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Hold on. I'm trying to remember what happened day before yesterday. No, I'm not kidding. Hold on.

Ah, okay. Good damn thing I have Spooky, who may as well be my failing memory's external hard drive. But first, this:

It's not so much negativity as it is things you can't understand. I only have my own experiences that I know for sure what happened. I don't really talk about myself in the songs but there are moments that are about me. I try not to make those moments very clear so people can make it into their own story. Maybe what I'm better at describing are the scary things. Maybe that's what stands out more. ~ Neko Case

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So, day before yesterday was spent packing books and cleaning the office, preparing to move two bookcases out of here and into one of our storage units in Pawtucket. There was tons and tons of dust. Sacks full. Sacks could have been filled with dust, I shouldn't wonder. Gunny sacks. And if you don't know what one of those is, here. Right now, the middle parlor is stacked with boxes of books to go to Paper Nautilus, Goodwill, and libraries. It looks like a goddamn warehouse in there. Then yesterday we loaded the bookcases into the van and hauled them to storage, one trip for each. The plan had been not only to get the bookcases moved, but also to get eBay stock in storage out of their boxes and safely onto shelves (in part, this follows from last months mold troubles), but the cold persuaded us to save the shelving work for another day, as the storage facility is only heated in theory, not so much in actuality.

We have probably doubled the open space in my office which, after five years of clutter, is a huge relief. It feels positively, wonderfully empty in here, by comparison to the way things were before. There are now only nine bookcases in this room (for a total of thirteen in the house). There's still work to do, but we're over the "hump."

Ah, I also managed in Wednesday to pull together Sirenia Digest #94, and it went out to subscribers early yesterday. I'm going to attempt to get SD 95 out this month, as well. I also have a story to finish for ellen_datlow. These are two reasons I won't be finishing Cherry Bomb until January. Oh, and the scans of Michael Zulli's artwork for the Centipede Press edition of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir has been finished:



Copyright © 2011 by Michael Zulli


Last night, we saw the extended version of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And I have to admit that my opinion of the film has been improved. A small screen corrects for some of the mess made by the idiotic decision to shoot the film at 48 fps. Also, as was the case with Jackson's adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, the extended cut has markedly better pacing. This is the overly long version of (the first third) of The Hobbit that Peter Jackson actually wanted us to see, 182 minutes as opposed to the theatrical release runtime of 169 minutes. The extended cut doesn't fix the fundamental aesthetic issues (48 fps and 3D gimmick shots), but it is, I think, a better film, overall. You'll likely still be left asking yourself why there are so many spotlights in Middle Earth, and, I hope, wishing Jackson had realized things that aren't broken do not need to be fixed.

Yesterday, on Facebook, I wrote: A breakfast of ramen from Japan, oranges from Morocco, and tea from Sri Lanka. It was a very cheap breakfast, all the way from places I'll never be able to afford to visit. It seemed many people misunderstood my sentiment. I certainly wasn't praising an insane global economy that wastes untold amounts of oil to bring me oranges from Africa. The irony was lost on many. Anyway, on the way back from Pawtucket yesterday, I decided I am about to write a story titled "Oranges from Africa." I do not yet know what the story is, but it will wear that title (steal the title and I'll send something awful around to rip your lungs out). I found this just now, googling the title:





from The Dominion (Wellington, New Zealand), Volume 1, Issue 227, 18 June 1908, Page 3



Now, I have to see if I can get some work done. There's a winter storm bearing down on us.

Less Booked In,
Aunt Beast

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shanejayell
Dec. 13th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Nice art. :D
setsuled
Dec. 13th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
I also managed in Wednesday to pull together Sirenia Digest #94, and it went out to subscribers early yesterday.

I read "THE MOTE[L] (2032)" at 6am this morning when I probably ought to have been sleeping. But it was great, I love when you use that future noir poetic voice. It's great to read aloud, it has a definite rhythm to it.

And I have to admit that my opinion of the film has been improved.

Oh, wow. I wondered if the extended version was worth checking out. I'll definitely do so now.

Beautiful Michael Zulli sketches.

Edited at 2013-12-13 06:36 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Dec. 13th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)

I love when you use that future noir poetic voice. It's great to read aloud, it has a definite rhythm to it.

Thank you. I want to say it was "written aloud," as I was constantly rewriting based on how it sounded spoken, trying to get something that sounded like a believable voice.

I wondered if the extended version was worth checking out. I'll definitely do so now.

It doesn't fix the fundamental aesthetic issues (48 fps and 3D gimmick shots), but it is a better film, overall.
martianmooncrab
Dec. 13th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
and if anyone bothers to read their "made in" labels on everyday items, they will notice that most of the candy canes for xmas (and a lot of the candy!) is made in China..
greygirlbeast
Dec. 13th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)

I've become very wary of food from China.

And, you know, apparently Americans have forgotten how to fucking make candy canes.
martianmooncrab
Dec. 13th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
and spice drops are made in Mexico (they have no black ones in their mix) or Canada (they have the black ones), and its really crazy about the simplest things. I have never been motivated to eat less candy until I started reading where its manufactured at. Brachs is the worst offender so far. But Earth Born (the folks that bring us Peeps) still make their mallows stateside.

greygirlbeast
Dec. 13th, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)

At least Altoids are still manufactured in the UK.
aarongp
Dec. 13th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
There was tons and tons of dust.
A hazard of the job to be sure. We found out just yesterday that my wife has a moderate dust allergy. So in future we'll need to be extra careful when moving books and stuff about and extra vigilant about dusting full stop.

Cheers for the report on the extended cut of TH:AEJ. I had all but decided against buying the release, despite all the "making-of" stuff--which I like, but I think I shall reconsider.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 13th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)

We found out just yesterday that my wife has a moderate dust allergy.

Fortunately, mine's pretty tame.

Cheers for the report on the extended cut of TH:AEJ. I had all but decided against buying the release, despite all the "making-of" stuff--which I like, but I think I shall reconsider.

You can get it pretty cheap at Amazon right now. I think I'm waiting for the inevitable boxed set of all three films that will probably see the light of day sometime in 2015.
aarongp
Dec. 13th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Amazon tip. I'll order it soon.
everville340
Dec. 13th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the Locus Online and From Far Beyond Reality reviews.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 13th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC)

I haven't seen the latter; I'll look for it.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 13th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)

Ah, yes. I had seen it.
nineweaving
Dec. 13th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
That's a beautiful drawing--this will be a stunning book.

Nine
sovay
Dec. 14th, 2013 08:13 am (UTC)
Ah, I also managed in Wednesday to pull together Sirenia Digest #94, and it went out to subscribers early yesterday.

It was an excellent issue. More of the Snow twins and more like "Mote[L] 2032," please.

Oh, and the scans of Michael Zulli's artwork for the Centipede Press edition of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir has been finished

That's lovely.
chiropteryx
Dec. 31st, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
The Dominion is (still) my town newspaper down here in Wellington, NZ. How delightful. Serendipity again.
ankara0711
Jan. 7th, 2014 01:50 am (UTC)
:)
Где-то я уже замечал такую информацию да ладно
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