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Oh dear Monsieur Insomnia, fuck you.

I hate waking to important email, which is what happened this morning. The whole weekend has been email and stress and worse. But the good news is that everything seems to be working out for the better. It's not that I worry over nothing. It's that unless I worried so fiercely, everything would go to crap.

It's almost going to be warm today, but I'm trapped here inside the house. There must be work.

But! I have some very good news, even though I can't say what it is until Friday.

Yesterday, I took a day off. Pretty much. Aside from having to deal with email all day and night, and aside from being unable to stop obsessing over The Drowning Girl, I took the day off. It was cloudy and chilly, and all I did was ride along with Spooky while she did errands, but at least I wasn't stuck at this fucking desk. We went to PetCo for cat food, and I found a baby Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus) that I don't know how I got out if the store without buying. We took Les pacte des loup back to Acme Video on Brook Street, and rented three more movies: Das Boot (I haven't seen it in ages), Basquiat, and the third Ginger Snaps film. It was surely one of the oddest assortments the clerk had rung up all day. Then, East Side Market to get chili fixings. Then home again. And I packed some boxes for storage. The office is about to undergo a complete overhaul to make it more functional, and there's just not room for everything.

If you own so much shit, you have to rent a storage unit to hold some of your shit, you own too much shit. This is probably one of those distinctly American problems. Fucking absurd.

Oh, I also added a few words of text to The Drowning Girl, to which I can't seem to stop adding little bits. Truthfully, I need six more months with the ms.. I'm just not going to get it.

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Last night, we watched Daniel Alfredson's Luftslottet som sprängdes (2009). It's a very different film from the other two in the trilogy, essentially a political thriller and court-room drama. But very good. Still, I think my favorite is the first film. And we played Rift. I played Indus, my Eth warrior (reaver and beastmaster), and she reached Level 19. I'm not sure why I'm running three characters simultaneously, but I am learning how different races and classes work. We read more of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, and I read another article from the new JVP: "A new pachypleurosaur (Reptilia; Sauropterygia) from the lower Middle Triassic of southwestern China and the phylogenetic relationships of Chinese pachypleurosaurs." Then...I didn't sleep. Well, not until sometime after five ayem.

And now, more photos by [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy from the shoot Saturday before last, at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (including very, very rare shots of me and Kathryn together; my favorite is the last):























All photographs Copyright © 2012 by Kyle Cassidy

Date: 2011-04-11 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] desperance.livejournal.com
my favorite is the last

Heh. She'm got your hat.

Date: 2011-04-11 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rushthatspeaks.livejournal.com
Oh, wow, those photos are amazing.

Date: 2011-04-11 06:01 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sovay
(including very, very rare shots of me and Kathryn together; my favorite is the last)

It's really, really nice. I assume it'll be the authors' photograph for The Tale of the Ravens?

Date: 2011-04-11 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
I assume it'll be the authors' photograph for The Tale of the Ravens?

I'm not sure we'll it'll have one, but that would be a good one, if it did. It's really more a folio, than a book.
Edited Date: 2011-04-11 06:10 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-11 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
Insomnia is very interesting, and sometimes I get a lot of work done because of it. But... I could so easily live without it. Long hours of uninterrupted sleep sometimes seem like an unattainable luxury.

The pictures are beautiful! I think there is no creepier setting than a museum of natural history, with all those dead creatures and glass eyes. Brrrrr!

Date: 2011-04-11 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

sometimes I get a lot of work done because of i

It destroys my productivity.

The pictures are beautiful! I think there is no creepier setting than a museum of natural history, with all those dead creatures and glass eyes. Brrrrr!

See...to me it's not creepy at all. It's holy. It's a safe and comfortable space.

Date: 2011-04-11 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
I can see that it would seem holy, with the careful arrangements and beautiful lighting.

Date: 2011-04-11 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seph-ski.livejournal.com
Those photos are all fabulous. You and Spooky should appear in photos more often.

It's not that I worry over nothing. It's that unless I worried so fiercely, everything would go to crap.

I figured that out long ago. I was always a worrier, even as a child. My mom once told me that 98% of the things people worry about never happen. I eventually figured out that she was trying to get me to relax a little, but my initial thought was that if I worried about as much as possible, I'll only have to deal with about 2% of it all.

Date: 2011-04-11 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You and Spooky should appear in photos more often.

Tell her that. I keep telling her that.

I figured that out long ago.

Worrying takes a toll, but it gets results.

Date: 2011-04-11 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amethyst-clan.livejournal.com
those are some wonderful
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those are some <i>wonderful<k/i> pics.

