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This afternoon, I'm missing Alabama.

Here, it's vaguely, unenthusiastically sunny. That sky could at least have the decency to snow. Then again, for Providence, we've hardly had a winter. Right now, it's 43˚F. Hey, winter! Shit or get off the goddamn pot, already.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,157 words on a new pseudo-vignette, "Camuffare." It's quiet, and easy, and strange. It's not at all what I expected to be writing this month, but maybe it's what I need to be writing – assuming I need to be writing anything at all. Let us make no a priori assumptions. But, so far, I like "Camuffare."

Yesterday, [ profile] opalblack asked, Will it benefit you, in terms of your standing with the publisher re sales etc. more if I preorder The Drowning Girl, or if I walk into a shop and buy it within the first week of release? Truthfully? I don't think anyone knows. Publishers are insane about preorders. Publishers are equally insane about the first six weeks of a book's release. It pretty much comes down to that. Unless a book blows the whole world away via preorders or those first six weeks of sales, screw it. It never happened. What's next? Yes, it genuinely is like that. So, to answer your question, I'd say preorder, if only because that's more convenient to you.

Speaking of preorders, it's very important that Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart does very, very well. So, please. If you can preorder, do. And thank you. And don't forget what Emerson said. "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Anyway, here's the cover (by Lee Moyer), in case you've never followed one of the hundred or so links I've posted (them blue ladies with horns, they gets me every darned time):

It occurs to me that the only drawback to murder is the inevitable post-homicide emotional crash. Oh, and my thanks to everyone who followed the link to Amazon's page for The Drowning Girl and took a second to click like. All 88 of you. If nothing else, I know that 88 people read yesterday's entry. Of course, if you didn't click yesterday, you can always click today.


Last night, I swore I wouldn't play SW:toR. The GLBT-friendly RP guild we joined has finally started going to shit. But, you know, two weeks of decent RP before everything begins to come apart in nonsense and drivel is ahead of the curve, right? least it's not my guild. And, anyway, don't grownups do grownup shit? I always imagined it would be that way. I'd grow up, and there'd be 9-5, martinis, bills, vacations, a two-car garage, wild orgies, lawn flamingos, funerals, dinner parties, and 2.5 children. Well, okay, I got the bills, but the rest of it? Nowhere to be seen.

So, instead of playing with all the other grownup children, we streamed movies on the iPad (in 1975, when I was eleven, that sentence would have been science fiction). First, Elliott Lester's very so-so Blitz (2011). Not a great film, but not a bad film, and, what the hell, I'd pay to watch Jason Statham eat a sandwich (I have the same problem with Bruce Willis).

But then...then we came across this film I'd never heard of, even though I should have heard of it. Bless the Child, directed by Chuck Russell (2000). I looked at the cast – Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits (okay, not too interesting so far, but wait for it), Rufus Sewell (see, now we're getting somewhere), Angela fucking Bettis, Christina Ricci, and Ian Holm. And...what a total piece of shit! It might have scraped lows in Xtian horror that few Xtian horror films had previously scraped. The screenplay didn't even manage to be hilariously bad. It was just bad; no ambition. The cinematography had all the artistry of something made for Lifetime. There were some CGI demons that probably would have been interesting to see twelve years ago. There were lots of Evil Goths® and plot holes and pot holes and scary Catholic histrionics and Rufus Sewell trying really, really hard to sound villainous, but you can tell the poor guy's thinking, Yup. This is the end of my career. It's all downhill from here. Oh, wait. Christina Ricci's head falls off. That was pretty cool. And, frankly, the actor who played the Jesus-in-a-dress kid, Holliston Coleman, she carried the whole film on her tiny shoulders, and got all the best lines, and was the cutest little saviour of humanity ever. Gagh. Guys, you have to see this film. It's so bad – in a harmless, stupid, slobbering dog sort of way – you have to see it. Only 3% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes! 3%! I still don't know how I missed it in theatres.

Oh, and then we played SW:toR, anyway.

And then I finished Chris McGowan's The Dragon Seekers. And that was yesterday.

Perpetually Adolescent,
Aunt Beast

Date: 2012-01-28 06:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have never thought I'd do "grown up shit" in fact I have lived trying to find the alternative to just that. It can be done!

Date: 2012-01-28 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

It can be done!

I think, the thing is...for some of us...we don't try. We never learned to be adults.

Date: 2012-01-28 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
Ordered, although there's a Paypal delay. Ever since you started mentioning it, I have loved that title as much as I do Anais Nin's. The horns are sexy, too.

Date: 2012-01-28 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Thank you.

Ordered, although there's a Paypal delay.

That's subpress' problem, no mine.

Date: 2012-01-28 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
Oh, no intention towards you there - I presumed it was a "the bank's not open to Paypal requests right now" thing & just wanted to let you know the order wasn't complete as of yet. Unclear wolf is unclear.

Date: 2012-01-28 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

No problem whatsoever.

Date: 2012-01-28 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Huh. I want to play Tom Waits now: "I Don't Wanna Grow Up".

I'll click "like" on the Brit Amazon when I get in.

Bless The Child sounds like cheese. Shame, given the cast...

