Posted by toadstar on 3:19 PM

I remember reading a recent article explaining how the brain remembers things. There isn't just one file that is labeled May, 16th 1995 that contains all the memories of that day. Instead the memories are stored all over the brain. The way that your wife smelled on your wedding day is stored in one section of the olfactory. The sent is then connected with the dress and then the day, etc. etc. Memories are stored in bits and pieces all over. That's why the strangest things can trigger a memory.

Take the above picture-I think that it was just after Palin's big debut at the Republican convention. Something about this image sparked a memory. I couldn't quite place what it was. Then I remembered Warren Ellis's old site, the Engine. They once had a thread that had everyone show their favorite single panel from any comic book. The image below was Warren's entry.

Posted by toadstar on 10:17 AM

About a year or so ago I discovered Cherie Priest on John Scalzi's blog. He was talking about her book Dreadful Skin (a portion of which had just gone live @ Subterranean). So I went over and had a look. I found myself glued to the screen for the rest of the day-and not working mind you. I went out and found her first novel Four and Twenty Blackbirds. I ripped through it like I was on fire- Then I ripped through her second just as fast. There was something about the main character, Eden Moore that I just liked-Maybe it's because her voice reminded me of a friend. Maybe there is just enough Rowan Mayfair in her to replace the hole that has been left by Anne Rice's leaving the genre. I don't know.

Sometimes I feel like I'm never going to make it as a writer, I'm never going to get what's in my head down on the page. Sometimes I read Cherie's blog and I see the same doubts. It makes me want to carry on. It's strange to say. Someone else's weakness gives me strength, but it does. Somehow. We're strange creatures that way. We don't like to feel unique-we want to be part of the herd, despite our best efforts to be unique, there is safety in numbers. So I count Cherie as part of our tribe. A fellow writer, that is struggling to make it through life. So support our fellow tribesperson-buy her books read her posts, follow her on twitter. She has a new book coming out soon-there is a great review of it here (scroll down to find it). There is also a novella at Subterranean press-it's online for free so read it and fall in love with her words-then seek out her other books. She is good, you will not regret it and you would be helping out a fellow tribesperson.

Posted by toadstar on 11:18 AM

Sorry I hate to do this but I'm desperate. Hurricane Ike leaves me with a huge deductible to get my house fixed. I'm behind on my mortgage and foreclosure is looming and Reliant is refusing to work with me and is threatening to shut off my power if I don't pay them more money than I have. I need help. So I'm starting a pledge drive. Below there is a Paypal Donate button, please, please help me and my family. If you do I will give you a sketch of whatever you want. Just email me a picture of what you want drawn to and I will draw it. Or if you send me three or four pictures I can make you a photoshop mix up of the images. The more you donate, the more time I will spend on your sketch-but don't worry, I'm not going to send you something crappy if you don't donate a lot.
I wouldn't be doing this if I weren't so desperate. Thank you so much for your support. My family and I thank you.

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