Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogging and Thankyou's....

Good Morning!!

One of the last things I told Kitty last night before sleepily stumbling back to Bengals was about blogging. Just do it says I. Not hard. Don't wait. Just write something.

Shoe may be on the other foot now. Actually, I have not yet achieved shoes. Or much in the way of clothing. Might as well use the word NAKED here at the start, and make things more exciting. Even more exciting tho, is that Kitty DID do a blog in the wee hours of the morning. And since she says most of what I would have, AND she has pictures, HERE you go!

One thing she didn't talk about, mostly as she wasn't there, is Octocon. Looking back at my Ireland posts, I realized I nearly completely forgot to mention the convention! OPPS! I loved that Con. I loved all the people on the committee.

I want to thank them specially for having me over and say, if they ever invite you to come, SAY YES. You will not regret it. They know what they are doing, and they have a LOT of fun doing it. They treat their guests well. "Well" meaning they go out of their way to make sure you will have WHATEVER you want.

(Those they did NOT in fact, completely re-do their programing schedule on Sunday so I could go and meet Irish Roller Girls and Skate with them. I forgive them that, since I didn't bring this up until late Saturday night.)

I loved them, and everyone I met there. You know who you are. Thank you!

Now I am off to work, to wake up a house full of people (If you read Kitty's blog, you know who they all are) who stayed up far too late I am sure, and take them all off to House on the Rock for the weekend.

But I shall leave you with a Lovely Halloween Photo. I call it: "Roller Girl Eaten By Zombies At Grave While Dog Poses Calmly For Pictures"

Love and Blogs,


At 08:44 Blogger spacedlaw said...

And the dog looks smub. I think she is in with the zombies...

At 08:44 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Whcih was supposed to read SMUG, but my fingers are being cheeky.

At 08:45 Blogger spacedlaw said...

If you see what I mean. OY! Could you folks type ONE sentence without typos? (No, apparently not)

At 08:47 Blogger Cecily said...

You live a wonderful life!

At 08:56 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful time, and make sure you tell your passengers to keep snoring and drooling to a minimum.

At 09:21 Blogger vampi said...


i hope this weekend is fun. i mean i know it will be for everyone attending hotr, but i hope it's fun for you and not too stressful.

At 10:27 Blogger Chantrelle said...

needd ticky box for updates.

Packing up, leaving mpls (via lunch at hell's kitchen one last time). Should be at HOTR around 4pm-ish?

Wearing my mistressmousey skirt. Makes me feel like a rock star when I wear it :)

At 10:40 Blogger vampi said...

what is a mistressmousey skirt? pics pls

At 11:07 Blogger Jess said...

I've seen that skirt in a picture! It is pretty damn fab.

Fun fun! For you all. I am paying bills, so for me, not so much at the moment. Farewell, money. I wish I could quit you.

Seriously: I'd like to go back to a leaf-based system of barter, like I used to do when I was six. Got a pile of the things out front. They can be turned into festive wreaths! Or burned as fuel. Or...well, that's probably it actually. Mulch. You could shred them for mulch. (I'm drifting.)

At 11:35 Blogger gaypet said...

Have fun, all.

At 11:46 Blogger R F Long said...

We love you too! Come back! Come back!

At 11:53 Blogger Marjorie said...


I second the hope that you and Kitty and everone else all have fun at Hot. :-)

At 11:58 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Love that last snapshot. Win.

At 13:36 Blogger Arwenn said...

Jess - a leaf based economy is completely reasonable. All you have to do is start trading with caterpillars.

At 13:38 Blogger vampi said...


I got the job!!!!

i told my boss. that was actually kind of tougher than i expected. although i haven't been happy, i was getting adjusted to his management style and we were working well together.

so boo i'm not at HotR, but *Squee* my job situation is starting to settle down

At 14:13 Blogger Jess said...

Yay Vampi! \o/ That's so cool.

So for the benefit of those of you who haven't yet encountered my frantic spamming: I'm trying to put together some All Hallow's Read recommendations for a post on the Night Garden site. I'm sort of hoping I can collect personal stories along with those recommendations for the post: so a favorite scary title, and what makes it your favorite, what makes it haunt you, your first memory of reading it, etc. Anybody?

At 14:40 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Yay Donielle!!

At 15:57 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Good job (((((vampi)))))! I sort of had the same problem when I quit the last job, even though it was horrible and I hated my boss. Now the hard part is over!

