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1. There were terrible dreams this morning; I'm trying to let them all go, forget them. The only good thing about today thus far is that I'm having coffee with chicory for the first time in many years. I've been craving it for some time, and Spooky came back from the market on Thursday with a can of French Market. So, yeah, that one thing, at least, is good. Of course, I've only been up for about an hour, so the day may yet improve.

2. There was snow yesterday, but nothing heavy. I sat here at my desk and wrote the scene that I hope will open The Wolf Who Cried Girl, and I watched the snow spiraling down outside. Here in Providence, the ground has been white all year. Anyway, yeah, I did another 1,173 words yesterday. Today, I'll finish the prologue, and try to figure out if it really is how the book begins.

3. Okay, so here's the cool news about the forthcoming Audible.com adaptation of The Red Tree. I was informed on Thursday that it will be a multi-voice production, with different readers for Sharon Halperin (Sarah's editor), Sarah Crowe, and Charles Harvey. Which pleases me enormously, as this is how I want people to hear the novel. No word yet when it will be released. At this point, I'm working with Audible.com on a few very minor changes to the text, things that worked in print that obviously won't work for audio. The footnotes, for example.

4. I promised, back at the end of December, to post the cover art for The Ammonite Violin & Others, and then it slipped my mind. But, better late than never. Richard Kirk has, of course, done something brilliant. I'm placing it behind a cut, as the jpg is rather large:





Copyright © 2010 by Richard A. Kirk



5. I'm very pleased to announce that "The Steam Dancer (1896)" will be reprinted in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's forthcoming anthology, Steampunk Reloaded.

6. I'm surprised that there haven't been more responses to last night's "If I were a summonable monster" poll, given that there have been about fifty replies to the "If you had me alone, locked up in your house, for twenty-four hours..." poll. I actually thought last night's question was far more fun. Anyway, I'll keep reading for both right up until time to begin production on Sirenia Digest #50, so there's still plenty of time.

7. My great thanks to Steven Lubold of Phoenix Comics in Fairfax, Virginia, who sent Spooky and me a number of very fine books from our Amazon wishlists. The distractions are very much appreciated!

Comments

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hypanebliss
Jan. 9th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)
Last night's question is more fun, which also means that in my mind it requires more thought. The cover art is absolutely gorgeous! Mmm....tentacles.....
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)

ast night's question is more fun, which also means that in my mind it requires more thought.

That makes sense.
cucumberseed
Jan. 9th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
This is exactly why I have not responded yet as well.
chris_walsh
Jan. 9th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
You're right, it is more fun, so I hope I can think of one. I thought of this for a friend:
Ruler-thwacking, slow-slow-sloooooooooow opening of a junk mail envelope (with my tongue), the donning of antlers, the setting of said antlers on fire, the dousing of my flaming antlers in my Cream of Mushroom Soup, a National Guard flyby, bubbling of bacon grease, and a telling of "The Aristocrats."
To which another friend replied "Oh, you're a Mason?"

Glad to know the details on The Red Tree's audio book. (And Alicia, one of the people I've turned onto you and your work, did appreciate The Red Tree. Another happy reader!)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)

To which another friend replied "Oh, you're a Mason?"

Rather sounds like it.
jacobluest
Jan. 11th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
This is belaboring the point, isn't it? I can't help it though...I watched it on DVD and was rather struck by it:

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greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)

If I wasn't feeling so zombified lately, I'd come up with something. Le sigh.

Well...you do have the remainder of the month. Perhaps you'll be feeling less zombiefied farther along.
sovay
Jan. 9th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
I was informed on Thursday that it will be a multi-voice production, with different readers for Sharon Halperin (Sarah's editor), Sarah Crowe, and Charles Harvey.

Fantastic! I look forward to hearing it.

Richard Kirk has, of course, done something brilliant.

That is very, very lovely.

I'm very pleased to announce that "The Steam Dancer (1896)" will be reprinted in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's forthcoming anthology, Steampunk Reloaded.

Good. Congratulations.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Your New Ceiling

Oh..drool.
sfmarty
Jan. 10th, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Re: Your New Ceiling
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timesygn
Jan. 9th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)

Good news about the "Steam Dancer" reprint, and the multi-voice audio-book reading of The Red Tree. Congratulations.

You know whose voice I always thought would be admirably well-suited to interpeting your work in audio format? Laurie Anderson's.

Good luck and good hunting on The Girl Who Cried Wolf.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)

You know whose voice I always thought would be admirably well-suited to interpeting your work in audio format? Laurie Anderson's.

That would be very interesting.
fornikate
Jan. 10th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Oh that is LOVELY
fusijui
Jan. 10th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
The first question has the whole blatant salacious thing going for it, and especially this being the internet, I'm not surprised there's a difference in response...

My own is delayed because I left my copy of the Sigsand MS at work, and all I can remember is that I'd need to use a house that's larger inside than outside for containment. Figuring out how to perform blood sacrifices with fossils is going to be a PITA too. But will try to get to it Monday. BTW, seen 'House of Pancakes'? (http://xkcd.com/472/)

LOVE the octopus ceiling, beerdiablo!
thimbleofrain
Jan. 10th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
The only good thing about today thus far is that I'm having coffee with chicory for the first time in many years.

I drink Cafe Au Lait at home, made with Cafe Du Monde “Coffee and Chicory,” which I buy in yellow-orange cans at the Asian market (of all places). It’s inexpensive and good.

I’ll write something for your thing.
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