Date: 2011-04-11 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girfan.livejournal.com
Those are wonderful photos! Nice to see Spooky looking so fab as well. :D


Btw...you were right about that film. I watched the rest and it was pish. A waste of good Thora Birch!

Date: 2011-04-11 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
A waste of good Thora Birch!

These days, she's rarely not wasted.
Edited Date: 2011-04-11 06:28 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-11 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homewardangel.livejournal.com
these shots are incredible.

im sorry to hear the insomnia fairy has been visiting. she's a terrible bitch.

Date: 2011-04-11 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

she's a terrible bitch.

I can't help but see Insomnia as male. Maybe there's an entire cabal.

Date: 2011-04-13 06:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homewardangel.livejournal.com
or cabaret. which would account for the not sleeping.

Date: 2011-04-11 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Yes, good photos. I like the one of you in shirtsleeves. You and Spooky make a handsome couple.

Which version of Das Boot have you rented - the series, or the film? It's been a good fifteen years since I watched either.

I finished The Book Thief yesterday. Thank you for the recommendation - it's a great novel. Deceptively gentle, at least at first. You'll love the final line.

That's a bloody hard Question to answer, because I keep seeing you as the barker. I blame the hat.

Date: 2011-04-11 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
he series, or the film?

The film.

Edited Date: 2011-04-11 07:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-11 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
I'm not sure why I'm running three characters simultaneously, but I am learning how different races and classes work.

I'm still trying to figure out the classes too. I got Celinn (the rogue) to 19 this morning and feel like I've basically got a grip on her (she solos pretty decently, but is really reliant on her stealth). I think I've screwed up my warrior slightly until I can respec his souls, but I don't think I'll be hurting too badly just yet. I'll be trying to jump on tonight to catch Selwyn for some discussion of the guild. Would you two consider trying out Iron Tomb?



The first picture makes me think of some well-meaning, but less-than-patient spirit what inhabits the museum and scolds little children and little adults when they make disparaging comments about the exhibits. Its possible that repeat offenders are reduced and packaged into specimen jars that the museum staff accepts with a mixture of wonder and slight embarassment.

The second picture is pure pook-tastic.

Pic #7: We both know what you did, but damned if we can find any fucking evidence.

Seriously, Ms. K - your smile makes it perfectly clear why that Spooky needs to keep you on a short leash. You are definitely up to no good. *grin*

Date: 2011-04-11 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Would you two consider trying out Iron Tomb?

We can try. Just keep in mind, we both go slow through quests and dungeons, and we're not power levelers. We at least need to get Celinn in the Guild. Are you other characters in another guild? Multiple guilds confuse me.

I'm working on the Guild's backstory. Basically, I think Selwyn has been drawn into cahoots with the Drowning Man and his secret machinations. he seeks to form a cabal for matters relating to the Abyssal invaders, etc. Oh, and Selwyn's mute, having lost her tongue during the jump backwards in time (though one of Spooky's characters interprets her sign language).

I'll be trying to jump on tonight to catch Selwyn for some discussion of the guild.

I might be around.


The first picture makes me think of some well-meaning, but less-than-patient spirit what inhabits the museum and scolds little children and little adults when they make disparaging comments about the exhibits. Its possible that repeat offenders are reduced and packaged into specimen jars that the museum staff accepts with a mixture of wonder and slight embarassment.


Works for me.

pook-tastic.

Define, please.

Pic #7: We both know what you did, but damned if we can find any fucking evidence.

And you never shall.

Seriously, Ms. K - your smile makes it perfectly clear why that Spooky needs to keep you on a short leash. You are definitely up to no good.

I'm so transparant.

Date: 2011-04-11 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Are you other characters in another guild?

They are not. Tero is just duoing with another player from CoX, we're just doing some questing RP and stuff and feeling out the game. And I have a freshly-minted mage in the starting zone that I haven't touched for about a week.

Oh, and Selwyn's mute, having lost her tongue during the jump backwards in time (though one of Spooky's characters interprets her sign language).

Celinn's also lost something during the jump: her marbles (the jump wasn't exactly instaneously for her, due to a hiccup in the Failsafe). She's not pleased that she can't seem to die (permanently). I could see that the Faceless Man would prefer her close at hand incase her madness becomes...unmanageable.

I might be around.

I know you have general chat turned off, what's the best way to nudge you if you're on and might miss a tell?

Define, please.

Oh, you look cute. It's a compliment.

Date: 2011-04-11 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Celinn's also lost something during the jump: her marbles (the jump wasn't exactly instaneously for her, due to a hiccup in the Failsafe). I know you have general chat turned off, what's the best way to nudge you if you're on and might miss a tell?

Hmmmmm. Good question. If we could come up with a rough time, I could have general open. I just can't stand it for long (even though it's much better than WoW)

Oh, you look cute. It's a compliment.

