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Awake until four ayem, and then I slept until noon. Which means enough sleep, more than usual, but I hate waking up this late. At least, though, we are past the part of the year when, even with CaST to help out, the darkness comes so insanely early.

I am choosing not to speak on the subject of Osama bin Laden's death. My thoughts on the matter are complex, and I see no need to burden the internet with them, or to spend an hour writing it all out.

Sunny out there today, sunny and the new leaves glowing brightly under the blue sky.


Yesterday, I wrote a very respectable 2,259 words on "The Carnival is Dead and Gone," and thought I'd found THE END. Then, late last night, it occurred to me that I may have sounded entirely the wrong note there at the last. So, the first thing I do today is go back and do a bit of tweaking to the last two or three paragraphs. Also, yesterday, I proofed "The Crimson Alphabet," which will come as a free chapbook with copies of the limited edition of Two Worlds and In Between. I exchanged emails with [ profile] kylecassidy about the book trailer for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. Oh, and there was email from [ profile] blackholly, which was a bright spot in the day.

For our Beltane dinner I made a lamb stew, which came out very, very well (I do say so myself), which we had with chicory stout, a freshly baked loaf of pain de campagne, and honey. Afterward, I did a little ritual work at the altar. Nothing fancy. It was a good Beltane, even without a roaring bonfire and what have you.

Later, we watched the latest episode of Fringe, then the second disc of the latest season of Weeds. Never has a series so literally lost direction and gone off wandering nowhere in particular. Truthfully, Weeds should have ended at the end of Season Three. The end of Season Three would have made very good ending. A very important part of telling stories is knowing when you've reached THE END, and not continuing in just because you're being paid to do so. Any story may be stretched out indefinitely; none should.* Anyway, later there was a tiny bit of Rift, and we read more of Under the Poppy.


Please have look at the current eBay auctions! Thanks.


And here's the second set of photos from Saturday's trip to the Blackstone River Gorge in Massachusetts:

All photographs Copyright © 2011 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac

* In large part, this is why The Dreaming was such an awful idea from the get go. The Sandman said almost everything worth saying, and, after that, it was mostly footnotes. I love reading footnotes, and writing them. Few other people do.

Date: 2011-05-02 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm ambivalent on the bin Laden affair too, so I respect your decision.

The chicory stout sounds nice; I'll have to see if there are any British equivalents. I had an excellent pint of liquorice stout yesterday; much lighter/subtler than you might imagine.

I'll have to wait a couple more days for Under the Poppy. Everything I've read about it online makes me drool; is that wrong of me?

Date: 2011-05-02 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I'm ambivalent on the bin Laden affair too, so I respect your decision.

Oh, I'm not ambivalent. Not at all. But I saw nothing to be gained in saying what I feel.

The chicory stout sounds nice

Very much so.

is that wrong of me?



Date: 2011-05-02 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If this is the case, then you wrote some of the most articulate & moving footnotes in comics.

Re: Footnotes

Date: 2011-05-02 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

If this is the case, then you wrote some of the most articulate & moving footnotes in comics.

Thank you, though I would argue otherwise.

There were a few very good issues, though.

Date: 2011-05-02 08:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackestdarkness
Thank you for the photos. I could truly get lost in the last one.

Date: 2011-05-02 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Thank you for the photos.

You're welcome.

Date: 2011-05-02 08:54 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Any story may be stretched out indefinitely; none should.

Epigrammatic and true.

I haven't seen Weeds since Season Two; may I ask where it would have ended in Season Three?

Date: 2011-05-02 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

may I ask where it would have ended in Season Three?

With the final episode.
Edited Date: 2011-05-02 09:11 pm (UTC)


Date: 2011-05-02 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I like the photos. Do you think Fringe is stalling? I just started watching it from the beginning of this season. My dad watches it, too.


Date: 2011-05-02 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Do you think Fringe is stalling?

Stalling? As in, "stalling out"? If so, not at all. I think it's gathering great momentum.

Date: 2011-05-03 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Friend of mine has done a review of The Ammonite Violin and Others (

I'll have to lend him your other books - or rather, get him to buy his own ;)

(embarrassment - forgot to close bracket.)
Edited Date: 2011-05-03 01:34 am (UTC)


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