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Today is mine and Spooky's ninth anniversary as Us. We actually met in New Orleans in 1999, but there was much caution and testing of the waters and so forth before finalizing the arrangement. Time has proven that a wise move. It's going to be a fairly unremarkable day, though. A little work. I need my hair trimmed (Spooky does that these days), and I'll cook dinner. Our financial situation is currently too precarious to allow for "lavish" anniversary celebrations ("The check will always be late.").

Nine years. Kind of hard to wrap my brain around.

Yesterday, we made very good progress reading through the manuscript for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. It really is more of a read-through, and less of editing. I'm making line edits, here and there, but these stories are, for the most part, in very good shape. We read "The Melusine (1898)," "Untitled 33," "I Am the Abyss and I Am the Light," and "Dancing With the Eight of Swords." All fairly long stories. We'll make it through a few more today.

I've been trying to decide whether or not I'll write an introduction. I feel the need to justify these stories – they are profane, obscene, pornographic, and "bizarrely" so. But I also know that attempts at justification and defence would only subvert the stories, when the object of the stories themselves is to subvert normative, non-transformative sexuality. Of course, these stories are no more or less obscene than those in The Ammonite Violin & Others, and I didn't feel this urge to defend them. So, I'm not sure what's up, why I have become more skittish. But I'm reading Angela Carter's The Sadeian Woman: And the Ideology of Pornography, and pondering the matter. Carter writes:

Pornographers are the enemies of women only because our contemporary ideology of pornography does not encompass the possibility of change, as if we were slaves to history and not its makers, as if sexual relations were not necessarily an expression of social relations, as if sex itself were an external fact, as immutable as the weather, creating human practice but never a part of it.

She wrote this in 1977, but it seems as relevant now as it did thirty-four years ago. Perhaps we should consider that all fantasy (including sf) is obscene, as it subverts the normative, immutable view of reality and revels wantonly in the infinite alternatives. It certainly violates. You might even go so far as to say fantasy rapes reality in that act of transformation, as there certainly is no consent involved, between the writer and the "real" world as we know it. That most authors avoid including sexuality in the act of reshaping the world (or creating novel ones from bits and pieces of this one) is, more than anything, I believe, a reflection of our society's sexual hangups. There are exceptions, of course. Consider The Left Hand of Darkness, for example.

Then again, this may all be bullshit defence, where, as I said already, defence likely is both unnecessary and possibly detrimental.

Also, I've let the email back up again.

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Back in the early nineties, I was a great fan of Law and Order. That was just before I stopped watching television for several years. I was especially fond of the seasons with Michael Moriarty as Executive Assistant District Attorney, but confess to being less enthusiastic about the show once Moriarty left and the cast began to shuffle about. Anyway... last week, bored, Spooky and I began streaming Law & Order: Criminal Intent from Netflix, mostly because I love Vincent D'Onofrio, and I loved the Holmes and Watson parallel. The show is pretty awesome. I'm not so crazy about Kathryn Erbe, but she's growing on me. Most of the cast is pretty flat, and many of the actors seem baffled by D'Onofrio's delightful antics. Courtney B. Vance has potential, but rarely opens up. We blew through the twenty-two episodes of Season One in only a handful of days, and are ready to begin Season Two.

Also, we may be moving our Rift guild, Eyes of the Faceless Man, to another shard after all. Spooky's been exploring rp on the Faeblight shard***, and it seems rp really is taken much more seriously there (and the move is free and fast). On our present shard, supposedly an rp shard, we mostly get idiots, and see very little rp beyond our own. I was skeptical that things would be better on Faeblight, but seems I might have been wrong. That happens, on rare occasions.

Now...I should go. I need a bath before work.

In All My Sadeian Glory,
Aunt Beast

*** Turns out, Faeblight has closed to transfers in the last few days. But I have an alternate plan. I'll contact all the guild members.

Date: 2011-07-03 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
Congratulations on nine years.

Date: 2011-07-03 06:45 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-03 07:03 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey: passion)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Today is mine and Spooky's ninth anniversary as Us.

Happy anniversary, ninth wave.

Date: 2011-07-03 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Ninth wave...yeah. All in flame. Thanks.

Date: 2011-07-03 07:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
A raise of the glass to you and Spooky.

-fantasy *rapes* reality-

See, I'd not even considered the non-consensual relationship between writer and 'real' world. That's given me much to think about; thank you.

I was (I'm hoping I'm not now, or I'm getting over it) probably one of those people with hang-ups. I thought porn clashed with my idea of feminism. You can be an idealist and a puritan at the same time. I'd have earnest arguments with women friends on how porn was anti-women etc etc. I've just realised it's just a relic from my brush with Xtianity, fossilised guilt. I'm getting over it, I hope.

