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Thanks to everyone who commented yesterday.

A chill and dreary day here in Providence, cloudy and 51˚F. But at least there's finally a spray of green in the trees.

Yesterday was spent trying to stay awake, mostly. Last night I managed to sleep six and a half or seven hours, and I feel vastly better.

Besides the effort I put into staying awake, there was also the phone and an important call from my agent (BIG NEWS IS COMING, hinted at), and I had to proof the lettered pages for Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird #1. And I sorted through juvenilia, poetry and prose I wrote in the late 1970s and the first half of the 1980s. There's a poem behind the cut (it's a very large jpg), a photograph of the dated typescript:





Photograph and Poem Copyright © 2015 by Caitlín R. Kiernan



I hope to deliver the first set of pages to the John Hay Library late next week. I want this stuff out of my hands. I want it someplace safe. I was in high school when I wrote that, living in "the big house" in Trussville, Alabama.* It was typed on the 1941 Royal Quiet Deluxe.

Ever since I set up "I Fucking Love Paleontology" community over on Facebook, I don't much talk about paleontology here. But this week has been sort of remarkable for dinosaurs, with the announcement of the discovery of both Chilesaurus diegosuarezi and Yi qi, two of the strangest theropods anyone's seen thus far. The latter (pronounced "ee chee," though I've been calling it "Itchy"), now holds the record for the shortest name of any dinosaur.** And it will hold it for some time, given that it's impossible to construct a binomen shorter than four letters. Cool stuff.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions! Thanks.

"One can't build little white picket fences to keep the nightmares out." ~ Anne Sexton

The last day of April.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

* 33°36'48.37"N, 86°34'53.25"W

** If your wondering what the longest non-avian dinosaur name might be, it's Micropachycephalosaurus hongtuyanensis, at 37 letters.

Comments

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pisceanblue
Apr. 30th, 2015 05:36 pm (UTC)
You were certainly writing far better poetry than I was at that age! I say that because we're the same age, thereabouts.

Looking forward to when you can reveal the big news.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)

You were certainly writing far better poetry than I was at that age! I say that because we're the same age, thereabouts.

That's one of the few I wasn't too embarrassed to post.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Apr. 30th, 2015 05:45 pm (UTC)
Chilesaurus Diegosuarezi
It must have been an exciting find for the 7 year old boy in Chile. Both dinosaurs look nice; love the Yi qi.

Enjoyed the poem. Reminds me of writing poetry in high school. It's wonderful that you were able to save it. Because of my lifestyle, I wound up losing many things. The oldest poetry I was able to save was a book of it I wrote while in prison--which was very different than poetry I wrote on the outside.

Hope your BIG NEWS is really great!
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Chilesaurus Diegosuarezi

It's wonderful that you were able to save it.

It's a miracle all this stuff has survived, given my semi-nomadic lifestyle.

Edited at 2015-04-30 05:48 pm (UTC)
setsuled
Apr. 30th, 2015 06:24 pm (UTC)
Nice poem, a lot more restrained than I normally expect from teenagers. It has a kind of ominous, "All Along the Watchtower" expectation.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)

That's really far too generous a comparison, but thank you.
martianmooncrab
Apr. 30th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
two of the strangest theropods anyone's seen thus far

it was odd to see late night talkshow hosts making dino jokes over plant eating dinos... but cute.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2015 07:37 pm (UTC)

Given I don't watch talk shows, I missed that.
sovay
Apr. 30th, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
There's a poem behind the cut (it's a very large jpg), a photograph of the dated typescript

I really like a lot of these images. Fragments of it could work into Interstate Love Song without shame. Thank you for sharing.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)

You're welcome.
aarongp
Apr. 30th, 2015 08:54 pm (UTC)
the discovery of both Chilesaurus diegosuarezi and Yi qi,
Fascinating stuff. Thanks for the links.

Also, thanks for letting us have a peek at a sample of your juvenilia. Although PCs were ubiquitous by my teens, I would have loved having access to a typewriter back then.

Cheers for the heads up re. Ex Machina the other day.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC)

Also, thanks for letting us have a peek at a sample of your juvenilia.

You're welcome.
everville340
Apr. 30th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
The latter (pronounced "ee chee," though I've been calling it "Itchy"), now holds the record for the shortest name of any dinosaur.

Apologies for dual-entry commenting this afternoon, but Insomnia continues to be bi-coastal this week and I am catching up.

Yi qi: it is beautiful (the dinosaur, not the name).
Thank you.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 30th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)

Apologies for dual-entry commenting this afternoon

No problem.
kiki60
May. 1st, 2015 02:20 pm (UTC)
Anything sincere is always embarrassing.
greygirlbeast
May. 1st, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)

That's a pretty good line.
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