The Ciel Show

Monday, July 16, 2018

Teaching and learning...

Reveling in a cool day, before the temps begin to rise again to the 90s later this week. I have a new writer-coaching client! It's someone who has a great imagination, an interesting story to tell, but not the writing skills that are needed to convey it. Sometimes you have to start with what I call The Utter Basics, and internalize them so they flow naturally with the writing process. It's basics of sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing... It's tense-consistency, and smooth transitions,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

new photos are up!

New photos... Tonight was another great evening for clouds! Sign in to see full entry.

Breakfast... and Second Breakfast

This was one of those mornings when I wake really, really hungry! and yet, still too groggy to do anything complicated. The temptation is great to head straight to toast and all those carbs I am trying to avoid. Happily, I had some lovely big black olives in the fridge, and they nicely sufficed--for a while! Long enough to check my emails and blogs and facebook... Around 10, I started thinking about real breakfast. Here's what happened: I baked some salmon that I caught fresh in the store... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 12, 2018


The temperatures are not expected to reach 90F here the rest of the week, and today the predicted high today is 83. What a relief! The heat is so ennervating, practically nothing gets done on those hot days even if it only requires thought and not much physical activity. Today I sent in our new estimate for what we need to be paid for taking the Compass Rose Traveling Theater up to Northglenn, a few miles north of Denver, for their annual 2-day Pirate Fest. It is a bit more than we've asked... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Last weekend

Charlie and I spent most of the weekend--Thursday through Saturday--at the 2018 Myths and Legends/WesterCon in Denver. He set up a table in the art show/auction, while I just wandered about and got my tribble autographed by David Gerrold whose idea tribbles were ~50 years ago in the original STAR TREK series. Oh, and taking pictures. Not a lot of pictures, and not the best... but enough to get across the idea. At these fan conventions, there is much emphasis on costuming and role-playing. There... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 9, 2018

After a day of rest...

Yesterday I had good intentions... well, productive intentions, to clean the kitchen, including the fridge, to unpack from WesterCon and put things away, including a couple of new Peri Charlifu bowls, a pair of little tea bowls, and a board game about space and astronomy. Oh, and a nice print called Dragons in the Mist. Of course, to transfer and edit photos to put up on Flickr... Then it got hot. So I spent the whole day, after some morning grocery shopping with Charlie, on my online game,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Speaking of New Zealand...

Yesterday at WesterCon, I chatted a while with some folks who are putting in a bid for the 2020 WorldCon to be held in Wellington, NZ. I signed up as a supporter and bought the T-shirt, because it has the lovely silver fern symbol, and also got a little ribbon/badge that says: To boldly go there and back again! It is a good time to start planning that trip! We attended a morning chat session with David Gerrold whose phone went off in the midst of our questions and answers. He answered it, said... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Hot and Not... and New!

While so many of you are enduring extreme heat, it is cooler here, low 80sF expected today. Sometimes Colorado Springs seems like it is in a temperature-protected zone of some kind, in these past several years as extremes grow elsewhere. I have a guestroom... Just sayin... Back to the Con today, dressed up a bit in hobbit fashion. It looks good and is quite comfortable--no Victorian corsets for this one! Even in costuming for parties like this one, I am all about comfort. Got enough little aches... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 5, 2018


The sunlight was filtered through smokey haze this morning, a strange, orange dim atmosphere. Colorado has several big fires burning, the largest a few miles southwest of here that has been now designated the third largest in Colorado's recorded history. A man has been arrested and charged with arson for deliberately setting this one and a couple of others. No one was ever charged for the Waldo Canyon or Black Forest fires. We got to WesterCon just about 2pm, and first things first, I went up to... Sign in to see full entry.

Fourth of July light shows and Tribbles.

As soon as the evening light began to fade, the neighbors started with their cannon-like explosives, their illegal fireworks. Then when darkness had finally settled in, there was a magnificent loud rumble... Thunder! And soon, heavy rain and more lightning and thunder totally put paid to the neighbor's noisy show. So, fires, panicked animals or PTSD sufferers were kept to a minimum, and the light show was still grand! Today Charlie is packing up his dreadful Wasteland Bears, his other... Sign in to see full entry.

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