hallways

"You say you're tired and you just want to close your eyes and follow your dreams down."

Another very nice day, and once more I stayed inside. We had a high of 83˚F, and it's currently 75˚F.

I didn't write.

I tried to read. I tried to straighten up the office. I managed to watch a two-hour Nova episode about black holes.

Mostly, it's TV these days. Last night we finished Season Three of Ozarks and began Tales from the Loop. As for the latter, I had low expectations, but I'm liking it a lot. Oh, and if you're tempted to try The Last Kingdom, Netflix's attempt at Vikings, do yourself a favor and watch something else, instead.

I'll Zoom when Hell freezes over.

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Tonight, there are 2,006 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Alabama, with 438 cases in Jefferson County and 150 in Shelby County.

Later,
Aunt Beast




10:31 a.m. (yesterday)
Bowie3

Since Yesterday

Warm and sunny. We made it to 82˚F, and it's currently 64˚F.

I didn't leave the house today. No walk.

I didn't write.

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Safer does not mean safe.

Tonight, there are 1,841 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Alabama, with 418 in Jefferson County and 145 in Shelby County.

But the dogwoods are in bloom.

Later,
Aunt Beast




3:19 p.m. (yesterday)
Roy Batty

"Just give me one thing that I can hold on to."

Sunny and warm today. I had another short walk. Fifteen minutes feels like an hour. Anyway, I said it was warmer, didn't I? Our high was 79˚F, and it's currently 65˚F, and my office window is still open.

I want to be writing, because I'd be better if I were.

I went from 2 p.m. yesterday until 2 p.m. today without speaking. It helped a little.

Tonight we watched the new episode of RuPaul's Drag Race and then back to Ozarks. I'm wishing we hadn't blown through five and a half seasons of Vikings in less than a month.

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The news around here, of course, is that Kay Ivey finally issued a shelter-in-place order, and it went into effect at 5 p.m. this evening. We have 1,614 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 376 in Jefferson County and 127 in Shelby County.

And I have a photograph of a rabbit that I'm pretty sure escaped from a Jeff VanderMeer novel.

Later,
Aunt Beast




3:17 p.m.
Bowie3

Silent Spring Redux ( I )

A sunny day. We made it to 77˚F, and it is now 62˚F.

It was also a very, very bad day. Most are now. I've been silent since 2 p.m. or so, because sometimes that helps. Maybe I'll remain silent until this passes, in June or July or when the hell ever.

I'm tired of Kurt Vonnegut writing my life.

Right now, every living human being on the plant is a potential threat to my life. And to Kathryn's life. And the lives of everyone else I care about.

I left the house for the first time in about ten days today, for a very short walk around the building, and it felt profoundly irresponsible.

But hey, we got a fucking cute Google doodle out of this.

The ADPH has now confirmed 1,535 cases of Covid-19 in Alabama, with 369 in Jefferson County and 115 in Shelby County.

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Tonight we watched the Season finale of The Magicians, and we're working our way through Season 3 of Ozark.

Later,
Aunt Beast




3:13 p.m.
Bowie3

Howard Hughes in a Time of Widespread Seclusion

The sun came back today. I woke to it, and it's always easier waking from my nightmares to bright sunlight. But the cooler weather is slow to leave; we only reached 66˚F, and it's currently 52˚F.

I was able to work today, to really work, for the first time in weeks. I did some good paleo' writing. Hopefully, tomorrow I can do some good fiction writing. I see articles about how, in the face of Covid-19 and in the stress and worry, the uncertainty and all that is happening, how we should no fear to be unproductive. We should not be shameful if we are not working. But I do fear being unproductive, and I am shameful of the times I cannot work. I'll always be that way. And there are bills to be paid, and there are stories owed.

Anyway, later I played GW2 and Black Desert Online with Spooky. I must say, Black Desert Online is a visually stunning game, and it's possibly the most satisfyingly visceral game I have ever played. But it's written for shit. I'm pretty sure this is what happens when bad Korean writing is translated badly into bad English writing.

Later, we finished Part One of Season Six of Vikings Episodes 6 and 7 are genuinely, heartbreakingly beautiful. Even if I haven't enjoyed all of the series so far, it would have been worth it just for those two episodes.

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Last night, the Alabama Department of Public Health counter hit 999 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and...locked up. I suspect that whoever wrote the code never imagined we would need four-digit numbers to tally the stricken. Finally, it started ticking off cases again this afternoon, though I don't know if it any longer reflects our knowledge of the infected in Alabama as well as it did before it stopped last night. As it stands, the ADPH reports 1,108 confirmed cases in the state, with 305 in Jefferson County and 89 in Shelby County.

I was able to speak with Jun Ebersole this afternoon, and that helped some. I am missing Jun and McWane and my work in the lab terribly. And Winifred the tylosaur. Her, too. Okay, her most of all.

