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1. Yesterday, I began the second piece for Sirenia Digest #51, and wrote 1,011 words. I think I'm liking it. It was inspired by something I saw at Beavertail on Sunday. Also, Vince is working on an illustration for "The Eighth Veil," so the issue is coming together, and should be out before the end of February.

2. A couple of days back, the check arrived for the Audible.com editions of Threshold, Low Red Moon, Murder of Angels, Daughter of Hounds, and The Red Tree. The arrival of money is never a bad thing. Anyway, the tentative release date for the audio editions of all five novels is April 27th, 2010, and I'm looking forward to it.

3. Jeff VanderMeer has just posted the Table of Contents for Steampunk Reloaded, and it's a great lineup. The book reprints "The Steam Dancer (1896)." This marks the first time I've been in an anthology that also includes work by William Gibson, and I'm kind of excited about that. Also, I'm pleased that John Coulthart is responsible for the book's interior design.

4. Another rhetorical question: If I have a parting of the ways with a world that's only a simulacrum, do I only have to pretend to mourn?

5. If I ever sink so low as to write a paranormal romance novel titled Succubi Like It Hot, someone please gut me slowly with a dull grapefruit spoon. Thank you.

6. As promised, more photographs from Sunday at Beavertail (warning: I was sort of fixated on seaweed that day). All these were taken on the eastern side of the point. I'm already wishing I could have another day there, and not be cooped up at the desk and keyboard. That's a good sign, Howard Hughes wanting to get out and about in the world. As soon as Sirenia Digest #51 is out, I think Spooky and I will be spending a day in Boston. Anyway, yes, more photographs, and there will be still more tomorrow, and more the day after that, and...you get the picture (so to speak):





A frozen pool of meltwater, and the inspiration for the story I began yesterday. (View to the northeast).



Another view of the same pool. I took about 20 photos of the pool. (View to the northeast).



Portrait of the artist scribbling on the rocks. The coat might not be much of a fashion statement, but it keeps me very warm. (view to the north).



Rockweed (Fucus species).



More rockweed!



View along the shore, looking back towards Beavertail Lighthouse (view to the south).



Spooky (alias Kathryn) and her fine hat.



Still more rockweed!



Yes, you guessed it. Rockweed!



Spooky watching Harlequin ducks. (View to the north.)



A sun-bleached Forbe's starfish (Asterias forbesii) we found far back from the water. I'm guessing a sea gull dropped it.

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



Give a dog a bone,
He'll eat for the day.
But teach him how to kill...then...
(Editors)

Comments

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gargirl
Feb. 24th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
The steampunk book looks excellent.

As always, the pictures are beautiful. The pictures of the rockweed are especially good, they make me miss the ocean so much.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)

The pictures of the rockweed are especially good, they make me miss the ocean so much.

Then my work here is done!
stillsostrange
Feb. 24th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
Those photos are beautiful. Texas beaches can't compete.

a paranormal romance novel titled Succubi Like It Hot

I believe that particular horror was the work of Pocket's marketing department. Which doesn't make the grapefruit spoon any less necessary.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)

Those photos are beautiful. Texas beaches can't compete.

The only beaches I've ever stood upon that impressed me more than New England's were along the coast of Oregon.

I believe that particular horror was the work of Pocket's marketing department. Which doesn't make the grapefruit spoon any less necessary.

Not in the least.
chris_walsh
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
The only beaches I've ever stood upon that impressed me more than New England's were along the coast of Oregon.

Which parts of the Oregon Coast?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 25th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)

Which parts of the Oregon Coast?

West of Eugene and parts south.
phialastring
Feb. 24th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
I'm finally reading The Red Tree - it's been on the pile for ages - and am pleased to see photos of a site the characters visited this morning.

I spent several years wading/slogging/canoeing around Barn Island on the CT side of CT/RI border in pursuit of ecological data. I don't think it would be much fun to visit, although it is a park, but it was a great place to work. That's salt marsh, so not much Fucus but many horseshoe crabs.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)

am pleased to see photos of a site the characters visited this morning.

Very good. Yep, we were maybe a hundred yards north of where Constance and Sarah had that first kiss.

That's salt marsh, so not much Fucus but many horseshoe crabs.

I do love the horseshoe crabs.
stsisyphus
Feb. 24th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
5. If I ever sink so low as to write a paranormal romance novel titled Succubi Like It Hot, someone please gut me slowly with a dull grapefruit spoon.

Oh, no such luxuries for you, Ms. K. Such transgressions are beyond my capacity to bestow any utensil-based mercies. Be assured you would only deserve to roil in your own self-imposed hell. ;)
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)

Crap.
martianmooncrab
Feb. 24th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
gut me slowly with a dull grapefruit spoon.

sporks...

goodie on the Steampunk II anthology, thats something nice to look forwards too.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)

sporks...

It would have to be a rusty spork.
captaincurt81
Feb. 24th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Steampunk story
The line-up for the anthology sounds terrific. Is your story from the batch of work about a Colorado town you've been accumulating?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Steampunk story

Is your story from the batch of work about a Colorado town you've been accumulating?

Yep. It's the first of the Cherry Creek stories. I've written only four so far (since June 2007), but plan for their to be ten, eventually.
captaincurt81
Feb. 24th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Steampunk story
Might we also see a steampunk novel from you some future day? You've certainly got the creative chops for it.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Steampunk story

Might we also see a steampunk novel from you some future day?

That seems extremely unlikely. Maybe one of the ten will be a novella, though.
captaincurt81
Feb. 24th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Steampunk story
Cool! I look forward to visiting Cherry Creek.
amethyst_clan
Feb. 24th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Seaweed is so pretty. I love your pictures of it!
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)

Seaweed is so pretty.

At least I'm not the only one.
spank_an_elf
Feb. 25th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Succubi Like It Hot
Thanks for that laugh. I looked up the title on Amazon and now I am weeping. The author has written multiple disasters? Prrghaht.

I mean what the fuck, succubi don't strut around in human form waiting to fuck. They STEAL SOULS. I demand RULES in my damned paranormal universes. What am old Luddite.

Banishing the samples I read requires plenty of wine. I won't send you the bill.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 25th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Re: Succubi Like It Hot
The author has written multiple disasters?

Honestly, I saw the title and the cover art...and didn't bother to note the author's name.
sovay
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
(warning: I was sort of fixated on seaweed that day)

Yes, well, I'm sort of fixated on seaweed permanently, so I think they're lovely photographs. Also the starfish and Spooky watching the ducks.

If I ever sink so low as to write a paranormal romance novel titled Succubi Like It Hot, someone please gut me slowly with a dull grapefruit spoon. Thank you.

My eyes!
greygirlbeast
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)

Yes, well, I'm sort of fixated on seaweed permanently, so I think they're lovely photographs.

I knew if anyone would understand, it would be you.

scarletboi
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Have you actually heard the person reading on the audiobooks?

Now I need to sign up for Audible.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 25th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC)

Have you actually heard the person reading on the audiobooks?

Nope. Not yet. Though, there are several readers involved.
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