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Yesterday, I wrote 3,243 words on Chapter 7 of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. Which makes yesterday my best day ever in terms of word count, with at least three hundred words to spare. I truly didn't think I'd be able to pull it off, but I did, and in only five hours. I suspect I may have been channeling [livejournal.com profile] matociquala. At any rate, it's nothing I wish to do again any time soon. Considering that my daily average the last few years has been about 1,100 words, I've written almost five days worth of novel in the last two days.

And I'm sick as a sick fucking dog. And I'm not working today. Well, I'm not writing. I may lie in bed and manage some proofreading by having Spooky read to me. But that's different. I actually suck at doing nothing. I've never learned the trick. Which makes being ill difficult. My mind rages on, even when the body would be still. It has to have something upon which to gnaw.

I've not left the house since last Monday evening, the 31st, so I've not been out for seven days. I was doing much better for a while, keeping to my resolution never to stay in for more than four consecutive days. But the novel's been coming so fast, and the weather's been so horrid, the days slip by without my even realizing it.

There's something substantive I want to write, regarding an Amazon "reviewer's" complaint that, in The Red Tree, I harp on Sarah's being a lesbian, and how the complaint reveals just how poorly many straight people understand what it's like to be queer, and how ignorance can quickly become prejudice. But I'm not up to it now. Tomorrow I might be.

Anyway, I will be checking the blog today, so comment if you'd like. Ah, here's something. A number of people have mentioned to me how much they've enjoyed the "Alone" and "CreatureMe" pieces in Sirenia Digest nos. 61 and 62, respectively. The answers that made up those two articles were in response to questions I asked in the blog two years back. So...here's a challenge. Come up with a new question of the same sort. Something as good as "If I were a summonable monster..." and "What if you had me alone..." Don't worry, you couldn't shock me if you tried. But feel free to try, all the same.

Okay. Gotta go horizontal for a few minutes.

Date: 2011-02-08 04:36 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Haruspex: Autumn War)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Yesterday, I wrote 3,243 words on Chapter 7 of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir.

Congratulations. Especially on not dying immediately afterward.

Come up with a new question of the same sort. Something as good as "If I were a summonable monster..." and "What if you had me alone..."

This is probably too close, but:

If my name were a curse, what would it call down?

Date: 2011-02-08 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
Especially on not dying immediately afterward.

That was the hard part.


If my name were a curse, what would it call down?


That's pretty good.
Edited Date: 2011-02-08 04:49 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-02-08 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cucumberseed.livejournal.com
If my name were a curse, what would it call down?

I LIKE THIS.

Date: 2011-02-08 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cdennismoore.livejournal.com
Congrats on surpassing your goal.

Date: 2011-02-08 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cucumberseed.livejournal.com
That's a formidable count. Congratulations and hopes that the body can fight off its current colonizers soon and with no greater difficulty than it's had already.

Date: 2011-02-08 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spank-an-elf.livejournal.com
The Amazotwits who whine and complain about Sarah Crowe being a “foul-mouthed lesbian” really need to stick to their sparkly vampire and unicorn world and stay out of speculative fiction’s shadowy playground. They don’t own the mental survival tools.

Congratulations on writing over 3000 words even while sick. Hope you captured wild thought patterns and recover soon.

Date: 2011-02-08 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The Amazotwits who whine and complain about Sarah Crowe being a “foul-mouthed lesbian” really need to stick to their sparkly vampire and unicorn world and stay out of speculative fiction’s shadowy playground. They don’t own the mental survival tools.

Problem is, they'd say (as they have), I deceived them with the beautiful fucking cover that made it look just like all the hetero PR trash they indiscriminately devour.

Date: 2011-02-08 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gargirl.livejournal.com
"hey'd say (as they have), I deceived them with the beautiful fucking cover that made it look just like all the hetero PR trash they indiscriminately devour."

As if you had any say what the cover was... They are ignorant of so much!

Date: 2011-02-08 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

As if you had any say what the cover was... They are ignorant of so much!

I've often been accused of "allowing" my publisher to misrepresent my books. Cause, you know, I can stop them.

Date: 2011-02-08 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gargirl.livejournal.com
"Cause, you know, I can stop them."

Yes, you just wave your magic wand of obedience & compliance and the publishers do whatever you want! It's not at all like any other business where the bigwigs decide things and 99% of the people with the actual talent are more or less exploited to varying degrees...

Date: 2011-02-08 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unknownbinaries.livejournal.com
There's something substantive I want to write, regarding an Amazon "reviewer's" complaint that, in The Red Tree, I harp on Sarah's being a lesbian, and how the complaint reveals just how poorly many straight people understand what it's like to be queer, and how ignorance can quickly become prejudice.

