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0. Epic entry time. Comment, kittens. Let's have tomorrow all over again, and...

1. ...know you have my grateful thanks to everyone who commented yesterday. That's what I like to see. I do apologize for not responding to all of you. So, now...

2. ...I'm sitting here trying to remember what I was doing yesterday before everything sort of went to hell. Oh, but wait. I'm getting ahead of myself. Night before last, I slept less than four hours, and as the day wore on it became evident that my body had reached the end of its ability to take abuse. The last few days – all the work, the stress, dehydration, and exhaustion – finally took their toll. I managed the journal entry and a lot of email before I realized I was just too fried to do much else. I emailed my editor at Dark Horse to warn her that Alabaster #3 was probably going to be late by a couple of days (the deadline was November 30th). She was very cool about it, so thank you cool comic-book lady. This means that all I have left to do this "month" is:

a) Write Alabaster #3.
b) Go over the pencils for Alabaster #1 as soon as they come in.
c) Write something new for Sirenia Digest #72.

And I have nine days in which to do it. Well, given that the digest comes out on the fifth of each month now, that means I technically have fourteen days (hence the shutter quotes around month). Everything would be going more or less fine had I not wasted three days on an introduction I eventually scrapped. But yeah, fourteen days, two weeks. I can do that blindfolded, with one hand tied behind my back, standing on one foot, whistling "Dixie." Of course, then I'll have to immediately write Alabaster #4 and get to Sirenia Digest #73. Oh, and be sure the "teaser" trailer for The Drowning Girl is ready to go up (AT A THEATRE NEAR YOU!) at the beginning of January. And, somewhere in all that, the galleys for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart will likely rear their ugly head, but...

3. ...come hell or high water, mine and Spooky's genuine vacation begins December 15th and runs until January 3rd. Nineteen days free of work. Well, except for the inevitable, unforseen, this-can't-wait-until-later-because-you're-a-writer emergencies. Anyway...

4. ...as it became clear yesterday that I'd pushed myself just a little too far (about three p.m., I think), I said "Fuck it," and started downloading the software for this coming weekend's Beta of Star Wars: The Old Republic onto the Asus; this despite my comments of November 15th. I always forget how bloody long this shit takes. I think, total, the download took somewhere in the neighborhood of ten hours. And there will still be patches every day, all for a game I have a feeling I'm going to hate. But yeah, that, and...

5. ...I had a hot bath, as the exhaustion was beginning to clamp down hard on my muscles (this is about the time I stopped replying to comments in the blog). I fell asleep in the tub. Spooky woke me. I dressed and crawled away to the chaise in the middle parlor, in front of the fireplace, but couldn't get back to sleep. For dinner there was leftover chili. Spooky and I decided to watch Cloverfield for the tenth time or so. By then, I was beginning to think maybe it was more than exhaustion, that I might actually have caught something. We were watching the movie, and suddenly, as the monster ripped Manhattan apart, strange booming began outside. I mean, loud booming noises. They sounded remarkably like the booming noises in the film. After some moments of creeped-out confusion, we went downstairs, and, standing in the middle of the street, we could see fireworks going off to the east, near downtown or the the northernmost end of Narragansett Bay. Turns out, yesterday was the 375th anniversary of the City of Providence....and neither of us knew. So, boom, boom, boom. We went back in and finished watching the movie, and I felt worse...and worse...and worse. Now, and a smart...

6. ...person would have packed it in and tried to go to sleep. Instead, I asked Spooky to read to me from House of Leaves. And after that, I dragged myself back into the office to see that the Asus was still downloading the main assest for SWTOR. So, I paused it and we played some Rift. Turns out, [livejournal.com profile] opalblack was on, so there was guild chatter. Where are you, [livejournal.com profile] stsisyphus! And don't tell me CoX. We need more players to get the RP going again. At any rate, Spooky and I were in the middle of our Iron Pine dailies, when suddenly I felt like a mac truck hit me. I managed the quest from Exile's Den, and really did crawl away to bed. Moaning and slightly feverish. I was, by this time, 95% sure I was dying (yeah, drama queen). I lay in the snarl of comforters, reading a biography of Barnum Brown, titled Barnum Brown: The Man Who Discovered Tyrannosaurus rex. Finally, I gave up, as the pages weren't making much sense. I set the iPad to stream Andrew Marton's Crack in the World (1965), and finally, mercifully, found sleep, and didn't awaken until 11:30 this ayem, after almost eight hours of sleep. Oh, I almost forgot to...

