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Using my Carolyn Fry (Radha Mitchell) icon today because about 4:15 a.m. I finally fell asleep watching Pitch Black for the umpteenth time. I drifted off not long after the crash of the Hunter-Gratzner. Which means the film worked. My comfort films usually do. Work to put me to sleep, I mean. Fortunately, Pitch Black is streaming from Netflix, so I could get it via the iPad. By the way, that's about the only use for Kermit the iPad that I've found, streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix.

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I just received word from Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press that The Drowning Girl: A Memoir has earned the coveted starred review in the new Publisher's Weekly. I won't post the full review for a few days, but I will excerpt this line (the rest is mostly synopsis, anyway, the last thing any book review should be concerned with):

Kiernan evokes the gripping and resonant work of Shirley Jackson in a haunting story that’s half a mad artist’s diary and half fairy tale.

I can live with that. Momentarily, I don't feel misunderstood. Though I'm sure that's just illusory and will pass shortly.

And speaking of Subterranean Press, if you've not already preordered your copy of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, you might want to do it before much longer. Remember, the limited comes with the FREE hardbound chapbook, The Yellow Book ("The Yellow Alphabet" + a new short story, "Ex Libris").

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Yesterday, I only managed to write pages 5-7 (ms. pages 10-15, 1,256 words) of Albaster #4. Maybe I can write five today, and make up the difference.

The auction for The Drowning Girl ARC continues.

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There was some good RP in SW:toR last night, and I read two stories, Tanith Lee's "Black Fire" (2011) and Julie E. Czerneda's "The Passenger" (1999). Both were quite excellent, but I was especially taken with the Tanith Lee piece*. These are collected, by the way, in John Joseph Adams' Lightspeed: Year One. I have a story in there, too. I just wish Orson Scott Card's name wasn't splashed across the cover of the book. I feel like I should wear gloves when I handle it.

Seven days have passed without my leaving the house (and I won't today, so make that eight), and its beginning to bother me again. I blame the weather. That sky. Getting to bed too late, waking too late. Having only five hours of daylight (or thereabouts), and needing three of them to wake up. This is my first (of four) profoundly shitty New England winters, and the workload isn't helping.

Snowed Under Without Snow,
Aunt Beast

* Though it's the Czerneda story that ends with this exquisite sentence: For like that precious bird, kept until death in a glass cage for all to see, wasn't he the last passenger of Earth?

Date: 2012-01-14 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Talking about Jackson, I'm about to read The Haunting of Hill House for the first time. (*rubs hands*)

Is Card the twat who wrote some distorted homophobic take on Hamlet?

Date: 2012-01-14 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Talking about Jackson, I'm about to read The Haunting of Hill House for the first time.

Wow. I first read it when I was a kiddo. I expect you'll love it.

Is Card the twat who wrote some distorted homophobic take on Hamlet?

Yes. Also the twatwaffle who takes every opportunity to bash GLBT folk. Also the twatwaffle who has made a name for himself writing extraordinarily mediocre fiction that fanboys treat like the Holy Grail. All round douchebag.
Edited Date: 2012-01-14 06:21 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-14 06:36 pm (UTC)
inthetatras: People planted in the ground like flowers sprouting in spring. (Kururu says 'whut?')
From: [personal profile] inthetatras
Are the preorders getting close to sold out? I already got mine in a while ago, but I've considered getting an additional copy or two for a friend.

Date: 2012-01-14 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Are the preorders getting close to sold out?

Honestly, I've not been told. However, based on past books, it's a safe guess that they are.

Date: 2012-01-14 06:55 pm (UTC)
inthetatras: People planted in the ground like flowers sprouting in spring. (Delirium)
From: [personal profile] inthetatras
Got it. Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.

Date: 2012-01-14 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You're welcome.

Date: 2012-01-14 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gargirl.livejournal.com
I am excited about the upcoming books. I have my copy of; Two Worlds and In Between and I am really enjoying reading some of your works that I had missed.

Date: 2012-01-14 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Hope you enjoy!

Date: 2012-01-14 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to hear the winter weather coupled with the busy writing etc schedule are taking their toll. On the bright side, Confessions... LE with bonus hardcover is now pre-ordered and I'm looking forward to it when it comes out/arrives.

And The Drowning Girl seems to be getting many bow tie previews/reviews which is wonderful. More good writing to enjoy soon.

I've been flopping back and forth (slowly) between you, Peter Straub and Neilhimself books the past few months and I've got to say I love all three of your work so much. It sort of amazes me how well the three of your varied styles of writing and subject matters work in sequence (ie: a book by one followed by a book by another). This gives me great pleasure, and makes me wonder if Cat Valente (aka [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna) would be trying in conjunction with you three.

Date: 2012-01-14 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
Hmmm... that last paragraph doesn't scan properly. But my brain does not quite know how to fix it either.

What I'm trying to say is that I seem to process books better when I read them in groups that work for me, and that you, Neil, and Peter are one of those groupings. And that in some ways that surprises me as I think your styles and subject matters are very different and I came on each of you at very different times in my life so there's not a history of reading your work in conjunction. It would make more sense to me if Straub went with Stephen King and Heinlein etc as I read many of those books together as a young adult. But I didn't pick up any of Neil's books til I was 30+ and yours til my late 30s/early 40s so in my timeline you're not contemporaries that way.

Date: 2012-01-15 06:01 am (UTC)
sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey: passion)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Kiernan evokes the gripping and resonant work of Shirley Jackson in a haunting story that’s half a mad artist’s diary and half fairy tale.

Oh, mazel tov. That is the correct comparison.

If Pitch Black is streaming from Netflix, I need to watch it again.

Date: 2012-01-15 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
Pretty sure Pitch Black is still my favourite film ever.

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