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Just to be clear, a few days back, I did not say I'd be writing new Dancy Flammarion stories. What I said was: "Now, I did swear when I finished 'Highway 97' and the Alabaster collection that I'd be writing no more Dancy stories. But sometimes I change my mind. And sometimes I don't. Which is to say, we shall see, just no time soon." Right now, I have no interest in ever writing Dancy again, unless, maybe, she appears in a sequel to Daughter of Hounds as a much older character, and that's a book I wouldn't be able to write for many years to come.


Yesterday, I wrote 1,072 words on "Charcloth, Firesteel, and Flint," for Sirenia Digest #46, to accompany "Shipwrecks Above." Which makes yesterday a fairly decent writing day. I expect to finish the story today.

And if you should find yourself with a few extra bucks in your paws, I will be so bold as to suggest that you invest them in copies of The Red Tree and/or A is for Alien. Thank you.

We seem to have been stricken with a short bout of Indian Summer, here in Providence.

And the feeling that LiveJournal is an increasingly derelict ship continues. On the one hand, I have more readers here than at anytime in the past, at least in theory, but fewer and fewer people bother to comment. Yes, I miss the "good old days," way back in 2004....

Date: 2009-09-24 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
but fewer and fewer people bother to comment

one doesnt want to appear stalkerish, or to forward.

Date: 2009-09-24 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

one doesnt want to appear stalkerish, or to forward.

Oh, pffft.

I wouldn't have this blasted thing if I didn't want people to comment.

Date: 2009-09-24 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I second this. I also don't always have intelligent things to say.
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Date: 2009-09-24 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ditto what tydeus said...very well put... and it made me laugh.

Date: 2009-09-24 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I agree, and we all would like to appear as literate and fun to know...

I have been trying to write a fan letter to Ardath Mayhar for 4 months and I keep rewriting it, mostly because I didnt want to sound like a total dweeb.

Date: 2009-09-24 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I fear our Indian Summer is yet to come. I love the fall though.

Date: 2009-09-24 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I love the fall though.

While I can appreciate the beauty of fall in a detached sort of way, I really do despise this season.

Date: 2009-09-24 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My mom feels the same way. She hates this time of year.

Date: 2009-09-24 04:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm still reading! And still spreading your books around as much as possible. ^_^

Date: 2009-09-24 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am also a follower on Twitter, which is nice, sure, but so... (It's hard to put into words) like dim sum. This blog is a meal. Sometimes, short and pithy just doesn't do. Involved quotes and pictures and videos are in order.

Please please please don't stop posting! Your blog really does mean a lot. As an (as-yet unpublished writer), your blog has been invaluable. Your honesty is invaluable. Don't stop.

Date: 2009-09-24 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Please please please don't stop posting!

I don't plan to. I'm just noting the empty echo in here, that's all.

Date: 2009-09-24 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also hope you continue here - LJ is where my personal favorites are -. I do not comment much as I am wary of the 'stalker' thing also. I will tell you(or rather write you) that I just finished Alabaster and enjoyed it completely.
Am making my way through your works with great pleasure. Thank you.

Date: 2009-09-24 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, the salad days of '04 before the dark times, before Mother Russia...

I should really go back through and line up the archives from 2003-present just to see the drop off on posting.

Likin' Red Tree btw, good stuff. :)

Date: 2009-09-24 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No Indian Summer here because summer doesn't seem to want to let go, period. Not that my tomatoes don't mind the extra warmth.

And I was beginning to suspect it wasn't just me wondering where the hell everyone on LJ has gone.

Date: 2009-09-24 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If it helps, it's not just you. I think we've finally reached a singularity of sorts, where everyone's writing their own blogs but nobody's reading any of them. It's sorta like publishing, where everyone's working on promoting their own books but the suggestion of buying someone else's is anathema. I'm pretty certain it'll all shake out, but I understand your concern.

Date: 2009-09-24 05:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
We seem to have been stricken with a short bout of Indian Summer, here in Providence.

The same here, with the promise of thunderstorms.

On the one hand, I have more readers here than at anytime in the past, at least in theory, but fewer and fewer people bother to comment.

I'm just withdrawing in general. I need not to, but then I feel that the internet is already full of people who keep talking when there is nothing to say.

Date: 2009-09-24 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have to write a review of The Red Tree, which is not to say that someone is compelling me or that I'm being paid to do it, but it really deserves contemplation and attention.

Got a few other things on my plate, but it's there. Should have done it when it sprang just about full formed out of my head after reading the book, but my innards were still sorta shaking at the time.

Date: 2009-09-24 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I have to write a review of The Red Tree, which is not to say that someone is compelling me or that I'm being paid to do it, but it really deserves contemplation and attention.

I will look forward to reading it.

