tania: (Cats: The way to heaven)
AN EMBUGGERANCE

Folks,

I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news. I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, which lay behind this year's phantom "stroke".

We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet :o)

PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell. I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.

-- Terry Pratchett


In the spirit of attempting to keeping things cheerful, could Terry Pratchett be evolving into the next... Denny Crane?
tania: (Bob "Uhhh...")
You know that bit at the end of 'The Incredibles', where the little neighbor kid witnesses the final battle and when the dust clears, he sits there stunned on his tricycle for a moment and then screams "HOLY COW, THAT WAS THE GREATEST THING EVER!!"?

That's totally me right now.

I think it's safe to say that 'Dexter' is the finest show on television. I was amused, touched, shocked, inspired, appalled and chilled by the final episodes of what has been a mind-blowing second season. Other well-written, top-notch shows around right now like 'House' - which I also love - seem simple, formulaic and cartoonish in comparison with this.

Dexter is the ultimate anti-hero; no comic book cutout vigilante but a real man who is genuinely and disturbingly likable. Major, major props to the writers. I've never seen a show so easy to love and yet so difficult to watch.

I'm going to have a shower now; I feel a little dirty...

*selects amusingly appropriate icon* Ha-ha! Murder.
tania: (AAAUGH!)
I'm downstairs and I randomly started watching the season finale of Californication. Never seen it until now. It's fucking AWESOME! I've been laughing out loud constantly.

Soooo, where might I obtain a burned copy of the first season, and who would like to marathon it with me?

God, David Duchovny gets hotter with age. My age-thirteen crushes are coming back to haunt me.
tania: (The Lion King: Simba: NYAH!)
Lost was awesome last night. Action-packed... but my favourite sequence went something like this:

Baby: *cries*
Charlie: Argh.
Baby: *cries*
Charlie: T_T;;;
Baby: *cries*
Hurley: *sings badly* :D :D :D
Baby: *cries*
Hurley: c_c *edges away*
Baby: *cries*
Charlie: x_x;;
Baby: *cries*
Sawyer: Will you shut that thing the hell up?
Baby: *stops crying*
Charlie: 6_6 o_o
Sawyer: *turns to leave*
Baby: *cries*
Sawyer: Goddammit!
Baby: *shuts up and stares at Sawyer, enchanted*
Charlie: *eyegleam* OMG! KEEP TALKING!
Sawyer: C_C; *flees*
Charlie: *pursues, with baby*

Later:

Sawyer: *reads to the baby from a hot wheels magazine, complete with his geeky glasses*
Baby: *enchanted*

I am so amused.

It came to my attention last night (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] sebkha) that everyone thinks I'm a massive enough geek to have actually created my Lost moodtheme myself. T_T I feel so dirty. In fact, I just got it through one of the Lost communities from some girl who made a few different ones. All I did was upload it. I'm not a massive geek! Really! *flail*

Aw, shucks, maybe I am. When I was visiting my mum last weekend, I realised two things:

1. She shares her birthday with Harry Potter and Jo Rowling.

2. The numberplace on her car reads...

037 HBP



Coincidence? Or not...? O_O ;)
tania: (CD - Zakiya: Shiny)
This is what I worked on tonight. It's finished, unless the commissioner requests a color change. Very basic pose, and you don't usually see many naked girls getting around with deadly scythe-like weaponary, but that's what was requested, and who am I to argue? I like drawing nekkedness. ^_^

I tried a few new things here - gave the lighting some sweaty shiny schiznit, gave her a very contrasty sunset lighting scheme, and (for once) actually painted a small background in Photoshop. The commission was meant to be background-less, but I figured I'd toss that in because he's had to wait a while.



Just a reminder, she's NEKKED, hence the cut and preview image. )


I'll be uploading this to Dev (er... maybe? There's definitely no SEX in this one) and the usual places once I have the commissioner's go-ahead.

