Posts Tagged ‘makes me laugh’

Happy 10/10/10 10:10:10

My dad called this morning to make sure that I knew today was 10/10/10 so I could properly celebrate.  Rob thinks that all those ones and zeros must be terribly exciting to a programmer.

If you miss the morning celebration, you can still enjoy the evening unless you think the 24 hour clock invalidates it. Meanwhile, you can make plans for next year and 11:11:11 11/11/11.

The Guild’s “Game On” Bollywood video

How did I not know that The Guild had a new music video that combined my love of The Guild and Bollywood? People, you are supposed to keep me apprised of such things by linking repeatedly to them. That’s what the internet is for.

See? Here it is!

Twi’lek with the Pearl Earring

This is what happens on a rainy afternoon when I get a tiny bit restless and bored. I saw someone’s avatar of a Girl with the Pearl Earring and the way the headscarf fell reminded me of Oola from Star Wars and um… Ta-da!

Note: The crackle on her horn/ear things annoys me but at a certain point I have to recognize the procrastination for what it is and step away from the paint program.

The Jane Austen Centre reviews and likes Shades of Milk and Honey!

I am all astonished. The Jane Austen Centre in Bath has a review of Shades of Milk and Honey on their website AND wrote to let me know that they were planning on sending the review out with their newsletter.

Let me repeat that: The Jane Austen Centre. Likes. My. Novel.

John Ottinger writes about the book in detail and wraps up by saying:

Shades of Milk and Honey could easily fit into Austen’s canon, except of course for the inclusion of magic. Kowal has captured both the style and content of an Austen novel, adding her own speculative fiction twist, and readers who enjoyed such novels as Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell will find this novel appealing as well. Readers of period romances have a crossover novel into the speculative fiction genre, and casual rather than critical Austen readers have a book that hits all the high points of Austen’s dialogue and plotting while still having its own identity. Highly recommended reading for everyone and one I suspect will garner award nominations from several genres.

You can read the full review of Shades of Milk and Honey at the Jane Austen Center. I hardly need to tell you what an honour it is to have the Jane Austen Centre like the book.   Their website was indispensable when I was writing the novel.

So you may imagine my further delight when Laura Boyle, who edits the online magazine, let me know that this month’s issue was quietly themed around ideas from my novel, including an article on what Tableux Vivants were like in the real world’s Regency.  I didn’t make them up, I just reimagined them with glamour.

What’s wattle?

Rob’s mom sent us a care package recently. In it was a packet of roasted and ground Wattleseed, which is an Australian product that apparently has a coffee, chocolate and hazelnut flavour profile.

While researching what to do with it I ran across what has to be one of the worst beverage names of all time: Wattlecino.

If any of you folks down in Australia for WorldCon run across a wattlecino, let me know what it tastes like.

Quacking off

The fellow who is doing the special effects for the Shades of Milk and Honey book trailer is a BAFTA award winning special effects supervisor who I know from Lazytown. Remo Balcells has worked on films like The Fifth Element and Final Fantasy. He’s currently doing FX for Hawaii Five-0.

Tonight he emailed to say that he was “quacking off the renders.”

You know… I didn’t think there was a profession out there that made puppetry phrases look completely prosaic. “Quacking off?” I have no idea what it means, but it sounds fantastic.

Things that go horribly, horribly wrong OR The worst show I ever did

I was talking with a friend of mine and he said that my blog read like “Mary’s Greatest Hits,” because I never talk about the things that go wrong. This surprised me since most of my best puppetry stories are of shows that go horribly, horribly wrong. But he’s right. When I talk about television I’ll say “Oh, this shot was really hard, but we got it in the end.”  And in fiction, the stuff that goes wrong usually gets fixed in private.  I realized that it’s because I never think about things in television or fiction as going as horribly wrong in the same way they do on stage. I mean, things in stage will go bad in rehearsal, but you rarely tell stories about it. That’s part of the process and the only things that matter are the things the audience sees. In television, I screw up and we do it again. In fiction, that’s what the delete key is for.  It never really seems to me like things go wrong.

So, I will now tell you the story of the Worst Show I Ever Did. Continue reading ›

Emma Thompson pretending to be Jane Austen

Due to the delayed flight, I am once again ensconced on the porch of Merrie Haskell’s lake house and working on revisions to Glamour in Glass. While I am thus engaged, allow me to present to you Emma Thompson’s speech at the Golden Globes when she pretended to be Jane Austen.

Puppeteer humor at the O’Neal National Puppetry Conference

The National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neil Theater center is one of my favorite things. It’s a ten-day intensive workshop focused on performance and the development of new works. At the end there are performances.

This is from a couple of years ago and a fine example of puppeteer humor. Every person at the O’Neil had a control attached to this marionette. We all focused on the puppet and moved our controls with careful intensity but our goal was to not move the puppet. At all.

Trust me. If you are a puppeteer, this is hilarious.