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Happiness is a rubber octopus.

We had sun for most of yesterday. Now it's dreary out again. The weather geeks keep promising warmer weather, truly warmer weather, and it keeps getting put off. Sort of like the End of the World. Weather geeks and prophets of doom have much in common. Both have chaos theory to cover their butts.

Nonetheless, I was reflecting this morning on how much better I usually feel when I'm working, as opposed to when I'm not working. That is, the last couple of days have been much better, the last three or four, really, thanks to getting Daughter of Hounds back on track and then finishing Chapter Three. I'm improved considerably from my latest low point, which would have been back on Thursday, March 10th, when I was ready to call down Hellfire and Cthulhu on all of humanity on general principle. It's not that I hate people less when I'm working, just that it's easier not to dwell on them.

Yesterday, as planned, we read through Chapter Three. I like it. Also, Richard Kirk sent me the three interior illustrations for To Charles Fort, With Love. They will accompany the three stories of the Dandridge House cycle, and they are utterly frelling gorgeous. I've gotten used to being wowed by Rick's work, but these three are extra superb. So, that was a much needed bright spot. Also, on a related note, Bill Schafer sent me the cover for the second issue of Subterranean Magazine, which I am inserting below:



Not only will the issue include "Bradbury Weather," it will also reprint "Andromeda Among the Stones," one of the Dandridge stories and will include Rick's illustration (which will, of course, be reprinted in To Charles Fort, With Love).

Returning to the matter of me being in a better mood, I'll be making an effort over the next couple of months to pick up my paleontological research again. I have an undescribed fauna from the Bluffport Marl (Upper Cretaceous) of Sumter County, Alabama, collected by me and Jennifer back in 2001-2002, including a large sea turtle and a bird, awaiting preparation and description. I need that work. I need to be using my hands in that way and to be waking up that part of my brain.

Last night, Spooky and I watched Julien Magnat's very funny Bloody Mallory (French; 2002). Sexy, hilarious, neat monsters, and fun. Spooky remarked, "It has the camp that Buffy was going for, but never got right." Which is, I think, spot on. Highly recommended.

Okay, this has rambled on a bit, but before I close, I need to say thanks to Marrije way off in The Netherlands for her donation to the car fund, and remind you all that we'll only be offering Silk for ten dollars via the eBay auctions until midnight Sunday. Now, I'm off to write some smut and drink some absinthe!

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sfmarty
Mar. 19th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
Damn. I can't read this. I hate typing blind.

Anyhow I am delighted you are getting back to paleo. I am looking forward to reading about your discoveries.
asru
Mar. 19th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
Your palaeontology work sounds exciting. I know what you mean about waking up certain parts of your brain... it must be good news for you that you will have time to get some new research done. How much do you know about the turtle and the bird already?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 19th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
How much do you know about the turtle and the bird already?

Well, I have most of the upper shell (carapace) and lower shell (plastron) of the turtle, which was probably three to four feet in length. I'm trying to figure out what family it belongs to right now and if it's something new. The bird is still a total mystery. It might be Ichthyornis, but, at any rate, it's the youngest Creatceous-aged bird fossil yet found from Alabama.
asru
Mar. 19th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
Wow! Do you think you will be publishing a paper on them?
Where do you manage to store all your fossils safely?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 19th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
Wow! Do you think you will be publishing a paper on them?
Where do you manage to store all your fossils safely?


I have a steel Lane cabinet for the prepped stuff (which is getting pretty full). I think there will be at least two papers come out of this Bluffport fauna, one on the turtle and a note on the bird.
robyn_ma
Mar. 19th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
*blink* I thought I was the only one who knew about Bloody Mallory. Now I'm not.

Now, of course, you need to rent Jesus Christ, Vampire Hunter if you haven't already.
dirtyredsecrets
Mar. 19th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
Oh cool, I learned who Cthulhu was all of about one week ago. And now he seems to be cropping up everywhere, including little toy ones. Heh, I've just proven my Lovecraftian ignorance. I guess I'm just not cool.
iliadawry
Mar. 19th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
I fear I've never read the Dandridge House stories. Does this refer to Dandridge, Tennessee?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 19th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
I fear I've never read the Dandridge House stories. Does this refer to Dandridge, Tennessee?

Nope. The (fictional) house built by Machen Dandridge north of Anchor Bay, in California.
iliadawry
Mar. 19th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure whether I prefer that or not. Dandridge, TN is a source of several completely baseless nightmares. Though the Super 8 off I-40 there is really quite nice for a Super-8, very new and sleek and lots of channels on the cable, so long as you don't wake yourself screaming.
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