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I better number this one. Well, after I mention an extraordinarily weird dream I had last night involving a secret society of women who were capable of accomplishing mind transference, and so, once a year, traded bodies. And I was being asked to join. But it wasn't this me, it was some other version of me. The the whole affair was far more sinister than it sounds.

1. On this day in 2001 I began keeping a "blog." I'd long kept a private, handwritten journal, and I found the whole idea of a public journal oxymoronic. You know, "public privacy." America had not yet completely decided that "transparency" in all things was such a hot idea. Well, I still haven't (in fact, I know just the opposite), but I digress. It's been ten years since Neil persuaded me to give this blogging thing a try. And...ten years later, here I am. Offhand, I can think of no other author besides Neil whose blogged longer, and he's been nowhere near as fanatical about it as I've been. I started at Blogger, then at LJ beginning in April 2004, then stopped updating to Blogger in 2006. I suspect I've made an entry for 90% of all the days since that first entry. So, wow. Sure, blogging isn't cool anymore, but who gives a shit about what the interwebs deem cool?

2. [Interlude] Jethro Tull season has begun!

3. Here I will slightly amend a bit from the entry I made on the 24th of November 2009: On this day in 1859, 152 years ago, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life was first published (by British publishing house, John Murray). If any single book charted the course of my life, this is likely it. So, 152 years ago Darwin proposed a theory of evolution to explain the fact of evolution, and, of course, the theory is still evolving, which is the nature of science. And the creationists still don't get it. Maybe in another 152 years...well...let's not go there. My inner pessimist always wins. It's enough to marvel that so many years have passed, and we've made countless discoveries that would have dazzled, delighted, and humbled Mr. Darwin.

4. I just looked at my friends list (where fewer and fewer entries appear), and Elizabeth Bear ([livejournal.com profile] matociquala) has written (regarding the subjectivity of time in a narrative):

And thus, maybe a kiss deserves an entire paragraph in one circumstance... and in another, a battle no more than a sentence. It all depends on the subjective way that time dilates and contracts around your viewpoint characters.

And this is well said, but it set me to thinking – as these things always do – that subjectivity renders these sorts of observations all but useless. On the surface, I agree with the sentiment expressed here. Things get messy, though, when the author pauses to realize exactly how incredibly subjective readers' reactions are to...well...everything. What is too little detail for Reader A is too much for Reader B is just right for Reader C, or almost just right for Reader D, or...almost too much for Reader E. And so forth. There really are no happy mediums here. We can only write our voices, and what seems to suit us, and see how it all falls out in the end. That is, in my case, how many readers will feel as I do regarding detail and how long I've lingered on any given subject or event in any given scene. And, then, of course, I ignore the consensus and continue on my way.

5. Oh! Good news re: Rift. Trion appears to have responded to the outrage of many of its players as concerns the "Fae Yule" foolishness. An enormous amount of the Xmas trees, wrapped presents, and crap vanished yesterday with the latest hotfix to patch 1.6. Now, I can mostly avoid it by simply avoiding low-level areas and Meridian (the Defiant capital city) in Freemarch. Trion, it appears you done at least half good, after all. Oh, and gods, I got a glimpse (I quickly averted my eyes) of one of the Xmas themed rifts, complete with fucking snowman. To quote [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy, "Sweet barking cheese." Pure cocksucking kitsch.

So, this evening, as the day winds down, this day on which we celebrate obesity and colonialism and the genocide of Native Americans, at the end of this day I can play Rift and pretty much be not be reminded of that which I wish to forget, namely the world's Xtian minority. By the way, last night Spooky and I played Indus (my Eth warrior) and Emris (her Kelari cleric) out in Stonefield. Emris is the only male character either of us plays (though, my main, Selwynn, a Kelari mage, is a strange sort of hermaphrodite). [livejournal.com profile] opalblack was with us (her Kelari rogue, Harlakai), but then suddenly vanished, and didn't reappear. Ah, but Spooky's talking to her now, so mystery solv'd.

By the way, as I wrote here (as a postscript) in 2008: Postscript: ...just in case anyone has forgotten since the last time i pointed this out, "Endeavor to be inoffensive to all who might have their feelings hurt at the drop of a hat" is not in my job description. In fact, I think it says something rather to the contrary.

6. Yesterday, I rehydrated, took it slow and steady, avoided caffeine, fought back the exhaustion, and wrote the first three pages of script for Alabaster #3. It's a good beginning. And Steve Lieber is hard at work on making my words into pictures. Cool stuff.

7. Back to the shuggoths! And later, William S. Burroughs.

Rolling along,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-11-24 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
this day on which we celebrate obesity and colonialism and the genocide of Native Americans

I adore you; you made me smile way too early in the morning.

Date: 2011-11-24 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I adore you; you made me smile way too early in the morning.

And you make me blush.

Date: 2011-11-24 05:59 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-24 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaz-mahoney.livejournal.com
I wondered if you would say a bit about your process for writing comic scripts - maybe in a future blog post. It's something I've long been interested in, and I study comic book scripts all the time.

Date: 2011-11-24 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I wondered if you would say a bit about your process for writing comic scripts - maybe in a future blog post.

