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A rainy, chilly first day of November, the wind trying to tug the the trees naked. There's a bad storm coming, to herald in the dead season. Our high today will be only 48˚F, but it's going to feel ten degrees colder. There's still the possibility of snow in the forecast. There's a wind advisory for tonight, with gusts up to 50mph. The seas are going to be wild.

Here it is All Saints' Day, Día de los Muertos.

And here by the ocean the sky's full of leaves,
And what they can tell you depends on what you believe.
The ash is a tree, and the voices were three,
And all that is gone is here, sweeping through me.
~ Poe

I'm trying to balance work and getting ready to leave for D.C. on Thursday. This will be my first World Fantasy Con since Chicago in 1996. We're taking Amtrak. I'm starting to feel as if I live on trains. I got a new motorcycle jacket yesterday, because it was on sale, and I've decided some time ago it's time to retire the one I got in 1994. I've reached a point in my life when I just feel a little silly wearing a jacket with "Blood, Sex, Rock and Roll" emblazoned on the back, surrounding a bouquet of vampire skull and roses. It's still a fucking great motto. It just belongs on a younger back. That jacket, a gift on my thirtieth birthday, was worn a thousand nights in Athens, Georgia, in LA, Ireland, London, San Francisco, Manhattan, New Orleans, and Birmingham. I'll pack it away. I might even bother to clean out the pockets first.

I also found a used copy of Lana Del Rey's Born to Die that was cheap because the jewel case is sort of smashed. I've become sort of obsessed with her torch song/hip hop/rock and roll. If David Lynch ever made a good science fiction film (I have forgiven him for Dune), it might look and sound like Lana Del Rey.

A quiet Halloween. We played The Secret World and watched a pretty cool "horror" film, Banshee Chapter (2013), all about MK-Ultra and number stations and night in the Nevada desert. Ted Levine, who played Hank Wade in The Bridge and also Jame Gumb, was sort of magnificent as – pretty much in all but name – Hunter S. Thompson. It's streaming on Netflix.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions and at Spooky's Etsy shop. Thank you!

Later taters.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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sovay
Nov. 1st, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
I got a new motorcycle jacket yesterday, because it was on sale, and I've decided some time ago it's time to retire the one I got in 1994.

Pictures of both?

I also found a used copy of Lana Del Rey's Born to Die that was cheap because the jewel case is sort of smashed. I've become sort of obsessed with her torch song/hip hop/rock and roll.

I've never heard any of her songs beyond "Video Games" and "Gods and Monsters," and the last only because you linked Jessica Lange's astonishing cover. I love "Video Games." I realized in February that it reminds me of Siouxsie & The Banshees' "Strange Fruit."

I dreamed of you last night. I hope you're all right.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 1st, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)

Pictures of both?

I can do that. Though, surely you've seen the former.

I've never heard any of her songs beyond "Video Games" and "Gods and Monsters," and the last only because you linked Jessica Lange's astonishing cover. I love "Video Games." I realized in February that it reminds me of Siouxsie & The Banshees' "Strange Fruit."

Track down more of her stuff.

I dreamed of you last night. I hope you're all right.

Dream details?

I'm hanging in.
sovay
Nov. 1st, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
Dream details?

I took the train to visit you and Spooky, although you had moved: you were living in a white, Colonial-style house set back from the road, on a sloping lawn with huge, autumn-shaggy trees slowly drifting leaf-trails on the wet grass. There was a Dimetrodon on the lawn. It was autumn-colored; its skin much more closely resembled a salamander's than a lizard's, scale-less and dully shining. Its sail was ribbed the same rust-and-bronze-orange as the fallen leaves. We watched it for a while.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 1st, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)

Beautiful.
setsuled
Nov. 1st, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
My mother told me I had a chameleon soul.

My dentist tells me I have chameleon teeth. They take on the colour of whatever I'm eating (actually "chameleon teeth" was my term).

"Blood, Sex, Rock and Roll" emblazoned on the back, surrounding a bouquet of vampire skull and roses.

Sounds suitable for Dia de los Muertos anyway.

I also found a used copy of Lana Del Rey's Born to Die

Wow, I don't think there's anywhere I can buy used CDs in San Diego now. I rather miss used CD shops.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 1st, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)

My dentist tells me I have chameleon teeth. They take on the colour of whatever I'm eating (actually "chameleon teeth" was my term).

That's very curious.

Sounds suitable for Dia de los Muertos anyway.

True.


mattedsorrow
Nov. 1st, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)

Just curious, do you listen to much Chelsea Wolfe or any of KatieJane Garside's projects?

greygirlbeast
Nov. 1st, 2014 08:03 pm (UTC)


The former, not the latter.
corucia
Nov. 1st, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)

If I have to travel distances and I have the option, the train is the preferred way to go. I hope your trip goes smoothly.

I'd never thought to connect Lana Del Rey to David Lynch, but once pointed out it makes a lot of sense. Have you ever listened to Meg Myers or Eliza Rickman?

Tracking number says that the package was dropped off at your PO box. Some times the Post Office surprises me with its speed.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 1st, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)

If I have to travel distances and I have the option, the train is the preferred way to go. I hope your trip goes smoothly.

The train is my preferred way to travel.

I'd never thought to connect Lana Del Rey to David Lynch, but once pointed out it makes a lot of sense.

Note her covers of "Blue Velvet."

Have you ever listened to Meg Myers or Eliza Rickman?

Nope.

And the package arrived. Thank you!

Edited at 2014-11-01 10:21 pm (UTC)
corucia
Nov. 2nd, 2014 12:46 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it arrived safely, and I hope they're enjoyable.

greygirlbeast
Nov. 2nd, 2014 05:53 am (UTC)

Howard the Duck! I haven't read these since high school ('81-'82)!
corucia
Nov. 2nd, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
I wish they'd reprint the newspaper strip series. I cut them all out and had them stored in envelopes, but they disappeared somewhere between college and grad school. I'd love to re-read them.
corucia
Nov. 2nd, 2014 01:16 am (UTC)
Have you ever listened to Meg Myers or Eliza Rickman?

Nope.

Check your email - I'm happy to help a bit with that...
greygirlbeast
Nov. 2nd, 2014 05:53 am (UTC)

Going to check now...
corucia
Nov. 2nd, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
Should be links to three albums from iTunes. If you like them, great, and if not, they were gifts so no loss to you. Rickman's music is on the ethereal side, while Myers' is like a raw wound (her videos are rather intense). As with all things involving opinion, you may see things differently, and I'd be interested to hear your opinion.
starshoegazer
Nov. 2nd, 2014 03:58 am (UTC)
Lana del Rey is fantastic!
greygirlbeast
Nov. 2nd, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)

Yup.
Brett Davidson
Nov. 2nd, 2014 09:33 am (UTC)
Judging by the tone your mood's much better. Is it? It would be good of course.
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