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I have to be at the dratted fucking doctor at three (which kills the whole day, and she doesn't even give me good pills), so this is mostly going to be me reposting important stuff people likely didn't see on Saturday. Then again, so few people read LJ these days, probably no one much will see it today, either.

But, I try.

Outside, it's a balmy 55˚, here at noon on the last day of April. I want to go home. I don't know where home is, but I'm pretty sure it's someplace that actually has spring.

The past three days have been spent reading back over all of Blood Oranges, reading it all start to finish for the first time. We'll likely be finished tomorrow. We'd be finished today if not for the thing with the goddamn doctor visit. Last night, though, a sort of "epilogue" for the book occurred to me that elevates it a bit above the station of "anti-ParaRom" werepire romp. But just a little. It's still mostly the middle finger. Actually, the "epilogue" (that's not really what I mean, but I have no other word to do the deed) may only make it more so. An extra joint to that middle finger, as it were. And yet still leave it utterly amenable for the contracted sequels, Fay Grimmer and Puppy Love.

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So, on Saturday I wrote:

People have been asking for news of Dancy's future at Dark Horse beyond the five-issue Alabaster: Wolves mini-series. At this point in time I can say that yes, there will be more. But exactly how much more there will be, and when, and all that...these are questions I'm still working on. The ball is in my court. As are about twenty other projects. Or tennis balls. Or whatever. Between now and the end of the year I have to*:

01. Sort of rewrite Alabaster: Wolves #5, because I decided I don't like the ending.
02. With the rest of the Alabaster creative team – Steve, Rachelle, Greg, and Rachel – continue to construct the remainder of the mini, issues #3-5. You didn't think it was finished, did you?
03. Edit ( i.e., proofread, correct) Blood Oranges, and address issues raised by the editorial letter.
04. Write Fay Grimmer (the sequel to Blood Oranges).
05. Appear as Guest of Honour at Readercon 23.
06. Write the first half of Blue Canary, so that my agent can begin shopping the series.
07. Write a metric shit-ton of short fiction. Between now and the December I have to write about (conservative estimate) seventeen short stories/vignettes, between Sirenia Digest and various anthologies.
08. In late November and December, begin The Dinosaurs of Mars for Subterranean Press (which I've only been trying to get around to writing since 2007), which hopefully will be finished in early January 2013.
09. Get Aunt Beast's Salt Marsh Home Companion up and running.
10. Work with Centipede Press to compile the super bow-tie deluxe, limited hardback edition of The Red Tree (to be released in 2013).

So, whatever additional Dancy comics are to be written this year have to be considered in the context of this schedule. There will be more, and soon, I promise, and I may have the details for you before long, but if it's not what you'd hoped for, please consider the list above. There is a limited quantity of me.

I have so much on my plate that I've just turned down a modestly profitable offer to teach a course on writing fantasy and sf. I was, by the way, very flattered they weren't asking me to teach a course on writing "horror. I cited my schedule, plus the fact that I have no idea how to teach anyone else to write. It's just what I do, and it'd probably take me a year to even begin to figure out how I do what it is I do. Moreover, to be frank, and as I have said before – no one can teach anyone else to write. You can show them their mistakes. You can tell them about the industry. You can discuss good fiction and bad fiction, and the inherent subjectivity in telling the one from the other. You can teach them grammar. But you can't teach them to write. That "craft" stuff it bullshit. You have the talent – which has to be honed before your writing is worth a shit, and which we spend our lives honing – or you don't. If you don't, no one can make you a writer. Oh, they might even, maybe, make you more acceptable to editors and get you published. But you'll never be a writer. And the people who teach writing workshops aren't happy when an instructor tells a student they simply don't have the chops and they never will – as most students don't and won't (no matter how many expensive workshops they attend). Also, why would I want to create additional competition in a highly competitive and already overcrowded field?

See, I'm trying not to worry over the lost income by reassuring myself I'd have been fired after a week, anyway.

But yes, more Dancy. Definitely. But details TBA. Meanwhile, don't forget that a special Dancy story will be available come Free Comic Book Day (May 5th). It's called "Shelter," and is divided between the two free Dark Horse comics (the first part in the issue with Star Wars and Serenity, the second half in the issue with The Guild and Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Also, Dark Horse has released a six-page color preview of Alabaster: Wolves #2. Go have a look.

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And now I have to do a tiny bit of work before the guillotine. I do have a link to an article Stephen King has written that you ought to read. Normally, I don't care for Stephen King, but this political op-ed piece is spot-on: "Stephen King: Tax Me, for F@%&’s Sake!"

Cherish Your Anger,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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opalblack
Apr. 30th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
HA! I read on Sundays :p
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
Read what on Sundays? You mean, all the reading you do is done on Sundays?
opalblack
May. 1st, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
You're always saying how no one reads LJ on Sundays, and then you didn't post on Sunday, but I would have read it if you had, because I do.
greygirlbeast
May. 1st, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)

I simply wasn't up to it on Sunday. Also, I've no wish to encourage people's inconstant reading habits.
oldfossil59
Apr. 30th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
Location:We all agree this is Hell.
I didn't realize I lived this close to Hell, Except from all the heat produced from the filth spewing, greedy demons that stir the shit in D.C. And of course in August when the asphalt melts and sticks to your shoes.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Location:We all agree this is Hell.

And of course in August when the asphalt melts and sticks to your shoes.

