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So, I did it. As of today, I have blogged six months straight, without missing a single day. Actually, I've not missed making an entry since February 13th, but I didn't make the "I'm not going to miss an entry for six months" declaration until March 1st, so I'm not counting February. Anyway, between March 1st and today (this post included), there's a total of 253 entries. Most days got one entry. Some got two or three. One got four entries. So, having accomplished this task, I ask myself, "Self, want to try for a whole year?" And remember, I have no iPad, no iPhone, Android, Blackberry, what-the-hell-ever mobile geegaw that allows me to post anywhere but home. So, this stands as ample evidence that I really don't have a life. Though, it's true, that three entries (I think it was three), were made from the business center of the Readercon hotel, back in July.

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Yesterday, well...I worked. But I can't tell you on what I worked. And as the weeks roll by, until THE ANNOUNCEMENT is made, I'm going to have to say...yesterday I worked, and did X words on X, X pages on X, and so forth. It sucks. The other way – you seeing how marvelous the beginning of this undertaking is – would be so much cooler. But this is the way it is.

Anyway, yeah. Work on X. Then an appointment with my shrink. Then a trip to Pawtucket and the storage unit. Then dinner. I read "New Upper Pennsylvanian armored dissorophid records (Temnospondyli, Dissorophoidea) from the U.S. midcontinent and the stratigraphic distributions of dissorophids" and "Tupilakosaur-like vertebrae in Bothriceps australis, an Australian brachyopid stereospondyl" (both in the July JVP Then good RP in Insilico. Then Spooky read more of The Stand to me. And then...Monsieur Insomnia hit with a vengeance, and I sat up reading from The Book of Cthulhu until about 5:15 ayem. I read, um...let's see. Oh, yes. Bruce Sterling's "The Unthinkable" (1991, a peculiar little piece of whimsy, almost a vignette). Then Tim Pratt's "Cinderlands" (2010), which has a wonderfully non-linear narrative. It fumbles once with an achingly silly Lovecraftian pun, but yeah, otherwise, nice. And then Ramsey Campbell's very effective "The Tugging" (1976); Ramsey never ceases to amaze me. Then I managed to fall asleep, listening to This Mortal Coil, as the sun began to rise.

Tomorrow, I finally get to work on Sirenia Digest #69. It should be out by the fifth, on schedule. It's only going to feel late, on my end, because of this insane fucking amount of work lying over me like a heavy coating of bronze going green with verdigris.

And now, before I belatedly get to work on X, more photos from Friday, the day before Hurricane Irene began her sideswipe of Rhode Island (behind the cut).

Oh, and a big thank you to [livejournal.com profile] fornikate (my fans have the best LJ names) for teaching me that my spirit animal is actually a honey badger. It's absolutely true, and I should have figured it out years ago. We now have a jealous platypus.





Newly posted warning signs, which may or may not be down by now. I love how the sheeple and tourons have to be told not to do obviously stupid shit.



Low angle shot of the surf in the early throes of the fury to come. View to the south.



Lower angle shot of same.



The bleached carapaces of two very young Libinia emarginata (common spider crab).



An older, but still immature, Libinia emarginata, belly up.




I still don't understand Spooky's fascination with the twisted bit of wood, but the waves behind it, those are cool. They were about chest high for me. When I swim at Moonstone, the waves are usually no more than knee high. View to the west and south.



A small and dessicated thorny skate (Amblyraja radiata). Can't miss those thorns.




A fiery sunset before the storm, as we prepared to leave. View to the southwest.



And over Trustom pond. View to the west.

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



Mellivora,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-08-31 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tim-pratt.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you liked "Cinderlands." And you're right -- I should have dropped the pun for the print version. The story was originally done as a Hallowe'en episode for a podcast, and I wanted to put in a joke to give listeners a moment of lightness (and it's quite deadpan there), but it doesn't really work in print.

Date: 2011-08-31 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And you're right -- I should have dropped the pun for the print version.

I hate when an author reads what I say about her or his work!

But yeah, good story, and yeah, pun should have gone bye-bye.

Date: 2011-08-31 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tim-pratt.livejournal.com
I didn't mean to -- I just read you every day! (If my name ever pops up again I'll just close my eyes. Or at least stay mum.)

Date: 2011-08-31 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If my name ever pops up again I'll just close my eyes.

Good plan.

Cause...I am apt to say shit.

Date: 2011-08-31 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tim-pratt.livejournal.com
Well, hell, given all the reviews of your work I've written for Locus over the years, it's only fair for me to get some shit.

(There's a positive review of Two Worlds and in Between coming up in the October issue, though not written by me.)

Date: 2011-08-31 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

(There's a positive review of Two Worlds and in Between coming up in the October issue, though not written by me.)

Yep. News of this has reached me, and I am anxious.

Date: 2011-08-31 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vulpine137.livejournal.com
Yay for shore pictures, and congrats on 6 months of daily posts.

Date: 2011-08-31 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You're icon is the shit. Or whatever it is people say these days.

The shizzle?

Date: 2011-08-31 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vulpine137.livejournal.com
Not a clue, I don't speak Normal People very well. And I think you inspired the icon. Either that, or bored Wikipedia wandering for monotremes.

Date: 2011-08-31 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I don't speak Normal People very well.

I used to. But then I became a living fossil, and language evolved without me.

Date: 2011-08-31 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vulpine137.livejournal.com
I think in cases of 'the shizzle' it's more of a devolution...mutation ?

Date: 2011-08-31 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Likely, yes.

Date: 2011-08-31 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tziedel.livejournal.com
So, this stands as ample evidence that I really don't have a life.

Maybe, but you do have a Spooky and makes a world of difference.

