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00. I'm not feeling very bow tie this afternoon. Comments would be nice.

01. Yesterday there was email, and Subterranean Press needed some stuff from me for The Yellow Book, which, you may recall, is the FREE hardcover chapbook that accompanies the limited edition (but not the trade) of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. Little odds and ends, nothing major. And I was still waiting to hear from an editor, so I proposed to Spooky that we proceed with a long, long delayed office renovation. We spent about an hour moving a shelf and books and stuff, then spent two hours realizing that the table we wanted to put in my office would never fit (this involved Spooky calling her Mom in South County to remeasure Spooky's sister Steph's old table out in the barn). Nope. No dice. So, I have resigned myself to being stuck in an office even smaller than my last (Mansfield Avenue, Atlanta, GA), which was, at best, a third as large as my office before that (Kirkwood Lofts, Atlanta, GA). A few years from now, at this rate, they'll have me writing in a restroom stall. Ah, well. At least then I'll never have an excuse to stand up. Anyway, in the end (no pun intended), yesterday was mostly a sadly and exhausting wasted day. Though, I did leave the house for the first time in five or six days.

02. In list of weird books to give the weird people in your lives for the holidays (that would be Solstice and/or Cephalopodmas), Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, over at the Weird Fiction Review website (virtual sister of the Centipede Press print digest of the same name), in their listing Two Worlds and In Between, write:

Standing as one member of the Triad of Infernal Weird – the three who clearly have signed pacts with demons to keep the quality of their story forever elevated – that also includes Thomas Ligotti and Michael Cisco, Kiernan has emerged since the 1990s as a master of the weird tale.

Clearly, we haven't been keeping those meetings secret enough. Regardless, the VanderMeers strongly recommend the book ("This collection from Subterranean only confirms her brilliance."), along with several other very wonderfully weird titles (kittens, the word horror, when used to denote a literary genre, is so very not bow tie; parentheses are, though – trust me).

03. Today will be spent writing a very whimsical piece for Sirenia Digest #73, "The Lost Language of Littoral Mollusca and Crustacea." Think Victorian flower language (id est, floriography) and you're halfway there. I intend to enjoy writing this.

04. A point of etiquette (unless you happen to wish to seem a douchebag):

a) When a kerfuffle is made over a company publicly insulting transgender persons, and there is outrage, and said company wisely apologizes (though, note, I don't consider an apology an exoneration), and a somewhat prominent transgender author notes that at least this is evidence that change is coming, even if it's coming very, very slowly, do not

b) post in that authors' Facebook that, while you sympathize, you also find the insult funny, and then

c) when said author explains why it's not fucking funny do not

d) dig in your heels and go on about how some people take themselves too seriously, or

e) you will find yourself banned from that author's Facebook, Matthew Baker. Because admitting that you find a joke at the expense of transgender people funny, but also understanding it hurts them, but you still find it funny, makes you a hateful and transphobic (here's that word again) douchebag. I'll not dwell on the coincidences that you are also male, white, and cisgender. Also, definitely do NOT begin emailing the author afterwards to call them names, because then you'll have graduated from douchebag to troll.

05. Last night, after sandwiches from the Eastside Market deli, we watched Scott Crocker's documentary on the mistaken resurrection of the (almost certainly) extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis), Ghost Bird, with music by the amazing Zoë Keating. Ghost Bird is an exquisite film, not only because it documents this episode in the history of humanity's thoughtless elimination of other species, but because it serves as a case study of how science works: the theory, the methodology, responsibility, the politics, publishing, personal conflicts, and the perils of wishful thinking. See it; for the moment it can be streamed from Netflix.

After the film, there was Rift (which is to say, my social life), and Indus reached Level 40 (only ten to go). Then I read a rather good story by Ramsay Campbell, "Getting It Wrong," who needs no one to tell him how the Plight of Family X can, and usually does, make for a truly dull story. By the way, one day soon, I'll explain why several books, including Danielewski's House of Leaves, Anne River Siddons' The House Next Door, my own The Red Tree, and a few others, emphatically do not fall into the dreaded subgenre trap of "Family X Move Into the Bad House and Have Their Normative Domestic Bliss Wrecked by an Inconvenient Intrusion from Outside." The answer is surprisingly simple, though extraordinarily complex.

