Cassidy is dragging a little this morning, in part because of this stupid Daylight Savings Time thing which should be abolished to hell and gone, and in part because I was out last night and didn’t roll into the apartment until half-past midnight. It was nice getting out for the first time in a long time, and I’ll have to do this more often. Of course, I need to find a few more friends to go out with to make that happen . . .
Since I was out yesterday, this means I spent a lot of time getting ready, ’cause that’s what you do when you’re planing on a night out. A big part of my afternoon was spent doing my nails, and if you’ve ever had to do your own nails and get them so they look half-way decent, you gotta put in the time. This means there are a few moments when you can’t type on the computer, but you can use a mouse–
And you can think.
I did some of that yesterday because this scene I have in my head for a part of a novel to come is really obsessing me. And when I get like I tend to work on it a little if I’m in the middle of a work in process, or a lot if I’m not. As I’m not, then I’m working on this sucker like crazy mad.
The strangest thing about this scene is that things are happening, at one point or another, in four different locations in three different time zones. Since people tend to get a little freaked out by time, it’s always a good idea to know your zones when you’re reaching out on a global stage.
The main website I use for this sort of thing is Time and Date, which has been around for a long time. Most of the time I use it for it ability to give me a calendar for just about any year–do you need a calendar for Saudi Arabia for 2132 so you can figure out when Ramadan begins? Have at it, people. And in case you didn’t generate the calendar, it’s 10 November–but of late I’ve been looking at the time zone calculator. ‘Cause if you get confused about when things are suppose to happen at a certain time in different parts of the world, then you need to check out their Time Zone Converter page.
For example, for the scenes I’m imagining, this parade of crap begins when Annie and Kerry–yeah . . . Kerry–get hauled out of bed at somewhere around six-fifteen in the morning. The person coming for them has teleported in from San Francisco, and the hell that has initiated all this activity happened far gone and out in the wilds of Siberia. So I go into the Time Zone Converter page, put in a date and time and some city names, and . . .
If I was the sort of person who needed to know when all this stuff was happening–and you already know I am–I’d just plug this into one of my Aeon Timeline spreadsheets. In fact, I just this moment came up with something insane for keeping track of everything. Just wait until I show you . . .
The gist of this little part of the story is it takes about three hours to get everything explained–this is where the fourth location comes in, because the rest of the gang going on this trip are located there–so when Annie and Kerry and the people they’re working with finally jaunt over to Russia it’s 23:00 local time, or eleven PM for a lot of other people, and the thing Annie and Kerry see when they get their wits about them is a sky burning bright with the aurora borealis, something Kerry got used to seeing for a couple of nights while flying The Polar Express.
No, Kerry: never kid about shit like that with a witch who can kill you in the time it takes to think about the magic she needs to kill you.
And just as an added bonus, since I wasn’t certain about how to do that Owww! I Googled “Sounds of pain” and was instantly given directions to The Written Sound website, and in particular the Onomatopoeia Dictionary, because sometimes you do need to know the sound uttered by a person choking, or that Blam is the sound of explosion–unless it’s being uttered by Rocket Raccoon after he, well . . .
There’s my madness out in the open for all to see once more–
Yeah, it’s a great life, isn’t it?