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Cloudy today. Maybe rain. Rain might be nice, if it doesn't stick around too long.

The last few years, I've dealt fairly well with the third of August. This year it hit me – on the second – like a sack of boulders. I don't really know why. There has been a great deal more stress than usual, and maybe that was all it took.

No writing yesterday. Nothing yesterday worth mentioning.

So far, no new novel for the book club this month. Truthfully, I never finished reading last month's book – Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Not sure why. Perhaps, it was because July was such a shitstorm, and it was easier to do more mindless things than read. But I also have to admit I began losing interest in the book about a third of the way in, and it got set aside, and has lain on my vanity for a week or two, untouched. Maybe I'll give it an extension, and maybe I'll pitch a new book for August. We shall see.

Here's a new piece of art by Molly Crabapple, "Kill the Word Beast," which I hope she won't mind me reposting here. It says about everything regarding writing that I feel these days. I wake up, and the monster's waiting, and we fight, and, if I'm lucky, it ends in a standstill. Oh, to see that fucker bleed out.





Copyright © 2012 by Molly Crabapple



Today, I need to write the text for the Kickstarter Project I'm beginning with [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy. To cover the modest expenses for shooting the book trailer for The Drowning Girl. The project's been approved. We just need to get it up. And, by the way, and speaking of Kickstarter, those of you awaiting "The Tale of the Ravens," Spooky's finishing up the last couple of illustrations, and then I'll write the words, and then the printing begins. We'd probably be done by now, if July hadn't been such a nightmare. Anyway, I'll post the link to the CRK/KC Kickstarter page as soon as it's live. By the way, we're not trying to raise anywhere in the neighborhood of the money needed for "The Tale of the Ravens."

I can think of nothing else especially important to type.

Made it through a few more papers in the May JVP: "Cranial anatomy of Thalassiodracon hawkinsii (Reptilia, Plesiosauria) from the Early Jurassic of Somerset, United Kingdom"; "A new species of the snake Madtsoia from the Upper Cretaceous of India and it's paleobiogeographic implications"; "The skull of Hagiangella goujeti Janvier, 2005, a high-crested acanthothoracid (Vertebrata, Placodermi) from the Devonian of North Vietnam"; and "Latest Pacific Basin record of a bony-toothed bird (Aves, Pelagornithidae) from the Pliocene Purisima Formation of California, U.S.A."

Oh, and yesterday, in my statement expressing disdain for what I termed MMORPG culture, I neglected to add that the motherfuckers in question are also homophobic, racist, and sexist. Which is sort of like describing a zebra and neglecting to mention it has four legs, hooves, and stripes.

Maybe it's time to change the title of this journal to Unapologetically, She Pulls Triggers. Except, it should be, more correctly, squeezes, instead of pulls, for gun nuts stuck on that distinction. And that makes me wonder...I've always hated the idea of a "horror" genre so much, and always rejected the term "horror writer" when people speak of me, maybe "trigger fiction" would work. Ooooooh! I know! Triggerpunk! Then it sounds just as dumb as all the other -punks, and no one can accuse me of being an elitist by distancing myself from any other genre (well, at least not over this).

Unmentionable,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-08-04 05:33 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
I wake up, and the monster's waiting, and we fight, and, if I'm lucky, it ends in a standstill. Oh, to see that fucker bleed out.

It's a good word beast. The manner of its killing reminds me of Cat People (1942).

I rather like "trigger fiction."

Be well.

Date: 2011-08-04 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The manner of its killing reminds me of Cat People (1942).

I can see that.

And yeah. Trigger fiction. "Hello, I'm a trigger writer."

Date: 2011-08-05 12:50 am (UTC)
sovay: (Morell: quizzical)
From: [personal profile] sovay
And yeah. Trigger fiction. "Hello, I'm a trigger writer."

People can't claim they weren't warned . . .

Date: 2011-08-04 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-darkstorm.livejournal.com
Oh, and yesterday, in my statement expressing disdain for what I termed MMORPG culture, I neglected to add that the motherfuckers in question are also homophobic, racist, and sexist.

The world might not be so horrible if such people only existed in MMORPGs... Unfortunately, they're everywhere. Somedays, I wish I'd stayed in the closet, but most days, I say Fuck Them. Occasionally, to their faces.

Date: 2011-08-04 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Occasionally, to their faces.

Unfortunately, in game, you can only say it to them in chat or by tell. At which they reply with something subliterate like, "so yer a faggot lol." You can report of to a GM, but no one does anything, So, you can only set the assholes to ignore.

Date: 2011-08-04 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
Yes! "Writer of trigger fiction!" No need for warnings or caveats, the reader will know what's up. I think I would seek out "trigger" fiction just on the general principal that it might be good for me.

Date: 2011-08-04 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I like it. If someone who's so worried about "triggery" fiction needs a warning, then the warning's built right in: trigger fiction.

Date: 2011-08-05 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lee-in-limbo.livejournal.com
Liking it better by the second.

Date: 2011-08-04 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenjen4280.livejournal.com
For whatever reason, "trigger fiction" made me think of Roy Rogers/Trigger shippers (hey, I'm sure they're out there!) and pony play and it made me laugh.

That aside, I'm very much looking forward to "the Tale of the Ravens."

Date: 2011-08-04 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

For whatever reason, "trigger fiction" made me think of Roy Rogers/Trigger shippers (hey, I'm sure they're out there!) and pony play and it made me laugh.

Yeah, I brought up the Roy Rogers thing with Spooky, and how Rogers had Trigger taxidermied after the horse's death...which could make the shipper fiction really triggery.

Date: 2011-08-04 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
The image of a taxidermied Trigger made me laugh. Cheers for that.

I never got round to buying Miss Peregrine, and felt slightly guilty about it. The blurb sounded good, though, a bit Alan Garnerish. Kids' TV in the seventies was full of stories like this.


- take care, Ash

Date: 2011-08-05 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lee-in-limbo.livejournal.com
Triggerpunk works for me, too. Definitely fits my two (unpublished) novels, I'm sure. Perhaps we should formalize a BS manifesto and hold a virtual press conference via webcam.

Date: 2011-08-05 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Perhaps we should formalize a BS manifesto and hold a virtual press conference via webcam.

Yes!

Date: 2011-08-05 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
Once that's done we can start a cliquey, small-run indie vanity press, declare ourselves hardcore edgy outsiders too real for the establishment, then have a loudly public scene-rift over a girl (but saying it's about the integrity of the artistic and philosophical vision of the movement) and close down the publishing venture, thus ensuring the magnificent collectability of the books, of which we will own 90% of the hard copies, and can all go out to dinner together in Paris on the sales of those and retire on our reputations as brilliant, edgy, game-changing, revolutionary writers, to be emulated, praised and discussed for years to come.

Date: 2011-08-05 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strange-selkie.livejournal.com
I wish there was something useful I could do that was useful, or improved things. Or that bread and salt shipped well on the East Coast this time of year.

I quite like the idea of trigger fiction, and I think you should make it happen.

Date: 2011-08-05 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captaincurt81.livejournal.com
I can live with 'trigger fiction' if you can.

Date: 2011-08-05 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gtmoore.livejournal.com
re trigger fiction, thought you might get a little kick from this morcheeba song:

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