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Bitter fucking cold here in Providence this afternoon, and tonight's going to be so nasty – 6˚F, with 22 mph winds - that Spooky and I are likely cancelling our plans to drive down to Point Judith and watch the brief Quadrantid meteor shower.

Yesterday was the most tedious sort of work day. At least if you're a writer who happens to be me. Which I am. Yesterday, we went back through about a hundred line edits that Kathryn couldn't make when she was editing the ms. of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart and The Yellow Book back in December (based on notes/proofreaders marks we made fucking months ago), the ones that required I decide if a word was to be changed, or a comma deleted or inserted, or a sentence restructured, or an adjective added...and so on. We were at it all day, until, I think, about 6:30 p.m. My nerves were raw and bloody by the time we were done, but then I sent the files off to Subterranean Press. By then, I wanted stab myself in the nethers with a fork.

But I didn't. Instead, after dinner, I did some work on the process of revamping the website in preparation of the release of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir on March 6th. I chose one of [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy's photos from back in mid-October, during the shoot for the book's trailer, to be used as the background. My intent is that we'll be swapping the background images out on a regular basis, but for now I just want to get the "teaser" up on a page devoted to the novel. It may be up as early as tomorrow morning (so thank you, Brian, Kyle, and Chris). Also, I'll be posting more behind-the-scenes stills from the trailer shoot this week.

I got preliminary pencils – gorgeous – for Vince's illustration for "Part the First" of "The Lost Language of Mollusca and Crustacea," which will appear in Sirenia Digest #73 (look for it by week's end).

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Some people say we haven't lost.
But they're afraid to pay the cost,
For what we've lost.
~ Arcade Fire, "Half Light II (No Celebration)"

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Someone wrote me (via email) a few days ago, inquiring about my blind left eye. Not the usual sort of email I receive, so it stuck with me. And it was actually elicited by something I said on Facebook, and email resulting from FB is even more rare. Anyway, the person wrote wishing to know more about my useless left eye, as he'd recently lost 30% of his vision in one eye. Specifically, he was curious how it affects my ability to read. To which I can only say, it doesn't really. Except that my eyes get tired very quickly when I read (though not when I'm writing or gaming, and I have no explanation for that), and only in the last ten years has that even begun to be an issue. But the difference here is that I was likely born almost 100% blind in my left eye. I never had any depth perception (binocular vision) to start with, and my field of view (my FoV is only about 90˚-100˚, instead of the usual human 180˚-200˚) was always seriously impaired. I taught myself to read when I was four, well before I began school, so clearly it was never a significant impediment to my fundamental reading ability. Except, I read very slowly. Also, it means that I have a lot of trouble if there's text over on my left that I need to read while also attending to anything on my right (this is a huge problem with text in console games and MMOs). And I was finally forced to stop driving about ten years ago (how I drove before then, and how I passed my original driver's test...long story, or not). So, anyway, short answer, my partial blindness has never caused me any significant difficulty as a reader, or as a writer. But that may be because I was born that way; no one even figured out anything was wrong until I was in fourth grade, and the extent and probable cause – in utero toxoplasmosis that scarred my left cornea – until I was in college. Anyway, there you go.

Now, I find a story.

Searching,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2012-01-03 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com


Spooky and I are likely cancelling our plans to drive down to Point Judith and watch the brief Quadrantid meteor shower.

But hypothermia might be fuuuuun!!!!

Date: 2012-01-03 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Now I have to write a happy hypothermia song!

Date: 2012-01-03 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddevi.livejournal.com
damn, is it really getting that cold tonight here? crap. Guess we've been lucky, but I'm still cranky about it.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com


Yep. The one night to see this meteor shower is also the one night it's going to be skin-shatteringly cold.
It's shaping up to be one of those sorts of winters I always hated when I was a kid - the "no snow days" kind.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I want snow, dammit! I gotta put up with polar bears and mooses, I want me some snow!
Edited Date: 2012-01-03 07:31 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-03 07:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

You're a loon...
Smeagol and Hubero hardly qualify as polar bear and moose.
Unless you were referring to me, in which case...

Date: 2012-01-03 07:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Smeagol and Hubero hardly qualify as polar bear and moose.

No. They're Moose and Squirrel. Different.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meddevi.livejournal.com
It's a toss-up, warmer winter with a shit-ton of snow, which means shoveling the world's longest, most narrow drive-way cause the landlord sucks...or high heating bills because I live in a Victorian sieve.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

which means shoveling the world's longest, most narrow drive-way cause the landlord sucks...or high heating bills because I live in a Victorian sieve.

We're lucky, in that our landlord plows the drive (which is very short), and that our house, though Victorian, is pretty good at holding the heat in.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

We have good storm windows.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com
We've finally become wise humans and hung cloth between the front and middle parlor (place of gas fireplace), which is helping make the house a bit warmer. It was originally hung to keep the heat at bay in the summer because of the huge, south-facing windows, but even with the storm windows a lot of cold air happens after dark in the winter. Sunny days are warm out front, even on the coldest days.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joshrupp.livejournal.com
I asked them to make global warming stop, and they listened. So, I feel kind of responsible. On the plus side the temperature ensures that army ants cannot reach any of us. So, that's good.

Date: 2012-01-03 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I asked them to make global warming stop, and they listened. So, I feel kind of responsible.

Erm...I'm pretty sure your pleas fell on deaf ears. But, then, I trust the science.

Date: 2012-01-03 08:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] witchchild
Today was the first day I needed to pull out the thermals. Was not amused, especially as there are drafts in this building which still make me cold.

Date: 2012-01-03 10:16 pm (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Bitter fucking cold here in Providence this afternoon

Here it was bright and freezing and dry. It would be perfect January weather if there were actually snow on the ground. I didn't realize we were in for a meteor shower.

Date: 2012-01-05 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
My eldest daughter, 26, has same issue, but it's her right eye. Hers was not discovered until she was 11. Interesting how the body adapts, yes? She passed her driver's test once and is a careful enough driver that I never worried about her driving with her younger siblings; but, she let her license lapse (silly girl!) and she's having a hell of a time even passing the eye test to get a new one. She may have to give up driving sooner than later.

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