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Yesterday was a lot like today, if you only kept your eyes on the sky. Grey.

There's something grim hanging over me this early afternoon. It's familiar, but nothing that's been keeping me company lately. Maybe it's only because tomorrow is Cephalopodmas and Solstice. I need to go to the sea and make an appropriate offering. The weather is so cold and shitty, but I never used to let that stop me before. We're making octopus- and jellyfish-shaped sugar cookies, and I'll make a simple beef stew, beginning with a roux that includes a good stout. Probably not Guinness, though that's what I usually use. Maybe I'll make a huge breakfast on Friday morning. None of this is helping me lose weight.

Yesterday, I painted again. It would be soothing, I suppose. A soothing diversion, were my painting not, by necessity, such a violent act. Then again, maybe I find the violence soothing. Oh, and I have a postcard from Scotland in an antique Salmgundi Whitman's chocolates tin; that is, I just put the postcard in there so I wouldn't lose it. My office is an utter cacophony of paper and manuscript boxes, and it's easy to lose things.

Between now and mid-February, I desperately need a web monkey who'll work for all but free. I can offer inscribed, autographed books as remuneration. Mostly, I need the front page of my website converted from something that features The Red Tree to something that features The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, including the "teaser" trailer, which will later be replaced by the full two-minute version. The pages for The Red Tree would be placed elsewhere on the site. Easy stuff, yeah? But beyond my 1995 html skills. Hell, I'll even throw in a FREE one-year subscription to Sirenia Digest. If you want the job, say so here, in a comment, or email me a greygirlbeast(at)gmail(dot)com. I'm sort of desperate. My publisher is useless on this front.

There was an appointment with my psychiatrist yesterday evening after dark. The appointments are much less unnerving after dark, and she's a very pleasant woman whom I can talk to about almost anything. I'm always surprised at her forbearance.

I'm trying to listen to William Gibson's Neuromancer on audiobook, because it's been years since I read it. But the reader (remaining here nameless) has this annoying Southern accent, and he ends almost every sentence with an odd...how do I describe it? His voice dips and fades at the end of sentences, and, while he's good with Japanese and Russian accents, his attempts at reading female dialogue sounds like Monty Python drag. For dog's sake, just read the goddamn book, and stop trying to dramatize, even minimally. I'm very pleased I have so much control and say-so in the recording of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. I've already made it plain I want not one whit of dramatization. Just a good reader, who will sound like Imp and simply read.

I cannot help but sing Death Cab for Cutie's "Someday You Will Be Loved" as a serial-killer song, always singing "Someday you will be loved" as "Someday you will be mine." Either way, it's a pretty harsh song. A killer or a cad.

Far too much SW:otR last night*. Spooky got the game yesterday, so now we're playing together. I rolled my second Sith inquisitor, and gods, she's adorable. Adorable evil. Like a half Nebari girl-child in Japanese schoolgirl mode, though she's actually human. Yes, I'm playing a bloody human, and liking it. Her name is Varla. Spooky's playing a Zabrak Sith warrior named Aisimetra. I didn't get to bed until 4:30 ayem (you tell yourself it's a bloody vacation, so it's okay to be bad kids), and only slept 6.5 hours.

And now I ought go and do vacating sorts of things. Except, today is a day of errands, preparing for tomorrow and ol' St. Cthulhu.

I want to see The Adventures of Tintin, but it's in blasted, fucking 3D motherfucking EVERYWHERE here, unless you can make an 11 ayem show (noon CaST). Yeah, right. That's gonna happen. Pretty much the same situation with Hugo, and Scorcese ought know better. When the hell is Hollywood going to accept that ticket sales on 3D movies have plummeted to about 20% of box-office revenue, mostly because of the more expensive tickets, and they're only throwing bad money after good (and destroying cinematography in the process)?

In the anti-holiday spirit,
Aunt Beast

* Oh, and no Xmas shit in SW:otR! Clearly, the Baby Jesus never reached either the Republic or the Empire. Woot!

Date: 2011-12-21 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stillsostrange.livejournal.com
Do you have a jellyfish cookie cutter, or do you hand craft little doughy tentacles?

I can do web design if all you need can be powered by HTML and the occasional javascript. Flash and PHP are beyond me.

Date: 2011-12-21 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Do you have a jellyfish cookie cutter, or do you hand craft little doughy tentacles?

We have cookie cutters.

I can do web design if all you need can be powered by HTML and the occasional javascript. Flash and PHP are beyond me.

Not sure. Inserting the video might require Flash. I'll check it out. And thanks for the offer, regardless.

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Date: 2011-12-21 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eluneth.livejournal.com
octopus- and jellyfish-shaped sugar cookies
These sound excellent; I like the idea of nibbling off sugar-encrusted tentacles.

I really, really want to see the Tintin movie just for Simon Pegg/Nick Frost Thomson & Thompson, but on top of the outrageous price, 3D always makes me nauseous. Blargh.

Date: 2011-12-21 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

but on top of the outrageous price, 3D always makes me nauseous.

Lacking binocular vision, I can't even see it.

Date: 2011-12-21 05:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rysmiel.livejournal.com
For years I used to "hear" Neuromancer in a voice akin to the faux-Harrison-Ford narration in the original cinematic release of Blade Runner, and then I heard Gibson reading - I think it was on the tour for Virtual Light - and that flipped the book over into a very different style. It makes it about three times as long, for one thing. It's been years since I read it, must do so again soonish; my copies of the trilogy are still in Ireland, but I may pick it up in May.

