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I Got BOINGED!

Posted by kayholt on July 27, 2010 in publishing, writing |

Of the blog post I wrote explaining why vampires sparkle, Maggie Koerth-Baker at BoingBoing.net says: In what may possibly be the best fantasy fanwanking ever, writer Kay Holt presents a creepily dead-on theory explaining the characteristics of Twilight-series vampires (up to and including the sparkliness) via revised taxonomy. The comments are highly amusing.

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Damn Sparkling Vampires!

Posted by kayholt on July 26, 2010 in publishing, writing |

While I was in Arizona, my sisters finally sold me on reading the first Twilight book. As I read, I found they’d somehow transformed, “We’ll have more to talk about!” into a small cruelty. But I’m a resourceful reader, and I was able to enjoy a subversive reading of the story. Then I did science […]

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I Went to Arizona, and All I Got Was This Lousy Peace…

Posted by kayholt on July 20, 2010 in family, health |

Hard to believe, but some distant corners of the internet still have not heard that my father died. On Tuesday July 6th 2010, he blew himself away after a three hour standoff with a SWAT team. Those of us dad left behind are grateful he didn’t take anyone with him. However, I may laugh in […]

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Asleep in a Wax Museum

Posted by kayholt on July 14, 2010 in family |

I went back to the mortuary today for a viewing. The mortician did such an excellent reconstruction that we were even able to take a few pictures of dad in profile. From one side, he looks just like his old self, but sleeping more peacefully than he ever did in life. The viewing gave grandma […]

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Night Swimming

Posted by kayholt on July 13, 2010 in family |

Things I only ever get stuck doing in AZ: -Drive 100 miles daily but never leave town, -Swim in the dark, -Eat at McDonalds, -Endure the company of a white supremacist, This whole trip is very like a bad movie. I wonder what the soundtrack would be…

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Wandering as Pain Relief

Posted by kayholt on July 11, 2010 in family |

I took a walk in my desert today. The poor old thing is scarred almost beyond recognition. Its as if the land itself is in suspense, awaiting the next traumas. Vulnerable in the extreme. But I know where to look for signs of life. They’re meek, but they are tenacious. No wonder I’ve always felt […]

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Stranger in a Strange Bed

Posted by kayholt on July 11, 2010 in family |

I’m sleeping at my sister’s house tonight. I have the place to myself, but it’s still so weird sleeping in someone else’s bed. As an aside, I’m not a puppy person. I hate the way they smell. This one is awfully cute, but it’s a pity it so offends my nose. My whole day has […]

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In Handbaskets

Posted by kayholt on July 10, 2010 in family |

Lesson from the mortuary: It’s not personal, it’s paperwork. Lesson from experience: Expect the worst when fools are in charge. Everything here is going as badly as I thought it would and in the most sadly predictable ways. It would be upsetting if I didn’t know that’s just how it goes around here. In a […]

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Traveling in Layers

Posted by kayholt on July 8, 2010 in family |

My plane just pulled up to the gate. But I feel like there should be two planes; one for each trip I’m taking. I’m traveling in layered surreality right now. I go to see my father dead and his other survivors mourn. I go to see my desert. The latter journey is worth the former, […]

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My Dad is Dead

Posted by kayholt on July 7, 2010 in family |

I just got the call. My dad is dead. Jim Lamb (1956-2010) Man kills himself following police chase and SWAT standoff in Gilbert Suspect Kills Self After 3-Hour Standoff I’ll update as much as I’m able.

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