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Howard Hughes Forgets How to Sleep

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1. I went to bed about four ayem. Sometime after five I got up again, wide fucking awake. I went to bed the second time a few minutes past six and managed to sleep until noon. I hurt with sleeplessness.

2. Yesterday, I wrote 1,061 words on "Apsinthion" (which I'm still considering titling "αψίνθιον," if only because I know it would tick off jackholes like B.R. Myers). This is going to be a very solid issue of Sirenia Digest, including "The Eighth Veil" (illustrated by Vince), a fragment entitled "Persephone Redux," and this latest piece, "Apsinthion" (i.e., "αψίνθιον").

3. The signature sheets for The Ammonite Violin & Others arrived. UPS left them on the doorstep...in the pouring rain. Fortunately, the pages were double boxed and shrink wrapped, so nothing got wet except that outer box. But, you know...they might have fucking knocked. Or rang the buzzer.

4. I say if the Canadian women's hockey team wants to celebrate winning the gold by lingering on the ice to smoke cigars and drink booze, it's their own goddamn business, and they've earned the right, and people need to reserve their outrage for that which is genuinely outrageous...like lazy UPS delivery men who clearly cannot be bothered.

5. A few interesting comments, and my comments to those comments, regarding Laura Miller's idiotic advice to writers (courtesy Salon.com) regarding style. myownpetard summed up Miller's complaints as "I notice it, but I don't get it, so no one should do it." Which I think is pretty much on the mark. catconley wrote, "Just... wow. That's like saying, 'Yes, I know I've never flown a fighter jet, and I never intend to do so, but jeez, pilot, I think you're headed into that loop-the-loop a little too slow, don't you? Isn't the whole purpose of your job to entertain loads of people at air shows and stuff?'" To which I replied, "Looking at that bit you excerpted, I'm tempted to think this all comes down to the belief that writing is about product, or at best, entertainment. That the idea of Art is just too passé for the early 21st Century, and too many people are marginally literate, but completely ignorant of the true benefits of literacy. It just makes me hurt...." In the end, of course, I blame the internet, because these sorts have always been with us, and always will be, but the internet has given them an easy-to-use worldwide soapbox, so now they make a lot more noise than they ever were capable of making before. Oh, and blame is shared with psychology and lousy parenting, because in the end this is all about some bizarre sense of entitlement. Fuck the bozos, I say. Life's too short, and this job sucks enough without whining readers who've misunderstood the age-old horse/cart relationship.

6. Today will be spent dealing with line edits for "Apsinthion" (i.e., "αψίνθιον") and "The Eighth Veil." Which is always tedious— dealing with line edits, I mean —but will be much worse because I haven't slept nearly enough. I see Red Bull and Camel Wides in my immediate future. Maybe more coffee, too. Oh, and Spooky has to be at the dentist in a couple of hours to have her mouth drilled upon, so I'll be all alone with the cats and the tedium.

7. I did one shortish scene in Insilico last night, in which Fifth and Victoria (Xiang 1.5) discussed her future, vendettas, and the place of droids in a droid-hating world. And I played some WoW with Spooky and Hyasynth (a friend from Chicago). We slaughtered humans in Hillsbrad and giggled and made off-color jokes about troll sex.

8. And here's the next set of photos, these from our second day at Beavertail, which was Monday:





Above the rocks. View of Narragansett bay from 41°27'14.30"N, 71°23'35.92"W. (view to the southeast).



A letter "A" carved into the phyllite.



The sedimento-metamorphic beds of the Cambro-Ordovician aged Dutch Island Harbor Formation.



Spooky, bird-watcher extraordinaire! (View to the southeast.)



The author ponders stratigraphy and fault lines. (View to the west.)



Creepy graffiti carved into the rocks. I blame aliens. And George Bush.



Lingering snow, bright beneath the sun. (View to the south).

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

Comments

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sovay
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
(which I'm still considering titling "αψίνθιον," if only because I know it would tick off jackholes like B.R. Myers)

You'll want a smooth breathing mark over the alpha: ἀψίνθιον.

I like the creepy alien graffiti.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)

You'll want a smooth breathing mark over the alpha: ἀψίνθιον.

In that case, you should correct the Wikipedia entry.


sovay
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
In that case, you should correct the Wikipedia entry.

Will do, if Wikipedia lets me. Here's its entry in Liddell and Scott's Greek-English Lexicon.
graypumpkin
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Cool pictures, so many beautiful places to see in the world.

As to the Canadian hockey team, people get worked-up over the littlest things, I understand that there needs to be rules for this stuff otherwise people would be rioting after every win, but come on. Tell them to chill-out and leave it at that, I heard talk about official inquires into their behavior. They got a little rowdy after the big win, relax people.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 26th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)

They got a little rowdy after the big win, relax people.

And they're fer-chissakes-hockey players, already!
jdack
Feb. 26th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
And George Bush.

That man really can fuck up anything.
fusijui
Feb. 26th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
I too am deeply interested in ἀψίνθιον (vs. ἄψινθος) and want to ask -- ooh! Photos of rocks!

(The creepy head sorta looks like a frustrated facehugger got busy with it.)
greygirlbeast
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)

(The creepy head sorta looks like a frustrated facehugger got busy with it.)

Yep.
fusijui
Feb. 26th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Aliens : Fossils :: Chocolate : Peanut Butter.

If so, then I suggest that freaky expressions of libido = cherry on top.
robyn_ma
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
Something related that I meant to get into yesterday: that B.R. Myers thing — wherein he sneers at Cormac McCarthy, among others — was written well before what I would call McCarthy's late-period style, seen in No Country for Old Men and The Road. Now, I love both these books. But in terms of content and style, they're not Blood Meridian. They're simpler, all the way around; they're even easier on the Myerses of the world than the Border Trilogy was. And yet, blammo, both these books were turned into movies, and the latter won McCarthy a Pulitzer and won him an audience with Oprah (clearly the ultimate goal for any writer, of course!). It would well and truly suck if people took the wrong lesson from this — that now that ol' Cormac ain't fancyin' up his writing, he gets prizes and Oprah and best-sellers and movie deals. Not having read the Laura Miller thing, I have no idea if that was actually one of her points...
greygirlbeast
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)

It would well and truly suck if people took the wrong lesson from this — that now that ol' Cormac ain't fancyin' up his writing, he gets prizes and Oprah and best-sellers and movie deals.

I don't want to look at the article again to be sure, but I don't recall her mentioning McCarthy. Of course, I am trying to erase that article from my brain.

But, you can see the same thing sort in my own prose. Writers evolve. Their styles change. Look at the style that Silk and Threshold were written in, compared to the more straight-forward prose in Daughter of Hounds and The Red Tree (and more so in some of my recent short fiction). It never occurred to me this change might lead to a larger readership (and it hasn't). It's just what happened.
martianmooncrab
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
UPS left them on the doorstep

at least it wasnt the neighbors doorstep.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)

at least it wasnt the neighbors doorstep.

Stop looking on the bright side.
martianmooncrab
Feb. 26th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
*sorry*....
alumiere
Mar. 1st, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
You should send the creepy skull to skulladay... they would love it (and the number of freaks who read that site...)
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