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"My own secret ceremonials..."

Shaw
Yeah, okay, well today's working hard at being a pain in my ass. The climate's violent mood swings aren't helping. The micro-heatwave has come and gone. On Wednesday the high was 91˚F (with a heat index over 100˚F); today the high will be about 75˚F. Yeah. Okay.

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It's still a work in progress, but here's an early look at Albert Perrault's Fecunda ratis, as painted by Matthew Jaffee for the forthcoming Centipede Press edition of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir:



Copyright © 2013 by Matthew Jaffe


I created the painting in my mind way, way back in long ago 2000. For thirteen years I've carried it about in my skull, and I've used it in three or four short stories and, finally, in The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. But I never thought I'd see it leak out into the real world. Now...it's leaking. And I'm stunned. I speak of terror, and of horror, and of the weird, and here there are all three. It's going to be an amazing book. Matthew will be creating at least one more Perrault for the edition.

Yeah, I'm supposing Mr. Perrault will never be a darling of feminist art critics.

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Yesterday, I tried to begin a new story, "Pushing Back the Sky," but it might be a false start. I hope that today will tell.

The day's have been, crazy weather aside, monotonous. Geoffrey is coming to visit on Sunday, which will be a welcomed break in the sameness.

I've been reading Pogo, Lord Dunsany's The Gods of Pegāna, and portions of Werdelin and Sanders' titanic Cenozoic Mammals of Africa (last night, "Embrithopoda"). We've been watching Season Three of Boardwalk Empire, which has to be, by far, the most beautiful thing on television.

By the way, readers send me gifts. Really amazing gifts. I generally assume they wish to be anonymous, and so I only rarely thank them by name. One particular reader was especially generous lately, which is how I'm able to be reading Cenozoic Mammals of Africa. Thank you.

Speaking of The Secret World, I've been gaming too much (yes, you can) and getting a lot of very good RP with a number of people. I've just reached the Valley of the Sun God region of Egypt, and it's beautiful realized. It's the first region of the game I've really loved since Kingsmouth, the first questing area after (depending on your faction) New York City, Seoul, and London. Sort of Lovecraft meets Tolkien. Ghouls, instead of orcs. Gorgeous.

Last night I discovered that I like Tương Ớt Sriracha on beef lo mein. Might sound gross, but it's good. Also, this morning I hit 3,000 followers on Facebook.

To be in such a shitty mood, I'm awfully filled with praise and superlatives.

As Our Ms. Geary Would Say, "Super,"
Aunt Beast

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sovay
Sep. 13th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Albert Perrault's Fecunda ratis, as painted by Matthew Jaffee

That's absolutely beautiful. If it's not a digital painting, are you going to get the original?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)

It's not digital. Matthew doesn't even own a digital camera. I'm assuming he'll be keeping the original, as it usually works that way.
sovay
Sep. 13th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming he'll be keeping the original, as it usually works that way.

Understood. I was not familiar with Mathew's work. I am glad it's going to be in the world.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)

He really doesn't have much of a web presence. I discovered him by way of Jerad, from Centipede, and Matthew's work on the CP volume of Arthur Machen.
sovay
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
and Matthew's work on the CP volume of Arthur Machen.

Same style as Fecunda ratis?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)

Pretty much, yeah.
cucumberseed
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
I speak of terror, and of horror, and of the weird, and here there are all three.

I understand that you hate misuse of the word "awesome." I agree. I don't think it would be misused describing this painting.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)

Yeah. Awe. In its correct usage. That applies, as well. I agree.
handful_ofdust
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
God, yes! That painting is gorgeous.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)

Ain't it just?
stsisyphus
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
I've just reached the Valley of the Sun God region of Egypt...

I can see that whole zone being a kind of "Ozymandius" moment for Isaac. Plus, I happen to enjoy the Guardians, who have a slow, sad, and rather eternal tragedy to them.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)

I can see that whole zone being a kind of "Ozymandius" moment for Isaac.

Yes. Totally. I could not have asked for a better landscape against which to play out this portion of his story.
setsuled
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
Albert Perrault's Fecunda ratis, as painted by Matthew Jaffee

Very nice. The contrast between the central figure's pale skin and the dark surroundings and monsters works very well, both in tying the monsters to the environment and in giving the painting a pre-raphaelite feel.

Mr. Perrault will never be a darling of feminist art critics.

Well, speaking as a feminist, I like it, but I think "feminism" may have taken on another meaning for many and those who subscribe to that meaning would probably not approve, yes.

We've been watching Season Three of Boardwalk Empire, which has to be, by far, the most beautiful thing on television.

I kept up with the first two seasons but I kind of fell out after the first three or so of season three. I agree it's impressively beautiful but it felt a little static for me. Maybe I'll try it again, maybe it was my mood.

Speaking of The Secret World, I've been gaming too much

I actually spent multiple hours on The Secret World last night. I really want to get out of Blue Mountain.

Sort of Lovecraft meets Tolkien.

Well, that sounds perfect.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)

The contrast between the central figure's pale skin and the dark surroundings and monsters works very well, both in tying the monsters to the environment and in giving the painting a pre-raphaelite feel.

Well said. It isn't precisely how I ever imagined the painting, nor how it's described. I think it might be better.

Well, speaking as a feminist, I like it, but I think "feminism" may have taken on another meaning for many and those who subscribe to that meaning would probably not approve, yes.

Yup. For example, some would undoubtedly condemn it as contributing the "rape culture." Though, that would be terribly presumptuous.

