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So far, here in Providence, it's been a shitty, snowless winter. Lots of rain, and days with wide carnivorous blue skies, but fuck all when it comes to snow. Did we piss off the Snow Miser or something?

If you've not seen it already, the ONE AND ONLY auction of an ARC of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir has begun, and it began last night. The ARC is only being auctioned because we went a little over budget on the trailer shoot (and still have another day or so of filming coming up at the end of this month). So, please bid if you are able. Own a collectible ARC filled with uncorrected sentences. Oh, and both of Vince's illustrations for the novel do appear in the ARC. Thank you.

I'm not sure there's much point in recounting yesterday. I didn't write, because there was a sort of endless barrage of writing-related emails and phone calls. There was a good conversation with my publicist at Penguin (regarding The Drowning Girl), and I was sent more inked pages from Alabaster #3 (which I need to proof as soon as I finish this entry), and there were the pencils for the fourth Alabaster cover (beautiful), and a whole bunch of stuff for Readercon. I'm not kidding, working on all these books at once has my head spinning. Two hours of work feels like eight. This is a new thing to me. At least I'm sleeping more; otherwise, I'd probably be dead by now.

Rainy, cold Thursdays in January are good days for comments.

I'm not even going to try and explain the Buffalo-chicken calzones we had for dinner, except to say they're as hot coming out as they are going in.

Oh, I have this peculiar meme-thing from [livejournal.com profile] matociquala: Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012. Okay. I'll play along. So..."The templars strode forward, drawing their swords and advancing on the dogmen, who stood to meet them." Make of that what you will.

Otherwise, yesterday...well, not much else. I read "The forelimb carriage in ceratopsid dinosaurs," and my Sith assassin made it to Tatooine and reached Level 26. Oh, and this morning we learned that Rift's next big patch is going to permit in-game "Ascendent weddings," which, I will admit, is just a few thousand miles beyond the pale for me. The lines between pretend and real begin to blur like that, and we're back to the Great Cesspool of Second Life.

Looking Askance,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2012-01-12 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seph-ski.livejournal.com
No snow yet in northwest Ohio either, which is pretty weird. It's been in the 40s and even close to 50degF most days. I've only had to salt the sidewalks once, and that was just because they were wet from rain when the temperatures started dropping for the night. It's bumming me out. Winter is my favorite season, and it looks like we'll be lucky to get half of our usual winter this year. They're saying 1-3" by tomorrow night, and though I'd prefer 6+", I'll take it. I'm not holding my breath though. It's still just raining right now.

Date: 2012-01-12 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

No snow yet in northwest Ohio either, which is pretty weird. It's been in the 40s and even close to 50degF most days.

Sounds a bit like here.

Date: 2012-01-12 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaz-mahoney.livejournal.com
I know the feeling re. working on multiple projects. How do you cope? Do you find it easier to dedicate one day to each project, or are you forced to switch between them several times in a day? I find that difficult.

By the way, I'm now writing a comic, though just a one-shot for an indie Irish press. Very excited as it allows me the opportunity to see my script brought to life. Um... just thought I'd share.

Date: 2012-01-12 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

How do you cope?

Just barely. I'm learning to switch gears.

Do you find it easier to dedicate one day to each project, or are you forced to switch between them several times in a day?

Because of email and deadlines, I have to switch everyday, constantly.

By the way, I'm now writing a comic, though just a one-shot for an indie Irish press. Very excited as it allows me the opportunity to see my script brought to life. Um... just thought I'd share.

Cool! Congratulations.

Date: 2012-01-12 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaz-mahoney.livejournal.com
Cool! Congratulations.

Thank you!!

Date: 2012-01-12 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
I am, right now, mildly annoyed with Rift, because Faeblight has been taken over, it seems, by whinging PVP-ers who use "rape" as slang for anything difficult, which kind of trips my explosive wires, and who want me to believe, without citation, that PVP servers are being immanently shut down and consolidated hand over fist because no-one RPs or cares about RP. The logic train has left the station, and these people weren't even on the platform.

Unfortunately, they're difficult to avoid if one wishes to do rifts or zone events, so I'm grinding my teeth and figuring out how to keep playing this game I like and have effing well paid for six months of server time for, whilst avoiding the ever-growing swarm of idiots.

