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The weather seems to have turned cool again. It was warm enough yesterday in the House that we had to crank up Dr. Muñoz for the first time in weeks.

Almost all of yesterday was spent working on the interview for Weird Tales. How is that possible? Because I have an almost ironclad rule about live interviews, which is simply that I almost never agree to them. Almost. So maybe it's only tinclad. My ability to be articulate has an annoying tendency to wink out when I'm having to answer questions "live." The live interviews I've given over the course of my writing career can likely be counted on one hand. Or two. One, if it has a lot of fingers. There was one I did on the telephone with Publisher's Weekly in, I think, 1996. I was still living in Athens. I did a couple of live radio interviews after Silk came out in 1998, and one to the Birmingham Post-Herald. After that, there's a big gap. In 2007, after much reluctance, I finally agreed to be interviewed for Frank Woodward's documentary, Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown. But I'm not sure that even counts as live. There were about a bazillion takes, and it took all day to get through it, as I was allowed to get answers just right. In 2008, I gave a live interview to Locus during ReaderCon 19. A month or so later, I gave one to a reporter from the South County Independent about The Red Tree; we met at the Peace Dale Public Library for that one. So, yeah. Not many at all, especially considering I've probably done more than a hundred interviews since 1996 or so.

Today, I go back to work on Sirenia Digest #58. Last night, I saw Vince's first sketch for the illustration he's doing to accompany "John Four," and I loved it.

"Faces in Revolving Souls" will be reprinted in the November 9th issue of Lightspeed. Also, "The Pearl Diver" is being reprinted in a forthcoming anthology of dystopian science fiction, details TBA. "The Melusine (1898)" is being reprinted in a forthcoming anthology of steampunk fiction. Lots of good reprints.

And speaking of my science fiction, I really will be writing The Dinosaurs of Mars, finally, and it's scheduled to be released by Subterranean Press late in 2011. Bob Eggleton is still onboard for the project.

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Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thanks. Also, [livejournal.com profile] catconley, please, please, please contact Spooky about your recent eBay purchases. It's very important.

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Here's a picture I took of Jupiter and the Moon back on Wednesday night. I've been meaning to post it, and kept forgetting. But here it is. It's all a blur, because our camera sucks for this sort of thing. With my naked eye, the moon was the moon, and Jupiter was clearly a planet. But at least the smudgy lights are pretty. That's the closet Jupiter's been to Earth since 1951, a mere 368 million miles (592 million kilometers) away. It won't be this close again until 2022.





Jupiter (left) and Moon (right).
Photograph Copyright © 2010 by Caitlín R. Kiernan (though I can't imagine anyone would steal this, at least not on purpose).



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No Insilico roleplay last night. Instead, Spooky and I did two Outland dungeons, both in Terokkar: the Mana-Tombs and Auchenai Crypts. It was good to switch off the brain and be Shaharrazad. I know the armory page says she's Shaharrazad the Diplomat, but that's really just a way of catching people off their guard. Last night, she rained fire upon the heads of ornery Dranei necromancers. After WoW, we read more of Kristin Hersh's Rat Girl. Recording the first 4AD album, vicious dobermans, Liverpudlian sound engineers, preganancy, and Betty Hutton. We're coming to the end of the book, and I'm not wanting it to be THE END.

Anyway. Those doughnuts won't make themselves, and the mothmen are casting a baleful eye my way. Yeah, just one eye. They're sort of stingy. Or maybe they're mocking me.

Date: 2010-09-26 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandmofhelsing.livejournal.com
I recently purchased a telescope. I could just make out Jupiter's cloud bands, and the Galilean moons were crystal clear. Also, when I was looking, Uranus was just 1 degree above Jupiter.

Date: 2010-09-26 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I recently purchased a telescope. I could just make out Jupiter's cloud bands, and the Galilean moons were crystal clear.

Wow.

Also, when I was looking, Uranus was just 1 degree above Jupiter.

I couldn't make out Uranus. I think there was too much light pollution, plus the moon was very bright.

Date: 2010-09-26 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurtmulgrew.livejournal.com
I was looking in my telescope at Jupiter a few weeks ago and it's always so amazing to see the planet and four of it's moons so clearly.

Date: 2010-09-26 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I was looking in my telescope at Jupiter a few weeks ago and it's always so amazing to see the planet and four of it's moons so clearly.

One day, I will own a telescope.

Date: 2010-09-26 08:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Or have one installed in your head.

Date: 2010-09-26 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Or have one installed in your head.

Paradoxical, contradictory me. I can simultaneously long for a return to analog, and desire cybereyes with telescopic focus.

Date: 2010-09-26 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spank-an-elf.livejournal.com
Your Jupiter pic is far better than my vague dot.

During this weekend's bi-yearly seaside family gathering, we escorted the nieces, nephews and grand nieces down to the beach to see the almost full moon and Jupiter sailing over the Atlantic. They loved it. We searched for shells until the flashlight battery died (ahem).

Pleasant to score eccentric Aunt points.

Date: 2010-09-26 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Pleasant to score eccentric Aunt points.

Eccentric aunts rule.

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