Sunday, November 07, 2010


Fall Back: In the U.S. "Standard time begins each year at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November, with clocks moving one hour back." So all my U.S. resident visitors who did not set their clocks back last night should go do it now because Daylight Savings Time is officially over. It's also an excellent time to change the batteries in your household smoke detectors (link: U.S. Daylight Savings Time in 2010: Clock Changes - When to Spring Forward and Fall Back)

Finished, Eh: Jean M. Auel, author of the Earth's Children series which started with The Clan of the Cave Bear thirty years ago in 1980, says that The Land of Painted Caves, the sixth and supposedly final novel in the series (due out in March) may not be the end after all. I've been reading this series since I was nineteen years old when I actually hung out with Ayla in the caves, so yeah, I'd like some closure. Jean, you're 74. Write book seven if you have to, but please, finish the damn series before one or both of us buy the farm, okay?

It's Alive: For those of you who chuckled over the Mash-O-Matic, you might want to check out Seventh Sanctum's new Classic Cool Creator. This is the one I liked: Peter Pan (J.M. Barrie) with alien abduction. Covers just about everything in the entire SF genre, doesn't it?

So long, Nathan: Literary agent and popular indy blogger Nathan Bransford has abruptly quit the rep end of the biz to work for CNET as a social media strategy coordinator. Makes me wonder if I should fly to NY, swipe my agent's Blackberry and toss it in the Hudson. All kidding aside, best of luck over at CNET, Nathan.

White Night: I stumbled across this beautiful and brilliant video while out surfing and thought it showed just how, um, shattering love at first sight can be (has background music, and is about four and a half minutes long -- runs mostly in slow motion -- but is entirely work safe.):

Nuit Blanche from Spy Films on Vimeo.


  1. Gorgeous video. I loved the music so much, I looked up the composer on iTunes, and lo! You can buy the soundtrack here:

  2. Re: Jean Auel - Good grief, yes. I only noticed a week or so ago that she'd actually finished book 6 - I'd pretty much given up, and dang it anyways, I want to get to read the rest of it.

    I've only been waiting for the end since 1988 or so, when my grandmother gave me the trilogy set. Don't think she'd ever have done that, if she'd known what was in it - I was 12 at the time.

  3. LOL! on "Finished, Eh" thanks for the chuckle!

  4. considering i'm about to turn 22 and i was NAMED after Ayla, yeah i want her to finish. i can't believe she's going to make us wait for book seven for the end.

  5. Wow, thanks for the updates and neat links! I was pretty surprised and a little sad that Nathan B. would no longer be an agent. D: I hope he's happy with his new job, though!


  6. I swear I won't read the blog anymore without my glasses because the first time I read the last paragraph I thought you had taken up surfing--in the water on a board. Part of me was in awe and part of me thought you'd lost your mind.

  7. Wow, that's a beautiful video, though for a moment I thought it would work out to have a bit too much in common with what you do to your protags. Lovely way it's done.

    On Jean Auel, I started reading the series younger than you were (though not by much) and as long as each one has a satisfying conclusion, does it have to end? I mean they're people whose lives and children's lives will continue going forward, right? As long as she doesn't leave us hanging, I kinda like the thought that their stories are still unfolding :).


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