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Okay, let's get this over and done with, and then we may proceed to your regularly scheduled blog entry. I expect it will be less painful that way. Well, less painful for me at least, and I know I'll be loads less distracted:





Yes, that's The New York Times, bitches. This copy goes to me mum, by the way.

Photograph Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn A. Pollnac



That said...or shown, or both, whatever...you know the lousy thing about incredible shit happening yesterday? The lousy thing about incredible shit having happened yesterday is that it's not happening today. Nonetheless, today I can lift up the blackness enough to peer out (though I do squint something fierce).

But, still, comment, kittens. And thank you for yesterday's comments.

Yesterday, we read chapters One and Two of Blood Oranges, and I can say, with great relief, that I still like this book a lot. It's about as far from The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir as you can get, but that's not a bad thing. I think I'd reached a point where I had to write something just for fucking fun. And Blood Oranges is fun. And it's even funny. I never fucking knew I had all this fucking funny in me. It's like discovering a strange boil behind your ear, and someone lances it, and out comes humor. I mean "ha ha" humor, not aqueous humour – though lancing a boil behind your ear and getting aqueous humour would be interesting. Anyway, with luck, the manuscript will be proofread and corrected and in Manhattan on Monday morning. I've dragged my feet on getting it to my publisher and editor. Well, no, I haven't. I've been too busy with my work for No Such Agency, and with Sirenia Digest, and with the trailer/still-photo project for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir that Blood Oranges just...sort of got lost in the shuffle. But now it's unlost. Today, we do chapters Three and Four, which will put us halfway through the novel.

I think I've decided to keep Kermit the iPad. He proved himself very useful editing yesterday. And so I'm rethinking this whole thing. But thank you, Cliff Miller. Thank you all the same.

Also, I saw a rough cut of the teaser for the trailer for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir yesterday, and it's all I can do not to link to it here. Imagine the lovechild of Terrance Malick and David Lynch, and you're in the neighborhood. Thank you, Brian and Kyle. This is going to be so fucking wonderful. I also spoke with [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy and [livejournal.com profile] kambriel yesterday about shooting additional footage this winter in Philadelphia, and it seems like it'll happen. We'll be holding eBay auctions, props and such (a large moonstone signed by the whole cast & crew, etc.) from the first shoot, to fund that, and I'll keep you posted. Thing is, to quote Imp:

“I’m going to write a ghost story now,” she typed.
“A ghost story with a mermaid and a wolf,” she also typed.
I also typed.


Well, we have tons of mermaid/water footage, the Saltonstall stuff, but the wolf part has been sorely neglected, and for that we need winter, and snow, and a big wolf-like dog for the Perrault stuff, and we can make these things happen this winter in Philadelphia. So, yeah. Another shoot lies ahead. Which fills me not in the least with dread. It pleases me.

Last night, we proved that one meatloaf can be stretched out over four dinners and one midnight sandwich. Spooky has some mean Loaf Fu. We played some Rift. I'm obsessed with getting Selwynn glorified with the Icewatch in Iron Pine Peak, so...lots of dailies. Or, in my case, nightlies. Later, I read aloud to Spooky from John Steinbeck's The Log From the Sea of Cortez. Despite my love for Steinbeck and his Cannery Row books, I've never read this book, but found an old copy at Spooky's parents and borrowed it on Sunday (a copy that sold new in trade paperback for $1.45 in 1962). It begins with Steinbeck's "About Ed Ricketts" essay/eulogy, and, so far, I've managed not to cry. In another life, I might have been someone as good and useful to the world as Ed Ricketts. I like to think that.

It occurs to me, apropos of nothing in particular, that there's no point whatsoever in having a cake if you can't eat it, too.

Wanting Cake, Black Forest,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-10-25 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joshrupp.livejournal.com
I was working with you until you got to the boil-lancing thing. Great. I was just THINKING that I don't get sprayed with alien pus enough these days.

I like imagining your conversation with the publisher.

K: I wrote a book.
P: Is it aqueous, or can we use it?
K: It's about lesbian trolls on a spaceship.
P: Fuck. It's aqueous, isn't it?

Date: 2011-10-25 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

K: I wrote a book.
P: Is it aqueous, or can we use it?
K: It's about lesbian trolls on a spaceship.
P: Fuck. It's aqueous, isn't it?


Yes!