The pride with which some people wear their ignorance on their sleeves astounds me sometimes. Assumptions. Asses. All that noise.

So...here's a challenge. Come up with a new question of the same sort. Something as good as "If I were a summonable monster..." and "What if you had me alone..."

How about 'If I were a deity...'? What would one's rites and sphere of influence be? When would the holiday celebrating hisherit's benevolence or placating their wraths fall and why? Libations? Devotional actions? Let's practice deifying one another.

Date: 2011-02-08 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


The pride with which some people wear their ignorance on their sleeves astounds me sometimes.


I'm annoyed that it still occasionally astounds me.

How about 'If I were a deity...'? What would one's rites and sphere of influence be? When would the holiday celebrating hisherit's benevolence or placating their wraths fall and why? Libations? Devotional actions?

Hmmmm. It does have potential.

Date: 2011-02-08 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xjenavivex.livejournal.com
I am sorry you are sick. It's amazing that you clocked your best count day feeling this poorly.

Date: 2011-02-08 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It's amazing that you clocked your best count day feeling this poorly.

It's good to be a masochist.

Date: 2011-02-08 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xjenavivex.livejournal.com
Tell me about it.

Date: 2011-02-08 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gargirl.livejournal.com
I read that review over on amazon and it is such a display of ignorance and idiocy all I can do is shake my head and mark his review "unhelpful." I don't get the points any of the 1 star reviewers were complaining about. They had some kind of expectation that wasn't lived up to? Do they really expect an author to write what they want them to write and not the author's own vision?

Marking a book as "1 star" because they felt blind-sided by a "heavy" lesbian storyline? PATHETIC. You were spot-on saying books don't come with warning labels ... and I really hope they never do. I guess some people feel they should never be exposed to idea they might be uncomfortable with. I pity them; they are stagnant and cannot grow.

Date: 2011-02-08 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Do they really expect an author to write what they want them to write and not the author's own vision?

Well, yeah. Sadly.

I guess some people feel they should never be exposed to idea they might be uncomfortable with.

Exactly.

Date: 2011-02-08 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com
Come up with a new question of the same sort.

What dwelling-place would be suitable and appropriate for the CRK?

Or

Given all of time and space, reality and alternity, which occupation would be appropriate for CRK?

Date: 2011-02-08 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


Given all of time and space, reality and alternity, which occupation would be appropriate for CRK?


That's interesting....

Date: 2011-02-08 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the word count, especially in the face of infection. There's an interview I read recently with Moorcock where he claimed he was once capable of 15,000 words a day, but that makes me blanch. Presumably he was eating coffee straight from the jar.

My question is maybe unwelcome right now, but: if I were a disease, what symptoms would I possess, and would I be fatal?

Date: 2011-02-08 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

There's an interview I read recently with Moorcock where he claimed he was once capable of 15,000 words a day, but that makes me blanch.

As much as I admire Moorcock, I'm going to come right out and say that's just stupid.


My question is maybe unwelcome right now, but: if I were a disease, what symptoms would I possess, and would I be fatal?


Nice. That could get wonderfully nasty fast.

Date: 2011-02-08 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
"That could get wonderfully nasty fast."

My pleasure.

Date: 2011-02-08 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
If you were a vengeful deity, what plagues and visitations would you inflict on the idiot "reviewer's" on Amazon and other homophobic blasphemers?

Hmm, too close to the curse idea, really.

Or, if you were to create a Hell, what would it contain?

Really, my brain just isn't working today.

Date: 2011-02-08 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Or, if you were to create a Hell, what would it contain?

Not bad, really.

Date: 2011-02-08 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thebacchanal.livejournal.com
My idea for a question might start with something like:

If Caitlin were cast in a pornographic or snuff film...

Any reader of Sirenia Digest is aware how few limitations this type of proposal might have.

Date: 2011-02-08 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If Caitlin were cast in a pornographic or snuff film...

And this is the best so far!
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Date: 2011-02-08 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"If you could engage/force Caitlin into any sexual or ritualistic act, what would you have her do?"

And now *this* is the best so far.

Date: 2011-02-08 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thebacchanal.livejournal.com
I initially thought, "If you could engage any of Caitlin's characters in a sexual or ritualistic act (and of course, these are not mutually exclusive acts), which character(s) would you choose and what would you have them do?". But then I realized I don't know how you feel about inviting total strangers into your sandbox, so perhaps it would be wiser to make you the subject: "If you could engage/force Caitlin into any sexual or ritualistic act, what would you have her do?"

And Another thing

Date: 2011-02-08 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
I've had a relaxing bath and came up with this other question - maybe a little better than my other two.

