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Caitlín R. Kiernan ([personal profile] greygirlbeast) wrote2012-01-31 12:57 pm

The weather changes before you smell the rain.

The Weather Channel says "It's a perfect day to call in sick. Did we say that out loud? But seriously, the Northeast will enjoy a beautiful spring-like day." But when I look at today's forecast I see that the predicted high is a paltry 48˚F (it's presently 43˚F), with a mostly cloudy sky. Which to me, to someone who grew up in the South, is about the same as saying today will be a "beautiful midwinter-like day." Tomorrow, the temperature is supposed to rise as high as 56˚F, which is at least approaching "spring-like." But it's going to rain. Fuck you, Mr. Weather Channel.

I'm never going to be who I'm never going to be.

But look who I've become.

Yesterday, I didn't finish the pseudo-vignette that's still titled "Apostate." Instead, I spent the day doing other writerly stuff. Email with my agent, Dark Horse editor, and suchlike. And other stuff. Honestly, I can't even remember much of it, so it truly must have been dull, indeed. My publicist wants to get the book trailer (the "teaser") up on the Penguin website for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir (right now, they don't even have the final cover up), and on the book's Amazon.com page. Which means I need to get him a DVD with "a compressed video file (preferably in .mov format and smaller than 100mb)," or use a legal file-sharing service, such as Dropbox.net. See? Exciting shit.

But! Here's something bow tie. You'll recall that on Sunday, there was the final shoot for book's full-length trailer, Kyle and Brian and Sara in the wilds of winter-stricken Pennsylvania, Sara in a beautiful dress made for the occasion by Kambriel. And here are two of the shots (behind the cut):







Photographs Copyright © 2012 by Kyle Cassidy.



And you may purchase prints of these and many of the other stills from the project right here. All proceeds will be used to offset our overages (yeah, we went over budget), and right now Kyle and I (and mostly Kyle) are covering that debt. This particular shot of Sara is on sale, for a short time,

Nothing interesting about the non-work part of yesterday. I had a hot bath. We had left over turkey chili (I am losing weight). We leveled our Twi'lek Jedi to 13. I read about Lyme Regis and 19th Century ichthyosaur discoveries. No more than that.

Today, more email, and I'm expecting the editorial notes of Alabaster #4, and I'll actually finish "Apostate."

Feeling Her Years,
Aunt Beast

[identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 05:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Beautiful pictures! Oh, and when I mentioned my Blood Oranges dream a few days ago, I forgot (duh) to ask: When is that book being released?
Edited 2012-01-31 17:06 (UTC)

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 05:08 pm (UTC)(link)

I forgot (duh) to ask: When is that book being released?

No idea. The book deal hasn't been closed. If Penguin does it, probably sometime in 2013.

[identity profile] pisceanblue.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 05:05 pm (UTC)(link)
A bow-tie thing indeed, those photos (and the dress) are absolutely gorgeous. Feeling a strange mix of anticipatory twitch to read the novel and shivery dread at what I will find when I step into that world.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 05:09 pm (UTC)(link)
A bow-tie thing indeed, those photos (and the dress) are absolutely gorgeous.

Thank you.

Feeling a strange mix of anticipatory twitch to read the novel and shivery dread at what I will find when I step into that world.

Unlike anything I've ever written before.
Edited 2012-01-31 17:09 (UTC)

[identity profile] marisa sandlin (from livejournal.com) 2012-01-31 05:21 pm (UTC)(link)
We've been suffering through what is a most unnatural winter up here in Quebec, I'm told. (I'm a Southerner, too, so to me 14F is pretty damned wintry.)

That dress! Those photos! It makes me eager for the book's release date all the more.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 05:31 pm (UTC)(link)

I'm a Southerner, too,

You were in Athens when I was there, yes?

[identity profile] marisa sandlin (from livejournal.com) 2012-01-31 06:01 pm (UTC)(link)
South Carolina, actually, with frequent trips to Athens and Atlanta to get away from the horror of an adolescence spent in South Carolina.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 06:04 pm (UTC)(link)

I can totally understand. there's a reason the Alabaster comic is set in South Carolina. But I seemed to have it in my head you worked at an Eckard's in Athens.

[identity profile] andrian6.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 05:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Gods, what an amazing dress. Is it being auctioned to help cover costs as well? I know of at least two people who would adore the dress, in every connotation of the word.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 05:37 pm (UTC)(link)

Is it being auctioned to help cover costs as well?

No. It has gone to Kyle's wife, Trillian.

[identity profile] andrian6.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I sense another set of amazing photos down the line. I will point folks to the designer, though.

[identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 06:42 pm (UTC)(link)
In case you'd like to share the link with anyone who might be interested, it was based on my Isabella Coatdress design (made for this occasion with a separate hood in matching fabric), available here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/83311351/blood-countess-isabella-coatdress-by

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 06:44 pm (UTC)(link)

I'll get that up tomorrow! And thank you again for this. It's amazing.

[identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 06:52 pm (UTC)(link)
You're so welcome, and thank ~you~.

[identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Gorgeous photos and frock. We don't have long to go... Getting excited.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 06:00 pm (UTC)(link)

You don't have long at all.

[identity profile] briansiano.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 05:56 pm (UTC)(link)
When the trailer's done, I can probably compile a video file in any format your publishers need.

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

Great. Thing is, they need the files for the trailer, too.

[identity profile] briansiano.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 06:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Trailer and teaser? Not a problem. I'll have the computer work up a .mov file of the teaser and put it on the Dropbox site so you can download it.

[identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 08:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I have an account on Dropbox, if that makes things easier. (You just download the software, etc., so it's not hard.)

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 08:44 pm (UTC)(link)

Brian has one, too. We're talking about it. But thank ye.
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[personal profile] witchchild 2012-01-31 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Very lovely photos!

[identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 06:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Beautiful pictures. Each little piece of what seems like apocrypha (in the "hidden away" sense) you and your fellow artists release makes me more anxious for The Drowning Tree to be here.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 06:24 pm (UTC)(link)

Each little piece of what seems like apocrypha

An interesting way of putting it.

[identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 06:50 pm (UTC)(link)
I wish things had worked out better for us all to have been there at the same time, PA ended up having snow the day I'd originally been thinking it might happen! At least the wardrobe budget for this particular shoot was able to end up being ~nil~ with Trillian serendipitously commissioning the deep red coatdress right beforehand and the hood being made as a gift. I'm glad it all worked out so well.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 07:37 pm (UTC)(link)

I'll offer a blanket yes to all this.

[identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 07:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh man, I don't know how Kambriel does it; I dream of commissioning something from her one day. Beautiful lighting in the photos, too. I like the sense that full dark is just about to fall.

By the way, I was watching the music video for PJ Harvey's "Down by the Water" the other day, and couldn't help but think of The Drowning Girl...

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 07:38 pm (UTC)(link)

Beautiful lighting in the photos, too. I like the sense that full dark is just about to fall.

Yep.

By the way, I was watching the music video for PJ Harvey's "Down by the Water" the other day, and couldn't help but think of The Drowning Girl...

There are so many references to drowning songs, etc. in the book...

[identity profile] kylecassidy.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
we specifically scheduled the shoot for sunset so we'd have relative dark which i then lit parts of and still have enough ambient for Brian's video.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 08:19 pm (UTC)(link)

we specifically scheduled the shoot for sunset so we'd have relative dark which i then lit parts of and still have enough ambient for Brian's video.

Well, it was a brilliant move.

[identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com 2012-02-01 04:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I applaud your efforts! I've tried to take photos in the woods around that time before, and I found it quite tricky to get the exposure right. Your photos here have such a wonderful blue-green velvety gloom.

[identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 07:56 pm (UTC)(link)
2012 definitely appears to be the year of CRK! The Drowning Girl, complete with an amazing book trailer, theAlabaster comic, (5 months worth), Guest of Honor at ReaderCon, Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heartnot to mention monthly delights of Sirenia Digest and any projects to be announced!

I have the February Diamond Previews in front of me and the 2 page spread for Alabasteris truly bow-tie.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 08:19 pm (UTC)(link)

It's all sort of overwhelming.

[identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 08:27 pm (UTC)(link)
It's all sort of overwhelming

You've worked so hard for so many years, hopefully you'll be able to finally enjoy some of the fruits of your labor.

(I'll send along a copy of the Diamond Previews for your records, in the box I'm sending out this week)

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 08:44 pm (UTC)(link)


(I'll send along a copy of the Diamond Previews for your records, in the box I'm sending out this week)


Thank you!

[identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
There's so much wow in those photos. I really want to somehow make an icon out of at least the second one, but I'd lose so much. Also, I am bashful due to not knowing the decorum about that particular issue.

That dress goes so much further beyond the word "beautiful". It's enthralling.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-01-31 09:12 pm (UTC)(link)

It's enthralling.

I imagine reading that will make Kambriel very happy. But yeah, they wowed me yesterday. They still wow me.

[identity profile] catconley.livejournal.com 2012-02-01 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
Amazing photos! I love the contrast of the red dress against the rocks and leaves, especially in the first photo. So excited for the book to come out.

[identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com 2012-02-01 12:12 am (UTC)(link)

I love the contrast of the red dress against the rocks and leaves, especially in the first photo.

If you haven't, you should follow the link and see the other "riding hood" photos. Amazing stuff.
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[personal profile] sovay 2012-02-01 01:52 am (UTC)(link)
And here are two of the shots (behind the cut)

Those are lovely.