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I've been sitting here for half an hour trying to wake up enough to write a blog entry. I had my breakfast of goat food and milk, and I'm still working on the morning Red Bull (coffee truly is for pussies). My body visited eight hours of sleep upon me last night, rather unexpectedly. I suppose it was needed. I am becoming hypnophobic, I think. That is, sleep frightens me. It took me a bit to puzzle out the why. Sleep has been intensely unpleasant for a long time – because of the dreams that are too vivid – but now I have pills that dim the dreams from three-color Technicolor to the older, kinder two-color process. But, I digress. Maybe. Anyway, no. It's not the dreams. It's the amount of time that sleep deducts from my conscious life, from what I have remaining of it. This is, of course, a Land of Unknown Variables. Life remaining to CRK might = N, let's say, and time deducted by sleep during N might = n, but...never mind. I'm too sleepy for algebra, I think you'll get the picture; time is always running out.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,829 words in the Mars story that is now known as "The House of Glass Coffins." It began as an idea for a vignette, and grew into a full-fledged short story, though...I think it wanted to be a novella. Today is assembly day for Sirenia Digest #69, which may, if we're all lucky, go out to subscribers before midnight EDT.

Oh, look. Now LJ's preview feature isn't working. Surprise! I've got to find some place to move this blog before the Russians, or whoever-they-ares, destroy LJ completely. I don't want to leave, but once the rats have all gone (and, mostly, they have), you gotta start making contingency plans. I'm considering both WordPress and TypePad. Equally stupid titles, but no worse, I suppose, than LiveJournal (though LJ is at least accurately descriptive). And before you suggest it, Dreamwidth is no longer an option, as I've learned much too much about the fascists who run it.

Where was I before I tried to preview this entry?

Oh, yes. This month's book of the month. After completely making an utter mess of things last month with Carrie Ryan's (so I quickly learned) laughably lousy The Forest of Hands and Teeth, this month I'm staying on firmer, more familiar ground. I kept meaning to create a graphic and post it, the cover of The Forest of Hands and Teeth with a red circle and slash around it. Anyway, this month's selection is Shirley Jackson's The Sundial (1958). It's one of Jackson's less well-known works, and I hope you'll join me in reading it. The novel has become hard to find, and if you can't find a copy to purchase (new or used), try the library (remember those?), or an ebook (I'm going to the Special Hell for that last suggestion, that anyone dare read a Shirley Jackson novel as *shudder* an ebook)*:



And that brings us to the Kickstarter for mine and [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy's The Drowning Girl: Stills From a Movie That Never Existed. The Kickstarter has only four days to go, and we're at $2,846 pledged (or 237% funded), which is rather impressive, considering we were only aiming for $1,200. However, wouldn't it be a shame if we came this close to $3,000 and missed that nice round number by a mere $154? And it's not like we won't put the money to good use. So, consider a donation, if you haven't already. I wish I had more signed copies of the book to offer as rewards. Wow. Now I know that, if necessary, I can sound like a televangelist begging for money in the name of Jay-zus.

And now, kittens, it's time for you to comment, and for me to make a virtual digest out of its constituent pixels. Come on, platypus.

Hypnophobically,
Aunt Beast

* I am relieved to see that The Sundial is not available on Kindle.

Date: 2011-09-05 07:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mb2u
I have a permanent account, so it's not like I will leave LJ anytime soon. But I do think it'll survive, because there are people who still prefer how it works and the actual sense of "community" you have that nobody else seems to have achieve. The Russian problems? In a way, it's kind of nice supporting something that causes Putin and his ilk fits.

And what have you heard about Dreamwidth? I really am curious.

Date: 2011-09-05 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I have a permanent account, so it's not like I will leave LJ anytime soon.

Well, so do I. But all these DDOS attacks are making me very nervous, and I fear I'm losing readers because of them.

And what have you heard about Dreamwidth? I really am curious.

Maybe I'll make a post about this soon. It really shouldn't be wasted on a comment. I think it's too important, and something no one's talking about.

Date: 2011-09-06 04:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
I think it's too important, and something no one's talking about.

I know nothing about Dreamwidth except that most of my friendlist has asked me to switch over, so I would appreciate any information.

Date: 2011-09-05 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Aunt B, you have the best titles.

*it wanted to be a novella*

Something you'd like to expand later?

Panthalassa sounds better than Jay-sus, but that's just me.

I am hoping to find The Sundial in a local library. Unless Oxfam really surprises me. (Being a Luddite/old fart, I'm going to resist e-books as long as I can.)

Date: 2011-09-05 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Something you'd like to expand later?

I've pretty much never done this, but maybe.

Panthalassa sounds better than Jay-sus, but that's just me.

She asks for nothing, and I know I have nothing to give her. She also exists only as a metaphor, and a focus for psychologically healthy ritual. Which pretty much puts her way ahead of Xtianity.

I am hoping to find The Sundial in a local library.

I do hope so. Remember, interlibrary loan.

Date: 2011-09-05 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
*she asks for nothing*

If I had a faith - I'm not sure that is the best word - I guess it would be something like yours. (I followed Diana once, aware she was my anima; again, not sure of the right word.) Healthy, indeed.


