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Here in Providence it's a balmy 53˚Fahrenheit, bright and sunny.

And today, as the world "falls back," I remain upright, and Caitlín Standard Time begins for the eighth year. All this actually means is that I prefer Daylight Savings Time and so remain on it all year round. I'm not a morning person, and this way I keep more sunlight in the evening during the loathsome winters. CST has become even more important since the move north. By the way, if you hate DST, and find CaST bizarre, I truly do not care, so there's no need to say so here.

Yesterday was an eight-hour workday, almost all of it spent answering email and getting Sirenia Digest #71 ready to be PDFed, and then I sent it off to Gordon ([livejournal.com profile] thingunderthest) for the actual PDFing. And I also did an interview regarding the BIG DARK HORSE TEASE. The interview will appear online Wednesday, same day as Dark Horse spills more specifics. I'll keep you posted. There are many interviews in my immediate future. Anyway, yes, very busy Saturday (weekends, what are those?). Alas, oftentimes, the first PDF of a Sirenia Digest has errors, and a second is necessary. But, still, I should think the digest will likely go out this evening. Not too late to subscribe and get in on #71! It's cheap!

Today, I need to begin the long short story, or the novelette, or short novella, or what-the-hell-ever that I'm doing for the chapbook that will accompany the limited edition of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. By the way, that chapbook will include not only this new, long story, but "The Yellow Alphabet." No release date yet. I'm guessing Summer 2012.

Speaking of subpress, I'm getting a lot of reports from people who ordered Two Worlds and In Between from Amazon.com, who are now receiving emails stating "Due to a lack of availability from our suppliers, we will not be able to obtain the following item(s) from your order..." That sort of shit. I have no idea why this is happening, but I do know it's happened before with Amazon and subpress editions, which is why I never link to the Amazon pages for those books, but directly to the subpress pages. I've said before, to be sure you get the book, always order these volumes directly from Subterranean Press. All I can do is notify subpress that it's happened...again. Which, of course, solves no one's problem, now that the book is completely sold out. I can apologize (not that it's my fault), and I do, but I know that doesn't get anyone the book they pre-ordered, expecting that pre-order to be filled. Honestly, the situation pisses me off, but there's nothing I can do. When subpress begins taking orders for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, ignore Amazon. Order directly from the publisher.

Now, if you did order directly from subpress, and your order hasn't arrived yet, be patient. It will. All the copies are not sent out at once. Subpress handles too many titles to do that. Pre-ordering doesn't mean you get your book early; it means you get your book. I am the author, and all but two of my comp copies only arrived day before yesterday.
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Last night, we streamed last week's episode of American Horror Story from Hulu (Zachary "Husband #1" Quinto!), then finished Season Four of Californication. For my part, as much as I adore this series, I'd have been happy with it ending at the ending with Hank driving, literally, off into the sunset in that last episode of Season Four. The story may not have been finished (no story ever is), but it was a good place to stop telling it. However...seems like there will be fifth and sixth seasons, though, at least, the story will skip ahead two years. Then we read the prologue and first chapter of House of Leaves (because it's November), then I read some more, and was unable to sleep until almost 4 ayem (perhaps your 3 ayem), only to wake at ten ayem (possibly your 9 ayem). So, I'm not at my best today. Of course, I probably will never be at my best again. My best probably ended in 1995. Those people who tell you that "40 is the new 30" are either a) seriously deluded, b) have amazingly good health care, or both.

We just realized we missed the Rasputina in Boston on October 28th, because we were at the Iron Pour. At least we did something. However, I will make the VNV Nation in Boston on December 4th. Stalk me there and die.

And now...the words.

Next,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-11-06 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laserbitch.livejournal.com
I ordered directly from Subterranean Press and still haven't gotten my pre-order. I'm starting to get a bit sad about it.

Date: 2011-11-06 05:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It will come. They don't all go out at once.

Date: 2011-11-06 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laserbitch.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm trying to be patient, but I feel like a kid on the days leading up to Yule. Every day I run to get the mail only to trudge back in disappointment. I figure, they charged me a long time ago, so I should be in the queue.

Date: 2011-11-06 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I figure, they charged me a long time ago, so I should be in the queue.

You are in the queue.

Date: 2011-11-06 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mastadge.livejournal.com
I'm getting a little nervous. I ordered directly from SubPress, nearly a year ago!, and haven't gotten a shipping notification yet. Guess I'll shoot them an e-mail if I don't get a shipping e-mail or receive the book tomorrow.

Date: 2011-11-06 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It will come. They don't all go out at once.

Date: 2011-11-06 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfsilveroak.livejournal.com
I'm with you, I prefer more sunlight compared to less. I am most definitely not a night person.

Date: 2011-11-06 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm with you, I prefer more sunlight compared to less. I am most definitely not a night person.

I think it annoys people that I'm not a night person. Because, you know. I'm spooky, right?

Date: 2011-11-06 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I'm being patient. It would have been brilliant to have Two Worlds as company on the plane to NJ, but what the hell - it might encourage to write some weirdness of my own. The book'll turn up in good time. Amazon were a bit shit in sending me Ammonite Violin, so that's a lesson learned.

- Ash

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

I'm with you, I prefer more sunlight compared to less. I am most definitely not a night person.

Learning is good. So is writing on planes. Beats watching Sponge Bob on planes.

Date: 2011-11-06 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Sponge Bob... *shudder* No fit citizen of any sea.

Advice, if that's okay: are there any bookshops in New York (or even NJ) you could recommend?

