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The cold hangs onto Providence with a death grip. At least the snow is gone, and there's sun.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,223 words on The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. And realized that I'm much nearer THE END than I'd guessed. It could be finished today and tomorrow. Maybe three days at the most. And the realization is disorienting, to say the least. Also, it occurred to me this morning that one important thing that sets this book apart from my previous novels is that place has never been so unimportant. There is a sense of place, of Providence (and mostly the Armory district), of the RISD Museum on Benefit Street, and the Athenaeum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and, most especially, of the Blackstone Gorge and Rolling Dam at Millville, Massachusetts. The book also weaves in Boston, Manhattan, and LA, and other places. But almost all of it takes place in Imp's apartment in the Armory. The Drowning Girl: A Memoir could almost be adapted as a stage play with two, maybe three, sets: Imp's apartment, the RISD Gallery, a seashore. Curiously, I didn't include the Blackstone River, the novel's most important locale, outside Imp's home, on that list of potential sets.

I'll write on it today, and tomorrow, and maybe on Monday...and then I'll probably have found THE END.

Also, yesterday we proofed "Hydraguros," which is being reprinted in Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2. I wrote this story a year ago, and I'm still in love with it. It's my best sf since I wrote "In View of Nothing" and "A Season of Broken Dolls" in early 2007. And after the proofreading, I printed out exactly 25 copies of "Atlantis," the poem I wrote in August for everyone who donated to Spooky's birthday fund. Each copy is printed in Garamond on Crane's Crest Executive paper, 100% cotton, premium weight (28 lb.). Each is signed and numbered. There will be no more. These will go in the mail on Monday.

I printed and signed a new set of contracts for Two Worlds and In Between. Because one of Bill's cats barfed on the originals. Sorry, Bill, but I had to tell that story. It's just too funny (and I, too, live in constant fear of the wages of cat barf).

I got Vince's illustration for Sirenia Digest #63, and, honstly, it's one of the best he's ever done. It'll appear as the cover. Today, I'll assemble the issue, and subscribers should have it tonight or tomorrow.

So, that was yesterday.

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After dinner last night, we began reading Suzanne Collins' Catching Fire, the next book after The Hunger Games. Though it was no small feat, Shaharrazad found the last few quests needed to complete the "Into the Nether" achievement. Seriously, I needed almost an hour to find the last four quests I needed. They were hiding in "Area 52," with this Consortium ethereal fuck who looked like he only had dailies (big blue question mark floating above his head), even with low-level quests turned on. In truth, he has a whole string of quests! Thank you, Spooky and WoWhead. I never would have found those on my own. So, now I go back to Shadowmoon Valley and Nagrand, try to finish up Outland, and get the Loremaster title.

I played a couple of hours of Rift. I'm sure everyone's getting tired of me gushing over the game. I'll just say I got Selwyn to Level 17. Oh, and I'll say this, too. It's hard to ignore that in advertising for the game Trion is relying almost exclusively on the "human" Ethian and Mathosian races. In ads, in the quick-start guide, on the cover of the box, almost everywhere...we see Ethians and/or Mathosian (physically, they're pretty much interchangeable). And I call this a pernicious sort of speciesism/racism. There are six player races in Telara, and many of us are not Ethian and Mathosian. Never mind that I see more people playing Bahmi and Kelari than anything else (I have no idea how things look on the Guardian side). And I just heard that the two RP/PVP shards must be filling up fast, as Trion opened a third today, Estrael.

Oh, while I gamed, Spooky streamed The Secret of Kells and the Mythbusters episode about duct tape (I'm sort of sorry I missed the latter).

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Whatever I'm forgetting can wait until later.
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Re: Contracts

Date: 2011-03-04 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Any state in which a contract is rendered null by cat barf is not a place in which I would care to live.

I'm sure it was still valid. Just too yucky to file (copies go to me, my agent, and subpress keeps one).

Re: Contracts

Date: 2011-03-04 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cliff52.livejournal.com
But the story is priceless!
Anxiously awaiting this month's Sirenia :^)

Date: 2011-03-04 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nokomis1339.livejournal.com
I know that reaching The End of a novel is a hectic time. I saw this picture and a video of baby octopi hatching (http://squee.icanhascheezburger.com/2011/03/03/cute-baby-animals-omg-baby-octopuses/) and it made me think of you. I hope it makes your day a little better.

~L~

Date: 2011-03-04 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I hope it makes your day a little better.

It does. Thank you.

Date: 2011-03-04 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stotangirl.livejournal.com
I'm really interested in what you think of the final Hunger Games book, Mockingjay, when you get there. I love those books. They're relentless.

Date: 2011-03-04 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm really interested in what you think of the final Hunger Games book, Mockingjay, when you get there.

My thoughts will be shared, though, as usual, they'll likely be brief.

Date: 2011-03-04 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
"Because one of Bill's cats barfed on the originals."

That is a hazard around here, too. And they keep finding new and interesting places! Inventive cats may not always be the very best housemates.

Driver 8 had Entered the Building

Date: 2011-03-04 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
Just to say that you should watch the new REM video on their site, it disturbingly puts me in mind of Terry Pratchett being mauled by mime artists. Seems like perfect REM to me.

Date: 2011-03-05 01:23 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] kirby-crow.livejournal.com
I had my hand literally ON the Rift game this evening at GameStop, but decided against it because I'm getting DragonAge 2 later this week. I downloaded the DA2 demo on Xbox Live and was pretty taken with the awesomeness of Flemeth, the aged female dragon. There's no RP in DA2 though, and I'm currently without an RP game.

Now I want Rift. :(

Date: 2011-03-05 02:53 am (UTC)
sovay: (Cho Hakkai: intelligence)
From: [personal profile] sovay
I got Vince's illustration for Sirenia Digest #63, and, honstly, it's one of the best he's ever done.

Oh, my God, I love that illustration.

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