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"Oh, no. It's dwarves."

The best line I have ever uttered in RP, from night before the last: "Jack, it's a long way to Hell, and there are no milkshakes there."

1) Here in Providence, the weather is slowly warming, and as the temperature rises, so too my mood. Currently, the temperature is 68˚F, and the office window is open.

2) Vince Locke (he who illustrates almost every issue of Sirenia Digest) has begin a fundraising project at indiegogo*, and you must have a look, and I strongly encourage you to lend a hand. After all, this will, among other things, allow you to purchase prints of his wonderful illustrations from the digest!

3) Spooky's very bow-tie anthropologist dad is being honored by the journal Coastal Management with a special issue (Volume 40, Issue 3, 2012), People and the Sea: A Festschrift Dedicated to the Career of Richard Pollnac. You can download the entire text from that link, if you're into the study of mankind's relationship with and reliance on the sea's resources.

4) I haven't thanked everyone for birthday presents. A lot has been happening on my end, and I've been crazy busy, and...I think I also lost a few names. So, keeping that in mind (and because some of the best gifts were sent anonymously), I'm going to settle for a blanket "thank you, you guys rock" sort of expression of gratitude. This year, the gifts truly did help (and, hey, the Amazon wishlist is always there....).

5) Night before last, I finished reading Jason Bradley Thompson's brilliant graphic novel adaptation of Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and Other Stories (Mock Man Press, 2011). Imagine retellings of HPL's most whimsical, Dunsanian tales – "The White Ship," "Celephaïs," "The Strange High House in the Mists," and "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath" crossed with Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland. It's that cool. And this beautiful volume was produced via a Kickstarter project. This is exactly the sort of project that Kickstarter exists to make happen. It's not the sort of volume any publisher ever would have taken on, but it's too wonderful not to have happened. If you can possibly find a copy, snap it up.

6) Yesterday, because yesterday I had to begin a new Mars story, as there was no more fitting way for me to honor Ray Bradbury's life, I began "Martian Requiem." I want it to appear in Sirenia Digest #78, but there's no way it'll be done in time. So, I'll be including part of it, as a work in progress, then including the full story when it's done. I only wrote 650 words, between a headache, a phone call to my editor, and the shock of Bradbury's death. Anyway, yes, Sirenia Digest #78 will include the new vignette/story, "Love is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl," another piece on "Zoo" by David T. Kirkpatrick (this is growing into, at the very least, a future chapbook), the in-progress "Martian Requiem," and, also in remembrance, "Bradbury Weather," a novella I did way back in 2004, which a few of you may not have read.

7) If you have not yet ordered Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, I urge you to do so. It would be great if the limited sold out before publication. I'm starting to feel as if some folks find Lee Moyer's startling, wonderful, sexy cover off-putting, which I don't understand at all (actually, a couple of people have said as much to me). Lee will likely remain my subpress cover artist for the foreseeable future.

And now email, and then back to Mars. Oh, and I hope that by week after next I will have my first ever tattoo, a bit of text on the inside of my left forearm: "There's always a siren, singing you to shipwreck." I'll certainly have it by Readercon 23 in July.

*Wasn't Kickstarter enough, or did indiegogo come first?

Comments

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whiskeychick
Jun. 7th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Vince remains one of my favorites. Not sure what is so off-putting of that cover.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 7th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)

Not sure what is so off-putting of that cover.

I have no bloody idea.
thegreattimb
Jun. 7th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Lee's work on Two Worlds was brilliant, probably my favorite jacket art in years. Confessions is just as intriguing. I hope he does keep up doing your SP jackets.
thegreattimb
Jun. 7th, 2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
And of course, the limited has been on order for months.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 7th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)

That's the plan he and I have discussed.
subtlesttrap
Jun. 7th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to feel as if some folks find Lee Moyer's cover off-putting, which I don't understand at all (actually, a couple of people have said as much to me). Lee will likely remain my subpress cover artist for the foreseeable future.

Thats perplexing. Im actually quite obsessed with the cover. Its like a psychedelic nightmare. I'm counting down the days until it's release! It is going to be my summer treasure chest.

And kudos to Vince Locke! I want to purchase "Lady Res" from the Digest but can't remember which story it accompanied?!

greygirlbeast
Jun. 7th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)

I want to purchase "Lady Res" from the Digest but can't remember which story it accompanied?!

"In the Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection," which was sometime in 2007.

Its like a psychedelic nightmare.

Yep.
seph_ski
Jun. 7th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
The blue lady is bow-tie. It's the blond one that freaks me out. I think it's her soccer-mom hair. It's kind of disturbing, and not at all in that fun horror-house way, to see your mom or your kindergarten teacher or the story-time librarian topless and in the clutches of a demon who's holding her heart.

Granted, having issues with a book cover is a pretty lame reason for not buying a good book, which is why my limited edition has been pre-ordered for a while now.
opalblack
Jun. 8th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Kickstarter had (has?) some very pronounced limitations that indiegogo overcame. Though in truth I don't know which one came first.

The random link I posted the other night was my seventh Drowning Girl-inspired posted artwork, and your birthday gift. I just didn't have the faculties remaining to me to say such at the time. Sometimes, I'm sure you know, the process of art can leave you speechless, because everything that could have been said was turned into colour and light. So, happy birthday.
sovay
Jun. 8th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
"Jack, it's a long way to Hell, and there are no milkshakes there."

I hope that line has a story to go to.

People and the Sea: A Festschrift Dedicated to the Career of Richard Pollnac

Tell him mazel tov from me!

Oh, and I hope that by week after next I will have my first ever tattoo, a bit of text on the inside of my left forearm: "There's always a siren, singing you to shipwreck."

I do like this idea.
Jada Walker
Jun. 8th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
So much in one little post
Congrats to bow-tie Dad :-)

And congrats on your first tattoo - you won't be sorry.

And to Opalblack, I am in love with your paintings. I just salivated all over your page. You're very talented!
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