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Er...even though I hardly slept and rose too early (around eleven ayem.), I'm running late. So this will be a short entry. I'm pretty sure few will be annoyed by that, as LJ is dying, and even I, the lowly rat, is readying to leave this sinking ship. How do I know LJ is dying? All I have had to do is watch the decline in my Friends' List (they've deserted LJ en masse this past year), and the decline in comments. LJ is now mostly for slash fic and 'shipper communities. Oh, I have to keep going here until February 13th, so that I'll have blogged here one full year without missing a day. But I've already moved most of my LJ to Dreamwidth (along with comments). I tried TypePad, but found it unfathomably complex and counter-intuitive. If I can't solve a problem on my own, without recourse to "tutorials," I have no interest in it; always have I been this way, since I taught myself to read before kindergarten. Anyway, fuck you in both ears and twice on Sunday Facebook, and fuck you Twitter, you shallow, instant-gratification, no-effort-required motherfucker.

Now I've gotten that out, an exciting bit of news regarding The Drowning Girl, which is Thing #2 that I was waiting for the go-ahead from my agent yesterday before announcing; I only got the go-ahead about ten minutes ago. It was an uncommonly complex process, getting permission to release this news. But! The Drowning Girl audiobook (I don't hate audiobooks the way I hate ebooks, you may recall), will be released as part of the Neil Gaiman Presents (!!!!) series, which is likely to give the book a huge boost in sales and readership (or listenership). It also gives me veto/approval of readers, and they are open to my suggestions for readers, and receptive to the idea that I want a reading not a dramatization. I've known this for at least a month, but finalizing and all takes forever. So, woot, and thank you, all involved.

Yesterday, I wrote another 1,178 words on "Another Tale of Two Cities." Spooky says "It's like Dr. Seuss, only very dark and for grownups." Me, I have no idea what she's talking about, except I did do an entire panel at Readercon 21 on Dr. Seuss as weird fiction. And "Another Tale of Two Cities" (to appear in Sirenia Digest #72) is definitely weird fiction.

This is your LAST and FINAL notice about Question @ Hand #5, because I'm weary of nagging. A number of people who promised responses haven't yet delivered, which is a shame. I have four; I need at least seven. So, I'm extending the deadline until Friday (but that's not an excuse to drag your feet), since I'm probably not going to get the digest out until Saturday (the 10th, as announced earlier), anyway. I'd really love to see more replies. This isn't rocket science. It's only mad science.

Last night, after pizza and Rift, I finished the biography of Barnum Brown. Wonderful book, wonderful man. I finally fell asleep about about five ayem to Hud (1963), an old favourite. Spooky just told me Harry Morgan has died at age 96. I admire greatly that he never once appeared on a talk show.

Mourning That Which Is Passing Away, Into The West, Like The Elves
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-12-07 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vulpine137.livejournal.com
Cool, I hadn't heard of the 'Neil Gaiman Presents' series *bookmarks for further investigation*.

Date: 2011-12-07 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yes. It is very cool.

Date: 2011-12-07 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homewardangel.livejournal.com
I'm terribly disappointed that you are leaving lj but very much understand your reasoning. Can you outline why dreamwidth seems to be thriving in comparison?

Date: 2011-12-07 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Can you outline why dreamwidth seems to be thriving in comparison?

I have no idea. People are fickle?

Date: 2011-12-07 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jdack.livejournal.com
Honestly, it's got great uptime in comparison and it hasn't tried to become Facebook the way LJ did.

Is your DW name the same as this one?

Date: 2011-12-07 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Is your DW name the same as this one?

No. I'll make announcements later.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homewardangel.livejournal.com
Fair. I just didn't know if there was some incredible feature I somehow missed.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I just didn't know if there was some incredible feature I somehow missed.

None of which I am aware.

Date: 2011-12-11 06:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore-on-lj.livejournal.com
I've been on LJ (in different forms) since late 2003, and thought I'd never leave, but two things really drove me off: the awful security login breach (which they insisted was "cached pages," which didn't help) and the DDOS attacks. If I can't get through to a site, and the security of what I post on it is really questionable, I'm not going to feel that loyal anymore. Which is a real wrench.

