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I didn't forget this morning's dreams. And more's the pity. I dreamed that the Eastern Seaboard had been destroyed in a nuclear war by the Japanese (????), and I was a child in Jacksonville, Fla. and all was soot and ruin, and I watched a television broadcast of a firestorm raging across Texas. A million little details in my head.

This is why I generally hope to forget my dreams. Also, just now, right this very fucking minute, I'm having to refrain from one of those "You kids these days! Get off my lawn!" tirades, this time about how much I hate the way that the abbreviations of the states were dumbed down (i.e., simplified) back in the 1980s or when the hell ever. Florida is not FL; Florida is Fla. Massachusetts is not MA, it's Mass. Michigan is not MI, but Mich. West Virginia isn't WV, it's W. Va. Yeah, okay. I'll stop now. But I haven't lost all the battles. For example, the Girl Scouts of America, at least in the state of Colorado, are now trans friendly. I still marvel at the emerging phenomenon of transgendered children being permitted to express and explore their gender identities as children. Sure, it's still not even close to being included in this society's "normative state," but its become ever more common in the US. Kids these days...

Yesterday, we made it through chapters Five and Six of Blood Oranges. Assuming the MiBs leave me alone today, we'll get through Seven and Eight, and all that will be left to be done to the manuscript is actually making the marked corrections (there are a bazillion, so it'll take at least one long day). And since tomorrow will definitely belong to the spooks, It'll likely be Sunday before those corrections can be made.

And here we come to a note regarding Sirenia Digest. I am very, very sorry, but #71 is going to be late, and by late I mean maybe as late as the 10th of November (whereas it's "due" out on the 5th). October was a monster, and here I am with four days of it left, and I've not had a moment to put towards the digest. But it will come as soon as I can pull it together, and I apologize profusely. I'll do my best to never be this late again.

Last night, Spooky made astoundingly yummy turkey legs (toss in mushrooms, apples, onions, garlic, etc.) with mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts (a cultivar of the wild cabbage, Brassica oleracea). I had a hot bath. Oh, wait. The bath was right after I made my blog entry, which means I had to wake up twice, because warmth makes me sleepy. Anyway, after dinner, Rift, and after Rift I finished reading Steinbeck's "About Ed Ricketts" to Spooky. So much is quotable, but I'll settle for one. On religion and Ricketts, Steinbeck writes:

He has no religion in the sense of creed or dogma. In fact he distrusted all formal religions, suspecting them of having been fouled with economics and power and politics. He did not believe in any God as recognized by any group or cult. Probably his God could have been expressed by the mathematical symbol for an expanding universe. Surely he did not believe in an after life in any sense other than chemical. He was suspicious of promises of an after life, believing them to be sops to our fear or hope artificially supplied.

I love those words. And now, four more stills (by [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy) from the October 15th shoot at Rolling Dam (Blackstone, MA) and Thundermist Falls (Woonsocket, RI):





Just before sunset at the Woonsocket Dam. Yeah, this lady looks like she's been through hell and back, and she's not even the one who had to crawl through mud and freezing water. She's just the one who doesn't sleep much.



Earlier in the day, I was making notes on something, no idea what, at Rolling Dam. I thought I was hiding from the cameras. Wrong.



Below Rolling Dam. Brian Siano shooting what I think is one of the most powerful scenes in the trailer. I mean, wow. We call what I was doing directing, but mostly I was just shouting a lot.



Here Sara Murphy ("Eva") has just been hauled nude from the river's freezing waters, and we're looking over footage. She said, with great and undiminished enthusiasm, "I'm not cold!" I said, "That's because you have hypothermia," and threw that cat-and-hearts blanket thingy around her.

All photographs Copyright © 2011 by Kyle Cassidy.

Date: 2011-10-27 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I don't know about "hell and back"; to me, you look pretty bloody serene in the first picture. The dam looks spectacular!

Sara is a brave woman.

Date: 2011-10-27 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I don't know about "hell and back"; to me, you look pretty bloody serene in the first picture.

I think you're mistaking "fried" for "serene."

Sara is a brave woman.

This is true.

Date: 2011-10-27 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtlesttrap.livejournal.com
great pic of you!

everyone i've shown the cover art to Confessions of A Five Chambered Heart to was blown away by the color and psychadelic fantasy feel of it, so kudos again (hopefully Subterranean will officially announce pre-order/release date in the near future)!

now i don't if i'll be able to hold out on reading "Dancing With the Eight of Swords" until the release...I told you back issues of the Digest have become a tiny vice.

Date: 2011-10-27 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

(hopefully Subterranean will officially announce pre-order/release date in the near future)!

I think it will be soon.

now i don't if i'll be able to hold out on reading "Dancing With the Eight of Swords" until the release...I told you back issues of the Digest have become a tiny vice.

But a good vice.

Date: 2011-10-27 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtlesttrap.livejournal.com
But a good vice.

I buckled & just sent Spooky a back issue request for "Dancing With the Eight of Swords" hahaha! I just want to have some stories left for when the collection is released but this one has a lot so I don't feel too bad ;)

Date: 2011-10-27 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I buckled & just sent Spooky a back issue request for "Dancing With the Eight of Swords" hahaha! I just want to have some stories left for when the collection is released but this one has a lot so I don't feel too bad ;)

And she just sent you that issue. Thanks you.

Date: 2011-10-27 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Wonderful picture of you. And lovely (Spooky?) necklace.

