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There will be no photos today, because Spooky has been editing and uploading them for me, because, as I mentioned, Gimp sucks gangrenous donkey balls. And, by the way, while I know that Gimp is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program, it's still a very poor choice for a software programme, especially one that only limps, at best.

No photos today. Photos from Portland will resume tomorrow. Today, I write, and Spooky goes to her parents to see her brother, whom she's not seen in eight years (he's a biologist living in Bozeman, Montana).

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What did I do yesterday, you ask? Well, since you asked so nicely, I spent almost all of it trying to write the introduction for Two Worlds and In Between. Which, it turns out, is a crazy-hard thing to do. Although I really want to do this myself, right about now I'm sort of wishing I'd asked someone else. But I did calculate yesterday, in the course of struggling with the introduction, that since 1992, I've written, sold, and published about one hundred and eighty-two short stories, novellas, novelettes, and vignettes, along with nine novels (including one movie novelization and a ghost-written novel), fifty comic-book scripts (all for DC/Vertigo), and various and sundry chapbooks and non-fiction odds and ends. Somehow, that's terrifying. So, just don't ever dare say I ought to write more.

I also continued trying to restore my office to some semblance of organized. I'm boxing up books that are going to be donated to a local library. We cannot keep all the books we have forever, not in such close living spaces.

Spooky is reading to me about Condylura cristata, the star-nosed mole. Amazing beasts. Spooky saw one at her parents in 2006, wresting in dead leaves with a huge millipede. It made a deep impression upon her.

Where was I? Oh, the office. So far, most of the books I'm jettisoning are by Stephen King (I'm keeping the ones I really like). I'm also boxing up some toys and doodads, because I have too many, and they are threatening to tumble down upon my skull and squish me.

Oh, and it occurred to me that there are a couple of people I should thank, people who did kind things at the HPLFF but whom I neglected to thank in the madness of last week. For example, Edward Martin III, who writes flash fiction, and who, during the HPLFF, wrote a story about me called "Maturation." It involves medical experiments and nanites. I may include it in a future issue of Sirenia Digest. Also, thanks also to Taylor Haywood and his girlfriend (I've forgotten her name, dammit), who gave me all sorts of cool stuff and a very sweet card.

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I think today will be Talk Like Hugo Weaving Day, Mister Anderson.

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If you were very sad about missing out on The Ammonite Violin & Others, you may cease to despair. Subterranean Press still has copies, after all. It was a false alarm, the sell out. And there are also still copies of A is for Alien, which you need, no matter what your opinion of science fiction. Yes, you do, too. Do not argue with the crazy writer lady.

Yesterday, Spooky began an eBay auction for my one and only "napovel" (napkin + novel; it is an odious portmanteau, and I apologize). To my knowledge, it is the first and only napovel in existence. An entire novel written upon a napkin, with the aid of Caribou Coffee. It's one of the many things I did to occupy my mind while we were trapped and sleepless at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport for those twelve long hours last week. Truly, this is a part of history. Actually, I'm amazed it already has bids. My napovel is either deeply Kafkaesque or just "emo." Or maybe Kafka was emo. All proceeds go to help me pay my income taxes this year. Oh, and there are other ongoing auctions, as well. For normal books.

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We saw the new episode of Fringe last night, which I thought was especially excellent. Part of me wishes this series could go on forever, the selfish, greedy part of me that keeps eating long after she is full. But the other part of me, the reasonable and prudent part, recognizes that it has, at most, another good season in it, and the creators should wrap it up while the show is still this marvelous, terrible, funny, beautiful thing. Please, finish before cancellation makes necessary a godsawful movie to wrap up all the loose ends (Farscape: The Peacekeeper War comes to mind).

Later, I played far too much City of Heroes and Villains. Erzsebétta has either fallen in love or been seduced by a hot demon chick named Begin, and Sekhmet is not happy. Also, sort of brushed shoulders ingame with [livejournal.com profile] stsisyphus, which was cool. I was up until 4:30 a.m., like I was a geek of only twenty-five or so. Stupid me. I'm paying for it this morning/afternoon.

