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Happy birthday to Neil, Holly, and Spooky's sister, Stephanie! Also, happy forty-second birthday to Sesame Street, which first aired on this date in 1969! And I was there*. No, really. I watched the first episode the day it was broadcast. Yes, I am getting old. But Kermit's even older. And now he's even older. And now he's older still. Me, too. Neil, Holly, and Stephanie, too. Funny how that works.

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Now that I've returned to the wider, stranger arena of mass media, I'm having to remind myself how careful one has to be during interviews. I already have "a for example". This morning, Digital Spy is reporting:

Kiernan previously wrote for The Dreaming and other Sandman spinoff titles, which she described as "a very unpleasant experience" and "creative nightmare".

What I actually said, as accurately reported yesterday by Comic Book Resources, was:

Most of the time I was working for DC/Vertigo, it was a very unpleasant experience. Sometimes, pretty much a creative nightmare.

Context and subtly, people. There were some grand and wonderful moments working on The Dreaming, some gleaming moments, even. Just not enough of them to redeem the whole. But the first three story arcs, then getting to work with Dave McKean and John Totleben, all the stuff I learned from Neil, Goldie the Gargoyle, "The First Adventure of Miss Catterina Poe"...it was not all bad, as the Digital Spy article would have you think I said. Neil recently said to me, "The Dreaming taught you to be a professional," which is the truth. Anyway....if, somehow, you missed the announcement yesterday, here's last night's blog entry. Yes, there is going to be a Dancy comic.

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I think one of the most frustrating things about being unable to talk about working with Dark Horse has been being unable to explain just how much work I'm juggling at the moment. Here's this month, November 2011 (the next twenty days), as "a for instance" (which is pretty much the same as "a for example"):

1) Write "Ex Libris" (~10k words) for chapbook to accompany Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart: 25 Tales of Weird Romance.
2) Finish with the galley pages of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, have them back in Manhattan by November 15th.
3) Write Alabaster: Wolves #3.
4) Write introduction to Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart: 25 Tales of Weird Romance, "Sexing the Weird."
5) Plan Sirenia Digest #72 (though it will likely be written in very early December).
6) Finish up the last of the edits on Alabaster: Wolves #2 (and comment on and approve and etc. and etc. the incoming pages from #1, endless brainstorming!!!!).

And actually, there's other stuff. But this is the work that's easy to categorize. "Bullet point. " Whatever. We're also working on selling Blood Oranges, for example, and there are new ebook pirates just off the coast, and more Dark Horse-related interviews on the way, and working with [livejournal.com profile] briansiano and [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy on the trailer for The Drowning Girl, and...you get the picture. Oh, and if anyone with very good web-design fu is willing to revamp my main website for...um...free books, please contact me immediately. There's enough chaos in my life at the moment that my agent has actually started recommending meditation; I think my panicked phone calls are freaking her out.

Gagh. I should go. The platypus is gnawing on my goddamn toes. Platypus slobber is disgustipating. But, here's a rather random assortment of very lousy photos I took last night (after Kyle, every photo I take looks lousy):





We love the moon, 'cause it is in the sky. One night from full, sailing through the clouds. As seen from a kitchen window. Just be glad that astronomy can do better than this.



The newly-relocated bookshelf in the middle parlour, as seen from the chaise. I was just trying to get some quality time with Nemo the Octopus, but then I thought, I must take this photo! Now!. When I was done, Nemo crept away, muttering that I'd spoiled the mood. Oh, and one of those two stripey socks was worn by Nicola (Imp) during the Moonstone Beach shoot. Yes! An actual book trailer prop! On my foot!



Nemo came back, but only to mock me as I hid behind That Which Has Yet to Be Opened (the galleys for The Drowning Girl). I hid my head in shame and dread.

All photographs Copyright © 2011 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac



*Spooky was only a zygote.

Date: 2011-11-10 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vulpine137.livejournal.com
I like the moon picture, came out quite nifty.

