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Howard Hughes grows restless.

I really do wish that my first thought upon waking this morning could have been something besides, "Oh crap. I have a new editor. I'm one-third of the way through a new novel, and I have a new editor." But there you go.

I do not want to spend all day trapped in the house, but I have very little choice in the matter.

No writing yesterday. The talk with Marvel went well, but no writing.

I typed CHAPTER FOUR, read William Blake, tried to find a chapter title, read back over part of Chapter Two, and that's when the phone rang with the news about my editor leaving Penguin. Which effectively ended the writing (or, rather, the possibility of writing) for the day. Like I said earlier in the week, the chaos shows no sign of abating.

Anything else of note about yesterday? Not really. Subterranean Press kindly sent me a copy of Brian Lumley's Freaks. I read a chapter of The Mistaken Extinction, and then, later, read Sonia H. Greene's "The Horror at Martin's Beach" (revised by her husband, H. P. Lovecraft) and R. H. Barlow's "Till A' the Seas" (also revised by Lovecraft). There was little to like about the former, save it was very short, and the latter was not much more than an extended outline trying to pass itself off as a short story. There was great potential in "Till A' the Seas," if it had been a novella, perhaps, or even a novel.

I need to be reading over my notes on Woonsocket, looking at the photos I took there this past summer, reading the two books on the town sent to me by Spooky's mother, thinking about What Happens in Chapter Four. I've been doing very little of any of that.

I've sort of reversed my opinion of the new CD by The Wedding Present, Take Fountain. I really, really like the first track, "Interstate 5," but after that the tone changes radically, and the grim wit and edge of the first song dissolves to whimsy and poor irony. It was a disappointment. But I do like that first track. Too bad it was not indicative of the entire disc.

Okay. I'm just rambling on. Move along. There's nothing more to see here. The men with the firehoses will be along shortly to wash away the stains.

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mellawyrden
Mar. 24th, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
Is Mercury in retrograde, or are we having an afflicted Pluto or something this week? It just seems like something isn't right, in a fabric-of-the-universe kind of way. All week long I keep having the rug pulled out from under me. Even when I thought there were no more rugs, whooops there goes another one. It sounds like you're getting the exact same thing.

Don't worry, SIN CITY will be out soon.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 24th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you're getting the exact same thing.

Well, yeah, but it started a couple of days after I was born, I think.
iliadawry
Mar. 24th, 2005 06:17 pm (UTC)
This post is brought to you in part by my laziness. I thought it would be good to point out that I have subscribed to the first four issues of SubPress Magazine because of you. Or possibly two through five. The website is unclear. I think I will go and email them with questions.

In any case, I look forward to receiving the magazine!
setsuled
Mar. 24th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your chaotic situation.

I really, really like the first track, "Interstate 5," but after that the tone changes radically,

I had a similar experience with a CD I bought a while ago. I wonder if it has to do with artists simply being unable to understand their own motives . . . It's frustrating. Because I sit here still wanting an album of songs by the artist who wrote the first track . . .
antonstrout
Mar. 24th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
With JM heading to DC, are they putting you with AS or GB?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 24th, 2005 09:58 pm (UTC)
With JM heading to DC, are they putting you with AS or GB?

See my second post from yesterday.
bosstweed
Mar. 25th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
On an almost completely unrelated note - not that you need any more distractions right now - did you hear about the T.rex found in Montana with soft tissue preserved inside a thigh bone, including "blood vessels and possibly cells?" NY Times (must register, I think) Fascinating news! Full paper to be published Friday in Science.

Good luck with the new editor. Hope things get straightened out to your satisfaction, and soon.
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