At 18:36 Blogger AletaMay said...

Hurray for Vampi!

Have fun everyone at hotr! Wish I were there.

At 19:42 Blogger Pi R Squared said...

Congrats on the job Donielle!

Fun will be had at hotr...there's no doubt, just be sure to keep us updated or send pics!

Next up? Carving a punkin and watching scary movies...I LOVE this time of year!

At 20:37 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Three cheers for Vampi!

I'd like an economy based on leaves too, I have lots to spare, unlike the paper and metal stuff. and what would be the best about it? We can say that money DOES grow on trees.

Have fun at HOTR lucky Fiends who will be there...

At 22:39 Blogger Siri said...

Have we all become so jaded that no one questioned/noticed the fact that my skull was full of candy in vast and far-flung points of the globe?

No wonder I've had headaches.

Nano starts in 2 days. That's my reward for not HOTRing.

At 22:42 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Your headache may be explained by the fact that your skull is full of wool here Siri...

At 22:45 Blogger Siri said...

No, that explains my mornings at work, Sally - I can tell people now that in Tomorrowland, my skull is full of wool, and I can't think. I love that!

At 22:48 Blogger Jess said...

I put a big fat candle in your skull, Siri, twice, seeing as we have two. Haven't lit them yet, but it could well be my fault all the same. We'll know one way or the other if your head catches fire on Sunday. Apologies in advance.

At 22:59 Blogger dabbler said...

Here at HOTR Q's boss just read to a LOT of people in a rather cold tent... and then answered questions cogently and entertainingly. He did point out Lorraine in the front row, wrapped up in a pile of coats....

I met Fluffy, (who recognized me by my hair, and, once she said something, I recognized her by her tiara!) And I am now back in my room trying to get my feet to warm up...even my cashmere socks weren't up to the task. Brrr.

Panels tomorrow... and then the costume party.

At 23:04 Blogger Dragonsally said...

YAH, thanks for update Dabbler.

Jess, its just as well we haven't combined our wool and candles, eh?

At 23:10 Blogger Siri said...

Wool and fire - I've got no chance with you fiends.

Night, Fiendom!

At 23:23 Blogger Na said...

vampi!!!!!! fanfrakkingtastic!

hee - i love that last pic and its caption, too.

At 23:25 Blogger Na said...

and jess - i am thinking, "Amityville" is not my favorite scary book, just the one horror book that has scared me most. should i rethink that? if there's time?

At 23:33 Blogger Jess said...

Not unless you want to! I say favourite, but something that's stuck with you for thirty years works, too.

Starting to think that I'll leave the comments open on this post, when I post it, so people can add titles and stories as and when they think of them. Got a lot of titles so far, but not many stories to go with them.

At 02:48 Blogger Marjorie said...

Thanks for the HotR update, Dabbler.
I hope all HotR fiends are taking lots of pictures of each other and the place. Did you all see Kitty's new post?

At 03:25 Blogger spacedlaw said...

And it's Hellie's birthday today! Happy firbday, Hellie!

At 10:53 Blogger louisa said...

Siri's Skull in Dublin

Happy Birthday Hellie!!! Happy New Job Vampi!!!

Thanks for the update Dabbler, have fun HoTRing today [masks jealousy]

Jess, been trying to get five mins to write my scary story bit for you but shop has been BUSY today, may have to add it as a comment...

At 11:36 Blogger Jess said...

Shall keep my eyes peeled hereaways. Ta.

At 12:02 Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI - DanGuy is streaming HOTR on Ustream

Go. Watch. Listen.

(Siri, who is using the anonymous publishing to save time.)

At 12:19 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Yay for HOTR fun. I am in boring RI doing boring stuff but living in my happy brain-world. OH and seeing Linc Chafee this afternoon with William. Yay!

At 12:42 Blogger DataGoddess said...

*drive by tick*

At 00:32 Blogger Fluffy said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Fluffy, here! I have had a bit to drink, and haven't seen Q or Dabbler tonight; although I have seen Chantrelle et famille - they look fab. Going to sleep soon since we has to get up early to pack and go the six miles to the HOTR to get Mr. G to sign **one** book apiece (not that I am complaining that the HOTR peeps couldn't mention that fact in the pre-event info...)

I did take a bazillion photos and will post same asIamsober.

At 00:47 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Ohhhh, can't wait to see the photos. Have a nice deeeeeep sleep.

