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We've already sold half of Spooky's Alabaster: Pale Horse pendants, and my thanks to everyone who bought one yesterday. Only three remain. Originally, the money was to go towards getting me a new iPod to replace dear, departed Inara. However, now the proceeds from the pendants can go to other expenses, as the postman brought me a new iPod yesterday (as yet unnamed). My grateful thanks to Sara Hiat for such a generous gift.

Cold, sunny, and it looks as if they've put the snow back in the forecast.

Yesterday I wrote 1,001 words on Cherry Bomb. It was a somewhat surreal afternoon, sitting here wrestling with the words needed to write a conversation between a talking seagull and a naked "werepire" (bathing in the fountain at City Hall Park in Manhattan). On the one hand, my intention is to write a novel as least as good as the first two, and, I hope, better. On the other, this book's motto is "We can fix it in post." I have declared this novel to be "SplatterRom." But. This month I also have to write a story for Sirenia Digest #97 and my story for Neil Clarke's Upgraded: A Cyborg's Cyborg Anthology. I've actually considered opening comments to suggestions for a cyborg story. As in, provide a single sentence that could become the story.

And speaking of Pink Delicious, the reviewer for Library Journal writes:

Siobhan Quinn—but really, you better just call her Quinn—returns in a second helping of blood-soaked mayhem (after 2013's Blood Oranges). The half-werewolf, half-vampire ex-junkie is still working for Mr. B., who wants her to look for the missing daughter of a wealthy necromancer. The job puts her in the middle of a dispute between two demonic interdimensional beings who both want to possess a rare artifact. VERDICT Kiernan (The Drowning Girl) once again assumes her pen name to bring us an obscene homage to The Maltese Falcon. The pace is fast, the language is profane, and while Quinn is a bundle of bad habits, she is absolutely entertaining.

Yesterday, Kathryn chipped the car out of the glacier our driveway has become, and we ventured over the river. At East Side Market, we bumped into Hazel Hill and Daniel Gorringe. Back home, we had pizza and watched the Olympics' opening ceremonies.

You Can't Choose,
Aunt Beast

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everville340
Feb. 8th, 2014 04:35 pm (UTC)
I believe I may have a new mantra in an old Asura Proverb (You're dumb. You'll die and leave a dumb corpse.). Words to live by...
greygirlbeast
Feb. 8th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)

Great wisdom comes in tiny packages.
everville340
Feb. 8th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
Cheers to great wisdom, tiny packages, and even to "SplatterRom".
homewardangel
Feb. 8th, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC)
Speaking of "splatterRom", do you listen to music when you work? If so, what? (sorry to raise the spectre of interviewing, you need not answer if busy) have you considering dabbling in goregrind while working on this late one?

p.s. i will genuinely miss you come mid-february
greygirlbeast
Feb. 8th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)

Speaking of "splatterRom", do you listen to music when you work? If so, what?

I can't write without music. I've never been able to. As to what I listen to, well...it could be almost anything. Changes days to day, book to book, scene to scene.

I've never hard of "goregrind," but it sounds a bit too noisy for writing.

April 15th, not mid-February.
shanejayell
Feb. 8th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
Hope the writing goes well.
martianmooncrab
Feb. 8th, 2014 06:07 pm (UTC)
they've put the snow back in the forecast.

same here... which annoys me.. normally we have our 2 days of winter and be done with it..
setsuled
Feb. 8th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
a conversation between a talking seagull and a naked "werepire" (bathing in the fountain at City Hall Park in Manhattan).

Very nice.

I've actually considered opening comments to suggestions for a cyborg story. As in, provide a single sentence that could become the story.

How about, "The flesh was almost as dumb as his fingers, the cricket elbows."
greygirlbeast
Feb. 8th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)

You've made me think of an Uncle Remus story.
setsuled
Feb. 8th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Heh. Well, cyborg Uncle Remus, I can see all sorts of controversy coming out of that.
corucia
Feb. 9th, 2014 06:19 am (UTC)

provide a single sentence that could become the story

"We conclude that there exists no scientific evidence that it is possible to introduce biological material into our matrices, nor can we conceptualize circumstances under which any rational machine might be coerced into adding such unstable material."
corucia
Feb. 9th, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)

- From concluding statements by Sub-prime Intercedant Jeerrneenn Ren: chair, 141st Conference on Advancement
sovay
Feb. 9th, 2014 07:31 am (UTC)
I've actually considered opening comments to suggestions for a cyborg story. As in, provide a single sentence that could become the story.

I'm all for that.
missmonsta
Feb. 9th, 2014 10:44 am (UTC)
I Cast A Deadly Spell
I was wondering, have you ever seen the HBO movie from 1991 or so, called I Cast A Deadly Spell? I watched it last week on youtube, thinking it was fun but it was just missing...something - and then I remembered reading the Maltese Unicorn and had to dig out my copy of Supernatural Noir and read that again. Thanks for the great story.
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