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I dreamed I was in a bombed-out European city near the end of WWII. I was at the edge of a wide green lake, catching water snakes.

The heat is back. At least, it's hot inside the House. I don't know what it is out there. I haven't bothered to check the weather or open a window. In Rhode Island, opening a window will yield vastly more accurate results than consulting any meteorologist.

Yesterday, I wrote 958 words and finally found THE END of "Far From Any Shore." The rest of the day was spent getting more photoreferences out to Lee Moyer for the cover painting of Beneath and Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume Two).

I posted this on Facebook yesterday:

So, my agent has read "Interstate Love Song: Murder Ballad No. 8," and she says (in an email with the subject line "omg!"): "Your story is amazing. Some of your best writing, no question. Dark, god knows, but really really good!" When I asked if, then, she thought it would, indeed, make a good novel, she replied, "A gorgeously written dark and literary serial killer novel with incestuous lesbians as the main characters and perps? I’m in. Possibly not a slam dunk in commercial terms, but it will be great." This has made my week. I know what my next novel will be. This will be my first completely, undeniably non-supernatural novel*.

That was the very good thing about yesterday. The novel will be titled Interstate Love Song: A Murder Ballad. I hope to begin it as soon as Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird has been written for Dark Horse, so probably in the early autumn. With luck, I'll have it finished by the end of next summer.

Congratulations to setsuled, who had the winning bid on the copy of From Weird and Distant Shores. Another round of eBay auctions has begun.

Think I'm gonna have five stars tattooed at the base of my neck, little black ones, with CARCOSA above them.

Kathryn and I had a walk most of the away around Dexter Training Ground. My feet are so bad these days that's a very long walk for me.

Okay, off to the salt mines with me.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

* I contend that both The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir are non-supernatural novels, but it seems to be a contentious issue. But, you ask me, authorial intent trumps all.

Comments

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captaincurt81
Jul. 8th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
I'm sure a brand new novel idea with praise from your agent is a wonderful place to be in anticipation of your writings this fall and beyond. Cheering you on.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC)

Yes, ands thank you.
sovay
Jul. 8th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
I dreamed I was in a bombed out European city near the end of WWII. I was at the edge of a wide green lake, catching water snakes.

It sounds very tranquil, stated that way.

That was the very good thing about yesterday. The novel will be titled Interstate Love Song: A Murder Ballad.

It's an excellent thing. I am already looking forward.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)

It sounds very tranquil, stated that way.

It was, really. Even with the devastation, it was tranquil.
sovay
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
Even with the devastation, it was tranquil.

I'm very glad.

I am giving a thumbs-up to the idea of the stars of Carcosa, by the way.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)

I am giving a thumbs-up to the idea of the stars of Carcosa, by the way.

I'll probably have it done in September.

Edited at 2014-07-08 05:35 pm (UTC)
dipsomaniac
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
That was the very good thing about yesterday. The novel will be titled Interstate Love Song: A Murder Ballad.

That's a very good thing indeed. Looking forward to future updates.

Can't wait to see the cover of Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)

Can't wait to see the cover of Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea.

Same here.
alumiere
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
Hooray for good news. Now I have another novel from you to wait semi-patiently for!
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:17 pm (UTC)

And I have to wait semi-patiently to write.
ashlyme
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
*A gorgeously written dark and literary serial killer novel with incestuous lesbians as the main characters and perps?*

Well, I'm sold. Glad you had tranquil dreams.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)

Glad you had tranquil dreams.

As am I.

Edited at 2014-07-08 05:18 pm (UTC)
setsuled
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
That was the very good thing about yesterday.

I agree, congratulations.

Congratulations to setsuled , who had the winning bid on the copy of From Weird and Distant Shores.

Thanks, I look forward to receiving it.

* I contend that both The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir are non-supernatural novels, but it seems to be a contentious issue. But, you ask me, authorial intent trumps all.

