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uk in 2000!

I can't believe we have to wait an ENTIRE YEAR before Didgeri-Douze! :-)

Looks like I'm doing a book about online markets for writers for Writer's Digest Books! (same people who do the magazine, the annual market, and publish a series of books for writers) I'm very jazzed about this. The book project sort of fell in my lap...they called me out of the blue and asked if I was interested.

Feb.8 Update, 7:30 pm: Hey, guess what?? Urban Tapestry are the Overseas Guests of Honour at Didgeri-Douze next February!! Date: Feb. 4-6, 2000. Location: Milton Keynes, England! Woohoo!!! I talked to Phil and Lissa Allcock on the phone this afternoon and I'm afraid I was a bit of an incoherent airhead; I was so excited. :) I didn't even notice when Lissa passed the phone to Phil (I did think it odd how her voice had suddenly changed). To Annie, Tim, Lissa, Phil, and Smitty...thanks so much! We are very honoured (and excited, did I mention we were excited?).
Monday, February 8, 1999


    Celebrated Jeff's birthday by going to Fune on Saturday with a few friends. Came back to the apartment after, talked, watched Mulan (one of our friends had just bought the video). Love that movie. :) One of the first animated pieces I've seen that doesn't turn Asians into caricatures...nicely done. Celebrated Jeff's birthday again last night with my sister and her family. Sara and Annie made the cake (with some help from Ruth). Apparently Annie, not quite having the coordination necessary to manage the butter knife to spread icing, ended up stabbing the cake several times instead. Ruth didn't have the heart to make Annie stop (she was having so much fun helping Sara ice the cake) and compensated by trying to cover up all the gouges with icing.

    Ruth let Sara choose Uncle Jeff's birthday present; I'm sure Annie will want a hand in this starting next year. Apparently Sara waffled between a pair of ballet slippers (so he could dance with her) and a tube of sparkly body glitter for the longest time, but finally settled on a Cinderella mug instead. Personally, I would have liked to see Jeff in the ballet slippers. :-) Anyway, he was VERY pleased with the mug and told Sara so, and took it work with him this morning. Last year, Sara bought him an Ariel doll, which he proudly stuck on top of his computer monitor.

    Officemusic: Dave Matthews (Crash)

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