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on the road (again) [Oct. 31st, 2009|08:26 am]
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It got dark, Justin played guitar for Sarah and I and then, later than we probably should, they took me down to the water to see the skyline. It was a still and magical moment, one of those times were you feel you are part of something grand, but you're relaxed and there is no weight pressing on you. My favorite part of the Lord of the Rings was always the Hobbits arrival at Frodo's new house in Buckland. They'd had an adventure! they'd survived, and now there was food and hot water and the future seemed so far away.



Leaving in the morning I headed up to John Scalzi's -- he lives like a feudal lord on the same amount of property that comprises a New York city block. "If we lived in New York," he told his daughter, Athena, "there would be ten thousand people living in our yard."



I had initially thought that Where I Write would be an easy project. I'd just go to New York and Los Angeles and I'd meet everybody and I'd be done. I didn't realize that when you write full time, there's no need to live in New York and you can take the money you'd use to buy your two bedroom in Soho and use it to buy a castle in the midwest with enough land that you can fearlessly fire arrows from your back porch and hit nothing but air. There's an appeal to that -- especially when you job involves not being bothered for eight or ten hours a day.

Scalzi's done a teriffic job of useing the Internet to shrink the world when he wants to, through his bizillion reader blog, Whatever and twitter (@scalzi) and a network of well connected friends.



In fact, while we were still in the office Tobias Buckell answered one of John's tweets to say "hi". And eventually I was off, through the corn, to the far north to meet Toby.



Tobias' office is clean and comfortable and, accompanied by his faithful collie Ginny (Jenny?) we made short work of the portrait and headed out to dinner with his charming wife, Emily, & then back to the house where there was scotch and conversation and playing of Halo (which he wrote a book about, incidentally.

Toby is not really as stern as he looks in this photo....



I crashed on the office floor on an air mattress so huge one could fill it with helium and hang a gondola from it. I slept soundly and woke up at ten, realizing that today I'm another year older and it seems like a good place to be on my birthday.

Now, under the watchfull eye of Ginger, I shall leave fully loaded for Cleveland, where the wonder begins all anew. I'm a bit sad to go, but there's so much ahead.



Be awesome today, do something special.

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[User Picture]From: adelheid_p
2009-10-31 05:02 pm (UTC)

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Wow, I've been in Cincinnati, OH and across the river in Covington, KY but never at night and not from this vantage point. What a great view and, as always, a wonderful picture. I hope you get to see equally pretty views of Pittsburgh while you're here. It's a really pretty city, too. I know a few good vantage points if you need some pointers. I know you'll be here to work on your project so no big deal if you don't have the time.
[User Picture]From: aersi
2009-10-31 05:06 pm (UTC)

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It really looks like your projects take you on some interesting journeys!

Happy birthday Kyle!
[User Picture]From: blackwell
2009-10-31 05:06 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday! And hooray for October birthdays!
[User Picture]From: coraline73
2009-10-31 05:15 pm (UTC)

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Those pictures are awesome - amazing skies..
[User Picture]From: wolfsilveroak
2009-10-31 05:17 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birth Day! Hope it's a great one!
[User Picture]From: gaminette
2009-10-31 05:17 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday Kyle!! ♥
[User Picture]From: karohemd
2009-10-31 05:18 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday!
[User Picture]From: sixteenbynine
2009-10-31 05:22 pm (UTC)

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Wonderful pictures as always.

I just friended you, so forgive me for saying this if you will ... I actually remember Scalzi from way, way back in the USENET days on misc.writing. I traded more than a few stupefied looks with him over Elliot McGucken's spam posts (I bet there's a name he hasn't heard in a while, and probably doesn't want to!). He's prospered hugely since; it's heartening to see that.
[User Picture]From: maleghast
2009-10-31 05:23 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday mon ami - and Happy Halloween as well :-)

Awesome pictures by the way; really love the portrait of Tobias in the street, but there isn't a dud amongst them.
[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2009-10-31 05:24 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday, Kyle! Glad that you're spending it doing something that you love.
[User Picture]From: indigodye
2009-10-31 05:28 pm (UTC)

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I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed when I realized we wouldn't see the actual, always-photographed skyline of Cincinnati. But that picture seems to capture what Cincinnati really is - and not some lit up, empty sky scrapers down town.
[User Picture]From: petitbout
2009-10-31 05:30 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday by the by
[User Picture]From: ed_dirt
2009-10-31 05:44 pm (UTC)

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May you have a happy day of mirth and birth, mon ami!
[User Picture]From: kambriel
2009-10-31 05:47 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday!

