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[Apr. 16th, 2005|08:11 pm]
Young Geoffrey
First of all, this is long - very long - overdue. The best 17 year-old writer I've known since I was 17, ellie_elephant, who might well take the world by storm in the not too distant future, posted a story to a writing group back in February that you should all have a look at. Though its a story that deals with an incestuous relationship it is neither pornographic nor cliched. I enjoyed reading it and felt like I had been given a tour of a world not my own by a really good guide. I've been intending to say something more in depth about for - er - 2 months now, but fear that's not going to happen, so I'll just say this: you should read it.

Second, it's been a week now since Laura officially moved in with me, and about 3 weeks since she did de facto.

We're celebrating the "anniversay" by spending time apart. She's off to a party whose host doesn't approve of my ancientness and I, too burned out after last night's bachanal to have tried to (finally) get together with missnegativity instead chose to read the paper on a patio (yes, Rhino's) and come home to enjoy an empty apartment.

All thing considered, I believe we are doing very well in our experiment. I was, at first, a little miffed that I wasn't invited, but (Laura's) reason has settled in. Besides the host's discomfort with the fact of my age, "I see you every day!" she said, "I need to get out and let loose on my own once in a while."

Well, yes. I understand, and even agree. I don't really like the fact that she wants to get away from me sometimes, but it makes (rational) sense and I am coming to be comfortable with it. And I hope she wakes me up when she staggers in, however late that may be.

I don't suppose you people really want to hear about my bliss in detail, so I'll just say that I am the luckiest man in the world, blessed with the presence of a beautiful, brilliant woman, who makes me laugh, who for some reason glories in my physicality, and whom I am grateful as fucking hell to have in my life.

I never claimed to be a poet. Onward.

The smoking situation isn't good. I'm puffing even as I type and have been for a couple of weeks. (Those of you paying attention will soon see a change on my post-dated entry at the top of my page.) Newest quit-date is Monday. We'll see how that goes.

I am disturbed by the stupidity of the Canadian people, who seem determined to replace an ineffective Prime Minister with one who might well oversee the dismantling of the country I love while ignoring the NDP as an alternative, but I am unwilling to despair. Things (can) change fast in politics - and besides, it's spring.

Meanwhile, Laura and I are both slobs and the transition from a one to two-person apartment is moving slowly. Laura's clothes and books completely cover the floor of our bedroom, but we're working on it. We'll be having a party sooner rather than later, if only to goose ourselves towards getting the place in order. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement.

And that's it. An update - of sorts. (Ya want polished prose? Pay for it!)
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[User Picture]From: ellie_elephant
2005-04-17 04:37 am (UTC)
Gaaaaah! Discovering that you recced my story was followed by some distinctly teenagery behaviour where I danced around a lot and grinned like an idiot. Thank you :)
I've been meaning to reply to the comments left by all the wonderful fictionslamming people and to fix all the typos, and it's somewhere in the middle of my to-do list... argh...

As for you and Laura - a friend of mine once said, "Happiness is boring for everyone except those living it." Seems to fit for you. :D
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-04-17 03:04 pm (UTC)
I'm a little flattered by your dance. In any case, I actually printed it out (ages ago) with the attention of giving the story the editorial attention I thought it deserved. Once I find it again, I'll make it a priority - on first-reading, at least, I thought it was at least close to publishable.
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[User Picture]From: amaaanda
2005-04-17 05:39 pm (UTC)
I am disturbed by the stupidity of the Canadian people, who seem determined to replace an ineffective Prime Minister with one who might well oversee the dismantling of the country I love while ignoring the NDP as an alternative, but I am unwilling to despair. Things (can) change fast in politics - and besides, it's spring.


Oh dude, I totally feel you. I hate that we only really have one of two parties to look forward to, seeing as how the NDP, realistically, has no chance. I hate the Liberals, but I hate the Conservatives more. We need more options.



What I was going to comment before I saw that statement is that I am very very happy for you and your lady love. Let her enjoy her time with her friends, because absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-04-17 10:13 pm (UTC)
What baffles me about the NDP - or maybe, about the Canadian People - is that Layton doesn't seem to be helping. He strikes me as real, as intelligent, as imaginative, and even as likely to be a competent Prime Minister, not just a "wouldn't it be nice" leader of a perenial third-party, and yet the last poll I came across showed the NDP down a few points.

Granted that our society is being snowed under by neocon propaganda, but the NDP actually supports things that most Canadians agree with - and yet, here we are, staring at the possibility of a fucking Tory majority (not that I am expecting that).

Sigh ...

As for my lady love, I am coming to terms with her need to socialize without me. Integrating my emotions with what my intellect already understood, as it were.

That said, I just returned from a couple of hours spent with a bunch of them at High Park and had a good time (though, admitedly, Laura is still there - I intend to work on some fiction once I've finished catching up on lj).
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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2005-04-18 01:09 am (UTC)
Really? I was surprised at how close the Ontario numbers were, anyway.

I'm torn on Layton. I'll continue to vote NDP, for lack of better options. Having worked on the last campaign and having a lot of friends in the party, though...ugh. He's a politician in the pejorative sense. It conflicts with the sense I have that he's a damned good speaker and could conceivably make a good leader. But he's really marginalized some of the most progressive voices, and that bothers me.

Don't mind my babbling. I'm slightly inebriated and I find all this talk of having an election disturbing. Harper is a dangerous man and I'm worried that the Canadian public isn't bright enough to realize that.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-04-26 01:52 am (UTC)
I was surprised at how close the Ontario numbers were, anyway.

My point was that the fact the NDP is in third anywhere is depressing.

If the social polls over the past few years are any indication of what most Canadians actually believe, the NDP should be heading to a massive majority government - instead, they can't even break the 20 per cent mark.

As for Layton, I don't actually have a strong sense of him, besides being pleased that he really does ride his bicycle to meetings while wearing a suit and tie.

I've been reasonably impressed with him over the past couple of days - he sounds reasonable, he talks about actual issues and offers up solutions to them - but I haven't been watching television news for years now, and I suspect therein lie the explanations for his relatively poor numbers.

Don't mind my babbling. I'm slightly inebriated and I find all this talk of having an election disturbing. Harper is a dangerous man and I'm worried that the Canadian public isn't bright enough to realize that.

That, essentially, is my worry as well. The last thing we need is another government run by people who believe that government is the problem, rather than part of the solution.
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[User Picture]From: offermeescape
2005-04-18 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear things are progressing along in your new living situation... yes, give her space and she also must do the same for you.. otherwise you could get sick of each other (no matter how much you love someone, that's an easy thing to do, I suppose).

I don't see the benefit in going from a minority Liberal government to a minority Conservative government. Like, is that any better?
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-04-26 01:46 am (UTC)
I think we're doing okay at giving each other space - not that there's been that much of a demand for it yet. I'll let Laura speak for herself, but I am far from sick of her - truth is (and forgive me for sounding sloppy), "It's gettin' better all the time."

Ahem.

I see no benefit in going from one minority to another - I'm less concerned about the influence of the so-called social conservatives in the Reform Party Conservatives than I am of the economic "conservatives" who want nothing more than to Mike Harris the entire Canadian economy.
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