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Yesterday, I received NEWS THAT IS SO GOOD, SO COOL, that I may very possibly explode before I'm permitted to spill the beans. I think, when I do, a lot of my readers will be very happy. Like, "Oh, fuck!" happy. Maybe in another few weeks. I hope. Otherwise...you know, the exploding-writer problem. Scanners and all that shit.

I needed a whole Good Worker Bee Pill to get to sleep this morning, and I feel like whatever comes after a zombie. Five and a half or six hours sleep, and a few hours from now this shit might be out of my system. Meanwhile, whatever comes after zombie. I think this entry's going to be a breach birth. My thoughts are sideways. And crookedy.

We sweltered all day yesterday. We basted in our own bodily juices. About an hour after sunset we left the house and drove over the river to India Point Park. There was a hint of a cool breeze coming off the harbor. The black water was washed with a shimmering industrial Christmas-tree glow from the lights along Allens Avenue – red, white, yellow, blue – half a mile, a mile to the west and southwest. We sat a while on a stone wall at the park before heading home to the oven again. I've begun this, this entry, the wrong way round, of course.

Yesterday, I did only 626 words on Chapter Three of Blood Oranges, and then there were phone calls, and I received NEWS THAT IS SO GOOD, SO COOL it sort of disrupted my ability to write fiction for the remainder of the afternoon. Instead, I wrote an introduction I've been meaning to write, the one that will come before the illustrations in the limited edition of Two Worlds and In Between. Spooky and I went through all the issues of The Dreaming and found the names of all the many artists I worked with between 1996 and 2002. So, all told (sans blog entry), I wrote 1,090 words.

I'm in a rock-opera state of mind.

The Big Dam eBay Sale continues. Please have a look, and thanks. Also, visit Spooky's Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries Etsy shop. All her paintings are on sale (limited time) for 20% off! Coupon code: ART20

So, last night again. Back to last night. After the drive, returning to the oven, even with Dr. Muñoz blowing in the middle parlor, my office was unbearable, so we retreated to the bedroom and streamed The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (Patrick Lussier, 2000). I am constantly amazed at my ability to underestimate just how bad a bad movie will be. Sure, dumb direct-to-video angelic horror, but for fuck's sake, Vincent Spano turned in what is likely the worst performance as an angel ever in the history of film. On the other hand, Christopher Walken was predictably entertaining. I'm pretty sure he must have said "Fuck this shitty movie. I'll just say some funny-ass shit, cash my check, and go home." Too little Brad Dourif, who would have improved things immensely had there been more of him. If he'd have had Vincent Spano's role, for instance.

Afterwards, we began streaming a very good documentary on William S. Burroughs, but at 12:30 the internet went away (space weather!). We did nothing in particular for the next hour, and were thinking about trying to sleep when a hellacious thunderstorm swept across the city. We'd heard thunder and seen distant flashes of lightning all night, even back at India Point. But I hadn't expected anything to come of it, and I certainly didn't expect what did come of it. A fifteen or twenty minute barrage of hail, straight-line winds from 50-70mph, rain to drown a fish. It hit, stripped leaves from trees and broke branches, and then was gone. Truly, I've been through tornadoes and hurricanes, and still this was impressive. The lights flickered, but didn't go out. Many people in Providence are still without power. Today we are expecting very, very bad weather. Anyway, after the storm, Spooky read to me from Water for Elephants while I sketched yellow umbrella ladies.

If this is boring you, I apologize. I'm trying to yammer myself awake. Spooky just brought me a Red Bull, and maybe that will act as an antidote to the Necessary Evil slogging through my bloodstream. Fight one Necessary Evil with another Necessary Evil, I always say.

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A tiny number of people who follow me (like 5-6 out of almost 1,800) are upset that I shut off the comment feature. Some wonder why I allow comments here, and not on Facebook. The answer is simple. It's rare that comments to my LJ are contentious or argumentative, whereas on Facebook I often make a remark that spawns a tiny flame war (that's probably a dated term). And I don't need that shit. Sometimes, I just want to say something, without soliciting good advices and dissention. I don't need that shit. And now it won't happen.

Time to make the doughnuts.

Windblown,
Aunt Beast

Oh, grainy photos from last night:





Heading west on India Street.



The bridge over the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier. I love this bridge at night.



View southwest across the harbor from where we sat at India Point Park.



Another shot of the hurricane barrier, this time from the north side.



Looking west across the Providence River, towards the Manchester Street Power Station and its 320-foot exhaust stacks. This is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Once upon the time, builders cared about what they built. They built for beauty, and erected cathedrals to their industries. All was not merely shoddy functionalism.

Date: 2011-06-09 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
Huzzah!