Ah! The new issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology just arrived. Okay. Time to make the doughnuts (or donuts, if you prefer).

happy

Date: 2010-10-09 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myownpetard.livejournal.com
you should go to lovecraft film festivals more often. you're seemed so not annoyed in your last few blogs. well except for the glee thing (which i watched after i read your reaction. i see what you mean, and i actually think the writers understand that they did that. but the show is set in freakin ohio, where jewish is pretty weird. anyway.).

also, you are REALLY productive. yeesh. next time you beat yourself about the head about it i will link you to this blog post. :D

Re: happy

Date: 2010-10-09 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myownpetard.livejournal.com
you've, not you're. bad editor!

Re: happy

Date: 2010-10-09 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

you should go to lovecraft film festivals more often.

If only I could!

also, you are REALLY productive. yeesh. next time you beat yourself about the head about it i will link you to this blog post. :D

Yes, please.

Re: happy

Date: 2010-10-09 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myownpetard.livejournal.com
do you still use your greygirlbeast@gmail.com account?

Re: happy

Date: 2010-10-09 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

do you still use your greygirlbeast@gmail.com account?

Yep.

Date: 2010-10-09 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olivia nishkian (from livejournal.com)
Sekhmet is the ultimate emotionally manipulative mother figure, isn't she? I wonder how far I'll take it. Glad you're having fun, now... L2P plz.

Date: 2010-10-09 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Sekhmet is the ultimate emotionally manipulative mother figure, isn't she?

Yes, and for that I love her.

I wonder how far I'll take it.

Much farther, I hope.

L2P plz

I'm dancing as fast as I can. Those controls are awful, and not the least bit Mac friendly.

Date: 2010-10-09 06:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olivia nishkian (from livejournal.com)
They're not friendly to anyone, but without a right-click you're kind of shit out of luck. You're going to have to use your apple-key + clicking to get a lot of things done. Like to remove powers from your power tray, you have to apple click on the power, then select "delete power from tray" or somesuch.

When you come online tonight I can explain a lot of the basic basics, and maybe help you change your controls to be more friendly.

But yeah, I 100% agree. The game plays like a cow in tar. It takes a lot of getting used to, but it's pretty fun in a big team when you feel like you're contributing a lot.

Date: 2010-10-09 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

When you come online tonight I can explain a lot of the basic basics, and maybe help you change your controls to be more friendly.

Thank you.

The game plays like a cow in tar.

An apt analogy.

It takes a lot of getting used to, but it's pretty fun in a big team when you feel like you're contributing a lot.

Right now, I feel like the ice shield is all I have to offer.

Date: 2010-10-09 06:22 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (Good Omens)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Re: FarScape: writer Keith DeCandido ([livejournal.com profile] kradical) referred to The Peacekeeper Wars as "the handwave of handwaves." He and O'Bannon, who are friends and colleagues of each other, are trying to make up for that with the FarScape comics (http://www.boom-studios.net/series/title?series_id=430&name=Farscape:%20(Ongoing)) they've been writing; have you read any of those? (They've continued the story past the mini-series, plus some flashback miniseries involving D'Argo and others.)

Date: 2010-10-09 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

He and O'Bannon, who are friends and colleagues of each other, are trying to make up for that with the FarScape comics they've been writing; have you read any of those?

I haven't, mostly because I miss the series so much, and comics are so expensive, and I was afraid that the comics would just be more of what we got in Peacekeeper Wars.

Date: 2010-10-09 06:54 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (NCC-1701 Regula)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Fair enough. I'm waiting to read it until after I've watched the whole series (I actually saw Peacekeeper first, as backwards as that is, and have watched Season 1) so I can see how the comics compare.