*interlibrary loans*

Oh, thank you for reminding me! That broadens chances.

Date: 2011-09-05 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


If I had a faith - I'm not sure that is the best word - I guess it would be something like yours


I would never call what I have faith. I have no faith. I only have love. Devotion. Reverence.

Date: 2011-09-05 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
A crap choice of words - sorry, I hope I've not offended you.

Date: 2011-09-05 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Nah. I'm not offended. Just wanted to be clear, that's all.

Date: 2011-09-05 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilith-333.livejournal.com
Shirley Jackson...WHEEE!!! (Since I am avoiding emoticons, let me say that I am happy and excited.) I actually got a BUNCH of Jackson books at a local used bookseller; some daft person must have sold them all at once. More for me! I will be very interested in what you and others have to say about this text.

Incidentally, I have a WordPress blog for one of the courses I'm teaching. So far it seems like a fairly decent and simple interface. I was recommended to it by one of my officemates who maintains blogs for all his classes.

I won't even MENTION Facebook; I don't have an account and I refuse to buy into the mass brain-washing that says we all need to be on Facebook.

Date: 2011-09-05 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilith-333.livejournal.com
PS: Here is a link to "The Sundial" on amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Sundial-Shirley-Jackson/dp/0848803701/ref=pd_sim_b_2 It's actually not very cheap! This makes me even happier about the bounty of Jackson's books I got for about $30 or less at that bookstore.

Date: 2011-09-05 10:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
I won't even MENTION Facebook; I don't have an account and I refuse to buy into the mass brain-washing that says we all need to be on Facebook.

I have a Facebook account that mirrors this blog, but I don't think of FB as a blogging site. It's more like a crowded room filled with douchebags you're all trying to escape.
Edited Date: 2011-09-05 10:34 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-05 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aliceoddcabinet.livejournal.com
THE SUNDIAL is available through the public library in RI, as well as at the Providence Athenaeum (I think we have a first edition). And that says to me that it should be reasonably available at most other libraries. So not too hard to get our hands on

Date: 2011-09-05 10:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-05 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akaten.livejournal.com
I would also like to hear more re: Dreamwidth e-fascism, as I have an account there I've recently started using to mirror my own journal (which I need to keep for school and thus want to have backed up as many places as possible).

On a more general but related note, thank you for taking the time to educate your readers on mundane matters-- I quite value your perspective.

Date: 2011-09-05 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I would also like to hear more re: Dreamwidth e-fascism, as I have an account there I've recently started using to mirror my own journal (which I need to keep for school and thus want to have backed up as many places as possible).

Gonna check my sources and get everything straight.

Date: 2011-09-05 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guenevere.livejournal.com
I have extremely vivid, Technicolor dreams, too. They're really detailed, which is cool most of the time, but given that I have a lot of nightmares, sometimes I don't appreciate that as much.

What you said about being afraid of sleep made me think of a conversation between Dream and Death in Sandman, about how people go willingly into his realm every night but fear to go into hers, and really it should be the other way around. I know that's not what you were getting at, but that's where my mind took me.

Date: 2011-09-05 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

about how people go willingly into his realm every night but fear to go into hers, and really it should be the other way around.

Yes.

Date: 2011-09-06 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurelt.livejournal.com
On the geek side, strongly recommend Wordpress, which you can either host at their site or run off your own website (which is what I do).

Date: 2011-09-06 04:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com

Big news for the week: Arachnogenic necrosis!

Not me, Pop. And the doctors tried to tell him that a) it's normal & he just needs some antibiotics and it'll go away and; b) a man who has daily contact with ticks somehow mistook a largeish, robust, bullet-shaped white-tail spider biting him for a small tick lodged in the back of his knee.

So I've gotten on the horn to the Venom Research gang at Melbourne Uni, since they'll be interested to hear of a tick bite causing necrosis and they actually know what they're talking about, and next time Pop goes to the doctor I'm going with him with a fire of righteous indignation and a shovel.

Date: 2011-09-06 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com

Though, righteous indignation aside, I can't shut off my science-trained brain. Having the opportunity to watch the progression of a particularly unusual instance of arachnogenic necrosis from the first manifestation is extremely interesting. I've started taking photos. Wanna see?

Date: 2011-09-06 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyblue56.livejournal.com
After completely making an utter mess of things last month with Carrie Ryan's (so I quickly learned) laughably lousy The Forest of Hands and Teeth, this month I'm staying on firmer, more familiar ground.

For what it is worth, I believe "Thief of Books" and "Stakeland" more than make up for an off choice.

If there is an end to LJ I expect a few of us will still be around to turn out the lights and lock the door as we leave. I want to hope it will survive but I guess I should be checking out other sites at least as backup.

Date: 2011-09-06 04:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
I don't want to leave, but once the rats have all gone (and, mostly, they have), you gotta start making contingency plans.

I truly do not wish Livejournal to die out entirely; Facebook is not the place for intelligent exchange (or mostly even coherent) and the thought of keeping a website just in order to talk with people leaves me feeling I might as well disappear from the internet entirely; it's not worth the trouble. And Twitter is nowhere to go.

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