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"As if I had a choice...oh well."

1. Something strange this morning. Someone going by "Blue Tyson" has posted a one-star review of The Red Tree to Amazon.com. Thing is, it's not actually a review of the book. Instead, the "review," titled "Blacklisted - Georestricted," reads: This book is georestricted and hence will not be bought. Unfortunately it is probably good, too. Now, I have no bloody idea what this means, but I see the same person has posted identical "reviews" to novels by a number of other authors. I've reported it as "inappropriate," and I'd like to ask my readers to please do likewise, as the novel and I certainly do not need a one-star review that's not even a "review" dragging down the book's rating. Thanks. It's an easy process. Just click "report this." Eventually, Amazon.com will take it down. Also, if anyone can explain to me what this bullshit is all about, I'd appreciate it.

2. I slept too late. I must have been truly exhausted, as I slept more than eight hours without Ambien. And now I'm running hopelessly behind today.

3. Not much to yesterday. Decompression. No work done, speaking of getting even farther behind. I managed a hot bath, a very large corned-beef sandwich, and a nap.

4. I did get a rather marvelous email from Micheal Cisco, a link to a short film (very short) that David Lynch made to commemorate the centennial of the Lumière Brothers' first motion picture.

5. Kathryn and I have begun reading Peter Straub's new novel, The Dark Matter, which we're both loving. We made it through the first forty-three pages yesterday evening. The book will be released on February 9th. So, now we're reading three novels simultaneously: Dark Matter, along with Greer Gilman's Cloud and Ashes and Francesca Lia Block's Pretty Dead. I hate reading more than a single novel at a time, but....

6. Last night, we watched Karyn Kusama's Jennifer's Body. I'd avoided it in theateres, because I'm really not a fan of Diablo Cody (and let's not get into that here, please). But it's actually quite good. The comparisons with Gingersnaps and Heathers that I've seen are apt. Definitely one of the few good "horror" films of the last year. The kitchen scene, just after Jennifer's reanimation, was probably my favorite bit. I think I will need to own this one on DVD. We also saw the latest episode of Fringe, which was good. I'm starting to think Playing God would have been a better title for the series. But, I'm an atheist, and I probably fail to appreciate how a title like that would have pissed off a significant percentage of the series' potential viewership. I also fail to care, so there you go.

7. An idea has occurred to me, a sort of more transgressive take on the loathsome "paranormal romance" subgenre, which I may pitch to my agent and editor as a three-book series, and which I would write under the pseudonym Kathleen Tierney (if you know your Gælic, this is essentially the same name as "Caitlín Kiernan"*). I'm not sure where I would find the time, but it might be fun. Geoffrey and Kathryn find the idea intriguing. There would be incestuous lesbian half sisters, demons, interdimensional travel, vampirism, an order of ceremonial magicians bent on some appropriately dark purpose, and all sort of Lovecraftian frippery. One trick would be to circumnavigate the default (and ironic) homophobia of "pr." We shall see.

8. I promised there would be more photos from the trip to New York, and there are, behind the cut. They're a bit grainy, because we decided to use only the available light and not disrupt everything with a flash. I may post two more sets, one of the Montauk Club's architecture, and another of Grand Central Station.





Near the Rhode Island/Connecticut State line.



Coming into New Haven on I-95.



My notebook. I'm not sure why Spooky took this one, though I did scribble a bit before the readings began.



Me and Ellen Datlow. It looks as though she was teaching me a magic trick.



Reading "Houses Under the Sea."



I am told it was a rather "animated" reading.



I think "baggy" is my new look.



After the Montauk Club, the Grand Army Plaza subway station in Brooklyn.



Spooky! I adore this photo.



Geoffrey, after an exhausting evening of Caitlín wrangling.



Me in Grand Central Station. This may be the jacket photo for The Ammonite Violin & Others. No, it's not the same photo I posted yesterday. Compare and you'll see.

All photographs Copyright © 2010 by Caitlín R. Kiternan and Kathryn A. Pollnac



* In both instances, the surname is an anglicized derivation of the Irish surname Ó Tighearnaigh.

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chocolatebark
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
georestricted
Hello--after clicking through and doing some cursory research from the reviewer's amazon profile, other reviews, and the lists that they've made, it seems that a) They're Australian, b) They're referring to the electronic editions of many of the books that get one-star reviews (Let the Right One In, f'rinstance) and 'Georestricted' seems to suggest that they aren't able to download the electronic version of the text because they live in Australia. (Again, a bit of hypothesizing on this, but I think that's what they're doing)

So they're giving the one-star reviews as some form of protest to Amazon because of the format issue, it looks like.
sbisson
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Re: georestricted
Yes, that's my reading of the issue too. They want to read the books, but can't...
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

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unknownbinaries
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
There would be incestuous lesbian half sisters, demons, interdimensional travel, vampirism, an order of ceremonial magicians bent on some appropriately dark purpose, and all sort of Lovecraftian frippery. We shall see.