I have a DW, but a lot of people aren't there, and even the people there from my flist don't post a lot. I think most people stay logged in to FB and Twitter all day, keeping it in the background and constantly responding, and that sucks up a lot of energy and time that used to go to blog posts.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Hey, that's excellent news on the audiobook. I hope that it brings you truckloads of new readers.

I'd be sorry to see you leave the ship. To be honest, reading (and commenting on) this journal every day has become dear to me.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

To be honest, reading (and commenting on) this journal every day has become dear to me.

If only it were still dear to my friends and about a hundred others. If only net fashion didn't dictate habits.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:11 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
. Oh, I have to keep going here until February 13th, so that I'll have blogged here one full year without missing a day. But I've already moved most of my LJ to Dreamwidth (along with comments).

Oh, hell. I hope you're going to continue to crosspost, because I really don't think I'll be getting a Dreamwidth account; I can't deal with any more social media right now, even the kind that mirrors. I'm already starting to avoid Facebook when I know it's my sole link with several people I'd rather not lose track of completely. The idea of having to check two friendlists or multiple sets of comments is just exhausting.

The Drowning Girl audiobook (I don't hate audiobooks the way I hate ebooks, you may recall), will be released as part of the Neil Gaiman Presents (!!!!) series, which is likely to give the book a huge boost in sales and readership (or listenership).

Well, that is very, very cool.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Oh, hell. I hope you're going to continue to crosspost, because I really don't think I'll be getting a Dreamwidth account; I can't deal with any more social media right now, even the kind that mirrors. I'm already starting to avoid Facebook when I know it's my sole link with several people I'd rather not lose track of completely. The idea of having to check two friendlists or multiple sets of comments is just exhausting.

It's a mess, I admit. There are too many outlets, and too much noise (FB, Twitter) that everyone swears my career my die without. Yes, I'll continue to cross post.

Well, that is very, very cool.

Yep.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:26 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
and too much noise (FB, Twitter) that everyone swears my career my die without.

Has it produced a discernable improvement?

Yes, I'll continue to cross post.

I would not like to lose track of you.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Has it produced a discernable improvement?

None that I can see. Like most forms of "promotion," it's impossible to measure success or failure.


I would not like to lose track of you.


With you, there's no danger of this.

Date: 2011-12-07 07:41 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
None that I can see. Like most forms of "promotion," it's impossible to measure success or failure.

Wonderful. So at present, there's mostly the noise.

With you, there's no danger of this.

Okay.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:13 pm (UTC)
ext_493304: (invasive garden)
From: [identity profile] solstice-lilac.livejournal.com
"LJ is now mostly for slash fic"

This is what I thought of Dreamwidth when I signed up. Is it really more active with actual blogs than LJ? Maybe I just haven't given it a chance. I hope to continue to read your entries there.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Is it really more active with actual blogs than LJ?

I have my doubts. I think it's that blogging is no longer chic, and it requires more effort than most people can bother to expend. Mostly, I'm tired of watching LJ – once wonderful – die, and, truthfully, I mostly now write this for me, which is dumb, and was never my intention.

Date: 2011-12-07 07:31 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
I think it's that blogging is no longer chic, and it requires more effort than most people can bother to expend.

I really don't know why it should be so much more appealing to have somebody "like" your one-line status update than to respond at least briefly to thoughts into which you have put substantive effort on the assumption that they will interest others as well as yourself, but apparently this is most people's idea of communication: it doesn't matter what they say, it just matters that they say something. I'm flashing on an exchange from Hugh Whitemore's Breaking the Code (1986): Alan Turing has just been asked what he thought of his two years in America.

TURING: No, no, as a matter of fact, it was very enjoyable—some of it, anyway. Peculiar, too, until I got used to it.

KNOX: In what way peculiar?

TURING: Oh, many ways: peculiar clothes, peculiar food, peculiar habits of speech. Whenever you thank them for anything, Americans always say, "You're welcome." I found this rather charming at first—thinking they meant that I was indeed welcome. But in fact it's just a conversational tic; it comes back like a ball thrown against a wall: extremely irritating.

KNOX: Aha.

TURING: They say that a lot, too.

KNOX: Say what?