Date: 2011-08-31 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elmocho.livejournal.com
One of my relatives plays one of those zoo games on the facebooks and actually needed help caring for a baby honey badger in her virtual zoo. I asked her "Are you sure about this?" and sent her the pertinent information.

(Were I a programmer, I'd make sure anyone getting the honey badger automatically gets all of their animals eaten by said honey badger.)

Date: 2011-08-31 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

(Were I a programmer, I'd make sure anyone getting the honey badger automatically gets all of their animals eaten by said honey badger.)

Yes!

Date: 2011-08-31 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] insanitybook.livejournal.com
Brava on your six months! I hopped in somewhere in the middle, but I've enjoyed your posts. Also, I can definitely see you as a honey badger.

Date: 2011-08-31 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I hopped in somewhere in the middle, but I've enjoyed your posts.

Hey, my blog goes all the way back to 2001. You could read for weeks.

Also, I can definitely see you as a honey badger.

This seems to be the consensus.

Date: 2011-08-31 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
I am going to learn to carve totems. It's a winter project. But your honey badger and platypus statement gives me an idea.

I cannot wait until you can make this announcement already. I'm throwing all kind of guesses in the air and each time you mention it, I think something else. The suspense is killing me. Yes, it is more your style to let us see the process and see the development (one of the things that made me a fan? follower?; but, perhaps you might gain some pleasure from knowing you're suspending the knowledge orgasm just a tad?

Congratulations on 6 months. The most I've been able to do is 30 days.

Oh and the sheeple that need stupid signage? They are the ones the demons, zombies and other nightmarish creatures devour first.



Date: 2011-08-31 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

They are the ones the demons, zombies and other nightmarish creatures devour first.

This is a fact.

Yes, it is more your style to let us see the process and see the development

Because art is the process, as much as the finished piece.

Date: 2011-08-31 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joshrupp.livejournal.com
I hate misleading animal names.

"Daaaw, it's a honey badger! Look, it's coming towards us! It wants to say 'hi!' Hi, honey badger!"

Also, my spirit animal is a bee and we think honey badgers are assholes. No offense.

Date: 2011-08-31 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I hate misleading animal names.

It's called misdirection.

Also, my spirit animal is a bee and we think honey badgers are assholes. No offense.

That ol' Circle of Life is a right proper bitch....

Date: 2011-08-31 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aoniedesade.livejournal.com
Thanks for setting a standard or Good Fiction(tm)....I'm looking forward to "Two Worlds and In Between" collection as well as the second collection. Always, Sirenia Digest is a bright spot during usually boring months. I'm displeased with myself that I missed out on the Kickstarter project(I was going for the donation that included a copy of "The Drowning Girl") but good things to those who wait, etc.

As long as honey badgers stay away from tarantulas, our animal totems are copacetic. I had a chance to own one of the African horned species, but they're a bit too aggressive for me. My mean-ass cat has enough aggression for at least three angry spiders.

I'm jealous of your beaches on the East coast. The beaches in Mississippi don't have such interesting natural flotsam.

Date: 2011-08-31 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The beaches in Mississippi don't have such interesting natural flotsam.

I grew around Southern beaches, and these are still alien to me.

Date: 2011-08-31 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aoniedesade.livejournal.com
I grew around Southern beaches, and these are still alien to me.

I had almost forgotten that you spent a very long while in Georgia and Alabama. As soon as you moved to Providence, within a few months it seemed as if you had always resided there. Nevermind me, my brain is a bit wonky due to working on my Mac all day.

A friend of mine promised to take me to Providence in the next few years; I look forward to combing the beach for oddities and of course visiting Lovecraft's grave. It's a sad thing that the near legendary tree was cut down. Whenever my friends go to more exotic beaches, they always bring back interesting things for me, like black sand or shells. No luck on an intact horseshoe crab carapace yet.

Date: 2011-09-01 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

As soon as you moved to Providence, within a few months it seemed as if you had always resided there.

I think part of me has. And another part in Colorado. And that bit in Ireland. I'm spread thin.

Date: 2011-08-31 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amethyst-clan.livejournal.com
Speaking of honey badgers, have you seen this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg) video?

I think "The honey badger don't care. The honey badger don't give a shit.." could be your motto.

Date: 2011-08-31 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I think my motto is, "Don't make me get all honey badger on your ass."

Date: 2011-09-01 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilith-333.livejournal.com
Thanks for the seashore pics; I liked the neat/creepy spider crabs! I've not been to the shore (Coney Island, in my case) since the hurricane but I want to head out this weekend. I am curious to see what was washed up by the hurricane (besides Cthulhu, that is!).

Date: 2011-09-01 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I am curious to see what was washed up by the hurricane

Virtually nothing washed up at Moonstone.

Date: 2011-09-01 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Congratulations on fulfilling your oath.
I hope you don't find yourself chained to another such obligation to technology any time soon.

Is the X-project related to the SGSC news or is this the long-forgotten (by everyone but me) Dark Horse project?

Date: 2011-09-01 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Is the X-project related to the SGSC news or is this the long-forgotten (by everyone but me) Dark Horse project?

You really won't give up, will you? Can you say, NDA?

Date: 2011-09-01 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Sorry. I'll shut up.

Date: 2011-09-01 04:26 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
An older, but still immature, Libinia emarginata, belly up.

It looks like something alien emerging from the sand.

Date: 2011-09-01 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It looks like something alien emerging from the sand.

It does at that.

Date: 2011-09-01 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com

Honey badgers are the new squid.

Date: 2011-09-01 08:02 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-04 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chiropteryx.livejournal.com
I resemble this comment.

Date: 2011-09-01 07:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
you are welcome!

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