And now, the words.

Simply Complex and Complexly Simple,
Aunt Beast

Postscript (3:34 p.m.): Word from my editor at Penguin that the final and corrected cover of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir is now up at Amazon.

Date: 2011-12-12 07:04 pm (UTC)
mithriltabby: Polar bear facepalm (Arctic facepalm)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby

04. *facepalm*

05’s subgenre trap reminds me (somewhat on a tangent) of how much I like the old Addams Family black-and-white television show. The Addamses are so far from normative that they regard normative with bemused puzzlement, but they are unfailingly polite and pleasant to everyone, and accepting of people as they are.

Date: 2011-12-12 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The Addamses are so far from normative that they regard normative with bemused puzzlement, but they are unfailingly polite and pleasant to everyone, and accepting of people as they are.

One reason I love them so.

Date: 2011-12-12 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 19-crows.livejournal.com
Yes! And I always felt the had the happiest marriage on TV at the time.

Date: 2011-12-12 07:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-13 09:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
I've yet to see another TV couple as healthy & functional.

Date: 2011-12-12 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-darkstorm.livejournal.com
I agree, that's not funny at all. And anybody who thinks it is should probably do us all a favor and remove themselves from the gene pool. Preferably by way of implosion, or something equally messy. Or maybe have their faces devoured by kittens. I really wish we'd all grow up.

Date: 2011-12-12 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Or maybe have their faces devoured by kittens.

I agree this would be a suitable fate.

Date: 2011-12-12 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenjen4280.livejournal.com
Perhaps this will provide a welcome distraction for Aunt Beast? http://www.thespiritcabinet.com/01_MenuPage/Menu.html

The link is to what will become the film "The Narrative of Victor Karloch." It's all done with puppets and the special effects are along the same vein as the HPLHS "Call of Cthulhu" silent film.

Date: 2011-12-12 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I'm sorry you've had to put with this cunt; hopefully he'll find broken glass in his cookies. Kittens are too merciful a fate.

This new story/vignette/article sounds interesting - I like you in a whimsical mood. I need to look up floriography (beautiful word). I'll read "Two Cities" in a while, too, and let you have my penny's worth.

- Ash

Date: 2011-12-12 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
I'm not feeling very bow tie this afternoon

Life rating based on Pasta.... now the Spagetti Monster enters... Chef Boy-Ar-Dee defnds the pot of boiling water..

Date: 2011-12-12 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Life rating based on Pasta.... now the Spagetti Monster enters... Chef Boy-Ar-Dee defnds the pot of boiling water..

Hmmmm, not sure what inspired this comment, or if Chef Boy-Ar-Dee counts as actual pasta, but, nonetheless, Pastafarians the world over would rejoice.

Date: 2011-12-12 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
bow tie is a pasta form.

Date: 2011-12-12 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Ahhhh. Of course.

Date: 2011-12-13 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spank-an-elf.livejournal.com
I like that. "I'm having one helluva a farfalle day." "Capellini set in this evening." I'll stop.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Not just any pasta will do. Bow tie.

Date: 2011-12-13 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
Rotelle, or ... Squid Ink..

Date: 2011-12-12 07:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenjen4280.livejournal.com
Wow. That isn't even remotely funny. How the hell did that make it through all the proper channels to go into production? Didn't anyone at the company stop to think about it?

So very disappointing.

Date: 2011-12-12 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

That isn't even remotely funny. How the hell did that make it through all the proper channels to go into production? Didn't anyone at the company stop to think about it?

It's mind boggling, and, yet, not the least bit surprising.

Date: 2011-12-12 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurtmulgrew.livejournal.com
I ordered the limited Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart a few days ago.

I don't even understand how some dumb fuck made up that "fortune" without realizing that it would offend and hurt people. It's not even fucking funny.

Date: 2011-12-12 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I ordered the limited Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart a few days ago.

Thank you!

I don't even understand how some dumb fuck made up that "fortune" without realizing that it would offend and hurt people. It's not even fucking funny.

Ah, but the world over, TG folk are consider fair game for jokes.

Date: 2011-12-12 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phaedrine.livejournal.com
Through a creative juggling of my bills, I was able to order a copy of the Limited. *dances*

Date: 2011-12-12 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Through a creative juggling of my bills, I was able to order a copy of the Limited. *dances*

Booya!

