My mom is currently housebound because of bionic knee problems. I'm going to go exploring in Boston (that's my Lenten discipline: look for one cool new thing every day) and send her pictures/thrilling adventure tales. Should I cc you?
If it isn't intruding/wouldn't shift your content unduly for your mom's sake, that sounds very nice.
Not for the travelogue stuff, if it goes the way my "LOOK HOW NEAT" letters usually do.
You know I wondered if the social/chatty emails were harder on you now that you're feeling poorly. I'm glad they're not! And you don't sound like you're guilt tripping. You sound like you're asking for something if anyone is interested. That's reasonable.
I did promise you that if they got to be a burden I wouldn't keep doing them, or wouldn't keep doing them quite so often, and I meant it.
Not a friend of that water, and never really good at chatty at the best of times, but *waves* anyway.
We still remember and appreciate that you exist! That is, like, 90% of what I would like out of the world that it doesn't give me enough of, anyway.
Thank you, that's very nice.
Rereading what I wrote, the core sentiment is there ("We still remember and appreciate that you exist!"), but the rest of that para (to me) ends up implying that you don't actually want what you say you want, which is extraordinarily rude of me, and not what I wanted to say at all. I'm very sorry.
I did not take it that way at all. I took it as well-wishing from someone who is not a close friend. Please put your mind at ease.
Oh, good. I'm relieved to hear that. Thank you!
I'm more a friendly stranger, but I'm in a very alone space these days too, so I understand.
I'm terrible at small talk. Mainly because my interests are not the standard ones.
But not a problem, because I love SF/F, and I know you do too. So, what's your favorite moment in any story that you didn't write? Ok, that question's impossible. If you love something, there's never just one favorite. So, what's one of your favorite moments?
So many of my favorite moments are in Lois McMaster Bujold's Memory, when Simon Ilyan's chip is glitching. I should reread Memory soon, because wow, and also ow. I don't have total orderings of favorites, but that's what sprang to mind just now. I hardly ever reread just one of my favorite series, but I'm not sure I'm in the mood to undertake a reread of that whole series, since I am in the mood to undertake a reread of CJ Cherryh's atevi series and Diane Duane's Wizard books, and that seems like a lot of series rereading without adding the Vorkosigan books. Still, the bits with Ilyan and that-idiot-Ivan are so great.
My favourite whatever (food, music, books ...) depends a lot on my mood so it's a variable feast, which I think is fun or at least more intesting to me than having a fixed list. Enjoy the re-reading, I still haven't got all og the wizard books, so many books, not enough time and money.
I agree, having a fixed list would mean that any night I was not eating satay tofu (or spaghetti, or whatever it was that made #1
) was automatically less of a good night than any night that I was. Whereas this way there are so many things that are nice at different times.
I feel that the Wizard books manage to keep general quality up and also vary somewhat, so there is no point at which I can say "if you hit this point, you've really gotten to all the good ones." I have appreciated that advice about some long series that do that, but this is not one. So on the one hand, yay series! and on the other hand, sigh for the time and money.
I agree as well, which is what I was getting at about it being an impossible question.
But it does get to be an interesting one. I realized when I read it that I've not read any of Spider Robinson's Callahans books in ages, and they make me laugh so very hard.
In particular, I was thinking about when the Lucky Duck was introduced. The car accident is completely impossible, hilariously written, and tonally perfect for the series.
Do social letters count toward the same metric, or are emails better(/easier/whatever) for you these days?
I did just get your letter! They are different for me because hand writing things and computer use fall into different times/areas that might be problematic (but are still worthwhile), so I appreciate both.
I have confidence that many fine chattinesses will ensue at Minicon, but this sounds like a good example of one.
e-mail writing chatter? (Easier on my hands! :-))
Oh, you, Scandasotan, you, asking for company in the best format for you is never bad and should never involve guilt of any sort. Guilt is should only be involved in the third or fourth such requirements request in two days. I will endeavor to write.
E-mail is about the only sort of social contact I am ever up for; if e-mails from a gal you only met for five minutes at World Fantasy in Toronto back in 2012 would help, I'm available.
I didn't go to World Fantasy in Toronto in 2012. Did we meet somewhere else at some other time? Anyway, I am up for book chatting or whatever on email if you like. My email is on my lj profile.
It is possible we did, yes, or that I am confusing you with someone else; people, and figuring out who is who, is not my strong suit. Book chatting is excellent.
I have possibly used up most of my socially chatty e-mail abilities for this week-or-possibly-month comparing notes on 1-year-olds with my friend whose son just turned 1 today, and besides I have not got your e-mail. And partly this is because while I can do chatty e-mails when I get into the right mode, there is not a lot of time when I ought not to be doing things that are either a little more baby-inclusive or useful. But a) I will congratulate you upon your renewed abilities to drive and suchlike (yay!) and b) if you would like to message me your address, I can send you a real actual piece of paper with something on it. Possibly not too chatty & lettery, but with silly pictures and/or something of interest.
I do not have renewed abilities to drive. But I will send you my address anyway.
I misread that entirely; very sorry.
& now my brain is composing socially chatty e-mails to you while I need to go to sleep so I can go back to not having a cold. Brains.
We shall see if any content survives to when I'm more awake.
Brains indeed. I sympathize.
I feel like our emails are always about our shared wobbles. That is an excellent and valuable thing but not all there is to life. Perhaps we could start swapping recipes or book recs or something.
Also, where you write
I am pretty short of social/chatty email these days
I think instead of email you mean energy? Because otherwise it sort of contradicts the rest of the post.
I meant that I was not receiving it. And would like to. And while the advice one often gives small children is "you have to be a friend to have a friend," I actually have been sending it. The thing is, I have a number of social email correspondents, apart from emails that have a particular focused purpose, and they all operate with their own periodicity, and that is a fine and excellent thing. Except that within the last month when I could really use email was when many of my correspondents hit lulls on their end for whatever reason.
I now know that at least a few of them were holding off because they didn't want to "bother" me when I wasn't feeling good. For some people this might be a good way to handle asynchronous communication, but for me it's really not, because then the email is there and I can get to it when I get enough energy, and in the meantime it's nice to not have fallen off the radar of almost all persons I know simultaneously. Email is not the same as dropping by or telephoning, where energy is demanded at that exact moment.
And yes, swapping recipes or book recs or something would be most excellent.
Ahhh! All becomes clear.
How do you feel about IM?
I am pretty terrible at IM. I have good IM protocols with alecaustin
, and that's about it. Otherwise I never know when I am allowed to wander off and when the other person is allowed to wander off, so the asynchronous nature of email tends to work better for me.