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Cold and clear in Providence. The tree Outside my office window has shed its leaves. Some asshole vandalized both our jack-o'-lanterns. They cut the word "fuck" into one. I wonder if she or he feels that was some grand show of rebellion. Carving "fuck" on a jack-o'-lantern. If so, I'd like to find him or her and offer a lesson, out of pity. Anyway, I fear there will be no pumpkin drop this year. The pumpkin is defaced, and I'm too busy to make the trip to the Saugatucket River.

Sleep was better, thanks to the Sonata I took at 3:30, which allowed me to get to sleep about 5 a.m.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,877 words on The Drowning Girl. Two days down, twenty-eight to go. Since I'm making the 1,500-word-a-day push, I'm going to word bank, like I did the last time I set such a desperate, idiotic goal for myself. How does one word bank? Well, each day I have to write 1,500 words. Whatever I write beyond that goal counts as surplus. Surplus accumulates. For example, the Word Bank has accumulated a surplus of 501 words over the past two days. This surplus protects against the inevitable day when I can't get anything written. A surplus of 1,500 words is a lost day I don't have to worry about quite so much. By the way, while I do approve of writers making themselves write something almost everyday, I do not approve of the sort of thing I'm doing here, and have only resorted to it out of desperation.

A shame, though, that I can't spend the whole month of November on The Drowning Girl. I can only work on it until the 6th. On the 7th, I have to begin work on a longish short story for an sf/f anthology. That's going to take at least two weeks, and then I have to write the contents of Sirenia Digest #60 and get the issue out by the 30th.

My thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kaz_mahoney for pointing me towards Colleen Mondor's review of "As Red As Red," which I might have missed otherwise.

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I'm trying not to think about the elections. The losses, the wins. I'm so weary of fickle, short-sighted Americans. Because President Obama could not solve all their ills and fix the world in two short years, they're changing course, jumping ship, pretty much insuring the President will be even less effective. Things are still bad two years in; jump ship. The next set of politicians are the ones who will hand you that quick fix. Anyway, here in Rhode Island, we've elected the state's first independent governor. No, not some shit-for-brains teabagger. Lincoln D. Chafee is a former Republican, who broke ranks with the party to endorse Obama, and Obama endorsed his run for governor. So, yeah. Rhode Island remains the contrary state, and it could have been worse. Democrats won all other statewide races in Rhode Island.

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We have entered the final day of the auction for Study #2 for Yellow. And there are other auctions, and, as always, money's tight. So please have a look. Thanks.

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I've been reading about Harry Clarke. And sure, Beardsley was an enormous influence on Clarke, but I think Clarke was actually the more talented illustrator. Of course, his true passion was designing stained-glass windows, though he's most often remembered as an illustrator of Edgar Allan Poe. Also, still making my way through the latest Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (30:5), including "A Miocene ziphiid (Cetacea: Odontoceti) from Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, USA," "The dentary of Suuwassea emilieae (Sauropoda: Diplodocoidea)," and "The postcranial skeleton of the aquatic parareptile Mesosaurus tenuidens from the Gondwanian Permian."

And now, time to stock the word bank.

Date: 2010-11-03 05:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graygirl.livejournal.com
Wish I had the money for that painting. It's beautiful!

Date: 2010-11-03 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I love your icon...and name...

Date: 2010-11-03 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] graygirl.livejournal.com
It's not easy being gray/grey.

Date: 2010-11-03 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It's not easy being gray/grey.

I've been saying that for years.

Date: 2010-11-03 06:08 pm (UTC)
mithriltabby: Serene silver tabby (Facepalm)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
I continue to be astonished at how bad humans are at long-term thinking. The future isn’t some nebulous, far-off land; we’re going to have to live there.

Date: 2010-11-03 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The future isn’t some nebulous, far-off land; we’re going to have to live there.

I think too many people think, "The future is an hour from now, and maybe tomorrow." The future is Never.

Date: 2010-11-03 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenjen4280.livejournal.com
If you like to walk along the beach and collect fossils, it's better to go to Breezy Point, MD which is north, up the coast from Calvert Cliffs. Same Miocene fossil beds though. Last storm that blew through, people were out on the beach collecting and finding 3-inch long megladon teeth.

Date: 2010-11-03 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If you like to walk along the beach and collect fossils, it's better to go to Breezy Point, MD which is north, up the coast from Calvert Cliffs. Same Miocene fossil beds though. Last storm that blew through, people were out on the beach collecting and finding 3-inch long megladon teeth.

I've never had the chance to collect from the Calvert beds myself, but maybe someday.

Date: 2010-11-03 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-theadora.livejournal.com
Thought you might be amused by this:

http://news.discovery.com/dinosaurs/dinosaur-skull-found-in-church.html

Date: 2010-11-03 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Glad you've managed to resist the tea-baggers over there. I watch Rachel Maddow for American politics, and every time I've seen that lately I feel like punching some right-wingers in the face. (Though I feel like that about the situation over here.) Political apathy/instant gratification isn't going to get us anywhere.

I'm starting to agree with you about Harry Clarke, though I only know the Poe illustrations. He had a delicacy Beardsley never quite achieved.

On tea baggers

Date: 2010-11-04 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage2001.livejournal.com
You should auction off another Tuckerization. I would like to see Sarah Palin or Rand Paul in one of you stories. There are so many possibilities.

Date: 2010-11-04 03:32 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (Good Omens)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
This may at least make you laugh ruefully about the election: Last Remaining Politician Must Rebuild Entire Government Following Bloodiest Midterm Election In American History (http://www.theonion.com/articles/last-remaining-politician-must-rebuild-entire-gove,18384/).

Date: 2010-11-04 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pkbarbiedoll.livejournal.com
In case you're wondering what our old mutual band-mate has been up to...

http://www.georgia-criminal-lawyers.com/2010/02/athens_police_seek_more_arrest.html (http://www.georgia-criminal-lawyers.com/2010/02/athens_police_seek_more_arrest.html)

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