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Religion isn't the opiate of the masses. It's the placebo. ~ Gregory House

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This is your daily reminder that you need to preorder the hc of Alabaster: Wolves today, or there may not be anymore Alabaster comics. And if there are no more Alabaster comics, I'll never get around to all the Dancy/Maisie kinky.

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I'm not even going to bother with my usual digs at "Columbus Day." I'm not in the mood to denigrate holidays that wave flags celebrating the onset of a genocide that would eventually encompass an entire fucking hemisphere. Oh, wait...

Yesterday, I wrote the first 1,337 words, and began Chapter Five ("Ungrateful Dead and Sexing the Green") of Fay Grimmer. I meant to do other work stuff, too, but I didn't. I'll try harder this evening. Motivation isn't at an all time low. Just low.

Maybe it'll be better this evening. Because I should be proofing the galley pages of Blood Oranges, working on some...stuff I can't talk about yet, finally getting Aunt Beast's Salt Marsh Home Companion running, and there's an interview. Dog, I'm sick of interviews. I've started turning them down, mostly. Anyway, yeah. I at least need to do the day's March and get through the first chapter or two of the galleys.

Meanwhile, here is the final cover for Blood Oranges. I know there's some confusion on the subject, but I actually do like this cover. The first one we got for the book was unspeakably bad (I'll include it in a later post), but my agent and editors went to bat for me and we got an entirely new cover that actually, you know, has something to do with the novel. And isn't butt ugly. My only kvetch was I wanted the drop of blood to be a messy smudge, but I lost that round. Sometimes you eat the b'ar, and sometimes the b'ar eats you. Anyway, behind the cut, because it's big:







By the way, to quell another point of confusion, I do not hate this novel. It's this novel's sequel, Fay Grimmer, that's giving me fits. Oh, there's plans for a third Kathleen Tierney. Let's not think about that. But this book, BLood Oranges – though it's nothing even remotely like The Red Tree or The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, it's fun. Mostly, it was fun to write. It's a popcorn book. It's funny. It's a satire with an undercurrent of bitter disillusionment. It's candy bars with razor blades hidden inside them. It gives the middle final to "paranormal romance" and its corruption of urban fantasy. So, yeah. I do not hate this book.

Why is it published under a pseudonym? I believe I just answered this question. By the way, that's the actual Providence skyline, as seen from the Point Street Bridge.

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Read two stories yesterday evening, both from The Book of Cthulhu II (poor neglected Dostoyevsky). The first, Molly Tanzer's "The Hour of the Tortoise" is an utter, ribald delight. I would expect no less from her. Of course, while in keeping with the tone of the story, ribald is far too tame a word for this pornographic romp. The second story was Christopher Reynaga's "I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee." A story which only goes to prove that all writing rules are, ultimately, useless. Yes, even mine. Did I not just recently exclaim that "less is more"? Well, that's a conditional "rule," just like all "rules." If you're going to take on so ambitious a task as a Lovecratian retelling of Moby Dick, you have to give yourself quite a bit more space than four pages. 'Cause that's some epic shit you're undertaking. Sometimes, less is just...less. As in, not enough.

Yeah, platypus, I know. Time to make the doughnuts.

Oh Fuck,
Aunt Beast

Comments

( 18 comments — Have your say! )
sovay
Oct. 8th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
The first one we got for the book was unspeakably bad (I'll include it in a later post), but my agent and editors went to bat for me and we got an entirely new cover that actually, you know, has something to do with the novel.

That does not, in fact, suck. Mazel tov!

Do you want an extra pair of eyes on the proofreading, or are you set?
greygirlbeast
Oct. 8th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)

Hmmm. Let me think, but probably I'm set. Also, I only have a hardcopy. Thanks!
andrian6
Oct. 8th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
I have to say, the faux weathering on the cover is my favorite element. But I adore books with a little 'traveling history' so it's a favorite motif. It's a shame the sibling is proving to be a greased, meth-addicted whippet...
greygirlbeast
Oct. 8th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I love the crinkle effect, too. And yeah, a shame. But, sometimes, contracts ought not be signed.
andrian6
Oct. 8th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
But, sometimes, contracts ought not be signed

"I am Dr. Faustus, and I approve this message."
martianmooncrab
Oct. 8th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
a Lovecratian retelling of Moby Dick,

I would think it would be short, because once you saw the Great White Tentacle, it would be over.. and there wouldnt be pursuit, but running away like crazy.. for all the good it would do you.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 8th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)

I would think it would be short, because once you saw the Great White Tentacle, it would be over.

Well, to begin with it would be all the stuff leading up to that, then the consequences of the encounter. A novella at the very least. Carefully paced to mimic the pace of the source material. And, preferably, no actual appearance by Cthulhu. Far too literal.
martianmooncrab
Oct. 9th, 2012 06:27 am (UTC)
its always better to scare yourself than leaving it to others..
eluneth
Oct. 8th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, hey, that's not half bad! (Conservative phrasing reflects a prolonged wince at the thought of what the first version might have looked like, rather than lukewarm feeling about the present.) I quite like the typography. Congratulations on winning the cover-art battle.

I'm feeling like this autumn is going to have to be a Lovecraft-heavy one, inspired in good part by your short-story recommendations. I very, very much like the idea of a porny-Lovecrafty romp.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 8th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)

(Conservative phrasing reflects a prolonged wince at the thought of what the first version might have looked like, rather than lukewarm feeling about the present.)

Bad. Bad. And bad.

I very, very much like the idea of a porny-Lovecrafty romp.

Who wouldn't? I mean, besides all those people.
vegan_vulcan
Oct. 8th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yay and whee for porny Lovecraft! What can I say, they're two things I lurve. :)

Many thanks for the kind words, Caitlin, and congrats on the stupendous cover!


Edited at 2012-10-08 10:49 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Oct. 8th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)

Yay and whee for porny Lovecraft! What can I say, they're two things I lurve. :)

Two great tastes that taste great together.
faffinz
Oct. 8th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
Alabaster pre ordered now. Shipping cost to New Zealand not quite as bad as I expected.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 8th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)

Thank you! Kiwis rock!
jenjen4280
Oct. 8th, 2012 09:28 pm (UTC)
Preordered. Dancy/Maisie kink was the kick in the pants I needed.

Really looking forward to Blood Oranges. It'll be a nice break from grad school readings.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 8th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)

Dancy/Maisie kink was the kick in the pants I needed.

There was a hint in #4, I think. A certain "wolf whistle."
katesavage
Oct. 9th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
Pre-ordered the hardcover Alabaster ? Check.

It is OK by me for you to repeat yourself. Being busy, cannot always get to your LiveJournal posts. I am happy I caught the public service announcement.
sillylilly_bird
Oct. 9th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
I have h/c Alabaster pre-ordered, as well as the Nov. DH Presents and, just now, Blood Oranges :) I'm very much looking forward to it!
Also, I'm listening to The Drowning Girl and the first person is ideal for audio. Suzy does a very good job and it's hitting me harder/differently than reading the text did. I have the feeling that this book will hit one differently on each read.
So far I've purchased 3 versions/copies of TDG - I rather like being able to .. consume it however I choose.
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