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Today, Gary Oldman is 50 years old. That's why you get the Vlad and Mina icon, because one of my Hollywood fixations is now half a century old.

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And now it is spring. And, here in Atlanta, a bright, sunny spring day it is. I pulled back the curtain in my office to let in the sun. I have survived another winter. And if you are someone who observes the Wiccan sabbats, I wish you a fine Ostara (though, of course, the actual equinox was yesterday). For me, spring is hope, the nearest I come to hope, hope and a balm against the hardness of winter, a season that more closely approximates my usual mental state — and it is a promise of the coming of summer.

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Spooky ([livejournal.com profile] humglum) is feeling pretty miserable, and she still has six days left on her antibiotics. We've been trying to work around her being so under the weather. But it's all editing, proofreading, etc. Wednesday, we read through "The Ape's Wife," because I wanted to go over it again before sending a "fresh" e-copy to Steve Jones for The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror (#19). Also, I started printing the manuscript of A is for Alien, though I didn't finish printing it until yesterday. On Thursday, we started proofing that, and made it through "Riding the White Bull" and "Zero Summer," a little better than the first 100 pp. Reading "Riding the White Bull" was rather annoying, as I'd somehow managed to print out a version that was neither the draft that sold to Argosy nor the reprint draft, and whole passages where missing. Anyway, I hope to have finished this read through by tomorrow evening, at which point I'll send the manuscript away to Sonya ([livejournal.com profile] sovay) for a proper proofreading.

Not much to report, aside from work. In a fit of annoyed depression over not being able to make the appearance at the O'Neil Literary House, I think I tried to do myself in with Second Life on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning, at least twelve hours, and I didn't get into bed until about 5:30 ayem. Insanity. We've finished Season Four of Angel, and last night began Season Five with "Conviction" and "Just Rewards." And I'm having to be annoyed all over again that such a rare bit of wonderful television fantasy was canceled in its prime (despite good ratings and rave reviews). The suits rule the world; we just dance here.

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We've taken a short break from eBay, but expect to get it going again in the next few days, because the medical bills are still here, and I'm no closer to having any sort of health care than I was a month ago (and the blasted taxes are looming just ahead). In the meanwhile, if you have not already subscribed to Sirenia Digest, the first day of spring, says Herr Platypus, is just about the best time to do so. This month, you'll get "Pickman's Other Model," and, well, something else, most likely.

Date: 2008-03-21 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] happyspector.livejournal.com
Funny, I just watched BSD the other night for the first time in quite a while, and wondered "How old is Gary Oldman by now, anyway?"

I love the bit in the special features doc where Coppola blindfolds everyone and has Gary whisper something horrid and perverse in all their ears.

Some of those deleted scenes really shouldn't have been cut... That alternate opening and the alternate Rule's Cafe/Johnathan's escape sequence were a lot stronger.

Date: 2008-03-21 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I love the bit in the special features doc where Coppola blindfolds everyone and has Gary whisper something horrid and perverse in all their ears.

Yes! That is one of the sexiest things I have ever seen.

And I love your icon.

Date: 2008-03-21 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] happyspector.livejournal.com
Thanks :-)

So here it is again, just for fun!

Date: 2008-03-27 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eldritch00.livejournal.com
I've yet to see that new DVD release, but I'm just glad to see people liking Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Anyway:

Reading "Riding the White Bull" was rather annoying, as I'd somehow managed to print out a version that was neither the draft that sold to Argosy nor the reprint draft, and whole passages where missing.

The reprint draft was the one that appeared in Gardner Dozois's annual anthology, am I right?

Date: 2008-03-21 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] retrophoto.livejournal.com
In celebration of Mr. Oldman's milestone, I think I'm opting for "Sid and Nancy" tonight, as I run more with the rock and roll/punk crowd these days. Also revisit a pre-nosejob Courtney Love in a small role.

But I will have to watch "Dracula" soon. It's been awhile.

Date: 2008-03-21 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michaelbush.livejournal.com
I'd give anything to look half as fine as Oldman when I'm fifty. Goodness knows, I'd be happy to look half as good as he does now.

Cheerio, Michael. xxx

Decades

Date: 2008-03-22 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cliff52.livejournal.com
...hey, fifties aren't so bad, though I admit the forties were my favorite, so far - some memorable errors, but fun. :^)
I hope Spooky is feeling better, soon.

Date: 2008-03-24 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reverendcrofoot.livejournal.com
I thought when I first read this entry you said Gary Coleman. Which confused me with the Dracula thing.
Got my copy of ToPaW. Very happy with it. In fact this is my first signed book ever. First story I read was the one I volunteered to html-ize.
Plus I already lost my mmp copy of silk, hopefully it gets read ragged.

Date: 2008-03-24 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fuchsiafalling.livejournal.com
so I just discovered you via a battered ARC of daughter of hounds i found on a shelf where i was housesitting. then i had everything our library has here in chicago sent to my local branch. just finished silk and garden of poisonous flowers and am a few chapters into threshold. had a sad moment when i realized who chance was, looked sadly at the book and said, but she dies.

love your books. love seeing us queers in fiction as just regular old main characters, the plot being about something other than queerness, it just being NBD. it thrills me.

season 5 of angel was fanfuckingtastic.

Date: 2008-03-24 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girfan.livejournal.com
Your name was mentioned (nicely) at Orbital this weekend. :)

Date: 2008-03-25 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
Your name was mentioned (nicely) at Orbital this weekend. :)

Really. Cool. I will now display my ignorance and ask, "What's Orbital?"

Date: 2008-03-25 05:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deekskusting.livejournal.com
I have always loved Mr. Oldman in everything he has done. He chooses his roles wisely and is always different. You never see Gary Oldman in a film, you only see his character. And I am loving him to no end as Lieutenant Gordon in the current Batman series. So nice to see him playing the good guy for a change. And so nice to see a pre-Commissioner Gordon, too! Years ago, Cy Voris (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0903456/) and I had worked on a comic book proposal concerning young Gordon's early days as a beat cop but we never did anything with it. Ah, well.
Oh, and by the by, I keep forgetting to mention -my copy of Murder of Angels arrived safe and sound and much quicker than I expected!

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