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Sunny and 57˚F today, a little warmer than yesterday.

On this day in 1993, when I was twenty-nine. I began work on Silk. It's been twenty-three years. Which seems like a really enormously long time, though I know it isn't. I was living alone in an apartment on the Southside of Birmingham, about halfway up the north slope of Red Mountain. It was still six months before I would move to Athens, Georgia. I'd only had tow fiction sales, "Between the Flat Irons and the Deep Green Sea" and "Persephone." I have a couple of photos of that apartment building, taken when Spooky and I were visiting Birmingham and Leeds in 2014:



View from 16th Avenue South. The building was built in 1923. The place is a lot nicer these days then when I lived there. In 1993, it was just a step or two up from "dump." But it was my home from December 1989 until April 1994.



My apartment was upstairs and around back.



I somehow managed to salvage yesterday. It helped that the short-lived Republican coup wasn't a total loss. I did 1,002 words on "Build Your Houses With Their Backs to the Sea." Today, I need to find THE END. I also need to answer a bunch of email I let slide yesterday. Oh, and the galley pages for Dear Sweet Filthy World were delivered, because UPS doesn't shut down for Columbus Day, which is more than I can say for quite a lot of Providence. Here, Columbus Day is treated as Italian Pride Day. Last night, I proofread the first story in the collection, "Werewolf Smile," which was written in August 2009.

Oh, and I signed tax forms yesterday.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thank you.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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everville340
Oct. 11th, 2016 04:02 pm (UTC)
I look forward to finally being able to read "Werewolf Smile".
sovay
Oct. 11th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
The place is a lot nicer these days then when I lived there. In 1993, it was just a step or two up from "dump." But it was my home from December 1989 until April 1994.

That happened with my building in New Haven. It is very trendy now. When I lived there in the early 2000's, it was not.

Thanks for sharing the pictures and the history.

Last night, I proofread the first story in the collection, "Werewolf Smile," which was written in August 2009.

Let me know if I can help.
Kiki Lang
Oct. 11th, 2016 06:20 pm (UTC)
Don't look, they can see you, when you see them.
The building looks like a old school, or office building. Did you ever hear the scream of lost souls while living there?
kennydoogs
Oct. 11th, 2016 07:38 pm (UTC)
As it so happens, I've just started re-reading "Silk" for the first time in many years.
papersteven
Oct. 11th, 2016 07:56 pm (UTC)
I finished Silk for at least the tenth time just last week. I think it's time for a deluxe anniversary edition.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 11th, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)

I am going to talk about the possibility of this, for a 20th anniversary edition in 2018, with Subterranean Press.
redheadedfemme
Oct. 11th, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
Wonderful. I love Subterranean Press' books. Looking forward to Dear Sweet Filthy World.
davesmusictank
Oct. 12th, 2016 03:42 pm (UTC)
The building reminds me of my old school.
permitinaauthor
Oct. 13th, 2016 08:28 pm (UTC)

Liked this oldish style of this building. Thank you for share with us the story

ladyblue56
Oct. 14th, 2016 03:42 am (UTC)
I remember this building from growing up in B'ham. Good to see some building are being repaired and not knocked down.

The descriptions in "Silk" have stayed w. me.



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