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And as you cross the circle line,
Well, the ice wall creaks behind.
You´re a rabbit on the run.
~ Jethro Tull

Comment, kittens! Comment!

1) Two "BIG" announcements today, and you might get one now and one later, or both now, depending on when and what I hear from my agent. But. I may proceed with Thing #1: Subterranean Press has begun taking pre-orders for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. Yes, now. Right now. The book is scheduled for release in Spring 2012. And I'm just going to say this upfront: Order directly from subpress, because Amazon is very likely to fuck you over. Many people who pre-ordered The Ammonite Violin & Others and Two Worlds and In Between had Amazon cancel their orders. So...don't even go there. Anyway, that's the first announcement. The second is dependent on whether or not I hear back from my agent before she goes to lunch (which now seems unlikely).

2) Yesterday was meant to be the day I wrote the next 1,000-1,500 words of "Another Tale of Two Cities." Instead, it was unexpectedly consumed by the need to unexpectedly leave the house and attend to a legal matter, regarding the second announcement I've not yet made, power-of-attorney stuff related to The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, but I cannot yet say what that is, remember? Anyway, most of the day was spent with legalese and a notary public and UPS and the post office (USPS costs ~$65) and I did at least stop into Myopic Books at Wayland Square and once again drool over used copies of Sankar Chatterjee's The Rise of Birds ($15) and Lowell Dingus and Timothy Rowe's The Mistaken Extinction ($30), but was good and did not buy either (again). That was what happened to yesterday. Oh, and traffic.

3) I hate to keep "hating on" (a phrase for morons, hence shutter quotes) Kermit the iPad, but I fear he is the shape of things to come with Apple. Which is to say, the intuitive nature of Apple products, which is a large part of my loyalty, is missing from the iPad. It's like I'm wrestling with mysterious alien tech. What do all those little (unlabeled) pictographs mean? Which microscopic button in the side did I touch that made the screen go black this time? And so on.

4) I know this might have, so far, seemed like a "happy entry." But I am anywhere but at the moment. Lots of reasons. And this is my blog, so here I may bellyache about these matters. A large part of it is that all those years I had to go without healthcare (mostly neurological and psychiatric) did a great deal of damage to my body. And every time I plug one hole, another pops open. I'm beginning to think I'm going to drown in only a year or two. Sure, money's not so tight now, but "not so tight" is a long way from I can afford to have my rotten teeth and gums attended to, for example. Or from we can afford to get Spooky the checkup she's needed for years. And there are days it would scare the hell out of me, were I not so suicidal. By the way, the suicidal hypochondriac, there's a funny one, no? No, not really. But it does embody the true meaning of irony, and it does bring a smile to my face (a rare thing, that). And maybe the next year or two will change all this. And maybe it won't.

5) There is a game I like to play with myself. What if my life had taken a completely different course? It's no secret I do not love writing, no matter how good I might be at it. It's no secret my first love is vertebrate paleontology, and one of the great tragedies of my life was the derailment of my paleo' career in the late '80s by an elaborate combination of factors, too complex to here explain. That the writing career was a fallback (I was lucky to have) that arose from the ashes. I played the game last night. I would post the results here (seven steps were involved), but it would seem too much like self-pity, and while I may pity another, I may not feel pity for myself. We have all been conditioned to believe that's wrong.

6) Three matters I need to attend to, and I'm posting them here because it'll help me not forget (the Lamictal [Lamotrigine] plays havoc with my memory). Firstly, I need to send ReaderCon an updated biography, because the one they have now is very out of date. Secondly, and on a related note, I need to get new bibliographical and biographical data to the Writer's Directory before December 17th. Thirdly, back to ReaderCon, I need to send Rose Fox a list of any programming I'd like as one of the two Guests of Honor, and I need to do it before the end of the month (suggestions welcome).

7. Question @ Hand #5, kittens! Do not disappoint me. We've gotten a couple of good entries, but I need about five more, or Sirenia Digest will be the poorer for the absence of any at all. I'm not asking for great literature, okay? Oh, and don't email me your answer, please. Write them in LJ; this makes my life easier.

8. Spooky and I had a HUGE Rift binge last night, leveling my Eth warrior, Indus (she has a spectral feline companion named River) from Level 32 to 34, and we got Dancy (yes; a Kelari cleric) leveled the same. Please come and play with us (Faeblight shard, guild Watchers of the Unseen). Here is your chance to take part in an interactive story written by "one of our essential writers of dark fiction" (the NYT says so!), and you're letting it pass you by? Inconceivable!

Oh, gods. That's enough.

Spun About,
Aunt Beast

HAPPY HAPPY DAY!

Date: 2011-12-06 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] subtlesttrap.livejournal.com
SCORE. Happy Happy Day! Just nabbed a deluxe edition! This is a fat volume too! Drooling over the TOC & the ace, psychadelic cover art! Kudos again! 2012=CRK OVERLOAD!

Re: HAPPY HAPPY DAY!

Date: 2011-12-06 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Just nabbed a deluxe edition!

Good for you, and thank ye.

2012=CRK OVERLOAD!

Ain't it, though.
Edited Date: 2011-12-06 06:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-06 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jdack.livejournal.com
I can certainly relate to the health care thing. I haven't been able to afford my employer's insurance plan in years, and today they just told us the medical premiums went up (3rd year in a row) and they dropped dental entirely.

