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You say it's your birthday?

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Jul. 1st, 2005 | 12:20 am
mood: cheerful
music: Camper Van Beethoven - "Life is Grand"

Well, it's my birthday too, yeah.

Most of the old stuff that I had backed up is now stored on the new laptop. All the email accounts are up and running, and I'm caught up with OWW support again. Mostly. By tomorrow, I should have the paperwork problems for graduating this summer sorted out.

I don't remember if I blogged this yet already, but in some ways I'm thinking that losing the hard drive is a blessing. The first 275 pages of the new novel have been through about three drafts with no clear end in sight. Sure, I've outlined and plotted out several endings, and even have a synopsis. But it never felt right. I was talking with Toby about his new novel recently, and how, even though it was working, big parts of it didn't feel fresh to him, so he scrapped them, went back to the beginning and started over until he got it right.

I have a backup of the first hundred or so pages that I'm really happy with. But losing the rest (not counting the older drafts) feels like it's freed me up to go a different direction. Instead of rebuilding what's missing, I think I'm going to make one of the other characters a co-star. I need to talk it out with someone yet, and then do some new outlines before I start writing.

Oh. And happy birthday, Canada!

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Kelly

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from: retrobabble
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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Jodi Meadows

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from: jmeadows
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 07:11 am (UTC)
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Happy birthday!

And good on feeling free to go a new direction. :)

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! And yes, it's very good. Just the present I needed.

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Adrienne

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from: adriennelily
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
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Happy Birthday!!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! :-)

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The Hamster Of Death

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from: vampyrichamster
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
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And a happy birthday to you. :)
Er, dashingly dashing pose you're striking in that icon...

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm all about the dash. And thanks! :-)

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chance

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from: chance88088
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 09:51 am (UTC)
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happy birthday (hippie!)

please report for spanking.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
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Hippie birthday, is it? Well, spank this, baby!!

Er, I mean, why, thank you! :-)

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chance

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from: chance88088
date: Jul. 4th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
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keep your monkey away from me.

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barbarienne

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from: barbarienne
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday, Chuckles!!

(I should never have been encouraged to start an LJ, because that only encouraged me to start picking up bits of HTML. And I am a text designer, so I use them.)

I'm glad you are taking this sow's ear of a hard drive failure and trying to make someting of it. Even if you don't manage a silk purse, I'm confident you'll at least get a decent leather one out of it, and that's much more durable.

(Hey, if I knew how to metaphor properly, I'd have some publishing credits to my name.)

I second Chance's spanking requirement. I can see the headlines now: "Charles Coleman Finlay's Butt Does East Coast Tour." Be a better draw than the Beatles.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm just making a sow's ear purse. It's all the lowbrow rage these days.

As for lj, I figured if even you were ljing, how could I avoid it?!?!

I'll just skip over the call for spanking, and say Thank you!

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kimberly gonzalez

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from: kimberlycreates
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Danke! :-)

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The Pea

Happy Birthday Charlie!

from: mekkavandexter
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
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really the subject says it all. It's a beautiful day up here, too, perfect for a celebration.

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C. C. Finlay

Re: Happy Birthday Charlie!

from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
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I was going to blog an entry about how I never thought my birthday was a national holiday, the way some people do; but it turns out it is, anyway, just for a different nation than mine.

In any case, thank you very much, and Happy Federal Holiday Pay Without Work Day to you. :-)

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stillnotbored

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from: stillnotbored
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday, Charlie. :) The sun is shining, the birds are singing and it's a great day for a birthday. Enjoy it.

Tomorrow, cake!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
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:-) Thanks, Jaime!

I've said it before, but it's worth saying again: Mmmmm, cake.

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from: iagor
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday! And losing drafts can be a very good thing. :P

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Ilona! And yes, it can indeed.

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Marsha

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from: msisolak
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday, Charlie!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, Marsha!

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Cath Emery

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from: cathemery
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! :-) *offers a slice of cake*

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Rae Carson

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from: raecarson
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Happy B-day, Charlie!

*confetti*

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Yay, confetti...! Wait, that looks like bits of one of my stories...

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Deanna Hoak

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from: deannahoak
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 05:42 pm (UTC)
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
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THANK YOU! :-)

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Holly

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from: writer_space
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday! :D

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Wheeeeee indeed! And thanks!

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Hannah

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from: buymeaclue
date: Jul. 1st, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Birthday birthday birthday! ::confetti::

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Happy happy happy! And thank you very much, ma'am.

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ospreys_view

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from: ospreys_view
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
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Not that anybody else has said this, but Happy Birthday. May your wishes come true the way you mean them.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Ah, that's a very good wish. Have you by chance read the Mike Shultz story in the August F&SF about that very thing?

And thank you!

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Code Kitsune

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from: bookburned
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
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I found your journal though ohiobookparty.
Just wanted to let you know I was adding you.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for adding me -- I'll return the favor.

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Code Kitsune

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from: bookburned
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)
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yay!

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Wendy S. Delmater

Happy b-day!

from: safewrite
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
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And I just finished my shiny new copy of Troll. Luvvved it.

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C. C. Finlay

Re: Happy b-day!

from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 2nd, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
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I'm so glad to hear that, Wendy! Thanks.

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czakbar

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from: czakbar
date: Jul. 3rd, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday, Charlie! (belated, that is)

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Jul. 3rd, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
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Domo arigato! :-)

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