Date: 2011-11-10 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"Nifty," a word used all too infrequently these days.

Date: 2011-11-10 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vulpine137.livejournal.com
It's a word I'm quite fond of. Very descriptive in it's shortness.

Date: 2011-11-10 06:41 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-10 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillylilly-bird.livejournal.com
I have in my possession Two Worlds and In Between :):)

It is a VERY nice specimen; I also love the texture of the chapbook cover.

I've been admiring your furniture for years now; the chaise etc. What style is that? It's marvelous and I covet. Not that I can afford new [if only to me] furniture, but maybe some day....

Date: 2011-11-10 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I have in my possession Two Worlds and In Between :):)

Yes!

I also love the texture of the chapbook cover.

It certainly possesses one of the finest covers any of my many subpress chapbooks has ever had.

What style is that?

Sort of Neo-Victorian. It weighs a ton.

Date: 2011-11-10 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phaedrine.livejournal.com
Is Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart going to be another small book like Frog Toes and Tentacles?

I have octopus envy.

Date: 2011-11-10 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Is Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart going to be another small book like Frog Toes and Tentacles

Nope. Pretty much the same sort of volume as The Ammonite Violin & Others.

I have octopus envy.

Don't we all.

Date: 2011-11-10 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
The platypus is gnawing on my goddamn toes. Platypus slobber is disgustipating

maybe Nemo can play with the Platypus and keep it off the toes...

Date: 2011-11-10 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

maybe Nemo can play with the Platypus and keep it off the toes...

Nemo fears the platypus.

Date: 2011-11-10 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
Nemo needs to do the confidence course and to discover what the platypus fears.

Date: 2011-11-10 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Nemo needs to do the confidence course and to discover what the platypus fears.

I assure you, Herr Platypus is fearless.

Date: 2011-11-10 08:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackestdarkness
I also have octopus envy and am amused you tag him in your entries.

Date: 2011-11-10 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

He is a dear friend, a gift from [livejournal.com profile] sovay during one of our visits to the natural history museum at Harvard.

Date: 2011-11-10 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ulffriend.livejournal.com
I was thinking about Kermit today, and about the fact that he appears to be just exactly as old now that my 2 1/2 year old niece is watching him as he did that first day in 1969. (Yup, I was there too. That and the Apollo landing are pretty much the only positive significant things that I can remember happening in those years.)

That of course led me to thinking about how much the world lost when Jim Henson died so young...no silver lining is without its dark cloud, I suppose.

Date: 2011-11-10 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That and the Apollo landing

Yep. That's one of mine, too.

Date: 2011-11-11 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alamodealamort.livejournal.com
So did you ever get the package with the trilobite necklace? Just wanted to know in case I have to gather a torch carrying mob, heh.

Date: 2011-11-11 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yes! I did. Thank you. In all the present chaos, there's a lot of unopened mail.

Date: 2011-11-11 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alamodealamort.livejournal.com
Yeah, I know you've got to be swamped. I just wanted to make sure it made it there alright, since I'd never bought from that seller before. Anyway, thanks for your amazing writing :]

Date: 2011-11-11 03:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
I had an irrational horror of Sesame Street (and Zoom) as a child. I liked documentaries especially those about animals.

@sillylilly_bird - was your copy of The Crimson Alaphabet worth sniffing? When mine arrived, it smelled good tho just a ghost of the fresh mimeograph smell.

Date: 2011-11-11 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Books are among the best things to sniff.

Date: 2011-11-11 04:34 am (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Yes! An actual book trailer prop! On my foot!

I love this one.

Date: 2011-11-11 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I should have switched off the lamp on the mantle.

Date: 2011-11-11 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Belated congratulations on the Alabaster comic - NJ adventures have kept me away from the blog.

Nemo is beautiful; I covet him, and your Tiffany lamp.

Date: 2011-11-11 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

your Tiffany lamp.

I have a long and sordid lamp fetish.

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