, of course, the British Secular Society is pissed that the anti-Church aspects of the novels were watered down for the film. Me, I just want to see the bears...

Date: 2007-12-06 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh, for the love of... Where, oh where, was the Atheist League for non-Religious and Civil Rights when the film adaptation for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe came out? Oh yeah, they don't exist, and even if they did, they'd just have watched the film and declared it a charming, exciting story for children.

I just wanna see the bears, too. And Ian McShane.

Date: 2007-12-06 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Too bad everyone can't just deal with the fact that the film is awful an leave it at that.

But then they'd have to see it and read Pullman's genius-level books, which would confuse all sides.

Date: 2007-12-06 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In my alternative universe where the film is great the ads would show wee Lyra holding a 44 Magnum to the book's frail, insane God with the caption, "You feeling lucky, punk?"

Date: 2007-12-06 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For another Catholic perspective on the Golden Compass, the official U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops movie reviewer calls it "an exciting adventure story with a traditional struggle between good and evil, and a generalized rejection of authoritarianism." And he's far more party-line than the Catholic League, which gets far too much media attention.

Review here:

A Bear for You

Date: 2007-12-06 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2007-12-07 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This reminded me of the image you used in your most recent Sirenia Digest (and I know you liked the band at one time):

Nightwish - Amaranth (


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