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First, here's a preview of Dark Horse Presents #9, which will include pages 1-8 of Alabaster #1. DHP #9 will be in stores on February 22nd. So, yes, Alabaster is coming! And Mike Mignola! Imagine that – me, in a comic with Hell Boy's dad!

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Yesterday, there was no writing, no real writing. And yet there was a great deal of work. I finished the corrections to Alabaster #3 (with great and wondrous and much appreciated help from Spooky), then sent them away to my Dark Horse editor, the vivacious Rachel Edidin. And then I wrote the synopses and proposals for the two sequels to Blood OrangesFay Grimmer (you either get this joke or don't) and Puppy Love. I sent those to my agent, then called her and we talked about publishing options. She was very happy with the synopses. I'm looking at writing Fay Grimmer this summer, and then the third (and final) book in August 2013. Merrilee and I also talked a good bit about ebooks, audiobooks, and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. Then I did some design work on the rest of the website revamp.

Afterwards, I had a hot bath, before calling Rachel (at Dark Horse, remember?), and we talked about all things Dancy Flammarion. Only minutes after that conversation, she emailed me Greg Ruth's colored cover for Alabaster #3, which is unbelievably beautiful. And that was, essentially, work yesterday (if I've forgotten anything, screw it). Today I mean to actually fucking write, beginning Alabaster #4.

My horns came! Now I only have to get my goatish (horizontal pupil) contact lenses. By the way, the horns were one of my Cephalopodmas gifts from Spooky. They are amazing, and as soon as I have the headpiece made, I'll post photos here.

Geoffrey arrived about 8:15 p.m. (CaST), and we had Palestinian takeout for diner. We spent the evening talking about books, our favorite and not favorite authors, good writing and bad, the panel proposals I need to send to Readercon (they were actually due at the end of December), Star Wars: The Old Republic, the hideous folly of 3D films, that which I have been reading and that which I feel like I ought to be reading, Aleister Crowley, the Ruination of Boulder, iPads, addiction, and the trap of genre fiction. I think he decamped for Framingham about 2 a.m. (CaST).

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Speaking of Geoffrey and Readercon, I hope he doesn't mind, but I've got to post this mock-panel description he sent me yesterday for what I think would be the penultimate "horror" fiction panel. It is the truth, plain and simple:

WHY ARE WE STILL DOING THIS?

The antihorror panel. If you look around, any full-timer who’s here from over ten years ago has survived by giving up, writing five books a year, or shifting into thrillers, paranormal romance, or other greener pastures. Even the people in the audience who are currently writing “4 the luv” and think they’ll eventually earn their way onto this panel will regret attending this convention within five years. Horror’s dead for good and we’re the ones who killed it. If it weren’t for tenure, movie rights, and food stamps, the only people in this room would be locals and hobbyists. Yet, time and again, you ask people about this stuff and instead of shame you get stories of tormented childhoods rescued by monsters, women’s breasts, and copious amounts of blood. What’s wrong with us and how can we turn our lives around?

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Okay, regarding my thing about the word awesome. I think there are lots of people misinterpreting what I'm trying to say, which is not, actually, that the word ought to be banned from the English language (though the situation is so frustrating I might have said that a few times), but, rather, that the absurd level of saturation that has been visited upon us by the use of the word needs to end. I'm not a "grammar Nazi," but, for fuck's sake, there are many, many other adjectives (veritable oodles), both proper and slang, wonderful and useful synonyms, that mean what "awesome" is being used (almost to the exclusion of all these words) to mean. And never mind the grotesque permutations ("Awesomesauce"? No. No. No.) the word awesome is presently suffering.

Generally I loathe the Urban Dictionary, but even it understands, defining awesome as "1. Something Americans use to describe everything."

