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Subject: "I gotta have a plan? Really? I can't just be proactive with pep? "

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Date Posted: Tue, Jun 01 2004, 4:08:29 pm PDT

The bell to the Magic Box jingles as Almond wanders through the door. She pauses on her way to the comfy chair to feed the goat a crunchy handful of Purina Goat Chow and a drink of water. "Yes, yes, I know," she responds to the pathetic look on his face, "It's not a lot of fun being stuck between one state of being and another. I'll see what I can do about that soon." As she settles in her favorite spot, she pulls a book out of her pocket entitled "Has Your Goat Become a Wall Ornament? 10 Simple Spells for the Mystical Home Decorator." She lays it on a near-by table for later perusal.

Hello and {{hugs}} to all!
I know it's a couple of days late, but want to say:
Congratulations on your High School Graduation, LdyKnight!!!
Wishing you a happy and successful future!

Now for my news:
I found this Joss Whedon interview at UnderGroundOnline. It's pretty interesting. He talks about the X-Men comics and the Firefly movie. Just click on the article title for the full story.

Well, I didn't get to see "Daredevil" after all this weekend. We had planned to watch it yesterday, but "the best laid plans of mice and men..."
Instead, I got to watch hubby put a new sink in the bathroom. "It will only take an hour or so", said he. Nine hours (and four trips to the hardware store) later...
I'll probably watch the movie sometime this week, which will be fun, but I'm disappointed we won't see it as a family. I bought popcorn and everything.

On to responses:
Gothicwoman: I'm so sorry to hear things didn't work out with Ray! {{Special Hugs!}} If you want to talk, I promise I'll answer right away.

Lionhunter: Did you and your pride have a good time at the battle recreation? (You know the women would have to be scantily dressed for it to reach "Charmed" standards, right? *eg*) Yea, verily, I say unto thee I too have a fondness for ye olde historical reinactments. Forsooth, the nearby Renaissance Faire is a destination I have longed for lo these many years. Alas, it is yet to be. Mayhap next summer.
My olde English accent sucketh mightily, dost it not? *g*

LotD: Yes, a good review by such a prominent member of the field should not only help with the next book, but boost sales of the current one. (How are sales, btw?) I have to tell you I'm very impressed by all the hard work and never-say-die attitude you've invested in "The Wide Game". Considering you've had to do most of the promoting yourself, you seem to have come a long way toward gaining the recognition you deserve. It's such a shame your trip to Vegas had to be cancelled.

Dogtrot: You were a member of the Science Fiction Book Club? Me, too! (Though why I'm feeling a "bonding moment" I don't know, as there must be millions of us cluttering up the planet. *g*) I joined after I divorced my first husband. I was alone with a one year old child, and in rather desperate need of something to read delivered to my home. This would have been the very early 80's, so I missed the books you mentioned, though I've read quite a few of the "classic authors" at one time or another. I used to read whatever I found laying about the house when I was young, and my oldest brother had quite the SF library. Then one author would mention another in an introduction, so of course I haunted the public library looking for older books. Have you ever read a book called "The Number of the Beast"? Heinlein's inclusion of a "Gray Lensman" in that novel had me hunting down all the books I could find in that series. Our library has since gotten rid of a lot of old books, which I think is a great shame. Especially as they saw fit to replace the thinning SF collection with a bunch of Star Trek books by authors I've never heard of.

Things are not well with Dad, but I won't talk about it here. That's what LJ is for. *s*

Rack: You said so many things I either agreed with or found fascinating in your post on "Tru Calling" that I don't quite know where to start! Keeping in mind that I don't have any of the episodes on tape and my memory is a little spotty of late:
(Tru Calling spoilers) For all that I really don't like JP's character ("smarmy" - exactly! *g*), he doesn't strike me as being completely antagonistic toward Tru. At times he almost seems to feel sympathy for her - knowing what she's going through and how it makes her feel. But he also feels very strongly that what she is doing is wrong...that she is upsetting the balance of nature. He wants her to stop. He's tried arguing his viewpoint with her, and he's tried showing her there must be a balance by taking a life to replace Harrison's. He believes he is right in what he does - that it's necessary. He also seems to have been drawn to Tru. If Tru and Jack are each other's yin and yang, as you pointed out, perhaps "opposites are meant to attract". Not only would the "life-taker" need to feel a connection to the "life-giver" so he could locate and recognize her, but maybe there is also a "feeling of being completed" when they meet that draws each to the other in an emotional way. That would explain the marriage of Tru's parents. Tru's father might have started out like Jack - just trying to get his wife to stop. But the "life-takers" seem to feel much more strongly about their mission. The need to accomplish their goals could over time turn them cold to anything but results. They are death-dealers, after all.
Why the genders are divided along the lines they are could be as simple as this: in earliest times, women procreated and men hunted. There seems to be a strong parallel here. The women rewind to give life, pulling the men along with them (thus maintaining balance) to hunt that life down. Maybe the women aren't always meant to win - Tru and her mother might be/have been too good at their jobs. That could be why the father killed the mother.
If the female draws the male with her on a rewind, I would imagine her death would cancel his mission. I don't think the same would be true if the male died. I think another would be "called", since the female seems to be the initiator of the sequence. (This could be wishful thinking on my part, because it would mean the show could kill off the very annoying Jason Priestly and still have this interesting storyline. *eg*)
The only reason I can think of for why Tru inherited the rewind ability while neither of her siblings did is: maybe the "rewind gene" is a recessive, and only she had it? *g*
They should have killed the sister!
(end Tru Calling spoilers)

Hey! I love "Joan of Arcadia"! :P

OK, folks, that's all for now. I'll be around for a little while, then poofing without notice.

Almond picks up the book from the table and opens it to the first spell - "How to turn your goat into a nice pair of bookends". Not at all what she was looking for, she turns the page...

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