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A very good turn out last night at Pandemonium Books in Boston, and many books were sold and signed, and I read Chapter One of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir aloud (all of it), and I talked long into the night (well, well after nine p.m., I think) about making the book trailer, fictional autobiography, cover art (both exquisite and wretched), Alabaster: Wolves (that's a new interview, by the way), the 75th anniversary of Lovecraft's death (I read one of his poems, "Where Once Poe Walked," written about the old graveyard, circa 1720, behind the Cathedral of St. John in Providence), and we talked about ReaderCon 23, wondered why there's an Irish pub in Boston named the Asgard, and I played my role as Grand Proselytist (drum roll) for RIFT (free to play to Level 20!!!). It was a very fine evening, and I thank everyone who made it possible and took part. Oh, I got two issues of Locus for 30% off, the two with Gary Wolfe's reviews of Two Worlds and In Between and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir (though I'd already read the reviews).

As for the day itself, well, though we'd been promised warm weather in Boston, it was cold and cloudy. Spooky took me to a rather incredible used clothing place in Cambridge, the Garment District. We walked about. I saw things I'd not seen before. I was just sort of getting used to the cold when the sky turned jerky and an icy rain began to fall. Yeah, a crappy, crappy day, weather-wise. I did spot a couple of intrepid blooms, though, and the fuzzy grey-green buds on a tulip tree (right now, I'm missing the Southern spring so much it hurts). We had to camera, but took no photos. So, the evening wasn't documented photographically. The camera was forgotten. We are all to "in the moment," as it were. On the way up from Providence, I read from David Rains Wallace's Beasts of Eden: Walking Whales, Dawn Horses, and Other Enigmas of Mammal Evolution, and on the way back I stared at the car lights and the night sky. Venus and Jupiter have been very "close." An optical illusion, I know, but still. Rapacious Jupiter, seductive Venus. The romance of celestial spheres. Of course, I saw neither stars nor planets last night, as all was bloody clouds.

Tonight, I begin (I hope) the first "Cherry Creek" story I've written since November 2008. I hope I'm not embarking upon a grand folly.

Day before yesterday, my contributor's copies of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year (Vol. 6, edited by the inestimable Jonathan Strahan). It reprints my story "Tidal Forces."

And if you've not yet preordered Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, the platypus says this is a friendly reminder.

Spooky has a dental appointment in South County today. Cracked tooth. Then, we're aiming for whatever sort of kid night we can scrounge.

And, by the way, again...an important reason I do so few signings/readings. It cost just less than $50 for us to travel to Boston yesterday for the Pandemonium event. And that's a nearby city. I'm not the sort of author (very, very, very few are) whose publisher helps foot the bill for book tours. So...if you're in Indiana or France or Japan, I apologize. This is just the way it is.

Just the Facts,
Aunt Beast

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Marisa Sandlin
Mar. 16th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
My copy of the next collection was ordered well-advance. I look forward to it.

Since I am not terribly far from Massachusetts, I hope to go to Readercon this year, but we'll see. Opening a new business, trying to hustle the new business in French, that takes time and money, but still, it's so very driveable.

I finished The Drowning Girl the other day (and immediately started on a beautiful Folio Society edition of LeFanu's Through A Glass Darkly afterwards), and it really is a stunning book. Definitely the kind of book that merit an immediate re-read, in order to sift through the language and rhythm of it again. So yeah, I loved it.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 16th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)

Since I am not terribly far from Massachusetts, I hope to go to Readercon this year, but we'll see. Opening a new business, trying to hustle the new business in French, that takes time and money, but still, it's so very driveable.

Well, I do hope to see you there.

So yeah, I loved it.

Then I've done my job.
farklebarkle
Mar. 16th, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, the Garment District is amazing. (Dangerous -- every time I go there, I find something.)

Sorry I missed the reading. Looking forward to Readercon, though.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 16th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)

(Dangerous -- every time I go there, I find something.)

Very dangerous.
xarx
Mar. 16th, 2012 07:57 pm (UTC)
I guess that explains why I will not be seeing you out in New Mexico either.

Also out of curiosity, did you pick anything up at the Garment District?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 16th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)

I guess that explains why I will not be seeing you out in New Mexico either.

Alas, it does. That would likely cost me a thousand, easily.

Also out of curiosity, did you pick anything up at the Garment District?

Two sweaters and a shawl, for about the price of one rather cheaply priced NEW sweater.
ashlyme
Mar. 16th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good night!

The Drowning Girl is your finest work. I just wondered if Maxilla and Mandible is a real place?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 16th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)

Oh, yes. Maxilla and Mandible IS a real place. A place I adore. You can goggle them. Or, well, here's the link. I was a regular customer, and spent far too much money there, back in the '90s, when I had far more "disposable" income.

Did I mention Maxilla and Mandible in The Drowning Girl?
ashlyme
Mar. 16th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's one of Dr Ogilvy's favourite places. I suspect I'd adore it, too.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 16th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)

Ahhhhhhh. Duh.
numisma
Mar. 16th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
though we'd been promised warm weather in Boston, it was cold and cloudy

I think we people in Minnesota ended up with your warm weather by mistake. xD It felt more like late May than middle of March the last couple days here. I'd hand it over if I could. Alas, not physically possible.
sovay
Mar. 17th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
A very good turn out last night at Pandemonium Books in Boston

I was glad to be there.

An optical illusion, I know, but still. Rapacious Jupiter, seductive Venus. The romance of celestial spheres.

I like that.
bellarabesques
Mar. 17th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
I finished reading The Drowning Girl this morning, and cried for a little while. I don't have the right words, but I was deeply, deeply moved. Thank you. It was probably the best book I've read in five years.
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