Date: 2011-10-25 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amanda campbell (from livejournal.com)
I absolutely adore that song by The National. The only other National song I really honed in on was "Brainy" from their album "Boxer."

Just from seeing the few sneak preview still photos from the trailer made me want to see it, but now hearing your description AND contemplating winter wolf footage....I salivate.

Congratulations on the New York Times!

Date: 2011-10-25 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Just from seeing the few sneak preview still photos from the trailer made me want to see it, but now hearing your description AND contemplating winter wolf footage....I salivate.

Saliva is good.

Date: 2011-10-25 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kylecassidy.livejournal.com
So, yeah. Another shoot lies ahead. Which fills me not in the least with dread. It pleases me.

this makes me very happy.

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Date: 2011-10-25 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
*lesbian trolls on a spaceship*

Well, if anyone can write it, you can...

Ricketts sounds like a fascinating man. Having to study "Of Mice and Men" at school put me off Steinbeck, but maybe I should give Sea of Cortez a go.

Date: 2011-10-25 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Ricketts sounds like a fascinating man. Having to study "Of Mice and Men" at school put me off Steinbeck, but maybe I should give Sea of Cortez a go.

I can't imagine anyone being put off Steinbeck. Try Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, both fictional stories about Ricetts.

Date: 2011-10-25 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

Definitely looking forward to 'Blood Oranges' - may it quickly find a home!

'Cannery Row' is my favorite Steinbeck. The movie was okay, but didn't quite capture the richness of the characters that Steinbeck depicted.

Date: 2011-10-25 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

'Cannery Row' is my favorite Steinbeck.

Same here.

The movie was okay, but didn't quite capture the richness of the characters that Steinbeck depicted.

Also, I fear it hasn't aged well.

Date: 2011-10-25 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pwtucker.livejournal.com
Any chance Spooky could be convinced to part with that meatloaf recipe? It does sound quite ridiculously divine.

Date: 2011-10-25 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

Hrm. It constantly changes. Ground beef, eggs, milk, bread crumbs, mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, mustard powder, and whatever else I feel like throwing in for flavor. Cayenne pepper. But I ALWAYS put bacon on top.

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Date: 2011-10-25 06:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
Neil Clarke was very nice about not buying one of my new stories the other day, and asked me to send another soon. That's nowhere near as good as NYT, but I'll take what I can get. It's very exciting seeing even a photo of the print edition, I got a little bubble of joy when the photo loaded :)

You mention your family so seldom. In fact, I don't recall you mentioning any of them before. I know you have your reasons, and I won't ask.

In another life, I might have been someone as good and useful to the world as Ed Ricketts. I like to think that.

In another life I would get up in the mornings and go to work. I'd remember to brush my hair every day, and I'd never forget to shower or eat. I'd relate to other people, and not have panic attacks when I try to sleep. I'd have finished school, finished my degree, and done postgrad and field work. I'd be a professor by now, probably, and I'd have made a contribution to science and ecology slightly more meaningful than observing how many diptera I can catch with common condiments. I don't like to think that, because it makes me angry and sad that I got *this* life, instead.

I really must run that experiment. I had a Bad Week and forgot about it. Sorry if I've been a bit of a dark cloud lately.

Date: 2011-10-25 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Neil Clarke was very nice about not buying one of my new stories the other day, and asked me to send another soon.

Cool. I like Neil Clarke. He's a nice guy, all round.

I don't like to think that, because it makes me angry and sad that I got *this* life, instead.

I think about my possible and almost-lives all the time.

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Date: 2011-10-25 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cucumberseed.livejournal.com
I don't care for meatloaf, but I really love cold meatloaf sandwiches. At some point I am going to have to see if I can make a decent meatloaf with ground turkey and if that makes me more meatloaf-inclined.

I am stealing yesterday's copy of the times from my office and putting your review on my bulletin board with a note that says "THIS." As in "THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO."

Date: 2011-10-25 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

I had some really good turkey meatloaf at Whole Foods one day, so it can be done!

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Date: 2011-10-25 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the NYT writeup, it's always good to see authors I love getting the recognition I think they deserve.

Mmm... meatloaf. Since we all seem to prefer the crust part to anything else, I tend to make 3-4 long thin meatloaves on one broiler pan. Each one seems to be a meal or a meal and a half for two, if we have something substantial as a side. Last week I made my first potato dauphinoise (loosely based on this http://www.food.com/recipe/potatoes-dauphinoise-84051, but we skipped the cream) - perfect with meatloaf and salad from the garden/farmers market.

