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Howard Hughes sweats.

No writing yesterday. I went to the mall to buy clothes for a convention I genuinely do not have time to attend. I'm considering only going Saturday and Sunday, instead of Thursday through Sunday. I simply don't have the time. As it stands, I have 9,031 words left to write on Agents of Dreamland. That means eight good writing days, maybe only seven. And with all the deadlines, every single day matters. And this heat is threatening to force us to the Hay today, which means I'd lose toady and make losing four days to Necronomicon even more untenable. I honestly wish I were the sort of writer who could afford the luxury of losing a writing day so that I can do a forty-five minute reading for an audience of thirty people. But I'm not.

After the shopping, we headed down to South County, where is was cooler. We spent an hour or so at Moonstone, sitting on the sand watching least terns (Sternula antillarum) flitting above the waters and diving for fish. We've only been to Moonstone twice this summer. Indeed, we've only been to the shore twice this summer. Anyway, there are a few photos (the first photos I've posted since July 12th):

There were beach roses by the thousands.

The sea was red brown with some seaweed. Not terribly inviting.

Spooky caught one of the terns just as it emerged from the sea, fish in beak.

Off to feed the young'uns.

This enormous elderly male black-backed gull (Larus marinus) stalked about. We nicknamed him Clamcake.

And here Clamcake is joined by a young ring-billed gull (Larus delawarensis) .

We found these enormous blooms (rose mallow, Hibiscus moscheutos) all along the edge of Card Pond.

Did I mention how much I love Steven Soderbergh's The Knick? The fact that Cliff Martinez is responsible for the score only makes it that much more wonderful.

Aunt Beast


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Aug. 18th, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC)
There were beach roses by the thousands.

That's a lovely shot. I like the fish-catching tern as well. Thank you. I have been to the sea once all summer and it is not enough.
Aug. 18th, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing the photos.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Aug. 18th, 2015 05:20 pm (UTC)
The Reading
By the way, nice photos. My partner is at the beach today. I avoid the beach because I've already had skin cancer removed and my doc says, the less sun the better. Well, I didn't think I'd make it to 69 and one-half anyway.
But the reading. A friend of mine had a reading, and he was fairly well-known, with a few other folks. They walked into the auditorium and there were about 9 people scattered throughout the seats. They started the reading and then one of the people raised their hand. Being accommodating, my friend asked what they would like to hear.
The person said, "Like, we're trying to study here. Could you take the poetry somewhere else?"
Fuck! So thirty people ain't bad.
Aug. 18th, 2015 06:53 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting to catch up with The Knick: his (and Martinez's) work on Solaris leaves it not completely disgraced in comparison with the Tarkovsky, which I would have sworn was impossible.
Aug. 18th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the photos, particularly the last one.
Hope the shopping is short and sweet and any writing effort is productive.
Aug. 18th, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
I have never seen a beach rose before. Thank you for the photos.
Aug. 19th, 2015 01:52 am (UTC)
I don't know if it means anything but you're the highlight of Necronomicon for myself and my girlfriend.

(You were the highlight of our last Necronomicon as well)


(edit: also the knick is amazing. i showed the first episode to a friend of mine not realizing that his wife had just given birth the day before, courtesy of a cesarean section.)

Edited at 2015-08-19 01:54 am (UTC)
Aug. 20th, 2015 03:28 am (UTC)
The Knick is just beyond good. Bet you will enjoy this - http://ncwinters.com/2015/04/30/idiot-box-2-group-art-show-tomorrow-at-gallery-1988/
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