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I begin to have doubts about my home state when I consider that when, in 1954, either the ruby-throated hummingbird or osprey could have been chosen as the State Bird, voters picked, instead, a chicken.

Um...this is Thursday, right? I thought so. It's actually raining. Started last night, but it's going to be sunny and warm again tomorrow.

Yesterday, I wrote only 953 words, because that's all that was required to reach THE END of "Evensong." It came out not so much a vignette as a very short short story. I think. Why the fuck do we have to categorize, anyway? It's fiction. Leave it at that. Regardless, subscribe! Today, I begin the second new piece for Sirenia Digest #70.

Spooky's having a Premature Halloween Sale (!!!) in her Etsy shop, Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries. Good and spooky stuff. Also, for those who contributed to the Tale of the Ravens/Goat Girl Press Kickstarter, the paintings are almost finished (you now can see these in the project's blog, if you were a backer). I haven't begun on the text yet, but after the LONG delay, the project is chugging towards completion! The Goat Girls live, booya!

Yesterday was dull as the Rhode Island state bird. And that's sort of a good thing. I needed a genuinely dull day. No alarms and no surprises, please. I think the worst of it was the big Rift 1.5 patch. But, hey...those of us who've been there since the start got cool new stuff. And soon we Defiant can buy yarnosaurs! That is, those of us who've been there since the beginning. The rest of you are out of luck. For dinner, we ate the Rhode Island state bird (roasted), then ate Hallowe'en candy, and watched the end of Season Two of Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit. The show seems to finally be wandering farther afield from the rape/child abuse case of the week formula. Someone must have finally realized there are bolder sex crimes afoot. Either that, or the ratings dropped. We read more of The Sundial.

If you ordered Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Me: Volume One, it ought to be arriving any day, if it hasn't already. I'm eagerly awaiting my own copies. Also, I have received word that the CEM for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir has reached my editor at Penguin. The postal goblins didn't eat it.

Excuse me. I'm going to ask the state bird why it crossed the road.

Curiouser and Curiouser,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2011-09-29 04:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
when, in 1954, either the ruby-throated hummingbird or osprey could have been chosen as the State Bird, voters picked, instead, a chicken.

. . . it's the Rhode Island Red, isn't it.

Condolences. Ospreys are cool.

Date: 2011-09-29 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

. . . it's the Rhode Island Red, isn't it.

Bingo!

Date: 2011-09-29 06:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
I have never been able to keep track of the dividing lines between short story, novelette, novella, and novel. And given all those fine distinctions, why is there no distinction between a 200-page novel and a 1000-page novel that may or may not be broken up into separate volumes? The only difference it makes for me is the amount of paper involved (which is important if I’m preparing myself for a visit to the local temple of Aesculapius— my rule is that I never so much as stop in at urgent care without at least a three inch stack of reading material handy).

Date: 2011-09-29 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I have never been able to keep track of the dividing lines between short story, novelette, novella, and novel.

It's all just words to me.

Date: 2011-09-29 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfsilveroak.livejournal.com
If I didn't have to save what cash I have right now for the possibility of going home for a funeral within the next week, I'd be subscribing right now.

Date: 2011-09-29 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If I didn't have to save what cash I have right now for the possibility of going home for a funeral within the next week, I'd be subscribing right now.

No apologies necessary.

Date: 2011-09-29 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egologic.livejournal.com
I guess small states like chickens. I had the Blue Hen to put up with growing up. Given a choice I'd have gone with a mockingbird or a catbird. I wasn't consulted. Supposedly I hadn't been born yet. Yeah, right.

Didn't Kafka have some very, very short stories? Like a page long or something like that?

Date: 2011-09-29 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pwtucker.livejournal.com
I know you're not a fan of ebooks, but I'm excited by the possibility they offer us of escaping traditional definitions (novel, novella, short story, etc) by removing the constraints of binding and shelf space on what we write.

Date: 2011-09-30 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com

So there's a duck standing at the crosswalk, waiting for the lights to change, and a chicken walks up and says "Don't do it mate, you'll never hear the end of it."

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