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"Unbruise, unbloody, wash away the stain."

The sun came back yesterday, which helps. The temperatures will be breaking eighty for the next few days, and that helps, too. But my brain and body know that this is not truly summer. Still, I will make the best of it that I can.

I spent three and a half hours yesterday polishing "Interstate Love Song (Murder Ballad No. 8)." Polishing is pretty much as close as I ever come to rewriting or revision or whatever. But it's really nothing remotely that radical. Someday, someone will complain about how poorly my "process" is understood, because I never bothered to explain it. Or they'll be baffled at there are only "first drafts" of my manuscripts and suspect I destroyed early drafts. My "get it right the first time" method baffles a lot of other writers, but it's the only way I know to work. And there will also be people who will say that if I had written in drafts I'd have been a better writer. And all these future and present and past critics can go fuck themselves. Anyway, today I'll be putting Sirenia Digest #100 (!!!) together, and it will go out to subscribers as soon as I have Vince's artwork for the new story. There will be no chapter from The Five of Cups this month. Instead, I'm including some of the earliest SD stories in a sort of retrospective.

There are green leaves dappled with sunlight outside my office window, and I should be out there, not in here. I've passed most of the last two or three years in a fog. I've wasted an obscene amount of time not living my life.

I got the final cover for Cherry Bomb last week. Jesus, it's bad. And purple. I have mentioned that Ms. Tierney is no longer among the living, right? I thought so. I do not know the release date on the book. Sometime in 2015, I assume.

Work on Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea continues. It's essentially done. sovay did a round of proofreading after I did all my proofreading, and Kathryn is currently typing in those corrections. I still have to get some stuff to Lee Moyer who is once again doing the cover, and I need to choose the art for the limited edition, and S. T. Joshi is writing the introduction, and...well, when all that's done, it'll be a book, won't it? It's been slow going.

I went back on Lamictal on May 21st, and I'm doing better. And after the state I was in during April and May, better is really very good, even if it's far from okay on some imaginary scale of absolute wellness.

There You Go,
Aunt Beast

Comments

( 14 comments — Have your say! )
shanejayell
Jun. 15th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Look forward to seeing the cover. Heh. Is it as bad as book 2?
greygirlbeast
Jun. 15th, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)

Is it as bad as book 2?

Worse, in a different way.
sovay
Jun. 15th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
Jesus, it's bad. And purple.

Should have gone with Raisin Hell after all?

And after the state I was in during April and May, better is really very good, even if it's far from okay on some imaginary scale of absolute wellness.

Then let's hear it for better.

I look forward to Sirenia Digest #100. Wow.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 15th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)

Should have gone with Raisin Hell after all?

Probably.
dipsomaniac
Jun. 15th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
I still have to get some stuff to Lee Moyer who is once again doing the cover

I loved the cover of Two Worlds and In Between and am really looking forward to seeing this one.

I'm sorry the Tierney books didn't work out. I enjoyed reading Quinn's adventures.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 15th, 2014 06:38 pm (UTC)

I loved the cover of Two Worlds and In Between and am really looking forward to seeing this one.

I think this one will be even better.

I'm sorry the Tierney books didn't work out. I enjoyed reading Quinn's adventures.

My hope is that one day I may look back on this fiasco and, if not laugh, at least smile at my folly.
cause_catyljan
Jun. 15th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
Or they'll be baffled at there are only "first drafts" of my manuscripts and suspect I destroyed early drafts.

You could really fuck with people over this. CRK scholars "uncovering drafts" of Deke Silvey's first vision: Pat Buchanan tentacle molesting Mr Ed or something.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 15th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)

I think you lost me there...
cause_catyljan
Jun. 15th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
I get that a lot.

I just wonder if one can get any sport from counterfeiting nonsensical or deranged "early drafts."
greygirlbeast
Jun. 15th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)

I just wonder if one can get any sport from counterfeiting nonsensical or deranged "early drafts."

Perhaps. Though, I doubt I'd ever have the motivation to create one.
chris_walsh
Jun. 16th, 2014 04:36 am (UTC)
Though, i doubt I'd ever have the motivation to create one.

Or have the time to approve a fake draft someone else wrote.

(I'm usually good at coming up with bad ideas.)
corucia
Jun. 15th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
...today I'll be putting Sirenia Digest #100 (!!!) together…

Hard to believe there's been that many already. I might have to look into getting them bound, to put on the shelf.

Edited at 2014-06-15 09:12 pm (UTC)
oldfossil59
Jun. 15th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
Anyway, today I'll be putting Sirenia Digest #100 (!!!) together
I look forward to every issue! But this issue will be exceptionally special. I'm truly grateful that you've decided to return to your on-line journal. Your thoughts and perceptions have been sadly missed. I hope to do better in comment catagory in the future, but I'm always an enthusiastic reader.
everville340
Jun. 16th, 2014 12:00 am (UTC)
And all these future and present and past critics can go fuck themselves.

Cheers to that!

Work on Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea continues...well, when all that's done, it'll be a book, won't it? It's been slow going.

Looking forward to holding that lovely physical book in my hands!

Edited at 2014-06-16 12:01 am (UTC)
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