Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Sick and Tired (And Covered In Paint)

I'm taking a sick day from work, since I feel like the only viable alternative to laying in bed would be curling up into a ball and dying. And, since I can't really afford to die right now (so much to do) I figured I'd best stay home in bed.

I was up rather late last night (while sick, though not quite as much as today) helping my cousin put a couple of coats of primer on her walls. She'd painted her apartment when she moved in and now that she's leaving, the supers want her to prime everything for when they repaint the walls white. The result: my hands and the soles of my feet are covered in white that doesn't seem to want to come off. Maybe I'll tell everyone I have a lot of mosquito bites and it's some kind of fancy calamine lotion.

Reading: Huxley's Brave New World. I'm re-reading this for my Utopian Lit class after having read it back in Grade 11 English. I remember thinking it was a cool book back then, but this time around I'm simply blown away. Mind you, I don't like it quite as much as Zamyatin's We, which somehow didn't manage to make it onto the reading list. Speaking of which, is this not the coolest class reading list ever? - More: Utopia, Bellamy: Looking Backward, Gilman: Herland, Huxley: Brave New World, Vonnegut: Player Piano, Atwood: Handmaid's Tale, Amis: Time's Arrow. The only downside is that it's an awful lot to get through in six weeks.

Writing: I finally restarted Glistening Edges and Right Angles the other day. Only 300 words, mind you, but it's something. I also came up with an idea for a new novel (which, of course, I won't let myself start until I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on GERA). To put it in cinematic terms, it feels like it might be a cross between The Island (minus whatever stupidity Michael Bay manages to infuse it with) and A.I. (except without the atrocious ending).

Publishing: Anyone who wants to have a look at the semi-complete Apodis Publishing site can do so. The flash site is mostly done, but still has some filler text (ie. blah, blah, etc, x goes here kind of stuff) throughout. The non-flash site is technically in operation, but my design is so hideously ugly that I'm paying somewhat to design a better one. Nonetheless, pretty much all of the information is in place, so have a look.

Music to listen to: Check out the site of one of my favourite new bands, Montreal/Toronto's Stars. They're coming to Ottawa's Bluesfest on the 9th, but unfortunately I have no one to go with. Argh!


Necromantic Angel said...

The Island was like based on The Experiment by John Darnton. Except that they weren't told that they were going to The Island. But the concept is the same. THey were clones (Jiminis from the word Gemini) of rich people and they serve as organ donors whenever needed. In The Experiment, one of them manages to escape and go to the real world to find his twin. The love story was quiet good too.

1:23 PM  
chryscat said...

Cavan, hon, you sound a little tore up. A sick day is DEFINITELY in order. Hope you feel better soon.
I like the line about the fancy calamine lotion. LOL

3:40 PM  

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