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A cold night last night, and a chilly day today.

I'm probably less sick than I was this time yesterday. There's only the mucus and some exhaustion. At least I'm sleeping. The worst part is having lost all those days that I can't get back. Last winter, I didn't catch anything. It was wonderful. Keeping my contact with society to a minimum has its benefits. If Spooky didn't have to go out into the world, we'd never catch these bugs.

And on that note, you know, people justify the use of emoticons and such by saying that without it meaning is unclear when writing online. For example: Keeping my contact with society to a minimum has its benefits. If Spooky didn't have to go out into the world, we'd never catch these bugs. Do you take that sentence at face value, interpret it literally? Or am I being sarcastic? Should I explain which to be sure I'm understood? If I don't explain am I to be blamed when someone misinterprets?

Frankly, I dislike sarcasm. To quote Oscar Wilde, "Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.” Then again, maybe he was being sarcastic, and maybe my use of the quote here is an attempt at irony. Maybe.

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Gary Wolfe has written a very, very, very positive review of The Ape's Wife and Other Stories, and you can see it in the new issue of Locus. Bill Schafer let me know about the review yesterday, and I broke down and bought a digital copy. I'm pretty sure there nowhere between Manhattan and Boston that carries Locus, or I would have held out for paper. Anyway, yes, a splendid review. I'll quote from it in a few days. Meanwhile, note: If you order the collection from Amazon, where it can be had for only $27, you're ordering the regular trade hardback, not the limited. The limited has to be ordered directly from Subterranean Press.

And only those who order the limited edition also receive the hardback novella Black Helicopters. There was some confusion about this yesterday. Also, there are no plans to reprint Black Helicopters anytime in the foreseeable future. Anyway, the collection will sell out, so if you haven't ordered...you know the drill. Thanks.

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Yesterday, I did 1,058 words on "Pickman's Madonna" (for Sirenia Digest #93; this will also be the title of the third chapter of Cherry Bomb). I'd hoped to finish it yesterday, but there was research on the fly, unexpected questions I had to answer for myself, and I didn't. Today I'll finish it. I swear to fuck, if only I could have two months more grafted onto this year, I might catch up.

Last night we played Guild Wars 2, then watched the most recent episode of The Walking Dead, then watched Robert Zemeckis' Flight (2012). It was a somewhat better film than what I've come to expect from Robert Zemeckis, a director I've learned to avoid. Sadly, his golden years were the eighties, when he directed Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), and Romancing the Stone (1984). There was Death Becomes Her in 1992, and then...well, I blame Forest Gump (1994). But Flight isn't bad. A little treacly around the edges, and the last fifteen minutes or so need to go, but not bad. If Ridley Scott had directed it, it might have been great. Frankly, I will never fucking forgive Zemeckis for the travesty that was his 3D Beowulf (2007).

Okay. Time to write.

Still Not Tip Top,
Aunt Beast

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greygirlbeast
Nov. 5th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)

Years and years and years of working with the public -- being coughed on, sneezed at, handling all manner of germy materials, etc. -- have built up my immune system. I'd be dead otherwise.

Likely mine has suffered. Still, fear of illness (and lost days) is a major reason I don't travel much and have pretty much stopped doing conventions.
shanejayell
Nov. 5th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
Carry on, and hopefully things go well.
sovay
Nov. 5th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Anyway, yes, a splendid review. I'll quote from it in a few days.

I am very glad to hear it.

Sleeping is good.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 5th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)

I am very glad to hear it.

It was a huge relief.
setsuled
Nov. 5th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
And on that note, you know, people justify the use of emoticons and such by saying that without it meaning is unclear when writing online.

I have to admit I get in the habit of using smileys a lot (though autocorrect wants me to say I use amulets. Funny, autocorrect just tried to change "autocorrect" to "incorrect") in Second Life. There seems to be a connexion between using a female avatar and guys especially assuming I'm angry.

Sadly, his golden years were the eighties, when he directed Back to the Future (1985), Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988),

I've long suspected Spielberg flexed a lot more creative input over those films than is normal for a producer. Particularly Back to the Future which has a lot of efficiently layered visual data so distinctive of Spielberg. The scene where Micheal J. Fox saves Crispin Glover from getting hit by a car is so Spielberg.

Edited at 2013-11-05 07:53 pm (UTC)
everville340
Nov. 5th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Do you take that sentence at face value, interpret it literally? Or am I being sarcastic? Should I explain which to be sure I'm understood? If I don't explain am I to be blamed when someone misinterprets?

Those are the exact same questions I find myself asking with most of my daily social interactions, leading to the days that I am 100% in favor of minimal social contact.
alumiere
Nov. 6th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
Cold/ich sucks. I've had it for over a week, and now have laryngitis - I sound like Tom Waits crossed with a fucking chipmunk when I can talk at all. Here's to getting over this shit.
dipsomaniac
Nov. 6th, 2013 04:06 pm (UTC)
For example: Keeping my contact with society to a minimum has its benefits. If Spooky didn't have to go out into the world, we'd never catch these bugs. Do you take that sentence at face value, interpret it literally? Or am I being sarcastic?

Honestly I interpret most things people say literally. Sometimes it gets me in trouble or I just end up confused because I don't usually realize when someone is being sarcastic.
slothman
Nov. 6th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
I’m enjoying the way that Guild Wars 2 has set up its mechanics so there is never, ever a penalty for helping someone else out. It does lead to the “zerg” phenomenon, but most of the time I just laugh as they go by.
stsisyphus
Nov. 6th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
My opinion of Flight is that it's an episode of Matlock or Perry Mason from the perspective of the "evil", "conniving" villain. Denzel Washington, almost single-handedly, completely sells what would otherwise be a mediocre, banal redemption/legal drama.

I saw it in theatres, felt entertained, but I'd probably never go back to watch it again.
jessamyg
Nov. 8th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
I tried to like Beowulf, really I did, but I keep turning it off after about ten minutes. I think I've seen Grendel in his initial attack on Heorot, and that made me dislike it even more. There are so many artists who do brilliant creature design in film and they ended up with THAT. Even the creature at the end of Alien Resurrection was better, and that's saying something.

And, thank you Universe, someone else who dislike Forrest Gump. I thought I was the only one.
ulffriend
Nov. 8th, 2013 12:52 pm (UTC)
I've gotten the email that my copies of "Apes Wife" are on their way. I didn't think I could me more excited, but after reading the Locus review I actually am.
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