I am not now and have never been anti-slang. Slang is good and helpful. But all good things in moderation, for fuck's sake. How about cool, neat, groovy, nifty, keen, et al. And if you think any of these are too antiquated, does no one realize that this present usage of awesome actually entered our lexicon from Valley Girl speak in the late 1970s and early 1980s (except for Portland, OR, where it never exited and will will). It then exited, and was only resurrected to flood our sentences a few years back. So, toss in some other slang. Pretty please. With a goddamn cherry on top. That would be so bow tie.

And, for now, that's all. Oh, comment, kittens.

Chugging Red Bull, Because She Needs Wings,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2012-01-11 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
In truth, I knew it might end up here when I sent it, mostly because it was relevant.

(I should confess that it was mocked up for a different convention, one devoted to horror, and not beloved ReaderCon...but that doesn't change much. The problems remain.)

Date: 2012-01-11 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

In truth, I knew it might end up here when I sent it, mostly because it was relevant.

Well, that's a relief.

(I should confess that it was mocked up for a different convention, one devoted to horror, and not beloved ReaderCon...but that doesn't change much. The problems remain.)

Agreed.

Date: 2012-01-11 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cucumberseed.livejournal.com
I would like to see that panel very, very badly. Or, at least, be able to see that discussion take place. I'm sure it has many other places outside of my attention, but I wish it showed up more often.

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Date: 2012-01-11 06:04 pm (UTC)
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It made me laugh. I wish it wasn't so true. Maybe horror is better off dead.

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Date: 2012-01-11 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] docbrite.livejournal.com
I used to think it was cute when [livejournal.com profile] faustfatale would say "groovy like a movie," but I never had the nerve to say it myself.

Date: 2012-01-11 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

would say "groovy like a movie,"

Well, she does have a way with words. People used to make fun of me for saying "neat" and "neat-o." But then, I'm of the "man" generation, not the "dude" generation.

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Date: 2012-01-11 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cucumberseed.livejournal.com
Those are very keen looking horns. I covet; though, what with a bald head, custom headgear is required (I used to have small impish horns and a scarf configuration to hide the fastening string). ETA, let us close-parenthesis, this time.

That or an abundance of spirit gum.

I think you will make an appropriately Del Torrian faun.
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Date: 2012-01-11 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Those are very keen looking horns.

They are very bow tie, and will be seen at Readercon.

I think you will make an appropriately Del Torrian faun.

That's my aim. A shame I cannot walk on stilts.

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Date: 2012-01-11 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girfan.livejournal.com
In the UK, if something is "awesome", they say it's "lush". Actually, in the area of the UK I live in, they say it's "gert lush".

Date: 2012-01-11 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

In the UK, if something is "awesome", they say it's "lush". Actually, in the area of the UK I live in, they say it's "gert lush".

I knew about "lush," but not "gert lush." Translate "gert"?

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Date: 2012-01-11 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
"Awesomesauce" really does my head in. I've tried to fight back by using "bow tie" in conversation.

Some cool things: oh, those horns! They are fabulous. With the contacts in, I can't help but wonder if you'll become Aunt Krampus next winter.

And Vince's art for The Lost Language; please, please, make that a t-shirt. I would wear that, believe me.

- Ash

Date: 2012-01-11 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"Awesomesauce" really does my head in.

Gods, it hurts to hear.

Some cool things: oh, those horns! They are fabulous. With the contacts in, I can't help but wonder if you'll become Aunt Krampus next winter.

Yes!

And Vince's art for The Lost Language; please, please, make that a t-shirt.

Hmmmmm. Maybe. I'll talk to someone.

Date: 2012-01-11 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

what I think would be the penultimate "horror" fiction panel
Okay, I'll bite... what then would be the final panel? The locals and hobbyists? The sound of crickets chirping? I'll applaud the brave souls that would be on the penultimate panel - I'd bet there's a few authors out there that would have fun with this idea.

Regarding word usage - I've always been fascinated by the ebb and flow of specific words. One that has recently made enormous strides into the mass mind is 'bespoke'. I can count on one hand the number of times I heard that word in the last decade, and now it seems as if it is everywhere.