Ah. Thank you.

Date: 2011-04-11 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

I generally don't miss tells, though if we're in a sticky situation I tend not to notice the words so much.
I'm usually on as Suraa, Ofelija, or Miisya, and we're usually playing together, so...
Also, I'll add you to my friends, so I will notice if you're on and be a little more attentive.

Mages can be fun. I've got one who is primarily a chloromancer, with Elementalist and warlock supporting. I really like the mana replenish that Elementalism gives after a certain amount of points, and Chloromancer is just amazing for both damage and healing, at least at level 21, anyway. I tend to gravitate towards healing classes, as I like to be able to solo without too much death.

Date: 2011-04-11 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argonel.livejournal.com
I think the next to last picture is the best. You have an awesome smile in it. Both of the picture where you are shilouetted are very nice too. Unfortunately the probably aren't very usable for publicity shots since they don't show your face.

Date: 2011-04-11 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Confused. Next to last dos show my face.

Date: 2011-04-11 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argonel.livejournal.com
Sorry, I probably should have broken it into 2 paragraphs. I think #3 and #5 are awesome, but probably not good publicity photos as they don't show your face.

Number 6 and number 9 (next to last) are also awesome because you have such a great smile in them.

Of course they are all good photos and would make great choices to use in different contexts.

Date: 2011-04-11 09:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackestdarkness
Those are great photos. I love your smile in the 6th. I can see why the last one is your favorite.

Date: 2011-04-11 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
I have to say that 5th from the bottom screams "Aunt Beast" to me. I absolutely adore that shot. Mr. Cassidy is amazing. The one with you and Spooky that you like is holding up its hand to be included in the Ravens project.

May Mr. Insomnia leave you the fuck alone.

Date: 2011-04-11 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I have to say that 5th from the bottom screams "Aunt Beast" to me.

See, I'd say that's the sixth.

Date: 2011-04-11 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catconley.livejournal.com
Wonderful photos of you both. I especially like the one with your back to the camera and your coat all flared.

Date: 2011-04-11 09:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I especially like the one with your back to the camera and your coat all flared.

Of the hundreds he took, that's one of the very best.

Date: 2011-04-11 09:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mb2u
I like the one of you walking away the best; very Whovian. Do you like Jelly Babies? The one just below it, with you smiling, really is a great shot. The last shot is a great one of you two; I can see why it's your favorite.

Date: 2011-04-11 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I like the one of you walking away the best; very Whovian. Do you like Jelly Babies?

I'll have to tell you soon about my 12th Doctor outfit...

Date: 2011-04-11 09:59 pm (UTC)
mb2u: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mb2u
Oh, you must! You must!

Date: 2011-04-11 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] royal-spice.livejournal.com
Well done on the pics. Fantastic wardrobing, love the setting.

Date: 2011-04-12 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsarina.livejournal.com
I really want to write a story about that first photo. Something about it just screams to be told.

Date: 2011-04-12 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"The Ambassador of Birds."
Edited Date: 2011-04-12 04:53 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-12 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xjenavivex.livejournal.com
I wish you had all the time you needed for Imp.

I also wish you had all the sleep you need.

These pictures are fabulous. You are both so beautiful.

Date: 2011-04-12 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I wish you had all the time you needed for Imp.

I so very much wish this, too.

Date: 2011-04-12 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
I'm also playing various characters in Rift, still trying to settle, and having lots of fun in the process.

All of the pictures of you are quite fine, but the ones of you and Spooky are the very best.

Date: 2011-04-12 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
I'm also playing various characters in Rift, still trying to settle, and having lots of fun in the process.

So far, only one of my toons, Selwyn, has grown an actual character.
Edited Date: 2011-04-12 07:12 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-12 08:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cause-catyljan.livejournal.com
my favorite is the last

It's very sweet. You're a cute couple, if you don't mind my saying so.

Date: 2011-04-12 11:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mellawyrden.livejournal.com
Very beautiful photos!! and it's so good to see Kathryn, who hasn't changed even slightly since the last time I saw her @ ProjektFest in Philly (???) Time machine?

Date: 2011-04-12 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaz-mahoney.livejournal.com
Love them all. Yes, the last photograph is great, but I like the one above it very much too.

Also, photo #4 is you in all your Aunt Beast glory. That's definitely the one to use for your advice column...

Date: 2011-04-15 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
Awesome pictures; especially the first and the last.

In the first one, you have a look of bemused frustration which seems to fit your writing both here and in books. It also makes me wish for a moment you were single; that stare is stunning.

But then the pictures of you and Spooky so clearly show you are made for each other that last idea goes right out of my head.

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