I hope the Good News will be out at Readercon, in a blaze of celebration.

Nine

Date: 2011-06-09 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I hope the Good News will be out at Readercon, in a blaze of celebration.

I think I'll be able to announce it by then, yes.

Date: 2011-06-09 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
Fight one Necessary Evil with another Necessary Evil, I always say.

Personally, when evil's truly necessary, I try not to fight, preferring to revel.

And I am delighted about your glorious news regardless of what ye so good, so cool news might be, and regardless of whether or not you or our vast network of spies have already told me said news.

So I shall wassail you and evil, simultaneously, in lieu of the joy of your company on this stormy and hot evening.

Date: 2011-06-09 06:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And I am delighted about your glorious news regardless of what ye so good, so cool news might be, and regardless of whether or not you or our vast network of spies have already told me said news.

It's not what you think it is (that thing, I've already been officially informed of, but it's also a Secret).

Date: 2011-06-09 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
Even better. I am now even more delighted for you and will postpone flogging any spies until after you tell me...

Date: 2011-06-09 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yeah, save the flogging. I probably could use it more than them.

Date: 2011-06-09 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

Good to hear that there's good news to look forward to... You should solicit guesses about the news. Top of my chart would be the news that the Alabaster stories were being adapted as a TV show under the direction of Joss Whedon and starring Felicia Day as Dancy. That'd be fun to see.

We were at 103 degrees on Tuesday, and were at 50 degrees this morning. Weather - such fun.

Regarding the artists during your The Dreaming stint - did you include Joe Bennet from Sandman Presents: Bast? Can't remember if he also worked with you on The Dreaming...

Date: 2011-06-09 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You should solicit guesses about the news.

Best if I don't.

Regarding the artists during your The Dreaming stint - did you include Joe Bennet from Sandman Presents: Bast?

Yep.

Date: 2011-06-09 06:45 pm (UTC)
mithriltabby: Bowler hat over roast chicken (Eats)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
Sweltering makes me miserable. It took some experimentation, but I figured out how to make slushy drinks on the cheap— the important thing is using a syrup as the flavoring agent rather than something with a lot of water, because grinding up ice drastically increases its surface area and makes it easy for the water in the flavoring agent to freeze out onto the crushed ice, so just chucking lemonade and ice cubes in the blender gets you a snow cone instead of a slushy. Torani syrups work well, and if you can handle Splenda as a sweetener, you can make technically negative-calorie drinks, since your body needs to burn calories to melt all that ice and bring it up to body temperature. (My primary motivator to figure this out was that my darling [livejournal.com profile] obsessivewoman has an exotic type of migraine that can be paralyzed by “brain freeze”, but it comes in handy just to cope with overly hot days...)

Date: 2011-06-09 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

and if you can handle Splenda as a sweetener,

I will not even speak of Splenda.

Date: 2011-06-09 07:31 pm (UTC)
mithriltabby: Happy bunny BLEAH (Bleah)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
Yeah, I have to have a pretty nasty cold to perceive most of the fake sweeteners as actually sweet...

Date: 2011-06-09 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kendare-blake.livejournal.com
Looking forward to your explosive news. Hopefully you can reveal soon. I hate it when they make us shut up.

The grainy quality of the photos somehow imparts the impression of hazy heat. Nice.

Date: 2011-06-09 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Hopefully you can reveal soon. I hate it when they make us shut up.

Same here.

The grainy quality of the photos somehow imparts the impression of hazy heat. Nice.

Good, because they are grainy.

Date: 2011-06-09 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the Mystery Good News!

Re Farcebook: good for you! Maybe you'll recruit a few people to join LiveJournal. The whole lack of privacy schtick is getting disturbing. I read that American users at least got some notice about the facial-recognition software. We had no warning at all over here.

That's a *beautiful* power station.

Date: 2011-06-09 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That's a *beautiful* power station.

It all but makes me swoon, as I am a sucker for architectural porn.

Date: 2011-06-09 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
With you on architectural porn. Disused factories and old brick bridges do it for me. I also have a paraphilia for spiral staircases.

Date: 2011-06-09 11:56 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-09 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
I cannot think of the last time I've read you being to explosively pleased with someone. It might not have ever happened. Does this have anything to do with the Dark Horse project which has not yet been explained? Even if not, when can we hear more about that?

Rift-wise, we got two more players (and another alt) joined up last night. I have directed them to sign up for the GuildPortal site. Both have mentioned that they are novice RPers, but we did a brief freeform bit of conversational RP out at the Kelari Refuge last night. We'll get them up and going soon enough, so keep an eye our for them.

Date: 2011-06-09 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Does this have anything to do with the Dark Horse project which has not yet been explained?

