My day

Went to the bank today to final­ize the loan we’re get­ting to re-side the house. Like­ly some of the mon­ey will end up in the base­ment, too; we’ve got some mold in some of the dry­wall, and so that’ll have to be rectified.

Did some writ­ing tonight while the laun­dry was run­ning. There’s a “Clichés in SF spe­cial issue com­ing up of Sub­ter­ranean Press, and I had an inter­est­ing idea today involv­ing a Mad Sci­en­tist, so I got about 400 words down. Snippet:

The eyes, Schulz mused, drew you in. They were Rasputin eyes, dark holes into the man’s dark soul. The face was rugged, hand­some in a three-days’-growth kind of way, remind­ing her of a col­lege room­mate’s boyfriend.

The black-and-white pho­to was a blowup off a gov­ern­ment ID, expand­ed slight­ly more than it should have been. Jagged square pixel­la­tions dis­tract­ed you, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to see the face in full. For­est for the trees.

The fold­er next to the pho­to was as thick as the Sun­day Times. LEDBECKER, M. was print­ed on it in a font meant to sug­gest an out­mod­ed impact type­writer. A suc­ces­sion of white stick­ers were below the name, labeled Part 1 of 2, Part 1 of 3, and Part 1 of 4. Someone—Schulz sus­pect­ed it was Lipton—had scrawled Part 1 of a con­tin­u­ing saga in red felt-tip under the labels. 

Then I did some work on a PHP project that is com­ing up due. <geek>I had­n’t real­ized that it’s not nec­es­sary to do a mysql_close() when work­ing with a MySQL DB. Learn some­thing new every day.</geek>

And now I’m off to pick up the wife from work, and find out how her day went.

How’d every­body else’s day go?

2 thoughts on “My day

  1. Busy. Fin­ished read­ing the sto­ries in Bru­tar­i­an #44 between patients; saw a bunch of peo­ple today; came home, wrote up part 2 of my man­i­festo, wrote a review of the Bru­tar­i­an sto­ries for Tan­gent. Hope­ful­ly that will be on line tomorrow.

    Got good news yes­ter­day: Bill Rupp, edi­tor of Con­tin­u­um and buy­er of two of my bet­ter sto­ries, is back in action. I may final­ly get a sto­ry in print — “All Change” is sup­posed to show up in his sum­mer issue. Non-elec­tron­ic print, that is.

    So, what do geek tags do in HTML? Make it so that only geeks can see? But hey — I saw it, and I’m not that kind of geek. Am I?

  2. The <geek> tags indi­cate that I’m about to engage in some geek­ing out*. It’s kind of like a gen­tle warn­ing. Or maybe it’s like putting les mots qui parvient d’autre langues** in italics.

    * Geek­ery? Geekityness?
    ** “Words from oth­er languages”.

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