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"Ba da pa pa. Ba da pa pa."

Cold and cloudy here.* It's 34˚F, but it feels like 27˚F.

As I discard books and organize my office, I'm faced with the problem of my complimentary contributor's copies to all the short-fiction anthologies in which I have ever been published. Which brings us to the skinniest photo I have probably ever included in this journal:



One copy of pretty much every collection* that has ever included my work – foreign-language editions excluded – is on this bookcase**. That's 1995-2013, eighteen years worth of anthologies. Most of my chapbooks, some ARCs, and the mmp editions of my novels are also in the photo, but they account for a small percentage of the bookcase's contents. I just counted exactly 100 anthologies, but I think I missed a few. Anyway, here's the thing: I have never read most of these books. And I never will. I have never even peeked between the covers of some of them. But I have always kept them out where I can see them. Each one of them and all of them together, obviously, mark an achievement. Back when that was twenty-five or so books, it didn't much matter. But now I've more than filled a bookcase (my novels and short-fiction collections are kept on an adjacent case). And I am asking myself why I don't box these up and put them in storage. Well, most of them. Right now, they're just taking up precious office space and collecting dust. In storage, they would do neither. I'd never actually get rid of them, mind you. They are bits of my history.

I am playing far too much GW2. Dancy is almost level 80 (the current cap), which will make her my second Level 80. My Norn ranger, Saga Millasdóttir, was the first.

There's a whole world out there that is most assuredly passing me by. But...it isn't yet time to post New Year's resolutions.

Yesterday I began a new story, for Sirenia Digest #95. It's called "The Peddler's Tale, or Isobel's Revenge." It's another Dream Lands story and is intended as a companion piece to month before last's "Pickman's Madonna." I think I may even enjoy writing it.

Spooky's out picking up last moment Xmas dinner ingredients and such. Tonight, after an enormous dinner, we'll watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Badder Santa, as per tradition. No tree this year. The cats make that all but impossible. We strung some blue lights and put out the cards people have sent. I even sent out cards this year. And I find myself very much wishing I were in Leeds with my family. I haven't been with my family on Xmas since 1999.

Oh, I said yesterday that I would discuss how my meds have adversely affected my writing. I'm gonna save that for tomorrow.

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast

Postscript: A few seconds after I hit "save entry," the sun appeared.

* Er...actually I have been reminded that not all the anthologies I have contributed to are represented here. I've already sent some to storage. Right.

** I have always dreamt of being able to afford nice wooden shelves, instead of these ugly composite board and laminate things.

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greygirlbeast
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)

How do the anthologies from 1995 look in comparison to the ones in 2013? As in the physical book, the quality ...

Honestly, I've never thought about that. Probably the major difference is that I'm now in a lot of those telephone book things, the fat trade paperbacks that have come to dominate the short fiction market. There are, I suppose, fewer hardback anthologies being produced.
Gene Stewart
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
Cards
If I knew where I'd have sent a card. Enjoy your dinner and quiet time. Light and warmth from the dark arise. Happy Yule.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Cards

Thank you. And likewise.
mataar
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
Wow! Love that photo! I share your dreams of nice wooden shelves. I've slowly amassed a few mis-matched ones, but still have a couple of the composite laminated ones, not to mention some residual bricks with boards.

Wishing you a tasty feast this evening!
greygirlbeast
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)

not to mention some residual bricks with boards.

Ah, memories of college.
sovay
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
not to mention some residual bricks with boards.

In my first apartment, I had milk crates.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)

I had old wooden army surplus crates.
mataar
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
At least milk crates make better use of space than the cinderblocks.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 24th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)

This is true.
sovay
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
I have never read most of these books. And I never will. I have never even peeked between the covers of some of them. But I have always kept them out where I can see them.

I think that is a valuable thing to do.

It's called "The Peddler's Tale, or Isobel's Revenge." It's another Dream Lands story and is intended as a companion piece to month before last's "Pickman's Madonna."

Prrrrrt.

Happy Christmas Eve.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)

Happy Holidays.
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greygirlbeast
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:44 pm (UTC)

One of my housemates is Mexican so we've taken to ordering a lot of Mexican food on Christmas Eve the past few years. She said it's always a tradition for her to have tamales for Christmas. I am looking forward to Chiles Rellenos later.

We've done Chinese. years ago, pizza was my usual Xmas Eve dinner.
martianmooncrab
Dec. 24th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
g able to afford nice wooden shelves

where the shelves dont bow... *dreams*
greygirlbeast
Dec. 24th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)

Indeed.
nihilistic_kid
Dec. 24th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
I stopped trying to read the anthologies to which I've contributed through, as it just makes me dislike the editors. I do make a point of reading stories from people I've not read before, and of reading my favorite authors, of course.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 24th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)

I've often promised myself I'd read them. I went through a spell a couple of years back when I read a few.

Edited at 2013-12-24 08:34 pm (UTC)
corucia
Dec. 24th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)

Shelves - the bane and joy of my existence. We had a bookcase built for the first floor den when we bought our house, and it's gorgeous. Other rooms have wooden shelves, composite shelves, rod shelves, and metal shelves. Not so gorgeous.

Looking forward to the next Sirenia….

Best wishes for the season and the new year to you both!
slothman
Dec. 25th, 2013 08:45 am (UTC)
I’m enjoying working my way through the stories in GW2; I love the way they have world events feed one into another and into another, and all the throwaway NPC dialogue that just gives more of the flavor of the world. (“Daddy, can I use your new sword to kill that spider up on the wall?” “Sure thing, snowflake, but be sure to dedicate the kill to Bear!”) And the occasional zerg is a small price to pay for game mechanics that always encourage helping other people.
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