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We have snow coming. Between 3 and 6 inches. I'm really tired of this.

Anyway, yesterday Spooky and I worked all day and night, until 12:04 a.m. EST (and then I worked some more) to get the "final" manuscript for Two Worlds and In Between finished and off to subpress. And then, when I went to bed about 3 a.m., I realized there wasn't a story for 1998. I have no idea how that happened, but it did. So, today I'm adding either "Salmagundi (New York City, 1981)" or "Paedomorphosis" to the manuscript. Bill will be updating the book's page soon, with the final (there's that word again) Table of Contents.

It seems like everyone is very, very happy with both the collection and its cover. [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy and I will be shooting the author's photo in Boston on April 2nd.

I think this will not be a linear entry. Too much exhaustion from last night has followed me through my dreams into this day. I'm struggling for coherency. Today is absolutely the last day I can afford to spend on the collection this month. And it can't be a day like yesterday.

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Friday will mark the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire. In 1998, I wrote about the fire in The Dreaming #28, "Dreams the Burning Dream." On Friday, Spooky and I will be ringing a bell at 4:45 p.m. EST, the exact time the first alarm bells were sounded a century ago.

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Only 59 hours remain in our Kickstarter "The Tale of the Ravens" project! Yesterday, one of the two remaining $500 slots was claimed, which leaves only one, and we hope it will be claimed today. We're very, very excited. Neither of us expected Kickstarter to go this well. I thought we might just barely make our goal. Which just goes the show you. Anyway, thanks to everyone who's donated so far, and again, please eyeball that last $500 slot, with which come many goodies.

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Saw an awful — and I mean fucking awful – movie last night, after all the editing. Ray Gower's first (and I hope last) film, Dark Corners (2006). It stars Thora Birch. This is not the high point of her career.

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Anyway, kittens, there's probably more I was going to say, but I'll say it tomorrow. When I'm more awake and less tired. Right now, I'm going to figure out how to plug a hole in time. But that's okay, I have my sonic screwdriver and a bow tie (bow ties are cool), a cup of coffee and a Siamese cat.

Blearily Trudging Onward,
Aunt Beast

Postscript (1:48 p.m.): The last $500 slot was just taken! But we have exactly one of the $150 slots remaining. Doubt it'll last for long.

Also, I desperately need a top hat for the April 2nd shoot in Boston, as mine was destroyed in a horrid freak accident. A lot top hat, like in the cover painting, like Johnny Depp wears in Dead Man. And there's probably no time to order one, so a hat shop or a loan would be ideal. My cranium's about 23 1/4" around (yeah, big head).

Date: 2011-03-23 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olivia nishkian (from livejournal.com)
It's good to be busy! But it's also very tiring. I didn't say anything about the cover yesterday, but I did see it, and I think it's great.

I thought I would just reassure you that I got plenty of rest last night, have stabilized, and no longer think you are right about everything. ;)

Although you may be right about some things.

Date: 2011-03-23 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Although you may be right about some things.

I have my moments.

Hole in time

Date: 2011-03-23 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] captaincurt81.livejournal.com
I'd sure like to plug a hole in time, but I'm short one sonic screwdriver, one bow tie, and a Siamese cat. I wonder if lots more coffee would do the trick?

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Date: 2011-03-23 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'd sure like to plug a hole in time, but I'm short one sonic screwdriver, one bow tie, and a Siamese cat. I wonder if lots more coffee would do the trick?

You'd be doomed without the bow tie.

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Date: 2011-03-23 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
(bow ties are cool)

Matt Smith just played Christopher Isherwood in an adaptation of Christopher and his Friends. It's worth checking out.

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Date: 2011-03-23 05:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenjen4280.livejournal.com
I love "Salmagundi (New York City, 1981)." Actually, I'd love to see all the stories involving these characters collected in a single edition.

Through your writing, I found out about Bannerman's Island. I'm hoping to take a tour of the island sometime this year--something I've been meaning to do for the past couple of years. Time flies.

So thanks for writing about such an intriguing location and for your work in general. You're a unique voice and I hate to think you'd be silenced by the mediocrity of the masses.

Date: 2011-03-23 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I love "Salmagundi (New York City, 1981)." Actually, I'd love to see all the stories involving these characters collected in a single edition.

