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And (whatever the calendar says) today is the first day of summer in Providence. Plus! For a limited time and at no added bonus, a massive solar flare is barreling towards Earth at some 1,400 kilometres per second! Whee! In the house, it's 85F and climbing! Outside, 88F and also climbing. Whee!

In Rhode Island, we don't have seasons. The climate has moods.

Lately, I'm realizing (and I should have realized this sooner) that, as an author, I am being expected to be a lot more computer savvy than I am. Not only that, I'm seemingly expected to be able to afford the software and gadgets. Publishers and editors assume I have iPhones and iPads, that I can use Adobe and edit in MS Word. Surprise! Nope. And I really don't see this changing anytime soon. I'm too poor and too stubborn and too disinterested. If anything, I'm perversely tempted to respond to the techno-pressure by composing my next novel on the 1941 Royal typewriter sitting on my mantle. Works just fine. I can get ribbons. It breaks, I fix it myself. Might have to use a screwdriver, worst-case scenario, I'll type it all out, the manuscript, saving electricity and making carbon copies as I go (remember those?), then send four hundred and fifty actual pages by parcel post to my editor. Oh, by the way. Books would, for the most part, get shorter again, and far fewer books would be written, if every one had to work in the Realm of Analog. This would be a good thing.

Writers need to be writing, not learning to use software and the latest bullshit app.

That's not the end of a rant. I'll come back to it, by and by. All my life, I expect I'll be coming back to it. Oh! On a related note, yesterday while shutting off Facebook's scary facial-recognition software (they don't ask if you wanna opt in; you have to opt out), I discovered how to shut off comments on FB. I don't care if it's a social network; I'm repurposing the bitch to my own ends.

A package from S. T. Joshi just arrived. Inside was a copy of Wilum Pugmire's The Tangled Muse (Centipede Press, 2010). Gods, this might be the most beautiful book I've ever held. Certainly, in the top ten. More astounding still, this is from the first printing of only six copies, after which, due to a dispute with an artist involved, the book had to be reset. Wow. Thank you S. T., and thank you, Wilum.

Yesterday, we caught a matinée of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, and I rather loved it. Some might pick nits, but I won't. It was too fun to ruin by nit picking. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender were very good, and Jennifer Lawrence made a great Mystique. I loved Nicholas Hoult's Beast. Hell, even Kevin Bacon didn't annoy me. Anyway, yes. Wonderful.

Ashes and diamonds,
Foe and friend.
We were all equal in the end.
(Pink Floyd)

One day, I'll tell the story of how, in 2005, I almost wrote an X-Men mini-series. It's a sordid tale.

Fuck all, it's hot in here.

Before I forget, the Big Damn eBay Sale is off to a good start. Please have look, please. Also, just as helpful and worthwhile, see Spooky's Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries Etsy shop. All her paintings are on sale (limited time) for 20% off! Coupon code: ART20

Today, I go back to work on Blood Oranges, and later I'll be talking with [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy (Talking, yes! On the phone!) about the trailer and other promotional goodies we're working on to aid in the promotion of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. That's likely the whole of my coming day.

Rift last night. Selwyn and Missya made Level 46, and were sent from Iron Pine Peak to dread Stillmoor, where once was the great Mathosian Empire, and now the eye of Regulos holds sway over the cratered land. Late, there was some truly grand and very grim rp with [livejournal.com profile] stsisyphus. Thank you, Sirrah.

Okay. I go forth to broil...I leave you with wonderful new images of my favorite world.

Warmly (haha),
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-06-08 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
Ooh, The Tangled Muse, ooh.

Date: 2011-06-08 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You should come tonight and drool at the actual artefact. And sweat.

Date: 2011-06-08 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
Does tomorrow night work?

Date: 2011-06-08 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
That is probably lovely then.

tangled muse

Date: 2011-06-08 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] waristerrorism.livejournal.com
damn, that's beautiful.

Re: tangled muse

Date: 2011-06-08 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

A computer cannot convey....

<3

Date: 2011-06-08 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] waristerrorism.livejournal.com
does it smell good & are the pages glossy? I'm curious. I will let you work. I have some work to do myself.

Re: <3

Date: 2011-06-08 07:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Smells good. No glossy pages. I hate glossy pages.

Date: 2011-06-08 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timesygn.livejournal.com

I'm perversely tempted to respond to the techno-pressure by composing my next novel on the 1941 Royal typewriter sitting on my mantle.

Harlan would be proud.

Books would, for the most part, get shorter again if every one had to work in the Realm of Analog.

And, I suspect, better because then they'd only get written by people who actually care. I'm all for a return to clay tablets.

Date: 2011-06-08 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Harlan would be proud.

I think he is.

And, I suspect, better because then they'd only get written by people who actually care.

Yep.

