November 8th, 2007

turtle

concert week begins

Rehearsal was good last night, despite lacking an accompanist, or perhaps because we lacked one. We did Schütz and Palestrina in the first half, one of which is a cappella and the other which can easily be sung so. The bits of the Palestrina still don't fit together entirely smoothly--it's a Wagner arrangement and there's a lot of shifting between solo, semi-chorus, and full chorus that doesn't come together as easily as you might think.

In second half, we did the other movement of Schütz and then our conductor played piano while we ran some of the Brahms' Requiem movements, particularly the soloist movements, so they could get a run before the dress rehearsal on Friday. Our conductor is a very, very good pianist and organist, and it was kind of cool to get what he wanted from us by the way he played. He only gestured a couple of times when tempi changed dramatically. Well, aside from having to slam the pages of his score down when it tried to close on him.

Call on Saturday is 6:30, which will possibly be tight, since I'm coming from workshop in Delaware. Then Sunday's concert is in the afternoon, a train ride away from home.
turtle

Rex, THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY

Ten reasons why you should read THE TRUE MEANING OF SMEKDAY by Adam Rex.

Here are excerpts..

Not yet convinced? Not yet speaking like a Boov?

I don't think there's another book out there like SMEKDAY, YA or otherwise, and I'm not just talking about the occasional illustrations. It's narrated by Gratuity Tucci (nicknamed "Tip"), who starts out writing an essay for a time capsule contest, detailing the months after aliens first invaded Earth. For the most part, the narrative style is light, and if you read the excerpts you've seen the wacky humor, but there are also important issues addressed, among them race and colonialism, which are treated with serious intent.

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Besides being funny and an entertaining read, it's got a lot of food for thought in there.

Go, read! Or I will do my DEVASTATING EYE LASERS!
my fancy foot

World Fantasy 2007 Report

1. I saw many people. Many, many people.

2. I signed an autograph! [In sarahtales's copy of So Fey, which might be a collector's item, given that Haworth seems to be out of copies and about 300 orders behind]

3. People sat down in chairs and listened to me read from the duchess novel! Like, ten of them or thereabouts! And a couple of them I didn't even know! And one I'd only met at CapClave, and she brought her husband, too!

4. One of the people I didn't know from the reading found me in the Crack Den (i.e., dealers' room) the next day and told me she'd liked my reading and that it was very hot. And shook her hand in a "woo, hot!" gesture. [blinks in amazement]

5. I got to meet lnhammer and janni! And they are so lovely!

6. I went to two readings on Friday: Lois McMaster Bujold (new book in current series) and Carol Emshwiller (new very meta story, which she was selling to Lady Churchill's). I made it to three readings Saturday: Patrick O'Leary (creepy AI story), Andy Duncan (a frizzled chicken named--no, I won't spoil it, the story was brilliantly funny), and Ysabeau Wilce (a Western zombie story, set in the same universe as Flora Segunda). I wanted to go to Jeff Ford's reading, but I had to eat sometime. Also missed John Crowley's reading. And, hell, everybody else's reading.

7. I heard Joe Bruchac tell ghost stories. He is the king of sound effects.

8. 1crowdedhour came to the Tor Party! After 9 pm! It was an amazing sight. We might never see its like again.

9. At the Prime Books party, I re-met someone I'd last met at the Boston Worldcon. I remembered her because of the spelling of her name, and remembered that's we'd had a good conversation, though not what it was about. She remembered me--well, I said something about the eunuchs in the novel, and how "their love is forbidden," and she said to her friend, "you see why I remembered her?" This time, we exchanged email addresses. Moo cards = very handy!

10. Endless amusement may be had by sitting comfortably in the lobby of the con hotel and beckoning others to your side.