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1. The cat's out of the bag. Yes, the work that I've been doing for consists of being part of a development team creating a steampunk sister site, Not sure about the launch date. But I think the new site goes live in a few months.

2. Also, finally I can announce that the Alabaster film is in preproduction. Getting David Fincher on board as Executive Producer was entirely cockblocking the production, but now that he's agreed, Lion's Gate's announced that the project's greenlit. Yes, I'm very happy. In fact, I could hardly be happier, considering they've managed to sign Elle Fanning for the part of Dancy Flammarion. Also, Sid Haig will play the Bailiff, and Anne Hathaway has been cast as Aramat Drawdes (which, yes, gives away the fact that In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers forms part of the film). Wayne Barlowe will oversee creature design...and...I wish I could say more (the director, for example), but I can't. Except, maybe a summer 2014 release date.

3. Yesterday, no actual writing. Tons of email, though. Really. I weighed it.

4. I managed to get out of the house. We braved the shitty weather to make a trip to the Athenaeum. Just as we parked, it began to rain. By the time we left, it was snowing. By the time we got back to the house, it was snowing heavily. Fortunately, the ground was too warm for accumulation, so fuck you, Mr. Snow. At any rate, a good and productive trip to the library. There are photos below, behind the cut. But the coolest part by far was Spooky coming across a copy of Dashiell Hammett's 1931 anthology of macabre and suspense stories, Creeps by Night (The John Day Company). The book includes Lovecraft's "The Music of Erich Zann," and was one of the very few times in HPL's life that his fiction appeared in print outside the pulps, and one of the best pay checks he ever earned. Lovecraft was paid $25 for reprint rights. In 2008 dollars (best I could come up with), that's equivalent to about $317. This was two years after the beginning of the Great Depression. Anyway, I sat holding the volume, knowing that Lovecraft almost certainly held the very same copy at least once. The book was accessioned by the Athenaeum on September 27, 1932. Also, read Galway Kinnell's The Book of Nightmares (1971), which is on beyond beautiful.

5. Back home, I ripped off my left thumbnail. No, not on purpose.

6. I got to thinking yesterday about how my novels always wind up with theme songs. That is, one song usually gets associated, in my mind, with any given novel. With The Drowning Girl, it was Death Cab For Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into the Dark." With The Red Tree, it was Poe's "Haunted." With Daughter of Hounds, it was R.E.M.'s "You Are the Everything" (I think).

7. After the library, we stopped by the p.o., and there were a couple of packages waiting for me. [ profile] hollyblack sent me a copy of Red Glove, which is now next in the to-be-read queue, after The Book Thief and Tender Morsels. There was also a package from Paul Riddell, which held many things, including a copy of Chuck Jones' Chuck Amuck. Books in the mail are a good thing. Yes, Precious.

8. Lying in bed last night, listening to Kathryn read Markus Zusak's brilliant, heart-breaking The Book Thief, this thought came to me: I could very well write a novel that offended no one, that was correct from every imaginable social and political perspective, and that wasn't, in any way, "triggering." Yes. I could do that. And it would be as bland as a mouthful of unsalted crackers, and it would be shit, and it would be of no worth to anyone. But I could do it. I could set aside all that "art is a hammer" nonsense. I could be safe and sterile and no one would ever have to worry that what they read between the covers of my books would cause them any discomfort of any sort.

And I made Spooky promise she'll take away my crayons and paper if i ever fucking do this.

9. No, I do not approve of Shopping-Enabled Wikipedia on Amazon. No, not even if it sells more of my books. No, not even if it makes our lives more convenient. It's still loathsome.

And now, photos:

Faint intimations of spring, looking towards the north wall of the Athenaeum.

Or false promises.

Yes, The Red Tree, shelved with a bunch of books by other poor schmucks, like me, of whom no one's ever heard.

The bestest library on Earth (my part of Earth, anyway).

Books, bag, and walking stick.

Prowling the rickety, narrow stacks. A treasure for the undertow.

The indicia page of Hammett's Creeps By Night.

And Lovecraft's "The Music of Erich Zann."

Spooky kept taking photos, desensitizing me for tomorrow's Harvard photoshoot with [ profile] kylecassidy.

Aunt Beast in her natural habitat.

All photographs Copyright © 2011 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac

Date: 2011-04-01 05:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
2. Also, finally I can announce that the Alabaster film is in preproduction.

Fantastic! Congrats! I love the names involved so far. This is very exciting.

Date: 2011-04-01 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cruel Aunt Beast. *sigh*

Date: 2011-04-01 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
About "Alabaster" going to film? Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations!

That library is indeed quite beautiful, and you look remarkably at home there...

Date: 2011-04-01 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shabs k. (from
I nearly spit tea all over my computer. This Alabaster movie news isn't an April Fools joke, is it? If not, a thousand congratulations!

Date: 2011-04-01 05:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Whoa! Congratulations re: Alabaster! That's wondrous news.

Also, I have library envy; it looks like a beautiful place.

Date: 2011-04-01 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also, finally I can announce that the Alabaster film is in preproduction.

FUCK YEAH! Not much of a movie-goer, but I will plunk down cash for a full-priced seat for this one. :D

Date: 2011-04-01 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm so happy for you for your good news (newses?). You rock and I'm happy when more people realize that.

Date: 2011-04-01 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congrats on the movie deal.

Date: 2011-04-01 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady blasphemy (from
Will the site include your earlier work in erotic taxidermy?

Date: 2011-04-01 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awesome! I look forward to seeing Alabaster on the silver screen--seriously, it sounds pretty kick ass.

