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"Yesterday, not tomorrow."

Another brutally cold day. Currently, it's 23˚F, with the windchill at 11˚F. And sunny.

I awoke to the news that Alan Rickman has died. The past few weeks have not been kind to celebrity. First Lemmy, then Natalie Cole. Then David Bowie. And now, Alan Rickman.

Yesterday, I put together Sirenia Digest #119, and as soon as I get the PDF back, it'll go out to subscribers. Then I tidied up "The Cripple and the Starfish" for a "year's best" reprint. It had some problems, which I hope I have corrected. I can only hope that 2016 is kinder to my writing than was 2015. I hardly wrote anything that I'm happy with.

And Issue No. 2 of Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird came out, and I honestly had no idea until sometime last night.

I have a call from my agent at 3 p.m.

I have no comment about Mad Max: Fury Road receiving ten Oscar nominations. Oh, wait. Yes, I do: That's got to be a joke, right, because...what the ever-loving fuck? Seriously?

Anyway, it occurs to me that I really don't anything much to say today. Given that blog readership has plummeted so precipitously, there's not much incentive to try. Fuck you, Tumblr and Facebook, Twitter and Imgur. LJ and Blogger, they were at least potentially literate things. Oh, I will say that I'm delighted to hear the news of Twitter going to 10k characters. Those kvetching about how this will "destroy" Twitter, as if it were something we should mind the destruction of, well, they do not have my sympathies.

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast

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dipsomaniac
Jan. 14th, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
I awoke to the news that Alan Rickman has died.

I loved him as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films. He had a great voice - his Blue Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorite parts of that movie. I'm looking forward to hearing him again in Alice Through the Looking Glass but it will definitely be bittersweet.
sovay
Jan. 14th, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
I awoke to the news that Alan Rickman has died.

Same. I feel very blank. I didn't think he was immortal, but I loved his voice.
corbelled
Jan. 14th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
I awoke to the news that Alan Rickman has died.

I keep hearing his voice in my head, singing a duet with Johnny Depp while getting a deadly shave. And I see the pained loving look on his face as Marianne Dashwood ignores him, and his lone figure standing in the middle of Bosquet de la Salle-de-Bal, surrounded by dancing couples. I'm reading the Hitchhiker's Guide books right now and Marvin has his soft, miserable groan. At least he's everywhere.

(Incidentally, I found your blog over the summer while searching for other people's opinions of a specific short story by Ramsey Campbell, and have been reading through it from November 2001 forwards. I'm in mid-late 2008 now and am still going strong -- there's a lot to love in these posts. I'm keeping up with current posts too, of course. Social media is (are?) good for a laugh, but I prefer something thoughtful that doesn't come from a feed.)
setsuled
Jan. 14th, 2016 06:36 pm (UTC)
I awoke to the news that Alan Rickman has died.

I'm not the sort to infer anything from it but I found it weird he was the same age as Bowie, both were killed by cancer, and they were born not far from each other in London. In any case, 69 seems too young nowadays and I feel like they both had so much more life in them.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Jan. 14th, 2016 06:40 pm (UTC)
Alan Rickman
From Harry Potter. He was a great terrorist in one of the Die-Hards. More.

I read your blog.
martianmooncrab
Jan. 14th, 2016 07:30 pm (UTC)

such a great actor, with many iconic roles.

I first read his birth year as 1956 and I was shocked that he was younger than me, but then, I checked and it was the previous decade.



Edited at 2016-01-14 07:36 pm (UTC)
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redheadedfemme
Jan. 15th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)
Seconding this. Fury Road was my favorite film of the year, and Charlize Theron should have gotten a Best Actress nod. I note George Miller was nominated for Best Director as well, and with all those practical stunts, he certainly earned it.
Eric Cantwell
Jan. 14th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
"Fuck you, Tumblr and Facebook, Twitter and Imgur. LJ and Blogger, they were at least potentially literate things."

Amen to that. Mostly snippets of pop culture sensationalism.
And as bookstores fade out we won't even have real browsing access, to be able to flip through and discover new writing. Amazon further destroys our literacy by only offering a few top selections per page vs. hundreds of books on a bookstore shelf that can actually be opened. Libraries might end up being our last vestige of literacy.
everville340
Jan. 14th, 2016 11:20 pm (UTC)
And Issue No. 2 of Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird came out, and I honestly had no idea until sometime last night.

Thank you. I finally got the first issue in the last subscription shipment, and now No. 2 just might arrive in this next one. The anticipation of seeing whatever or wherever happens next is palpable.
davesmusictank
Jan. 14th, 2016 11:27 pm (UTC)
It seems to be that time of the year. It o so sad to see these great people pass away.
starshoegazer
Jan. 15th, 2016 03:44 am (UTC)
What a week it has been!

I enjoyed the challenge of trying to fit something witty or pithy into 140 characters, but change is often better than we expect.

Try to keep warm up there.

Edited at 2016-01-15 03:45 am (UTC)
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