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Talk to me, kittens. Today, we have salmagundi:

1) A new review of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir at the Strange Horizons website has made me momentarily very happy (don't worry, it never lingers). It's the most cogent review of the book I've read since Brit Mandelo's at Tor.com (which you can read here). Anyway, you'll find the Strange Horizon's review by following this rabbit hole, and thank you, Niall Alexander. I hope it's not poor form to thank your reviewers by name.

2) Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan, Volume 1 has been nominated for Best Collection by the 2012 Locus Awards. Which does me proud. A shame the book is sold out, and there's currently no plans for another printing or a second edition.

3) A reminder that May 5th, which is to say Saturday (Satyrday, also Cinco de Mayo) is Free Comic Book Day. Dark Horse is giving you a free Alabaster story (!!!), "Shelter," divided over two books. The first half will be found in the Stars Wars/Serenity comic and the second half in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Guild comic. So, find your way to a comic shop! By Sunday, these are bound to show up on eBay for moronic prices, I'm sure.

4) Last night, I remembered that St. Vincent had a Providence show planned. Then I thought, fuck, we've already missed it, because I forget shit and don't like crowds. Then I discovered, no, the show's tonight – but tickets would cost me and Spooky $40+, and I just can't see the expense right now. See, this is how shut-ins and agoraphobics talk themselves out of seeing shows they truly want to see. Whoa, see used four times in two sentences. Bad Aunt Beast.

5. Day before yesterday, a wonderful package from the wonderful Steven Lubold. I'll say more about its contents when I can once more take time to breathe.

6. Alabaster: Wolves #2 will be on shelves on the 11th, a mere eight days from now. Yesterday, the post brought me an advance copy, and it's even more handsome than #1. Trust me, and don't miss it.

7. For those backers awaiting the highest three tier rewards on our The Tale of the Ravens Kickstarter, I should say what you're really waiting on is me to find time, and get off my fat ass, and write the story to accompany the illustrations. Your patience has been amazing and much appreciated, and I'll get to this in May, I swear, with dog as my witness.

8. As part of our ongoing "Make This Damn House More Functional" project, we added an eleventh bookshelf to my office on Monday, after my doctor's appointment. And still, I fear it's only gonna make a dent in the stacks of books to be found all about our abode.

9. Fuck, I'm sleeping a lot lately. Though, on the other hand, it has been determined that stress has made me ill the last few months, stress and exhaustion. So, I'm making a concerted effort to go a little easier on myself, and not angst over every fucking development. I do my best, and then these things are out of my hands. I can't make people buy books, I can only write books. I can only do so much to persuade a publisher to do this or that. I may have already said that my current motto has become "It is what it is."

10. Yesterday, I began – just barely – a new story for Sirenia Digest #77, "Hauptplatte/Gegenplatte." This story will be accompanied by a Vince Locke illustration. This issue will also include a sort of addendum to last month's story "Cages I," as written by David T. Kirkpatrick. I am beginning to see "Cages" as an ongoing collaboration that will one day congeal into something much larger than its constituent parts (pun unintentional, but apt).

11. I have found kindly people to help me get a page online for Aunt Beast's Salt Marsh Home Companion, the weekly weird fiction podcast, so that's actually going to happen. And should be along fairly soon.

And I have time to say nothing more for now. Gotta see a man about a platypus.

It Is What It Is,
Aunt Beast


May. 3rd, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
We have added floating bookshelves to many of our walls about 6' up (low ceilings here, but very little free wall space either between windows and furniture) which hold a good amount of books, that might be a solution to help with your bookspace issue. They look like these: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=floating+shelves&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=11065582558463224652&sa=X&ei=JeKiT9fyL6SqiQKXgq3-DA&ved=0CLABEPMCMAI Using 75 lb rated drywall anchors that screw in and the metal framing that the floating shelves came with gets said shelves rated for 200 lbs of weight across four feet of length; the anchors themselves would rate each at 300lbs. Each has ~100-150 pounds of books, etc on them and I don't worry about the cat jumping up on them or me grabbing an edge to stretch for a book; they're not bending or coming down.

My style is more modern than yours probably is, but the nice thing about floating shelves is that you can easily change their appearance. Wrap them in vintage wallpaper or fabric, paint them to match your walls, front them with reclaimed wood, etc.

In the past I've also used vintage apple crates and wine boxes hung with heavy anchors as book/record holders. But I've also had older ones come apart at the seams and the sides come off the back, so for those I'd add l-brackets behind/underneath or wrap them in heavy string/grosgrain/etc stapled around the outside edges if they're going to carry serious weight.
May. 3rd, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)

Our problem with mounting shelves on walls (or even hanging pictures) is that the buildings walls are reinforced with steel hurricane braces, making it almost impossible to hang anything.