Estrael is nice and quiet, and I'm halfway considering moving one or more of my alts to Argent to check it out over there, in the hopes that the single English-language European PVE-RP shard may be marginally sane. I'll report my findings, if you think you may ever return to Telara.

While you were away, Dev came through Faeblight and talked to people about what they wanted for RP. I guess weddings was a popular wishlist item. Personally, I'm writing a letter to tell Dev all the things I *like* in the hopes that will encourage them to not change or neglect those things for the sake of pleasing the whingers--which, of course, one can never do.

On the upside, I have been playing *way* too much, and the abovementioned vileness is good motivation to do something else.

Date: 2012-01-12 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I am, right now, mildly annoyed with Rift, because Faeblight has been taken over, it seems, by whinging PVP-ers who use "rape" as slang for anything difficult, which kind of trips my explosive wires, and who want me to believe, without citation, that PVP servers are being immanently shut down and consolidated hand over fist because no-one RPs or cares about RP. The logic train has left the station, and these people weren't even on the platform.

Not quite sure I follow. Are RP or PVP servers being shut down. And I personally loathed Faeblight. It's one thing that's kept me off the game lately. The use of the word "rape" is odd, though I have no problem with it being applied to many situations ("Strip mining rapes the land," etc.).

whilst avoiding the ever-growing swarm of idiots.

We've been lucky in SSW:toR to avoid idiots on our RP server.

I'll report my findings, if you think you may ever return to Telara.

I want to. Spooky and I both miss the game. But we're really enjoying the great RP and genuine immersion of SSW:toR (and me not having to be guidmaster and come up with story).

While you were away, Dev came through Faeblight and talked to people about what they wanted for RP. I guess weddings was a popular wishlist item.

This just baffles and icks me out.

Date: 2012-01-12 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
PVP servers are allegedly being shut down (no citation) because no-one RPs. No, no typos. That's what was said. Though, actually, all types of servers are being consolidated, as far as I can make out, presumably because of all the population lost to SW:TOR. Which I can't join you in, and never shall out of principle (because of how the whole thing was handled), as much as I enjoyed playing with you & Spooky, however briefly.

Turns out the reason Estrael has gotten nice & quiet while Faeblight has gotten ever more obnoxious is because Estrael and Shadefallen are being made into trial shards next week, and Dev recommend moving to Faeblight. To me, that's as good a reason as there is to leave Faeblight, though it will be the only live RP shard left in NA.

This sever merger is being done very quietly, Dev have not posted a list anywhere saying "these are the servers we're taking down, these are your remaining choices, and these are the servers we recommend" (and I understand why; people on the internet panic so easily it could completely destroy the remaining player base) so I'm having to dig to find out which ones are being turned into trial shards and which ones are being left live but not getting recommended for the ensuing tide of douche to descend upon.

The use of the word rape in contexts other than sexual violence is not itself a thing that makes me explodey. It's really just this kind of casual slang use, such as "I got raped in that WF" or "I raped that noob in the ass" that sets my eye twitching. Though, "Does your mother know you're a rapist?" is a nice retort.

I think most humans generally baffle and ick us both, Aunt B, but they are unfortunately the majority of people we will encounter in most environments.

Still, in an odd sort of way, Rift has given me a lot of story material which has nothing to do with the game in any way.

Oh yes, and my Mum has a gift for you, we'd like to know where to send it to. Do you still have my email?

Date: 2012-01-12 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com


Well, ugh... and I'm kind of not surprised.
I really didn't expect to like SWtoR - AT ALL. And, yet... I'm having a really good time at it.
Part of me is missing Rift, but if these changes you're talking about are going to happen? It sounds pretty dire. I honestly think they may have lost a lot of people with the inane holiday garbage. I just couldn't take it any more, and then there was SW, which had none of that... and then... well...

Date: 2012-01-12 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
Hahaha! The first sentence on p45 of The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 17 is simply; Jealous?

Not really my style, but I'll try anything once.

Date: 2012-01-12 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
When I first saw the 2012 sex, this Tolkien one was so funny that I figured it was a one time gag that spread to others:

"Alas! my own hand feels as light as a feather," he thought, but he said nothing.