7. ...mention that Trion has finally succumbed to the holidays. I thought we were safe. Unlike WoW, which senselessly includes pretty much every Western holiday, hardly even thinly disguised, Rift has been blessedly free of such bullshit. But no. Last night we were hit with "Fae Yule." As kids these days are won't to say, >.>, right? Right. Now, I'm pretty sure the baby Jesus never made it to Telara, but here was all this Xmas bullshit, only faintly made to seem like a response to the invasion of the dragon of air, Crucia. Oh, and never mind how angry it makes me that these games keep stealing the names of pagan celebrations to mask Xtian celebrations. After all, that's been going on forever in the "real" world. Anyway, yeah, do the holiday quests, get enough "special snowflakes" to buy a fucking Corgi dog with fucking antlers and a red fucking Rudolph nose. I shit you not, kiddos. Trion, you have let me down. Fuck you.

Epilogue: Don't mean to be picking on anyone, but ereaders do not contain books. They contain nothing more than computer code, just artless zeroes and ones.

PS: My niece rocks.

I've Felt Better,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-11-23 05:59 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
...come hell or high water, mine and Spooky's genuine vacation begins December 15th and runs until January 3rd.

I approve of this plan.

Date: 2011-11-23 06:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-23 06:18 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Morell: quizzical)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Otherwise, I might die.

I'm not joking. It sounds dire. I'm glad you're getting even nineteen days.

Date: 2011-11-23 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It sounds dire.

It's not undire.

Date: 2011-11-23 08:42 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (TNG Darmok)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Now I want to name a character Undire.

Date: 2011-11-23 08:52 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-23 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captaincurt81.livejournal.com
Here's hoping the exhaustion and general malaise are gone or in the background of your day. I just caved and bought the new Nook Tablet. It's my insurance policy against some favorite author of mine who might launch new work in an electronic version only. My employer has staked it's future on this frontier as fewer traditional books are sold. I WILL NOT be doing the majority of my reading on the Nook. I own something like 3,000 books and if BN goes under I'll need to perfect my burger flipping technique since I'm suited only for the world of books. "Would you like a Kiernan to go along with your Big Mac?" Probably wouldn't fly, would it?

Date: 2011-11-23 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I just caved and bought the new Nook Tablet.

Gods, what a dumb name.

Trion goes 'Holiday'

Date: 2011-11-23 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cliff52.livejournal.com
What you describe is offensive in so many ways - even if they can't imagine atheism, surely they've heard of Jews and Moslems? Even 'snowflakes' is kind of culturally limited, given the world-wide nature of the internet.
Let's face it, it's an electronic world - they could spin off a version for each system of belief and you could log in wherever you wanted. People could still interact, each seeing avatars and tropes(?) that made sense to them. It might make for curious side-effects, but the game designers wouldn't be offending most of the world by default.

Re: Trion goes 'Holiday'

Date: 2011-11-23 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

What you describe is offensive in so many ways - even if they can't imagine atheism, surely they've heard of Jews and Moslems? Even 'snowflakes' is kind of culturally limited, given the world-wide nature of the internet.

Bingo. But game designers feel comfortable only catering to the Judeo-Christain minority.

SWTOR

Date: 2011-11-23 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faffinz.livejournal.com
I have a SWTOR beta invite, but my computer is below the minimum specifications. I'm worried it will suck too, but Bioware has a good reputation. I hope you'll write about it, within the limits of the NDA of course, when you have played.

Re: SWTOR

Date: 2011-11-23 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Most of the NDA has been lifted at this point. But, as I mentioned on the 15th, my opinion of what I've seen so far is pretty low.

Date: 2011-11-23 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
*Fae Yule*

I wish you were fucking kidding! You've got to watch out for those interdimensional creeping Jesus babies. They get everywhere. Worse than rats.

Date: 2011-11-23 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You've got to watch out for those interdimensional creeping Jesus babies.

Great line!

Date: 2011-11-23 06:45 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-23 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-darkstorm.livejournal.com
Two things in regards to Rift... I'm still willing to RP (even though I'm convinced I'm lousy at it, and I haven't been practicing) and I suspect my two friends also in the guild might be, but I'm not positive.

The other thing, to paraphrase a good friend, is that Fae Yule is making me want to dragon-punch babies. It's an alterative universe, shouldn't it maybe have it's own religion? Or for fuck's sake, even no religion.

But here is not the place for me to rant.

Date: 2011-11-23 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm still willing to RP (even though I'm convinced I'm lousy at it, and I haven't been practicing) and I suspect my two friends also in the guild might be, but I'm not positive.

