15 December, 2010

Awards and Miscellany

First, I have three awards to accept:

The Summer Blog Award from Carol Kilgore at Under the Tiki Hut:

It's such a summer-y picture, and a great award to receive--especially because it's cold outside! Thank you, Carol!

The Fearless Follower from Carolyn Abiad at Serendipity:

Thank you so much, Carolyn! (If you aren't following her blog, I highly suggest you do! Her posts are always fascinating.)

The Versatile Blogger Award from Misha at My First Book:

Thanks, Misha! I do love the look of this award, with the flower on the side and the words in the background. :)

I'd pass them on today, and I want to pass them on to you lovely bloggers, but I've got ground to cover and I don't have the time--nor will I have time later to visit the rest of your blogs. The rest of Life, you know.


Speaking of life, we lost power on Monday. I was online, commenting on blogs, and suddenly it tells me I have no Internet connection. The power company got the electricity back on within two hours or so, but apparently it affected over a thousand people in the area.

(Of course, if houses were self-sufficient with solar, wind, and/or hydrogen, this wouldn't have been an issue. Thousands of people would not have lost power, and the power company would not have had to go out and mess with all that wiring.)


Did you hear Richard Holbrooke died? He was the former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

It's sad because a) it's sad when anyone dies, and he did a lot of work, in many different things. b) because this probably will affect the USA relationship with Afghanistan and Pakistan, which is not the best it could be right now. He helped it along.


Fractal awesomeness:

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA.


I just realized how ridiculous it is that in the 2007 Beowulf movie Beowulf is the dragon's dad. And that Hrothgar is Grendel's dad. All courtesy of the seductive, evil water-demon of course (AKA Angelina Jolie.)

Ha. Har. Hrm.

I usually like what Neil Gaiman does, (he co-wrote the screenplay) but the plot does not follow the book at all, except in the loosest sense. I don't think I'll be watching it--I prefer it when the movies stick to the books! (Unless they do a spectacular job of making a new plot, which does not often happen.)


Excellent writing day on Tuesday. I managed over 5,000 words and I got through a tricky spot. One character isn't quite in the right place, but that can be fixed so that she is in the right place or that she doesn't go there at all.

I hope you all have great writing progress yourselves, and I hope that there isn't too much snow to be shoveled on your sidewalks . . .

-----The Golden Eagle
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Misha1989 said...

Congrats on the awards!
I heard about Richard Holbrooke in today's news. Really sad...

Jules said...

Congrats on the awards, most deserved!

It is sad he died and you do have to wonder about future relations.

I wish so bad we had an affordable alternative energy source. I would not be worrying about ice right now :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Jamie - I'm a guy, btw! said...

Congrats on all the accolades!

beth said...

Congrats on all the awards.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! on the award. And I don not have any snow to shovel although I would like to as I gre up in Michigan and miss the snow.

Carol Kilgore said...

No snow in San Antonio - it will be 70 today. Congrats on all your awards!

....Petty Witter said...

Well done on those awards.

Hmm solar power. Ok if you live in a sunny climate, we would forever be having power cuts here in the north east of England.

Elena Solodow said...

Congrats on the awards!

Summer Ross said...

Awesome for you on awards! Hey at least you are plucking through on the writing front! Snow- uck! Got way too much today. Have a wonderful day!

Elana Johnson said...

Holy brown cows! No power? I think I might die. But you more than made up for it with the 5K! Way to go!

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Ooo, congrats on the shiny blog awards. And on the writing progress. 5000 words is AMAZING. I'm lucky if I squeeze out 2000. I'm such a slow writer. ;)

Jai Joshi said...

That nova vid looks fantastic! I'm going to watch the whole thing when I'm free tonight.

Congrats on your awards!

And it is very sad that Richard Holbrook died. He worked in the diplomat field for 50 years! What a loss to the country.


Talli Roland said...

Congrats on the awards!

It is sad about Richard Holbrooke. He was a legend.

Old Kitty said...

Just heard about Mr Holbrooke's passing. Sad and uncertain days indeed!

Congratulations with your fab awards and also with your 5000 words!!!! Wow!! Well done you!!!

I hope you don't lose power again - how awful and very disruptive.

Erm - I sort of liked the beowulf film - only cos it looked good and Ray Winstone had muscles! LOL! Take care

Angela Ackerman said...

