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An interesting use of Twitter to promote a novel. Phillipa Gregory posted tweets for approximately two weeks as her protagonist in her latest novel, The White Queen. Read the whole thing here. via The Guardian

My latest musical discovery is Po' Girl, a Canadian folk group that I think is currently based in Vancouver. They are opening for one of my favorite bands, Girlyman, on several of their US shows and Girlyman is opening for Po' Girl on several Canadian shows. Those are going to be some amazing shows!

Awful Library Books, A blog set up by two public spirited librarians from Detroit cataloguing the worst books on library shelves. via The Guardian (again)

Because I was looking for good places to play darts in Toronto, I found this extremely useful site, TorontoDarts.com.

More amusement from The Guardian and continuing with the zombie invasion thread, apparently The British Zombie Invasion, in which John, Paul and George are all zombies (Ringo is a ninja), is slated to be published in June of next year.

I've decided to read all of the World Fantasy Award Winners for Best Novel. Not all at once mind you, and not to the exclusion of everything else. Just bit by bit. There's no self-imposed deadline on this and I've already read many of them, like The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip, the first winner of this award. This idea came to me after reading, you guessed it, an article on The Guardian (via [livejournal.com profile] cherylmmorgan) and thought this would be a great resource for picking the next good book to read.

Now I'm off to the gym because I didn't go on Tuesday after all.

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  • FUN!!!!!
  • Mud! Lots and lots of mud. I think the money I paid for the cheap mud boots I bought before the festival is the best $18 I've ever spent.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Sun! A surprising amount of it considering all of the rain and mud. Note to self: sunblock only works when properly applied. I'm now sporting a rather spectacular farmer's tan.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Only one mosquito bite all weekend! Wow! That is unheard of.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Volunteering for the first time. Worked at Gate Ticket Sales putting wrist bands on festival attendees. Great crew. Awesome people.  Fantastic way to meet people and make new friends. Definitely volunteering again.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Swing dancing for the first time at the Dance Stage. Awkward but fun! :-)  Going to look for local queer friendly/gender free dancing in the area.
  • Big! Scary! Storm! OMG! The Ticket Gate Sales crew gathered at the front gate tent, even some people that weren't working at the time, watched the storm roll in, listened to incoming weather reports on the walkie talkies and drank red wine that Pam our fearless leader brought for the occasion.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Missed a quintessential Falcon Ridge moment when some of the performers who got rained out of the Song Swap on the Main Stage decided to play in the Volunteer Tent instead. Heard it was an amazing night. Missing that wasn't so fun, but I was helping a frightened, lonely friend get back to her camp site in the rain. Some things are even more important than music.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Holy crap! That cheap, crappy tent I borrowed didn't leak!
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Music!!!!!!!!  Lots and lots of fabulous music!!! Ahhh!! I feel completely rejuvenated and restored. Like my batteries have been recharged.  Ember Swift says that music is her religion. Amen, sister! I feel like I just came back from a spiritual retreat.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • The Paul Simon Workshop. Susan Werner dancing like a maniac and inciting Nerissa and Katrina Nields to join her while other performers played. She was definitely in her happy place and it was completely infectious! :-)
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Lots of children, big and small, running and playing in the mud and not caring how dirty they were.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Pierce Brothers Fogbuster Coffee! Oh, how I'll miss you. Parting is such sweet sorrow.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Janis Ian recounting the tale of proposing to her spouse over IM (while they were both at home but in different rooms of the house). Janis to her partner: "Let's go to Toronto to get married. I have to be there for a science fiction convention anyway." Janis's partner: "How fitting." Hotel clerk in Toronto: "Are you here for the convention?"  J: "No we're here to get married." Clerk: "Oh! Well then we'll give you the Bridal Suite."  Cafe barista: "Are you here for the convention?" J: "No, we're here to get married." Barista: "Oh! You're lattes are on us." And so on all week. She said that they had been together for 15 years before they got married and that neither one of them were the sort to get sappy and teary eyed but they both cried once they were actually married. In retrospect, she said that it was because for the first time ever an entire country treated them like they were normal. Really, truly, I just love Canada.  I really hope that the United States grows up to be just like it one day.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Sunday Morning Gospel Wake Up Call. Girlyman singing the Girly Benediction followed by Son of a Preacher Man. Perfection! Spying Pam and Anne, fearless leaders of the Ticket Gate Sales crew dancing together behind Main Stage during the Gospel hour. Sweetness!
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Spent too much money on silly things like jewelry and a henna tattoo and I don't care.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Hanging with Wendy on Sunday afternoon while Natalia played with the Nields on Main Stage.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Post festival volunteer dinner at Four Brothers in Hillsdale. The traditional cutting of the bands. Pam wielding Ed's swiss army knife to cut everyone's volunteer bands off, thus releasing us from service until next year. Singing Happy Birthday to Dave Navarro's son Joseph who had just turned thirteen.
  • FUN!!!!!
  • Took a zillion photos. I'll post those as soon as I have to time to sift and sort.
  • Did I mention that I had fun?
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Update on the application situation...

...behind the cut to spare those who could care less about databases )

Moving on to happier, more vacationy thoughts. I have rain boots and sunscreen now for the festival. One wouldn't ordinarily think those two things would go together, but this is Falcon Ridge. It's always sweltering hot and it always rains. Still need bug repellent that won't give me cancer as soon as I touch the package. Going to go down to the festival grounds early-ish tomorrow to check in as a volunteer and sign up for shifts as well as pitch my tent, then it's back to Albany for work at job #2 and one last night of sleep in a clean, dry bed before music and mud. :-)

My must see events at the festival...

...also behind a cut to spare those who could care less about folk festivals. :-) )
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Saturday, September 15th

Progressions Concert Series: Andrea Paquin and Arjuna Greist

Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center
332 Hudson Ave., Albany, NY
8:00 PM, $10, $8 Students

All ages! Doors open at 7:30 PM. Reservations encouraged and appreciated. For information or to make reservations contact Carrie Knepp at 518.462.6138 x-11 or progressionsconcertseries@cdglcc.org.

Andrea PaquinAndrea Paquin's voice, at once intimate and powerful, pulls the listener in close to her private world of love, loss, and redemption. She brings positive energy everywhere she plays - her strong yet gentle presence always leaves you feeling refreshed.

Her latest album "Listen" is a collection of songs she has written over the last few years. Andrea's love of life and nature was an inspiration for the album's artwork. She continue to write, already working on ideas for her next album.

Over the years Andrea has shared the stage with Melissa Ferrick, Garrison Starr, Edie Carey, Pamela Means, Anne Heaton, Howie Day, Chris Pureka, Jess Klein and more.

Arjuna GreistIn her acceptance speech for the 2004 Just Plain Folks International Songwriting Award in the Spoken Word category, Arjuna Greist enthused, "I am so honored, and so joyous... the fact that my queer-happy, anti-establishment, freakazoid, punk-ass manifesta passed the muster of my peers to win an award lets me know, in an official way, that messages of peace, and change, and hope, and non-violent revolution are both wanted and needed in this world... we just need to keep getting louder."

Arjuna has been getting louder every year, criss-crossing the continent to bring her deeply personal music and poetry to appreciative audiences at women's festivals, pride events, colleges, coffee houses and living rooms from Southern California to Toronto.

Cross-posted to [profile] albanyqueer  , [profile] pinkaloha  and [profile] folkfans 


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