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From the turret at Castle Gaiman [Sep. 16th, 2011|01:32 pm]
kyle cassidy
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |Woodsman Hans telling stories about Kevin Murphy]

I'm in Minneapolis for the next few days visiting with Neil & Maddy Gaiman and the Fabulous Lorraine. Maddy G & I are working on a Top Sekret Projekt which you may see something from or you may not. Fablor & I are working on some Not Top Sekret Roller Derby Photos because, it's ROLLER DERBY and therefore awesome.

Neil is mostly away in the gazebo scribbling things that we will later read. Occasionally he ventures out and looks like this -- which is something like a cat burglar, because it's cold in the Gazebo. The dogs, I've discovered, and suddenly dogs make sense to me, the dogs, they like other people, (Lola is at this very minute licking my knee), but they are devoted to Neil. They hang on the other side of doors waiting for him to come through, they frolic when he arrives. I know that when I get home after being away two weeks my cats will wander into the living room, voice their displeasure about something, and then they'll wander off and go to sleep somewhere.

Clickenzee to Embiggen, wallpaper sized for your desktop joy

The Cats of Castle Gaiman are off in the cat-safe wing of the house, where the dogs are not, and they're very happy to have a person to sleep on, the dynamics I've been live tweeting (I kid you not, though I figure it's the sort of foolish thing Twitter was made for).

Last night Neil & I took the dogs for a long walk along a corn field beneath a nearly full moon, it was bright and we had flashlights, and I wondered how easily it would be to get lost in a cornfield. At which point Neil vanished into it and I followed and for some time all I could see where the tops of corn stalks wavering in the moonlight, the occasional flash of something big and white running past me, and nearby cornstalks lit up by my flashlight if I turned it on. I could hear the footsteps and the rustling shiver of the leaves, I followed the noise, after a few minutes I saw a flashlight ahead of me and came from the rows into a stand of trees.

"The rows sort of make sure that you go in a straight line," Neil said.

I'm still not sure how easy it is to get lost in a cornfield on a moonlit night, but I know how marvelous it is to try.

Clickenzee to Embiggen, wallpaper sized for your desktop joy

I'm sitting out in the back yard right now with Lola and Cabal and Woodsman Hans, it's chilly, it's wonderful. I got to see the opening of trillian_stars' new play before I left, it's marvelously funny and you should go if you have the chance.

Now there are derby photos to come and cat battles to document.

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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2011-09-16 06:15 pm (UTC)
That's not actually the house, though. See the cover of Faces of Fantasy, or...Hmm, this shows both buildings, but it's at night:

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[User Picture]From: saint_monkey
2011-09-16 06:10 pm (UTC)
I love that bee print. She's all covered in pollen, naughty thing.
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2011-09-16 06:16 pm (UTC)
Which means not much over an hour from where I am, and probably going through our airport. But I imagine you're 150% booked as usual.
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[User Picture]From: lillyflowers
2011-09-16 06:29 pm (UTC)

That's an awesome life you've made (earned, actually) for yourself. Enjoy.
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[User Picture]From: sassy_54
2011-09-16 06:46 pm (UTC)
This is a wonderful post :) It made me smile both on my face and in my heart. Thank you for writing it!
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[User Picture]From: retention
2011-09-16 07:02 pm (UTC)
That's such an awesome post. :) You guys seem like the most laid-back, fantastic people. I wish I lived nearer to you all.

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From: (Anonymous)
2011-09-16 07:25 pm (UTC)
Wonderful photos and magikal animals! Thank you for the glimpse into the land o' Gaiman.
Looking forward to the fruition of all Top Sekret projects!
(you rawk, but you know that.)
Hugs all 'round.

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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-09-16 08:14 pm (UTC)


User geekchick referenced to your post from QOTD saying: [...] sp;         - , "From the turret at Castle Gaiman" [...]
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[User Picture]From: laserbitch
2011-09-17 02:57 am (UTC)
Welcome to the wonder of MN/WI.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2011-09-17 02:04 pm (UTC)
She flew away anew times, but she kept coming back.
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[User Picture]From: frozen_amaranth
2011-09-17 09:21 am (UTC)
I've always preferred dogs, even though cats are quite beautiful - you can't beat the relationship you can have with a dog :)
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[User Picture]From: batwrangler
2011-09-17 02:22 pm (UTC)
I love the detail you captured in Lola and Cabal's fur. Do you mind sharing the technical details?
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[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2011-09-17 02:30 pm (UTC)
Wait-- you DIDN'T have a macro lens?
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[User Picture]From: dash_aitch
2011-09-21 03:18 pm (UTC)
cats are awesome in other ways, but it's hard to beat the sheer joy and loyalty of dogs - they're always happy you're home. dogs are the best people ;)
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