Which is just lovely considering I have abscessed teeth.

America, fuck yeah...

Date: 2011-12-06 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Which is just lovely considering I have abscessed teeth.

Bingo.

America, home of the ill.

Date: 2011-12-06 07:17 pm (UTC)
mithriltabby: Serene silver tabby (Cleo)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
I wish you the very best of luck on the health front— teeth problems can wreak so much secondary havoc!

Date: 2011-12-06 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

teeth problems can wreak so much secondary havoc!

And panic.

Date: 2011-12-06 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
Excellent - now I know what to ask for this holiday season.

Date: 2011-12-06 07:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-06 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

I placed an order for the limited about ten minutes before I got the SubPress announcement email - I saw it posted on their website.

Inconceivable!
I didn't know about your Sicilian ancestry - I thought it was mostly Irish...

Don't get me started about the abysmal health care in this country. It almost made me have to choose between a bankruptcy and a death, and that was 15 years ago when the system wasn't quite as broken as it is now. Frackkin' "pre-existing conditions" clauses....

Date: 2011-12-06 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I placed an order for the limited about ten minutes before I got the SubPress announcement email - I saw it posted on their website.

You rock.

I didn't know about your Sicilian ancestry - I thought it was mostly Irish...

At least someone got the joke. Actually, Irish/French/English.

It almost made me have to choose between a bankruptcy and a death, and that was 15 years ago when the system wasn't quite as broken as it is now.

I have accepted this situation as inevitable, and told my doctor so; she had the gall to make me feel guilty for thinking that way.
Edited Date: 2011-12-06 07:41 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-06 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Thanks for the heads-up - I'm going to go order shortly. Just one thing: do you know if money goes to subpress now, or when Confessions comes out?

(I use PayPal; dunno if this affects things.)

- Ash

Date: 2011-12-06 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Just one thing: do you know if money goes to subpress now, or when Confessions comes out?

Now, I think. But I'm not 100% sure about that.

Date: 2011-12-06 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenjen4280.livejournal.com
Very much looking forward to reading Confessions! Sub Press solicits so far in advance of publishing that I'll pre-order something, forget about it, and then am pleasantly suprised when it appears on my doorstep.

Here's to increasing the CRK section in my library!

Date: 2011-12-06 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Sub Press solicits so far in advance of publishing that I'll pre-order something, forget about it, and then am pleasantly suprised when it appears on my doorstep.

Well, there you go.

Date: 2011-12-06 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homewardangel.livejournal.com
I was so excited to get the e-mail from Sub Press!

Date: 2011-12-07 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vrykolakes.livejournal.com
I will definitely order Confessions through Sub Press, not Amazon. The latter outfit cancelled my first order for Two Worlds and In Between, then posted the book as available about a week later. Luckily, I was able to get the book through Amazon, though not without a fair amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Two Worlds is a stunning achievement, by the way. I'm loving every word therein.

Date: 2011-12-07 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
Re - Have a Heart:
I was obsessively checking Sub Press and saw that the pre-order status for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart was up. I had my order in before the email announcement went out. Made me a little giddy.

Re- iPad quirks:
I have a friend who was having a problem with his iPad because he was not shutting down apps and rarely shut off his iPad. What you may want to do from time to time is to click the big silver button (aka home button) twice in a row. You should see a banner of what apps are running. Touch and hold an app until the red button with a minus sign shows up and click that. You may already being doing this but I didn't know about this feature until someone told me.

Date: 2011-12-07 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillythrombus.livejournal.com
I wish I could buy you one of those two books you want, like through a Amazon wishlist type deal. I ordered the limited edition book, I wouldn't have known about it were it not for the blog, so thank you for telling about it.

Date: 2011-12-07 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
I am SO preordering the limited as soon as I speak to Y and re-get my Irish address.

I've become quite fixated on the name Harlakai. It's one of my most elegant creations, and I must use it for something more than gaming. That said, chaos willing and the storms don't strike, I should be inworld for RP this week. My extended holiday in Telara is over, though. Time to get back to work.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
Numbers four & five in this post make more sense to me than I, or anyone, should dare to wish... Oh, the talks we could have. #4 ~ honestly, after you've reached certain lows in life, it all feels like "bonus time" already (that, or being a walking ghost), and for #5, who knows... maybe there's a middle course in life that will pave the way to being able to get back to those early passions. If that's true for me, it will be all about being a warrior for protecting the environment of planet and the living creatures upon it who do vastly less harm than the rest of us.

Date: 2011-12-07 11:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mondyboy.livejournal.com
Ordered! I'm not missing out again.

Since reading The Red Tree for The Writer and The Critic podcast I've fallen in love with your work. Your story in Eclipse 4 is both imaginative and scary and wonderful.

So, yeah, bit of a fan.

Date: 2011-12-08 05:44 pm (UTC)
inthetatras: People planted in the ground like flowers sprouting in spring. (lazy day for a drive)
From: [personal profile] inthetatras
Ordered one of each of both the trade and deluxe editions. I wouldn't bother with Amazon for an order of anything with a limited or otherwise low printing. I had pre-ordered the paperback of Alabaster through them a while back and got that cancelled on me.

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