Cool-for-me detail: I got Tuckerized in [livejournal.com profile] kradical's flashback story D'Argo's Trial. I'm a Sebacean captain named Kris W'lash (http://www.comicscontinuum.com/stories/0911/07/farscapetrial46.jpg).

Date: 2010-10-09 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Cool-for-me detail: I got Tuckerized in [info]kradical's flashback story D'Argo's Trial. I'm a Sebacean captain named Kris W'lash.

Damn. And all I ever got was a kiss from Lani Tupu and a night in the company of Gigi Edgley (I was in costume as Nar'eth, of course).

By the way, Seasons Three and Four are the best.

Date: 2010-10-09 07:45 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (I listen)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Nice, and noted. (I like noting stuff.) Thanks.

Date: 2010-10-10 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laudre.livejournal.com
I haven't read all of them, but what I have read has been pretty good, from what I remember. (Sadly, I haven't been able to justify the cash to purchase the collections, even with my employee discount.)

Date: 2010-10-09 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Thanks for responding to my tell. I didn't want to interrupt your scene, and that particular PC is very disruptive. But that's kinda what happens when you're a sneering, anthropomorphic conduit of nihilistic decay. Anyway, as with the above poster, we'll be glad to help ya work out the kinks... Er, well, the difficulties anyway. The kinks can stay. ;)

Date: 2010-10-09 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The kinks can stay. ;)

Erzsebétta is all about the kinks.

Thanks for responding to my tell. I didn't want to interrupt your scene, and that particular PC is very disruptive. But that's kinda what happens when you're a sneering, anthropomorphic conduit of nihilistic decay.

You're welcome. But next time, let's interact!

The Terrible Aging Dilemma of Geeks

Date: 2010-10-09 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
I'm glad I'm not the only one who, now at the age of forty two but not for much longer, still finds themselves amazed when the light is threatening to come through the windows and all they've been doing is playing an online game (WoW, in my case). I slink uneasily off to bed, where my wife will complain profusely, and promise I won't do it again. Until the next time when the chance of something shiny and ethereal is held before me. AGe brings wisdom, who was it said that rubbish?

Anyway, just watched the first two episodes of Fringe this week, and pleased to hear that it has not gone downhill by the third season, if that is the one you're watching. Lots of catching up to do.

Re: The Terrible Aging Dilemma of Geeks

Date: 2010-10-10 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm glad I'm not the only one who, now at the age of forty two but not for much longer, still finds themselves amazed when the light is threatening to come through the windows and all they've been doing is playing an online game (WoW, in my case). I slink uneasily off to bed, where my wife will complain profusely, and promise I won't do it again.

You just described my night last night.

Date: 2010-10-10 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightwitch.livejournal.com
"So far, most of the books I'm jettisoning are by Stephen King (I'm keeping the ones I really like)."

Since you mentioned it, which Stephen King books do you really like?

Date: 2010-10-10 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
That was my question, too.

Date: 2010-10-10 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
Since you mentioned it, which Stephen King books do you really like?

Truthfully, I think it would be more accurate to say that there are King books which, because I read them at a particular point in my life, I and fond of and perhaps for which I have a certain sentimentality. These days, I find his prose tiresome and trite, in most cases, even in the old books I once considered well written. But, this would be my list (keeping those comments in mind):

1. Carrie
2. The Shining
3. The Stand (the original text, not the absurd rewrite)
4. Pet Sematary (possibly his best)
5. Different Seasons (better than average King)
6. Gerald's Game
7. Firestarter
8. The Dead Zone
9. Some of the Dark Tower stuff
10. "The Mist"

Now, I will also admit, I stopped reading King about 1992. He simply ceased to interest me. I think the last novel of his I read was probably Gerald's Game (1992).
Edited Date: 2010-10-10 06:34 pm (UTC)

Date: 2010-10-10 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
I'm surprised that Misery is not among those. The Shining however, is in my top three as well. I have had After Sunset on my to read shelf for nearly two years. I suppose it shows that other stuff interestes me first; but, I admire him, even given that.

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