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First, for those just tuning in, on Wednesday night I'll be reading at KGB Bar in Manhattan, with Michael Cisco. Be there if you can. I still don't know what I'll be reading. I usually decide on the spot. I just scared the beejeesus out of Ellen Datlow to giving her the impression I thought the reading was tomorrow night, which is what I get for answering email before 1 p.m.

Comments to this journal have essentially ceased to exist. I get far more comments to it at Facebook, which is, to me, just sad. Also, happy bullshit holiday day.

Sunny out there, which is an improvement over Saturday and yesterday, but it's chilly. Currently 58˚F here in Providence. Blegh.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,072 words on the second chapter of Cherry Bomb. Fans of the "Siobhan Quinn novels" be warned, this last book is grimmer and not so ha-ha funny (though it has its ha-ha moments).

Here's a thing. A photo me me and my sister, Angela, taken on 4 April 2004 at Alabama Bound Book Fair, Birmingham Public Library:



And another:



Yeah, I look a lot better in the first one, but the second one shows off the peculiar yellow eye shine of my blind eye so well, I had to include it. My replicant eye.

And one more thing, a baby photo of me! Yikes, right? Here:



1965 (My sister was not yet even born.)



Looking Back,
Aunt Beast

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sovay
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I look a lot better in the first one, but the second one shows off the peculiar yellow eye shine of my blind eye so well, I had to include it.

You have very excellent eyeshine.

Thank you for the photographs.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)

You have very excellent eye shine.

It almost never shows up in digital photos, but almost always in film photos.
setsuled
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
Also, happy bullshit holiday day.

If it makes you feel any better, I still have to go to school to-night.

Nice photos.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)

If it makes you feel any better, I still have to go to school to-night.

I have to have my hair colored (grey again), and I hate having my hair colored.
setsuled
Oct. 14th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
I have to have my hair colored (grey again), and I hate having my hair colored.

Ah. Well, as I recall the grey did look pretty good on you. It could be worse--I have to go to the dentist to-morrow.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 06:16 pm (UTC)

Ack. Okay, that's almost the worst.
alumiere
Oct. 14th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Love the pictures. And I hope the reading is a smashing success!
greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)

And I hope the reading is a smashing success!

I love reading at KGB. This will, I think, be my third time since 2000. The last time was in 2008.
alumiere
Oct. 14th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Yay for getting a chance to read there again. I wish I could attend, but personal transporters haven't been invemted yet.
aarongp
Oct. 14th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
All the best for the reading. I hope it goes as well as previous occasions.

If Facebook just fucked off and did its own Facebook thing without usurping all these other platforms (along with any kind of privacy you might want to retian) I would be a lot less pissed off at it.

Good luck with Cherry Bomb also. Fingers crossed that this is one is fairly smooth sailing.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)

Fingers crossed that this is one is fairly smooth sailing.

So far, so good.
stsisyphus
Oct. 14th, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
huh. I don't think in all the years of reading the blog that I've realized you have a sister.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 11:02 pm (UTC)

Well, there she is. I've never spoken a great deal about my family, largely out of respect for their privacy. But Facebook has sort of brought down those walls for me. The 3,058 people currently following me on FB occasionally are in on conversations between me and my family (well, a few of those 3,058 are family).

Also I have aunts, uncles, three nephews, a step sister, a vast bevy of first cousins, a mother...
corucia
Oct. 14th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)

Comments to this journal have essentially ceased to exist.

I'm still here and reading it steadily, but haven't had much of worth to say. As always, holler if you need articles or some such thing.

Facebook, bah. I'm only on it because a few family and friends communicate no other way.

Best of luck on the reading!
greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)

I'm only on it because a few family and friends communicate no other way.

I hear that over and over, and I'm always left asking, "And how was it before just a few years ago?"
corucia
Oct. 15th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
Weekly calls to family are the majority of the interactions, dating from when I moved away in the late 80s. My wife exchanged weekly written letters, and now e-mails for the last ten years, with her parents. I only got a Facebook account this year, to keep up with a grad student who took a postdoc position in Scotland. She mostly communicates through Facebook with her friends and family. Facebook hasn't impressed me very much...
Gene Stewart
Oct. 14th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
Blind Eye Third
My right eye is half blind due to retinal cancer. I've never been able to get it to gleam in such a lovely way, though. Well done.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Blind Eye Third

I've never been able to get it to gleam in such a lovely way, though. Well done.

Not like I tried.
cause_catyljan
Oct. 14th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
I look a lot better in the first one,

May I be so bold as to disagree? Bolder still to say you look damn fine in both?

*blushes*
whiskeychick
Oct. 14th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
I am reading...
I don't always comment, as I feel I've not always have much to add or feel useful about to comment.

Happy Bullshit Holiday, back at you. When is our nation going to wake up?

It's clear and sunny here, but will hardly see 45 degrees, I believe.

Fire is in the stove and the tissues strategically placed all around the house. Virus du jour has visited.

Edited at 2013-10-14 09:13 pm (UTC)
txtriffidranch
Oct. 14th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
"Bullshit holiday"? Wait a minute. I'll have you know that Canadian Thanksgiving has a very noble standing...oh, wait...you're talking about the other holiday today, aren't you? Whew: here I thought I was going to have to come out that way with a big corsage of the provincial flower of Newfoundland and Labrador and talk you to death. (One of the nice things about working at the Day Job with a whole slew of Canadians is that I can pick up shipments of Sarracenia purpurea from my mailbox down the road, keep them at my cube while I'm working, and then bring them around to show all the expats a little bit of home. One of my co-workers was born in Newfoundland, and he had no idea anybody outside of the province even knew about purple pitcher plants. He was even more surprised to meet an American-born who knew that much about Newfoundland, and when I told him about Jean-Michele Sarrazin and his reputation as Canada's founding naturalist, I thought his head was going to explode.)

greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)

(One of the nice things about working at the Day Job with a whole slew of Canadians is that I can pick up shipments of Sarracenia purpurea from my mailbox down the road, keep them at my cube while I'm working, and then bring them around to show all the expats a little bit of home. One of my co-workers was born in Newfoundland, and he had no idea anybody outside of the province even knew about purple pitcher plants. He was even more surprised to meet an American-born who knew that much about Newfoundland, and when I told him about Jean-Michele Sarrazin and his reputation as Canada's founding naturalist, I thought his head was going to explode.)

I just had to resort to Wikipedia. Twice.
txtriffidranch
Oct. 15th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
And my job is done.
eluneth
Oct. 14th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
this last book is grimmer and not so ha-ha funny
I very much look forward to that.

Your lipstick is so perfect in those '04 photos. (I'm still mastering the art of more or less matte reds.)

The baby picture -- !!
greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)

Your lipstick is so perfect in those '04 photos. (I'm still mastering the art of more or less matte reds.)

Drag queens are the best teachers.

The baby picture -- !!

I was but a horrid grub, I was.
mamaroximagines
Oct. 14th, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I think people are more responsive on FB because they only have to handle one topic at a time -- short attention spans, and all.

I *love* your gray hair. I think it brings out the best in your coloring, and your type of hair carries it beautifully. (ed. Oh! That matte red lipstick in the photos is sensational!)

As for a grimmer Quinn (ugh ... that sounds like some awful fanfic pairing), I rejoice!

Edited at 2013-10-14 10:27 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Oct. 14th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)

I think people are more responsive on FB because they only have to handle one topic at a time

And they're more interested is speeding through fifty lolcats and thirty one line status updates than reading a few blog entries of substance.

As for a grimmer Quinn (ugh ... that sounds like some awful fanfic pairing), I rejoice!

It's the note I want the books to go out on.
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