I love that top photo, and just want to take a moonlight stroll there...
[User Picture]From: funk_odyssey
2009-10-31 05:48 pm (UTC)

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Over at sunny island of Singapore, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer did a reading of "Who killed Amanda Palmer" today during the Singapore Writers Festival and they talked about you. I finally manage to get hold of the book which takes like forever to make it here and I simply love it. Happy Birthday and stay awesome always!



[User Picture]From: kayjayoh
2009-10-31 05:58 pm (UTC)

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Happy birthday!
[User Picture]From: kazoogrrl
2009-10-31 06:09 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday from ding0, me and the cast of Purrcast! We're celebrating ding0's b-day today with a trip to the farmer's market, free birthday dessert at Vaccaro's bakery, and trick or treating with our other Halloween b-day friend and her family. Isn't it awesome that people around the world are celebrating your birthday is such a fun way?
[User Picture]From: katranna
2009-10-31 06:15 pm (UTC)

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Happy birthday! You have a terrific day of birth.
[User Picture]From: moon_chylde
2009-10-31 06:22 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday!
[User Picture]From: mcsweeneyfiend
2009-10-31 06:24 pm (UTC)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
xox
[User Picture]From: katbcoll
2009-10-31 06:38 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday! The pictures are fantastic!

Many happy returns and may the day be filled with more wonderfulness!
[User Picture]From: kuroshii
2009-10-31 06:56 pm (UTC)

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hippo birdies, kyle! and continued safe travels.
[User Picture]From: valya_dl
2009-10-31 06:59 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

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In Ukrainian, we sing Mnohaya Lita (which translates to Many Happy Years).

Indeed, Kyle, may you continue to have many happy years, following your bliss, having grand adventures, and sharing it all with the lovely Trillian and your band of merry felines.

Until our paths cross again, many hugs.

~Valya
[User Picture]From: alibaster
2009-10-31 07:03 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday Mr Kyle.

May this coming year be filled with love and friends and kitties and awesome music and winning the lottery and coming to visit me in Australia. : )

Have an awesome day.

xxx
[User Picture]From: monkeedreamer
2009-10-31 07:03 pm (UTC)

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Happy birthday! Mine is in two weeks, too! =)

Love the photos, all very awesome.
[User Picture]From: tobias_buckell
2009-10-31 07:07 pm (UTC)

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I forgot to wish you happy birthday, so here is a virtual 'happy birthday' man!
[User Picture]From: thimbleofrain
2009-10-31 07:27 pm (UTC)

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Happy birthday!
[User Picture]From: lawbabeak
2009-10-31 07:57 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns!
[User Picture]From: howlokitty
2009-10-31 08:08 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday and Happy Halloween! And, thank you for reminding me to do something awesome!!!
[User Picture]From: spryng
2009-10-31 08:43 pm (UTC)

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Happy freaking birthday!!
Also, wow, that is an amazingly huge yard.
[User Picture]From: lois2037
2009-10-31 08:56 pm (UTC)

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Happy Birthday! What a wonderful day to be alive.
[User Picture]From: birdhousefrog
2009-10-31 09:49 pm (UTC)

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And a very Happy Birthday to you!
[User Picture]From: word_gardener
2009-11-01 02:29 am (UTC)

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I'll bet it is an interesting project. It is always fun to follow the progress. What other irons are in the fire about now?

By the by, happy birthday to you - all the best wishes for many more.
[User Picture]From: boobirdsfly
2009-11-01 03:22 am (UTC)

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I love your posts!

Happy Birthday, Happy Halloween!
[User Picture]From: kaiann
2009-11-01 05:16 am (UTC)

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Happy Birthday Kyle!
[User Picture]From: danjite
2009-11-01 05:24 am (UTC)

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Between your travels and World Fantasy Con this weekend, I am seriously jonesing for North America for the first time in ages!
[User Picture]From: adelheid_p
2009-11-01 05:46 am (UTC)

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And a belated happy birthday! I had mine three days ago!
[User Picture]From: yackersmaren
2009-11-01 08:54 am (UTC)

Nice.

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Looks like you have had an awesome weekend! I hope your birthday was wonderful!!!


His Akita is beautiful!!!!
[User Picture]From: rbradakis
2009-11-01 03:00 pm (UTC)

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We did something awesome yesterday! It might not be awesome to anyone else, but sheryl67 and I made something for a friend's wedding (cake topper), and all of a sudden I feel connected to both the wedding and my own creativity.
[User Picture]From: nolaborn
2009-11-01 06:29 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

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Hope your birthday was wonderful!