TURING: Aha. When they can't think of a suitable reply, but think silence would be rude, they tend to say, "Aha."


"A conversational tic; it comes back like a ball thrown against a wall" seems to describe a lot of the Facebook/Twitter traffic. "LOL."

Date: 2011-12-07 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yes, exactly, all of this.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenjen4280.livejournal.com
Good news for The Drowning Girl. I will be getting both the audio and the print editions!

Bad news about LJ. Honestly I don't comment much because I don't have much to say.

A question for you: is there any chance that you'll write more stories involving the protagonist from The Maltese Unicorn? I very much enjoyed that story and would love to see more of those characters.

Date: 2011-12-07 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

is there any chance that you'll write more stories involving the protagonist from The Maltese Unicorn?

Probably I will write other stories set in that world, but not using those characters.

Date: 2011-12-07 06:51 pm (UTC)
mithriltabby: Sleeping tabby (Zonk)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
When someone named mithriltabby follows you on Dreamwidth, that’s me.

Date: 2011-12-07 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That may be a little premature...but thank you all the same.

Date: 2011-12-07 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stillsostrange.livejournal.com
I don't even trip over the slash fic as often as I used to. I've been resistant to Dreamwidth, but if it really does have the more active community that LJ once did, I may have to investigate. I have no desire to turn my auctorial website into a WordPress blog so I can be propositioned by spambots. (If they were sexy robots with good grammar, that would be different.)

Congratulations on the audiobook.

Date: 2011-12-07 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Congratulations on the audiobook.

Thank you!

Date: 2011-12-07 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iterum.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you'll be crossposting; I have a dreamwidth account, but rarely use it for anything. I do check LJ daily, even if I don't post myself anywhere near as often as I used to; but then, my blogging heyday involved dissertation procrastination, which is no longer relevant.

I've generally managed to avoid the slash here -- some of my friends still post it (less often, though), but they generally use a cut-tag and I can scroll past it.

Date: 2011-12-07 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

my blogging heyday involved dissertation procrastination, which is no longer relevant.

It could always be "repurposed."

Date: 2011-12-09 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iterum.livejournal.com
Oh, I still use it for various purposes reasonably often, but I used to do near-daily blog updates around the length of yours.

I still have reasons to procrastinate, too, but my procrastination options are more diffuse nowadays.

Date: 2011-12-07 07:39 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (Hanging keys)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
I hate feeling like fb is more of a chain than anything else. Twitter is a bit cleaner. LJ is still the closest thing I have to an internet home. Plus it's the only place where I can rant without having to worry about censorship.

Yay audiobooks! I don't follow such stories as well otherwise I'd probably be overloaded with THEM too.

Date: 2011-12-07 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I hate feeling like fb is more of a chain than anything else. Twitter is a bit cleaner.

Facebook is wankery. I think maybe, in part, it's a less thoughtful version of Usenet. And you shouldn't hate feeling that way, because FB is, simply, crap. Twitter is far, far worse.

Date: 2011-12-07 08:22 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (Fighting for peace?)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
Why are you not a fan of the twitter?

Date: 2011-12-07 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Why are you not a fan of the twitter?

Well...it represents a new low in human communications, for one. I mean, come on. It encourages reductionism. It actively discourages genuine complex thought and analysis. It is a tool to reinforce the soundbite. It's the problem that I, as an author, rail against. It is a celebration of the potential shallowness of mankind.

I rarely do more on Twitter than retwat stories from science feeds, which I feel allows me a Twitter presence, but also allows me to pretend I'm using it for something constructive.

Date: 2011-12-08 03:16 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (Gateway)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
*nods*
I resisted for a long time because I am tired of having to go to new platforms to read the same people. There are some who use the format well but given the overload of shorthand my inner Grammar Nazi wants to commit mass sporkings.

Date: 2011-12-11 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kore-on-lj.livejournal.com
THANK YOU. I absolutely detest Twitter and think it killed blogging and it really depresses me how everyone is on it and that's where people have "conversations." Facebook is marginally better, because the posting limit is longer....but I used to hate FB completely, and Twitter is worse. Ugh.

Date: 2011-12-07 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfsilveroak.livejournal.com
Same name on DW, I presume?