Date: 2011-10-25 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

it's always good to see authors I love getting the recognition I think they deserve.

I think it might have saved my life.

Date: 2011-10-25 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everville340.livejournal.com
I think I've decided to keep Kermit the iPad. He proved himself very useful editing yesterday.

Not to change the subject away from meatloaf, but I think it sometimes takes awhile to become acclimated to using something: not so much the "how-to" aspect of actually going about it but in a way just accepting the use of the thing in general? It took many many months to resign myself to using an iPod after I was given one...and even then it was still somehow painful to put the portable CD Player to rest.

Date: 2011-10-25 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Not to change the subject away from meatloaf,

Oh, please do!

not so much the "how-to" aspect of actually going about it but in a way just accepting the use of the thing in general?

In this case, it's actual usefulness and time-saving ability.

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Date: 2011-10-25 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aliceoddcabinet.livejournal.com
Re: Kermit's Editing Capabilities
Please please elaborate for me. Do you have a word program on your iPad? Or do you mean film/video editing? I've only played around with an Android Tablet, and I liked it...it's just that...it seems a lot like a giant cell phone that doesn't make phone calls. I'd love to hear how editing works out.

Date: 2011-10-26 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Do you have a word program on your iPad?

Text editing. I'm using a baffling program that we paid about $10 for, one the Apple girl recommended. I have to get the hang of it.

and I liked it...it's just that...it seems a lot like a giant cell phone that doesn't make phone calls.

It's this, pretty much. Plus stuff my iMac already does, only more portable. Oh, and with Skype, the iPad can make voice and video phone calls.

Date: 2011-10-25 10:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
So, yeah. Another shoot lies ahead. Which fills me not in the least with dread. It pleases me.

I will hope to be able to make this one, even without the sea.

Date: 2011-10-26 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I will hope to be able to make this one, even without the sea.

We'll try to make it happen, of a certain.

this game is getting interesting.

Date: 2011-10-26 12:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sirena73
I do believe I'll see your booyah and raise you a woot on the NYT writeup.

Re: this game is getting interesting.

Date: 2011-10-26 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I do believe I'll see your booyah and raise you a woot on the NYT writeup.

I suck at this game.

Date: 2011-10-26 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prose-lover.livejournal.com
everyday I hope that I come home from work and Two Worlds and In Between will be there! But it's not yet! Any word on shipping? I pre-ordered the limited edition that comes with The Crimson Alphabet.

Just curious. Sub Press says vague things, but according to this journal you've been asking for people to send comments if they've rec'd it yet. I hope Sub Press remembered me...

Date: 2011-10-26 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I do believe I'll see your booyah and raise you a woot on the NYT writeup.

I'm told very little about shipping, but i can be slow at times. Small press. Lots and lots of books. But it should be there very soon, I would think. They won't forget you!

Date: 2011-10-26 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gtmoore.livejournal.com
I'm even more intrigued by Blood Oranges now, and still looking forward to it.

Date: 2011-10-26 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm even more intrigued by Blood Oranges now, and still looking forward to it.

It's something...different.

Date: 2011-10-26 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kendare-blake.livejournal.com
A belated congratulations on The New York Times. That's fantastic, and fucking overdue.

"Kermit the iPad" Now that you've named him 'Kermit' it seems like he's there to stay.

Date: 2011-10-26 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"Kermit the iPad" Now that you've named him 'Kermit' it seems like he's there to stay.

Actually I named him on the way home from the Apple Store.

Date: 2011-10-26 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] albionidaho.livejournal.com
In another life, I might have been someone as good and useful to the world as Ed Ricketts. I like to think that.

For what it's worth...

My dad, who meant the world to me, died in May. I needed catharsis and comfort. The first thing I did was read "About Ed Ricketts" because my dad loved Steinbeck and Ricketts. And then I went to Threshold because you're one of my favorite authors and I knew no better book to turn to.

Perhaps Ed Ricketts did more for the entire world. But I will never be able to express to you all the good you've done for mine.

(And congratulations on The New York Times piece!)

Date: 2011-10-26 04:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


Perhaps Ed Ricketts did more for the entire world. But I will never be able to express to you all the good you've done for mind.


Thank you...

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