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December 4th, 2005
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A quiet birthday
The sun is shining on a thin blanket of snow. There was snow the day I was born, but much deeper, in this same city in 1974. I don't know what time they left for the hospital but I was born around 4:30 in the afternoon. That's exactly the opposite of when most people are born, if clock-times have opposites. "You just had to be different" says skzbrust. Well, maybe. I rather doubt I had much influence on it, but then my parents have always encouraged me to be different, or at least to be me.

I talked to scalzi last night and read his story "Sarah's Sister", which seemed appropriate given that my older sister's name is Sarah. For a compulsive proofreader like me, it's a special treat to read a story online while in contact with the author whose site it's on, so you can send him little corrections and hear back that the fixes have been made, almost instantly. I find those moments really rewarding, when I've made little differences in things like publications. Thank you to everyone who has given me opportunities to make little differences like that.

I still feel like I've yet to figure out what larger difference I might make in the world, but (knock on wood) I have plenty of time.

Today will be a quiet day. I've done some cleaning and taking care of myself and plan to do more. I'm still sick and trying not to talk too much. metalfatigue wished me a "happy mute birthday" and that's not far off. I plan to be quiet. I'll go to the ConFusion ConCom meeting at 4 and then to my parents' for dinner. My dad has agreed to make his spaghetti like he always used to for my birthday in those years when I was young, when all the families we were close to from the street where I was born would get together for my birthday. It was really just an excuse to get together that was far enough before Christmas that everyone wasn't busy already, but I always liked seeing everyone together. I now know that having a consistent community like I've had growing up is rare, and I cherish it all the more.

Yesterday was quiet too. murphyw cooked breakfast and lunch and dinner and I slept and read and roused myself enough to go out and buy myself a cute, warm pair of boots for the winter. We had two cats delivered who are rooming here for a week while their owners move to Chicago. The cats have so far only moved from hiding in the bottom of the bookcase in the den to hiding underneath the wingback chair (2 feet away from where they started), but hopefully they will be willing to come out and say hi ere long.

So you all enjoy the sunshine. I ordered it special. Happy birthday to me. :)

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From:renniekins
Date:December 4th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the sunshine, it is indeed a lovely day! Have a very happy birthday, and I hope you feel healthier soon. *hug*
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From:sorcycat
Date:December 4th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!
From:cherylmorgan
Date:December 4th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
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Hey, happy birthday!

Has the reading matter arrived yet?
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From:netmouse
Date:December 4th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
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Hey, happy birthday!
Thanks!

Has the reading matter arrived yet?

Yes! I'm reading them both in tandem. So far the only story I really found satisfying was "Last Breath", by Joe Hill, but Tim Pratt clearly knows what he's doing. There's a short story by him in one of this year's Asimov's</a> that I liked better, though. And the format of Fantasy, with quotes from the stories repeated in large eyecatching boxes that break up the page, is one I find distracting. I'll have a lot of writing to do this month.
From:cherylmorgan
Date:December 4th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
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You can tell how overloaded I am by the fact that I sent you a Joe Hill story without reading it first. He's very good indeed.

But I'm currently reading Jeff Vandermeer's Shriek so I really can't complain.
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From:minnehaha
Date:December 4th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday.

B
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From:yix
Date:December 4th, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!

I guess I will continue to wait for a bit before calling you again so you can get back to normal about talking.
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From:netmouse
Date:December 5th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I guess I will continue to wait for a bit before calling you again so you can get back to normal about talking.

Yeah, that would be best. I'll let you know.
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From:metalfatigue0
Date:December 4th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
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No, metalfatigue did not wish you a happy mute birthday—I did. metalfatigue is some loser in Pittsburgh who stole my handle, forcing me to append a zero to it when creating my LJ username.
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From:netmouse
Date:December 4th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
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oh, wow, that sucks. Sorry I didn't note that...
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From:sarahmichigan
Date:December 4th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday!
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From:shadowriderhope
Date:December 4th, 2005 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday to you! :) The snow is a very beautiful thing, I think, for a winter birthday.
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From:stardustgirl
Date:December 4th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday! And enjoy your sunshine up there. Down here it's gloomy, icy, and generally disagreeable... but then it's not my birthday, it's yours, so enjoy all that light. :-D
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From:skzbrust
Date:December 5th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC)
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Netmouse has a birthday every year around this time,
Encouraging a Hallmark-esque excursion into rhyme
That's predictable and trite, and tries to be too clever
Just because it just might make her smile which we love to do whenever
There's the least chance to imagine that splendid Netmouse grin.
But doggeral on her birthday is at least a venal sin.

We all love her dearly and she deserves a great deal more
Than that stupid birthday rhymning the epicures abhore.
But right now this is the most that I can do, I fear,
So please accept my wishes and affection most sincere
For joy on the birthday that every year around this time
Would move me to write a poem, but I'm no good with scansion.
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From:netmouse
Date:December 5th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, dear.
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From:matt_arnold
Date:December 5th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday! I hope you get your voice back soon.
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From:netmouse
Date:December 5th, 2005 09:52 pm (UTC)
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The frustrating part is I *have* my voice back, I'm just not allowed to use it. Or it goes away again...
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