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Howard Hughes Strikes Again

It's been twenty-two days since my last LJ entry. It's not like I'd intended to put the journal on hiatus. I skipped a day, and then I skipped another day, and every time I had a good reason. The good reasons were mostly, "I didn't write anything yesterday," and it's too fucking embarrassing to keep saying, "I didn't write anything yesterday." Oh, and the not sleeping. Between the not sleeping and the not writing, well, that's been my life that past twenty-two days. Other than a two-night trip down to Spooky's parents' place in South County, I've hardly left the house. Or written. Or slept.

Wednesday night, UPS delivered three big (and one little) box of Beneath an Oil-Dark Sea and False/Starts II to our doorstep. The helpful UPS dude helped Kathryn get them inside. The book is beautiful. I am, in almost every possible way, delighted with it, and if you do not yet have your copy, you should order it now, because there only a very few remaining at Subterranean Press. It is an amazingly strange and disconcerting feeling, seeing Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 sitting together on a shelf. They represent a long journey, not only across the two decades during which the stories were written (1993-2013), but also the five years that were required to compile, edit, and publish the two collections. I announced the project on July 21, 2010, the same day that Bill Schafer asked if I'd like to do the books. Five years. That sort of blows my mind, though not as much as realizing that these two books distill twenty years of my life. Together, they total 1,230 pages in length, or 415,115 words (based on the limited editions). Will there ever be a volume three? Talk to me when I'm sixty.

Because there's never enough money (and taxes really cut deep this year), please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thank you.

I believe that my next short fiction collection – the one after the forthcoming volume of juvenilia – will be titled either Away With You or Heads and Houses.

As I've said, I've not been sleeping. The past year is a muddy blur of insomnia, but the last two weeks have been an extra special Hell. It's possible that going off gabapentin back in November is, in part, to blame. But not sleeping has only compounded the trouble I've been having writing. Not sleeping and the side effects of the drugs I've taken to try and sleep. Everything has collapsed into a long and monotonous train wreck of days when I don't write and nights when I can't sleep. Oh, and then there's the disruption of our landlord having the house painted, which seems like it's never going to end. There's been a scaffold set up directly outside my office window for two weeks, and the general chaos began back in October.

Okay, I'm gonna stop here. No way I can catch up in one morning. You should comment. I actually read those.

Back Again,
Aunt Beast

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( 14 comments — Have your say! )
setsuled
Dec. 12th, 2015 05:34 pm (UTC)
I feel like everyone should have one place they can go where they're guaranteed not to be bothered by the noise and physical obstacles of construction and repair work. Sometimes I find a general din the closest substitute I can get for silence. Good luck with your sleeping, I hope it improves.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 12th, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)

I feel like everyone should have one place they can go where they're guaranteed not to be bothered by the noise and physical obstacles of construction and repair work.

If only. I am done with city life.
ashlyme
Dec. 12th, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
Welcome back. Thanks for your Facebook comments regarding getting a copy of Oil-Dark Sea. I like the title "Heads And Houses" a good deal.
corucia
Dec. 12th, 2015 06:52 pm (UTC)

My copy (#16) of 'Oil-Dark Sea' arrived a couple of days ago. I love the dust jacket art, and that the title is only on the spine. A nice match to 'Two Worlds'. Thanks for the appendix - in browsing through it I found that I had to re-shelve a book from my attic bookshelf to the beginning of the CRK section in the den, explaining something you've hinted at once or twice.

My sympathies on the insomnia. I went through a long bout of it in high school. Ugh.

Any news on another Centipede book?
greygirlbeast
Dec. 12th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC)

Any news on another Centipede book?

I still haven't delivered the corrected ms. for Mythos Tales (and we're still looking for an artist), so that's the hold up there. We've not even begun work on The Red Tree.
corucia
Dec. 13th, 2015 03:40 am (UTC)

The first Centipede book was so gorgeous, I don't care how long it takes for the next volume if it results in another book of similar quality.

I'd love to see a few of your stories illustrated by John Kenn Mortensen.
papersteven
Dec. 13th, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
I also had a little re-shelving to do, and wondered if you would talk a bit about The Crow at some point?

The collection is a work of art and I love reading my favorite stories from it.

And Away With You is a great title.

Edited at 2015-12-13 03:45 pm (UTC)
vizsludraugas
Dec. 12th, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)
I hope you get a good sleep in soon, and that the problem goes away, or at least lessens.

I loathe construction noises, and don't miss them much-when I was still living in a big city, I often found myself wishing I had something like the Zero Room to go and rest in.

I will check the auctions..funds are a bit limited (owning a house is bloody expensive), but I am sure there is something for me there.

You've ten years on me, so I will mark down Volume 3 as a gift suggestion for my fiftieth birthday.

I've been keeping up on your Twitter feed-do you regard that a supplement to this, or something different? (I've often been surprised by how much harder it is to find something to say in 140 characters.)


Edited at 2015-12-12 07:12 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Dec. 12th, 2015 08:52 pm (UTC)

I've been keeping up on your Twitter feed-do you regard that a supplement to this, or something different?

There really isn't much to my Twitter feed, other than retweeting shit I think's cool.
sirena73
Dec. 12th, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)
I received my copy today, and my god, it's GORGEOUS. I can't wait to dig in.

Rob Smith
Dec. 12th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
I was very glad to see Alabaster #1 at my LCS this week. Stunning cover. Enjoying the hard work you did to make it a worthwhile read.
everville340
Dec. 13th, 2015 02:28 am (UTC)
There's been a scaffold set up directly outside my office window for two weeks, and the general chaos began back in October.

That is truly maddening, the scaffolding.
In honor of Volume One's arrival, another book will be expelled to Storage when Volume Two finally arrives from Subterranean Press.
pisceanblue
Dec. 13th, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to tell you how much I loved S.T.'s introduction to Volume Two - it expresses everything I've ever thought about your work, told other people about your work, everything I love about your work. Far more eloquently than I ever could, of course. I'm so happy to have these books in my hands and on my shelves - as many times as I've read Volume One since I received it, I know Volume Two will be an equal treasure trove for years to come.
alumiere
Dec. 13th, 2015 09:51 pm (UTC)
i am impatiently waiting for my copy to arrive (i ordered it late because i'm broke). fingers crossed that sleep and writing resume shortly.
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