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Er...yeah. I just wasted half an hour searching for a Martha Jones icon. It's what I do. Well, it's the sort of thing I do. Sometimes. Like this morning.

Yesterday, was a bit like the day before yesterday, only less so. Still mostly the busyness of writing, and too much email, but not as much too much email, and with the added burden of waiting. Few things in the world are as evil as waiting. I'm pretty sure that there's a whole level of Dante's Unabridged Inferno (to be published in 2019) where the damned suffer an eternity of...waiting. Nothing else. Just waiting. Yesterday, the waiting mostly involved Alabaster, and deadlines, and the impending vacation. Oh, and I went through the thirty-second "teaser" trailer for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, literally frame by frame, then sent a few notes to Brian Siano. He's doing the final editing this weekend. It's almost perfect.

Then, just after dark, Harlan called to thank me for sending him a copy Two Worlds and In Between (he'd called and asked for one), and he went on and on about how much he loved Lee's cover. Which is cool, because I was inspired to go in that direction by several of Harlan's covers which incorporate him as an element of a fantastic scene (see The Essential Ellison, for example). And then he read me the first part of "Rats Live On No Evil Star," and...well, these are the moments writers live for, aren't they? When our literary progenitors, those without whom we would not be, speak our own words back to us, words they helped, without intention, to fashion? Yes, I think these are those moments. Anyway, Harlan was generous and sweet and funny, as always.

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Demons run when a good man goes to war.
Night will fall and drown the sun,
When a good man goes to war.

Friendship dies and true love lies,
Night will fall and the dark will rise,
When a good man goes to war.

Demons run, but count the cost:
The battle's won, but the child is lost.
~ River Song

Which is to say we watched two more episodes of Doctor Who last night, two more from Series Six: "A Good Man Goes to War" and "Let's Kill Hitler." And I will just say that, wow, "A Good Man Goes to War" redeems Series Six and back again. Damn, that was some good Who. And, as [livejournal.com profile] ashlyme predicted yesterday, I truly am enamored with Madam Vastra and Jenny. But some actual Victorian lesbian lizard-on-human action, please. Unmistakable innuendo is nice and all, but full on...um...I'm losing my train of thought. It is an excellent, excellent episode, as is "Let's Kill Hitler." There might yet be hope for Matt Smith (but not for Rory, who is only Xander recycled).

Also, more Rift last night (as per usual), leveling (Indus to 37) in the Moonshade Highlands. Later, I read a very, very good story, Angela Slatter's The Coffin-Maker's Daughter. I'd never read Slatter, but the story was very good, and was, indeed, about a coffin-maker's daughter, Hepsibah, who was herself a maker of coffins, and also a lesbian. What's not to like? Oh, plus Slatter was inspired by two Florence + the Machine songs, "My Boy Builds Coffins" and "Girl With One Eye." Then I read a new Stephen King story, "The Little Green God of Agony." As I've said, I don't care much for King, but I liked the title. And the story has a certain strength, and wasn't bad, if only the ending hadn't veered off into such clichéd creep-show horrors. If your stories fall apart when the monster appears on stage, stop writing about monsters. I drifted off to sleep sometime after four ayem, watching Frank Borzage's 1932 adaptation of A Farewell to Arms, which really is better than Charles Vidor's 1957 version, and not just because Gary Cooper is cooler than Rock Hudson.

Also, because I was admonished in yesterday's comments by [livejournal.com profile] mizliz13 for using the recently overused and perverted adjective awesome, and admonished rightly so, from here on I shall use "bow tie" in its stead.

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Today is an assembly day. I must pull Sirenia Digest #72 together, and try to get it out before midnight (CaST). By the way, "Question @ Hand #5" will be the last "Question @ Hand." Indeed, I've half a mind not to run it, but that would be a sleight to the few people who did write pieces (and the one who wrote two!). I think that the decline in replies (#1 had over 30, about a year and a half ago; #5 had 10 responses) is further evidence of the dramatic changes here on LJ.

And now, the platypus.

