Tag Archives: personal anecdotes

Snow!

Just hiked to the supermarket and back, and the sky, she is flurrying. This would be no big deal if I were still in Maine, NYC, or Philly—or for that matter, simply on the other side of Lake Washington—but here … Continue reading

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This is sort of how I felt on January 2nd, 2000

It seems worthy of a time stamp: I just now finished John Crowley’s Endless Things, a book I’d been waiting twenty years to read. I could have finished it months ago. It was published back in April, and I snagged … Continue reading

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Market Optical

My main pair of glasses are these cool, expensive rimless jobbies in which the nose bridge and temples are attached via holes drilled through the lenses. This morning I went to take them off and they broke in half—which is … Continue reading

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My very Crowley weekend

John Crowley was in Seattle last weekend. On Friday night Leslie Howle arranged a dinner party for him, for which I volunteered to be the main cook; Ted Chiang and his partner showed up as well, bearing tiramisu. As you’d … Continue reading

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P.S.

Lisa and I finished packing up the Bauman booth around 6 P.M. Sunday night, went home, ordered pizza, and fell asleep around 8:30. I woke up around 2:30 (A.M.) and spent most of yesterday in a zombified state. Last night’s … Continue reading

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Bibliomania

The annual Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair is going on this weekend, and as usual Lisa and I are minding the Bauman Rare Books booth. During setup on Friday, I was reminded once again that at the high end of the … Continue reading

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Farmer Matt

Now that the weather’s getting chilly here in Seattle, I decided to harvest the corn I’ve been growing in the front yard. Now, as you know, Bob, corn is wind- rather than insect-pollinated, which means you need a certain density … Continue reading

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I bet Oprah doesn’t do this sort of thing for her guests

One of the lesser villains my protagonist Jane Charlotte encounters in Bad Monkeys is a “serial maimer” named Arlo Dexter. Arlo booby-traps toys and other child-attracting objects with explosives, and leaves them in public places. Jane first learns about this … Continue reading

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PAX

I spent a few hours at the Penny Arcade Expo yesterday afternoon. This is the first full-blown gaming convention I’ve been to since the 1980 Origins. They’re a lot louder than they used to be. Even 27 years ago, there … Continue reading

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So that’s where they all went

During the signing following last night’s reading at Third Place Books, I noticed a number of people had copies of Bad Monkeys with gold “LOCAL AUTHOR” stickers on them. Since I’d seen Third Place Books’ stock and knew they didn’t … Continue reading

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