I'll say as soon as I can. Patience, young grasshopper!

Rift-wise, we got two more players (and another alt) joined up last night.

Very good!

Date: 2011-06-09 09:02 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (Walking)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
I'll say as soon as I can. Patience, young grasshopper!

Good, I haven't missed it. (Because it is, of course, all about me.)

Meanwhile, I'll resist faking umbrage at you shutting off Facebook comments. ([livejournal.com profile] robyn_ma could probably do that better and funnier, anyway.) Really, it's cool that you figured out how to do that!

Peace. Enough peace, at least.

Date: 2011-06-09 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
there are a couple more chezy straight to video movies in the Prophecy line, with the coroner as the continuing character.

Date: 2011-06-09 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

straight to video movies in the Prophecy line,

Of the three films in the series, only the third was direct-to-video/DVD.

Date: 2011-06-10 07:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
there were a total of 5 movies made:

The Prophecy (1995)
The Prophecy II (1998)
The Ascent (2000)
Uprising (2005)
Forsaken (2005)

Date: 2011-06-10 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
Okay. That's something I didn't need to know.

Date: 2011-06-09 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathryn-aka-kat.livejournal.com
It's so great to hear you're getting Good News, even if you can't share yet. Yay, too, for rock-opera states of mind. ^_^

Date: 2011-06-09 08:37 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Cho Hakkai: intelligence)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Yesterday, I received NEWS THAT IS SO GOOD, SO COOL, that I may very possibly explode before I'm permitted to spill the beans.

I'm very glad to hear it!

Nice bridge, too.

Date: 2011-06-09 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Congrats on the good news! (Whatever it may be...)

Date: 2011-06-09 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
Brad Dourif in the Vincent Spano role. Wow. That would have been extra creepy and wonderful! But no, he's ever the disposable manic killer guy in these things. Too bad.

So glad you got such excellent good news! And, of course, I can't wait to find out what it is.

Date: 2011-06-09 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And, of course, I can't wait to find out what it is.

I am bursting at the seams.

News

Date: 2011-06-09 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captaincurt81.livejournal.com
I hope whatever your news may be it will spotlight your ingenius creativity and also ease your financial condition. I'm happy for you.

Re: News

Date: 2011-06-09 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I hope whatever your news may be it will spotlight your ingenius creativity and also ease your financial condition.

It's a step in the right direction.

Date: 2011-06-10 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pwtucker.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the splendiferous news. Can't wait to hear what fortune your hard work has earned.

Date: 2011-06-10 01:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catconley.livejournal.com
Awesome storm last night and today - not gonna lie, sorta hoping for some frogs or fish thrown in there, but the lightning and hail were pretty sweet :) Congrats on the good news!

Date: 2011-06-10 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

not gonna lie, sorta hoping for some frogs or fish thrown in there, but the lightning and hail were pretty sweet

Here, so many trees and branches came down, and so many leaves were stripped free, the air smelled intensely of sap.

Date: 2011-06-10 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seph-ski.livejournal.com
Oh, Aunt Beast! You're such a wicked tease!!! I can't wait to hear what the news is, but I'm already excited just to see you so excited!

Date: 2011-06-10 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Oh, Aunt Beast! You're such a wicked tease!!!

Um...yeah.

News

Date: 2011-06-10 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rexallen.livejournal.com
Yesterday, I received NEWS THAT IS SO GOOD, SO COOL

Wait a minute. I already fell for something like this on April 1st...

As a wise man once said: "Fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - well, you can't get fooled again."

Re: News

Date: 2011-06-10 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Wait a minute. I already fell for something like this on April 1st...

Great. Now I'm the writer who cried wolf.

But...this IS different.

Re: News

Date: 2011-06-10 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rexallen.livejournal.com
The psychic wound is still fresh. I'm not sure I'll be able trust anyone ever again.

Certainly not with the same untarnished innocence which I still possessed on March 31st...

Date: 2011-06-10 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rysmiel.livejournal.com
Oh go good news, whatever it is; I really should confirm my readercon room share, come to think of it, thank you for the reminder.

To my mind Prophecy 2 and 3 work very much better watched as one complete thing.

Date: 2011-06-10 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

To my mind Prophecy 2 and 3 work very much better watched as one complete thing.

Question is, what sort of thing?

Date: 2011-06-10 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rysmiel.livejournal.com
A thing with fewer plot holes than either 2 or 3 considered alone and lots of Christopher Walken that hits a particular sweet spot of Christian-mythos hacking that works for me.

Date: 2011-06-10 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chicagofats.livejournal.com
Congratulations on your so good, so cool news! Whatever it may be!

Date: 2011-06-10 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
ahhhhh you tease


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