At 03:42 Blogger Marjorie said...

I am so looking forward to seeing all your pics, and hearing about it all.

Meanwhile, Siri's Skull with Eyeballs

At 08:50 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Wow, what a night.

The costumes were amazing. The HOTR people were all so wonderful. As were the attendees. The HOTR put a lot of faith and trust in this crowd and as far as I could tell, there were not incidents. People got to wander through the attraction all night, with drinks, in costume...i felt like we were breaking some rules but we weren't!

I lost ben and ralph for a while and had to wander around asking, "Has anyone seen Cthulhu and a little Black Knight?" And they ran into Boss and asked if he'd seen me (which he hadn't, i didn't find him last night) and eventually we had a family reunion by the carousel :)

Ben didn't want to leave, we stayed and wathched this all girl band called Little Red Foxes play in the organ room until midnight. He's still out but I have to get him up to get to our assigned signing time at 9. Luckily it's just down the hall and he can go in his jammies ;-)

I have many pictures but won't be able to post until we get home wednesday.

At 09:07 Blogger Marjorie said...

Sounds wonderful, and I look forward to seeing the pictures.
Did you see the video someone posted of Neil on the carousel?

At 10:06 Blogger vampi said...

that carousel is the stuff of nightmares. it's even more frightening tan i thought.

i'm glad everyone had a great time at hotr. i watched a bit of the panels because danguy is superawesomefantastic and had them streaming.

At 12:57 Blogger Jess said...

All Hallow's Read post is up on the Night Garden site, kids. Let me know if you have any trouble leaving comments. Shouldn't think you would, but you never know.

At 13:08 Blogger Jess said...

Oh, look at that. Comments don't actually work unless you're an admin. Argh. Sorry. Switched off the option again. If you didn't get a chance to make a recommendation, get in touch and I'll add yours.

At 14:56 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Happy Halloween! I think I'm just going to be having fun watching "Sherlock Holmes" on Masterpiece tonight. Ben and Jack and William are going trick-or-treating ... some of you guys might see their costumes on Facebook ... Ben's is the best ...

At 18:43 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Change of plans. Disappearing to Providence.

At 19:03 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Happy Halloween!

I was an undead Betty Suarez at work today. I might have pics up at some point.

At 20:04 Blogger Phiala said...

Sounds like everyone had a good time at HOTR? I just got back from WFC, also a fabulous time, and am exhausted but must find the energy to finish an article that's due tomorrow.

Unless I get up early? Might actually be a better strategy.

At 20:08 Blogger dabbler said...

HOTR was a once-in-a-lifetime amazing event...Poor Boss had 259 costumes to judge. I didn't even bother competing. Some fabulous ones.

Back in a posh hotel in Minneapolis, propping open eyelids to go and get some food before sleeping late tomorrow. I promise I'll write more about it...but not in my sleep.

At 20:13 Blogger vampi said...

phi, wasn't ticia at wfc? did you two hook up?

At 20:15 Blogger Phiala said...

Yes, Ticia was there. We ran into each other regularly and sat together in a panel this morning, but were both very busy. We didn't even get to drink together! Very sad.

At 20:19 Blogger vampi said...

i love the thought of simultaneous fiends gathering. :)

resistance is futile.

also making squish soup and trying this whole mise en place thing. lots and lots of bowls holding stuffs now i an cook. hopefully this will make the "OMG WHRE IS _____" not happen.

At 23:42 Blogger Ms T said...

Just to note to mention that my current lack of posting is not due to rampant jealousy at missing out on the HotR (well, maybe just a little), but looming publication deadlines at work. Argh.*

*I'm blaming the hobbits.

At 07:36 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

Got to see "Metropolis" for my Halloween fun last night; it was amazing! The music and makeup in particular were like ... unbelieveable. Yay for independent cinemas in Providence ... the only wonderful part of RI ... for me, anyway ...

At 07:37 Blogger EmilyOliveP said...

That is, PROVIDENCE is wonderful. The cinemas are great but Providence is a great city, I love it.

At 08:21 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...


Back from Adventures and yes, we have a LOT of pictures and VIDEO!

Me, Boss, Joan of Dark and Dan Guy all on the Carousal and MY FIRST ROLLER DERBY skating! On vid!

An many pics.

House full of people here tho, that Joan of Dark and I are actually leaving on their own (Two of them are Dill and Kerrie, I fear this) but it's a riding day for me...

