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C'mon, kittens! Sirenia Digest #70! Comments!

Though I'm trying to get more sleep, it's not really working. I did manage to make myself lie down by 3:30 ayem last night. I fall asleep now almost as soon as I do that (and almost any fucking time I do that). But there is in me, I have discovered—having conqured Monsieur Insomnia—a tremendous reluctance to sleep. We're not talking actual hypnophobia. But, see, there are the dreams (last night, I dreamt of being trapped inside the plot of some weird-ass Aliens 5 thing, which I would post here, if I could make sense of the fragments I remember), and then there's the fact that we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, and then there's the dread of waking...it's complicated. And I'm rambling. This will be a hodgepodge of an entry, that's what I'm trying to say, because...well, I can't remember. Why. But it will be.

Yesterday was spent in a mad dash to make a time machine out of a DeLorean DMC-12. We're still waiting to see whether or not we were successful. But we may not know until three weeks ago. But yes, lots of work.

Oh, and I sold reprint rights for "Random Thoughts Before a Fatal Crash" to Subterranean magazine. Not sure which issue it'll be appearing in just yet. By the way, "Random Thoughts Before a Fatal Crash" almost became part of the "Back Pages" section of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, but Peter Straub pulled my head out of my ass, and for that I am grateful. Just because it's a good piece of fiction relevant to the novel doesn't mean it belongs in the novel. At least not until there's a massive limited-edition hardback (for which there are currently no plans).

A wish to congratulate Holly Black ([livejournal.com profile] blackholly), who will be expanding her short story "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown," one of the few brilliant vampire stories I've read in ages, into a novel for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. But you can read the whole story on her LJ. Very, very cool. I especially like that it's not just reworking the characters from the short story, but taking another route into that world.

I neglected, yesterday, to say that I think the assassination of President Kennedy was worked into the Mad Men very, very well. Last night, we finished Season Three and began Season Four. Wonderful stuff. Watching the first episode of the fourth season was weird, Thanksgiving 1964, because there's the world when I was about six months old. And it's so much not this world.

Spooky's no-longer-premature Hallowe'en Sale (!!!) in her Etsy shop, Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries—20% off on everything—continues. Only one necklace and a bracelet left (plus paintings and other cool stuff), and who knows when she'll have time to make more. When making a purchase, IF YOU WANT THE SALE PRICE, you need to, at checkout, use the sale code SPOOK. People! Buy cool stuff!

Oh, and I know I said that Spooky would come along and help me catch all the typos in yesterday's first entry. Only, she was busy and never did, and after all that nonsense with the DeLorean time machine, I was too tired to catch more than a few of them. Apologies. I hate being sloppy. But, I was too distracted, after work and a short nap and dinner, and, besides, I was building my first ever male Second Life avatar. He took me two nights to construct, even with Spooky's avatar foo coming to the rescue. He is Alexander Ishmene, and may, or may not, be the "brother" of Ellen "Grendel" Ishmene, which would be a might odd, her being an AI hiding in a cloned body and all.

Also, I will make my official announcement about this month's book of the month tomorrow. But it's Colin Meloy's Wildwood, illustrated by Carson Ellis.

I wish, wish, wish I could be in Manhattan, actually taking part on the Occupy Wall Street protests, but since I can't, I can at least donate pizza money. So can you! Pizza and other much needed supplies. Just go to the Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs webpage for their #occupywallstreet scent, and there are links, pointing to all sorts of ways you can lend your support. Including buying a bottle of #occupywallstreet.

My imaginary children are Carson (daughter) and Winslow (son). Some of us can only afford imaginary children, and are responsible enough not to have children we can't afford to care for and send to college.

Oh, yes! And don't forget to celebrate Columbus Day this weekend by walking into someone's house and telling them you live there. If they won't cooperate, just kill them. In fact, just kill them on general principle. It's worked before.

Date: 2011-10-07 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Aunt Beast, would you kill me if I called Daughter Dear Desmodus "sweet"? (Your kind of sweet, he hastily adds.) I liked the rank details, the cup of fake blood, and wouldn't have minded spending a few more pages in the Bat Girl's company. "Where the barkers call the moon down" sounds like a Waits lyric (but I hope it's yours) and that phrase in Evensong - "innocuously abominable", love that too. I liked the way you didn't show the shapes of the brides and their suitor, just the way they turned nature inside-out. Warped and lovely.

Apologies; I gush.

Date: 2011-10-07 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Aunt Beast, would you kill me if I called Daughter Dear Desmodus "sweet"?

