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Cold and sunny today; the temperature is currently 27˚F, with the windchill at 16˚F.

The cough seems to have left me, but I'm going easy on my voice for now.

Yesterday, I did manage to leave the house. I made it as far as Benefit Street and the Athenaeum, but the Athenaeum is an oddly noisy library, which, coupled with a lot of bad shit in my head, made it almost impossible for me to concentrate. I struggled through fifteen pages of "Tupelo (1998)" in an hour. Spooky had run some errands, and when she got back to the library, I called it quits. We stopped by Eastside Market to get stuff for spaghetti, then headed back home. I was outside about three hours. It was bitterly cold and the city landscape was stark. Every line my eye landed on was drawn painfully sharp beneath the low blue sky. I think that it may be a while before I go out there again.

Fuck, I'm tired.

Today, I'm going to make another attempt at proofreading and correcting the story, and then I'll see if I have enough energy left over to get the digest (#132) pulled together and sent away to be PDF'd. Which means I hope that people will have it tomorrow. It's late, and I apologize.

I may be shaving a couple of dates off the tour schedule I posted yesterday, which, I admit, would pretty much eliminate any right I might have to call it a tour. Not that there was much interest shown in it yesterday. The fact that I'm paying for this out of my own pocket makes enthusiasm for the endeavor difficult to maintain. I'm estimating that the New York dates alone will cost me ~$553, and I was only paid $2,500 for the novella. It's not cost effective, neither in money nor time, and I've long since passed the point when I do things "for exposure." I'll keep you posted.

I have to work. All that matters is the work.

Resistance, Peace, Compassion,
Aunt Beast

Oh, and there's a photo from yesterday, on the Athenaeum steps...

Comments

( 7 comments — Have your say! )
Jennifer Autumn Valentine
Feb. 4th, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
Oh please no, don't shave off any dates in Boston. I've been dying to see you in person for what feels like forever, and I've already sounded the call to gather in the Boston Horror Society on Meetup for your night at Porter Square Books.

What can I do to sweeten the pot for you?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2017 06:30 pm (UTC)

Boston isn't in danger.
mrs_ralph
Feb. 4th, 2017 06:04 pm (UTC)
Sell tickets and split the money with the venue?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2017 06:31 pm (UTC)

That's not permitted.
mrs_ralph
Feb. 6th, 2017 09:26 am (UTC)
I suppose you aren't allowed to sell photo ops or autographed head shots either. How the heck do they expect the low paid authors to make a living? (that's a rhetorical question...I'm too aware of the answer.)
Marc D. Goldfinger
Feb. 4th, 2017 09:19 pm (UTC)
Porter Square Books and a whole lot of coughing
Well, I'm looking forward to seeing you at Porter Square Books and I promise to buy a book.

The past week I've had the most brutal cough and chest congestion that I've had in many many years. Two weeks ago my partner came down with it and I took care of her and she was worried that I would catch it. I told her, "I never catch that type of illness."

Well, maybe it is my age but I got whacked. Her cough is dying out now and so is mine but I've never been bed-ridden like this from a chest cold in fifteen years. WOW!! Sore throat and all. That will teach me to be so sure of my immune system. I'm going on 8 days now.
But I should be all well and together by March 20th for Porter Square Books. So don't cut that one, please.

I wonder if I know Mrs. Ralph by the name of Trescha who works at Comicazi, I store I frequent? Very similar features.
aarongp
Feb. 4th, 2017 11:32 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear your cough has cleared up. Winter's bad enough without being crook. Here's to a better proofing day.
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