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How does one forget that she's supposed to be in Manhattan on Tuesday? That is, she forgets until almost the last minute, and...it's all pretty embarrassing. But I do. Have to be in Manhattan tomorrow, to see my agent and visit with Peter Straub and so on and so forth. I think it's a matter of inertia, the forgetting. The objects remaining at rest tending to remain at rest half of inertia, I mean. Not being one of the traveling authors, but one of the "homebody" authors – id est, one of the reclusive, antisocial, and sporadically agoraphobic ones. I am well acquainted with authors who jet about the world, while I rarely leave the apartment. I'd blame the TSA, but I'm pretty sure the rise of their New and Improved Draconian policies merely worsened what was already there.

It's a shame I can't blame the motherfucking fascist TSA.

So, tomorrow we take the train to NYC, but we'll be back on Wednesday evening.

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On the subject of eBay: Please note, as stated on all our auction pages, we do not take checks or money orders. We also do not make exceptions, especially if you win an auction and then fail to contact us for three days. We only take PayPal. Here's the main reason why: Around here, money is almost always tight. And when we see an auction end, especially a "high-ticket item" like the recently auctioned boxed, lettered, double-signed edition of In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers (something we'd never before auctioned), we immediately factor that income into our budget. Because PayPal immediately sees to it that we're paid. So...please don't bid unless you have a working PayPal account, with sufficient money in it to cover your bid. Doing otherwise will cause us great inconvenience and, I might add, reflect poorly upon you. Wow. I haven't been that coherent in days.

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If you are so foolish as to even imagine you'd like to be an author, you need to read Nick Mamatas' Starve Better: Surviving the Endless Horror of the Writing Life. There's even a free digital version. It includes his rather brilliant essay, "Against Craft," which I adore, having always loathed the idea that writing is a "craft," and not an art.

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Rain, rain, rain. All we have is rain and chill.

What was there to yesterday? There was that other leaning paper tower in my office, which, it turned out, was several leaning towers' worth of filing. Working from basic stratigraphic principles – specifically, the law of superposition, so thank you Nicolas Steno – that nothing much had been filed since at least June 2010. Which really says a lot. Back to inertia. Anyway, you file, and you find things you've lost that you never even knew you had.

Apologies to Rift folks. I just wasn't, for the most part, up to it yesterday. Mostly, I wanted to spend the day hiding in the bathtub under several layers of blankets. So, I wasn't around yesterday. The good news is that I slept last night, almost nine hours, thanks to one of the pills I prefer to avoid (mostly because it's not cheap). I'm not okay, but I'm better. Dreams aside, I'm better. Another night like that, I'll be much better. A week of that, I'll be functional again.

Last night, we watched the last two DVDs from Friday's binge at Acme Video. The first was Woody Allen's pitch-perfect Broadway Danny Rose (1984), and the second (last of the five) was Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960), one of the films you'd find on my most-favorite-ever list. Both were new to Spooky. Seeing Broadway Danny Rose again, I remembered the first time I ate at the Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue (Midtown NYC). It was very late at night, or early the next morning. May the 13th, 1998, which was a rainy Saturday. Unless you say it was the rainy pre-dawn hours of May the 14th, 1998, a Sunday, which is more likely. It was me, Christa Faust, some Mexican wrestler dude (masked, even), and Bernie Wrightson. I'd spent the night in a latex bodysuit and an Israeli gas mask, and was very, very dehydrated. That's a small bit of a long story. I'd just turned thirty-four.

A few years there, I spent so much time in New York.

Last night, after the movies, I lay on the floor in the front parlor listening to the rain. Just before bed, we ate fresh pineapple.

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What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind...
(William Wordsworth, "Ode: Intimations of Immortality")

On the Eve of Departure,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-05-16 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillylilly-bird.livejournal.com
That eBay thing is just RUDE! Unless I 1-know I have the money to pay or 2-contact the seller BEFORE I bid if I need a couple days past the end-date to get permission, I don't bid. I may covet [whimper/whine], but I don't bid.
And it is definitely a shame you can't blame the TSA.

Date: 2011-05-16 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I hated to even bring up the eBay thing, truthfully. And, fortunately, we had two other people who'd bid who were still interested.

Date: 2011-05-16 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillylilly-bird.livejournal.com
You shouldn't have to, but apparently manners and respect and the ability to read and follow directions are vanishing species. Also, very good that the other bidders were still interested.

Date: 2011-05-16 06:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
I can forget things like that quite easily! I rely on external aids to memory, and was very pleased when I made the transition from a small black appointment book (which I had to remember to consult) to electronic reminders that could beep at me when I needed to do something. (I can blather at length about that if you’re curious, but it’s otherwise pretty boring.)

