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Meth by day. Book by night.








By Day
It’s been a busy week. Including the weekend, which I spent writing and designing an anti-meth campaign we’re presenting in Cheyenne, Wyoming tomorrow.

Meth is one of those strange drugs that thrives in rural areas like Yakima, Cheyenne and even Great Falls. The perfect drug. You tweak for three straight days, clean your whole house, pluck out your eyebrows and then pick at open sores while your teeth rot and fall out. What’s next? New SuperCrank 3000––one puff and you start lactating (men too) and your eyeballs pop like zits. But hey, as long as you suck on a pacifier and dance to ambient-techno Whitesnake remixes, it’s all good people.

By Night
Despite having my precious weekend writing time swallowed up by my interdiu occupatio––my day job, I’ve managed to make a sacrificial offering of this thing called sleep. The net result: I’m ahead of schedule on the rewrite. The end is near.

Also, I applied to my first juried writers’ conference. Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp in Virginia, June 12-17.  A handful are accepted each year and I was one of the chosen (geeky) few. Granted, I’m straying over into "elf & unicorn" territory a bit. OSC is a great author, winning Hugo and Nebula Awards back-to-back and has had NYT bestsellers in a variety of genres. I’m still aiming higher for later in the summer–-hoping to get into one of the more prestigious (non-geeky) juried conferences.

Okay, time to pack for my trip. Can I wear my olive sport-coat with crystal meth, or do I need to wait until after Memorial Day?

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With all the self-effacing geek comments, you're totally going to get your ass kicked by those elves and unicorns.

It will make a good blog topic, though.

Seriously, congrats on getting chosen. I'm sure there are plenty of geeks who wished they had your spot. Make the most of it.

Geez, now I sound like a mother. Next I'll remind you to pack clean underpants. I'll stop now.
April 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJaye Wells
Meth is big here in Phoenix. Labs are always blowing up. Husband picked me up some Sudafed the other day. He had to ask for it behind the counter, present photo ID, fill out a paper and sign something.

They don't require that much of illegals to issue them driver's licenses.

Oops. That must have been my politically incorrect moment of the day.
April 11, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterm.g.tarquini
I love WiFi. Makes every layover a blogtastic moment.

I'll definitely blog from the conference. It was open to all genres, but I'm sure there will be folks there arguing over which Battlestar Galactica series is the best. (The new one, what are you nuts?)

Meth is rampant in Montana and Wyoming. As are sales of Sudafed. Kiddie chemistry sets, children's aspirin, Right Guard, Bubblicious and whatever else goes into that stuff.

Time to catch a plane.
April 11, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjamie
I don't know anything about meth, but I hate the meth addicts whose fault it is I have to sign 3 release forms and give a pint of blood and two hours of sworn testimony before I can treat my poor kid's runny nose.

Dude, you need to watch how you talk about geeks. As Tyler Durden said, "We cook your meals, we drive your ambulances. We connect your calls, we guard you while you sleep."

Seriously, congrats on getting into the conference!
April 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJen
I hate drugs. my brother in law is usually stoned out of his gourd.

but i would go with the olive sport coat. if there are mostly geeks there noone will notice.
April 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBo Snagley
As someone that was thrown out of my junior high school library for playing D&D (someone said we were worshipping the devil) I use the term geek with great affection, or course.

April 11, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjamie
Maybe you can find a pick-up game of D&D at the con, Jamie. ;)
April 11, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJaye Wells
Congrats on being chosen for the conference, Jamie.

I had to show my ID to buy NyQuil a couple of weeks ago because you can apparently use it in meth production.

April 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Hurtubise
Hey, congrats on the selection! Have fun at the conference. Are you riding your unicorn there? Take pictures so we can see the elves!

(Did you design that poster? Nice work!)
April 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJess
Adam-- I don't think NyQuil is used in Meth. It's now been renamed as LiquiMeth. You can buy it over the counter at Safeway.

Jess--Thanks, I did do that poster/billboard. Along with a bunch of other stuff. One of these days when I'm feeling really lazy, I'll just photo-essay my sordid career in advertising and post a bunch of cool work.
April 13, 2006 | Registered CommenterJamie
Man am I jealous. OSC is quite possibly my most favourite author of all time. Congratulations!
April 18, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Hatadi
Thanks Daniel. It sounds like it's a great craft-based workshop. Six days of non-stop writing and critiques. Fun times.
April 18, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterjamie

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