Date: 2011-12-21 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com
For years I used to "hear" Neuromancer in a voice akin to the faux-Harrison-Ford narration in the original cinematic release of Blade Runner

Not inappropriate. Though that vo in the film is loathsome.

I wish I were in Ireland.

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Date: 2011-12-21 06:14 pm (UTC)
witchchild: (Unicorn totem)
From: [personal profile] witchchild
Y'know, if people didn't have such short attention spans perhaps they could look back to previous periods when 3D was popular and examine how long it stayed around.

Also, I have enough issues with eyesight that I am not going to pay money to have it messed up more.

Date: 2011-12-21 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Y'know, if people didn't have such short attention spans perhaps they could look back to previous periods when 3D was popular and examine how long it stayed around.

From financial, artistic, and temporal perspectives, this time it's entirely different. We are so far beyond those red-and-green (or blue?) cardboard glasses.

Also, I have enough issues with eyesight that I am not going to pay money to have it messed up more.

I was surprised at the number of people with binocular vision who can't see 3D.

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Date: 2011-12-21 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Bugger - I wished you two a good Solstice a day early. (Best ignore that particular Facebook post, at least until tomorrow.)

I fancied Tintin and Hugo, but I really cannot be doing with the 3-D BS.

Date: 2011-12-21 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Bugger - I wished you two a good Solstice a day early. (Best ignore that particular Facebook post, at least until tomorrow.)

Yep.

Date: 2011-12-21 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rkbwrites.livejournal.com
re: the website, if none of the offers pan out, drop me a line would love to help. My studio link (http://www.rkbstudios.com)

Date: 2011-12-21 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

drop me a line would love to help.

Oh, thank you. I shall put you on the extremely short list.

Date: 2011-12-21 07:13 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (Clay. Bill...Clay.)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
It's likely been asked and answered before, but under what circumstances (if any) would you ever record your stories yourself? Maybe not your novels, but would you record short stories of yours?

(I know Daniel Handler did a few of the Lemony Snicket audio books, then decided he didn't like doing it and handed that job back to Tim Curry. Speaking of Handler: last Saturday I got to hear him sing a forceful accordion version of "When Doves Cry," and that made me really, really smile.)

Date: 2011-12-21 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It's likely been asked and answered before, but under what circumstances (if any) would you ever record your stories yourself? Maybe not your novels, but would you record short stories of yours?

I hate my voice so much, this is extremely, exceedingly unlikely.

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Date: 2011-12-21 07:50 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2011-12-21 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martianmooncrab.livejournal.com
in blasted, fucking 3D motherfucking

agree, with my dyslexia, its headaches and puking.

Date: 2011-12-21 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kylecassidy.livejournal.com
just get two pairs of glasses and swap the left lens from one with the right lens from the other and you'll only see every other frame, but with both eyes, in glorious 2D. Or wear a stylin' eyepatch.

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Date: 2011-12-21 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
I'm also a bit excited for The Adventures of Tintin, but even if I have binocular vision, I'll be looking for a 2D version of it.

Oh, and no Xmas shit in SW:otR! Clearly, the Baby Jesus never reached either the Republic or the Empire. Woot!

Oh, give it time (http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Life_day). It might be delayed due to the utter debacle and Lucas' disowning of the Star Wars Holiday Special. It's shown up before in other Star Wars MMOs, so... just don't be surprised.

Date: 2011-12-21 09:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You can't even play a Wookie in this game! No Life Day!

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Date: 2011-12-21 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catconley.livejournal.com
Dang it! I wanted to see both Hugo and Tintin, but I get nauseous just thinking about 3D. At least the new Holmes movie was in 2D. It was great! I hope they do another.

Date: 2011-12-21 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

At least the new Holmes movie was in 2D.

I might have popped, otherwise.

I suspect there will be one more Holmes film.

Date: 2011-12-21 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] from-ashes.livejournal.com
I must blog about how much I hate 3D every day on my blog. But even science tells us that all it does is give us headaches:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/aug/11/3d-no-better-than-2d

It is a money-making scheme and nothing more.

Date: 2011-12-22 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
Gorgeous image! I love the way the sphere of light around the women contrasts with the gloaming.

The wolf in the lower right corner is nice but for some reason I think of Little Red Riding Hood tho it could because of the painting Kathryn has in her Etsy shop (probably because I sneak peeks at dreamingsquid all the time).

The font doesn't do it for me.

Date: 2011-12-22 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The wolf in the lower right corner is nice but for some reason I think of Little Red Riding Hood tho it could because of the painting Kathryn has in her Etsy shop (probably because I sneak peeks at dreamingsquid all the time).

The wolf is entirely appropriate. As are thoughts of Red Riding Hood.

Date: 2011-12-22 02:31 am (UTC)
eredien: Dancing Dragon (Default)
From: [personal profile] eredien
If you are still looking for a webdesigner-type person, please get in touch with me.

cphillips.sears@gmail.com.

Date: 2011-12-22 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] opalblack.livejournal.com
I'm still available to weblemur for you.

Date: 2011-12-22 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Thank you. Currently, unexpectedly, I have them coming out my ears!

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Date: 2011-12-22 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyblue56.livejournal.com
Happy Cephalopodmas and Solstice. When I saw this ring I thought of you - it's the bow tie.

Image (http://www.flickr.com/photos/99036531@N00/6475828387/)

http://triskaidekaphobianyc.com/shop.html

Date: 2011-12-22 08:00 am (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
always singing "Someday you will be loved" as "Someday you will be mine."

Love can be a threat. PJ Harvey's "To Bring You My Love" has never sounded to me like anything less than a fury.

It's the solstice by now; I hope you will have the sea.

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