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So, first off, yes, The Ammonite Violin & Others has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award in the category of Best Collection. And yes, I am surprised and very pleased. Richard A. Kirk (who did the cover and endpapers for The Ammonite Violin & Others) is also nominated for a WFA this year, in the category of Best Artist. And! He's the Artist Guest of Honor at the 2012 World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. So, don't we fucking rock? My thanks to everyone who sent congratulations yesterday, including the 200+ who did so via Facebook. Soon, we will be listing copies of the sold-out collection on eBay to commemorate the nomination.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,749 words on Chapter Five of Blood Oranges, and the wolfulous aspects of Siobahn Quinn's nature made their first appearance. May I write as well today.

We had dinner from the farmer's market. Spooky brought back a huge tomato, four ears of corn, peaches, and a length of kielbasa (from pigs born, raised, and slaughtered out on Connanicut Island). A locavore's feast, it was.

And now, from the Ministry of the Truly Fucking Embarrassing, the van finally came back from the shop on Tuesday, as you know, and yesterday afternoon Spooky discovered a cache of unmailed eBay packages in back, mostly hidden by a beach towel. And our eBay customers must be bloody saints, because no one has said, "Hey, my book's a month late!" Thank you for that. Anyway, amongst said packages were the signed signature sheets for Two Worlds & In Between. Now, I signed all 600 of the damned things way back on May 19th (and if you look at this entry, you'll see a photo of me doing it). And then...well...shit happens. I lost track. I'd feel worse about this if anyone at Subterranean Press had noticed the pages hadn't arrived. They'll go into the mail today, along with the tardy eBay packages, and all the more recent eBay packages.

Here's a new and very brief interview with me, on the occasion of the reprinting of "Charcloth, Firesteel, and Flint" in the forthcoming A Book of Horrors (even though I am not a horror writer), edited by Stephen Jones. Yeah, I go for the danishes every time. Especially if they're cherry and cream cheese.

I should also mention another anthology, Halloween (Prime Books, edited by Paula Guran), which will be reprinting "On the Reef."

Okay...that's a lot of announcements. Enough for one day. The platypus is looking askance, the lowly fucker. But I will say Rift RP is going very well. We had a great scene last night, and my thanks to everyone in our guild, Watchers of the Unseen, who took part. Despite a sort of rocky beginning, the scene quickly became what was probably the best large-scale group RP (as opposed to one-on-one) I've done since my days in the late, lamented Dune sim on Second Life (ca. February 2008). Sure, last night was all mages and warriors, but what the hell. Oh, and one very troublesome rogue.

Yeah, platypus. Keep your panties on. Comment, kittens!

Undefeated,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-07-29 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com
Many congratulations on both the WFA nomination, and (belatedly) the Readercon GoH announcement! I love the cover for The Ammonite Violin very, very much (all those diatoms and things), so I'm thrilled to see Kirk nominated as well. I should take a look at more of his work.

the wolfulous aspects of Siobahn Quinn's nature made their first appearance
That's a great phrase. Very much excited for this book; continued good luck with the writing.

Date: 2011-07-29 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I should take a look at more of his work.

Yes, you should.

Date: 2011-07-29 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com
Alas, many of his illustrations aren't yet linked - I'm eager to see what he did for Mieville's King Rat. I'll just have to be patient.

all those diatoms and things Just noticed that I mistyped this, thinking of the cover for A is for Alien. But the endpapers for Ammonite were one of the most pleasurable and eerie surprises I've had upon opening a book.

Date: 2011-07-29 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And they were sort of a last-minute addition.

Date: 2011-07-29 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
i dreamed about them!

Date: 2011-07-29 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Then they did their job well.

Date: 2011-07-29 06:16 pm (UTC)
blackestdarkness: (death)
From: [personal profile] blackestdarkness
Congratulations on the WFA nomination!

As for discovering all those forgotten packages, yikes! My heart truly would have sank had something like that happened to me.

Date: 2011-07-29 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

As for discovering all those forgotten packages, yikes! My heart truly would have sank had something like that happened to me.

