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hutch0
Date: 2008-02-09 00:41
Subject: and...
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:calmcalm
Music:porcupine tree
...the villages are quiet, this night in February in the Year Of Our Lord two thousand and eight. There's just me, the laptop, and Kuron, and if I look out of the skylight over my head I can see the lights of European airliners passing overhead on final approach to Heathrow, maybe the odd military flight coming in to Northolt. It's getting on towards one in the morning here. Even the LOLcats are quiet. If you listen very carefully, you might even hear the Earth take a breath.
Nighty-night, villagers, wherever you are. Take care.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-02-09 23:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dear Dave --

You are never quite so frightening as when you wax poetic.

BTW, my recovery from the eye surgery is going on the slow side of normal, so please forgive me for not rereading your stories from As the Crow Flies. (Mind you that I do own a copy of it and had it imported.)

I'll sign off as I have shot my reading wad for the day just by poking around your LJ. Is that a devotee or what?


-the other jean-marie

PS My first published piece ever, in an anthology called Destination Elsewhere (Scribes Valley Publishing), arrived in the mail the night before the eye surgery. I wonder how the rest of the stories are.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-10 20:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yay! Your first ever published story! Big hugs. I'll keep my fingers crossed for the other stories.

I'm sorry to hear the recovery is going slowly. But it is going, isn't it? No complications or anything?
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-02-11 00:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The optometrist is concerned; the ophthalmologist is not. Perhaps because he got his money already. (Oops, sorry. I'm not very good at cynicism. See? I still apologize for it.) My guess is that it will be correctible with glasses once stabilized.

It's been a marvel to find out what the visually impaired go through every day. Mine, at least, will eventually stabilized and be corrected. I have a couple of shut-in friends for whom I can have mow have more true compassion. Mind you, they've snickered a bit at my woe-is-mes, especially since they know that I have little tolerance for whiners. Come-uppances are always funny episodes (for someone).

My husband and kids are having a field day playing tricks and making jokes at my expense. Paybacks are hell, as they say, but that is the price of having clever kids.

I can't actually see the text that I am typing very well, so pardon me if there are even more than my usual number of typographical errors.

-the other jean-marie
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-11 20:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Okay. So that sounds a bit less hopeful than we'd been hoping for when you went under the knife. I can only hope the opthalmologist is right, and it's not just the money.
Once again, only you could find a silver lining in something like this.
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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-10 20:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic

You've been quiet -- is all well? You weren't out in Camden Town on Saturday evening, were you, popped into a pub for a quick half, went to the Gents because of the new no-smoking laws, lit up a ciggie and . . . well, made the rest of it history?
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-10 20:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Nah, I'm fine. We were out most of yesterday, and I was out last night, as it happens, although not in Camden. I wonder what sort of night the Clutes had?
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-10 20:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

"I wonder what sort of night the Clutes had?"

I phoned. They were OK, as was a visiting Ellen Datlow.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-10 20:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's good news. I didn't think they were in any peril - the market's further up Camden High Street, the other side of the canal - but I imagine it was chaos down there yesterday evening.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-02-10 21:08 (UTC)
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Apparently Ellen, who'd been out doing something, had a fair deal of difficulty getting home to the flat because of the police cordon. A brave London Bobby to stand up to Ms Datlow, I thought.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-02-10 21:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
She'll be going back to New York and telling everyone we set fire to London in her honour...
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