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Today is Lughnasadh. Unless, of course, you're in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case it's Imbolc. So, may the day be good to you.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,465 words, and finished "The Granting Cabinet," which will appear in Sirenia Digest #68. The story was sent away to Vince Locke to be illustrated. Today, I'll begin laying out the issue. As soon as I have Vince's illustration, I'll get the issue out to subscribers.

In the meanwhile, I'll get back to work on Chapter Five of Blood Oranges.

I have discovered that the ubiquitous "In a world..." has been replaced in the realm of movie synopses by "...begins to suspect that..." Well, at least so far as Netflix synopses are concerned.

And here's a story I found...interesting: "Married Lesbian Couple Rescued 40 Teens from Norway Massacre". What matters here is not that these two women are a married couple, but that their efforts have almost certainly been ignored by the press because they are a lesbian couple. Anyway, I especially liked this paragraph:

The mainstream U.S. media, which loves a hero story almost as much as a tragedy, has been uniformly silent about the lesbian superstars. Instead, you get a gay man, Bruce Bawer, in his self-serving WSJ piece saying how shocked he is to discover his extremist anti-Islam writings are quoted in the extremist anti-Islam writings of a killer.

Yesterday, I read another paper from the May Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, "New occurrences of dinosaur skin of two types (Sauropoda? and Dinosauria indet.) from the Late Jurassic of North America (Mygatt-Moore Quarry, Morrison Formation)."

Last night, we watched Dominic Sena's Season of the Witch. And...this would have been a perfectly enjoyable, fun B-movie if only someone hadn't convinced Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman that men in the 14th Century were incapable of emoting. Otherwise, the cast is fine. Claire Foy is quite good, in fact. Tippet Studio's climactic demon sequence is disappointing, but serviceable. Again, Season of the Witch is almost a fine little B-movie, and I think we need to acknowledge that there is a place for B movies. Anyway...later, I did two short RP scenes in Rift, one with [livejournal.com profile] stsisyphus and one with [livejournal.com profile] r_darkstorm, and also got our Guardian-side sister Guild, the Hidden Variable, up and running (as a prop, it plays an important roll in the story arc of Watchers of the Unseen, but also provides the advantages of a guild for our Guardian-side characters).

And that was yesterday. And here's the photographic beach porn I promised yesterday:





Moonstone Beach Road, heading south.



A wet me. I thought I looked sort of grotesque in this photo, but Spooky likes it. So, here it is. View to the east.



We were plagued by Ring-billed gulls (Larus delawarensis).



Backstroke! Heading out. View to the south.



Those strange pale objects are actually my feet.



This is probably my impersonation of the Loch Ness Monster, but it's also evidence we need a digital camera with a decent telephoto. Block Island is visible on the horizon, ten miles away.



Case in point. Where's Caitlín's head? By the time I reached deep water, I was invisible to the camera.



Exhausted from the icy water, I started snapping gratuitous shots of the waves and the pebbly beach.




To the southeast.



Waves like glass...



...that shatter.



The rose hips in the dunes were ripe.



And there was Queen Anne's Lace everywhere.

All photographs Copyright © 2011 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathry A. Pollnac

Date: 2011-08-01 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seph-ski.livejournal.com
*sigh* I want to be there!

And Spooky is right, that is a lovely picture of you. You look so damn content.

Date: 2011-08-01 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You look so damn content.

Blame the sea.

Date: 2011-08-01 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
Pretty beach, love the rose hip image.

Date: 2011-08-01 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

love the rose hip image

I think it's my favorite, too. Spooky took that one.

Date: 2011-08-01 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-darkstorm.livejournal.com
Two things ran through my mind after reading this post. One, I want to go to the beach now, even if the local one is not nearly as nice as that, and very tourist-infested. And two, crap, I haven't posted anything to my LJ in a really long time...

Date: 2011-08-01 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Most of Rhode Island's beaches are a nightmare of tourists this time of year. Moonstone is an exception, mostly because it's very small (most of it being set off as a breeding ground for the piping plover).

Date: 2011-08-01 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-darkstorm.livejournal.com
Virginia Beach is tourist central in the summer... There is no beach they can't find. And since vacationing here is relatively cheap, it gets worse every year. C'est la vie, I suppose.

Date: 2011-08-01 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Last night, we watched Dominic Sena's Season of the Witch.

Eh. I went in with zero expectations and found that they were met with zero effort to exceed them. Then again, for a 21st century Hammer Horror style B movie, what the hell was I expecting?

Anyway...later, I did two short RP scenes...

If my machine at work allowed me to even look at the GP site, I'd be writing up the summary on the last few scenes - including one I did with Ana and Pilatian last night.

Moonstone Beach Road, heading south.

Augh ghostlobster!!

Date: 2011-08-01 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Then again, for a 21st century Hammer Horror style B movie, what the hell was I expecting?

I made the Hammer Film comparison myself.

If my machine at work allowed me to even look at the GP site, I'd be writing up the summary on the last few scenes - including one I did with Ana and Pilatian last night.

Cool. I assume that was as Ghaun? Or another character?

Augh ghostlobster!!

Yerp.

Date: 2011-08-01 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Cool. I assume that was as Ghaun? Or another character?

Ilphrin, actually, since Ghaun is still presumably suffering the entertainments of the Unseen. I'll post something on it later on.

Date: 2011-08-01 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


Ilphrin, actually, since Ghaun is still presumably suffering the entertainments of the Unseen.


I think he's being watched closely. Perhaps under guard in the tower. Not imprisoned. But awaiting an audience with Selynn.

I think I want another NAS/Celinn scene tonight.

Date: 2011-08-01 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
Lovely, lovely photos! Somehow I never find myself at the coast, even though it's only about an hour away. It's wonderful to see the waves and water, and I'm now planning an expedition.

Date: 2011-08-02 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaz-mahoney.livejournal.com
Those photos are all beautiful!

I love how happy you look in the one you don't like of yourself. Honestly, you have a lovely smile - it's good to see it.

Date: 2011-08-02 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Happy Lammas! And new Best Picture Ever of you -- second one down, of course.

Seems like something I said to you before...

Date: 2011-08-02 03:43 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
...but it's worth saying: Thank you for encouraging people to read your stories -- and, really, many stories -- out loud. Doing that tends to help me get into books. A few years I tried China Mieville's Perdido Street Station and slammed my head against the opening section. Maybe I was too tired to try reading it at that particular moment, maybe it was just the wrong book at the time, but last night I pulled it off the shelf and read aloud. Did that for the first 19 pages, and had moments of "Oh, now I get it."

Getting back to your stories, I did read Murder of Angels out loud. Spent all of October 2004 doing that. Good to remember that's a valid and sometimes needed thing to do.

Date: 2011-08-02 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com

And a joyous Lughnasadh to you and yours :)

Date: 2011-08-02 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raoin.livejournal.com
everytime i catch a batch of your photos, they make my day better.

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