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Not sure why I'm using my Carolyn Fry icon today, from that marvelous scene as the Hunter Gratzner crashes. It just felt right. Maybe it says something about the health of Frank the Goat this morning and early afternoon, as LJ suffered another DDoS attack.

1) A late start to the day. But I've already signed 600+ signature sheets for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart (coming from Subterranean Press in 2012) and proofed inked pages for the Alabaster comic. I wish I could show you more of the art; the first issue is going to kick ass, and a lot of that credit will go to Steve Lieber (artist and letterer), our colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and cover artist Greg Ruth.

2) I'm still hoping to be able to begin the new short story, for Sirenia Digest #72, started this afternoon. A tale about two women who become cities. And yeah, sorry, the digest will be woefully late this month. November was a right proper cunt, was she. So, blame her. But, still, I hope to have it out by the 10th of December at the latest.

3) And speaking of Sirenia Digest #72, come on, kittens. Get in those responses to the fifth Question @ Hand. Don't be shy. You get complete anonymity, and you DO NOT have to worry about the feasibility of the science in your replies. Oh, and I'll be especially pleased by entries that make no mention of my being a writer. But don't tarry too long. If these are going to make it into #72, I need all replies in by midnight CaST (EST +1 hour) Wednesday, December 7th.

4) Good RP in Rift last night. Thank you, all who took part. You were splendid. I'm hoping to double our numbers by the end of December, and then worry a lot less about recruiting for a bit. I'm beginning to wonder if a surprisingly (to me) small number of my readers are gamers. My calls for players go mostly unheeded, and, truly, not only is Rift an awesome game (as in, it fills me with awe), it's a great entertainment value. For the price of a large pizza, for less than a single movie for two, you get a month of unlimited play. Can't do much better than that. Dump that crappy cable TV, and come and play with us!

5) We've been working our way through Disc One of the most recent season of Doctor Who, and last night we finally saw the episode written by Neil, "The Doctor's Wife." Frankly, I was completely unimpressed by the four episodes (or was it three?) that preceded it, but then "The Doctor's Wife" blew me away. It is no lie to say that I very almost cried at the end. It shows that Matt Smith can be a good doctor, if given good scripts (though I still miss David Tenant, and I miss Christopher Eccleston – my doctor – even more). However, no author can redeem Rory Williams (BORING), and I want him gone.

6) Whoever is responsible for the portmanteau "advertorials" (derogatory shutter quotes!) needs to die, along with whoever invented the concept. And Jesus fuck, LJ knows how to spell the goddamned "word"!

Anyway, I think that's all for now. Carry on.

Eating A Cupcake,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-12-02 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenjen4280.livejournal.com
I can only imagine how incredibly tedious it must be to sign your name 600+ times.

Thinking of that makes me appreciate my Sub Press signed editions of your work that much more.

Will Confessions be similarly sized to match both Frog Toes and Tales from the Woeful Platypus?

Date: 2011-12-02 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I can only imagine how incredibly tedious it must be to sign your name 600+ times.

I once had to do it 1,500 times.

Will Confessions be similarly sized to match both Frog Toes and Tales from the Woeful Platypus?

Nope. A full-sized book, more like The Ammonite Violin & Others.

Date: 2011-12-02 09:06 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (Doctor Who love)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
I have not seen Series 6 yet, but I will say that others have reported some awesome Rory moments later in the season. We'll see. I'm still not sure how I felt about series 5. Maybe I'll just stick to slowly working through the older series.

Date: 2011-12-02 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Love the icon!

I have not seen Series 6 yet, but I will say that others have reported some awesome Rory moments later in the season.

I refuse to believe it. He's just baggage.
Edited Date: 2011-12-02 09:09 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-02 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

However, no author can redeem Rory Williams (BORING), and I want him gone.
He's just baggage.

I'll have to respectfully disagree on this one. Rory's the most mature and complex character in the 11th Doctor's run. Hell, he's twice the Doctor's age, without having the benefit of spending all those years visiting every exotic locale in the galaxy, and he spent them as a plastic robot that likely didn't sleep. Yet he's managed to remain sane and grounded - much more so than either of his traveling companions. (and he does have some wonderful moments coming up in the next few episodes)

I'll agree that Eccleston was the best of the current lot - he had the greatest range in his short run.

Date: 2011-12-02 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everville340.livejournal.com
That icon is incredible!

Date: 2011-12-04 01:38 am (UTC)
witchchild: (Doctor Who love)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
Ha ha, I wish I could take credit for it. I seemed to see it all over the place a few years ago before I started to watch DW. Then I did, and I had to find it, so I did.

Date: 2011-12-04 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everville340.livejournal.com
I had to find it, so I did.

So glad you did! Cheers!

Date: 2011-12-02 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everville340.livejournal.com
I've already signed 600+ signature sheets for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart

600+ Signatures! Sudden flashbacks to elementary school penmanship and nuns with rulers (that thought may spur me to actually try the Question at Hand)...thanks for the signatory pages, though, am eagerly awaiting the SubPress newsletter announcing the preorder.

last night we finally saw the episode written by Neil..."The Doctor's Wife" blew me away

Having followed Who since the "Classic" decades, I have to say Mr. Gaiman's episode was one of the top three episodes/moments since the relaunch that truly blew me away as well: when the TARDIS admits she may not have always taken him where he wanted to go but always where he needed to go...48 years of history and emotion in a single incredibly powerful sentence. It really was an amazing episode!

Date: 2011-12-02 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

when the TARDIS admits she may not have always taken him where he wanted to go but always where he needed to go...