Totally off-topic, Robbie finished reading HBP tonight. I think his world is crumbling around him. Guess who his favourite character was? ;)

Ooh, and Vix finished the coloring on Crikey Duck. We've just gotta do the lettering. There'll be a definite update tomorrow night after work, and we've also got a smaller-size link banner I'll be waving around madly in my update ramble.

[EDIT] In the two minutes since I posted this, I've noticed two things I want to change.

[EDIT #2] ....four things.
tania: (Tanipus: Happeh)
A POST IN WHICH WE ARE GEEKY.


Vix (left) and me (short).


We wound up having an impromptu Harry Potter party today. Myself, Robbie, Vicki, Inc, Jaffa, Whyrl, Stephen, Misty and Bingo all went together to the QBD bookstore in Carindale. Inc had stayed over in the guest bedroom last night, and when we got up at 6:45 to get ready to walk, I went through the following:

Tania: *knocks on Vicki's door, opens it* Gotta get up! We've gotta leave soon!
Vicki: *half-asleep* x_x Oh my god... *thud*
Tania: *knocks on guest room door, opens it* Dude. You comin' to the bookstore?
Inc: *half-asleep* x_x Oh my god... *thud* I'll catch up with you later.

So we set off, sans-Inc, rocked up to Misty's place and discovered that, whilst Whyrl and Stephen were bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to go, the actual INHABITANTS of the house (Misty and, on a part-time basis, Bingo) were still fast asleep. *grin* So THEY dragged themselves out of bed. We walked to Carindale.


Some of the gang - from left: [livejournal.com profile] b_dingo, [livejournal.com profile] stephenquoll, [livejournal.com profile] quillblade and [livejournal.com profile] mistystriker.


Availed ourselves with coffee. I had a Tim-Tam Iced Chocolate, which is truly the greatest invention known to man. There wasn't a huge line and we arrived in good time. My camera died, hence the near-complete lack of photos. We had a great time in the queue, as we were right next to a stand of picture books for kids, and all got a bit of a blast from the past when we came across Mem Fox, Roald Dahl, The Hungry Little Caterpillar, and that weird one about the seagulls who steal that lighthouse keeper's lunch. Also, one of the scariest books on facepainting we've ever seen. TRAUMA.

Countdown ran and the getting of the books went pretty efficiently. Here's the rest of the photo I opened this entry with, btw:


GEEKS WITH BOOKS! Robbie and Misty are hiding out of shot.


I think [livejournal.com profile] stephenquoll got a few more pics; I shall have to harass him for 'em next time I see him. ^___^

Everyone tramped back to our place. Halfway back, a very sheepish Inc pulled up in his car and said, "Oops... um... I kind of just woke up." We were amused. He gave a few people a lift back to our house and Robbie a lift to the shop to buy some munchies, and Bingo, Jaffa and I soldiered on and did the rest of the walk home on our own. GO US! ;)

At home, we dragged the double-futon mattress onto the living room floor, and everyone sprawled around the couch and mattress. I tossed on a "Best of John Williams film scores" double CD, we snacked out, read, and basically geeked out bigtime. What an awesome day. Vix and I had finished the book by four pm, and people trickled off over the afternoon. Rob's gone to visit Harry (no, not THAT Harry), so all's quiet here tonight. Now that I've recovered from my earlier sugar-crash (ugh), it's kind of nice.
tania: (Harry Potter - Snape: Woohoo)
HBP back cover blurb released. I wouldn't call it spoiler-iffic, but just in case, I'm not going to embed it.

Half-Blood Prince back cover blurb - clickie!

24 hours to go 'til we'll be in line at the bookstore. 25 hours 'til we have the book in hand. Don't expect to see me online over Saturday or anything. *grin*

Am tempted to run a betting pool on "Who is the Half-Blood Prince?" and "Who will die?". I have theories on both. I'm posting 'em behind this cut. They're not spoilers, just theories.

Theories ahoy! )

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