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Well, I've survived that. Mostly, I'm just stiff and sore from lying down for the better part of two days, and bored silly, and in need of a shower. Spooky's still a bit ill, but her symptoms manifested about ten hours or so after mine did. Anyway, lousy fucking way to "ring in" the New Year.

Then again, why we do this, celebrate the exchange of one calendar for another, I admit it escapes me. We celebrated the arrival of 2011, which we apparently used up, so we celebrated the arrival of 2012. Benchmarks, I suppose. Congratulations that the world is still here. Something like that. Something must be celebrated to break up the days, most of which are unremarkable. For most.

For my part, 2011 was a vast improvement over 2010, though we struggled with a marked shortage of money the first half of the year. Still, 2011 was a year of recovery, I think, and of new beginnings. Not on the first of the year, but new beginnings strewn here and there throughout. The greatest of these is, of course, Alabaster, and my return to comics on my own terms – which I'd said for years was the only way I would return. But, too, I finished what is far and away the best novel I've written, The Drowning Girl, which will soon be out in the world. I did that, and still had the energy, somehow, to sit down and write another novel, Blood Oranges, which isn't even in the same league as The Drowning Girl, but which is quite a lot of fun, probably the last thing anyone could say about The Drowning Girl. Then there was the enormous success of Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Me (Volume 1), which still has me a little dizzy. And now Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart and The Yellow Book are on the way! Yeah, I'm tooting my own horn, as they are wont to say, but it was a good year, and the year to come ought be marvelous. And here is my recap of the short fiction I wrote this year:

01. "-30-"
02. "Random Thoughts Before a Fatal Crash"
03. "The Carnival is Dead and Gone"
04. "Untitled 35"
05. "Figurehead"
06. "Fake Plastic Trees"
07. "Down to Gehenna"
08. "The Granting Cabinet"
09. "Slouching Towards the House of Glass Coffins"
10. "Evensong"
11. "Dear Daughter Desmodus"
12. "Latitude 41°21'45.89"N, Longitude 71°29'0.62"W"
13. "Ex Libris"
14. "Another Tale of Two Cities"

That's three less than 2011, but when you consider that I wrote most of The Drowning Girl, all of Blood Oranges, the first three issues of Alabaster, and edited Two Worlds and In Between, Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, and The Yellow Book (the editing with a fucking enormous amount of help from Spooky and [ profile] sovay) – I think that sort of explains why there was less short fiction this year. Also, I'll note that all but two of these were written for the digest.

And. Plus. The release of the "teaser" trailer for The Drowning Girl is only days away (slightly delayed, due to the illness).

There truly is little that can be said for yesterday. Most of it was spent horizontal, watching crap on the iPad, recovering. Though, I will add that you cannot banish Yog-Sothoth from any dimension with the microdrive of an iPod, Mr. Shirley. Though, I do wish that trick would work on the majority of Xtians and Republicans and on the Tea Party loons, the lot of them worse than any of the Great Old Ones or Outer Gods dreamt up by HPL. Because I'd gladly sacrifice Inara to that end.

Now, I'm going to go take a shower and hope I've enough energy left afterwards to work on Sirenia Digest. I absolutely could not afford two days of downtime, as these deadlines pile up on top of me, and now I have to scramble three times as fast to catch up. But, if Spooky's up to the trip to Whole Foods, we'll manage our annual New Years' dinner of black-eyed peas, collards, mac and cheese, and corn bread.

Aunt Beast

Date: 2012-01-01 06:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
Yeah, I'm tooting my own horn, as they are wont to say, but it was a good year, and the year to come ought be marvelous.

The Drowning Girl alone would be worth horn-tooting. There are worse things to say about a year.

Date: 2012-01-01 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I will not disagree, and thank you.

Date: 2012-01-01 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations on being vertical at the start of the year. I hope the shower helped. Thanks for taking us along on your journey in 2011. It was nothing short of amazing. I hope Spooky is feeling better today.

Date: 2012-01-01 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
Toot away! I've said it before, but it is worth saying again: you deserve all of the accolades you're receiving. That fact alone means it makes sense to me that you should participate in them. :)

I'm sorry you were both ill & am now imagining what a delivery of black-eyed peas would cost...

Date: 2012-01-01 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Sadly, Whole Foods is not delivering today or tomorrow. I checked all this night before last when I started with the sick.
Low grade fever today. Whee...

Date: 2012-01-01 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
Argh, sorry to hear - I should have known you'd have already looked into it. Hope the fever passes before the day is out!

Date: 2012-01-01 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aside from the abatement of symptoms, nothing feels better than the first than a shower after being ill.

Truly impressive list of work done in 2011 and good to read 2012 has so much promise. I hope Sub Press will come up with its own edition.

Date: 2012-01-01 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My husband and I go to one, and only one, New Year's Eve party, being lucky enough to get an invitation to Steve Lieber's annual celebration. He's so delighted to be working on Alabaster, that he treated us to a sneak preview of some of the finished, colored pages. WOW!!! I predict great critical acclaim and huge sales on this.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2012.

Date: 2012-01-02 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm tooting my own horn, as they are wont to say,

So you bloody well should! My eyes boggled at your listed output for 2011.

I pre-ordered "Confessions of a 5-Chambered Heart" a few days ago.Another Lee Moyer cover. Woot!

I also emailed Sub Press in the hope of scoring the same Ltd Ed number as I have for "Two Worlds and In-Between", the magnificence of which I am still basking in.

If "The Drowning Girl: A Memoir" reaches anything of the heights of "The Red Tree" I will gladly die and go to whatever Heaven / Afterlife that any religioso wack-job makes a claim for.

All the best for 2012.


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