Maybe someday.

Through your writing, I found out about Bannerman's Island. I'm hoping to take a tour of the island sometime this year--something I've been meaning to do for the past couple of years. Time flies.

Alas, a significant part of the structure collapsed last year.

Date: 2011-03-23 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurtmulgrew.livejournal.com
Hope the snow doesn't distress you too much. I'm glad all that shit is done with here.

Date: 2011-03-23 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] v1ewfr0mbugtown.livejournal.com
I have been meaning to speak of the Triangle Factory Fire to you. There was a recent piece done on the fire for "American Experience" on PBS that can still be watched on-line. After viewing it, I went back and re-read that issue on the fire from the Dreaming...which in turn led to me re-reading the entire series, and of course, all your work on it. And it made me really want to let you know how much I enjoyed that early work.
I know you may have been uncomfortable with working on a "comic," (or simply a world created by another that others already had a vested interest in,) but I’ve also seen from reading your blog that your early work bothers you and that you go back and do a lot of re-working of them before re-prints. I simply wanted to say that I loved your writing for the Dreaming and that it was what got me reading your books and then following your work to the present. I think it was solid and I think it stands. You are often too hard on yourself. You were simply a younger writer then…and yes, your style has matured, but there is nothing wrong with the work.
I've said more than enough now.
And ringing the bell at 4:45 is a very good idea…the fire was a terrible part of American history and needs to be remembered, both for the lives lost and the changes it brought to the workplace.

Date: 2011-03-23 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I know you may have been uncomfortable with working on a "comic,"

It wasn't working on a comic that I minded. I just wasn't yet good at it until the end. But, as Neil recently told me, it taught me to be a professional, if nothing else. Regardless, I am glad you still like the series. It took a lot of my life.

You are often too hard on yourself.

That's not possible, for any artist.

Date: 2011-03-23 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
I vote for "Paedomorphosis". I have the magazine that it was published in: The Urbanite, No. 10, Halloween 1998.

Oh, and I loved Chapter 2 of The Downing Girl, of course. It pulled me in even more than Chapter 1.

Date: 2011-03-23 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I vote for "Paedomorphosis". I have the magazine that it was published in: The Urbanite, No. 10, Halloween 1998.

I want to go with "Salmagundi" But...according to my records, "Paedomorphosis" was first published in Tales of Pain and Wonder in 2000. Are you sure you haven't confused it with "Salmagundi"?

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Date: 2011-03-23 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girfan.livejournal.com
I got a copy of Dark Corners for next to no money and have only seen half of it. I didn't give up due to awfulness, but having to be somewhere. Now I'm wondering if I should finish it.

Date: 2011-03-23 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Now I'm wondering if I should finish it.

It only gets worse.

I never buy a CD unless I've already seen a movie, no matter how cheap it might be.

Date: 2011-03-23 06:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] mystical-indi.livejournal.com
Good work on finishing the m/s for Two Worlds and In Between! It was a little amount of time, but you did it! Now, you can breathe again.

Date: 2011-03-23 06:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Now, you can breathe again.

Not really. No chance for breathing until at least the end of April.

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Date: 2011-03-23 06:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Oh, what the fanfic writers have got to be doing with that bowtie... ;-)

(Yes, finally, it took me freakin' long enough, but I'm finally starting to watch new Doctor Who from the Eccleston season on, after only sporadic viewings of Ur-Who since the 1980s. Let's see what the modern-day BBC does with the character...)

What got you into Doctor Who originally? I've heard you never forget your first doctor.

Date: 2011-03-23 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

What got you into Doctor Who originally? I've heard you never forget your first doctor.

Eccleston. And no, you don't.

Date: 2011-03-23 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whiskeychick.livejournal.com
I don't think you have an overly large head -- just lots of hair. /smile.

Date: 2011-03-23 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I don't think you have an overly large head -- just lots of hair.

Perhaps.

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Date: 2011-03-23 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
If it weren't for the distance, and the fact it's probably a bit too small for you, I'd chuck you my old topper. ("I wear berets now. Berets are cool.") I had to crimp my hair a shitload to get away with it. Never again.

