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    Saturday, January 30th, 2010
    9:35 am
    "The Last Great Clown Hunt" on Drabblecast
    Head on over to Drabblecast to hear my story "The Last Great Clown Hunt" -- and the theme from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly rendered on kazoo.

    http://web.me.com/normsherman/Site/Podcast/Podcast.html
    Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
    4:14 pm
    Hook and Cave
    A couple links of interest:

    Mexican novelist Mario Bellatin:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/10/books/10bellatin.html?_r=1

    Nick Cave reading from "The Death of Bunny Munro":
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/video/2009/jul/13/nick-cave-death-bunny-munro
    2:01 pm
    Maison d'Ailleurs
    For your investigation: Maison d'Ailleurs, the museum of science fiction, utopia and extraoridinary journeys, in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.
    http://www.ailleurs.ch/index.php?s=en&m=0
    http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/museumimages/thumbnail1.php/100200733013533arc_pht.jpg
    Sunday, August 9th, 2009
    9:17 am
    Words Without Borders
    I'm late in following up a conversation at Readercon about writing in translation. American publishers translate only a fraction of what's written around the world. If you want to follow what writers are doing in other languages and cultures, you can't do better than Words Without Borders. It's a terrific website:

    http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
    12:38 pm
    The Wrong Trousers redux, plus an undeclared aubergine
    Australian customs caught a man smuggling two pigeons in his trousers. The officials also confiscated seeds from the man's money belt and an "undeclared aubergine" (eggplant on this side of the pond).

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7869301.stm
    9:51 am
    Airships!
    You know you want to fly in an airship. Well, then check out this cool design for the new Aeroscraft:

    http://www.aerosml.com/ml866/index.html
    Sunday, February 1st, 2009
    10:53 am
    25 random things...
    I'm importing a bit of Facebook activity here: scraps and fragments about my life, in no particular order -- a tangle of events, snapshots, dreams, and minor ordeals.

    1. I tried to get a job with a traveling circus in Hawaii, but they wouldn’t have me.

    2. I was mistaken for Warren Zevon in the Palomino Club. Hey, my hair was long back then, and the room was dark.

    3. I used to own land in the San Luis Valley near the Sangre de Cristos in southern Colorado.

    4. I narrowly avoided shaking hands with George W. Bush when he was governor of Texas.

    5. I was with my sister on a water skiing trip when she cut her foot at Lake Elsinore. A few months later she went water skiing again – this time I begged out – and when she was late returning I said to my parents, “She didn’t cut her foot. This time she cut her leg.” Turned out I was right.

    6. When I was 12-13 I wanted to be a composer. I wrote several piano pieces, until one day the urge to compose simply dried up. Words replaced music, but the sound and rhythm of words are very important to me.

    7. I can speak in three voices at the same time. I have witnesses.

    8. I would love to learn to be a Foley artist.

    9. During my sophomore year in college I used to fly from LA to San Francisco once a week and get back home in time for dinner. Ah, the lost paradise of cheap student fares!

    10. I won the most money at poker when I was blind drunk.

    11. I’m a ruthless Monopoly player. I’ve made people cry.

    12. I secretly spent a week in France when I was 19. I told my parents I was visiting friends in Oregon.

    13. I ate dirt once when I was a child. It was loamy, crumbly, and I don’t care to repeat the experiment.

    14. I nearly died when I was five from a reaction to a school vaccination. I remember falling facedown in the schoolyard and waking up a week later, a week full of fever dreams and delirium.

    15. I spent the weirdest night of my life in a Dunkin Donuts in Austin, Texas, stretching my last few dollars for coffee after a two-day bus ride from Guadalajara. I can still recall the faces of many of the drunks, addicts, freaks, cops, and lunatics who paraded through the place.

    16. Most horror movies don’t frighten me. “Alien” was the exception. I was so afraid that I could barely speak for two hours.

    17. In the second grade I wrote a 40-page book about US presidents. A nun had me do a show-and-tell for the eighth graders. At recess two of the eighth graders tried to beat me up. My first reading – and my first bad review.

    18. The hardest thing I’ve ever done was to try to help someone emerge from mental illness, not knowing if anything would work.

    19. I was part of my high school team for the TV quiz show “It’s Academic.” The person who gave us the practice quiz was a beautiful intern named Cokie Roberts.

    20. Halloween is my favorite holiday. Dressed as Manuel Ortega I showed up at a party where there were three Fidel Castros: one an ex-sergeant in the US Army, another an ex-sergeant in the German Army (postwar), and the third an officer who taught at West Point.

    21. In Guadalajara I was the guest of a retired CIA station chief. I listened while he and an old friend from the agency told scandalous tales about the old days. At some point, after a particularly hilarious anecdote about Henry Cabot Lodge, the friend pointed at me and asked, “Can he be trusted?”

    22. I talk in my sleep, more distinctly than when I’m awake.

    23. During a heat wave in Austin, Texas, I read everything by Raymond Chandler that I could find. I used to know the first chapter of The Big Sleep by heart.