This sounds good. We can get started on this new story arc with just a couple more people. How soon would you be willing to give it a try again? And what's your character name?

The other thing, to paraphrase a good friend, is that Fae Yule is making me want to dragon-punch babies. It's an alterative universe, shouldn't it maybe have it's own religion? Or for fuck's sake, even no religion.

Bingo. And bingo. And things would be pretty low-key on the generally anti-religious Defiant side. But, that said, why expect Bahmi, Kelari, and Eth to all practive the same religion, given they're derived from such different cultures? It is fucking stupid.

Date: 2011-11-23 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-darkstorm.livejournal.com
My character's name is Anaxakharis, and pretty much immediately, I think. I'll start making virgin sacrifices to the wifi gods immediately. Now, to find some virgins...

I'd add more to that last part, but you summed it up very succinctly. It's just fucking stupid.

Date: 2011-11-23 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

My character's name is Anaxakharis,

Yes!

I'd add more to that last part, but you summed it up very succinctly. It's just fucking stupid.

We're doing our best to stay out of the capital cities until the bullshit passes,

Date: 2011-11-23 10:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] solstice-lilac.livejournal.com
We're doing our best to stay out of the capital cities until the bullshit passes

A good strategy for making it through 'til January in any universe, apparently..

Date: 2011-11-23 11:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-23 09:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

At least the junk you can buy with those "unique snowflakes" is stupid, so I don't feel compelled to waste time doing the dailies.

Date: 2011-11-23 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rysmiel.livejournal.com
Sympathies on the stress stuff, and I hope the holiday goes well and is adequate values of restorative. Will you still be around in this space during it ?

The more I see of various bits of that scale of screw-up in the online games you play, the more I am glad it was never a thing I got into, because my blood pressure would not benefit from that at all; these days I pretty much only play Civilization III and a little Civilization V. Roleplaying feels to just take too much of the energy, or too similar a type of energy, that writing fiction does for me, and at the moment the writing of fiction is a higher priority.

Date: 2011-11-23 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Will you still be around in this space during it ?

Yep, I'll still be here, and still be writing.

Roleplaying feels to just take too much of the energy, or too similar a type of energy, that writing fiction does for me, and at the moment the writing of fiction is a higher priority.

It takes a similar energy, but it's really more impromptu theatre than it is writing.

Date: 2011-11-23 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
Brava on the genuine vacation. I will peer into my crystal ball and figure out when I can come and help you celebrate this leisure anomoly. You've certainly earned it. (Also glad to hear that your niece was able to find presents in your size.)

Date: 2011-11-23 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com


We will have octopus and jellyfish sugar cookies in suitably Cephalopodmas themed colors.

Date: 2011-11-23 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yes! There will be a modest Cephalopodmas celebration.

Date: 2011-11-23 08:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scott connors (from livejournal.com)
I am so sorry that things are getting to you. Stress is serious, no doubt about it. Here are a few things that have helped me deal with it: You have a goal to work toward--the vacation that you and KAthryn have scheduled--that should help. Don't go slapping adverse labels on yourself because you can't make a deadline. Communicate with people; You spoke with the editor at Dark Horse and they're cool. As for Sirenia Digest: I can't speak for anyone else, but I subscribe largely because I want to support you, getting a cool ezine every month is just a bonus. I for one would not go into torches and pitchfork mode if it didn't show up until the 10th or thereabouts. Remember that people do accept you and like you.
BTW, got two friends to buy TWO WORLDS AND IN BETWEEN, which is a fantastic book. Anyway, have a nice Thanksgiving and take care of yourself.

Date: 2011-11-23 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

As for Sirenia Digest: I can't speak for anyone else, but I subscribe largely because I want to support you, getting a cool ezine every month is just a bonus. I for one would not go into torches and pitchfork mode if it didn't show up until the 10th or thereabouts.

Very kind of you. Thank you for saying this.

Date: 2011-11-23 08:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Finally got my Best of You book yesterday. Booya! Page 300 is perfect. I love that you dedicated it to yourself. It was a long wait, but worth it. And I have the patience of a sniper.

Date: 2011-11-23 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Finally got my Best of You book yesterday. Booya! Page 300 is perfect.

Booya!

I love that you dedicated it to yourself.

It was the least I could do.

Date: 2011-11-23 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

Not much to say today, but thought I should add to the comment chain.

I sent you an article PDF a short while ago. It seems to me there's the germ of a Lovecraftian story buried in it...

Date: 2011-11-23 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] highway-west.livejournal.com
I read your posts everyday. Please keep them coming!!!