Regarding the Athenaeum, are you allowed to check out books and take them home or do you have to read them there? Sounds like they've got some rare volumes tucked away in the stacks.

Date: 2011-04-01 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Alabaster being filmed? That's ace! I'm chuffed for you.

Also, holding Creeps at Night must have been at least mildly awesome. I'm jealous. The Music of Erich Zann's in my top five HPL stories.

Seriously, well done on everything.

Date: 2011-04-01 05:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I swear to you, my fiance and I were recently sitting around talking about how perfect Sid Haig would be as the Balif, and how awesome Elle Fanning would be as Dancy. You have made my day. Please don't tell me this is an April Fools joke, I may cry.


Date: 2011-04-01 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Major announcements on April 1... hmm.

Date: 2011-04-01 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, it's an April Fool's joke. No way is it true; I just can't believe it. Nice try, but you might as well admit it - you didn't actually get out of the House yesterday, and those are all just photoshopped pictures.

Date: 2011-04-01 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The picture of you standing on the ladder would make a great author photo, if Spooky just re-framed it slightly to not have the glare of the overhead light in the foreground. It seems very you.

Date: 2011-04-01 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I agree!

Date: 2011-04-01 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was just about to comment on that as well.

Date: 2011-04-01 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Item 2: WOW! That is fantastic news!

Date: 2011-04-01 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Big congrats on the adaptation news. Here's hoping they do a fine job (and that you get a fat check.)

Date: 2011-04-01 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am no fool, but I'm willing to bite. You totally ripped off your thumbnail, didn't you?

Date: 2011-04-01 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As everyone knows, David Fincher is the only director on Earth to have made four or more music videos for both Paula Abdul and Madonna.

I hope you can get Kevin Spacey to sign on as a producer. He was one of the key players behind the scenes with The Social Network. People seem to trust him with money for reasons that are beyond me since he seems to have a knack for getting mugged by young shirtless men.

(And Reznor, Ross, and Radiohead should collaborate for the soundtrack because they all start with R!)

Date: 2011-04-01 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
it makes me so happy that you read and like galway kinnell.

Date: 2011-04-01 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
1. The cat's out of the bag....

Cash the check now.

2. Also, finally I can announce that the Alabaster film is in preproduction.

Oh, cruel Aunt Beast, making such a jest on our Feast of Fools. My heart leapt at this, but, crushed again so quickly with the realization of such improbability.

Cash the check now.

5. Back home, I ripped off my left thumbnail. No, not on purpose.

The whole damned thing? Ick.

Aunt Beast in her natural habitat.

Good hell your hair is getting long. How far will you go on it?

In other matters, since you have not been discussing it, are you still fooling around in Rift, or has it lost its luster? Finally managed to make room in my budget to grab it, so I am hoping it doesn't have a short shelf-life.

Date: 2011-04-01 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You had my hopes up there for a minute. I can only wish that the movie deal is true! But I fear you are being a sly, little trickster. Also, how the hell can you rip your thumb nail off? Are you ok?

Date: 2011-04-01 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm excited to see what movie dudes do with your work.

I hope you will only use this new power for evil.

Date: 2011-04-01 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You've just described what could be a dream film for me to see. I'm so excited, especially since I just re-read Alabaster.

I'm considering that announcement an early birthday present.

Date: 2011-04-01 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh right it's April first. Now I am just hoping it's true because it would be amazing - if it's not I'll be terribly sad.

Date: 2011-04-01 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I jump on the April Fools' bandwagon, but it'd be neat to be wrong. Also, I enjoyed the photos.

Date: 2011-04-01 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
4. The book Creeps by Night is fantastic to see. Thank you for the photos. The library is the stuff of dreams, maybe just my dreams, but wonderful w/ the tall shelves and ambiance.

Re: Kyle Cassidy photo shoot - seeing the extraordinary photo of Michael Zulli, I feel such anticipation to see what magic and wonder he works w/ you at Harvard and I hope we don't have to wait too long to see the photos.
Edited Date: 2011-04-01 08:49 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-01 09:08 pm (UTC)
blackestdarkness: (artists)
From: [personal profile] blackestdarkness
Ok, you really had me going there for a moment. I was truly excited. Yes, you are a cruel beast. The photos are great though. Is the yellowish tint in the library photos from the lighting or some neat filter effect? I love how they look.

Date: 2011-04-01 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Holy Shit! Congratulations!!

Date: 2011-04-01 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also, you are very mean :P

Date: 2011-04-01 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Christian Bale dropped me an email begging me to write a story about a purple weredragon that consumes stuffed leather couches. He wants to play a black leather couch.

If we come down on the April Fool’s side of the coin, will we be judged as cynical pips?

Date: 2011-04-02 01:16 am (UTC)
ext_4772: (Alt!Scotty)
From: [identity profile]
Shoot! You reformatted before I could reply with "Ah ha, April Fool! I know you know how to do html!"

And remember, if you ever have legitimate news on April Fool's, you can do what John Scalzi did and post a picture of the signed contract ( (Oh, now I'm hoping there have been funny contracts.)

By the way, I'm ALWAYS up for pictures from that library. Gorgeous.

Date: 2011-04-02 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I never realized you had a Nostromo crew patch on your bag, Aunt Beast, very cool!

Date: 2011-04-03 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aunt Beast is a gorgeous, rapturous beast. I would willingly exchange all the cop car prowlings and prosaic depredations of my neighborhood for her excoriations any day of the week.


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