Date: 2011-12-12 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] waristerrorism.livejournal.com
You are still bow tie.

Date: 2011-12-12 09:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And it is very kind of you to say so.
Edited Date: 2011-12-12 09:01 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-12 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
My take-away from the cookie thing, aside from the obvious, is that I hate 'transgender' as a noun. Saying someone is 'a transgender' is as awkwardly diminishing as saying someone is 'a homosexual' or 'a gay.' Correct me if I'm wrong -- I may have missed a few meetings -- but isn't 'transgender' more of a blanket concept (usually seen in tedious theses, i.e. The Phenomenology of Transgender) and 'transgendered' the proper adjective to describe, if one must, those who are, if one must, transgendered?

Date: 2011-12-12 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Correct me if I'm wrong -- I may have missed a few meetings -- but isn't 'transgender' more of a blanket concept (usually seen in tedious theses, i.e. The Phenomenology of Transgender) and 'transgendered' the proper adjective to describe, if one must, those who are, if one must, transgendered?

I resisted the term for a long time. Yes. It is a blanket term, employed to mean everything from post-op transsexuals to transvestites (of various stripes). I will say, having transitioned in the early 1990s, a nightmarish time to do such a thing, I do appreciate that what was once merely "gender dysphoria" is being seen now as an almost infinite array of diversity, and it is for all these shades of grey that the term "transgender" now tends to cover. In the end, I am a convert to the word. And it's certainly no longer confined to Academia, but in wide use among activists.
Edited Date: 2011-12-12 10:17 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-13 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
Last I checked, even 'transvestites' was being looked at askance due to past associations -- the preferred term being 'crossdresser' -- though that may have changed. Been a while since I kept abreast of such things.

I like Niizh manidoowag to describe myself. Either that or, y'know, 'me.'

Date: 2011-12-13 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] docbrite.livejournal.com
I agree that "transgender" used as a noun is offensive. Some trans folk do prefer "transgender" used as an adjective to "transgendered," feeling that the former describes how we were born, while the latter sounds more like something that was done to us. I don't swing strongly either way on this.

Date: 2011-12-13 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
See, I prefer 'trans folk.' Has a gentle rural sound to it.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

When I was transitioning, we used (in my support group/circle of trans friends) "transie." Later, "tranny" won out. Which I always thought odd, as it rhymes with "granny," and is what mechanics call transmissions.

For my part, if it pulls a somewhat diverse group together under one banner, giving us more power, I'm absolutely fine with being called transgender. I only take it as an insult when it is delivered as an insult, or used to set me apart from the cisgendered in an effort to make them appear more "normal." More importantly, this is the sort of foolishness that spawns bickering within, further weakening resistance to the genuine dangers without. Our enemies, they love that shit. I've heard them say so.

Date: 2011-12-13 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com

I wish I'd had a circle of trans friends/support group. Things may have turned out a bit differently.

Then again, you had the spine to go out and find the circle/group, I'm guessing. I was making baby steps in that direction, lo those many moons ago, when life dropped two huge things in my lap to dissuade me. And now it's too late, and dark. So it goes.

From: [identity profile] andrian6.livejournal.com
Off topic, your icon has me missing Moya's crew...
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Off topic, your icon has me missing Moya's crew...

I have been missing them myself.

Date: 2011-12-12 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pisceanblue.livejournal.com
Hateful transphobic trolls are quite the opposite of bow tie and should be squashed with lots of crunching squishy sounds.

May I hazard a guess that the simple part of the "avoiding subgenre trap" equation has to do with the intrusion originating from Inside?

Date: 2011-12-12 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Hateful transphobic trolls are quite the opposite of bow tie and should be squashed with lots of crunching squishy sounds.

Indeed.

May I hazard a guess that the simple part of the "avoiding subgenre trap" equation has to do with the intrusion originating from Inside?

Hmmmmm. Let me think on this. Inside vs. Outside.

Date: 2011-12-12 11:58 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Rotwang)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Kiernan has emerged since the 1990s as a master of the weird tale.

Brava.

"The Lost Language of Littoral Mollusca and Crustacea." Think Victorian flower language (id est, floriography) and you're halfway there.