Is there a link to subscribe to Sirenia Digest?

Date: 2011-11-23 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtlesttrap.livejournal.com
http://www.caitlinrkiernan.com/sirenia/

Date: 2011-11-24 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

In this very entry. Yep.

request for Sirenia #72

Date: 2011-11-23 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtlesttrap.livejournal.com
so I would swoon if you did a male on male incubus thing with strange demon lore for #72...or any tale centering on strange male on male erotica, i love your tales that go there (i might be biased in a major way there but still).

p.s. Im excited to see how fast things are moving along for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, the impending pre order is great news.

Re: request for Sirenia #72

Date: 2011-11-24 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

so I would swoon if you did a male on male incubus thing with strange demon lore for #72...or any tale centering on strange male on male erotica, i love your tales that go there (i might be biased in a major way there but still).

Hm.

Re: request for Sirenia #72

Date: 2011-11-24 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtlesttrap.livejournal.com
...a la "The Sphinx's Kiss" & "Skin Game"...

Date: 2011-11-24 01:13 am (UTC)
mithriltabby: Serene silver tabby (R'lyeh)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
The best writing I see in the Star Wars universe takes place at a remove of at least 100 years from the films, and some of the best of it in the Knights of the Old Republic games and comics. The Old Republic has Drew Karpyshyn as a contributor; he wrote the script on the original KOTOR as well as Mass Effect and Jade Empire (which is great fun if you like wuxia films and Outlaws of the Marsh), as well as the Darth Bane books. If I can figure out a way to make The Old Republic playable on an HDTV (as my darling [livejournal.com profile] obsessivewoman wants to watch as I kill things for her pleasure), I may have to come up with a computing setup that can handle the program...
Edited Date: 2011-11-24 01:13 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-24 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
everything sort of went to hell

*word*

Date: 2011-11-24 02:30 am (UTC)
inthetatras: (Numisaurus Rex)
From: [personal profile] inthetatras
After many years of being aware of Sirenia (i.e. I recall you making a poll of sorts on LJ to gauge interest in the vignettes prior to starting the digest and me giving my input on that. unless my recollection is faulty. it sometimes is.) I've finally succumbed and subscribed. Hooray~

The news about the Alabaster comics is just splendid! I can't express just how excited it's made me. Now I only have to wonder about places that would locally carry the issues. I heard that the comic book store I usually went to for comics (which also carries some books, and is in fact where I first bought Tales of Pain and Wonder and Candles For Elizabeth over ten years ago) will stop carrying "floppy" comic issues in the near future. It's a pity, I really liked that place.

Date: 2011-11-24 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

After many years of being aware of Sirenia (i.e. I recall you making a poll of sorts on LJ to gauge interest in the vignettes prior to starting the digest and me giving my input on that. unless my recollection is faulty. it sometimes is.) I've finally succumbed and subscribed.

The poll must have been in October 2005.

Date: 2011-11-24 02:51 am (UTC)
inthetatras: People planted in the ground like flowers sprouting in spring. (Maude with no DL)
From: [personal profile] inthetatras
You're right. I had been thinking it was sometime in 2005, so I was close enough. My income back then was spotty, and has been spotty until sometime last year, hence my late, late decision to finally subscribe. I'm sure there are others like me as well.

Date: 2011-11-24 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
As of this morning I'm now through the titular story in TWaIB; I can very much see the early bones (and good ones at that) of the writer I adore so much today. Taking it slow is good; even the stories that I've read before are hard for me to process these days - Transient Global Amnesia has fucked up my ability to understand words terribly. You are one of the few authors I'm still buying new stuff from, because every time I do so it's worth all the work trying to grasp the story then see the beauty in the way said story is written.

I'm glad you're taking some time for yourself soon. But I'm also really looking forward to the new projects you're working on.

Regarding e-readers, I know they're not books; I still want one though. Holding a book is painful, the nook color is much smaller and I can scale up the print/change font among other advantages. And as much as I hate to say it, I suspect your mass market work will be bought for the nook next time if that's an option - being able to read things easily is more important these days than having the physical object. On the other hand, Limited and Subpress editions are worth the effort, and they're beautiful objects for when I can handle a book.

Date: 2011-11-24 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

I saw this linked on Mary Robinette Kowal's blog:

http://vimeo.com/32556927

Looks intriguing.

Date: 2011-11-24 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
Steam's Autumn sale has Rift (with one month subscription time) down to $14.99 til the 29th. With the guild RP getting back on its feet, and that ridiculous xmas events throwing out a wild abundance of solo-able quests, now is definitely a good time for new players.

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