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And here, the last day of this foul year. It's appropriately overcast here in Providence, 32˚F, windchill at 25˚F. It should be overcast the world over, mourning 2016 and the fear of 2017. This year, the ball drops on an entirely different variety of uncertainty.

On the one hand, I feel like this was an unprecedentedly unproductive year for me, thanks to a prolonged spell of writing difficulty, pretty much the beginning of April through the beginning of September, five months during which I was able to finish only a single story, "Whisper Road (Murder Ballad No. 9)." And yet, when I tally the year's stories, I am surprised to see that I did better than I did in 2015:

"Eurydice Eduction" (Sirenia Digest #119, December 2015)*
"Study for an Electronaut's Ovid (AD 2052)" (Sirenia Digest #120, January 2016)
"Pillbug" (Sirenia Digest #122, March 2016)
"Objects in the Mirror" (for Dave McKean and William Schafer's forthcoming The Weight of Words)
"When Even the Darkness is Something to See (A Fragment)" (Sirenia Digest #123, May 2016)
"Epithalamium (A Fragment)" (Sirenia Digest #123, May 2016)
"Whisper Road (Murder Ballad No. 9)" (Sirenia Digest #125, July 2016)
"The Chartreuse Alphabet (Parts One & Two)" (Sirenia Digest #128 and #129, September 2016)
"Animals Pull the Night Around Their Shoulders" (Sirenia Digest #128, September 2016)
"M is for Mars" (novella for Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales)**
"Antediluvian Homesick Blues" (Sirenia Digest #129, October 2016)
"The Line Between the Devil's Teeth (Murder Ballad No. 10)" (Sirenia Digest #130, November 2016)
"Untitled Psychiatrist #1" (Sirenia Digest #131, December 2016)
"The Sick Rose, Redux" (Sirenia Digest #131, December 2016)

* Written in January 2016, though it appeared in the belated December 2015 Sirenia Digest #119.
** Built from the bones of The Dinosaurs of Mars, but mostly new prose.

I should say also that I spent an enormous amount of energy in 2016 (that could have been spent writing) editing three collection, Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales, Dear Sweet Fithy World, and the stillborn Cambrian Tales: Juvenilia.

Meanwhile, yeah, a lot of famous people died in 2016, and some of us felt like the year was in a vendetta kind of mood as regards our personal heroes. I lost an uncommon number of heroes to this evil year, including musicians (David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, for fucks sake), actors (Alan Rickman, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and Gene Wilder), and authors (Katherine Dunn and Harper Lee, Pat Conroy and Umberto Eco and Richard Adams). There are fucking lists of the dead all over the fucking place, and I'm not gonna attempt anything like that here.

There were some good films, though I saw fewer than I usually did. Here are some favorites, unranked:

01. Arrival (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
02. Hail, Ceaser! (dir. the Cohen Bros.)
03. Hell or High Water (dir. David Mackenzie)
04. 10 Cloverfield Lane (dir. Dan Trachtenberg)
05. Midnight Special (dir. Jeff Nichols)
06. Café Society (dir. Woody Allen)
07. Captain Fantastic (dir. Matt Ross)
08. Green Room (dir. Jeremy Saulnier)
10. I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (dir. Oz Perkins)
11. The Neon Demon (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
12. One More Time With Feeling (dir. Andrew Dominik)
13. Zootopia (dir. Byron Howard et al.)
14. Elvis & Nixon (dir. Liza Johnson)
15. Rogue One (dir. Gareth Edwards)
16. Anthropoid (dir. Sean Ellis)
17. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (dir. David Yates)
18. Doctor Strange (dir. Scott Derrickson)
19. The Founder (dir. John Lee Hancock)

And a special honorable mention of the marvelous Stranger Things, created by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer.

Yesterday was spent moving 4,849 entries over to Dreamwidth. You can find them under The Real Aunt Beast (therealauntbeast). It's a work in progress. It's still unformatted and the 65,421 comments haven't yet made it over. However, LJ is still the main journal. That's just a backup, in case something happens to LJ.

And here is my last photo of 2016. Well, no, probably my next to last photo of 2016. I was not yet quite awake when I took it:



Ta Ta Until 2017,
Aunt Beast
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everville340
Dec. 31st, 2016 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you for Sirenia Digest #131, which, oddly, I feel compelled to save to open on a special occasion.
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sovay
Jan. 1st, 2017 02:31 am (UTC)
And yet, when I tally the year's stories, I am surprised to see that I did better than I did in 2015

I am glad you got words out of this year.

See you in 2017.
dan_spears
Jan. 1st, 2017 07:05 am (UTC)
-Kind of funny, but not really, I guess, is the fact that when I just logged into your blog and saw the picture of Patti Smith, a split second before I read that she had just turned 70 my heart jumped and I thought that she had been the latest on 2016's hit list.
-Started the evening nicely with an old collection of Bob Dylan concert footage, but then ended up watching a '77 Eagles concert, then had to watch an old David Bowie concert; started to put on an old Jefferson Airplane concert, but decided I was too tired; but then started to dwell on a much more personal loss that 2016 dealt me, as if losing so many heroes wasn't bad enough, and just had to say how glad I was that that homicidal bitch of a year was now over with.
-Sorry about the small rant. I only meant to log on and say "Happy New Year" to you both. So, happy New Year Caitlin and Kathryn. Here's wishing us all a really good one.
atrata13
Jan. 1st, 2017 09:45 am (UTC)
Happy New Year
I wish you and yours a Happy New Year, may it turn out to be better than the last!
If you can still dream
there is hope.
If there is hope,
there is a chance.

Edited at 2017-01-01 09:45 am (UTC)
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