Date: 2009-09-25 01:21 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Speaking of, I reviewed The Red Tree and wanted to share that with you (

And remember, don't your blog readers include Neil Gaiman? If you think about it, that's cool. I hope you have quality readers! As well as quantity!

Date: 2009-09-24 06:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackestdarkness
I read your LJ. I don't have much to say about it. I love when you post pictures of the scenery. I'm depressed and I hate my job. I haven't scraped up enough money to buy your book yet but I submitted a tree photo in hopes of winning one. It's on my Amazon wish list as well so maybe I'll get lucky and someone will buy me one.

Date: 2009-09-24 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm good for another one -- what's your Amazon user name?

Date: 2009-09-24 09:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackestdarkness
You guys are truly amazing. Thank you so much. It looks like I'll be getting 2 copies and I already have a friend in mind to share with. Thanks again!

Date: 2009-09-24 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Er... I *would* spring for a copy for you, but there's no "dipsomaniac" Amazon user popping up, so I'm stymied :)

I mean, I'm sure there's plenty of dipsomaniacs on Amazon, just not as proper nouns.

Date: 2009-09-24 11:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackestdarkness
Ah, no worries. I had a link to my Amazon list on my LJ profile so that must be where they found it. Thanks for the offer though :)

Date: 2009-09-25 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Erp, yes, so it is. Sorry, I wasn't nosy enough to realize that's what the link was! Well, it's awesome that other people here responded, and so quickly, really :)

I bought out the stock of "Red Tree" from a brick-and-mortar retailer by my apartment to give to people; unfortunately that stock only amounted to two copies :( Still, it *sounds* cool, in a sort of turdy yuppie way.

Signs of secret life in the steerage

Date: 2009-09-24 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dunno if you stumbled over it but my friend [ profile] jtglover posted his initial thoughts on The Red Tree ('s the one who introduced me to your work, and his current musings will turn more people onto it, methinks. And I dunno if I already told you but your contribution to Last Drink Bird Head was one of my favorites, really capital stuff.

Date: 2009-09-24 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I read every day, but seldom reply as I don't always have anything insightful or amusing to add. From the land of endless summer, I miss autumn with all my heart and mother in New Hampshire sends me leaves every year! And speaking of leaves, I have already devoured the Red Tree and will need to return to it in the near future for a more in-depth read. Greatly liked the 1st person narrative and the characters were extraordinarily real. Thank you.

Oh, and I just bought another copy for a friend's birthday...she's never read you, but I'm sure she'll be a convert.

Date: 2009-09-24 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I read and try to comment when it will be relevant. Stationary/writing utensil/art supply posts elicit more comment from me, because at least I feel some degree of qualification.

Date: 2009-09-24 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You need to post something provocative once in awhile :-) I find that usually gets the comments flowing (sometimes more than I'd wanted). Even if it's just posting a link to an issue you're passionate about without comment your own comment.

Date: 2009-09-24 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

You need to post something provocative once in awhile

You're probably right. And I used to post, frequently, controversial subject matter. But that led to flame wars (or whatever the LJ equivalent is), and, I'd see sudden drops in reader numbers. Sometimes, there were significant drops in reader numbers. And these days I am usually simply too tired to mount defenses of my (oftentimes) controversial opinions. So, I tend to keep them to myself.

But..yeah. You're probably right.

Date: 2009-09-24 09:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, it doesn't have to be tooo provocative. Just food for thought.
How can you see how many reader numbers there are on LJ?

Date: 2009-09-24 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

How can you see how many reader numbers there are on LJ?

On your profile page.

Date: 2009-09-24 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That doesn't say who is actually reading our lj, just that they CAN read it. I've got lots of "friends" on lj. Doesn't mean I follow more than a handful of their blogs.

Date: 2009-09-24 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

That doesn't say who is actually reading our lj, just that they CAN read it. I've got lots of "friends" on lj. Doesn't mean I follow more than a handful of their blogs

Well, yeah. I readily concede that it's outlandishly optimistic to think everyone who's friended you reads a blog.

Date: 2009-09-24 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
a is for alien ordered yesterday

i loved the red tree too (any eta on the trailer? would love another excuse to pimp the book)

Date: 2009-09-24 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay, I'll pipe up out of my I'm-not-a-stalker-just-a-a-a-NINJA-yeah-that's-it-a-ninja silence: I would look forward to reading your next novel even more if I knew that there was no risk of Dancy Flammarion reappearing. I'm kind of skipping over your back catalog of work so as to avoid crossing pages with her again. Or Deacon Silvey (& co.) for that matter.

Just realized that you've done SF too -- I mean, like spaceships and stuff. I assume I'm safe from Dancy there? No, don't tell me... it'll be more horrifying to find out on my own.

Date: 2009-09-24 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Oh but we read, my dear, we read..." the cat-less grin whispered.