Yes, that was a brilliant line.

Date: 2011-12-04 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brienze.livejournal.com
That was a nice line, but it hits the exact same notes as Douglas Adams describing Dirk Gently's system of Zen navigation, which (paraphrased) didn't often take him where he meant to go, but often took him where he needed to be. I'm a freak who likes the Dirk Gently books better than HHGTTG.

And I haven't signed up for Rift, because although I'm a gamer, I'm the EQ and WoW type of gamer. The extent of my roleplaying abilities was to name my froglok paladin "Dauphin" and then be disappointed when no one treated me like a prince.

Date: 2011-12-02 09:26 pm (UTC)
mithriltabby: Serene silver tabby (R'lyeh)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
Hm. The term apparently dates back to 1946. So: summon Yog-Sothoth to open a gate to deal with the coiner of the term personally, or just send a Hound of Tindalos back to prevent the word from being invented? Decisions, decisions...

Date: 2011-12-02 09:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The term apparently dates back to 1946.

Holy fucking honey badger.

Summon Yog-Sothoth to open a gate to deal with the coiner of the term personally, or just send a Hound of Tindalos back to prevent the word from being invented?

Must puzzle this out.

Date: 2011-12-02 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thimbleofrain.livejournal.com
I'm not a Doctor Who watcher, but I saw the episode that Neil wrote on a flight from England last month. (Virgin has a diverse entertainment selection, though it was the only episode they had.) I hadn't/haven't seen any more of the series. Even without context, it was so good that I thought about tracking down the rest. Sounds like I'd have been underwhelmed if I had though.

I'm excited to see Alabaster as a comic. I've toyed with the idea of trying to translate one of the orginal short stories into a comics script because they seemed like they should have a visual component in my mind when I read them. Maybe it was the cool Ted Naifeh drawings.

Date: 2011-12-02 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm excited to see Alabaster as a comic.

As am I.

Maybe it was the cool Ted Naifeh drawings.

He was the first to put a face to Dancy.

Date: 2011-12-02 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I'm glad we've got until Wednesday for the Question; damned if I know what to do to you yet. (It feels *wrong* to type that. Still.) I'm too used to inflicting metaphysical damage on characters.


Oh, I love The Doctor's Wife. I DID cry (just a little). If Neil would just consider writing more/taking over... But at least Moffat gave us Sherlock. (And being a sad ol' fanboy of Doctor and Beast, I'd still like to see your take on the series one day.)

Date: 2011-12-02 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It feels *wrong* to type that.

It is very right to type that.

I'm too used to inflicting metaphysical damage on characters.

Then a change of pace is clearly in order.

And being a sad ol' fanboy of Doctor and Beast, I'd still like to see your take on the series one day.)

If they ever offer...

Date: 2011-12-02 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
*A tale about two women who become cities.*

Yes! But please don't burn yourself out, though - I'd much rather have a healthy Beast than a prompt Digest. They turn up when they turn up.

Date: 2011-12-02 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yes! But please don't burn yourself out, though

This is kind of you, but I hold to my deadlines. And I only have 13 days until the vacation.

Date: 2011-12-02 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I cluck somewhat. Apologies for the doubled comment; this phone sucks.

Date: 2011-12-02 10:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
*A tale about two women who become cities.*

Yes! But please don't burn yourself out, though - I'd much rather have a healthy Beast than a prompt Digest. They turn up when they turn up.

Date: 2011-12-03 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aliceoddcabinet.livejournal.com
What in the fresh hell is an "advertorial"?? An advert dressed as an editorial? For what possible purpose? In what *possible* fucking context? *boggle*

Why Alan Moore dislikes Kindle

Date: 2011-12-03 06:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kousmichoff.livejournal.com
Since you've been writing comics again, you might be interested in a recent Alan Moore article about publishing.

I thought of you when he said,

"I just tend to have quite a lot of faith in the book itself as the publishing world equivalent of a shark. Sharks have not evolved in millions and millions of years simply because they haven’t had to. They were pretty much perfect to start with."

http://www.honestpublishing.com/news/honest-alan-moore-interview-part-1-publishing-and-kindle/

Date: 2011-12-03 06:52 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] joecrow.livejournal.com
I'm beginning to wonder if a surprisingly (to me) small number of my readers are gamers. My calls for players go mostly unheeded, and, truly, not only is Rift an awesome game (as in, it fills me with awe), it's a great entertainment value.

I really have to get on the stick about setting my Mac up for dual-booting into Windows. Everything I see sez Rift is hella fun and addresses a bunch of the issues I've developed with Warcraft. (Especially the recent shifts toward massive in-joke-y goofy-ass 4th-wall breaking.) I'm just stuck on the outside for now.

Date: 2011-12-03 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aliceoddcabinet.livejournal.com
Oh, I *am* a gamer. And I played Rift for a few months and loved it. Its just...its the MM part of the MMORPG that bothers me. And the actual *people* on Rift were much better than WoW (which became unfuckingbearable)...its just...I don't know. All those *people*. /shudder

Date: 2011-12-03 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] from-ashes.livejournal.com
I am a gamer, but not really a social one. I tend to stick to my one-player games on my XBox. I am still considering Rift, though, but I'm currently up to my eyeballs in the new Skyrim game right now that I'm not sure I could pull myself away.

I also completely agree about the most recent season of Doctor Who. "The Doctor's Wife" is the best episode of the season. I really like Matt Smith as a Doctor, but I believe he just needs good writers. And less of that annoying Amy Pond.

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