First of all, here are some random things that make me happy this morning:
1. The Coraline trailer (Go watch it. And watch it again.)
2. OPI's Yoga-ta Get This Blue! nail polish (Best. Color. Ever.)
3. Into the Land of Phantoms by Jill Tracy and the Malcontent Orchestra (I can't stop listening to this wonderful album.)
4. The Classic Tales Podcast installment for today is an unabridged reading of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
In other news...
*** Locus Online has tabulated which science fiction, fantasy, and horror books published in 2007 have appeared on "Year's Best Books" lists in the media: check out the results here.
*** sittingduck1313 has a post here that will be of particular interest to those of you who are fans of Lovecraft, gaming, and/or anime, about CthulhuTech.
*** It's confirmed that there will be a scene with new, original material in the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. Read more here.
And a quote for the day:
We, however, are not prisoners. No traps or snares are set about us, and there is nothing which should intimidate or worry us. We are set down in life as in the element to which we best correspond, and over and above this we have through thousands of years of accommodation become so like this life, that when we hold still we are, through a happy mimicry, scarcely to be distinguished from all that surrounds us. We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
- from "The Dragon-Princess" by Rainer Maria Rilke and translated by John J. L. Mood