Frankly, I've become a blatant lurker in e-groups, I post in my own LJ every couple of months at most, and very rarely at my own Yahoo group. This because reading online stuff has become a way of doing something interesting while I do my illustration work, and since I tend to be long-winded, I usually get too occupied when posting (of course, having spent the last year in a cross-contry relationship which demands a lot of my online time doesn't help). But I keep lurking like a good little gargoyle.

And I agree with Ellen, do some provocative post from time to time and there'll certainly be a lot of movement around here.

Date: 2009-09-24 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The Red Tree are now my dark and bitter chocolate. I read a few pages every day, not to many, since I want to draw out the experience of the first read.

I'm also handselling your books right and left. I love it when the customers come back after the first one and ask for your other books. I especially love giving them The Red Tree.

As for LJ, I'm one of your stalkerish readers. I read every post, but I seldom comment. I can't speak for others but I'm not confident in writing English and I honestly can't come up with anything to say that doesn't sound conceited or stupid or overly nosy.

Still, I'm a firm supporter and an avid reader of Sirenia Digest.

Date: 2009-09-24 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have the sneaking suspicion there's some Great New Thing that's being hidden from us. I've noticed a drop in posting from my LJ friendslist, but also fewer people I recognize in WoW, less activity on my Ravelry boards, and fewer tweets, too. Somewhere out in the Real World I think maybe everyone else is having fun without us.

Date: 2009-09-24 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm still reading! Haven't had much to say recently, though I do enjoy reading your blog.

I also wanted to say, I like that you post progress reports/word count updates on Facebook. I can't say why exactly, but I find it encouraging.

Date: 2009-09-25 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't usually comment here, but did want to let you know that I'm reading your LJ - in addition to Twitter and my beloved Sirenia Digest subscription. Cheers.

Date: 2009-09-25 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I enjoy and am inspired by every post you make - even the shortest ones. Like many others, though, I only comment when I have something insightful or useful to say, and that is all too seldom!

Longtime reader delurks

Date: 2009-09-25 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello - longtime reader Delurks.

I was introduced to your books by Dr. Brite's LJ, and seem to have read them in the wrong order - starting with Daughter of Hounds - but I'm happily filling in the back issues and look forward to reading them all over again, in chronological order. It's been an interesting treasure hunt through the specialty bookstores in Sydney, Canberra, Alice Springs and the vasty deeps of the interwebs, trying to find copies of things. So far I'm doing all right on the novels, but the short story collections elude me...

The few books I do have are well-loved, and sit with Lovecraft on the shelf of books I reread for comfort.

I've been recommending your books very highly to my friends, and there's the lovely side benefit of often getting to introduce them to Lovecraft at the time (if not a prerequisite, at least a very good series of companion texts)

I've ordered the Red Tree from BookDepository, and also a copy of Alabaster - I don't know if you'd get ratings from that site? It was the bonus when I bought a stack of archaeology texts...

I'd like to second niamh_sage: I love the progress reports. Keep up the good work!

Commenting on your blog

Date: 2009-09-25 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hello Ms. K.

I just got Red Tree and Alabaster today from . I tend not to comment because it would be between "What a wonderful thing I just read of yours" and "What a wonderful thing, that I don't fully understand, that I read.

I like what you write, I mean, you are today's Lovecraft. When I look at the bookstores and see so many vampire novels, your books are a welcome relief and a challenge.

As for a Dancy Flammarion story, that is your business. You keep writing and I will keep reading.

I guess the only thing I meant to say in this rambling post is

Thank you

Thank you for Threshold and Low Red Moon and Daughter of Hounds, you and Lovecraft are the only two authors that give me chills up and down my back.

Thank you for Silk and Murder of Angles. Those are the books that I loved reading but left me scratching my head. Just gotta reread them.

You take care Ms. K.

Christopher Wayne

Date: 2009-09-25 08:24 am (UTC)
inthetatras: People planted in the ground like flowers sprouting in spring. (the Medicine Seller)
From: [personal profile] inthetatras
/delurks, commenting for the first time in probably five years

Like many readers, I do read your entries, but often have nothing constructive to add by commenting. However I wanted to take the time to thank you for making yourself so readily accessible. I've always found it a joy to read your posts, and your novels and short stories, and posts about those written works particularly. While I'm not in the best financial situation I do try to support however I can.

Agreeing with the commenter above re: Dancy - it's your business. Should she ever make an appearance in your future writings, I know I'd be one of the first in line for a copy; but if there are no more stories of hers to tell, then that's the way it goes. A good fan can respect that. Thanks for having written about her at all. ♥

Jesus Howard Christ on a rubber trampoline

Date: 2009-09-25 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I didn't know you were taking requests. But if so could you resurrect Lillah Baxter. I liked her the most. Or for that matter is there any way you could resurrect the 80's too I miss them.


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