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This question from day before yesterday, asked by [ profile] subtlesttrap:

On an unrelated note, Wikipedia has Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart listed as another 2010 short fiction release, please tell me its true we get TWO collections from you this year!

Originally, that was the plan. However, it was a rough winter, and has, in some ways, become a rougher spring. I've not even really gotten the next novel started (and it's supposedly due in September). I'm only just barely managing to keep up with Sirenia Digest. I have two short stories due soon, one in late May, the other in July (I think). So, likely, Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart will be a 2011 book. At this rate, maybe late 2011. By the way, it will be the third (and probably last) of the small format erotica volumes, and will make a nice little triptych wiith Frog Toes and Tentacles and Tales from the Woeful Platypus. So, someone who does Wikipedia should probably amend that listing.

Day before yesterday, I managed to write only 788 words. Yesterday, a mere 473. However, yesterday's 473 got me to THE END of "Three Months, Three Scenes, With Snow," which will be included in Sirenia Digest #53. It's a quiet piece, a soft-spoken bit of the inexplicable. Also, yesterday I printed out the galley pages for "As Red as Red," which will soon be appearing in Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas' Haunted Legends, which I now need to proofread. I think the day seemed much more productive than it actually was.

And here's a reminder that Subterranean Press is still taking preorders for The Ammonite Violin & Others. Also, Spooky's beach-glass pendants have been selling briskly. You can see them at her Etsy shop, Dreaming Squid Dollworks.


Last night, after the new episode of Fringe, we watched Oren Peli's Paranormal Activity (2007). I went into it expecting nothing much at all, and was still disappointed. Yes, it has a few effective moments here and there, but in the end is a bit of a mess with nothing to make up for the general amateurishness of the effort. Neither Katie Featherston nor Micah Sloat have the acting chops required for their parts. Far too much is shown, things that should only be suggested. Indeed, the film's greatest flaw is probably its explicit disclosure, revelations that would have been better left unrevealed. All the lessons this film might have learned from The Blair Witch Project (which I continue to adore) were obviously ignored. So, yeah, I love the concept behind Paranormal Activity, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The Coen Bros.' A Serious Man is actually a better piece of weird fiction.


Rumour has it I will be in Boston tonight, for the Faith and the Muse show.

Date: 2010-04-24 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If they're still taking pre-orders by next Friday, I'll be placing mine (I won't have the money until then).

When I watched Paranormal Activity I ended being frightened at parts(embarrassingly enough I screamed in the early hours of the morning in a college dorm), but it was only because they kept that damn doorway open when they slept. There is a reason I cannot sleep unless my door is closed. I hated that door way.

I'm not quite sure what my opinion on the rest of the movie was because I was far too distracted by the damn door.

Date: 2010-04-24 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

If they're still taking pre-orders by next Friday, I'll be placing mine (I won't have the money until then).

I expect they will be.

And yes, the presence of the open door was one of the few truly effective elements.

Date: 2010-04-24 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Enjoy yourself at the Faith and the Muse show. I certainly did.

Date: 2010-04-24 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Agreed that Blair Witch Project was much better, esp the acting, and the two had a lot of common elements, but I'm wondering which version of Paranormal Activity you saw.

I saw the film festival print; there were no special effects and everything was pretty much by implication and despite acting/pacing issues, it seriously creeped both of us here out at the end.

I heard the major theatrical release was redone w/special effects complete w/actually seeing the demon and an effects-heavy ending.

I'm guessing that didn't work out so well?

Date: 2010-04-24 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I heard the major theatrical release was redone w/special effects complete w/actually seeing the demon and an effects-heavy ending.

Well, the version I saw never showed the demon, which remains invisible throughout the film. And it's the theatrical release (which also includes an alternate ending).

Date: 2010-04-24 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was a good girl and pre-ordered AV&O last week.

Date: 2010-04-24 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know if you've heard about Lake Mungo ( ), but I thought it was so much better than Paranormal Activity. It's an Australian movie, a ghost story done in documentary style that has many layers to it. Very low key, very very eerie in places, and kept me thinking about it for days afterward. It has the same lingering, haunting quality I find in your work.

Date: 2010-04-24 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OK, that link is acting up. Sorry about that.


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