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But I won’t follow you into the rabbit hole.
I said I would, but then I saw
Your shivered bones.
They didn’t want me to.
~ The National, "Terrible Love"

0) We must have slept a little more than eight hours. This almost never happens. Now I'm achey and stiff and disoriented and dreamsick, but later I suppose I will be glad for the rest. Oh, and the Starbuck icon; I think I'm slowly working my way through my space-opera heroines.

1) Yesterday, work, work, work. I spent two hours signing signature sheets for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. I might have killed a pen. And those things – pens, I mean – don't grow on trees, you know. But now they are all signed and will go back to Subterranean Press on Monday (lots of mail going out on Monday, so watch out, you postal folk). And then the day was slipping away so fast, and Spooky and I had planned a full-on Kid Night, and I didn't want to work after dark (not that I ever do; it squicks me out, working after dark, which makes the winters hard). So, I could choose to work on the short story about the two women who become cities, or I could choose to work on the third (and very, very, very different incarnation of "Sexing the Weird"). Having already gone over the inked Alabaster pages, I chose "Sexing the Weird," though I'm sort of chomping at the bit to get the story (or vignette) written. And I have only thirteen days until The Vacation (!!), and by then I need to have Sirenia Digest #72 finished and out to subscribers and write Alabaster #4 before the vacation. Also, Sonya Taaffe ([livejournal.com profile] sovay) is finishing up her afterword for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, which I am very much looking forward to reading.

2) A pretty damn cool article, one that Spooky just brought to my attention: "Lobster pot tag washes up across the Atlantic 2 decades after 'Perfect Storm.'" Ignore how badly written that headline is, that it ought to be "Lobster Pot Tag Washes Up Across the Atlantic Two Decades After 'Perfect Storm.'" Point is, a lobster tag lost twenty years ago traveled 3,000 miles across the Atlantic, from Cohasset in southern Massachusetts to Waterville, County Kerry, Ireland. Very cool. Except for the fact that people are forgetting how to write headlines.

3) Writers exist, in part, to remind people of things they might otherwise forgot. For example, Question @ Hand 5. Get those answers in!

4) Look for a new round of eBay auctions before Solstice/Cephalopodmas. These will all be souvenirs from our three-day shoot for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir book trailer, and will also include an ARC of the novel. And a moonstone signed by the whole cast and crew. And clothing that Imp (Nicola Astles) wore in the trailer. And...stuff. We hope to shoot a little more footage this winter in Philadelphia, but money will be needed, and that's what this auction will help to fund.

5) A truly grand Kid Night last night. After a Kid Meal of fish sticks, mac and cheese, and tater tots, we ate cupcakes and watched The Goonies (1985), followed by our second viewing of Super 8 (2011). When The Goonies was first released, I was in college, twenty-two, I think. And I was on beyond unimpressed. I remain unimpressed. What a silly, silly movie, but it made Spooky smile. Super 8, on the other hand, is bloody fucking brilliant. By the way, when Steve Lieber asked me who my dream casting for the role of Dancy in a film version of Alabaster would be, I did not hesitate to name Elle Fanning. And he got it so right, that now it sort of creeps me out watching her.

6) After Kid Night wound down, Spooky used the iPad to watch episodes of Art:21 on PBS, while I read Chapter Ten of the Barnum Brown biography I'm reading.

7) And now, I leave you with a photograph Spooky took while I was signing yesterday. I am not at my most glamorous (I rarely am these days), still in my pajamas, wearing my Jayne Cobb hat and Imp sweater and chewing a pen:







Feelin' Scruffy,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-12-03 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeffreyab.livejournal.com
Woo! Hoo! Jayne Hat!

Date: 2011-12-03 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Keeps my ears warm.
Edited Date: 2011-12-03 07:33 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-03 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cause-catyljan.livejournal.com
Sure I've seen a picture of Nancy Mitford sporting a similar ensemble.

Date: 2011-12-04 11:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cause-catyljan.livejournal.com
Novelist, biographer, inter-war socialite and the eldest of the splendid (and notorious) Mitford sisters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitford_sisters#Mitford_sisters).

Her brother-in-law was also a leading fascist (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Mosley), but you can't win them all I guess.

Date: 2011-12-03 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aarontbc.livejournal.com
or I could choose to work on the third (and very, very, very different incarnation of "Sexing the Weird"

"Sexing The Weird" back from the dead? Woot!. Here's to third time lucky.

Date: 2011-12-04 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Third time was, indeed, the charm.

Date: 2011-12-03 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everville340.livejournal.com
It seems at times that sleep is almost two-faced: it can be a very good friend albeit oft whooping our arses just the same.
I am new to the concept of Cephalopodmas. Memorizing "Have a Gibbous Cephalopodmas!" is going to be a delight for the next several weeks.

Date: 2011-12-04 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I am new to the concept of Cephalopodmas.

It's the new black.

Date: 2011-12-04 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtlesttrap.livejournal.com
Sonya Taaffe (sovay) is finishing up her afterword for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, which I am very much looking forward to reading.

Sounds like incredible progress is being made on the book! Sonya Taaffe's afterword should be pretty dazzling if her contributions to the Digest and her own amazing work are a good predictor!

Date: 2011-12-04 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Sounds like incredible progress is being made on the book!

I've grown rather happy with it.

Date: 2011-12-04 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtlesttrap.livejournal.com
Getting the preview of the amazing, psychadelic cover and knowing the sheer volume of stories in the collections gets me so amped up! Cannot wait for the official announcement by Subterranean Press for preorder. We need a World where there are more writers that get people as happy as I am for this book! I just finished reading all of the stories in Two Worlds and In Between and really just was blown away by your progression. I've been with you since Silk so the stories serve to remind me of snapshots of my own life too.

Date: 2011-12-04 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

the amazing, psychadelic cover

I hadn't really thought of it that way, but yeah.

Cannot wait for the official announcement by Subterranean Press for preorder.

Talk to Bill about that today. He has not yet decided when preorders will begin.

I just finished reading all of the stories in Two Worlds and In Between and really just was blown away by your progression. I've been with you since Silk so the stories serve to remind me of snapshots of my own life too.

Wow. I wouldn't have thought anyone would have read the whole book by now. But I'm such a slow reader.

Date: 2011-12-04 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceewayne.livejournal.com
Are you ever tempted to put something silly on one of those signature sheets?

Date: 2011-12-04 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Well...one of the Five-Chambered sig sheets, I drew a heart on it. That counts, yeah?

Date: 2011-12-04 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ceewayne.livejournal.com
yes and very cool as well

Date: 2011-12-04 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thimbleofrain.livejournal.com
My first thought was, Wait. Shouldn't it be, “Lobster Pot Tag Washes Up across the Atlantic Two Decades after ‘Perfect Storm’”? So of course I googled it and found the Internet divided, that it’s considered a style guide thing. So I looked around for my Holt Handbook, unused for years, but I couldn’t locate it. (I need to tidy up my office.) I did find my thesaurus and dictionary, however. They were published in 1977 and 1983, respectively. Both belonged to my dad.

And the whole incident made me feel a little nostalgic and a little like the crazy professor in a movie.

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