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Very cold in Providence today; my feet are spun glass.

Most of yesterday was a good day. I only managed about 500 words on "The Lost Language of Littoral Mollusca and Crustacea," because I realized it was a lot longer and a lot more complicated than I expected. Not the sort of thing you can do in a day, but maybe over the course of a week. Maybe. But it was still a good day. Spooky came back from the p. o. box with a letter from Harlan, the Coolest T-Shirt Ever® (see the photos behind the cut), and Solstice gifts from my mother. I saw Brian's final cut for the "teaser" trailer for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. It's truly gorgeous, light-fucking-years beyond what I expect from book trailers, and I wish I could show it to you now. There was a spaghetti for supper, a favorite, because, when it comes to food, I'm pretty easy to please.

And then, early last night, it all went to hell, and it did so violently, a shitstorm to lay any good day low. I'm I'm still not on an even keel. I think it was very after six ayem before I got to sleep. Like maybe six-thirty, but I honestly have no fucking idea, and it probably doesn't matter. I read stuff, like a Peter Crowther short story, "Ghosts With Teeth." Mostly, I sat in the smoking crater that was the night, and tried not to think, and the harder I tried not to, the more I did. So, five and a half hours sleep? Possibly six? I can't even call it insomnia.

So, Two Worlds and In Between keeps making these "best of" lists. Seriously, it seems like it makes a new one each day. Yesterday, it was an article at io9, "Recent Science Fiction and Fantasy Books that Make Perfect Gifts" (at least io9 knows how to capitalize a headline). The ironic thing, though, is that the book is, essentially, out of print, and will likely remain so for a while to come. Subterranean Press is sold out. Amazon.com claims to have a few copies (and I stress a few), but I wouldn't trust them as a source for this book, not after they fucked so many people over on the preorder. Better you try AbeBooks or Powell's, both of whom have it in stock, I believe. Point is, it's not like you can't get the book, just that it's quickly getting very hard and expensive to get the book. Which seems ironic. Or maybe I ought take that as a compliment. And yeah, my agent's working in selling another edition (and foreign language rights), but that's something far down the road, if it ever happens at all.

Also, while I very much appreciate receiving gifts, please don't send me ebooks. I didn't even know you could do that, give someone an ebook, until someone did try to give me one, and I got this download coupon thingy from Amazon. For a Kindle. Of course, anyone who reads this journal knows I loathe ebooks on principle, and I do not now (nor ever shall I) own a Kindle. So, while I also know that ebooks are almost as cheap as the air they're printed on, it's probably best not to waste your money on something I'll never see. Or even want to ever see.

As we approach the release of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir and the first issue of Alabaster, which is to say March and April, respectively, I'm planning public appearances. Yeah, I haven't made a habit of that, but now I have to. There are a lot of plans, but here are the only two "for sure" dates (times TBA, and more to come, mostly nestled between March 6th and sometime in June):

April 4: North Kingstown Free Public Library, Rhode Island Voices series (reading/talk)
April 18: KGB Bar (Manhattan), Fantastic Fiction series (reading)

And here are the T-shirt photos, which I'm going to trying to believe are all that there was to yesterday (I love my expression of innocence, displaying my ignorance of what was soon to come). Well, it and the finished book trailer:







And if you actually want to see what the shirt looks like (and maybe order one), here's a link.


By the way, if there are typos in the entry, all I can say is you're lucky there's any entry at all.

Date: 2011-12-13 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] r-darkstorm.livejournal.com
I bought a copy of Two Worlds and In Between from Amazon, got it relatively fast, and am in love with it (almost literally. I cuddle it at night), but... I could be very, very lucky.

Also, I'm excited for the release of Alabaster and the premiere of the trailer for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. Comics are a big deal to me. But, I recognize I'm odd.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I bought a copy of Two Worlds and In Between from Amazon, got it relatively fast, and am in love with it (almost literally. I cuddle it at night), but... I could be very, very lucky.

I'm very glad it worked out. Bow tie. I just don't feel comfortable referring people there after what happened with the preorders.

Date: 2011-12-13 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alumiere.livejournal.com
"Mostly, I sat in the smoking crater that was the night, and tried not to think, and the harder I tried not to, the more I did."

I have this failure too; I used to watch MASH or Looney Tunes on Nick at Night when my brain wouldn't shut off, and eventually I'd often sleep (this was before they gave me trazadone which helps but not always). Maybe try something like that - a show that you enjoy but know so well your brain calms down - it didn't always work but it helped. These days I don't have a TV or access to either of those things, but I still play the MASH theme in my head or sing it to myself for 10 minutes and it sometimes works just enough that with the sleepy pills I can pass out for a few hours.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Maybe try something like that

Probably tried that about twenty-five years ago.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
The t-shirt rocks. And Another Tale Of Two Cities is pretty damn bow-tie, too.

Hope this day is better.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And Another Tale Of Two Cities is pretty damn bow-tie, too.

Thank you.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
You're most welcome.