*glees* This sounds like So much fun.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)

*glees* This sounds like So much fun.

It could be.
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robyn_ma
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
'a short film (very short) that David Lynch made to commemorate the centennial of the Lumière Brothers' first motion picture.'

Lovely gesture, terrible video quality. Get thee to Netflix and stream The Short Films of David Lynch; it's one of the shorts. The other shorts are ace, too.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)

I did note the low quality.
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Kathleen Tierney trilogy and Lovecraftian frippery

Lovecraftian frippery has to have tentacles, right?

Yep.

On a more serious note, would you write it as YA?

Definitely not.
cammycat
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
Reported. What a jackass.
mb2u
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
Spooky channels Zorba the Greek? Interesting...
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)

Spooky channels Zorba the Greek?

Damn. I think you're right.
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derekcfpegritz
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Girl, everytime I see you you look more and more like Johnette Napolitano (whom I've had a crush on since I was, like, ten). So when's the next Concrete Blonde album coming out?

Incidentally, re: Jennifer's Body--"horror comedy" usually leaves me cold (bored at best, actively hostile at worst), but that movie seemed to be the perfect balance of teenage comedy and horror. These scenes with the band were hysterical in that they weren't a bunch of corpsepainted black metal monsters--that would've been too easy. No, they were a bunch of guyliner-wearing emo/indie-rock wannabes! The cognitive dissonance was striking. AND FUCKING HILARIOUS!
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)

Girl, everytime I see you you look more and more like Johnette Napolitano (whom I've had a crush on since I was, like, ten). So when's the next Concrete Blonde album coming out?

Shhhhsh. No one's supposed the notice what's happening there!

These scenes with the band were hysterical in that they weren't a bunch of corpsepainted black metal monsters--that would've been too easy. No, they were a bunch of guyliner-wearing emo/indie-rock wannabes! The cognitive dissonance was striking.

Agreed.
scotchegg
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
"I'd like to ask my readers to please do likewise, as the novel and I certainly do not need a one-star review that's not even a "review" dragging down the book's rating. Thanks. It's an easy process. Just click "report this." "

Done
ellen_datlow
Jan. 18th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
I got the same exact "review" for one of my anthos--the nebula Award book and complained to amazon. They're usually very good about taking down crap such as that.
pisceanblue
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
You had me at incestuous lesbian half sisters. Also, love Spooky's hat.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)

You had me at incestuous lesbian half sisters.

See, that best part for me, too. But I've been warned it might be off-putting to "PR" readers (like I care). Oh, and one sister is half Chinese, I've figured that out, too.

Also, love Spooky's hat.

So say we all.
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bleedingtom
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
Paranormal love of Paranormal romance
I love your twist on the thouroughly dried out and offal laden dreckdom of paranormal romance. It is just shocking (to those who have nerves left) to get advertisement, marketing attention, yada art killing boringly yada. Of course, it should also kill paranormal romance as a viable novel genre, which might be your hope. By changing perceptions of what a story could be, as youre prone to do, that all other attempts to create paranormal romances will be read as pale, insipid and voila, the masses will move onto other styles.

True blood the tv show is all the proof one needs that PR is deserving of a bitterly worded, voltaire like death warrant.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Paranormal love of Paranormal romance
True blood the tv show is all the proof one needs that PR is deserving of a bitterly worded, voltaire like death warrant.

I don't watch the show, as Charlaine Harris gives me hives, but that's been my secondhand impression.

I love your twist on the thouroughly dried out and offal laden dreckdom of paranormal romance. It is just shocking (to those who have nerves left) to get advertisement, marketing attention, yada art killing boringly yada. Of course, it should also kill paranormal romance as a viable novel genre, which might be your hope. By changing perceptions of what a story could be, as youre prone to do, that all other attempts to create paranormal romances will be read as pale, insipid and voila, the masses will move onto other styles.

Now it's starting to feel less like a challenge and more like an unholy mandate...

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seph_ski
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
Re. Item #7
I admit to being a fan of paranormal romance. It's like candy. I know it's not gourmet and that it'll rot my teeth, but once in a while..., well, it's usually better than watching tv when I need some brain-off time. Put me down as someone who would definitely read your book, who wants to read it -right now-. Smart, dark paranormal romance would be such a treat compared to the typical formulaic Harlequin tripe in a monster costume.

