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Cloudy and a bit chilly today. All is glum.

Easier to shut the curtain.

So, lift my spirits, kittens. Comment.

Today will be an Assembly Day. That is to say, a day spent assembling the latest issue of Sirenia Digest – in this instance, #65 – so that it can be mailed out to subscribers. Which you ought to be, if you're not.

I'm mentioned very briefly near the end of this article, "Lovecraft's Providence" (in "Fine Books and Collections," which, near as I can tell is a webzine only*). Anyway, the article's by Nick Mamatas ([livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid), and both me and Brian Evenson are quoted.

Also, a couple of weeks back, I took part in a "One Word Interview," in which the word in question was silence. I meant to post the link, but I often forget these things.

Yesterday I was a bad kid and played hooky. Spooky and I went to Warwick and saw a matinée of Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants (from Sara Gruen's 2006 novel, of which Spooky is a great admirer). I'd never have thought the man who made I Am Legend (2007) and Constantine (2005) would have been the right director for this film, but I would have been wrong. The film is superb. The entire cast is excellent (yes, including Robert Pattinson), especially Christoph Waltz. If you place any weight in my opinion, this is a must-see film. And no more hooky for me until at least June.

Please, please have a look the current eBay auctions! Thanks.

Last night, curiosity got the better of me, and I did a thing I'd sworn I would not do. In Rift, I created a Guardian-side character. Now, if you know the Rift backstory, you know that the Guardians are loyal to the old gods of Telara, while the Defiant have rejected the gods and pursue a technological and scientific means by which to defeat the two factions' common enemy. Each side blames the other for the rifts, and so on, and so forth. Anyway, I created Mithrien, a High Elf, and Spooky created another High Elf, Serrafina. And we played them through the first ten levels. My conclusion? The Guardians should be renamed the Godbotherers. No, really. It gets very obnoxious after a while, and I doubt I'll be playing much of Mithrien, what with all the praying and inspiration and talk of faith and whatnot. But here's the thing that really got me. At several points, polytheistic Guardian NPCs refer to the Defiant as "heathens." Do the people at Trion who wrote the script know what that word means? Because, in point of fact, the Guardians are nearer to being heathens, while the Defiant would be more fairly described (by theistic folk, anyway) as infidels or apostates, but not as heathens.

However, big points to Rift for the lesbian thing with Kira Thanos and Uriel Chuluun (Defiant side).

Okay, yeah. Big queer nerd-out. Sorry.

Um...where was I? Ah, fuck it.

You are reading Kathe Koja's Under the Poppy, right?

Glumly,
Aunt Beast

* Nick tells me it is, in fact, a bimonthly print magazine.

Today, I am wearing a suit.

Date: 2011-05-04 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolven.livejournal.com
I work in a coffee shop. I went to school for roughly 21 years, start to finish, to obtain a degree which I, as yet, cannot use in a Professional Capacity™. Two out of three of my advisers turned on me. Many of my individual professional endeavours stand stagnant.

But... I live in an age that allows me to have conversations with people I admire and respect, who live far away. I have friends and love. I am working on the things which matter to me, regardless of their "utility" or how they look to others, and I'm really looking forward to Two Worlds and In Between...

I've not been taking part in the book club, unfortunately, but I definitely want to read more of Kathe Koja's work, so I'll be picking up Under the Poppy, even if I am a bit late about it.

Thanks for being here.

Good luck, today.

Re: Today, I am wearing a suit.

Date: 2011-05-04 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

but I definitely want to read more of Kathe Koja's work, so I'll be picking up Under the Poppy, even if I am a bit late about it.

Good for you.

Date: 2011-05-04 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nihilistic-kid.livejournal.com
FB&C is a bimonthly print magazine with a monthly online edition. Thanks for the link and the interview!

Date: 2011-05-04 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Thanks for the link and the interview!

You're welcome. Thanks for asking me.

Date: 2011-05-04 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michael-b-lee.livejournal.com
Spooky and I went to Warwick and saw a matinée of Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants (from Sara Gruen's 2006 novel, of which Spooky is a great admirer).

I want to see this movie for Christoph Waltz alone. He's mesmerizing.

The more I read your posts about Rift, the more tempted I am to play. Which is perilous, because I know it would rear up and eat my life if I gave it half a chance.

Date: 2011-05-04 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


I want to see this movie for Christoph Waltz alone. He's mesmerizing.


Yerp. And he brings the same sadistic glee to this film that we saw in Inglourious Basterds

The more I read your posts about Rift, the more tempted I am to play. Which is perilous, because I know it would rear up and eat my life if I gave it half a chance.

This is where self-control comes in.

Date: 2011-05-04 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vrykolakes.livejournal.com
I've yet to read "Under the Poppy," though I will. I've read several of the books you've mentioned here, including the fabulous "The Book Thief" and "The Hunger Games." I also follow up on your movie recommendations.

Have you heard of Rick Yancey's "Monstrumologist" YA book series? You might enjoy those.

Date: 2011-05-04 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


Have you heard of Rick Yancey's "Monstrumologist" YA book series?


I haven't. I'll have a look.

Date: 2011-05-04 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homewardangel.livejournal.com
I'll add under the poppy to my to read queue.

today has been a lousy one with a panic attack and a missed deadline on that final chapter. i hope it is going better for you.

Date: 2011-05-04 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'll add under the poppy to my to read queue.

I suspect you won't be sorry.

Date: 2011-05-04 07:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
So, lift my spirits, kittens. Comment.

If you haven't read this comic, you should. I got it from [livejournal.com profile] handful_ofdust.

Date: 2011-05-04 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Thank you. Very nice.

Date: 2011-05-04 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillylilly-bird.livejournal.com
that comic is marvelous!

Date: 2011-05-04 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
However, big points to Rift for the lesbian thing with Kira Thanos and Uriel Chuluun (Defiant side).

There's another female contact in the Meridian courtyard who apparently has a thing for Uriel. She's standing next to one of those teleporter stand things (not the Porticulum).

Date: 2011-05-04 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

Ah, yes, the one who ports you to Moonshade Highlands...

Date: 2011-05-04 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Uriel is clearly a hotty,

Date: 2011-05-04 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
That's the one, but Telarapedia doesn't mention the quest at all, so I don't recall what her name is.

Date: 2011-05-04 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The wikis are all in their infancies, and virtually useless.

Date: 2011-05-04 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathryn-aka-kat.livejournal.com
I'll also add "Under the Poppy" to What Should Be Read. (But there's only so much time in the world and it's getting thinner.)

I found a poem today that gives me a title ("no thorns go as deep") for the rose-ish basket I'm currently building, and you might like the source, though probably already known: "Dolores" by Swinburne.

Date: 2011-05-04 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

and you might like the source, though probably already known: "Dolores" by Swinburne.

Yep.

Date: 2011-05-04 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
"Big queer nerd-out."

Seriously, more of that, in whatever form.

Date: 2011-05-05 05:29 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-05-04 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-theadora.livejournal.com
I'm a bit behind in the book club having just started The Orange Eats Creeps, which is amazing. It makes me happy that Krilanovich found a publisher. Thank you for recommending it!

I will definitely check out Under the Poppy as well.

Date: 2011-05-05 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

See today's comment re: The Book Club.

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