Date: 2011-05-16 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

to electronic reminders that could beep at me when I needed to do something. (I can blather at length about that if you’re curious, but it’s otherwise pretty boring.)

Things that beep at me cause me terror and anxiety, and piss me off, so, while I have a few, I tend to keep them switched off and hidden in drawers. I rely on my calendar and appointment book. Which usually works.

Date: 2011-05-16 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
I wish you a blessed New York and can't wait to hear all about it. If all else fails, as it so often does, a valuable question for any writer to ask themselves is: "What would Hank Moody do?"

Date: 2011-05-16 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"What would Hank Moody do?"

Hell, yes. In the case of this NYC trip, likely he'd say "fuck it," take a few pills, and get laid, instead of going.

Date: 2011-05-16 06:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
So, tomorrow we take the train to NYC, but we'll be back on Wednesday evening.

Travel safe; say hello to the city for me. I miss it. I try not to think it's like missing another life.

Date: 2011-05-16 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I try not to think it's like missing another life.

Indeed.

Date: 2011-05-16 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egologic.livejournal.com
If you've never been to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, it really is worth the visit.

http://www.bbg.org/

Date: 2011-05-16 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
Still awaiting the hard-cover Starve Better, as the bibliophile in me has still not purchased any variety of e-reader. Although waiting for the damn post anymore makes me ache to have the words RIGHT NOW.

In regards to writing, I've always looked at craft and art as two different aspects. The craft is really the mechanics of it. The art is what makes it successful. And I do not say that to try to argue with Nick Mamatas. For anyone, that's a losing battle.

Itchy palms for three days to the rude one who left you hanging on the purchase like that. So pleased that were able to find a buyer.

Date: 2011-05-16 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
I've always looked at craft and art as two different aspects. The craft is really the mechanics of it.

Well, obviously, I disagree. To me, it's talent, which makes me all unfashionably meritocratic and politically incorrect and shit. The workshops find that idea anathema, I think. But I say, you can write, or you can't. A talented writer will work to get better, or she/he won't. A talented writer may also stoop to hackery, at times, because bills must be paid. But without talent, "craftwork" is useless.

The idea of talent is unpopular in America, just like the idea of Art.

Itchy palms for three days to the rude one who left you hanging on the purchase like that. <

A fitting curse.

Edited Date: 2011-05-16 09:02 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-05-16 09:29 pm (UTC)
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Hope your trip is a good one.

Date: 2011-05-16 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
"It was me, Christa Faust, some Mexican wrestler dude (masked, even), and Bernie Wrightson." Now there's an amazing gathering! What an evening that must have been.

Date: 2011-05-16 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Now there's an amazing gathering! What an evening that must have been.

I didn't even mention the fetish club....

Date: 2011-05-16 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
I'd spent the night in a latex bodysuit and an Israeli gas mask, and was very, very dehydrated.

I don't know what it means that I actually remember this incident, because you blogged about it before and posted pictures. Of course, a picture of you in latex and a gasmask is pretty damned memorable.

Date: 2011-05-16 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I don't know what it means that I actually remember this incident, because you blogged about it before and posted pictures.

Well, it's not something I've ever done since.

Date: 2011-05-17 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ellen-datlow.livejournal.com
Sorry you won't be here in NYC a little longer (it sounds like a hit and run trip).

Nick Mamatas

Date: 2011-05-18 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spank-an-elf.livejournal.com
So when aren't craftspeople artists? To me Nick's nose is a little too high in the air. If you create, you are an artist.

Am I missing some highly polished point? Oh well, too bad.

Date: 2011-05-19 07:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tetzermetzger.livejournal.com
On the subject of eBay: Please note, as stated on all our auction pages, we do not take checks or money orders. We also do not make exceptions, especially if you win an auction and then fail to contact us for three days. We only take PayPal. Here's the main reason why: Around here, money is almost always tight. And when we see an auction end, especially a "high-ticket item" like the recently auctioned boxed, lettered, double-signed edition of In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers (something we'd never before auctioned), we immediately factor that income into our budget. Because PayPal immediately sees to it that we're paid. So...please don't bid unless you have a working PayPal account, with sufficient money in it to cover your bid. Doing otherwise will cause us great inconvenience and, I might add, reflect poorly upon you. Wow. I haven't been that coherent in days. Not my loss but I do feel sorry about the winner being called out like that. Especially since a check (cleared) or a money order is as good as cash unless I missed something. Sad to see such Luddite staples go by the wayside. Remember the days when you'd write a check just days before you would get paid?

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