Fabulous pictures! I love both the one of Spooky, and the last where you're sitting on the stairs.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Re. Item #7

Smart, dark paranormal romance would be such a treat compared to the typical formulaic Harlequin tripe in a monster costume.

This is what I'm banking on.
nihilistic_kid
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Geoffrey should smile more.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)

Geoffrey should smile more.

Well, on the one hand, I think smiling is vastly overrated. On the other, Geoffrey smiles often enough...he just wasn't at that moment.
revfish
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
I will have to keep an eye out for this new author, Kathleen Tierney. Her writing sounds interesting.

;)

My wife loves paranormal romance, esp when it is more adult, and even more so if it is pansexual, not just in species but sex as well. Add Lovecraftian to the mix and I am interested as well.

Consider it sold.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)

Consider it sold.

Hopefully, my agent and editor will agree.
cause_catyljan
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Loathsome subgenre.
Waterstone's have re-classified certain authors and titles, grouping them together in a sub-department of Horror known as "Dark Fantasy." The intention is to make Paranormal Romance seem a little less trite and derivative. From this week The Red Tree* will be sharing shelf space with J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter and the rest of their ilk.

My apologies.

*This is the best thing you've ever written.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Loathsome subgenre.

From this week The Red Tree* will be sharing shelf space with J.R. Ward, Gena Showalter and the rest of their ilk.

Oh, good fucking gods.

See...I used to describe my work as "dark fantasy," to distinguish it from horror. I am appalled that the term is being co-opted by PR.


*This is the best thing you've ever written.


Thank you!
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abbadie
Jan. 17th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
I'll read that romance! Your editor'd better approve, or I'll sic my langoliers on them.

I actually love Ginger Snaps -a guilty pleasure if you will, but then I've never presumed to be a film conoisseur. Actually, I did not appreciate Jennifer's Body, somehow I felt it lacked coherence. Maybe I missed something? Of course, I saw and awful dubbed version, maybe that was it. But that kitchen scene was good, it was the only scene I enjoyed.

(I've just relized, when trying to run the film through my mind, I keep mixing up scenes from Vagina Dentata. Damn, Jennifer just seems to have been discarded from my memory for the most part. odd.)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)

I actually love Ginger Snaps -a guilty pleasure if you will, but then I've never presumed to be a film conoisseur.

I think the first one in the series is actually quite good.
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martianmooncrab
Jan. 17th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Paranormal romances...

There are some authors out there in the genre that are doing more with it.. Yasmine Galenorn has lesbian and poly characters, and Keri Arthur has poly.

loved the picture of Spooky, I thought for a moment it was a version of Pippi Longstocking we never knew about.. grin.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 17th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)

Yasmine Galenorn has lesbian and poly characters, and Keri Arthur has poly.

Yeah...but half sisters who are lovers, and the half-Chinese half sister also has ritual sex with her father, the high priest of the magical order in question, as part of summonings. The other sister loathes her stepfather for this, especially given the toll its taken on the half-Chinese half sister. And then...it gets dark.

I want to stretch this envelope until it almost bursts.

I loved the picture of Spooky,

I amazed I actually caught that moment.
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fornikate
Jan. 17th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
I loathed "Juno" but damn, I LOVED "Jennifer's Body".

I adore the blonde lead.
drflup
Jan. 17th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
I particularly like the last photo. Last year was immense for good horror films, just many lowish budget or minimal release. Pontypool for example. Shuttle as well.
icecreamempress
Jan. 18th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
Definitely complain to Amazon. It's not an appropriate review, because it refers to the Kindle edition formatting, not the book itself.
sovay
Jan. 18th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
There would be incestuous lesbian half sisters, demons, interdimensional travel, vampirism, an order of ceremonial magicians bent on some appropriately dark purpose, and all sort of Lovecraftian frippery.

That would be awesome.

That is a wonderful photo of Spooky.
cdennismoore
Jan. 18th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
#6
I thought the same thing. I had been putting it off and putting it off because I don't think I'm quite as impressed with Cody's dialogue as, I believe, she is herself, but I finally broke down and watched it this weekend, and couldn't believe I enjoyed it as much as I did. Seyfried was great at playing mousy. I loved the animals in the forest all stopping to watch. Creepy shit.
skusting
Jan. 19th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
Grand Army to Grand Central! How grand. You look exhausted in that last photo (a good kind of exhaustion, I hope) and also a little bit like a Ramone sister! Grand Army was my old stop in Brooklyn when I first moved there.
fusijui
Jan. 19th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Homophobic incestuous lesbian half-sisters?

Could the consumers readers identify with that any better? Well, could they, punks?
karendammit
Feb. 5th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
I love your hair and all the shades of gray between you and Spooky. She has a great smile. I love the photo of you in Grand Central Station as well.
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