- The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien

Date: 2012-01-12 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"Alas! my own hand feels as light as a feather," he thought, but he said nothing.

Very, very fucking funny.

Date: 2012-01-12 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012

Not good portents here. "More pausing and stammering."
-Food for the Dead, Michael E. Bell

Date: 2012-01-12 06:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-12 07:09 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (Snowflake)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
I could go for some snow by now. I actually don't like snow-free winters. The ground is just too boring to look at.

Date: 2012-01-12 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The ground is just too boring to look at.

It's all too stark, sharp, and ugly.

Date: 2012-01-12 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

The weather in Minnesota has been incredibly odd. We hit 52F yesterday! Today's a more seasonal 12F right now, but we don't have any snow on the ground. The plants are going to have a tough time of it, come Spring.

The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.
Closest book (non-fiction): "Mendel began his experiments with true-breeding pea plants that varied with regard to only one of seven different characters." Well, it certainly deals with sex, but...?

Next closest (fiction): "It somersaults swiftly, handle over blade, and finds itself buried in the dartboard once again." Hmm, looking to be a tricky, possibly painful and splintery, year (depending on whether we're talking metaphorically or not...).

Date: 2012-01-12 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

(depending on whether we're talking metaphorically or not...).

Quite so.

Date: 2012-01-12 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xarx.livejournal.com
I think there was a delivery mix up. We have your snow here in New Mexico for some reason. Please take it back. We don't know how to deal with it and it scares us.

Date: 2012-01-12 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Please take it back.

I would, if I could.

Date: 2012-01-12 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rexallen.livejournal.com
Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

I have:

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Hmmmmmmmm.


Edited Date: 2012-01-12 07:40 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-12 07:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Okay, that's a weird one.
Edited Date: 2012-01-12 07:58 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-12 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
Clearly a sign you will start camming within the next 12 months.

Date: 2012-01-12 07:45 pm (UTC)
inthetatras: People planted in the ground like flowers sprouting in spring. (attack of the Misakas)
From: [personal profile] inthetatras
Now and then we've had some snow here in Minnesota, but not very much. This has to be one of the most snow-free winters I've ever experienced in my life.


Good luck on the auction. I wish I could bid on it; alas, it would already be futile as my bank account has been quietly weeping due to a recent move. Hope it goes for a lot. :)b

Date: 2012-01-12 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Hope it goes for a lot.

It's looking good.

Date: 2012-01-12 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aarontbc.livejournal.com
Oh, and both of Vince's illustrations for the novel ...

Illustrations in a newly published adult novel. That is marvellous.

I wish there was more of this.

Date: 2012-01-12 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Illustrations in a newly published adult novel. That is marvelous.

It was a coup.

Date: 2012-01-12 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homewardangel.livejournal.com
I always want to do that meme and then get overwhelmed by the fact that I'm sitting next to a bookcase and can't actually figure out (without grabbing a tape measure) which book is closest to me. I'm also enjoying the snowlessness of the winter thus far.

Date: 2012-01-12 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I always want to do that meme and then get overwhelmed by the fact that I'm sitting next to a bookcase and can't actually figure out (without grabbing a tape measure) which book is closest to me.

I cannot claim that was the closest book to me. Yeah, a take measure a many minutes would be required. Maybe most people are book poor.

Date: 2012-01-12 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homewardangel.livejournal.com
Ok... the nearest book is The Golden Bough. This Ought To Be Interesting.... The incarnate god is much feared by all the people, including the king and the chiefs.

Date: 2012-01-12 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Ok... the nearest book is The Golden Bough.

Oooooh. Good one.

Date: 2012-01-12 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.


The first sentence is actually in a margin box, which reads:

"The primary reason why the Mighty Power Feat pays a premium on extras like range is to prevent a strong character from taking Mighty Damage 1 with lots of extras, adding Strength bonus on top of it, and getting all the benefits of a high tricked-out Damage effect with almost none of the cost."

But the first full sentence in the actual body of the text is:

"Will Damage bypasses the body altogether to strike at the mind or even the soul."