Date: 2011-06-08 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marisa sandlin (from livejournal.com)
Thankfully I keep a pretty tight rein on my FB security settings, but I am no naif to believe they don't change how it works when not looking. I think my friend Ben in the UK summed up this newest wrinkle best:

"This new thing is about Facefuck automatically enabling something that doesn't matter in the slightest anyway. Yeah, they should have publicised it better, given that they have bad press for ignoring privacy concerns. But that's their PR issue. It makes no odds in real terms.

All of our details have been on umpteen databases for a decade or more. As a private citizen, I can find someone in a heartbeat if I want to. What do people think the electoral roll is actually used for? Or registering that you own a car? And putting a personal profile of yourself online on the biggest social networking site in the world?"

Date: 2011-06-08 07:31 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (Berthold Run)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Yesterday, we caught a matinée of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, and I rather loved it. Some might pick nits, but I won't. It was too fun to ruin by nit picking.

Enjoyed it, too. I think I'm becoming a genuine Matthew Vaughn-Jane Goldman fan, and I'm glad they got to do an X-Men flick finally. (And not be too rushed, either: it looks like the filmmakers had more time to write this than The Last Stand, which Vaughn almost directed.) I liked that the film paid some homage to 60s movie pacing, and also was more clever with how the mutants used their powers (like what Emma Frost does to the Russian admiral) than The Last Stand was, I thought. Sex appeal, too! So: that's some of the good things. I left the film grinning. (And that one use of "fuck" made me laugh out loud.)

Date: 2011-06-08 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andrian6.livejournal.com
Quoth Queen: I want it all! (http://www.usbtypewriter.com/)

Image

Date: 2011-06-08 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
I'm perversely tempted to respond to the techno-pressure by composing my next novel on the 1941 Royal typewriter sitting on my mantle.

Percussion is a powerful aphrodesiac.

Inside was a copy of Wilum Pugmire's The Tangled Muse...

Wow. As others have said, that does look very attractive.

Yesterday, we caught a matinée of Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, and I rather loved it.

I was wondering if you would get out to see this. I was surprised to find that it was pretty good. I'm very curious to hear what your plot/pitch would have been for an X-men series.

Thanks for the RP. Hard to tell how Celinn's going to cope with last night's parting, but it'll get worked out. By the by, I added a few threads to the GP site.

Date: 2011-06-08 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Misspelling "aphrodisiac" is a gigantic turn off, though.

Date: 2011-06-08 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
I have that same model typewriter, plus a couple older ones. I find them hard to resist at estate and yard sales. l think that if I buy them up then some stupid jerk won't break them up to make jewelry out of their keys that folks will throw out in a couple years when steampunk is passe.

You can disable comments on FB? Oh, that sounds wonderful! I'm guessing it's in those customize settings things, so I'll see if I can't figure it out, too. Sometimes I just want to post something and not get a lot of feedback and "good advice" from folks.

Date: 2011-06-08 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

Oh, one if my major peeves is people destroying typewriters...

Date: 2011-06-08 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jdack.livejournal.com
McAvoy is fast becoming among my favorite actors. His brit accent makes him sound almost exactly like fellow Scot Ewan McGregor's Obi-Wan.

Date: 2011-06-08 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaoi-prince.livejournal.com
As an art historian who has written about typewriters on more than one occasion, and as an ardent fan of them, what you write here made me happy.

Oh, by the way. Books would, for the most part, get shorter again if every one had to work in the Realm of Analog. This would be a good thing...

Wouldn't it just. It would certainly improve my life.

Also, I just have to say, and without needing to know anything in the way of details, the X-Men mini you almost wrote immediately goes on to my mental list of unrealised projects which if they existed, would probably send me loopy with their awesomeness.

Date: 2011-06-08 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kylecassidy.livejournal.com
i got a typewriter a few years back, it was so beautiful and i thought "Hey, I'll write letters on it" -- i got about half a page into one letter and ended that thought.

Date: 2011-06-15 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyblue56.livejournal.com
If anything, I'm perversely tempted to respond to the techno-pressure by composing my next novel on the 1941 Royal typewriter sitting on my mantle. Works just fine. I can get ribbons. It breaks, I fix it myself. Might have to use a screwdriver, worst-case scenario, I'll type it all out, the manuscript, saving electricity and making carbon copies as I go (remember those?), then send four hundred and fifty actual pages by parcel post to my editor. Oh, by the way. Books would, for the most part, get shorter again, and far fewer books would be written, if every one had to work in the Realm of Analog. This would be a good thing.


I'm late to the party but beyond the typing on a manual typewriter and making carbon copies there is a book by Graham Rawle titled 'Woman's World' that was created page by page using collage and the words came from 1960's womens magazines. A very impressive 437 pages, each page pasted together and then scanned - took him 5 yrs to complete. http://www.amazon.com/Womans-World-Novel-Graham-Rawle/dp/1582434638/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1308169884&sr=1-1

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