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Whatever I am at this exact moment, it's not awake. It has some vague resemblance to wakefulness, but I'm not awake. About 9:45 ayem, my damn rotten feet finally dragged me up from the dreams, the dreams I'm not going to talk about. And once I was no longer properly asleep, the pain and thoughts of work that has to be done and bullshit memories from my childhood and a dozen other mind-racing distractions made sure I did not once again find my way back to properly asleep.

Comment! Help keep me awake!

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Yeah, so, at least we were able to race through the CEM for Blood Oranges, finishing before five yesterday. That was a small mercy. Two or three novels ago, Penguin wanted me to switch over to electronic editing – actually, it was with Murder of Angels – and I flatly refused. I said something to the effect of "I don't know how, and I have no desire to learn how, and I won't." There have been a few rumblings since, but I continue to actually make red marks on actual fucking paper. Like an author. It's bad enough I write on this computer, instead of a typewriter. Anyway, Blood Oranges is the first time that I haven't received a manually marked-up print out from Penguin. Rather, it has those little grey boxes in the righthand margin that you get editing in MS Word...or whatever else. I will say this about those little boxes, though. They make it much easier to neatly write STET. In all fairness, though, this was a decent enough copyeditor, though he or she has no familiarity whatsoever with certain linguistic idiosyncrasies of noir. There were virtually no attempts to rewrite the book. And in case you missed the memo, yes, I decided this book (and its two sequels) would be published pseudonymously, as Kathleen Tierney (and it was weird, seeing that name on the header).

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Cloudy outside, which seems appropriate. Drizzly.

I'm going to write more thoughts on Guild Wars 2 when I'm in a better mood. The graphics aren't taking as much getting used to as I expected. The game mechanics, however, are. I begin to fear GW2 is that thing I hate most: a game that feels like a game. I don't want to play a game. I want an immersive experience that, like watching a film (if you watch films the way I do), allows me to blot out the "real world" and suspend disbelief. I was heartened that most the names of players I saw last night (and there were so many, must have been a hundred) were thought out, actual Nordic names. Oh, I'm playing a Norn ranger, Saga Millasdóttir*. Thumbs up to the game for permitting first and last names. But, still, it feels a lot more like a console game, with a lot of other players along for the ride. And speaking of rides, am I correct that we get no mounts in the game?

I was impressed by the Great Lodge of Hoelbrak, in all its sprawling complexity, and the sense of everyday activity via NPCs (including children!). It wasn't until I reached Hoelbrak that I began to see how RP might be possible in Guild Wars 2. In part, it would require ignoring much of what's going on around you. Oh, and I also appreciate the sense that this world is actually closer to, you know, world sized. I love Telara, but after calculating that the continent is smaller than Rhode Island, some of the shiny went away. I'm guessing no one bothered to explain to the developers at Trion that physics demonstrates there are restrictions on how small (and large) a planet can be and still be earth-like. Telara would be a rock. As would Azeroth, which is, maybe, about the size of Texas. Maybe it's an unspoken cheat that the magic is meant to negate physics. Um, yeah. Anyway, though I've only explored 1% of the continent of Tyria (as with Telara, planet and continent have the same name), there is at least the illusion that it is far larger than either Azeroth of Telara.

I suppose this is another example of my lack of imagination.

Oh, and I have not yet decided if I'll join an existing guild, or venture to create on of my own.

I blather.

Soon, eBay returns.

Oh! And this is astoundingly bow tie. Gives you a sorta, kinda idea what I'm trying to do with Blood Oranges. Sort of. Kind of. Backlash. If this movie were set in 2011, in Providence, Rhode Island. Also, Zoe Bell as "the tall witch"! Hubba hubba. Not sure why there are Spanish subtitles in this trailer.



Somnambulistically Yours,
Aunt Beast

* Tarnished Coast server.

Comments

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dipsomaniac
Sep. 4th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Trying to think of a good "wake up" song so how about Wake Up by Arcade Fire?