Date: 2011-11-06 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Sponge Bob... *shudder* No fit citizen of any sea.

Nope.

Advice, if that's okay: are there any bookshops in New York (or even NJ) you could recommend?

Hmmmmm. I love the Strand in NYC. Amazing bookshop, but mostly used.

Date: 2011-11-06 06:41 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-06 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com
To interject, since I love recommending bookstores - you might also like to check out Argosy (www.argosybooks.com/). They have beautiful decor (model ship hanging from the ceiling!) and racks and racks of old prints and maps in addition to unusual books. And if you are at all fond of children's and/or young adult fiction, Books of Wonder (www.booksofwonder.com/) has an amazing gallery of original cover art and illustrations. The last time I was there, they had an original sketech from Where the Wild Things Are...

(These stores are both in NYC.)

Date: 2011-11-07 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Now you have me a) wanting to be in Manhattan, and b) wanting prowl bookstores.

Date: 2011-11-07 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Thanks to both of you!

Date: 2011-11-06 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurtmulgrew.livejournal.com
Luckily, my girlfriend and I were able to see Rasputina a couple of nights ago in Asheville. We got there early enough to be right against the stage in the front. That makes the third time we've seen them and it gets better every time. Last year I was able to get my picture taken with her and she signed her album that I bought. They are so amazing.

Date: 2011-11-06 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

We meant to go, but simply forgot.

Date: 2011-11-06 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
I agree with you on not switching from DST; I think the whole country should spring forward and stay there. Kids aren't working in the fields or going to school at 6am anymore, but they are coming home from after school activities in the dark all damn winter - so it just doesn't make sense to me.

In any case, we're not resetting the clocks in our apartment either. I would much rather have some sunlight during the hours I'm awake which tends to start well after 10am.

Date: 2011-11-07 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I agree with you on not switching from DST; I think the whole country should spring forward and stay there. Kids aren't working in the fields or going to school at 6am anymore, but they are coming home from after school activities in the dark all damn winter - so it just doesn't make sense to me.

In any case, we're not resetting the clocks in our apartment either. I would much rather have some sunlight during the hours I'm awake which tends to start well after 10am.


Exactly.

Date: 2011-11-06 09:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
"40 is the new 30"

Balls to that. Fifteen months away for me. It doesn't fill with horror, that age, but I'm aware of things I feel i should have done by now; it's this little weight at the back of my mind, getting more heavy. I'm gonna try to enjoy the view as I go downhill.

Just read this fucking great interview with Waits in Wired magazine. He's discussing etymology, setting riddles, talking about the percussion instruments of Harry Partch - and suddenly, I don't just want to fuck this man: marry me, Tom! They quote one lyric:

"I'm the last leaf on the tree/the autumn took the rest/but they won't take me"

and that middle line is a story title I've been looking for fucking ages, and also why I should buy the goddamn album. I only know Rain Dogs, Frank, and Bone Machine.

I do waffle; but Unwoman sounds as if she's well worth a checkout.

- Ash

Date: 2011-11-07 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


"I'm the last leaf on the tree/the autumn took the rest/but they won't take me"

and that middle line is a story title I've been looking for fucking ages, and also why I should buy the goddamn album. I only know Rain Dogs, Frank, and Bone Machine.


Bad As Me is, I think, my favorite Waits since Rain Dogs.

Date: 2011-11-06 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
I think Sub Press sends out pre-orders in the order the orders arrive. I am pretty sure I ordered within a few hours of TWIB being listed but maybe it was 24 hours. What I DO know is that I have number 13. I am not a big number person but getting number 13 left me feeling awestruck. I peek at it from time to time thinking it just may change to some other number. My copy arrived last Thursday.

I like Subterranean Press and normally buy directly from them because I want to help their bottom line. Hardly a month goes by that I don't purchase one or more books from them. It is an addiction but one I can live with.

My biggest regret is that I didn't buy an extra copy (or 2) to donate to my local library.

Date: 2011-11-07 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I think Sub Press sends out pre-orders in the order the orders arrive. I am pretty sure I ordered within a few hours of TWIB being listed but maybe it was 24 hours. What I DO know is that I have number 13. I am not a big number person but getting number 13 left me feeling awestruck. I peek at it from time to time thinking it just may change to some other number. My copy arrived last Thursday.

In the Kingdom of Aunt Beast, 13 is the luckiest number.

I like Subterranean Press and normally buy directly from them because I want to help their bottom line. Hardly a month goes by that I don't purchase one or more books from them. It is an addiction but one I can live with.

Indeed.

Date: 2011-11-06 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com
this way I keep more sunlight in the evening during the loathsome winters
Most thoroughly with you on that point.

Loved Quinto's character in that AHS episode! I haven't been entirely thrilled with the show so far, but I appreciate a lot of the themes and tropes that they've worked into it, and I find it difficult not to love all of the ghost characters.

Date: 2011-11-07 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Loved Quinto's character in that AHS episode!

Yes!

Date: 2011-11-07 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtlesttrap.livejournal.com
Today, I need to begin the long short story, or the novelette, or short novella, or what-the-hell-ever that I'm doing for the chapbook that will accompany the limited edition of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. By the way, that chapbook will include not only this new, long story, but "The Yellow Alphabet."

SWOON.

Date: 2011-11-07 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Well, actually...swoon later.

Date: 2011-11-07 06:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fornikate.livejournal.com
my theory is that everyone on american horror story is dead. every single person.

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