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I hope it's obvious to everyone how much of an homage this video is to the Kate Bush videos of the 1980s...

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In a cover sort of mood these days.
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Yes, weird, wet weather. And here we all are, in the aftermath of this somewhat unusual nor'easter. We're lucky; we didn't lose power, though a lot of Rhode Island did (~20,000 as of 7 ayem this morning; power is being restored). Though, honestly, I don't think I've found it as disturbing as have many who've lived here a long time, who seem to perceive it as a singularly peculiar storm. Maybe, this is simply because I don't know the local weather patterns. It was odd seeing the snow on green leaves, and the wind was very loud, and now the ground is strewn with a carpet of dead green leaves; we got possibly two or three inches of wet snow, almost all of which has now melted. Oh, and the worse thing about this storm? The coining of the obnoxious neologism "snowtober."

And my head is in about seventy-five places at the moment.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,131 words on a new piece, "Latitude 41°21'45.89"N, Longitude 71°29'0.62"W." It's a sort of mad tumble, trip-over-itself style. I'm enjoying it, and trying to resist subjecting the finished story to a "cut up" technique before it appears in the Digest. I'm also fascinated that a piece of erotica can bear a longitude and latitude designation as a title (Harlan did this before me, of course, with "Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13" W") and now I want to see the human body drawn with lines of both, mathematically precise, that any point on any given body can be pinpointed. All is need is for a model (who will model nude of course), a geographer, and a mathematician to volunteer. Anyway, this is the story Vince will be illustrating this month, by the way. And again, my apologies that this issue, #71, will be so late.

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Bitter cold is coming tonight. Forecasts of 26˚ Fahrenheit for Providence. I'm thinking a lot about the Occupy Wall Street protesters, and their resolve, and how they have weathered this. How I'm sure various cities hope the cold will end the occupations:

From the ows website:

It's been dumping snow here in NYC all day, high winds and 3 inches of slush on the ground. With the NYPD and FDNY confiscating six generators on Friday and this unprecedented October snow, those occupying Liberty Plaza in downtown NYC are in need of emergency supplies crucial for cold weather survival (and occupation).

Please note the list of winter donation needs provided. I would be there myself if my health allowed. Fuck the career. I would be there if I would be anything more than a burden. So, from a distance, to quote Peter Gabriel, "I will do what I can do." And, of course, we have the horror stories coming out of Oakland and Denver.

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Heard new Kate Bush last night. The jury is still out. Mother and I are still collating. Also, we watched the first episode of NBC's Grimm, and as I said of Twitter last night, it is almost not awful. Maybe, in time, it will even be...less almost not awful.

I think that's all for now. I almost fell asleep last night reading The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951). A wonderful book.

Amid Weird Autumn Weather,
Aunt Beast
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Should probably make this quick. Out there it's sunny, and it almost still feels like summer. Almost. But I won't be heading for the sea.

Yesterday, I finished, well...I think they'll not abduct me again and use the electric nipple clamps on me, not if I only say, yesterday I finished Phase One. Just wait until you see.

Actually, the electric nipple clamps are kind of exquisite.

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I'm reposting a big chunk of Friday's post, because not as many people seem to bother with reading this LJ on Friday's, and I want this seen. Comments are good, too:

Before anything else is written on this entry, you have to see what happens when The Drowning Girl: A Memoir falls into the hands of the superb and marvelous Michael Zulli, who has, through his own amazing graces, become my Phillip George Saltonstall. Here is the painting of the title, and here, too, is the "lost" painting that Imp does not learn about until much later:

The Drowning Girl, Nos. 1 & 2 )


There really are not words adequate to the task of describing the effect these paintings have had on me, seeing your fiction made real, and I thank you again (and publicly for the first time), Michael. No, these will not be in the Roc trade paperback, but they will appear in any hardback edition, should any hardback edition ever appear. At least one of them will also appear in the photographs and book trailer project that I have undertaken with [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy. These images will also appear on the LJ we're keeping for the project, [livejournal.com profile] evacanning, and, eventually, on the novel's website.

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Last night, after Vincent D'nofrio, I read another story from The Book of Cthulhu, Molly's Tanzer's "The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins." And wow, this one's a keeper. I'd never encountered this author before, but...imagine H. P. Lovecraft refracted through the lenses of Lemony Snicket, Edward Gorey, and any number of Victorian authors, and you get this wonderful and delightfully perverse short story. Brava, Ms. Tanzer. That said, I fear I'm running out of good stories in this anthology. I've read twelve out of twenty-seven, and I don't have high hopes for more than three or maybe four further worthwhile pieces. But yes, "The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins" is very, very good, and I'll be keeping my eye open for additional work by that author.

Etsy has proven the Apocalypse is nigh: there is now a category for "hipster."

I'm not heartened at the news of a new Kate Bush album (coming in November), Fifty Words for Snow, not after her last couple of releases.

