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October 14th, 2002
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So yesterday we did have a SFOHA meeting and more people showed up than I expected. I was very pleased that Jean Barnard came out for the meeting and it's also good to know that she lives nearby. I should give her a call and get together with her sometime, help her search her house for SFOHA stuff. :)

I also went to the Book Discussion of American Gods. Couldn't find my own copy, but Janann didn't make it anyway, so that was okay. Chad and Jean and Howard went, and BJ and his wife Paula were there, and Rikhei showed up having walked there from the dorm! I took Stitch along and he was admittedly distracting but he was also very cute and fun to have around. We discovered a few of us had read things differently (esp. as per the ifrit cab driver story and whether or not the man who meets him is transformed into an ifrit), and Chad realized that the Sheriif character in the town by the lake is named after Chad Mulligan, the sociologist author in John Brunner's Stand on Zanzibar. Which would actually make a really good choice for a future book discussion (and one to have the dearborn library get for book club bags, Chad)

after the book discussion I gave Rikhei a ride home and went home. Bill had already claimed the couch for a nap so I poked around the house slowly, with lots of breaks for sitting watching TV. I emptied the dishwasher and refilled it, put away stuff from the meeting, mixed up a batch of biscuits and made dinner, then woke up Bill. He was very pleased by the biscuits, which I enjoed as well. He lit the little lamp for dinner and we had a nice visit. Then we laid down and watched Housesitter, which I like too much to fall asleep to it, but watching it was good too. Today I've already upt the garbage and recyclables out, washed the bathtub and finished sorting through the mail from when I was gone. On to doing some bills...

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From:mishamish
Date:October 14th, 2002 10:15 am (UTC)
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What, pray, is this SFOHA magic of which you speak? From context, I would guess the SF is sci-fi, and at that point, I'm at a loss. The rest sounds like it was fun (I haven't read American Gods, but I loved Gaiman's work on Sandman and his collaboration with Terry Pratchett for "Good Omens" is one of my all time favorite books).

I gather your a writer and reader of speculative fiction, so... if there JUST HAPPENED to be a couple of crazy journallers (say, here or at OpenDiary.com) trying to get an online writing group off the ground... Would you be at all interested? Speaking COMPLETELY hypothetically, of course. :-)
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From:netmouse
Date:October 14th, 2002 01:27 pm (UTC)
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SFOHA stands for the Science Fiction Oral History Association. I'm secretary of the board of directors (and webmaster. My husband Bill is also on the board, and we're keeping the archive of master recordings at our house. It is not directly related to the book discussion, though the people involved overlap.

Chad Childers, who is treasurer of SFOHA and runs the book discussion, got me involved in SFOHA. I know Chad through SF fandom, and he and I are both active in the Stilyagi Air Corps, which is the Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association.

Speaking hypothetically, while I might be interested in a writer's group, interest in getting things published makes it a bad idea to do that in a public forum. If you're talking about a private online group, I might be interested, but I'm already overcommitted. However, I am also an editor of a fanzine now, so if you're interested in writing about sf fannish things, let me know (do you live in the midwest?)

another friend tried starting an online writers group with me in it and I never participated much, so my track record is pretty bad. I've written a few reviews though, and a few stories. haven't written much poetry lately...
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From:mishamish
Date:October 14th, 2002 09:50 pm (UTC)

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Midwest? Is that anywhere near the Middle East? No, no midwest, wunderlass, though I HAVE been there once. Well, through there. Well, I was in Kansas for a few days. MOSTLY, though, I'm in the Southeast. Stike there. Sorry.
What's the URL of the fanzine, though? I'm interested in polishing up my writing (and rewriting, and REwriting, and REWRITING) chops before going for fiction publication.
What I had in mind WOULD be a private forum, by the way, as I'm interested in publication as well.

Oooh, a bit short on brain power tonight; that's all I can think of to reply, at the moment. I will check out the links you provided, though. More later.

Hehe, and I *HAVE* added you to my friends list. You have another confirmed reader now. :-)
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From:novapsyche
Date:October 14th, 2002 12:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry I wasn't able to make it. Silly me--I had planned to get online days ago to let you know that my brother and his fiance had asked me to babysit for them at least two weeks in advance. Then I didn't get online until last night. Sometimes, I don't know about myself.

Sounds like you had a fun, full day.
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From:netmouse
Date:October 14th, 2002 12:33 pm (UTC)
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That's okay. But I would like to get together and my schedule is pretty wide open other than Wednesday morning, so if you can suggest something, that would be great.
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From:netmouse
Date:October 16th, 2002 03:56 pm (UTC)
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btw, Rikhei replied to my comment, chiming in in support of seeing Janann too. Not sure you would've seen her comment, though, since it was in reply to me. If you follow this one back to the thread, you can see it.

still hoping to see you soon ... :)
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From:cannibal
Date:October 14th, 2002 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you liked Jean, you two really should talk... you know that when she came out of her bad experience with surgery, stroke, and was wishing she'd died, the first thing she saw which convinced her to come back to the land of the living was a big bouquet of flowers from Lynn Rivers. I was just thinking I need to find some way of getting the next discussion book for her... if you want to participate in my evil plans, I'll fund any expenditures necessary... though she'd prefer if we could find it from the A2 public library for her.

I just sent a long email to the librarian at Dearborn, and Zanzibar was on the top of the list. Thanks! You and stitch really were wonderful.
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From:netmouse
Date:October 15th, 2002 04:43 am (UTC)
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I'm pretty sure I read the Curse of Chalion as a book from the Ann Arbor Public Library. I'll check to make sure they have it and give Jean a call, see if she wants to go down there sometime.

That's a nice story about flowers from Lynn Rivers. It really is too bad she lost the primary as our representative. If Dingle gets elected, well, he's a catholic and does not fully support a woman's right to choose, for instance. I wonder if we could get him to do regular community meetings like Lynn did?
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From:cannibal
Date:October 15th, 2002 01:57 pm (UTC)
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He's old, I doubt it. Though maybe if he wins, and you ask... you're voting republican so he won't win, right? I'm thinking about it.
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From:netmouse
Date:October 15th, 2002 02:27 pm (UTC)
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What's the republican candidate like?
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From:cannibal
Date:October 15th, 2002 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Martin Kaltenbach doesn't appear to have much to recommend him. Maybe the District 14 republican candidate, Dave Stone, is salvagable. Conyers certainly bites.
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