Mary Robinette Kowal


I went to have my hair cut today at and feel pretty good about it. I like the cut, but I’m worried about working in it, because Sigrunn didn’t completely believe me when i said that I had to tuck my hair behind my ears. There’s nothing quite as bad as having hair in your …

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Balancing Icecream

I’ve just been practising balancing a quadruple scoop fake icecream on a cone. Ah, the joys of puppetry. In a related story, I don’t think I’ve mentioned that Fridays we have icecream at lunch. They don’t normally serve dessert, so everyone gets very happy about icecream Friday. It’s like we’re all kids again.

Jumping rope

I spent this morning trying to jump rope as Ziggy’s live arms. This is actually really, really hard because the rope has to be two separate pieces in order to get past the puppeteer, but I had to spin them in synchronization over my head with the ends swinging out of frame. It was really …

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Slooooow morning

There has only been one puppet in a shot today. The rest of the time we’ve been sitting around reading or working on other things.

Yoga morning

I got up early today to come in for yoga and the sky was beautiful. My photo does not do justice to the delicate blue of the sky or the heather pink of Mount Esja, but at at least you have a sense that waiting for my ride can be lovely. It’s also brighter out …

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The Anchorman

This was a stupid movie that was a lot of fun. I went with Sarah, David and Raymond last night after work. I think we all needed something silly to laugh at. It’s not a brilliant film, but I laughed out loud repeatedly.

Fading Daylight

Apparently we lose seven minutes of daylight each the morning and seven minutes each evening. When you add the overcast to the mix then the shift in daylight is really quite astounding. When I got here last month the sun came up at five a.m. and set around eleven p.m. Now it’s up at seven-thirty …

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Esja Mountain

After work last night I went for a walk on Mount Esja with Richard Wolanski. Richard handles all the green screen keying and a lot of special effects. He’s also an avid hiker. Fortunately, he took me on an ‘easy’ hike. It was a rapid ascent, but on a good path, and he stopped frequently …

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I almost forgot!

I can’t believe I almost forgot to tell you about this. Yesterday I was in the puppet shop talking with Adam (one of the wranglers) and Magnus came in. I figured he was there to ask Adam something so I started to sidle out, but–! He had come looking for me. He said, “I’ve really …

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Come visit me!

Iceland Air is having a fare sale. You have to sign up for the email lucky fares to see it, but it’s a $299 roundtrip out of D.C. Woo-hoo!

Yoga & Massage

This morning we had an energy yoga class. This is the first time that I’ve taken a yoga class and I really liked it. They are planning on doing this on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next couple of weeks. I also just came back from a massage. Both relaxations were needed because, the …

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The Mayor

I’ve spent the morning assisting David with the Mayor. That’s always fun. The only thing that’s a little odd is that my hands are too small for the gloves, so I have to wear a second set underneath them to give a little extra puffiness. After we come back from lunch we’ll be dialing a …

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Yes, we all know that it was a day late, but people had to work yesterday and Fightnight was last night. Anyway, David’s wife Julie had come out from NYC and Steina (Stefan’s wife) is interested in Jewish cooking, so they had a Roshashanah dinner tonight. There were nineteen of us at the dinner table …

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The Blue Lagoon

I went to the Blue Lagoon with Jonathan Judge, the new director. We figure that he and I are the only ones who haven’t done all these Icelandic experiences. This photo does not even begin to do justice to the blue lagoon. It’s like swimming in a science-fiction set. The water is warm and very …

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