Lots of parts of me sank.

Date: 2011-07-29 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Again, salutes to you and Richard. I'd love to see what he did with King Rat, and those endpapers. Ammonite deserves to win.

Danish, every time.

Date: 2011-07-29 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Danish, every time.

Don't get me wrong. I'm fond of donuts. But given a choice...

Date: 2011-07-29 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the nomination. Who would have thought that an online poll to start up a few monthly vignettes would have led to all this?

Oh, and one very troublesome rogue.

*twinkle*

Date: 2011-07-29 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Who would have thought that an online poll to start up a few monthly vignettes would have led to all this?

Indeed.

Date: 2011-07-29 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
Congrats! I hope it comes with another ac unit, heh.

I was wondering about my book yesterday but I thought to myself 'It's hot, and the van is in the shop, and I can wait.'

That Book of Horrors looks fab.

Date: 2011-07-29 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

and I can wait.'

Spooky is at the p.o. at this very moment.

Date: 2011-07-29 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
oh well awesome!

i just wanted you know that we are patient :)

Date: 2011-07-29 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And your patience is much appreciated.

Date: 2011-07-29 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
:)

i tend to be sluggish when it's so hot, and forgetful, and crabby so i try to assume everyone else is too

Date: 2011-07-29 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

i tend to be sluggish when it's so hot, and forgetful, and crabby so i try to assume everyone else is too

The last couple of weeks, we surely were.

Date: 2011-07-29 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

Yep. That, and the epic 18 day migraine rollercoaster, combined with the van issues...

Date: 2011-07-29 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
migraines are the worst, i truly sympathize.

this summer has been a shit sandwich.

Date: 2011-07-29 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

this summer has been a shit sandwich.

I could not agree more. But I think we're getting through to the other slice of bread now. So that's something.

Date: 2011-08-01 01:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
i'm glad.

Date: 2011-07-29 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
Yesterday, I wrote 1,749 words on Chapter Five of Blood Oranges, and the wolfulous aspects of Siobahn Quinn's nature made their first appearance. May I write as well today.

May you write as well today and every day you spend in the office.

This morning I'm writing about a teenage transgender magician. I woke up early with some ten kilos of cats pinning my legs to the bed, so it seemed the thing to do.

Loki seems to have taken up Muay Thai. The other night he boxed a plush rat in a bag, and then gave it a flying roundhouse to the head before dashing out of the room. He also doesn't quite have the knack of the difference between my legs and a hammock, and this morning not only was he on my legs, but Bast was on him. Normally she climbs under the blankets and snuggles my feet all night.

I'm really looking forward to Blood Oranges. Did I say that already? I forget. Most days I just say whatever's in my head at the time, if only to let you know I do read your posts, all of them, and I may not pull together much of a direct response some days, but that doesn't ever mean I'm not here for the conversation.

Yep. The coffee hasn't kicked in.

Date: 2011-07-29 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm really looking forward to Blood Oranges. Did I say that already?

Don't know, but glad you are. It's very, very different.

Date: 2011-07-29 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
I supposed as much. These many years your books have been so very hard on you, and you seemed, at least at the beginning, to be having so much fun writing it. That was different, so how could the result not be?

Date: 2011-07-30 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
Also, if you need a laugh at all today; Grimly Frostgate and the Exploding Chesticles (http://opalblack.livejournal.com/100249.html).
It's actually kind of a sad tale, but told with a great deal of laughter.

Date: 2011-07-30 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Congrats (again) on the WFA nomination! Huzzah!

Date: 2011-07-30 12:40 am (UTC)
ext_4772: (Cartoon Chris)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
I want to imagine some of the DDoS hacker asshats getting caught, brought into a dark and rust-stained room, and told "Here's Frank. You don't want to know what he can chew."

Congrats on being award-nom (nom-nom) worthy. Nice validation. You've earned it.

Date: 2011-07-30 05:24 am (UTC)
sovay: (Cho Hakkai: intelligence)
From: [personal profile] sovay
So, don't we fucking rock?

Yes, yes, you do.

And congratulations on the reprints!

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