October 30th, 2005

Halloween Cat

Halloween Eve

Things I have learned in the last day or two:

I have to keep the front door open at night or the cats will DEMAND to be let in all night long so they can look out the open window.

291,614 words is too long for a novel. I was so busy worrying that it wasn't long enough to be a novel I apparently made it too long for a publisher to be seriously interested. Time to get ruthless with the cutting. {Actually able to laugh at self over this brief setback.}

See rahirah's journal for information about the Schnepf Farms outing.

I cannot BELIEVE I left off two very important top picks for re-issues/compilations of 2005, those being Turn Back The Years - The Essential Hank Williams and The Legend of Johnny Cash. The latter is a tremendous collection, where they were SOMEHOW able to condense the entirety of Cash's overwhelming 5-decade career into one 21-song disc. I do not envy the position of the person who had to chose those 21 songs. Lots of omissions, of course, but I think they managed to really capture the best of the best for it, and it's a great collection for anyone just starting a Cash collection, since it has songs spanning his career from first single (Cry! Cry! Cry!) to last (Hurt). I actually need to buy the Hank 3-disc set, because the label sent out promotional discs that were handmade burns (with felt-tip writing on them to tell which was which) and Disc Two is corrupted from track 11 onward (fortunately, I do know all the songs).

I'm not precisely sure when I became a Johnny Cash fanatic, but I think it happened sometime in the two years before his death. I mean, I had grown up with him, knew all his hits, but it was just after the release of "Solitary Man" that I went Cash Nuts. Heck, I owe him my entire book.

Tomorrow I shall be a vampire during the day (I found a pair of kinky boot beasts that look like something Drusilla would have worn), and change into an intrepid zombie hunter at night for handing out the candy. We have Shaun of the Dead, Shallow Grave, and Poltergeist for our Halloween watching pleasure.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

You Are 63% American
Most times you are proud to be an American.
Though sometimes the good ole US of A makes you cringe
Still, you know there's no place better suited to be your home.
You love your freedom and no one's going to take it away from you!

Back to the cutting room.