Don't Get Cocky, Kid,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-12-10 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grandmofhelsing.livejournal.com
The second of the four "Night and the Doctor" shorts contained on disc 3, all about time and dreams and things you remember but you're sure never happened, may be my favorite moment of all series 6.

Date: 2011-12-10 06:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-10 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marisa sandlin (from livejournal.com)
Completely off-topic, but I was listening to Stars this morning (a very good band from Montreal) and something said at the beginning of one of their songs ("Your Ex-Lover is Dead") reminded me of you: "When there is nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire."

So...that was all I wanted to share.

Oh, and I read "As Red as Red" in BNW 22 and I absolutely loved it. Kept me thinking for a few days.

Date: 2011-12-10 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"When there is nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire."

"Set me aflame and cast me free.
Away you wretched world of tethers." ~ VNV Nation

So...that was all I wanted to share.

Thank you.

Oh, and I read "As Red as Red" in BNW 22 and I absolutely loved it.

I'm glad you liked it; I have mixed feeling about it.

Date: 2011-12-10 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iterum.livejournal.com
And then there's a Greek-music-inspired band called Annabouboula, with a song that proclaims, "I'd rather set myself on fire / Than burn in your house of love."

I like Rory, myself, but then I also (in reference to another comment of yours below) liked Xander. Maybe because they're the most believable sort of everyman hero -- not the chosen one, not the Frodo; more the Arthur Dent. Some people flatter me that with my classical education I'd be the Giles, but it's more likely that I'd be the guy with no special skills beyond loyalty.

Date: 2011-12-10 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"I'd rather set myself on fire / Than burn in your house of love."

Nice.

I like Rory, myself, but then I also (in reference to another comment of yours below) liked Xander.

I don't even begin to get this.

Maybe because they're the most believable sort of everyman hero -- not the chosen one, not the Frodo; more the Arthur Dent.

Well, that explains it. I've never much cared for the mundane everyman (though one could argue Frodo was a reluctant everyman).

Date: 2011-12-10 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iterum.livejournal.com
They're not necessarily my favorite characters, but I can appreciate them.

I do think they need to stop making Rory into the Dr Who equivalent of Kenny from South Park, though.

Date: 2011-12-10 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I do think they need to stop making Rory into the Dr Who equivalent of Kenny from South Park, though.

Nah. The more punishment for being a dullard, the better.

Date: 2011-12-10 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I'm still a bit pissed off with myself for name-spoilers (again, sorry!) but I'm glad you like those episodes.

Rory's a bit of a dullard.

Yeah, that innuendo made me laugh a lot. As did the line about Jack the Ripper. They are, truly, bowtie.

Date: 2011-12-10 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm still a bit pissed off with myself for name-spoilers (again, sorry!) but I'm glad you like those episodes.

No, no, no. I thought you were spoiling Series Seven, and also telling me that they would becoming companions (and it's a bloody shame they won't).

Rory's a bit of a dullard.

He's Xander, whom I loathed.

Yeah, that innuendo made me laugh a lot. As did the line about Jack the Ripper. They are, truly, bowtie.

Yes!

Date: 2011-12-10 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Oh, that's a relief. I thought I'd seriously fucked you off last night.

*a bloody shame that they won't*

Yep.

*He's Xander, whom I loathed.*

You can't really blame Amy for trying to rape the Doctor last year!

Date: 2011-12-10 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You can't really blame Amy for trying to rape the Doctor last year!

Oh, hell no!

Date: 2011-12-10 07:02 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
And then he read me the first part of "Rats Live On No Evil Star," and...well, these are the moments writers live for, aren't they?

That is truly wonderful. Congratulations.

I think that the decline in replies (#1 had over 30, about a year and a half ago; #5 had 6 responses) is further evidence of the dramatic changes here on LJ.

I just burnt out. Damn it.

Date: 2011-12-10 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That is truly wonderful. Congratulations.

It made my month.

I just burnt out. Damn it.

Which is a shame; you could have done something marvelous.

