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Ellen Ripley 2
Sunny today, and the wind is gone. I have the window open, but there's a chill in the air, and tomorrow we're supposed to see rain mixed with snow and a low tomorrow night of 22F. Currently, it's 59F, but the rain's not far away. I need green. I need warmth.

I've gone seven nights now without Ambien. My sleep is so-so, and I'm actually awake during the day.

Not a very good writing day yesterday. I sat down thinking that THE END of "Houndwife" was within easy reach. But a nasty round of distraction, second guessing, and fretting led to my only managing 620 words by six p.m. I absolutely have to find the story's conclusion today. This (once again) started out as an idea for a vignette and has grown into a full-fledged short story. Which wouldn't be an issue, were I not so pressed for time. After the writing yesterday, I made some notes regarding the story and reread HPL's "The Hound" again. It is by no stretch of the imagination one of Lovecraft's best stories; quite the opposite, really. All in all, it's sort of an overwrought, hysterical mess. And yet, ironically, I find it oddly effective, and it's always been one of my favorites pieces by him. I must have read it fifty times by now. It does almost everything wrong, and yet somehow does something right, and that fascinates me. The author's vision and passion shine through the twisted wreckage of prose that is "The Hound." So often, I find passionate failures are far, far more interesting than mundane successes.

Most of what I would write about just now, in this entry, I can't, because I cannot risk dragging myself into a mindset that is not conducive to finishing "Houndwife."

If you've not yet preordered The Ammonite Violin & Others from Subterranean Press, I urge you to please, please do so today. Cover and end pages by Richard A. Kirk. Introduction by Jeff VanderMeer.

I've been wanting to make an entry about two more new dinosaurs, the velociraptorine dromaeosaurid Linheraptor exquisitus from the Late Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia, and the "prosauropod" Seitaad ruessi from the Early Jurassic of Utah. But I just haven't been able to marshal the requisite motivation for that extra post. So far, to my knowledge, fourteen new non-avian dinosaur taxa have been described in 2010.

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ghostrunner7
Mar. 25th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
So, I just read Murder of Angels and re-read Low Red Moon and Daughter of Hounds and your talking about hounds reminded me that I wanted to ask you a question.

I hope you don't think this is insulting because I don't mean it as a criticism, I'm just genuinely curious: Did you bring Scarborough Pentecost back because you liked the character, or just because you liked the name?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 25th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Did you bring Scarborough Pentecost back because you liked the character, or just because you liked the name?

Well, I do love the name. But no, I brought him back because I wanted to do something more with the character.

Edited at 2010-03-25 08:09 pm (UTC)
alvyarin
Mar. 25th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
The White Ship and Cats of Ulthar, I read those two over and over again. I need to reread The Hound, as it has been ages. I am so very excited for this story. I love it when you go all-out Lovecraftian, because you do it so much more effectively than any modern author I've come across.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 25th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)

I am so very excited for this story.

I do hope you're not disappointed. It's a strange, strange piece, and probably not what you're expecting.
alvyarin
Mar. 25th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I like strange. =) I have yet to be disappointed by anything you've written.
alvyarin
Mar. 25th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
And, regarding yesterday's post about quitting your journal entries, I think that yes people like me (as in, folks with nothing interesting to write about and nobody interested in reading about our mundane daily lives) have left here for something more immediately satisfying. It's more likely for them to get a comment on short status update than a long journal entry.

But for folks like you, who people want to read about and interact with, Livejournal is so much better than twitter & facebook. And even if I don't comment, I read your entries daily. I hope you won't stop.

And where else will I find out about Repo! A Genetic Opera and The Last Winter and and..?!
greygirlbeast
Mar. 25th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)

And even if I don't comment, I read your entries daily.

Thank you.

And where else will I find out about Repo! A Genetic Opera and The Last Winter

You know, I first heard about both those films on LJ.
xanadu_dreamer
Mar. 26th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
I hope you don't mind a totally off topic comment, but I saw this and thought of you:

2:30 A.M. by Christian Lorenz Scheurer.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 26th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)

I am very flattered that this put you in mind of me.
spank_an_elf
Mar. 26th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
I hear you about needing the green. Each day finds me examining each frail sprout in my little garden. I can't believe it is supposed to drop into the 20's tomorrow night. Traitorous fickle season!

Worst of all psychotic squirrels keep ripping apart the daffodil buds. This is after I applied "humane" squirrel repellent.

Has anyone read a horror story about squirrels? I am ready to write one.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 26th, 2010 03:31 pm (UTC)

Has anyone read a horror story about squirrels?

I never have, though those horrid Alvin and the Chipmunks films ought to count.
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