See, I don't mind Hot Hell.
lois2037
Apr. 30th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
I was at Portland's Stumptown Comics Fest over the weekend, where I bought my copy of Alabaster: Wolves and had it signed by Steve Lieber. He was drawing numerous convention sketches, and almost all of them were of Dancy. It's amazing to watch him draw! Since issue 2 isn't even out yet, I won't be clamoring for more until this series is closer to its end, but really, I could read Alabaster comics for years and years and be very happy, indeed!
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)

He was drawing numerous convention sketches, and almost all of them were of Dancy.

Wow. Cool.
lois2037
Apr. 30th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
He said he just loves drawing her.
corucia
Apr. 30th, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)

so few people read LJ these days, probably no one much will see it today, either.

You're right, I didn't see it today. Maybe I'll try to see it yesterday, instead....

greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)

Maybe I'll try to see it yesterday, instead....

.skrow thaT.

Edited at 2012-04-30 08:14 pm (UTC)
oldfossil59
Apr. 30th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
so few people read LJ these days

It's a pity more people aren't reading. The past few years you've posted so many entries that dovetail with your narrative in The Drowning Girl, it a shame that more people weren't witnessing the amazing, and painful creative process you went through to produce that very bow-tie novel.

I hope you doctor visit goes well, that's another Hell I'd rather not explore.

Edited at 2012-04-30 06:58 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)

The past few years you've posted so many entries that dovetail with your narrative in The Drowning Girl, it a shame that more people weren't witnessing the amazing, and painful creative process you went through to produce that very bow-tie novel.

Well...it is what it is. I think that's my new motto, by the way.

I hope you doctor visit goes well,

It did. Thank you. I'm clean on the neurological again.

Edited at 2012-04-30 09:48 pm (UTC)
eluneth
Apr. 30th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
An extra joint to that middle finger, as it were.
That's a nicely unseelie image. I'm so excited for this book to be out, and wish you and Spooky courage on the slog-through.

Normally, I don't care for Stephen King
This startled me, I suppose because I remembered your and Spooky's The Stand readthrough, which sort of made me want to read it even though generally I've avoided the more doorstoppery of his books. Did you mean that you specifically don't care for how he expresses himself publicly?

Regardless, that article was a pretty ripping read, though I'm thinking the Marie Antoinette comparison might be a little hopeful, if rhetorically effective. I was just thinking of Scrooge's "Are there no prisons?" in this context last week...

I hope that the doctor's visit went well.

Edited at 2012-04-30 09:17 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)

Did you mean that you specifically don't care for how he expresses himself publicly?

Nope. I was speaking strictly of his fiction.
ashlyme
Apr. 30th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
See, I like the idea of you as a teacher. But I think I'd rather hear you talk on palaeontology. I've always been a bit dubious about Clarion and the like. If you've got the talent, surely it's something you can only learn on your own?

Who's portrayed in your icon?
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC)

See, I like the idea of you as a teacher. But I think I'd rather hear you talk on paleontology.

Well, that's something I did at University, along with biology.

I've always been a bit dubious about Clarion and the like. If you've got the talent, surely it's something you can only learn on your own?

Bingo.

Who's portrayed in your icon?

Walter and Peter Bishop, and Olivia Dunham (Fringe).
missmonsta
Apr. 30th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
I seem to have come to LJ too late - I started my account after my friend put me on to her writing group, and then found docbrite's and thereby your journals - but I still check every time I'm online. I always look forward to updates on your writing process and am slowly finding more authors who post regularly.

LJ seems to be the home of a disproportionate (in a good way) number of authors - or is it my biased sample selection?

It annoys me when some of my few RL friends who are on LJ only post on LJ to complain that no-one posts on LJ! Keep up the posts and I'll keep reading! (and trying to make sure I post at least fortnightly in return. I want to do more but really appreciate the effort that goes into frequent posts - it takes me at least an hour to get the photos and links right when I do a big update)
greygirlbeast
May. 1st, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)

I seem to have come to LJ too late

I didn't start mirroring my (now inactive) Blogger blog here until April 2004, and by then there was already a sense that "LJ was no longer cool." The net is nothing if not fickle. "Oh, look! A new toy! Loyalty? Commitment? What are those?"

LJ seems to be the home of a disproportionate (in a good way) number of authors - or is it my biased sample selection?

Not so many as years ago. Now, many more authors have blogs anchored on their own websites, or they don't bother. I truly thing I am the most prolific author-blogger ever. A dubious distinction.

It annoys me when some of my few RL friends who are on LJ only post on LJ to complain that no-one posts on LJ!

Right.
sovay
May. 1st, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
An extra joint to that middle finger, as it were.

I like that image: the flip-off that keeps unfolding.

And I am still looking forward to Blood Oranges.
greygirlbeast
May. 1st, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)

I like that image: the flip-off that keeps unfolding.

Indeed.

And I am still looking forward to Blood Oranges.

Once it is cleaned up and saved by meta.
alumiere
May. 1st, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Still here, but last week was a bad one and I got way behind. BTW, Alabaster Wolves 2 looks stunning.
greygirlbeast
May. 1st, 2012 01:57 am (UTC)

BTW, Alabaster Wolves 2 looks stunning.

Thank you.
esanko
May. 1st, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
I've been following your LJ blog since The Red Tree, always wanted to comment but never could figure out how- not tech-savvy. Will be stunned if this posts. Point is, here's a silent reader who has followed for years but never knew how to communicate. Loved the Drowning Girl- would have a hard time describing it to someone...
I'm the person who sent you the emails of the Tylosaurus sculpt...
greygirlbeast
May. 1st, 2012 06:23 am (UTC)

Oh, I loved that mosasaur scuLpture, good to hear from you again.
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