Horns are good. I like horns.

Date: 2012-01-11 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The sound of crickets chirping?

This one.

One that has recently made enormous strides into the mass mind is 'bespoke'.

Okay. I love that word, but I don't think I've ever heard anyone use it in conversation. Is this, I wonder, a regional thing?

Horns are good. I like horns.

Yes, they are.

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Cool Post; Alphabets

Date: 2012-01-11 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] biblio-phage.livejournal.com
They looked at me funny in the early 1980s when I said "cool" a lot, which I said because my Mom said it (and still does). Since most everyone I work with these days is 20 (or 30) years younger than me, I toss in a "groovy" once in a while but then I get accused of being a hipster.

Has a question:

In "Crimson Alphabet" it says, "-- is the second third of my Alphabetos Triptych, which will conclude with 'The Yellow Alphabet.'" Guessing the "Black Alphabet" was the first (pls. correct if NO), but is YELLOW BOOK (with CONFESSIONS OF A FIVE-CHAMBERED HEART) same as "Yellow Alphabet," or may we expect another primer?

Re: Cool Post; Alphabets

Date: 2012-01-11 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Since most everyone I work with these days is 20 (or 30) years younger than me, I toss in a "groovy" once in a while but then I get accused of being a hipster.

Fuck 'em. The occasional use of groovy does not a hipster make.

Guessing the "Black Alphabet" was the first (pls. correct if NO), but is YELLOW BOOK (with CONFESSIONS OF A FIVE-CHAMBERED HEART) same as "Yellow Alphabet," or may we expect another primer?

Yes, "The Yellow Alphabet" is the last, and "The Black Alphabet" is the first. And The Yellow book contains "The Yellow Alphabet," as well as a new short story, "Ex Libris."

Date: 2012-01-11 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seph-ski.livejournal.com
I'm afraid I do over-use the word "awesome", I don't mind your crusade though, because it's obvious you're trying to restore it to it's proper place. People tend to use the word "awesome" to say many things, but it's really the only word to use to express exactly what it was meant to.

You're working on me though. I saw the caption on a picture (http://pinterest.com/pin/106749453637214354/) today that read, "Awesome NASA photo: Webb Space Telescope". I found myself thinking, "Intriguing, whimsical, impressive, sure, but NASA probably has a larger collection of truly awesome photos than any other person or organization on Earth, and this one doesn't quite measure up."

Date: 2012-01-11 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You're working on me though. I saw the caption on a picture today that read, "Awesome NASA photo: Webb Space Telescope". I found myself thinking, "Intriguing, whimsical, impressive, sure, but NASA probably has a larger collection of truly awesome photos than any other person or organization on Earth, and this one doesn't quite measure up."

Absolutely.

Date: 2012-01-11 07:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] inthetatras
Cool horns. I keep scouring over the picture and taking in the little surface details.

Date: 2012-01-11 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I keep scouring over the picture and taking in the little surface details.

She sculpts each one by hand, no molds, and they amazing.

Date: 2012-01-11 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-tigerfish.livejournal.com
I find myself baffled by the persistence of "awesome." As you said, it's been around since the late 70s--most slang words die out after a decade or so. I've certainly been hearing it for as long as I can remember--yet if anything, it's more overused today than it ever was. Perhaps people need a bit more awe in their lives. For perspective.

Date: 2012-01-11 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Perhaps people need a bit more awe in their lives.

This is a statement swelling with truth.

Date: 2012-01-11 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
except for Portland, OR, where it never exited and will will

we think of it as "awh-some" we want some of that AWWWHHHHHH ... not awe. Or AAAAHHHHHH ... depends on what kind of day you are having, it could be an awh-shit moment too.

Date: 2012-01-11 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

it could be an awh-shit moment too.

I'm not even sure I understand.