I hear you on the book to movie adaptations. Percy Jackson and the olypians broke my heart, because the book was brilliant and the movie changed everything about the plot. It was so sad to see.

Angela @ the Bookshelf Muse

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the awards!
And I've seen better Beowulf adaptations.

Maria McKenzie said...

Congrats on all those fabulous awards!

Angela Felsted said...

Congratulations on your good writing day.

The Words Crafter said...

Congratulations on the awards and I didn't care for the movie, either.

I have been writing short stories and scenes for my first wip.

I would love to have solar shingles on my house!!!!!

You've accomplished a lot, way to go

Mary Vaughn said...

Congrats on the awards-- all well deserved.
Way to go on the writing! Keep it up.

Colene Murphy said...

Congrats on your awards!! As always, you deserve them!

N. R. Williams said...

Many things in your post Golden. Sorry about the death, you're right, he did a good job.

Congrats on the awards, you deserve them all.

Interesting video too, Couldn't stay to watch the whole thing though.

No snow here, except in the mountains, hurray.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

mist of the blossom rain said...

Congratulations! We have no snow on our sidewalks, just sand and dirt:(

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Congrats on the cool awards - that fearless follower award is awesome! No power is so tough! :-)

Marieke said...

Congrats on all the awards! They look very pretty indeed! ^.^

Just wanted to let you know you're a finalist in my blogfest :)

Sangu said...

Congratulations on the awards!

I thought the Beowulf movie was weird, and for the first time, felt a tad disappointed in Neil Gaiman. I love anything he does normally!

Helen Ginger said...

Congratulations on your awards. We have no snow in central TX. Could you send some our way? If it snows here, even a few flakes, we run out with our cameras to take pictures then we race around the yard trying to catch one of the flakes on our tongues.

Joanna St. James said...

I have absolutely no snow at all, can someone mail some to me cos it does not feel chrismassy without it.
Congratulations on your lovely awards.
I too did not watch the Beowoulf movie for personal (crazy) reasons.
Sad abt the Holbrooke fella, I wrote some stuff about him in my thesis days.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the awards!

It is sad about Holbrooke. :(

Arlee Bird said...

5000 word day! Indeed excellent. I keep striving for that goal.

Tossing It Out

Patricia Stoltey said...

Congratulations on these fine awards. We can do a lot with solar power here in Colorado since we have lots of sunshine, but I don't know that too many people have done anything to become self-sufficient. Even with our one solar panel, all we can do is run a lamp and a radio for a few hours. Won't keep us warm, but at least we can read and hear the news.

DEZMOND said...

Congrats on the lovely awards, Eagle :)

When it comes to Richard Holbrooke, don't whether you knew, but he was a despised man everywhere outside USA. In my country, Serbia, he is one of the most negative men ever since he caused a lot of death, suffering and problems with his acts in these regions. Europe remembers him as a very ignorant, opportunistic and arrogant politician.

Susan Fields said...

I'm struggling with a tough scene today. I should be working on it right now, but the call of the blogs is too strong... :)

Brian said...

Congratulations on all the great awards, you sure deserve them! I had it when the power goes in our area because we never know when it is coming back on!

Lisa said...

5,000 words! Go you!

I've never seen Beowolf, nor do I particularly want to. I get annoyed with these "reimaginings" too, as if people aren't smart enough to understand the original.

L'Aussie said...

Congrats on the awards. Well deserved.

why fiddle with Beowulf's plot. What a great story! It'll be ok for those not familiar with the story to enjoy the movie I guess.

No snow here to worry about but we are having hail storms and places are losing power, luckily not moi!

I'm pretty sure Richard Holbrooke was an Aussie cum American. He will be sadly missed as relationships between these nations you mention require great diplomacy.

Thoughtful post Mr Golden Eagle!

Madeleine said...

5,000 words that's incredible. I've managed 2,000 words over 2 afternoons. Congrats on the awards :O)

The Golden Eagle said...

Misha: Thanks, Misha!

Jules: Thank you!

The Middle East is a mess right now . . .

I agree! Affordability has to play a part.

Jamie: Thanks! :)

Beth: Thank you, Beth!

Stephen: Thank you!

I've lived in relatively snowy places for all my (albeit relatively short) life. Michigan is definitely a snowy place!

