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"You have to pay, kid, for what you get."

Cloudy.

I have a bold plan. Currently, there are eleven bookcases in my office. They contain fuck only knows how many books. Long ago I realized that I'll likely never even open half of those books again, much less read them. They're simply sitting there, taking up space that I need to make this room more functional. They're not books I still have because I love those books. They're books I still have because I hoard books. So, I'm "discarding" (to use library vernacular) a very large number of books, in hopes that, by getting rid of everything but those I most love, read repeatedly, or find indispensable references, I can bring the number of bookcases in the office down to five. The discarded books will go to used bookstores (a very small number of them), eBay (a minuscule number), libraries (to sell), and thrift stores (probably that's where most will go). It is actually rather difficult to get rid of a large number of books. But I am resolved. I need the space. I love books. I love books as books. And this is in no way an argument for the utility of ebooks. It's a purely personal decision. I'd rather have the space than the books. I need to be able to move about in this room. Oh...and the stacks of books on the floor. Those have to go, as well.

I know many bibliophiles will recoil in horror at this plan. But there is no way on earth I need ~2,000 books looming around me. ~500, that's reasonable.

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Yesterday, I wrote 1,607 words on the first chapter of Cherry Bomb. It's going well.

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With taxes looming and checks not coming in precisely when I hoped they would (this is publishing), Spooky and I are cranking up eBay and Etsy. Spooky's listing stuff now, and there are going to be some special items over the next couple of weeks. So, have a look here (eBay) and here (Etsy), and I'll talk about some particular auctions later. Thank you. Oh, and there are only two of the "7" Drowning Girl mustard-seed pendants remaining (which is to say that five have sold). If you want one, time's almost up!

Last night, we got Mama Kim's takeout and watched Bringing Up Baby (1938).

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Yesterday in seventeen photos:





































All photographs Copyright © 2013 by Caitlín R. Kiernan



In Bits and Pieces,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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shanejayell
Sep. 26th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
Red Bull & Listerine. Pretty much my day too....
greygirlbeast
Sep. 26th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)

Hah!
elsewhereangel
Sep. 26th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
These were the sort of photos I wanted to take for Project 365 but never managed. Love them!
greygirlbeast
Sep. 26th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)

Thank you!
vulpine137
Sep. 26th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
Good luck culling the book herd. I've tried, and it's like I'm selling a child. Save well, I like books more than children.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 26th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)

It's simply reached a point where it's an issue of quality of life.
eluneth
Sep. 26th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
I look forward to some of those books finding their way onto Ebay. Space to live in is delicious; good luck with the clean-out!
greygirlbeast
Sep. 26th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)

Thanks. I few handpicked ones will. Not we can't use the money.
txtriffidranch
Sep. 26th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
I understand and sympathize with the book purge. I did the same exact thing twice over the last year. I got a lot of people angry with me about daring to cull my own library, but it wasn't as if they were planning to buy any of them. (I got rid of almost all of my old writing library via eBay about seven years ago: between the ripoff artists demanding that I give them the book AND refund them because it allegedly wasn't what they wanted, the Cat Piss Men pitching fits because I wouldn't stop the auctions so they could buy a particular book at their perfect price, and the wannabe writers who'd buy a huge collection of magazines for $1 and then assume that I had any interest in helping them get their writing careers going, I would have been better off dumping off the mess at Half Price Books and never looking back.)
greygirlbeast
Sep. 26th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)

I did the same exact thing twice over the last year. I got a lot of people angry with me about daring to cull my own library

Cause, you know, it's somehow their business what we do.

the Cat Piss Men pitching fits because I wouldn't stop the auctions so they could buy a particular book at their perfect price,

I get a special pleasure telling that sort "No." I love it when they react like they've never heard the word before.
txtriffidranch
Sep. 26th, 2013 09:25 pm (UTC)
What I really suspect is the biggest problem is the same exact story over and over: you're not playing by the rules. How DARE you quit writing? How DARE you get rid of your reference library? How DARE you not donate all of your magazines to a library I can access? Now what will I do to pretend that I'm going to be a writer one of these days?
pisceanblue
Sep. 26th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
Monsieur Platypus is looking as nonplussed as ever, I see.
I understand your decision, I have also culled the herd of books in my house. I no longer have room to simply hoard, only those I collect (like your books) get to live with me now.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 26th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)

Monsieur Platypus is looking as nonplussed as ever, I see.

Oh, indeed.

the herd of books

Well said.
sovay
Sep. 26th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
They're not books I still have because I love those books. They're books I still have because I hoard books.

Ouch. And best of luck. My parents are going through a similar process with their library right now: derspatchel and I were at their house two weekends ago, winnowing the ones we wanted to take away from the ones that were going to used book stores. And yes, dispensing of that quantity of books is surprisingly difficult if you don't just want to put them out on the curb.

Yesterday in seventeen photos

I really like the photo-essay. Especially, for whatever reason, the cat's foot, the Red Bull, and the grainy frame of screwball with Brontosaurus.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 26th, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC)

And yes, dispensing of that quantity of books is surprisingly difficult if you don't just want to put them out on the curb.

It says something, even if I cannot, at this moment, articulate what that something is.
corucia
Sep. 26th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Very nice picture montage - favorites are the Albert and Platypus noses, Bringing Up Baby, and the Mama Kim's. (If we ever make it back to Providence, that's on the must-visit list.)

Good luck with the purge. Hopefully you can get back down to a livable level. I'd have a very hard time parting with portions of my library, but I can see that day coming, for a lot of the same reasons you give.
dipsomaniac
Sep. 27th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the photos. I enjoyed the random closeups.
ulffriend
Sep. 29th, 2013 01:32 pm (UTC)
I envy your resolve. There are days that I fear the books will take over the house, but when I start trying to decide which ones should go I can always find reason that "I'll probably want to re-read that". Good luck with the purge!
captaincurt81
Sep. 29th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Once a year I donate books to a local senior center. I'd hate to want books and not have them around, so I share what I've been lucky enough to have with others. It frees up space for more as the collecting/hoarding kicks in again.
Alex Bell
Sep. 30th, 2013 02:09 am (UTC)
book hoarding
I'm a book hoarder, too. It's ridiculous. But I've just set into motion a similar plan. Getting rid of a lot of superfluous stuff. Six or perhaps seven months from now I plan to finally leave my hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Which is, as many important historians have noted, a muggle stronghold.
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