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Only five hours sleep last night and the night before, and I'm feeling it. Add to that the fact that winter ended just last week and we've now fast forwarded to July, so my office is sweltering, and I presently feel just a little bit crappy. And sweaty. And sleepy.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,697 words, beginning and completing the second piece for Sirenia Digest #67, which is called simply "Untitled 35." By the way, "Untitled 35" is the 90th piece of short fiction I have written specifically for the digest. Which sort of blew my mind, when I did the math. Anyway, the vignette gets back to the roots of the digest. In fact, this whole issue does. Anyway, Vince is currently working on an illustration for the other story appearing in #67, "Figurehead."

I'm making this entry on the Asus laptop, Zoe, as I've never written anything on her before, and I'm curious to see if I'm as clumsy with this keyboard as I feared I would be. So far, I'm fine.

I have a number of almost, but not quite completely, edited projects piled on top of me that have to be attended to as soon as the digest goes out, before I get back to work on Blood Oranges. The changes to the galley pages of Two Worlds and In Between, and the Crimson Alphabet chapbook. And there's The Drowning Girl, which needs a couple of tweaks. And...stuff I'm too groggy to remember. But it all has to be taken care of ASAP.

Some email yesterday with [ profile] kylecassidy regarding our impending work on the visual accompaniments for The Drowning Girl. We spoke of crow masks and nuns.

Spooky spent almost the entire day having new tires put on the automobile, and returning overdue library books to the Athenaeum. Well, almost all day on the first thing. The belated book return was, I expect, quick by comparison to sitting at the tire place for three or four hours.

Oh, did I mention it was hot? If not, well, it is. Hot. Here. Which is mostly just funny, because we were having to use the fireplace about a week ago.

Last night, about 10:30, we escaped the sweltering house, crossed the river, and then drove willy-nilly about College Hill, and all the way over to the southern end of Gano Street, where I'm setting part of Blood Oranges. I needed to see it at night. Now, I need to see it at twilight. The interstate looms above it there, and tawdry houses crouch in ominous shadows. Sorry. Just had an attack of Lovecraftitis. All over College Hill, the sidewalks were littered with the crap the deserted apartments of college kids excrete at the end of each school year. We saw two girls wheeling enormous wheeley bin things down the road, evidently cleaning out studios at RISD. On Benefit Street, we saw a very tall boy in a dress, attired rather like Dame Darcy. As Spooky said, he didn't look bad in a dress, but it was a curious sight, there beneath the streetlights. And then, a few minutes afterwards, we threw a hubcap. I assume there's no connection between the Dame Darcy boy and the throwing of the hubcap, but, rather, that someone at the tire place did a poor job of putting the thing back on. Anyway, Spooky managed to retrieve it, so all's well that ends well. It was wonderfully cool Outside, and the air smelled clean (though I expect it wasn't).

In Rift, there was more very good rp. Enthlye, Artemisia, Celinn, and Selwynn, at Lantern Hook in the Droughtlands. Lantern Hook, as I may have mentioned, is essentially a sietch, down to the reservoir. Anyway, the Order's future was discussed, as was Selwyn's sudden change of gender. But, yes. Loving the rp. I've not cared as much about an rp character as I do about Selwyn in quite some time. And it's amazing how Telera lends itself perfectly to rp, whereas Azeroth simply doesn't. Mostly, I think it's a matter of Rift being willing to take itself seriously. As someone said last night in general chat, "It's like WoW, without the suck and fail."

And I read "A new enantiornithine bird from the Lower Cretaceous of western Liaoning, China" and "The osteology of Chubutisaurus insignis del Corro, 1975 (Dinosauria: Neosauropoda) from the 'middle' Cretaceous of central Patagonia, Argentina," both in the January JVP. And tried not to think about sunrise.

Okay, make an end to this entry. Later, kittens.

Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-05-31 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You got my attention with the crow masks!

*90* stories? Blimey.

By the way, how bloody awesome is Under the Poppy?

Date: 2011-05-31 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

*90* stories? Blimey.

My reaction.

By the way, how bloody awesome is Under the Poppy?

As awesome as awesome gets.
Edited Date: 2011-05-31 06:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-05-31 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If you need an excellent mask maker, let me know. You can see some of her work on her FB page here:

Date: 2011-05-31 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Those are wonderful, but the masked have already been purchased.

Date: 2011-05-31 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Q is an incredible talent.

Looking forward to what you and K.C. produce.

Date: 2011-05-31 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad you were able to recover the hubcap; we discovered we'd lost one yesterday (or the day before) somewhere between DC and LA.

Date: 2011-05-31 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I heard it rattling about 30 seconds before it flew off, which was fortunately on a pretty deserted street. I'm glad the rattling was just the hubcap and not something scary.

Date: 2011-05-31 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Now, I believe you like Ruger Hauer. And this is pure kid night mayhem.

"Welcome to Fuck-town" is going to be the phrase I answer my phone with from now on.

Date: 2011-05-31 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Sorry to hear of the heat and humidity - we're just getting our first dose of it also.

90 new pieces - that's more than I would have guessed. Looks like it's likely to hit 100 by the end of the year, and then it'll be time for a celebration!

Off to a China Mieville reading/signing tonight. I've been looking forward to Embassytown.

Date: 2011-05-31 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
re: season; yeah. I'm sorry. That's the reason I have only dabbled with but never stuck with this continent on the wrong side of the Rockies: the months that aren't covered with snow are essentially sewage in a pressure cooker.

Date: 2011-06-02 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
some Top Sekret Things have ARRIVED!


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