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A wild, wild wind* in Providence, the sky trying to blow down the world. The sun-buffeted clouds rushing by as if played fast forward. It makes me anxious, that much wind. That much wind battering the roofs.

In high school, I used to drive a particular English teacher to distraction by asking questions like, "If the plural of hoof is hooves, then why isn't rooves the plural of roof?" For a few months, she tried to pacify me with diachronic linguistics and etymology, but there came a point she'd had enough, and after that the only answer I ever got was "Because that's the way it is. If you're going to learn the English language, you must accept that a lot of it simply doesn't make sense. It's inconsistent. It's contradictory." Which felt like a victory.

These days, the meds do a pretty good job of keeping Monsieur Insomnia and the nightmares and dreamsickness at bay. But not this morning. It was five a.m. before I managed to get to sleep, and then...well...when I finally woke at a quarter past noon, to the roar of this wind, I wished I'd never fallen asleep.

Yesterday, I wrote the first four pages of Alabaster #4, the first eight manuscript pages, 1,480 words. Today I need to do at least another four pages. And there was a lot of other stuff. I should be posting additional upcoming appearances soon. It's beginning to look as if I'm going to spend more time in March and April out in the world schlepping my books than I am accustomed to doing. Pry me free of the house, and send me out into the snowless winter and the wind. See if I care.

Last night, after writing, I was so tired I had a half hour nap while Spooky made meatloaf, and then drifted about in a daze all night long. More asleep than awake. Though, in truth, I never felt awake yesterday, it just grew worse in the evening. I wasn't up to anything but lying in bed, so we watched seven episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Jeff Goldblum has shown up, and he's truly quite excellent. I'm not yet awake enough to be sure if the weariness is still with me, but the weather would have me think so.

Scoured,
Aunt Beast

* Presently (1:49 p.m.) 26mph gusting to 48mph.

Date: 2012-01-13 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] papersteven.livejournal.com
Yesterday, I wrote the first four pages of Alabaster#4

Does this mean you'll most likely have written the entire mini series before the first issue is even published? That's very interesting. I honestly don't know much of anything about how comics are written, but is that usually how it's done? Thanks for all that you're sharing about this very cool project!

Date: 2012-01-13 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Does this mean you'll most likely have written the entire mini series before the first issue is even published?

Yes.

I honestly don't know much of anything about how comics are written, but is that usually how it's done?

Due to the production schedule, yes, things are usually done this way.

Date: 2012-01-13 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
Alabaster

I'm so excited about this project Aunt Beast,(like so many of your other minions). In a few weeks, when the February Previews magazine from Diamond arrives, I'll be able to thoroughly and properly promote the comic with our customers along with more visual aids. I've been heralding Alabaster'sarrival since November, but now the fun will begin!

Date: 2012-01-13 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

In a few weeks, when the February Previews magazine from Diamond arrives, I'll be able to thoroughly and properly promote the comic with our customers along with more visual aids.

And, for that, I do thank you.

Date: 2012-01-13 09:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] juushika.livejournal.com
I have a longstanding love of Law & Order that exceeds taste—it's not really about good entertainment, but about something I find calming and distracting—but Jeff Goldblum in Criminal Intent sort of takes the cake. They fall into the same repetitive pitfalls with him and you know I still don't care; he is truly quite excellent.

Date: 2012-01-13 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

but Jeff Goldblum in Criminal Intent sort of takes the cake. They fall into the same repetitive pitfalls with him and you know I still don't care; he is truly quite excellent.

I just don't care if it's good or not, that show (though often it is), but D'onofrio, and now Goldblum, are enough to keep me watching.

Date: 2012-01-13 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serizawa3000.livejournal.com
I don't want to give too much away if you've not seen it, but there's an episode where F. Murray Abraham guest-starred as Goldblum's father (I don't see Abraham as much as I used to, though sometimes I hear his voice on one PBS program or another)... and maybe it's just because it doesn't take that much to convince me of character relationships when I watch a TV program or a movie, but I was convinced they were family.

Date: 2012-01-14 05:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
Unrelatedly to anything in this post: I met your Abalyn tonight at Arisia. She and her girlfriend were sitting in front of me at the Post-Meridian Radio Players show; we talked briefly afterward. She's perfect.

Date: 2012-01-14 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

"Picking up pieces of mine"

I read the title as "Picking up pieces of mime", and had a quick mental flash of one mime disconsolately gathering the scattered remnants of a second, exploded, mime.

It's been that kind of day.

Date: 2012-01-14 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
And now I've got a mental image of a mimefield. I've had that kind of day too. Just off to shoot my scriptwriter.

Date: 2012-01-14 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gargirl.livejournal.com
The English language is absolutely mad. It's a crazy hodge-podge. I've been reading a book about it by an author I quite like: Mother Tongue; by Bill Bryson, it's fascinating. I'm not sure it will answer your specific question about rooves but you might enjoy it anyway.

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