Children, wake up
Hold your mistake up
Before they turn the summer into dust

If the children don't grow up
Our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up
We're just a million little gods causing rainstorms
Turning every good thing to rust
greygirlbeast
Sep. 4th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)

Trying to think of a good "wake up" song so how about Wake Up by Arcade Fire?

Love that album. But, alas, I wasn't in an Arcade Fire mood this morning.
solstice_lilac
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
You may have answered this question already in a previous entry that I missed, but why a pseudonym? I can think of a couple of reasons a writer might want to publish under a different name, but I am interested to know yours.

I am kind of surprised that it has taken this long for a violent, adult revision of Hansel and Gretel. I guess others probably already exist. I'm very interested in the retelling, but I'm admittedly tired of super-fast action scenes, fireballs, and slowing down time to watch the flight of an arrow. I want to care about characters, even in fairy tales where the characters are expected to be known types. I just watched Snow White and the Huntsman, which, like this trailer, I thought was visually stunning, but its main feeling was tension from all the fight scenes.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 4th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)

You may have answered this question already in a previous entry that I missed, but why a pseudonym?

Because, while Blood Oranges is, I think, a lot of fun, I don't consider it one of my "serious" novels, and I just wanted to set it and the sequels apart.

but I'm admittedly tired of super-fast action scenes, fireballs, and slowing down time to watch the flight of an arrow. I want to care about characters, even in fairy tales where the characters are expected to be known types. I just watched Snow White and the Huntsman, which, like this trailer, I thought was visually stunning, but its main feeling was tension from all the fight scenes.

Well, I confess I love the action, and I adored Snow White and the Huntsman. But I'm an action movie junky.
esanko
Sep. 4th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
Zoe Bell is so hot I can barely look at her. And I'm a guy who likes guys (women too. All good.). Deathproof was an insanely awesome girl-power movie. I'm remembering where she gets thrown off the hood of the Dodge Challenger, everyone thinks she's dead, then she pops up out of the brush and says with that Australian accent, "I'm OK!" Why, yes you are...

Please be patient on the Tylo- I would in fact suggest forgetting about it, then one day there will be a big-ass box at the PO. You will say, Why, what on earth could this be? Followed by total paleo-geek AWESOMENESS OVERLOAD. To accomodate your wish for orange eyes we are using Pheasant eyes- glass eyes from a taxidermy supplier- Fact- I'm finishing the armature of the Elasmosaurus sculpt- Thalassomedon hanningtoni. The flippers, bones alone, were 2 meters long. That's all I've got. Peace out.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 4th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)

Zoe Bell is so hot I can barely look at her.

Totally.

Please be patient on the Tylo-

I can be a patient beast.

To accomodate your wish for orange eyes we are using Pheasant eyes- glass eyes from a taxidermy supplier

Cool. Very cool.

I will await...
lois2037
Sep. 4th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, my! That trailer certainly IS bow-tie! I guess it was downloaded from a Mexican or Spanish source. I will SO be going to see it! Something similar ran on the SyFi channel awhile back, but didn't have that cast or budget.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 4th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)

Something similar ran on the SyFi channel awhile back, but didn't have that cast or budget.

And...was on SyFy.
lois2037
Sep. 4th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
Well, yeah. Surprisingly, the story wasn't hopelessly bad, which is why I even remember it.
catconley
Sep. 4th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
Ooh! H&G looks fantastic! Thanks for posting the trailer. And YAY for Zoe Bell! Sexy, hilarious, and ass-kicking - what more could one want?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 4th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)

Thanks for posting the trailer. And YAY for Zoe Bell! Sexy, hilarious, and ass-kicking - what more could one want?

You're welcome, and not much.
poesillchild
Sep. 5th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
At least "Hansel and Gretel: Witch hunters looks entertaining. That is still the primary purpose of movies, isn't it?

Cheers
Jeff
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