Nope. I think as I noted in prolegomenon, Spooky called it sweet, and I stopped where I stopped because I wanted a sort of happy ending.

"Where the barkers call the moon down"

Sadly, I have to own up to having stolen that from a Decemberists song.

"innocuously abominable",

That one was mine.

I liked the way you didn't show the shapes of the brides and their suitor, just the way they turned nature inside-out

I purposefully didn't have Vince illustrate that story, because I didn't want to run the risk of giving into temptation and showing anything I'd taken great care in the story not to show.

And I need gushers!

Date: 2011-10-07 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I should really check out some Decemberists - is "The Hazards of Love" a good place to start? Anyway. It would make a decent story title.

Date: 2011-10-07 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

is "The Hazards of Love" a good place to start?

It's brilliant, and they're best to date.

Date: 2011-10-07 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
My imaginary children are Carson (daughter) and Winslow (son). Some of us can only afford imaginary children, and are responsible enough not to have children we can't afford to care for and send to college.

If only others were so responsible. Additionally, those names roll off the tongue quite well when matched with your surname (or yours-hypen-Spooky's). gah, I'm getting all daydreamy about what a child of yours would look like.

Date: 2011-10-07 07:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Agreed on both accounts. Though, obviously, the children would not, alas, be genetically mine.

Date: 2011-10-07 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seph-ski.livejournal.com
I love that the author and illustrator put up a recommended playlist to accompany Wildwood. I'm intrigued.

Date: 2011-10-07 07:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-07 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timesygn.livejournal.com

I wish, wish, wish I could be in Manhattan, actually taking part on the Occupy Wall Street protests ...

It's amazing the impact these gatherings are having. Hopefully they signal the beginning of a productive discussion about the nature of capitalism and the relationship of the corporation to the nation-state ... We shall see.

Because I'm an inquisitive son-of-a-bitch I can't resist asking: have you been involved in any protests? And (if it ain't too personal) have you ever been arrested for doing so?

If these questions are too personal or inappropriate please accept my apologies in advance. I have always sought to be a supportive influence on your LJ as I really appreciate your taking the time to write it. But because Caitlin the person is often as interesting as her fiction, I just thought I'd ask. Peace.

Date: 2011-10-07 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


It's amazing the impact these gatherings are having. Hopefully they signal the beginning of a productive discussion about the nature of capitalism and the relationship of the corporation to the nation-state ... We shall see.


Indeed.

Because I'm an inquisitive son-of-a-bitch I can't resist asking: have you been involved in any protests? And (if it ain't too personal) have you ever been arrested for doing so?

I have been involved in many protests, including some huge ones (Pro-Choice March on Washington, DC in 1989; Gay Rights March on DC in 1993; I think I got those years right). And while I've been arrested twice, neither time was it during a protest.

Date: 2011-10-07 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timesygn.livejournal.com

I have been involved in many protests, including some huge ones (Pro-Choice March on Washington, DC in 1989; Gay Rights March on DC in 1993

Very interesting! Thank you.

I've been arrested twice ...

So you've probably abandoned any hopes of a career in policing ...

Date: 2011-10-07 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

So you've probably abandoned any hopes of a career in policing ...

And various other things, for many other reasons. Why do you think I'm a writer?

Date: 2011-10-07 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timesygn.livejournal.com

And various other things, for many other reasons. Why do you think I'm a writer?

Would not presume to speculate. Just glad that you are. Peace.

Date: 2011-10-07 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
Would not presume to speculate.

Stole the line from the coroner on Law & Order: Criminal Intent." In an episode, she criticized for her lack of a "bedside manner," and she responds, "Why do you think I work with dead people?"
Edited Date: 2011-10-07 11:05 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-07 07:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mithriltabby

And don't forget to celebrate Columbus Day this weekend by walking into someone's house and telling them you live there. If they won't cooperate, just kill them. In fact, just kill them on general principle. It's worked before.

Last time I tried that, the guy said “I know, I know, there can be only one” before his head fell off and then there was a glowy light and another guy in a suit showed up to explain I had assumed his mortgage.

Date: 2011-10-07 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


Last time I tried that, the guy said “I know, I know, there can be only one” before his head fell off and then there was a glowy light and another guy in a suit showed up to explain I had assumed his mortgage.


Hate it when that happens.

Date: 2011-10-07 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtlesttrap.livejournal.com
I wanted so much MORE of Illeana's story! In under 10 pages you spellbound me with her. I really think this would work wonderfully as a longer work & I can even see you developing this into some high-brow YA a la Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, it would be wicked like nothing before it.

Date: 2011-10-07 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Your reaction makes me very happy.

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