    24. I’ve soloed in four different sailplanes. I want to try wave soaring above Mt. Rainier.

    25. Blake had it right: the tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. I used to think that experience and knowledge were poles apart, and I would recite Beckett’s lines: “Spend the years of learning / Squandering courage for the years of wandering / Through the world politely turning / From the loutishness of learning.” Now I know the two are bound inextricably together.
    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
    3:45 pm
    Evil Clown Alert
    "The Last Great Clown Hunt" is now up at the Weird Tales website. You have been warned.

    http://weirdtales.net/wordpress/2009/01/07/the-last-great-clown-hunt/
    Monday, January 5th, 2009
    11:04 pm
    Clowns on the warpath!
    The Emmett Kellys have broken out of the reservation! Savage Kokos count coup! Bozeman menaced by Stilt Dancers!

    You can read my story "The Last Great Clown Hunt" in the November/December 2008 issue of Weird Tales.
    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
    7:47 am
    Yes!!!!
    What a great day!
    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
    9:32 am
    Story Time
    The Internet Review of Science Fiction just posted good reviews of two stories by friends, Kris Dikeman's "Nine Sundays in a Row" in Strange Horizons, and "Needle and Thread" by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky from Lone Star Stories #29. "Nine Sundays in a Row" was Kris's second week story at Clarion West 2005, and it's great to see it again.

    Lois Tilton wrote this about "Nine Sundays in a Row":
    This one shows that you can always make the oldest tale fresh by telling it from a different point of view. The dog's voice is convincingly suited to the setting, and his concerns are convincingly doglike.


    And Tilton said this about "Needle and Thread":
    Several different fairy tales and legends are combined in this one, with fairly original results.

    Go read 'em. You'll thank me.
    Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
    8:35 pm
    The Ohio!
    Have fun, kids. I'm off for a few days of R&R in Portsmouth, Ohio, the land of Roy Rogers, Kathleen Battle, and some great flood wall murals.
    Friday, July 25th, 2008
    5:44 pm
    Write-a-thon update
    Since week one of the Write-a-thon I've written 2500 words on the novel and over 8000 words on a new story (2000 words just today). Now it's on to revisions!
    Friday, July 18th, 2008
    6:50 pm
    The Kraken Awakes!
    ...There he hath lain for ages, and will lie
    Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,
    Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
    Then once again by man and angels to be seen,
    In roaring he shall rise...


    Where did Lego get those tentacles?


    Sunday, July 6th, 2008
    11:25 am
    Laptops stolen at Clarion West
    Several people have forwarded this news, but just in case you haven't heard, four laptops were stolen Friday at Clarion West while the students were in class downstairs. Here's an update from Neile Graham:

    As I'm sure many of you have heard already, someone broke into the house our students are living in and stole four laptops and some personal effects while the students were in class downstairs. I feel terrible for them--some lost work, some lost family photos, some have had to go online and change passwords, etc. It has been a harrowing experience for them--more than just annoying, because a laptop while you're at the workshop is almost a important as a hand. Not only do you write on it and use it to mail your story to Kinko's, but it's also your lifeline to home and your personal support network.

    The students are all upset, of course, but trying hard not to let it ruin their time at the workshop, and the community, especially here, is rallying around them with loaners and someone has offered some office supplies, and others have started sending donations to start a replacement fund.

    This has really restored my faith in humanity.

    If you have an idea about how to help and want to contact us about this, the email is info @ clarionwest . org, and if you want to donate, you can use the paypal button on our site at http://clarionwest.org/donate. Please say it's for computer replacement so we can keep the funds separate from our organizational fundraising.

    If you want to mail a donation in, our address is on that page, too, and again, please include a note to be clear that the money is for the computer replacement fund.
    Sunday, June 29th, 2008
    3:07 pm
    Monstrous linkage
    The Feejee Mermaid is just one of the monstrosities on display at the Museum of Natural and Artificial Emphemerata:

    http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A640023
    Saturday, June 21st, 2008
    2:11 pm
    Directions on Podcastle
    Some things you will need are a full tank of gas, a flashlight, an axe, a bicycle.

    Throw away your GPS and go listen to Caleb Wilson's terrific story "Directions" on Podcastle, read by yours truly.

    http://podcastle.org/2008/06/20/podcastle-miniature-005-directions/

    Trust me, you won't get lost. Not unless you want to.
    Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
    10:07 am
    The Web that time forgot
    A fascinating story in today's New York Times Science section about a proto-Internet called the Mundaneum:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/science/17mund.html?_r=1&ref=science&oref=slogin
    Monday, June 16th, 2008
    1:01 pm
    Happy Bloomsday!
    Happy Bloomsday, one and all!

    Have a glass of burgundy with your gorgonzola sandwich, dismiss the agenbite of inwit, and contemplate the "heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit."

    Hurrah for Shames Voice.

    How I would love to be in Davy Byrne's pub right now.
    Tuesday, May 20th, 2008
    8:08 pm
    One day you're waiting for the sky to fall / The next you're dazzled by the beauty of it all
    A stroke of luck on Saturday -- a friend had an extra ticket for the Bruce Cockburn concert. Cockburn played a terrific solo set. And the performance was recorded and filmed. Details: http://cockburnproject.net/

    More good luck: it cost less to fix the silver ghost than I'd feared. Whew, no human sacrifices required this week.
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