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Cold this morning. Cold, but sunny, 37˚F. Very, very windy.

Yesterday, I began a second pseudo-vignette for Sirenia Digest, and right now I'm calling this one "Apostate," though I'd like to come up with a better title. "Apostate" is appropriate, I just don't like it. One-word titles can get irksome, and I just finished "Camuffare." Anyway, I did 1,302 words yesterday afternoon, and I'll likely finish the piece today.

By the way, after the writing yesterday, I did some math. "Apostate" will be the 105th piece of short fiction I've written for the digest since December 2005 (vignettes, short stories, novelettes, novellas, what-the-fuck-have-you). That includes the three parts of The Alphabetos Triptych, each considered as a single work. To date, about a dozen of the pieces have been reprinted elsewhere. Twenty were collected in The Ammonite Violin & Others (2010), and another twenty-five will appear in Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. Oh, and four appeared in Tales from the Woeful Platypus (2007). That's only forty-nine. Which means a mere 46.6% of the stories from the digest have been collected to date. Even assuming that Subterranean Press continues to publish collections of them, given that I keep adding more each month, it's going to be quite some time before everything from the digest is in print. It would require the digest be discontinued, and I don't see that happening any time soon. I found the numbers sobering. One-hundred and five stories. If you like my short fiction, and you're not a subscriber, this certainly ought to be an incentive.

Also yesterday, [ profile] kylecassidy, [ profile] briansiano, and the intrepid Sara Murphy convened in the wilds of Pennsylvania to shoot more video and stills. More scenes from The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. I should have been there, but the continuing headaches (yes) and my deadlines made the long trip impractical (to say the least). But, here's the thing. Excepting the top-tier donors (3 people), the shots from this session is not available to those who donated to the Kickstarter project. And given we went a bit over budget, we're hoping to cover more of the overage by offering some of Kyle's prints for sale. I'll post the information here as soon as he's set up for the sale. Which should be very soon. The photos are gorgeous. [ profile] kambriel* made the gorgeous "Le Petit Chaperon Rouge" dress that Sara wears. And, while I'm at it, the novel's release date is now only thirty six (!) days away.

Last night, on the recommendation of [ profile] andrian6, Spooky and I watched Joel Anderson's Lake Mungo (2008). Except for Cloverfield, I'm fairly certain Lake Mungo is the best "mockumentary" (I fucking loathe that "word") since Myrick and Sánchez' superb The Blair Witch Project in (1999). Lake Mungo is quiet, eerie in all the right ways, and deeply disconcerting. In the end, it's what all "ghost" stories should be – it's sad. Set in Australia, it's sort of like Peter Weir did a ghost story back in the 1970s. You should see it.

And, with that...time to make the doughnuts.

Wishing She Were On the Way Home from Pennsylvania,
Aunt Beast

* If you want to see many of her beautiful designs on her retail website, just go here. Kambriel has made several custom pieces for me over the years.

Addendum (2:29 p.m.): Just heard from my agent that my Publishers Weekly interview is now out, in the January 30, 2012 issue of the magazine. Apparently, no one in Rhode Island sells the magazine, so if you can get me a copy, I'll show my gratitude in some very nice way. Thank you.

Date: 2012-01-31 02:37 am (UTC)
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Have you watched The Tunnel yet? Truly, I think you will like it.

Date: 2012-01-31 03:07 am (UTC)
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Sounds interesting. However, it hasn't been released in the US (or on any region DVD I could see).

Date: 2012-01-31 03:32 am (UTC)
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Dang. Tried to buy it for you in the app store but there's a stupid restriction where gifts can only be redeemed in the country store they were bought in. Short of sneakily trying to find someone in the US with an iStore account and sending them the money, I am not going to be able to surprise-gift it.
But it is on the iStore for iPad (
They were very particular about it being a worldwide/internet release so it *should* be available in your region's store. You can also download it for free via the official site (

Date: 2012-01-31 03:35 am (UTC)
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There's also a few services streaming it for free, I don't know which you have access to, but there's a list

Date: 2012-01-31 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I recently rented it from Rogers up here in Canada. Like Lake Mungo, it juxtaposes interviews with found footage, and uses the interesting tactic of showing the interview subjects the footage as they're being interviewed, in order, so they can comment on/react to it. Obviously, some of them have never seen it before, which is neat.

That said, the story itself is not as interesting as it might be, and contains one of those recent tropes I hope I never see again: The riff-on-Heather's-hubris thing of "this is all [insert female name here]'s fault, because ambitious women will overreach and lie to get what they want".

Noroi, OTOH, really is amazing. It's hella-creepy, and while it is Japanese, it's also far more Lovecraftian than it might immediately appear--like both Rings, in that way, except even more so. You can watch the entire thing on YouTube, in chunks.


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