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And today, is Ray Bradbury's 91st birthday. Thank you, Mr. Bradbury, for Mars, Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show, bottles of dandelion wine, that foghorn, the Elliot family, and a thousand other wonders.

Sunny and cool here in Providence, thanks to a low humidity and dew point. Very windy.

Turns out, as of yesterday, we're moving the entire shoot for The Drowning Girl book trailer and The Drowning Girl: Stills From a Movie That Never Existed from Boston the Rhode Island. This happens this coming weekend, so things here will grow increasingly chaotic. [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy and crew will arrive on Friday evening, and as we only really have about a day and a half to shoot, it's going to be intense. But, hopefully, fun intense, and hopefully many wonderful things will come of it. Oh, and yesterday Michael Zulli showed me the underpainting of his version of G.P.S.'s The Drowning Girl (1898), and, even at this unfinished stage, it's beautiful. A part of the novel is coming alive and will exist beyond the printed page, and I thank him so much for that.

As announced, yesterday was a "day off." I still spent about three or four hours working, but there was no writing. What we did do, though, is go to Swan Point Cemetery for the first time since the ugly fiasco of the 20th of August 2008. I do not know if it was my post, then Boing Boing picking up the story of the verbal assault against me and Spooky, and the story spreading across the interwebs that led to a major change in Swan Point security, or if it was that combined with other incidents, or if it didn't involve my experience at all. But it has changed, and wonderfully so. There are visitors again, and bicyclists, and the air of oppression has been lifted. For the first time in three years (!!!) we were able to visit Lovecraft's grave. Likely, things have been better there for a year or two, but I've just not been able to return, that incident in 2008 was so upsetting. There was a big gathering on Saturday to commemorate HPL's birth date, but I didn't want to be a part of the crowd, so I waited until yesterday (I don't think the Old Gent would have minded my tardiness). We walked around the beautiful cemetery, me making notes, recording names for future stories and novels, getting mosquito bites, and marveling at trees. We found a huge red oak (Swan Point is also an arboretum) , and I took a single leaf and pressed it in between the pages of my Molskine. The cemetery was so, so peaceful: bird songs, the wind through trees, insects, the Seekonk flowing past to the east, and very little else. It was at least part ways as grounding as the sea.

We saved HPL's grave for the last. There were many a wonderful offering carefully laid above the grave. I left a tiny button in the shape of a black cat; knowing his love of cats, it seemed very appropriate. Anyway, hopefully we are now all free to visit the grave whenever we like, and I can only hope that asshole security guard was fired. Yesterday, I felt like I'd gotten back something very grand and important to me. There are photos below, behind the cut.

Afterwards, we had an early dinner at Tortilla Flats.

And I have a long day ahead of me. Spooky's begun cleaning the apartment in anticipation of the arrival of photographers (and all their gear) and models/actresses on Friday. I have to begin Chapter 8, the final chapter of Blood Oranges, which I hope to make very significant progress on this week and finish early next week.





Three years and a day after our threatened expulsion, we reenter the gates of Swan Point. Fuck you, Mr. Alcoholic Security Cocksucker.



One of the most delightful gravestones I have ever, ever seen. The house is about a foot tall.



And this is the grave Spooky introduced me to in the summer of 2000, from which I borrowed the name Narcissa Snow (June 1797-February 1853). If there is an afterlife, I hope to hell she's not pissed at me over this appropriation.



Detail of above photo.



View inside of one of the Phillips family mausoleums (no doubt an HPL relation), through an iron grate. The sun through the stained glass was beautiful.



Peace among the dead, safe in their narrow houses, sheltered by the trees.



The red oak I mentioned.



A genuinely impressive, enormous bracket fungus. Yuggoth, anyone?



A Korean dogwood (Cornus coreana or Swida coreana, depending on which botanical taxonomy you most trust). Spooky saw these in Oregon back in October, but we had no idea what they were. The leaves are very dogwood, but the fruits threw me.



HPL's gravestone, with tokens of appreciation.



"I am Providence."

All Photographs Copyright © 2011 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac

Date: 2011-08-22 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vulpine137.livejournal.com
Good to know you could go visit HPL's grave. I remember what happened 3 years ago, and I thought it would be a sadness to not be able to visit when I finally make it back to the Northeast (someday...). Thanks for the lovely pics.

Date: 2011-08-22 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You are very welcome.

Date: 2011-08-22 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pepsiswinger.livejournal.com
How about that; Narcissa Snow and I share a birthday.

Date: 2011-08-22 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Well, now. That is something.

