Deirdre Saoirse Moen

Sounds Like Weird

Luggage Porn

09 August 2004

A friend of mine says that she’s into luggage porn, which means she keeps the Levenger catalog in the bathroom.

Preparing for some upcoming trips, I was looking for a large suitcase, one that would hold everything I needed for a long trip. Normally, I carry a 22″ carryon and that’s it, but that’s not suitable for trips where you need business, formal, and tourist attire for an extended period.

I have two pieces of luggage, a Samsonite Silhouette series satchel, which is an older, slightly different model than the ones currently made. It was my first good piece of luggage, good enough that it’s spoiled me off the cheap stuff forever. After having it for four years, it looks new. All the zipper pulls are intact. However, the 26″ piece would have run $180, which was more than I’d prefer to spend.

The other piece I had, which is definitely better than the piece it replaced, is an L. L. Bean Carryall rolling pullman. I’ve had it about two years and all its zipper pulls have broken off because they were substandard. This annoys me greatly. Nevertheless, it’s a bright royal blue (sadly discontinued), so it’s easy to see on the luggage carousel. However, it has no interior organization at all. Oh, and it was $169. For that, I’d spend the extra and get the Samsonite, you know?

My mother asked me for some advice about luggage, and got some Skyway pieces in a discontinued line that’s better than the current offerings. So I couldn’t just buy a piece in that line.

After considering several other options, I finally settled for the Ricardo Del Mar 3100 for several reasons.

  1. It comes in distinctive colors. When I did a luggage survey, 2/3 of all luggage was black. Of the remaining 1/3, 2/3 of those were some dark neutral shade of grey, green, or blue. I wanted something easy to see.
  2. The bag has wonderful organization including a separately zippered suiter.
  3. I didn’t want an expanding suitcase, because the expansion is commonly a point of failure.
  4. It was at a price point I was more comfortable with. I bought it on sale.

So, all that said, the luggage inspector has pronounced it fit for duty.

![luggage inspection](http://fuzzyorange.com/images/luggage_inspector.jpg)

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Go, me!

08 August 2004

Managed to get another story revised and ready to mail. For this one, there’s one obvious market, though there probably are other pro markets that it would fit.

Wish me luck!

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One down

08 August 2004

Finished a new short short tonight and it’s off to its first market. Wish it luck! It’s not really my usual kind of story (as if I have something typical that I write), and it may already be too late for that market. But, one can always hope!

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Worldcon: It's Almost Time!

03 August 2004

I skipped TorCon last year, so I’m really glad I’ll make it to Noreascon 4 this year.

Here’s some really good tips about enjoying a fan-run convention like Worldcon. There are a few omissions.

At BayCon, we call it the 6-2-1 rule: 6 hours of sleep, 2 meals a day, and 1 bath or shower.

Another thing to remember if you’re a newbie writer: you may not remember every single person you see, but if you do something incredibly stupid or say something horrifically insulting, odds are you did it in front of the person you shouldn’t have. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t talk. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t express opinions. Just get the lay of the land first.

People get overwhelmed by large events. Not everyone in the SF community is super-social. I start showing my “I want to be alone, but I also want to hang out with this person” mode about halfway through day one.

One of the great things that happens at cons is the ability to make an off-the-wall comment (especially about science or technology) and have someone come up with another, similar cool wrinkle. It’s like jazz, only with science. You never know when you might bump into a researcher in your field — no matter what your field is.

Fandom can be exceedingly cool.

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The Updated Word Count

03 August 2004

The article I was working on at the end of July is currently on hiatus, waiting for next week when I can get back to it. The paper I’d finished a draft of in mid-July has been put on indefinite hold. It’s not that I don’t think it’s salvageable, it’s just not something I can work with within the given time constraints, especially since it relies on other people giving it a thumbs-up.

Thus, everything else I was in the middle of is currently in a logjam while I write a new paper. Said new paper is currently up to 1,447 words.

Go, me!

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r.a.sf.c pins

02 August 2004

I just ordered two of the pins for rec.arts.sf.composition, which are to indicate that someone is a member of the tribe while at Worldcon or some other gathering.

The pin refers to a common writing-avoidance activity known as “cat vacuuming,” a term coined in 1999. The initial reference, to cat waxing, came from Teresa Nielsen Hayden:

Writer’s Displacement Activity? Is that the term? We call it “waxing the cat”. As in, you’re supposed to be writing, but first you have to wash the dishes. And sweep the floor. And then the dust on that shelf really gets to bothering you. And while you’re at it, you could wipe the grime off the switchplates and the door moldings.
Next thing you know, you’re eyeing Fluffy and saying “Gosh, how long has it been since I got around to waxing the cat?”

Without further ado, here’s the pin:

![cat-vacuuming](http://web.archive.org/web/20041015142527/http://www.zanzjan.net/writing/rasfc-pin6.gif)

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Argh!

30 July 2004

I have a headache bad enough to make writing difficult. Ibuprofen has only made a dent. Bad day #5, but I’m starting to feel better.

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Feeling Snarky

29 July 2004

It’s day #4 of being in a total and complete bad mood. Grr.

It’s not what happened, it’s that it happened six weeks too late.

Grr.

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