April 29th, 2009

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Judas Priest, Wigs, and Creativity (subtitle: A Strange and Wondrous Dream)

I had a good dream last night.

I was at a Judas Priest concert ("Hell Bent For Leather", I believe was the song playing) and the lead singer was wearing this ridiculous "70s heavy metal long hair" wig. It was ridiculous because I knew he was this balding, middle-aged guy.

So I told him to take off the wig. I might have even jumped on the stage. He finally did take off the wig, and I put it on to show him how silly it looked.

I then lectured him about how it was important to not cling to your old ways, to not keep singing the old songs, but to try new things as an artist. My big emphatic statement was "Creative people need challenges to grow!"

Isn't *that* a lecture from the old subconscious! Especially since I'm in the middle of challenging myself with depth of character. Good to see that the unconscious mind approves.

Now, where's that old wig? :-)
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Another magazine goes on hiatus

Apex Magazine is taking a break for a while.

Darn. I only recently started submitting to Apex Magazine, but have enjoyed stories I've read there and they were definitely on my "hope to sell to them one day" list. And, I met editor Jennifer Brozek at Norwescon and she was very nice.

Note that Apex is still selling good books even if they aren't publishing the magazine right now.

Also, take advantage of their advice from the editorial staff and learn how to improve the quality of your submissions. For anywhere, not just Apex. Or, more specifically, things to do to avoid frakking up your submission and earning an instant No.

Hopefully Apex Magazine will come back one day.
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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm "yeff")

  • 23:35 getting sleepy. could be bed time. #
  • 07:10 Wed (morn) puzzles: Jumble = 1:17 (sharp!); NYT xword = 7:48 (once I got the theme, I flew); NEA xword = 3:57 (for fun) #
  • 07:10 @pabba Yes! And it's All About Faraday, too! #
  • 07:12 @jelundberg I'm guessing "sluff" and "sloo"? #
  • 07:14 time to run off! #
  • 07:45 Getting coffee at peets! #
  • 11:01 listening to Cheap Trick At Budokan while debugging code and tests #fb #
  • 12:25 Joy of Shuffle: Discovering albums I'd forgotten about, such as "Pretty Little Head" by Nellie McKay #fb #
  • 12:37 @gregvaneekhout I cut my hair at home with clippers. It's free! (of course, I also have less hair than you, at least on my head) #
  • 13:16 @mswriterkim World Fantasy is in San Jose this year! Lots of VP peeps! Come to that! #
  • 13:29 I have to remember not to sit like that, as it hurts my right hip. #fb #
  • 14:06 @mswriterkim Excellent! We shall all bask in your glory! #
  • 15:17 @DianePatterson word for condition = "Fit" #
  • 22:01 that was a Seriously Good treat from Yogurt Monkey. (or, as I call it, Peanut Butter Cup Simian) #
  • 22:07 And now is the time on sprockets when we ice the hamstring (post-footy soreness) #fb #
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