Congrats on the audiobook! Those are great for long car trips.

Date: 2011-12-07 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Those are great for long car trips.

Honestly, I've never used them that way. I sit at my desk and listen.

Date: 2011-12-07 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com
I'm sure you're tired of hearing (the latter part of) this, but I do read your journal every day, and appreciate your entries very much - I just get shy about commenting. I do hate the feeling of rattling around an increasingly empty house here on LJ. Most of my friends have abandoned ship for Tumblr, actually; it seems to have siphoned off most of the arty types I know who used to be LJ regulars.

More audiobook congratulations! I read Neil's explanation of the NGP series a few days past, and think it is a very, very exciting thing, even though audiobook-listening is no longer a regular thing in my life. Out of curiosity, what makes you decide to listen to an audiobook instead of (or in addition to) reading the book?

Date: 2011-12-07 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Most of my friends have abandoned ship for Tumblr, actually; it seems to have siphoned off most of the arty types I know who used to be LJ regulars.

I haven't really thought about Tumblr. I thought that was just for photos.

Out of curiosity, what makes you decide to listen to an audiobook instead of (or in addition to) reading the book?

Well, different reasons. I love those rare occasions when the author reads the book. And I love being read to, and, because I have one eye, and have to spend all day writing (and reading), it's good to be read to. And...other reasons...

Date: 2011-12-07 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scotchegg.livejournal.com
Congratulations on the audiobook.
So sorry to see LJ fade. Having to deal with other social network silliness for my work, LJ has long been a personal favorite and a place to linger and savor. Will miss you much here..

Date: 2011-12-07 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

So sorry to see LJ fade.

I think of been in denial about this for a long time.

Will miss you much here..

And will miss being here.

Date: 2011-12-07 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurtmulgrew.livejournal.com
I hope you don't leave this place. I enjoy reading your entry everyday when I awake before I crawl out of bed.

Date: 2011-12-07 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

hope you don't leave this place. I enjoy reading your entry everyday when I awake before I crawl out of bed.

The blog will still be mirrored here, but I won't have time to answer comments here and elsewhere (and I hope there are comments elsewhere).

Date: 2011-12-07 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] from-ashes.livejournal.com
I would hate to see you leave LiveJournal. I hate that blogging has become something that less people want to do. They would rather give sound bites of their life in 140 words or less, rather than a full-length post. LiveJournal, however, is my haven. I come here to write about things I would never post on Facebook or Twitter and I still have friends that tend to do the same. So I'll stick around and probably be the last one standing when the ship eventually goes down.

Date: 2011-12-07 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I hate that blogging has become something that less people want to do. They would rather give sound bites of their life in 140 words or less, rather than a full-length post.

Because most humans are shallow and stupid, and 140 characters (or less) is all they ever wanted, anyway. They just didn't know they wanted it until it was offered.

So I'll stick around and probably be the last one standing when the ship eventually goes down.

I used to say that.

Date: 2011-12-07 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
I'm not sure Lj is *quite* dying yet, though it does get aggravating at times. I think that more people just want the shallow, bit-by-bit kinds of communication they get on FB and Twitter. Those can be fun and informative, and I've actually made a couple of friends on the FB, but really, when I want to write, speak my mind, and see what others have written who want to do the same, I'm all about LJ. Dreamwidth, being the same format, is a good vehicle for that, too, and I do have an account there, so moving over won't be a problem for me. But still, like a cat who has a favorite spot, illogically preferred over an identical spot right next to it, I feel comfortable with LJ. I may stick here long after the corpse has cooled and gone soft, picking bits off for little snacks.

Date: 2011-12-07 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I may stick here long after the corpse has cooled and gone soft, picking bits off for little snacks.

As I said above, yeah...I used to say that.

Date: 2011-12-08 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livia-llewellyn.livejournal.com
I wanted to thank you again for sending me a copy of your collection. It's truly spectacular - Subterranean always makes incredible books, but this one really outstrips the others, both inside and out. And I'm more than a little overwhelmed by your generosity. If you see a strawberry-blonde haired woman approaching you at Readercon next year, holding a very large bottle of absinthe, that woman will be me, and the bottle will be yours.

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