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Date: 2012-01-11 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
I'm sick so not much brain. But I wanted to comment that I completely (like totally) agree with your take on awesome. And that's one of those words that seems to be even more overused in real life on the left coast than it was on the east coast.

I've long tended to try to replace it with more descriptive words/phrases, although I perhaps overuse gorgeous somewhat. But I find when it's the appropriate word to use it fits. And I love the bow tie usage here, however, no-one will understand it outside your circle of readers and I just don't have the spoons to explain to everyone.

Date: 2012-01-11 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And that's one of those words that seems to be even more overused in real life on the left coast than it was on the east coast.

Well, the east coast has contracted the disease...

And I love the bow tie usage here, however, no-one will understand it outside your circle of readers and I just don't have the spoons to explain to everyone.

Alas, so true.

Date: 2012-01-11 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lachendwolf.blogspot.com (from livejournal.com)
I feel the same way about "epic" as you do about "awesome." I do try to use the word "killer" as often as I use "awesome" but I must cop to being an offender.

Also, holy hell SEVERELY sexy horns!! Yay Spooky!

Date: 2012-01-11 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Also, holy hell SEVERELY sexy horns!!

Fuckin' A.

Date: 2012-01-11 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaz-mahoney.livejournal.com
Alabaster!

I am honestly counting down the days. Already have DHP #9 on order.

Date: 2012-01-11 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I am honestly counting down the days.

Thank you!!!!

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Date: 2012-01-11 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pisceanblue.livejournal.com
If you agree with Urban Dictionary, then something is Very Wrong indeed.

I like Geoffrey's take on how horror writing is a codependent relationship, it is difficult to let go of this trope we've imprinted upon, it seems.

Date: 2012-01-11 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If you agree with Urban Dictionary, then something is Very Wrong indeed.

That was sort of my take on it.

I like Geoffrey's take on how horror writing is a codependent relationship, it is difficult to let go of this trope we've imprinted upon, it seems.

Thing is...I never imprinted on it. It was imprinted upon me.

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Date: 2012-01-11 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
First, here's a preview of Dark Horse Presents #9, which will include pages 1-8 of Alabaster #1

Wow, I am going to have to probably pick that up, between the Mignola/Pope story, the Vachss story for The Lady, and the previews... nice.

...two sequels to Blood OrangesFay Grimmer (you either get this joke or don't) and Puppy Love...

Okay I actually choked on my tea at that last one.

My horns came!

SEX.

That is all.

Okay that's not all. I could never pull off the antelope ones, but damn I'd be all over someone who could.

WHY ARE WE STILL DOING THIS?

I'll be honest and admit that my knee jerk verbal response to this would be to say "awesome!" but I'll correct myself by saying this is a hilarious and probably mordantly-delicious bit of self-deprecating humor. I'd love to see it in a real con.
Edited Date: 2012-01-11 10:06 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-11 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Okay I actually choked on my tea at that last one.

I win!

SEX.

That is all.


Pretty much.

I'd love to see it in a real con.

I sort of would myself, just for the pathos.

Date: 2012-01-11 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
'Imagine that – me, in a comic with Hell Boy's dad!'

Or you could say 'Imagine that — Mignola, in a comic with Darcy's mom.'

Either way, very top hat. Er, I mean bow tie.

Date: 2012-01-11 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Either way, very top hat. Er, I mean bow tie.

No. I definitely have to defer to Mignola...

Date: 2012-01-11 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miakodadreams.livejournal.com
Some days require gorgeous ram horns. And some days might be better suited to watching the world through the one-sided amber gaze of a tentacle mask (http://merimask.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4lxewn).

Date: 2012-01-11 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That is fucking beautiful.

Date: 2012-01-12 04:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
My horns came!

Oh, those are magnificent. Photographs, please.

WHY ARE WE STILL DOING THIS?

. . . You should seriously submit that as a panel. I'd love to see who signs up.

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