My money's on Mal, of course.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

My money's on Mal, of course.

I'd rather not say.

Date: 2011-12-13 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
My money's on Mal too, he's got (slightly) better backup.

Han: Scoundrel, smuggler, Correllian. Backup: Wookie. Romantic Interest: Talky Princess. Outlier Ally: Jedi Farmboy.

Mal: Scoundrel, smugger, Browncoat. Backup: Zoe. Romantic Interest: Action Hooker Companion. Outlier Ally: Psychic Kung Fu Waif.

It takes a few steps of separation, but that's my argument on the matter.

Date: 2011-12-13 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I would like a second shirt, as I told Spooky last night, with Chewy and Zoe back-to-back.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marisa sandlin (from livejournal.com)
I was admiring the t-shirt but then got distracted by The Lady of Shalott print.

In related fandom, there is a Harry Potter/Doctor Who t-shirt I am trying very hard to resist, but I don't carry off whimsical t-shirts as well as you do.

Date: 2011-12-13 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

got distracted by The Lady of Shalott print.

My favorite of all Pre-Raphaelite paintings.

Date: 2011-12-13 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
Part of me just wants to say, "Who's the person with the gun on the left side of the shirt?" but Fillion's infatuation and all the references that made it into Firefly would belie the fib. Suffice it to say that my money's on Mal as well. That dude gets out of scrapes like nobody's business.

More importantly, I'm glad Two Worlds and In Between keeps making lists. It's an overture to a longer piece that hasn't hit its crescendos yet and I look forward to when the people who loved Two Worlds and In Between get to experience The Drowning Girl: A Memoir in all of its guises.

Date: 2011-12-13 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com


More importantly, I'm glad Two Worlds and In Between keeps making lists. It's an overture to a longer piece that hasn't hit its crescendos yet and I look forward to when the people who loved Two Worlds and In Between get to experience The Drowning Girl: A Memoir in all of its guises.


I just hope the collection doesn't eclipse the collection; the novel is, as you probably know, vastly more important to me, personally and artistically.

Date: 2011-12-13 07:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pisceanblue.livejournal.com
That is an incredibly bow tie t-shirt indeed; hopefully it will help to redeem the times to come, and shelter your psyche from further rains of shit.

Date: 2011-12-13 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

hopefully it will help to redeem the times to come, and shelter your psyche from further rains of shit.

Not much hope on that front, but I hope the same, and thank you.

Date: 2011-12-13 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com

We managed to get a copy of Two Worlds and In Between for my library. (Public library, not personal library. Sometimes I have to clarify, since my book collection may as well be a library.) I believe we go through Baker and Taylor. So it got fulfilled through them, somehow.

Date: 2011-12-13 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

We managed to get a copy of Two Worlds and In Between for my library.

That is very, very cool.

Date: 2011-12-13 08:33 pm (UTC)
mithriltabby: Paranoid pig encounters Buddha, receives zen zap (Paranoia)
From: [personal profile] mithriltabby
“I ... tried not to think, and the harder I tried not to, the more I did.”

I’ve been practicing Zen meditation for almost a year and a half, and that’s still very tricky.

Date: 2011-12-13 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I’ve been practicing Zen meditation for almost a year and a half, and that’s still very tricky.

Zen would look into the my head, shriek, and go to Florida.

Date: 2011-12-13 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] echoing-narc.livejournal.com
Just order my copy of Two Worlds and In Between as a early Xmas present/graduation gift to me. I'm super excited to get my hands on it.

Date: 2011-12-13 09:21 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-12-13 10:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
, the Coolest T-Shirt Ever® (see the photos behind the cut)

It is a pretty cool T-shirt.

Date: 2011-12-13 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Maximum bow tie.

Also, sorry you don't have the contract. I fell asleep in the front parlour while eating corn chips. Tomorrow! I promise!

Date: 2011-12-13 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kendare-blake.livejournal.com
Love that t-shirt.

Date: 2011-12-13 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Like I said somewhere, now I want Zoe and Chewy, back to back.

Date: 2011-12-14 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] troublebox.livejournal.com
Hi, Caitlin. If this is too much of an imposition (or cracks open a can of angry, angry worms), please feel free to ignore it, but … I just got the CEM for my first novel back from Random House, and I was wondering if you had any advice for not going insane. Anything you’d go back in time and tell yourself as that first bundle fell through your door?

Thanks!

(I, like, fucking, commas!)

Date: 2011-12-14 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

open a can of angry, angry worms

I am an angry can of worms.

I was wondering if you had any advice for not going insane.

Surrender Dorothy.

(I, like, fucking, commas!)

As, do, I.

Two Worlds and In Between ebook

Date: 2011-12-15 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] darkssongz.livejournal.com
I have the Limited of Two Worlds and In Between, but I don't want to damage my copy, because it's such a pretty book, so I also purchased it on my NOOK. So if anyone was unable to get the real book, you can still get it in ebook. (All though I know Caitlin doesn't like ebooks, at least she still gets paid for each ebook sold.

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