Later,
Aunt Beast




1:36 p.m.
Roy Batty

"Your shadow at morning striding behind you..."

Very rainy today, some tornado worries south of us. Here, we only reached 61˚F, and currently it's 49˚F. A foul end to a foul March.

There were things I was going to say here tonight, but I don't seem to have to resolve, now that the time has come. A year from now, maybe I'll read this entry and wonder what the fuck I mean. Or meant. Or whichever. I didn't sleep much last night.

In Alabama, confirmed cases of Covid-19 have now exceeded 1,000, with 263 in Jefferson County and 87 in Shelby County. By the way, my numbers come via the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Later,
Aunt Beast




10:53 p.m.
Bowie3

Entry No. 5,961

Mostly sunny today. The clouds arrived late in the afternoon. Our high was only 73˚F. Currently it's 60˚F.

Toady I finished reading Peter Straub's Ghost Story (1979) for the umpteenth time. My love for this novel is legendary, so...I won't go on and on and on again. And now I'm reading another of my favorites, Kathe Koja's Skin (1993)

Today Spooky made a very tasty loaf of cheddar and black pepper bread. We are diligently sheltering-in-place, but we are not starving.

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A week or so ago, Internet Archive responded to the pandemic with what was clearly meant as a benevolent act, but which has fucked over a great number of living writers – myself included. IA unilaterally decided they should make 1.4 million ebooks available for free, in unlimited numbers, for "loan" to readers. For the most part, this was illegal (not to mention immoral). My lit agent at Writers House is helping me have my works removed from the rights grab, but the whole thing is sickening, that people think so little of authors than to expect us to work for free, when most of us are barely able to even support ourselves by our labors.

Please note that for one week in March I made the ebook of Dear Sweet Filthy World free to own. It was Subterranean Press' idea. They asked. I agreed. It's amazing what what you can accomplish by simple politeness.

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As of about three hours ago, there are 935 conformed cases of Covid-19 in Alabama, with 234 of them here in Jefferson County and another 84 in Shelby County. In just four days time, March 26th-March 30th, the number of cases has more than doubled in the USA.

Meanwhile, John Prine is reported to be doing better. I spent the day worrying about him and listening to his music. On Facebook, I wrote of "Paradise": I used to sing this song with Jada's dad, who was a musician. It remains one of my favorite songs ever. "Where the air smelled like snakes..." One of the best lines of poetry ever written. You know what that means, even if you could never explain.

And to Governor Meemaw (aka Kay Ivey), who continues to refuse to issue an order to shelter-in-place, with all due respect, no, this is not like the time there was a copperhead at the church social. This is an actual disaster, and it's past time you start acting like it.

Tonight, RP and Vikings. We've made it to Part One of the sixth and final season.

Later,
Aunt Beast




1:46 p.m.
Bowie3

"The graph on the wall tells the story of it all."

Another warm and sunny day, some clouds near sunset. Cooler than yesterday, but still warm. Our high was 77˚F. Currently, it's 66˚F.

It occurs to me that there's really nothing else I want to say here just now.

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As of this afternoon, Alabama has 820 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 247 of those in Jefferson County and 79 in Shelby County. Our governor is still refusing to issue a shelter-in-place order, though she's placed the Alabama National Guard on standby. Selma has a curfew. Maybe lots of other places in the state, too. Selma's just caught my attention, as I have such a history with the town. Oh, and John Prine is sick with the virus and in critical condition.

I posted this to Facebook eleven hours ago:

Here's something that's been lodged in my minds for days: During the 9/11 attacks, 2,977 people were killed. As of today, 2,362 people have died of Covid-19 (30k+ worldwide). In a couple more days, when the number of deaths from the virus have finally equaled and then exceeded the deaths from 9/11, will those Americans refusing to take the pandemic seriously finally do so? Most Americans felt justified in going to war over 9/11 and in giving up most of their civil liberties. With Covid-19, many do not even seem willing to simply stay home (and yes, I am only speaking of those who have a choice in the matter).

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Tonight, a documentary, the new episode of Westworld, and more Vikings.

And I leave you with the sippy cup of my people.

Later,
Aunt Beast




9:10 p.m.
hallways

"Crushed and filled with all I found..."

Another sunny, warm day. We made it to 84˚F. It's now 76˚F.

I started writing something today, and hopefully it will lead somewhere.

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In Alabama, we now have 720 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 179 in Jefferson County and 69 in Shelby County. Four cases have been confirmed in nursing homes. I'm not gonna keep up the tally of the dead.

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The new episode of RuPaul's Drag Race tonight, along with two new episodes of The Connors and two episodes of Vikings.

Later,
Aunt Beast




11:05 p.m.