I'll post more on this later, but right now there's still a lot of hush-hush.

Date: 2011-11-24 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaz-mahoney.livejournal.com
Okay, great. No worries re. waiting, I just love hearing how writers go about creating their stories in this medium. Thanks!

Date: 2011-11-24 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

just love hearing how writers go about creating their stories in this medium.

I'm still getting the hang of it...again. I've forgotten a lot of what I learned while doing The Dreaming.

Date: 2011-11-24 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaz-mahoney.livejournal.com
Right. It's too easy to forget how long ago that was. I used to read The Dreaming, back in the day.

Date: 2011-11-24 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It's too easy to forget how long ago that was.

A million years ago.

Date: 2011-11-24 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Happy tenth anniversary!

And a tip o' the cap to your icon. My favourite Tull's probably Songs From The Wood (followed by Broadsword); it strikes me I need to buy these albums on CD.

*a strange sort of hermaphrodite*

The best sort, surely.

Date: 2011-11-24 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And a tip o' the cap to your icon. My favourite Tull's probably Songs From The Wood (followed by Broadsword); it strikes me I need to buy these albums on CD.

My favourites remain Aqualung and A Passion Play.

The best sort, surely.

It's complicated.

Date: 2011-11-24 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guenevere.livejournal.com
I'm quite glad that you still blog♥
Livejournals, Xangas, Blogspots, whatevers...they're all infinitely preferable to Twitter and Facebook and such.

Date: 2011-11-24 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Livejournals, Xangas, Blogspots, whatevers...they're all infinitely preferable to Twitter and Facebook and such.

Yerp.

I remember how, in the beginning, people made this apple-and-oranges comparison, but then they all abandoned blogging and ran away to the easy chatter of Facebook and Twitter, abandoning their LJs.

Date: 2011-11-24 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lachendwolf.blogspot.com (from livejournal.com)
Happy Writerversary! I love writer blogs and yours is one of the ones for which I am particularly thankful, as you have a voice in blogging that is surprisingly different from your writing voice, both early and late for each. I love watching the difference.

Date: 2011-11-24 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Happy Writerversary!

Thank you.

both early and late for each.

That's an interesting turn of phrase.

Date: 2011-11-24 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lachendwolf.blogspot.com (from livejournal.com)
I was having a hard time with "both early and late for both" - not only did the redundant use bug me, but it didn't seem *right* for what I meant. I do, after all, go back and forth in the history of yours, Gaiman's, and Scalzi's blogs to see how you've changed.

Date: 2011-11-24 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Okay. Got it. I've changed quite a bit, I think.

Date: 2011-11-24 07:13 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (Cartoon Chris)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Here's to getting closer to things to be thankful for, including your and Spooky's vacation coming up.

And since laughing is always good, I can very heartily recommend the new film The Muppets. I saw it last night, laughed a lot, and Kermit-flailed more than once. You'll likely like it.

Date: 2011-11-24 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And since laughing is always good,

Though we do plan to see The Muppets, laughing is horribly overrated.

Date: 2011-11-25 06:24 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-11-24 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] britmandelo.livejournal.com
Happy blog-anniversary! I certainly have enjoyed reading what you have to say.

(John Scalzi could join the "really long time blogger" club - 1999, I believe?)

Date: 2011-11-24 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


(John Scalzi could join the "really long time blogger" club - 1999, I believe?)


If he goes that far back, he beats me and Neil both.

Date: 2011-11-25 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
" And, then, of course, I ignore the consensus and continue on my way." As it should be. I hope never to find I've become a reader who will only read books that reflect my singular viewpoint about how things ought to be written. What a lot I'd loose that way!

Date: 2011-11-25 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

As it should be.

Given the utter absence of objectivity in art, there's no other option.

Date: 2011-11-25 02:56 am (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
And I was being asked to join. But it wasn't this me, it was some other version of me. The the whole affair was far more sinister than it sounds.

This sounds like something Val Lewton should have filmed.

Date: 2011-11-25 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matociquala.livejournal.com
I think it has nothing to do with the readers, and everything to do with the characters. Time dilates, essentially, when the POV character is paying attention.

So you may gloss over the 45 minutes they spend on breakfast and ablutions without even acknowledging they happened, but that important conversation is detailed exactly.

Date: 2011-11-25 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drflup.livejournal.com
Thank you for the blogging - it has become quite the ritual to hop onto Livejournal and read.

The entire Aqualung album.

Sossity! You're a woman - is still one of my favourite songs (off Benefit I think)

Though I think Budapest has my favourite lyric -"She couldn't make love but she could make a good sandwich"

I think I saw you mention coming to Florence and the Machine late or no one telling you - so here are some other things you have may or may not have heard and may or may not like -

Austra -
'Lose it' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LJtMrhb558

Beat and the Pulse' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emHAfLWqbnA

Laura Marling -

'New Romantic' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNxar07_9YA

Zombie in a penguin suit (Short movie)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtdEKIsnEkM

Date: 2011-11-25 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everville340.livejournal.com
Jethro Tull season has begun!

There are some uncanny moments wherein it feels as if Aunt Beast is scrying into my brain. This is one of them. Viva Tull!

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