I had to look up "camuffare"

Date: 2012-01-28 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

"I Don't Wanna Grow Up".

Things is...he did.

I'll click "like" on the Brit Amazon when I get in.

Thank you.

Date: 2012-01-28 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
...between that, and "quiet, and easy, and strange" I'm intrigued.

(Sorry. Mysteriously truncated comment = crap phone.)

Date: 2012-01-28 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Huh. Your counter was at 122 late last night when I clicked it, and it's now up to 131.

It's quiet, and easy, and strange. That description makes your new vignette sound very intriguing.

Date: 2012-01-28 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Huh. Your counter was at 122 late last night when I clicked it, and it's now up to 131.

Yesterday, when I made the request, the count was at 35. This morning, when I began making my blog entry, it had risen to 123. That's all I know.

Date: 2012-01-28 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lawn flamingos,

I have 6, all painted purple. If you want, I can designate two of them for you and Spooky. No feeding or care is required on your behalf.

Date: 2012-01-28 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I have 6, all painted purple.

I think that defeats the purpose.

Date: 2012-01-28 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I live in a very cookie cutter patch of suburbia, I am the *different* one who doesnt comply.

My little flock is under the lilac tree out in the front corner.

Date: 2012-01-29 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My neighbors have pink flamingos, they are the very portrait of white trash, and not in a fun, John Waters kind of way, in a loud domestic disputes daily, frequent visits from the police, and a casually neglected pedigree cat way. The flamingos have come to represent everything I hate about them, I want to dip them in kerosene and set them on fire. The neighbors, not the flamingos.

Date: 2012-01-29 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
shame that the neighbors lessen the flamingos like that.

Date: 2012-01-29 09:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That is true.

Date: 2012-01-28 07:18 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
From: [personal profile] sovay
It occurs to me that the only drawback to murder is the inevitable post-homicide emotional crash.

Don't ever finish a book and kill someone at the same time. That could really mess you up.

and Rufus Sewell trying really, really hard to sound villainous, but you can tell the poor guy's thinking, Yup. This is the end of my career. It's all downhill from here.

Fortunately, I saw him earlier this (well, last) year in Zen and I can attest that things got better.

Date: 2012-01-28 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

That could really mess you up.

I think the is a case-by-case situation.

I can attest that things got better.

Well, good. He has always had potential.

Date: 2012-01-29 04:50 am (UTC)
sovay: (Claude Rains)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Well, good. He has always had potential.

If you can get Zen off Netflix, actually, it's worth your time. There's a single series of three episodes—I don't know that they're the best murders I've ever seen solved on television, but I enjoyed the character writing and Rufus Sewell.

Date: 2012-01-28 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I remember being vaguely offended that the forces of hell were so poorly organized. They've got an old lady with knitting needles, and some goth teenagers. It's like they forgot about the war on heaven and decided to start a garage band. And their grandma said she'd help.

Date: 2012-01-28 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

It's like they forgot about the war on heaven and decided to start a garage band. And their grandma said she'd help.


Date: 2012-01-28 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] steven barritz (from
Besides buying the books, and sharing the teaser trailer on Facebook, I was trying to think of other ways we could help promote the books. I made a post about upcoming books I was excited for on a Chuck Palahniuk forum I post on every so often, and talked about Drowning Girl. What else can we do to help promotion?

Date: 2012-01-28 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

What else can we do to help promotion?

Go to the website ( and link to it. Link to the trailer. Embed the trailer wherever you can. And yeah, keep talking about the book. Thanks!

Bless the Child

Date: 2012-01-28 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ha, many moons ago I read the book and while not earth-shattering, I was interested enough to rent the movie. I do remember it being disaster. Poor Rufus.

Re: Bless the Child

Date: 2012-01-29 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Poor Rufus.

That's what it all down down to for me. And poor Angela Bettis.

Date: 2012-01-29 01:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Pre-ordered, happily.

Date: 2012-01-29 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Preordering today then (and clicking like because I'm one of the unquantified and disappointing others who did read yesterday but didn't get around to clicking).

[ETA] Ordered and liked on amazon uk, about to log into the US site to like again (if it counts), and promise to make you a martini if I ever get the chance.

Blue, horned women do it for me too. And grey ones. In all your Rift playing did you get to meed Estrode? She's the hotness, absolute, pants-melting hotness. On the subject, the Recon progresses, and about half a dozen RP guilds are waiting for the results, but it's looking like Greenscale may be the destination of choice for the coup. Truth is, and I've told Dev this, we need a second RP shard. One is just not enough, and but me no buts, the server-side usage stats will back me up. There may be a manifesto.
Edited Date: 2012-01-29 03:47 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-01-29 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I don't see us ever returning to RIFT after all this nonsense. That game was a huge disappointment. It could have been something great.

Date: 2012-01-29 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's a shame.

Date: 2012-01-29 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's been unseasonably warm and sunny in Missouri as well. Comparing this to last year, when we kept having wicked snowstorms (and the college I work for kept cancelling classes), a lot of us are seeing this as a welcomed change of pace. Maybe it's another sign of climate change, like the disgustingly hot summer we had last year.


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