Interesting. I can certainly see The Drowning Girl as not being supernatural though I find myself not as sure about The Red Tree--well, except you just made it clear in the above sentence. Do you generally find your opinion goes one way or the other with regards to the works of others where there's some ambiguity about the real or imagined nature of a protagonist's experiences? For instance, the Alice books or Pan's Labyrinth--though the latter comes to mind because I heard Del Toro state definitively that the fantastic elements are real. Though I'm happy he left it ambiguous since it's certainly fascinating to see it as all coming from the young girl's mind.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)

I do tend to favor psychological explanations over supernatural ones. Not always, obviously, but often. And I do cherish ambiguity. In The Red Tree, there a reasonable amount of ambiguity, and, to a degree, I do not myself know "what happened." But in The Drowning GIrl, I think anyone who reads it as a supernatural story has missed the point (or skipped "Back Pages.").

Edited at 2014-07-08 05:48 pm (UTC)
setsuled
Jul. 8th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
I do tend to favor psychological explanations over supernatural ones.

I do too, though I use to feel the opposite way. My opinion seems to have changed as I've gotten older, though I'm not sure if it's related to my maturity. The ambiguity is nice, too, because it brings the viewer over to the perspective of the person in the story who isn't sure of the reality of what he or she is experiencing either and that uncertainty is a crucial aspect of the anxiety. There's both the evasion of responsibility that comes with blaming exterior causes and the obsession with one's own guilt for something one may not have been responsible for, among other things.

I also like the idea of fiction that may be a bit of both, which is very much Lovecraft, the idea of the mind contaminated by exposure to alien stimuli yet the contamination manifesting from very personal, internally generated thoughts. It's why I like Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining better than King's original book.
vizsludraugas
Jul. 9th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
I thought it wasn't a supernatural story, even with the connections to another story that I thought was supernatural.
elsewhereangel
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
Delighted to hear about the new novel!

The tattoo idea sounds fantastic. Do you have a particular layout in mind?

I've thought of getting a leaving Providence tattoo but who really wants a tattoo of a dead sparrow ;)

Changed my lj name to reflect the GTFO that is occurring.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)

Do you have a particular layout in mind?

Yep. I might draw it up.

Changed my lj name to reflect the GTFO that is occurring.

GTFO?
elsewhereangel
Jul. 9th, 2014 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh - I'm sorry. I feel like I've stepped in it - I wasn't going for annoying child language just quickness because I've only been able to access the internet over the phone lately. Getting The Fuck Out.

Sorry for being the ass that did one of your top ten least favorite things in your actual journal. Really was not aiming for jerkishness.
martianmooncrab
Jul. 8th, 2014 06:25 pm (UTC)
have five stars tattooed at the base of my neck

*nice*
xjenavivex
Jul. 8th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
I am so excited about your new novel. I can't wait.

I would love to see a drawing of the new tattoo you want if you do one up.

I am very much looking forward to the new cover art.

Congratulations on finding the end. I know you had a time with it.

pisceanblue
Jul. 8th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
A Very Good thing indeed, Aunt Beast. Most bowtie. And I agree with you regarding those other books. For me, the characters were the most important elements of the work, and decidedly not supernatural despite possible interpretations.
everville340
Jul. 8th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
"A gorgeously written dark and literary serial killer novel with incestuous lesbians as the main characters and perps? I’m in."

As am I!

Cheers to finding the end of "Far From Any Shore", and towards the Beneath and Oil-Dark Sea: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Volume Two) cover.
aarongp
Jul. 8th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
The novel will be titled Interstate Love Song: A Murder Ballad
Fuck, yeah! That will be fan-bloody-tastic. Yay for you, and your agent.

corucia
Jul. 8th, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)

The novel will be titled Interstate Love Song: A Murder Ballad.

Nice title - very evocative. Another one for me to anticipate. I'm also waiting patiently for the Centipede Press versions; I prefer hardcovers.

I think it's probably time to pass Alia a copy of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, as their age is now appropriate and there are aspects of the book that are likely to resonate strongly.
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