I like the sound of this.

"Family X Move Into the Bad House and Have Their Normative Domestic Bliss Wrecked by an Inconvenient Intrusion from Outside."

As opposed to Things from Outside Have Their Bliss Wrecked by Normative Families, which is depressingly more common . . .

Date: 2011-12-13 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Brava.

It's pretty bloody bow tie.

I like the sound of this.

I figured you would.

As opposed to Things from Outside Have Their Bliss Wrecked by Normative Families, which is depressingly more common . . .

...and is more my bag (as we said back in the '70s).

Date: 2011-12-13 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com
03. I intend to enjoy writing this.

Because it would be totally not bow tie if writing my Cephalopodmas gift sucked.

Date: 2011-12-13 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Because it would be totally not bow tie if writing my Cephalopodmas gift sucked.

Agreed.

Date: 2011-12-13 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com
Congratulations on that well-deserved praise from the VanderMeers, and thank you for the link to the weird-gifting list! I don't think there could be a better fit for my gift-shopping needs.

"The Lost Language of Littoral Mollusca and Crustacea."
Wonderful. I can't wait.

An article that cheered me up just now:
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2011/12/11/led-child-who-simply-knew/SsH1U9Pn9JKArTiumZdxaL/story.html
Sensitively reported piece on a trans teen (one of a pair of identical twins) with an extremely supportive family who've become strong advocates for trans rights.

Date: 2011-12-13 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] docbrite.livejournal.com
the perils of wishful thinking

A smudge on my laptop screen caused me to read this as "the penis of wishful thinking." Which I then realized describes much of my life.

Date: 2011-12-13 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
CRK wrote:

"03. Today will be spent writing a very whimsical piece for Sirenia Digest #73, "The Lost Language of Littoral Mollusca and Crustacea." Think Victorian flower language (id est, floriography) and you're halfway there. I intend to enjoy writing this."

Snazzy bow tie.


Thank you for the Ghost Bird recommendation. It is in my queue.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


Thank you for the Ghost Bird recommendation. It is in my queue.

Very good.

Mansfield Avenue

Date: 2011-12-13 05:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rexallen.livejournal.com
I once ate at the Flying Biscuit over by Candler Park - a few blocks from Mansfield Avenue, I think. This was back 1997-ish, as best I can recollect.

Re: Mansfield Avenue

Date: 2011-12-13 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I once ate at the Flying Biscuit over by Candler Park - a few blocks from Mansfield Avenue, I think. This was back 1997-ish, as best I can recollect.

A great restaurant. Grits to kill for. We ate there as often as we could afford it.

Date: 2011-12-13 09:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
If I got that in a fortune cookie, I'd be like "yeah, and?" BUT I am an homo and a ladyperson and a little less white than I look (which is Very Fucking White, but I digress), so perhaps my lens of subjective reality is not one which refracts gender identity into A Thing. I mean, over the years I have gotten it Very Very Very Oh So VERY wrong, sometimes, and there is no end to my gratitude to my patient and caring trans friends for setting me straight queer, but my point is: I don't get it. The cookie mis-fortune, I mean, not the multitude of ways in which it is a gross fuckup. That I get.

It was a good apology, and I can vouch for Hell Pizza's corporate conscience, they're pretty ethical, for a pizza franchise. As corporate apologies go that one was pretty good, since it showed understanding of the points of contact between foot and mouth. They should have recalled the remainder of the batch, though. That would have been a worldchanger, even if only a small one.

Date: 2011-12-13 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fusijui.livejournal.com
So 'transgender' really is a substantive noun now... gahhhh. I freely admit to having an abnormally impervious skin w/r/t sex/gender-based insults, and things like this are what get under it and make me crazy and rantfilled.

I am also a sloppy reader, and relieved that you're not writing The Lost Language of Clitoral Mustachea... which is what popped into the helmet at first glance and made me roll my eyes and pray for blindness and illiteracy. In the actual case at hand, tempted to resubscribe.

Eager to hear your rescue of the elite haunted house stories from the festering morass of their posited subtextual lameness! Srsly.

Now must fuck off to pretend to get stuff done while wondering about the etymology of 'bow tie' as you're using it...

Kim

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