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(no subject) [Feb. 18th, 2013|12:29 am]
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I was at Castle Gaiman this weekend hanging out with the Fabulous Lorraine, who's birthday it was. So much crazy and wonderful stuff is going on that it'll probably be a few blog posts (especially the slow motion video stuff) and this one is pretty much just a slide show of things. (I'm never sure if it's too much in front of a cut because I'm not sure who's reading on LJ anymore & who's got an RSS feed or is coming over from the facebook. So if you're thinking "wtf? lj cut please" let me know in the comments.)

Princess the cat is at least 20 years old. Neil found her wandering in the woods. She rules the upstairs of Castle Gaiman and often wants you to turn the water on in the bathroom for her. She also sleeps right smack in the middle of my bed and purrs like a machine while I'm here. She is a darling old lady, and also very pushy. These two are not mutually exclusive. I'm always excited to see her and she always comes and greets me. I believe that the extraordinarily talented Christopher Salmon is using her as the model for the cat in his movie of Neil's story "The Price".



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Elyse Marshall was Neil's YA publicist at Harper Collins, she's just a friend now and works for Penguin where she's working with some really wonderful authors. In this photo, she's with Dill Hero, the roller derby announcer & his wife, celebrity yarner & author of Knits for Nerds & Knockdown Knits, Joan of Dark. We're all here for Fablor's bithday. Joan and I have a Top Sekret Projekt that we're working on together. You heard it here first.




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Lola is a good girl. She's polite and has a stuffed duck she wants to give everybody. Omg! Person! I have a stuffed duck! I want to give it to you! Here's my duck!




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Elyse & Joan make snow angels in the middle of the night. It was about -2 out. Right after this Dill and I wrote cryptic messages in the yard in letters 30 feet high. You can only read the messages from the attic. Or from space.




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Sometime we formed the Arctic Running Club -- I know it's not really the arctic, but we ran 5k in the snow while it was below ten, so we feel a little special, this has been marvelous and wonderful and I'm excited not to be injured and to be out seeing things and marveling at the outdoors. We're also lucky that in Minnesota snowmobiling is some sort of religion, so there are trails all over the place and you only have to leap out of the way every half hour or so. No headphones.

Photo by Elyse.




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Saturday night we went to see Fablor's roller derby team, the Chippewah Valley Rollergirls play the Iron Mountain Maidens. Lorraine's the one who got me interested in roller derby two years ago. I saw what a miraculous and wonderful metamorphosis it had caused in her and I wanted to be part of it. Joan's a famous rollergirl from Indiana and that might be how she and Lorraine first met -- I'm not sure.

Anyway, Joan at the CVRG bout.




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Fablor coaching the rollergirls. Her strategy proved sound.




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Joan and Elyse up front with Matt & Dill announcing the bout behind them.



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Matt and Dill



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The place was packed. The area right by the tape is called "suicide seating" -- because you're liable to get a face full of rollergirl flying off the track sometime during the course of the night.



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One of the things that I like best about roller derby is that in 12 years, when all these girls grow up, they're going to realize that they can do whatever they want because they saw these women kicking ass. This is really the most important paragraph in this post. Make sure your daughters and your sons get great role models across the spectrum of human accomplishment.




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Medium Rare -- aka "Pinky", one of the games real stars hi5's fans & signs autographs after the bout. Later we go to a truck stop for breakfast and I listen in a mixture of shock, horror, and glee at their "creepiest fan" stories. They're creepy stories. (It's not any of these little girls, in case you were wondering.)




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Cutthroat Kitty poses with fans.



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Dill Hero is popular with the fans too. Another thing I like about roller derby is that while I find it amazing & inspiring, so do five year olds. Maybe this is just "sports" & something I never figured out because I never liked sports, but I like to think it's something special about these people.




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Excitement on the track.




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One of the Iron Range Maidens turns to try and stop CVRG's Jammer, Riotchu, from getting through the pack. Riotchu's got her blockers with her who are going to try and help her get past. I like this photo -- it seems to capture a lot of what goes on during play. It was an extraordinarily exciting game. The CVRG came from waaaay behind to punch out a powerful victory. Everybody was on their feet.




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There's been a lot more going on and if you're watching on Twitter you've probably seen a lot of it. I'll try and get a proper blog post up later in the week. Especially so you can see my new frog hat.




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