Describe your perfect romantic evening with the serial killer of your choice.

Re: And Another thing

Date: 2011-02-08 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Describe your perfect romantic evening with the serial killer of your choice.

Well, my egomanical rule requires I feature in the question.

Date: 2011-02-08 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alvyarin.livejournal.com
Perhaps to cheer you up some - www.google.com. I love their logo today! Very Jules Verne.....although it could have used some Dagon and Mother Hydra down in the deeps.

Date: 2011-02-09 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tziedel.livejournal.com
Did you play with the toggle-switch on the right? Lovely pod of narwhals and other delights.

Date: 2011-02-09 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alvyarin.livejournal.com
I liked the narwhals.

I will leave the coming up with questions to more creative people. There've been some good ones so far. I really like Sonya's suggestion.

Date: 2011-02-08 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathryn-aka-kat.livejournal.com
That is a truly awesome word count. I am awed (well, by you in general, but also by that). As for the Amazon review, feh. The only people that it will stop from reading your book are those who have similar attitudes and who would have written similar reviews.

For a question, well, I'm in the midst of researching the works of a particular artist, so my suggestion is something like "if you painted [a portrait? or leave it ambiguous...?] CRK, describe what you'd paint in pose and style" and/or "who would you have paint her" or maybe generalized to any type of art work.

I'd love to have seen a portrait of you by Romaine Brooks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romaine_Brooks).

Date: 2011-02-08 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
"if you painted [a portrait? or leave it ambiguous...?] CRK, describe what you'd paint in pose and style"

I think leaving it ambiguous leaves open more interesting, and literal, interpretations.

Wait till you see the cover of Two Worlds and In Between
Edited Date: 2011-02-08 11:05 pm (UTC)

Romaine Brooks

Date: 2011-02-09 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Some impressive portraits. Will have to try and find a book on this artist.

Re: Romaine Brooks

Date: 2011-02-09 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathryn-aka-kat.livejournal.com
I saw some of her work at the Renwick Gallery on walls filled with other paintings. Hers stood out, like, oh, a chunk of glacier dropped in a flower bed.

Date: 2011-02-09 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenjen4280.livejournal.com
I'm a bit behind on my Sirenia Digest reading and just finished "The Prayer of Ninety Cats." Holy crap. It's brilliant, just brilliant: from the description of the ritual of seeing a movie, to the protagonist's interpretation of the movie, to the movie itself. Wow. I would very much like to see that movie--or two versions: the theatrical release and the director's cut. Perhaps in my dreams.

Still gnawing on the aftermath of reading "The Drowning Girl: A Memoir." I need to think on it and re-read it before commenting. It will be nice to read it through in its entirety in 2012.

Date: 2011-02-09 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Holy crap. It's brilliant, just brilliant:

Thank you.

Date: 2011-02-09 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poesillchild.livejournal.com
Wow, you've become a writing dynamo of late. I'm thoroughly impressed which is how I felt about the first chapter of "The Drowning Girl". Thank you; the reveling chapter gave me the courage to write about something I hid in the back of my mind long ago.

Try not to become too riled up by the gaybashers. They aren't worth the effort.

I hope you two become well again soon.



Date: 2011-02-09 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Thank you; the reveling chapter gave me the courage to write about something I hid in the back of my mind long ago.

You're welcome, and thank you.

Date: 2011-02-09 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crashdollface.livejournal.com
There are people that are so ignorant that it actually physically hurts my head. Amazon really needs to have stricter regulations on the reviews that go up. The only other thing I can say to that is that to not be liked by certain people is a blessing. If a wanker doesn't like your work, then you did something right. They can go nurture their now damaged world view with Danielle Steele or whatever pink people read nowadays.

On a happier note, that word count is beyond uber. You make me want to kick ass for myself Caitlin, so thank you. Oh and get to feeling better.

Date: 2011-02-09 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
I've been working my way through this month's Sirenia, but I keep getting distracted, trying to find images of the paintings and places Imp is describing. It's not your writing (the descriptions are so vivid) but the way my brain works these days. Failing memory and a lot of art history classes combine to make me compelled to google artwork and artists if their work sounds like something I'd enjoy. Apparently you've fooled my minds eye with Saltonstall, so good work.

Date: 2011-02-09 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
You'll laugh when I tell you I must have spent 4 or 5 hours today trying to find that painting, including digging through the RISD museum site.

Future question for blog readers...

Date: 2011-02-09 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaz-mahoney.livejournal.com
If you had to use a piece of me - part of my physical body or my spiritual self - as an ingredient for a spell, what piece would it be, and for what spell?

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