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March 2015



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TGR, Gutenberg, Rubric

Solstice Eve

I've never quite been able to figure out: When the solstice is in the middle of the day, is the longest night of the year the night before or the night after? Well, it turns out there's not much difference. Tomorrow in our latitude will be just two seconds shorter than today was at 8h25m. So, apparently from what I can tell by the very inaccurate numbers I get from weather underground, tonight is a couple seconds longer than tomorrow night. So Happy Solstice.

I felt like crap yesterday and came home from work early. Went to bed at about 6:30 and sweated horid toxins out all night long. So didn't get any Solstice tasks done yesterday. Today I felt a little better, but stayed home and did very little compared to what (as usual) seems to be the horrendous task list still awaiting attention tomorrow. We'll be up at 5:00 and starting the day. Perhaps we'll get a nap sometime tomorrow before guests start arriving at 5ish. I'm slow-roasting the prime rib for about 9 hours tomorrow. Michele has already made up the potatoes and cabbage with cream cheese and the yams and carrots. I can just smell them cooking upstairs. Then everyone else will bring dishes to share. The tables are set up with the linens on them, but we don't have them set yet. Of course, there is a ton of last minute cleaning to do before we see guests tomorrow. Here's the list of stuff:

  • Get roaster rack

  • Set up tables

  • Put lights on tree

  • Get chairs

  • Iron table cloths & napkins

  • Buy appetizers & Sparkling water

  • Steam, hottub, & Massage

  • Get Prime out of Fridge at 7:00 a.m. (protect from dog)

  • Clear kitchen counters for roaster

  • Clear away excess decorations—move to attic

  • Move Cavy

  • Rearrange remaining furniture (take bar stools to the basement)

  • Vacuum

  • Start Prime in roaster at 9:00 a.m.

  • Make Horseradish sauce

  • Toast the Solstice at 10:35 a.m.

  • Make Solstice logs

  • Get tree decorations set up

  • Set tables

  • Get out Goddess candles & other implements

  • Get a manicure/steam/hot soak

  • Cool Champagne

  • Greet guests

Well, it doesn't look so bad when you put it that way, does it?

Happy solstice at 10:35a.m. PST tomorrow morning, everyone!


Do you manage any original writing between Nanos?
Oddly enough, yes a little, though not much in December. My job involves a lot of writing, though not generally considered fiction. (However you should see my draft of the business plan! :-)) DUring the month of January I intend to rewrite Accidental Witness and submit it to a contest the first of February. Hope you get a chance to read and comment on it.

And by the way, it's solstice! Joyous Yule!
I am reading it. I've finished the first three or four chapters. Are you looking for any particularly commentary (very brief? I assume you're not interested in typos, missing commas, etc.

I'll be away until January. I'll resume reading then. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
If you are able to comment, which I'd love, I'm looking for substantive criticism, especially surrounding inconsistencies and contradictions. When something just doesn't make sense, please note it. As you can see, a couple others are commenting as well and these are very helpful.

BTW, I really enjoyed your story of the clearing in the jungle. I'll share it with others.
>I've never quite been able to figure out: When the solstice is in the middle of the day, is the longest night of the year the night before or the night after?

It'll vary year by year. There's a point of actual solsticeness (if I may coin a word) on the earth's orbit. But, as the actual year is ~365.2422 days long, what time of day it is wherever you are at the instant of solstice will jump around from year to year. Some years it'll be biased towards the following night, and some, towards the previous night. Sounds like this year it's pretty close to splitting the difference...