Maybe I'll try it again, maybe it was my mood.

You should give it another go.

I actually spent multiple hours on The Secret World last night. I really want to get out of Blue Mountain.

So far, Blue Mountain is very much my least favorite zone. They just utterly blew it there. I mean, FUCKING SASQUATCHES?!?!?!



Edited at 2013-09-13 08:23 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)

Also, at some point, once you're clear of Blue Mountain and in the Scorched Desert, we should quest together again. I loved that Mulder/Scully vibe.
setsuled
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
some would undoubtedly condemn it as contributing the "rape culture." Though, that would be terribly presumptuous.

Yes. The word "rape" is thrown around entirely too lightly as evidenced by the creation of the really unwise new term "rapey".

They just utterly blew it there. I mean, FUCKING SASQUATCHES?!?!?!

Generally too useless sasquatches, too. When I'm dealing with 8 foot tall muscle bound beast men, I don't expect to be the one always cutting them out of webs so they can run away while I fight.

we should quest together again. I loved that Mulder/Scully vibe.

Me too, that was fun. It made me want to watch The X-Files again--I don't think I have in at least a decade. Which is nice knowing I haven't watched it to death like I did with Twin Peaks.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)

Yes. The word "rape" is thrown around entirely too lightly as evidenced by the creation of the really unwise new term "rapey".

Oh. Ew. Yes. "That was sort of rapey." Let's infantilize and make trivial the thing we rail against, why don't we?

Generally too useless sasquatches, too. When I'm dealing with 8 foot tall muscle bound beast men, I don't expect to be the one always cutting them out of webs so they can run away while I fight.

At least one of the patches changed their appearances. They used to look like fucking furries who wanted to be cartoon apes.

It made me want to watch The X-Files again

Yup.
setsuled
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
They used to look like fucking furries who wanted to be cartoon apes.

Wow. Sounds like The Secret World's own Jar Jar Binks.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)

Okay. Not quite that bad. but few things are...
stsisyphus
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
I actually spent multiple hours on The Secret World last night. I really want to get out of Blue Mountain.

Yeah, BM is a bit of a grind, and one I generally don't look forward to. Not least of which is the fact that it is Fuckmoth Central. Still, I feel like it picks up once you hit the Wakanabi trailer park.

By the way, not sure if you have access to it or not, but the Tyler Freeborn missions are (in general) balanced for someone in average QL10 gear. Although the storyline is pretty interesting, there's no need to struggle through it on your first run through Blue Mountain.

setsuled
Sep. 13th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Still, I feel like it picks up once you hit the Wakanabi trailer park.

I think I'm almost through with Wakanabi, though only the main questline through them, I haven't done their side quests.

the Tyler Freeborn missions are (in general) balanced for someone in average QL10 gear.

The name doesn't sound familiar but my memory's not always the best. I'm definitely not at QL10 yet. I got my blade offensive to 9, I think, and defensive to 7. My talismans are still at 4, except head which I think is at 5.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)

I think I'm almost through with Wakanabi, though only the main questline through them, I haven't done their side quests.

The tribe figures heavily in your story quest.

The name doesn't sound familiar but my memory's not always the best. I'm definitely not at QL10 yet. I got my blade offensive to 9, I think, and defensive to 7. My talismans are still at 4, except head which I think is at 5.

At this point, I have all skills at QL10, except shotguns, which is at QL8. I figure I'll have it to 10 by the end of next week, at the latest. But I do grind like a fiend.
setsuled
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
But I do grind like a fiend.

Yes, you certainly do! And you fight a lot of monsters for experience points, too.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)

Still, I feel like it picks up once you hit the Wakanabi trailer park.

Eh. This is probably one of those "your mileage may vary" things. Didn't for me.

By the way, not sure if you have access to it or not, but the Tyler Freeborn missions are (in general) balanced for someone in average QL10 gear. Although the storyline is pretty interesting, there's no need to struggle through it on your first run through Blue Mountain.

I did most of the TF thing. But I'm really, really, really angry that – even though I'm a subscriber – I have to buy the issues. It truly is a ripoff, and if I weren't enjoying it, it would be enough to make me stop playing. Subscribers should have to pay extra for new content. We should at least be able to convert Pax Romana into online shop currency, as per GW2. I mean...what am I ever going to do with all these millions and millions of PR? Even Isaac's constant sex shifts don't make much of a dent.

Sorry. End of rant.
setsuled
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
We should at least be able to convert Pax Romana into online shop currency, as per GW2.

I wish The Secret World would take a lot of pages from the Guild Wars book. Being able to dye clothing would be nice, too.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)

Indeed. Or formation of spontaneous questing groups, as per GW2.
ulffriend
Sep. 13th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
The painting is amazing - I'm looking forward to seeing the others.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)

As am I.
oldfossil59
Sep. 13th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
Albert Perrault's Fecunda ratis, as painted by Matthew Jaffee for the forthcoming Centipede Press ed
Thanks for preview! That painting is stunning. The book is going to be so very beautiful!
greygirlbeast
Sep. 13th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Albert Perrault's Fecunda ratis, as painted by Matthew Jaffee for the forthcoming Centipede Pres

You're welcome!
Alex Bell
Sep. 14th, 2013 12:50 am (UTC)
painting
It's a beautiful painting.
mizliz13
Sep. 15th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
That painting is truly a thing of dark beauty. Very much love the use of colour.
kiki60
Sep. 16th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
The painting is an sophisticated Rorschach test meant to suggest as much as interpreted.
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