Uh, I *meant* to say I'll try and find The Sadeian Woman, and that I only discovered The Left Hand Of Darkness quite recently, marvellous novel.

Date: 2011-07-03 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Feminists who get hung up over porn drive me nuts. Usually, it's the Radfems. And yeah, a lot of this is holdover Puritanism, or various other psychosexual and social hangups.

The idea about fantasy "raping" reality on just occurred to me this afternoon, but it rather fascinates me.

Date: 2011-07-03 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livia-llewellyn.livejournal.com
With all due respect: fuck justification. If anything, your introduction should say "I'm going to utterly and completely violate your mind. You're welcome." The readers who love your work and who want to read, who are willing and able to set aside themselves to enter into whatever awaits them, will not need justification and will thank you for it. The best fiction, IMO, never apologizes for itself. It merely raises the blade, and then brings it down. The best readers welcome it.

Also: happy anniversary!

Date: 2011-07-03 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Well...yeah. That does rather get the point across, doesn't it? And it's not so different from my opening statements for Frog Toes and Tentacles and Tales for the Woeful Platypus.

Date: 2011-07-03 08:54 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (TNG Darmok)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
This, I hope, counts as a nice anniversary gift: Neko Case and Nick Cave covering the Zombies's "She's Not There." (It was recorded for tonight's True Blood.)

Date: 2011-07-03 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That is mighty awesome.

Love the cover (even if I hate the show).

Date: 2011-07-04 02:49 am (UTC)
ext_4772: (Walking)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
You can pretend Neko and Nick recorded it just for you. People have written music for you before, after all!

Date: 2011-07-03 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Congratulations to both of you on Nine. Since it's all about the travel rather than the destination, the celebration won't be any less sweet when the check comes in.

I'm reading Angela Carter's The Sadeian Woman: And the Ideology of Pornography, and pondering the matter. Carter writes:

When you originally mentioned the book and I grabbed my copy to flip through it, this is actually the passage/page I first turned to. How curious.

Also, we may be moving our Rift guild, Eyes of the Faceless Man, to another shard after all.

I'll be interested in your ideas on this.

Date: 2011-07-03 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'll be interested in your ideas on this.

I'm about to make a BIG post on it on the gp. I want discussion there, so I'm going to be herding cats (though, at this point, I think our truly active guild members are down to about 6, at most).

Date: 2011-07-03 09:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fort-kanji.livejournal.com
Happy Ninth!

Date: 2011-07-03 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-theadora.livejournal.com
Happy anniversary to you both!

Date: 2011-07-03 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kizery.livejournal.com

Happy anniversary to you and Spooky!

Nine While Nine

Date: 2011-07-03 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
A very happy ninth anniversary. Time is a creeping, silent thing. I really can't believe we're almost up to our own eighteenth anniversary of our relationship - the number just doesn't seem real.

Pornography is in the eye of the beholder; bizarreness, obscenity and profanity make some people blush and curse. Never mind, let's hope the faint of heart pay out the cash before they realise the trip they are being taken on.

Re: Nine While Nine

Date: 2011-07-03 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

bizarreness, obscenity and profanity make some people blush and curse.

That cursing bit, we call that irony.

Date: 2011-07-03 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ulffriend.livejournal.com
Happy anniversary!

A reader's thought on an introduction: I enjoy reading your intros and afterwards as well as the stories themselves. I appreciate the perspective that they offer, and sometimes find my re-reading to be more fruitful as a result. If you chose to write one, I'm sure that it will be a nice compliment to the work. If not, the work stands on its own.

Date: 2011-07-04 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] michael-b-lee.livejournal.com
Happy Anniversary to you both!

Date: 2011-07-04 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spiritualmonkey.livejournal.com
Back in the early nineties, I was a great fan of Law and Order.

I'm pretty confident that, shown the opening sequence from any episode with Mike Logan on the case, I can name the crime, circumstances, and murderer before the final four bass-slap notes at the end of the credits.

At least I could at one time. Haven't tried for years.

Happy anniversary from a recent co-celebrant. :D

Date: 2011-07-04 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm pretty confident that, shown the opening sequence from any episode with Mike Logan on the case, I can name the crime, circumstances, and murderer before the final four bass-slap notes at the end of the credits.

I can boast of no such ability.

Date: 2011-07-04 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Happy anniversary!

a lot to think about

Date: 2011-07-04 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] waristerrorism.livejournal.com
Happy Anniversary: High five!!


Re: a lot to think about

Date: 2011-07-04 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I think this thought every moment of every day.

Date: 2011-07-04 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mckenzie34.livejournal.com
Happy Anniversary from an old Shrike.
Together you've brought a lot of joy to
a lot of people; thank you.

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

You're very welcome.

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