Date: 2011-10-27 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yes! That is one of Spooky's necklaces.

Date: 2011-10-27 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tsarina.livejournal.com
Random bit of trivia - the two letter state abbreviations became standard when the Postal Service began rolling out zip codes in the early 1960s.

Date: 2011-10-27 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Which is weird, because Kathryn and I were both taught the older ones (she in Rhode Island, me in Alabama) in the early 1970s, and I used them into the '80s.

Date: 2011-10-27 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplefrog26.livejournal.com
Dinner sounds yummy.

The second photo makes my head explode with the beauty.

Date: 2011-10-27 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The second photo makes my head explode with the beauty.

I'm rather fond of it myself.

Date: 2011-10-27 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
I totally agree about the state abbreviations - ugh! Of course, I sometimes still bitch about zip codes and push-button phones.

Lovely photographs, especially that second picture - another painterly masterpiece!

Date: 2011-10-27 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I totally agree about the state abbreviations - ugh! Of course, I sometimes still bitch about zip codes and push-button phones.


Me, I miss rotary phones. My fingers are simply too large for those tiny little fucking cellphone buttons. It's like they're making phones for rodents.

As for zips, yeah, the extra four digits are annoying, and, then, there's the days before zip cods, which I never knew.

Date: 2011-10-27 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
I do remember no zip codes. It was way easier, though I do see that it makes it easer to deliver and sort the mail. I'm saving up for a reconditioned vintage rotary dial phone. One that RINGS.

Date: 2011-10-28 12:24 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
You could probably get away with calling that phone steampunk. *grins*

*ducks from [livejournal.com profile] greygirlbeast*

*hides*

Date: 2011-10-29 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
I used to have a candlestick phone, which could be steampunk, for sure. It was a cheap plastic thing, though, and pretty worthless.

Date: 2011-10-28 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I do remember no zip codes. It was way easier, though I do see that it makes it easer to deliver and sort the mail. I'm saving up for a reconditioned vintage rotary dial phone. One that RINGS.

I'd love that. A good honest ring. No silly music or buzzing or vibrating or shit. Fuck the ringtones. Just an actual-bells-are-involved ring.

Date: 2011-10-27 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
You can happily eat the rest of your dinner but save me the brussel sprouts. Just about my favourite vegetable and, in my experience, most people have a dislike for them. Still, that's great, more for me.

I love the colour of the water at Rolling Dam, and the detail of the photograph gives a sense of depth that verges on the surreal. Too real to be real.

Date: 2011-10-27 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I love the colour of the water at Rolling Dam, and the detail of the photograph gives a sense of depth that verges on the surreal. Too real to be real.

That's from all the tannin in the water.

Date: 2011-10-27 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catconley.livejournal.com
Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing.

Date: 2011-10-27 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You're welcome!

Date: 2011-10-27 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] from-ashes.livejournal.com
As a child growing up in the 80's, I was terrified of nuclear war. I always had nightmares about it. Occasionally, I still have that sort of dream. Kids these days have no idea what it was like to live under the threat (or perceived threat) that at any moment, someone could push a red button and half the world would be annihilated.

Do you remember that movie "The Day After?" I could not sleep for days after seeing that. It was an awful movie, but I was so sure that's what was going to happen to us all.

Somehow, humanity managed to survive, though.

Date: 2011-10-27 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

As a child growing up in the 80's, I was terrified of nuclear war. I always had nightmares about it. Occasionally, I still have that sort of dream. Kids these days have no idea what it was like to live under the threat (or perceived threat) that at any moment, someone could push a red button and half the world would be annihilated.

Oh, the threat was real then. And it's real now (just easier to ignore). We've had nuclear weapons for only about sixty years and people think because we haven't yet destroyed ourselves that's cause for optimism? Hardly.

Do you remember that movie "The Day After?" I could not sleep for days after seeing that. It was an awful movie, but I was so sure that's what was going to happen to us all.

I do.

Edited Date: 2011-10-27 09:59 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-27 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com

Lately, my dreams have been wondrous and largely pleasant, or at least comfortable. Such beautiful worlds, so full of strange life and adventure.

It's a nice change. Pity it's balanced out by the waking-life unpleasantness.

Date: 2011-10-28 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Such beautiful worlds, so full of strange life and adventures

I'd like to borrow some.


Date: 2011-10-28 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iterum.livejournal.com
Kids these days, with their bebop music and their electric Nintendo games and their fancy-schmancy heliocentric cosmology...

My last few apocalyptic dreams involved zombies. Can't escape trendiness even in my subconscious. In one, you could undo the zombification if you could get them interested in personal grooming. Accordingly, we looted combs.

Date: 2011-10-28 05:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Kids these days, with their bebop music and their electric Nintendo games and their fancy-schmancy heliocentric cosmology...

And their virtual pets.
Edited Date: 2011-10-28 05:56 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-28 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edwarddain.livejournal.com
"She said, with great and undiminished enthusiasm, "I'm not cold!" I said, "That's because you have hypothermia," and threw that cat-and-hearts blanket thingy around her."

That made me smile.

D.

Date: 2011-10-28 04:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pisceanblue.livejournal.com
Ah a glimpse of the elusive Aunt Beast, 'tis a fortunate day indeed! The second photo is especially apt (and beautiful) and needs to grace a dust jacket/back cover one of these days.

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