Date: 2011-08-22 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos. You look splendid. I hope the amazing photo shoot goes well for all.

Date: 2011-08-22 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You look splendid.

Thank you!

I hope the amazing photo shoot goes well for all.

I am very nervous, but it will. It will.

Date: 2011-08-22 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaz-mahoney.livejournal.com
Wow, you look fantastic in those photos!

Love all the pics - thanks for sharing.

Date: 2011-08-22 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Wow, you look fantastic in those photos!

I think it's because I wasn't sweaty.

Date: 2011-08-22 07:16 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-08-22 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andrew-wolter.livejournal.com
I absolutely love when you post photos of your outings! I'm envious of your visit to HPL's grave (it's one of the things I have yet to accomplish). By the way, you do look fabulous. Good luck with the photo shoot.

Keep the dream alive.

Date: 2011-08-22 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Keep the dream alive.

I vow I shall not be the one who kills it.

Date: 2011-08-22 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
Beautiful pictures; I'm glad you got to go back and things are better.

Date: 2011-08-22 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm glad you got to go back

I think it means even more to Spooky than to me.

Date: 2011-08-22 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Cheers for the pictures. That house is utterly charming, and the bracket fungi beautiful.

Thanks also for the link to the Dorian Cleavenger picture. Tentacular spectacular!

Date: 2011-08-22 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That house is utterly charming, and the bracket fungi beautiful.

Oh...people who can appreciate the finer things in life.

Thanks also for the link to the Dorian Cleavenger picture. Tentacular spectacular!

If you haven't, you should take the time to explore his entire website. Best sort of eye candy.

Date: 2011-08-22 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Great pictures. I like the anchor on Narcissa and William's stone, and the adorable drawing of what I presume to be Cthulhu. This is what happens when your kids are enrolled (inexpensively!) at the Church of Starry Wisdom Day Care Center.

Date: 2011-08-22 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

and the adorable drawing of what I presume to be Cthulhu. This is what happens when your kids are enrolled (inexpensively!) at the Church of Starry Wisdom Day Care Center.

Got to get them off on the right pseudopod!

Date: 2011-08-22 07:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mb2u
I am sure HPL appreciated your not joining the crowd on his birthday. He is a patient person, I imagine...

And no matter why, that such a beautiful cemetery is now more accessible and lost the atmosphere of petty power trips is a good thing, indeed.

Date: 2011-08-22 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And no matter why, that such a beautiful cemetery is now more accessible and lost the atmosphere of petty power trips is a good thing, indeed.

We saw one security truck, and the guard didn't even look at us.

Date: 2011-08-22 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
That one of you and Narcissa is an author photo if ever I saw one.

Also, glad to see that the ass-beating I gave the security guy worked.

Date: 2011-08-22 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That one of you and Narcissa is an author photo if ever I saw one.

Well...maybe. I have an awful lot of 'em at this point.


Also, glad to see that the ass-beating I gave the security guy worked.


The wheels turn slowly, but they do turn.

Date: 2011-08-22 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
'I have an awful lot of 'em at this point.'

Put out a calendar! We'd all totally buy one.

If that takes off, I see a desk calendar: Aunt Beast's 365 Disquieting and Demoralizing Thoughts to Start the Day

Date: 2011-08-22 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If that takes off, I see a desk calendar: Aunt Beast's 365 Disquieting and Demoralizing Thoughts to Start the Day

Well, now. You put it that way.

Date: 2011-08-22 08:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackestdarkness
Peace among the dead, safe in their narrow houses, sheltered by the trees.

Wonderfully said. These pictures are great.

Date: 2011-08-22 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Wonderfully said.

My pleasure.

Date: 2011-08-22 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfsilveroak.livejournal.com
Lovely, lovely photos!

And I think Swan Point updated their website within the intervening years of your last visit, as I was poking around (I love old cemetaries and like to make notes of ones I'd like to visit), as they now prohibit photographing of the gravestones (http://swanpointcemetery.com/history.asp) (boo! hiss!).}:(

Date: 2011-08-23 03:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
Detail of above photo.

If you hadn't just had some magnificent author's photos taken by Kyle, I'd vote for this one.

I am so glad you were able to return there.

More shallowly, that is an awesome fungus.

Date: 2011-08-23 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

More shallowly, that is an awesome fungus.

Now, that sentence is a keeper.

Date: 2011-08-23 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Very fine photographs, especially the ones of you. (And what a funky fungus!)

Date: 2011-08-23 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Very fine photographs, especially the ones of you.

Oh...I bet you say that to all the beasts.

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