Date: 2011-03-23 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spank-an-elf.livejournal.com
Aw bummerfuck, my old hat is a Lincoln stove pipe hat, handsomely crafted from beaver and not too worn.

Still, it's nothing like what JD wears in Dead Man. What a great movie. Iggy Pop in a dress... who-hoo. Might need to pull out that DVD tonight.

Beast of luck with your hat search.

If you don't mind me asking... how did your top hat perish?

Ah, one last thing. Thanks for the warning about the seven figure YA mess. The concept sounds silly but oh so trendy.

Date: 2011-03-23 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If you don't mind me asking... how did your top hat perish?

A bedroom ceiling fell on it.

Date: 2011-03-23 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kathryn-aka-kat.livejournal.com
Recollections. Very nice people. Very good stuff. They can be very fast in shipping if it's in stock, so one could call?

Top Hat: http://recollections.biz/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=R&Product_Code=JAC22873&Category_Code=hats

Date: 2011-03-23 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Thanks, but I think we found another seller that's perfect.

Date: 2011-03-23 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catconley.livejournal.com
We have snow coming. Between 3 and 6 inches. I'm really tired of this.

Bloody depressing weather... trying to climb out from under this winter is going to be like post-glacial rebound.

I didn't even see the pterosaurs on the cover yesterday until you pointed them out - they are wonderful :) They made me think of "The Lost World" a little bit.

Congrats on the Kickstarter project going over so well! The artwork updates are awesome. Can't wait to see more.

Date: 2011-03-23 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

Congrats on the Kickstarter project going over so well! The artwork updates are awesome. Can't wait to see more.

Soon! Very very soon. I just exchanged some gesso boards that were badly discolored along one side for some perfect ones, so I have all my supplies lined up and ready for me to get to work. I hope to get a lot done in the next two weeks.

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Date: 2011-03-23 10:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
So, today I'm adding either "Salmagundi (New York City, 1981)" or "Paedomorphosis" to the manuscript.

I vote "Salmagundi," but I'm biased.

But that's okay, I have my sonic screwdriver and a bow tie (bow ties are cool), a cup of coffee and a Siamese cat.

Better even than a towel.

Date: 2011-03-23 11:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


I vote "Salmagundi," but I'm biased.


And you won!

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Date: 2011-03-23 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] trvolk.livejournal.com
I love the cover. "Story hour today will be Human Tales read by our Aunt Beast."

Date: 2011-03-24 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

"Story hour today will be Human Tales read by our Aunt Beast."

Please keep your tentacles to yourselves.

Date: 2011-03-23 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rai-ryu.livejournal.com
You're lucky to be getting only 3-6 inches. I went to bed with bare ground, and woke up with a foot of snow staring up at me. Which continued to fall all day. That's what I get for living in Canada though.

Oh, and I didn't comment when it was originally posted, but I love the cover for Two Worlds and In Between. You don't see many covers like it...it's much more colourful than I imagined.

Date: 2011-03-24 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
That's what I get for living in Canada though.

Well, there is that.

it's much more colourful than I imagined.

We intentionally avoided what might be expected.
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Date: 2011-03-24 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] royal-spice.livejournal.com
It has snowed several inches here in Syracuse today--just enough to completely demoralize everyone. (Our deep blanket of snow, that had been on the ground consistently since Dec 1, just melted last week. It was a very brief respite.)

Date: 2011-03-24 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] derekcfpegritz.livejournal.com
Hey, Cait--have you read Kathe Koja's comeback novel Under The Poppy yet? I just tucked into it last night, and though most of her unique style has been lost (probably wasted on writing kiddie fodder for so many years) her insanely-good ability to depict characters involved in marginal lifestyles in honest, humane ways is still in place. It makes me want to run off the 1800s London, drink absinthe till I puke every night, write incredibly florid poetry, and gradually go mad from tertiary syphillis caught from a high-priced Parisian dollymop.

Date: 2011-03-24 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Hey, Cait--have you read Kathe Koja's comeback novel Under The Poppy yet?

I was given an ARC last year, and haven't gotten around to reading it. But yes, I hear good things.

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Date: 2011-03-31 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
Behind behind as usual, but I wanted to say the work you've been posting on the Raven project looks lovely. And Kyle will make you look exactly how you wish to - I love his work.

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