Date: 2011-12-10 07:24 pm (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Which is a shame; you could have done something marvelous.

I really wanted to.

Date: 2011-12-10 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I'd wanted to put something in, too. I couldn't find an image or idea I felt did the Question justice.

I'll second Sovay in saying congratulations on Harlan's call. I'm chuffed for you.

Date: 2011-12-10 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'd wanted to put something in, too. I couldn't find an image or idea I felt did the Question justice.

It wasn't that hard.

I'll second Sovay in saying congratulations on Harlan's call. I'm chuffed for you.

Thank you.

Date: 2011-12-10 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cucumberseed.livejournal.com
I tried to help someone else with their question, but crapped out near the end. I hope the person who asked for my help soldiered on and it made it your way.

Date: 2011-12-10 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Well, thanks for helping him or her or it, as yes, I hope they made it through, too.

Date: 2011-12-10 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lee-in-limbo.livejournal.com
I'm probably no fun, but I've been having very little trouble enjoying New Who. My critical fauclites are engaged, but I keep finding that, when I know there's a plothole, there are other things that cover it up well enough that I don't feel the need to rant that I often get watching other shows (including the recent Torchwood series). The only problem for me this season is, for some reason I can't explain, Amy and Rory's marriage just isn't hitting me. They're still who they are, and they're both getting more camera time, which is good fo rthem, but somehow, I remain unconvinced of this great and growing love of theirs. I feel like I've failed somehow to grasp it. I must have missed something.

Date: 2011-12-10 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Amy and Rory's marriage just isn't hitting me.

Bingo.

Date: 2011-12-10 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lee-in-limbo.livejournal.com
On the flipside, I am so happy for your Uncle Harlan moment. I long for one of those. Congratulations.

Date: 2011-12-10 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

On the flipside, I am so happy for your Uncle Harlan moment.

It was pretty damn bow tie.

Date: 2011-12-10 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyblue56.livejournal.com
Bowtie is good word. When I'm more fatigued or having brain fog, everything is stuff and awesome. That is my sign to limit comments as the brain will take me odd places. Pain has it's own language but I'm discovering chronic fatigue does as well.

Finished reading The Red Tree earlier in the week while in hospital w. pneumonia. May I just say, BOWTIE!

Santa is bringing Two Worlds and in Between. My cats always know which books to buy for me. >smile

Author Michael Swanwick posted a video of 'Fishmen,' as he describes it: a disturbing Christmas video composed by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society.
http://floggingbabel.blogspot.com/2011/12/disturbing-christmas-video-du-jour.html
Edited Date: 2011-12-10 09:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-10 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

May I just say, BOWTIE!

Thank you. It was my first truly good novel.

Author Michael Swanwick posted a video of 'Fishmen,' as he describes it: a disturbing Christmas video composed by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

Yep. We have the HPLHS albums.

Date: 2011-12-10 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cucumberseed.livejournal.com
I was just reading last night an article tracing Harlan's work on the video game version of "I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream," which remains one of my favorite interactive experiences (and my introduction to his work, a fact that leaves me feeling both very young and slightly old). It's good to hear about him, sometimes.

Date: 2011-12-10 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I was just reading last night an article tracing Harlan's work on the video game version of "I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream,"

I had no idea this even existed!

Date: 2011-12-10 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cucumberseed.livejournal.com
I'm surprised! It was, I think, published in the early 90s; I wouldn't be surprised if you could find it on Steam or some similar place in the internet.

Date: 2011-12-10 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

There's a wiki for the game, and I seem to remember that HE had copies available for sale in the store on his website, also. If not, I had a copy; if I can find it somewhere I could probably send you the disc or a disc image.

Sounds like a great conversation with Harlan. I met him once at a signing at DreamHaven. I don't go to many signings, but wanted to make that one just to say thanks for the many years of messing with my mindsets.

Date: 2011-12-10 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Bow tie. Because, you know, bow ties are cool.
Edited Date: 2011-12-11 07:28 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-11 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
I'm glad he liked it, and slightly jealous that he read some of your work to you.

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