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Sunny and warm here in Providence today. Windy, though. I've earned a day off, and there's talk of swimming. But the breakers are high, as are the swells.

Yesterday, I wrote 2,695 words on Chapter Seven of Blood Oranges. And found the chapter's ending. A whole chapter in four days!. Which means I have only one chapter remaining, and the book will be finished...before the end of August, as planned (after I failed to finish at the end of the train wreck that was July). I see the ending now. There's an old school bus filled with...oh, I mentioned that already. Okay, let's just say it has a big 'splody ending. I think it'll be fun to write that last chapter (which, by the way, will also be the set up for a second book).

A really wonderful email this morning from Neil, who's away in Edinburgh, and I'm still smiling. I may smile for a week.

And good things just keep happening for The Drowning Girl. This is, simply and by far, the best novel I've ever written. It's the other side of The Red Tree. It's the whisper I've been after all these years, my continual, habitual reaching into the dark to see what reaches back (thank you, Alan Wilder). And it's being recognized. It's being loved by people whose work means so much to me, the people whom I admire most in the world, and I thank them one and fucking all. And the book won't even be OUT until March 2012. The ARCs won't even go out until early December.


Last night, after a fine repast prepared by Spooky, we played a little Rift (we both got the title "vampire hunter"), and I had a wonderful RP scene in Insilico (SL). Grendel was paired against a sensei, to prove her Shenkindo training. To say the least, her style is unconventional. But she won the match, putting the sensei face down on the mat. She flipped the switch of her katana that triggers the laser arc set into the blade, and was ready for the kill (it had been implied that no quarter would be given), when her yakuza boss stayed her hand. Yeah, cool stuff. Anyway, we read more of The Stand. Larry Underwood is about to attempt the passage through the Lincoln Tunnel.

I've been thinking of making a "mix tape," on an actual fucking cassette recorder. Songs for the Stand. Maybe dubbing six or seven copies, and sending five or so to the first few who ask for them. You could never do this properly on CD. It has to be on cassette. Songs King quotes in the novel, songs from the mid and late seventies. This isn't a for sure thing. Just a thing that would be fun to do. Music from the decade in which I grew up.

I read "Gyracanthid gnathostome remains from the Carboniferous of Illinois" in the July JVP. And I read more of the book about the firestorm at Peshtigo.

And that was yesterday.

Now...the sea, perhaps. Or, perhaps, Swan Point. Or...we'll see.

Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-08-21 06:55 pm (UTC)
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and sending five or so to the first few who ask for them.

I'll take one, please!

Date: 2011-08-21 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Well deserved praise for The Drowning Girl from your peers; You deserve and have earned the praise. I can't wait to read it next year.

Congratulations on the completion of chapter 7 of Blood Oranges.

There is a little something on its way to your PO Box, enjoy.

Date: 2011-08-21 07:27 pm (UTC)
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I would LOVE a mix-tape soundtrack to The Stand! Just saying.

Congrats on all of great feedback on The Drowning Girl. I very much look forward to reading it.

Date: 2011-08-21 07:34 pm (UTC)
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If you’re just giving them away, I’d love a mix-tape. _The Stand_ was a huge part of my adolescence.

Date: 2011-08-21 07:40 pm (UTC)
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Sadly, I no longer own a machine that plays cassettes. Enjoy the beach and swimming. I think I'll get to go to the ocean before the end of the year and swim; my mom just mentioned that she wants to come visit (from the other coast) and go to big sur soon.

Date: 2011-08-21 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I would love such a mix tape, and still have multiple cassette players. It's time they were put to use again.

Date: 2011-08-21 08:23 pm (UTC)
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'The Stand (original flavor)' is my favorite SK book. I read it when it first came out; I was 13. I've got a mental soundtrack for it, and I'd love to compare my version to yours, if you decide to make one.

I'm really looking forward to both 'The Drowning Girl' and 'Blood Oranges'. The bits and pieces you've released/hinted at have been quite tantalizing.

Re: The Drowning Girl

Date: 2011-08-21 08:26 pm (UTC)
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It's the other side of The Red Tree.

I would love for you to expound on this, if you wouldn't mind. I am very much looking forward to this novel.


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