Either way, I don't think it bodes well.

we learned that Rift's next big patch is going to permit in-game "Ascendent weddings"...

Okay, I think I might be ready to step away from the game. I was already separated after the RP faded away, but still.

Date: 2012-01-12 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"The primary reason why the Mighty Power Feat pays a premium on extras like range is to prevent a strong character from taking Mighty Damage 1 with lots of extras, adding Strength bonus on top of it, and getting all the benefits of a high tricked-out Damage effect with almost none of the cost."

But the first full sentence in the actual body of the text is:

"Will Damage bypasses the body altogether to strike at the mind or even the soul."


Nerd.

Okay, I think I might be ready to step away from the game. I was already separated after the RP faded away, but still.

I fear this kills it for me. They began pandering with Fae Yule, and this is a sign of desperation. Catering to the LCD crowd.

meme+

Date: 2012-01-12 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sillylilly-bird.livejournal.com
I'm at work, hence:
The "operand field" supplies the information in the form of parameters separated by commas.

huh...

In things less confusing, Confessions has been pre-ordered!
[big grin]

Date: 2012-01-12 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pisceanblue.livejournal.com
Make of that what you will.
Puts rather a spin on "grail quest," I'm thinking.

Othered beasts

Date: 2012-01-12 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caitlin s (from livejournal.com)
Thanks to college, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales has this to say about my sex life in the year 2012:

"Man is bounden to his observaunce
For Goddes sake to letten of his wille
Theras a beest may al his lust fulfille."

Man is under obligation to restrain his will, whereas beasts may fulfill all their lustful desires.

Too bad for man... Good for beasts. Being woman, I count myself among the othered. Go 2012!

Date: 2012-01-12 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lee-in-limbo.livejournal.com
Sounds like we're getting pretty much the same kindof weather as you. We've had a light dusting or two, plus one or two nights of intermittent wet snow that melts away before dawn, but nothing significant. Feels like a dreary, interminable autumn, here. I like autumn, but (snow-filled) winter is my recharge season, and I'm so totally not recharging right now. I have tonnes to write, but I'm bogged down and tired most of the time, so it's only coming out in dribs and drabs. *sigh*

Anyhow, I hope things turn around for you fine ladies, at least. Be well.

Date: 2012-01-12 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lachendwolf.blogspot.com (from livejournal.com)
Pick up the nearest book to you. Turn to page 45. The first sentence describes your sex life in 2012.

My meme response # 1, non-fiction: "An enumeration is the only attribute type that is not an XML keyword."

That's both exciting and terrifying...

Meme response # 2, fiction: "She followed them, happily." I like it better, with an extra glee-point for being from a Clive Barker book.

Hmmm

Date: 2012-01-13 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
The first full sentence I find is "It could happen easily in a fairy tale, however, or a "fable" Like Alice in Wonderland, or in a Greek myth at the pont at which some hapless maiden is being transformed into a sapling or other item of vegetation by a god.", though if you count fragmentary sentences then it's rather unnerving really - "cliffe Gothic shocker, but only if there were a sinister count hidden inside the bush."

If any of this happens then I blame Margaret Atwood.

Re: Hmmm

Date: 2012-01-13 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If any of this happens then I blame Margaret Atwood.

As well you should.

Date: 2012-01-13 01:26 am (UTC)
sovay: (Psholtii: in a bad mood)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Oh, and this morning we learned that Rift's next big patch is going to permit in-game "Ascendent weddings," which, I will admit, is just a few thousand miles beyond the pale for me.

What is that even going to mean?

Date: 2012-01-13 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

What is that even going to mean?

You're better off not knowing.

Date: 2012-01-13 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fusijui.livejournal.com
My results for the sortition are: "Treffen gleiche Konsonanten aufeinander, so wird die Gruppe meist vereinfacht:" [table follows].

Maybe I'm too much of a linguist nerd to actually get laid this year, but it does make me think this is a kinda sexy, promising-sounding prediction.

Date: 2012-01-13 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] insanitybook.livejournal.com
Would you like the snow from Missouri? As soon as I find a way to send it to you, you can have it.

My sentence from page 45 of the book closest to me: "The subjects are political." Did I mention it was a constitutional law textbook?

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