And, finally, I was genuinely saddened to see that Andy Whitfield has died. Spartacus: Blood and Titties won't be the same without him.

The Word for the World is Plastic,
Aunt Beast
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First, the cover for the new mass-market edition of Murder of Angels, due in bookstores on April 1st, 2008 ($7.99 US). My thanks to my editor at Penguin, Anne Sowards, for getting this too me so early. Anyway, it's behind the cut if you're reading this on LJ:

Murder of Angels 2nd edition )


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I really do not often bitch about the publishing and bookselling end of writing, because, well, usually, I just don't see much point. But as Roc releases my novels in mass-market paperback, a very serious problem has come to my attention, and it's one that effects all novelists, and one that could seriously harm the sales of these editions of my novels. I have been aware of the problem for a couple of months now, but I've been so distracted by one thing or another and so haven't taken the time to talk about it. Then I received this email from Sandi Merrit:

Just a quick question. I preordered Silk from Amazon, and got it today. (Which I was very happy about) I wanted to order another copy for a present. But when I went to Amazon and put it in the search all I could find was the one published in 2002 and the one published in 1998. They don't even have the 2007 reissued edition listed. I checked twice to be sure I had not over looked it. I can order it from Barnes & Noble. But I thought I would just mention it, in cause you were unaware.

Now, here's what's going on. Like many traditional booksellers, Amazon.com is permitted by publishers to buy remaindered copies of books cheap and resell them at a discount over the cover price. You know when you can get a hardback cheap after the paperback is released, if you don't mind a red mark on the side? That's a remaindered book. And generally, I don't grouse about bookstores selling remainders, because it's better than the books getting pulped, and I know how expensive books are. Also, actual bookstores tend to have the newer editions on the shelves where you may find them. Amazon, on the other hand, is doing something rather different, and it is jeopardizing the new editions. Amazon offers their remaindered books as "bargain books" at a substantial discount, and they have begun making it very difficult to locate newer editions (because, it seems, they are more interested in moving their "bargain" copies). Hence Sandi's trouble locating the new edition of Silk. There have been days when I'm making a journal entry and need to link to one of my books, and even though I'm aware what Amazon's up to, I still have trouble finding the new mmps. I should also point out, in the case of the trade paperbacks of Threshold, Low Red Moon, and Murder of Angels, these are copies I should have had the opportunity to buy before Amazon, as guaranteed in my contracts, but was denied (see my entry for August 2nd, 2006 for details on that fiasco).

So...I need to do everything I can to make my readers aware of this problem. I should have taken action months ago, I know. Below are links to the new mmp editions of the novels. I would be very grateful if you would repost these links, or if you have asked someone to give you one of my books, that you take care to see they are directed to these editions. For one thing, they contain my edited, corrected, and preferred texts. They are not merely new and repackaged printings, and this is especially true of Silk and Threshold. These are the editions that need to sell if I am to remain in good standing with my publisher (a matter which, of course, does not concern Amazon), and if I am to continue to be able to sell future novels to Penguin (or anyone else). Amazon's "bargain books" may be significantly increasing my usually low return rates, and that is a Bad Thing (which I will explain in Pt. 2). Anyway, here are the links to the new editions:

Silk

Threshold

Low Red Moon

As yet, Amazon is not taking preorders for the mmp of Murder of Angels, but I do ask that you please wait on the new edition, instead of buying used or remaindered copies from them. And no, I am not generally opposed to used books, when they truly are used books, and when a bookseller is not employing deceitful practices to give the "used" editions an edge over the new ones. Thank you.

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This morning, Spooky and I dragged ourselves to the theatre at nose-bleed o'clock for a matinee of Chris Weitz' adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass. I think it was the 11:50 ayem screening. At any rate, we found it genuinely magnificent, a beautiful, enthralling, and deeply moving sf/fantasy. A story of forces of dogma and repression seeking to end free thought and scientific discovery by any means necessary. Now, I'll admit, I have not yet read Pullman's novels, but I am aware of the changes that were made to the story for the screenplay. And no doubt this aided in my enjoyment of the film. But, I think this is a very good example of how a film can help a book's sales (the trilogy's sales have jumped upon the film's release), and that means that kids will be exposed to the purer and less diluted anti-Church message of the novels. And from my perspective, that's a Very Good Thing. Anyway, back to the film itself, yes, wonderful. I was delighted by so much that it's hard to single out any one element or performance. I will say it gets a big thumb's up for dragging a good new song out of Kate Bush, when I have not liked anything she's done since The Sensual World (1989). The cast is uniformly superb, and I found the SFX and art direction truly breathtaking (and that's a word I know I probably use too often, but I mean it). I greatly enjoyed The Golden Compass and have added the books to my "to be read" list as a result.

And please, don't get snarky about the film until after you've seen it.

Oh, and here's this clip via IGN that features (most of) the Kate Bush song, "Lyra":

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