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February 6th, 2011


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07:07 pm - Out of the Canyon
Firstly, it is oh so February.

Secondly, here in the subtropics it's been so cold that only now (several weeks late) are the camellias blooming. Cerise blooms now float in a glass bowl on my kitchen table.

Thirdly, I have been craving really good Tex-Mex ever since I started my rewatch of Lone Star (the utterly marvelous John Sayles film, the one with Chris Cooper OMG and Elizabeth Pena and Joe Morton et al, including the best Matthew McConaughey appearance evah). Speaking of Chris Cooper -- did you read this profile of him in New York magazine? Bring tissues.

Fourthly, I've been absent for a while because I've been lost in a narrative canyon. The long writing project I've been working on for a few years -- stalled on, for the last nine months -- had finally started to move again, until... the Scene. The Scene that turned out to be a damn box canyon, one way in, no good way out past the masses of point-of-view killers and multiple-plot-thread assassins. For two and a half weeks I found myself writing a sentence and then having to lie down and moan about it.

The word I'm looking for is "Gaaah."

But today, finally, I made it out. Made it through the next scene, even! And so, although it is oh so February, I offer flowers, and good Tex-Mex, and good thoughts for our perseverance. :-)

Happy week to you all!

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From:freixenet
Date:February 7th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
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Yes! A triumph of perseverance leads you thought and into the next scene. Go you! Some day soon come into DB and we'll go visit the Tex Mex place up the road. Tasty, yo.
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 12:07 pm (UTC)
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I'll definitely drive over for Tex-Mex. :-)

Happy Monday, F!
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From:anne_d
Date:February 7th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
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Hugs, and huzzah for finding your way out of that box canyon at last!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
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I feel sore but pleased. ;-)

Happy Monday to you! [hugs]
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From:gwynnega
Date:February 7th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
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Happy week, Lori! ::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
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Happy week, Gwynne! [hugs]
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From:mamculuna
Date:February 7th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
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So share the love of camellias, Sayles, and Cooper!!

Glad you got out of the canyon.



Edited at 2011-02-07 02:27 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
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[offers you camellias, thanks, and all good thoughts for a good week]
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From:cindergal
Date:February 7th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
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Yay for making it through the canyon of doom! ::hugs and chocolate::
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, chocolate!

[shares]
[wishes you a good week with good news]
[hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:February 7th, 2011 06:58 am (UTC)
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Congratulations on reaching the next scene!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 12:10 pm (UTC)
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It's been hell, Stevie, it's been hell. ;-)

Hugs and good thoughts!
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From:stateless82
Date:February 7th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
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I always get cerise confused with chartruese. Which has nothing to do with anything.

Fajitas sound like a really good idea. With queso and a cold beer.

::Celebrates your escape from the canyon with you::

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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Hee, those colors with 'c' names ARE confusing.

And now even though it's 7 am I want fajitas and queso. ;-)

[hugs and thanks and good thoughts for your week]
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From:headrush100
Date:February 7th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
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That's great! So glad the way finally became clear! Everything in its own time, hey?

**hugs and perseverance!**
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
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And the same back to you, A. Hugs and perseverance! (And a good week!)
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From:janus_74
Date:February 7th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
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I admire your perseverance with the writing :) Hope you find some good Tex-Mex to reward yourself.

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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, T -- and a wonderful week, with loads of good stuff, to you! :-)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:February 7th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Huzzah! for progress and good Tex-Mex (how madly appropriate) and some light at the end of the box canyon....

Midway between the back-to-back book fairs(having driven home like demons last night instead of waiting until today so as to have TWO days at home) I can sympathize.

hugs and more camellias!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Back-to-back book fairs, alack!

[sends tea, rest, and encouragement, plus hugs and thanks]
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From:ljrags
Date:February 7th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Hurray for flowers and scenes that finally get on the train :)

Happy Week for you too!
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From:laurawise
Date:February 7th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Finally, yes, they have bloomed and finished, respectively. ;-)

Cheers and a happy week to you!
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From:heron_pose
Date:February 8th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
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Oh, I've loved CC soooooooo much since that first showing of "Matewan". And "Lone Star"? omg! How I love that scene of the community meeting in the classroom, and that awkward, ugly, totally gutting argument over "history".

Love, love, love.

And! Yay for the breakthrough! Now, if only SillyTown had decent Tex-Mex. Hrm.

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:February 8th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh the community meeting about 'history' is *painful*. And true. [nods]

So yay CC and Lone Star, and yay you, H-P. [hugs and a good week]
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From:laurawise
Date:February 10th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for YOU, C, and happy slide into Friday. :-) Cheers!

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