Carol: Wow. 70 degrees?! Not so around here in the least. :D

Thank you!

Petty Witter: Thanks!

Unless it was windy, and then wind farms could take care of the rest.

Elena: Thanks, Elena!

Summer Ross: Thank you!

Yes, at least I'm writing. :)

Elana: Nope, no power for over an hour; nothing that serious, although we were afraid for a little while that they wouldn't get it done until that night--in which case it would be getting pretty cold inside!

The Golden Eagle said...

Shannon: Thank you!

I'm not the fastest writer, either--I just spent more time on the novel in the evening, not something I usually do.

Jai: I love Hunting the Hidden Dimension--it's one of my favorite programs that they've produced! (Next to The Conquest of Cold. :D)

Thanks, Jai!

He did work for a long time.

Talli: Thanks!


Old Kitty: And uncertainty is rather the last thing we need since the situation in Afghanistan/Pakistan isn't going to great right now . . .

Thank you! :) I'm glad I got it out--I'd been inching along before!

It was disruptive; and then the Senior Center lost power, too, and the library, and other businesses around town.

LOL. I suppose he does have muscles, doesn't he? :D

Angela: I haven't watched The Lightning Thief yet; I know a lot of people DO NOT LIKE THE MOVIE because they changed the plot so much. It's really too bad. :(

Alex: Thanks, Alex!

I know there are others--we only took out this one (from the library) because it was partly written by Gaiman . . .

Maria: Thank you! :)

Angela: I hope you have good writing progress, too!

The Words Crafter: Thanks!

You watched it? It's too bad you didn't like it; it seems like it had promise!

Good for you! :)

It would be handy--and green, and energy efficient and, well, why hasn't someone invented an affordable solar panel by now?!

Thank you! I just hope I can keep it up.

Mary: Aw, thanks, Mary!

I'm trying to! :P

The Golden Eagle said...

Colene: Thank you!

Nancy: I love writing posts like these, that cover all kinds of subjects. :)

Thanks, Nancy!

NOVA is my favorite TV program.

Hooray for no snow!

Mist of the blossom rain: Thank you!

That's what my mom wants--LOL.

Shannon: I know, isn't it? :)

And when the librarian called, the power company wouldn't let her call through . . .

Marieke: Thanks, Marieke!

I saw the post--I'm honored to be a finalist in your blogfest! It was a lot of fun, and there were some amazing entries. :)

Sangu: Thanks!

I like Neil Gaiman's work, too; maybe it's just because it's a movie . . . ? I'll just stick to his books.

Helen: Thank you, Helen!

*sending snow* I can imagine there wouldn't be that much down in Texas--it's so warm there! And when it's windy, I kind of wish I was down in a place like that. :P

Joanna: *sending lots more snow* It just seems . . . wrong, not to have snow on Christmas, or Christmas Eve. And there have been ones where nothing was on the ground. :(

Thanks, Joanna!

I don't do things for personal (crazy) reasons, too. LOL, maybe we all do.

Theses . . . ack.

Medeia: Thanks! :)

I agree.

Lee: Yes, a 5,000 words day! :) Thanks!

Go for it--you can write it!

The Golden Eagle said...

Patricia: Thank you!

Too bad--I'd pounce on the chance to power a home with solar energy!

I think they're getting better at making them efficient enough to be practical, although the technology has still got some distance to go; I hope they find out how to use the sun's energy. :)

DEZMOND: Thanks!

I didn't know that about Holbrooke--he's seen as doing a lot of good, but that's the American view.

I'm sorry to hear he caused all those problems in Serbia; it does seem like he wasn't a very good diplomat, on the European side of things.

Another advantage to (international) blogging--there are more opinions!

Susan: Oh, that happens to me too. I'll say to myself, "This scene is going nowhere. But my blog is just a shortcut away . . ."


Brian: Thank you, Brian!

We live in a fairly rural area; it's a drawback because the people are spread out and it can take the power company a while to catch on there's a problem.

Lisa: Thank you. :)


L'Aussie: Thanks, L'Aussie!

I just finished reading Beowulf--it is a good story.

I hope you stay safe from the hail! That doesn't often happen here; it's too cold!

They do require a lot of attention, if they're not going to deteriorate even more . . .


Madeleine: I wrote in two bursts, so it wasn't all in one sitting, either; just on the same day. :P

Thanks, Madeleine!