But there will be new post today.

Adventures. Lots of them.

At 09:24 Blogger dabbler said...

Just saying, Quiche, you are fully as awesome in person as in print! As is Boss, and the other fiends I got to meet. How cool to have no sense of strangeness (well, the awkward kind, anyway) when meeting a bunch of people face-to-face for the first time. Loved it!

At 10:44 Blogger Chantrelle said...

We're finally in a hotel with proper internet!

Pictures still have to wait as they are on my camera and this is hubby's work computer so I can't really upload them on to here. I think there are probably at least 300 cameras with pictures of hubby's costume. Cthulhu was quite popular. As was Ben as the Black Knight. The funny thing is we kept running into our costume pairs. Cthulhu into other Cthulhu. Mini-black knight into full sized black knight and I was Lamia from Neverwhere and kept running into Islington.

Wish I could have spent more time with you Quiche but you were just having too much fun with your roller girls which I can't fault you for ;-) Got to hang with Kitty for quite a while while searching for Boss and crew. Got to meet Cat which got confusing when talking about Kitty or Cat....then add Fluffy into the mix. LOL! Speaking of, Fluffy made me a GORGEOUS tea cozy! I can't wait to get home and use it!

I am now rambling. That's what happens when you deprive me of real internet for days. Can't type that much on my phone!

Can't wait to see the new blog post and pictures!

At 11:15 Blogger Jess said...

Now I'm confused. There are two Kitty Cats? This is news to me. When did she split like an amoeba?

At 12:23 Blogger AletaMay said...

Dabbler, how long are you around? I am so busy because I got an election work gig (which I both really needed and feel great about doing!) but maybe we could find a bit of time for a cup of coffee or some such?

At 13:09 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Sorry, Cat is an acquaintance of neil's who i've heard of but never crossed paths with. She's not an assistant. But is there to make life confusing. Cat, Kitty, Fluffy...hubby asked if Bouncy and Flouncy were coming too :P

At 13:30 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I hope everyone at HoTR mentioned that FabLo has a nice ass. These protocols are important!

At 13:32 Blogger Chantrelle said...

I completely forgot our code. I failed. Dabbler apparently remembered--complete with ass-smack ;-)

My excuse is that I first saw our fearless leader at breakfast, pre-caffiene. I was lucky to produce any language at all.

At 13:47 Blogger Jess said...

I see! Different Cat. No clones. Makes sense.

When did we add ass-smackage to the code? Not sure I'm comfortable with where this is going.

At 13:48 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Ha, then she was seated so you could not envisage the splendour...

At 13:51 Blogger Chantrelle said...

very good point! She was seated...see, pre-tea that didn't even dawn on me. She was also surrounded by a table full of derby girls.

At 13:54 Blogger vampi said...

ohh ohh can i be boucny?

At 14:30 Blogger Jess said...

No, Vampi, you can't. You're Twirly.

At 15:57 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Can I be Flouncy then pretty please Jess?(Cos, ya know, dragons are flouncy sorts of creatures) I must say, Bounce n Twirl sounds like a good name for Vampi...cannot wait to see all the photos and videos.

Oh, I just thought of something. Our own special Fiends dance. Bounce and twirl, cat stance, rawr and claw, arse-smack, flounce.

At 16:24 Blogger Jess said...

You forgot Jump the Shark, Sally. :P

At 16:30 Blogger Dragonsally said...


Too late to the party?

At 17:32 Blogger vampi said...

i effing love being twirly!!!!!


(nice ass)

At 18:01 Blogger Marjorie said...

Dabbler, that's exactly how I felt meeting fiends!

Looking forward to seeing your blog & pics & video, Quiche (and Chantrelle & Fluffy & Dabbler & KittyCat)

I went out tonight for a meal with Cheryl, followed by a lively little Q&A with Iain (M) Banks. Lots of fun, if acluttle late for a Monday night!

At 21:23 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Derby! With Picture and VIdeo!

New post is UP!

At 23:15 Blogger dabbler said...

Aleta, I'd have loved that, but just saw yout message now I'm back home. We ended up at the Russian museum and the zoo, plus a return to the Happy Gnome. Can't keep mark away from a place with 70 beer taps!

We loved Minneapolis, and HOTR. We'll be back!

At 23:19 Blogger vampi said...

is it too early to start planning the next fiend gathering?

At 08:47 Blogger dabbler said...

Never, I'd say!

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