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New Year's Day

Today seems like a good start to the year. At midnight, I was partying with friends in my shiny, new, purple party dress. After a yummy pancake brunch chez rhobike, I made two loaves of anadama bread, which made my apartment smell lovely, and then I started in on an African kidney bean recipe from one of the Pony Parents' presents to me: The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook (how's that for a specialty market?).

Note to self: When cooking a recipe that involves reducing four cups of liquid to the consistency of guacamole, be sure to start well before you intend to eat the food.

However, the beans are making the apartment smell a different kind of lovely, so that's all right.

The winter quarter officially starts on Wednesday, but I don't think I have any classes that day. So that gives me some time to drop the proseminar on Renaissance music that conflicts with another class before I actually have to buy the textbooks or do the first assignment.

All in all, a good start to 2007. 2006 had many highlights, chief among them being that I went to the Virgin Islands, finished Le Thesis, got my MA, moved to Chicago, got two papers accepted to conferences, and had a play performed. But there were also some more minor highlights as well -- my very first manicure ever, for instance, which resulted in my fingernails being sparkly, iridescent blue, and the Purple Party Dress, both courtesy of a friend I saw over break. Life is pretty good right now. Here's hoping that's a general indicator for the new year.

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karenator001
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
The World According To Pony:

By golly, ma'am, I think you've got it! Brilliant, my dear. Just brilliant.
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
As much story-writing inspiration as that job gave me, I think I'm better off without it.
karenator001
Jan. 2nd, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
As much story-writing inspiration as that job gave me, I think I'm better off without it.

And new sources of inspiration will find you. You won't even have to look. For a storyteller, even the smallest tidbit passing by can be a hook.

I recently read about an author who wrote a book inspired by Civil War songs. Music is a great source of inspiration. Well, you know that. I'm just musing...mostly to myself. I'm one of those people you don't have to listen to. Ain't it grand? :>)
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
I recently read about an author who wrote a book inspired by Civil War songs.

Ooh, what book?

I'm very glad to be off that particular source of inspiration (the job with horror stories), because the questions I found myself asking were getting very weird in their background information. The Hartford Circus Fire, days spent watching tornadoes blow people's houses up, the fact that a fair-weather adult drowning without alcohol being involved is so unlikely as to be almost impossible. . . that sort of thing.
karenator001
Jan. 2nd, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Ooh, what book?

Land of Mist and Snow by James D. McDonald. It's fantasy/science fiction/alternate history kind of thing. I've only read excerpts.

There's another book I read recently, My Old True Love by Sheila Kay Adams. She's a song catcher and the book weaves lyrics into the story. Interesting book, especially if you recognize the speech idiosyncrasies of the Smokey Mountains. She talks about shape note singing too.
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I have ordered those through WorldCat, and I am looking forward to them!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 2nd, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
Awesome. I have ordered those through WorldCat, and I am looking forward to them!

I really like McDonald's 'Learn Writing with Uncle Jim' on Absolute Write, but I've not read any of his books. If this one is good, let me know. I'll add it to my stack.
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
Will do!

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