greygirlbeast (greygirlbeast) wrote,

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Melancholic Lycanthropia (thank you)

I began and finished the fifth vignette for Frog Toes and Tentacles yesterday. That was 2,107 words in about five hours. These are odd little pieces, even beyond the fact they purportedly exist for a primary reason — to elicit sexual excitement. I've found it necessary to approach them in the same way that I approach dream sequences and hallucinations. From the start of this project, I inisisted these would not be stories, per se, and they're not. They're rushes of image and sound and sensation, and I've found impressionism far more useful to this end than any traditional narrative. Also, I'm favouring first-person narratives, which feels odd, but works as long as I stay in present tense and do not question why the vignette is being translated from mental images and stimuli into words. I hope to write the sixth piece today, and, with luck, finish this book by Saturday evening. Then it's back to Daughter of Hounds.

By the way, it's worth noting that while tentacles have figured in more than one of the vignettes, frog toes have yet to make an appearance. I shall have to remedy this.

And I should probably repeat that bit about the ARCs for To Charles Fort, With Love, since more people seem to read this blog during the week than on weekends. If you are a legitimate reviewer, writing for a publication/s (either online or print), and would like to be included on the list of people to receive review copies of the collection, please e-mail me at, and I'll pass your name and address along to Subterranean Press. Please include "ARC" in the subject line of your e-mail, and tell us for whom you'll be writing the review. doesn't count. Personal websites and blogs do not count. Also, please feel free to snurch the following ad banner and stick it up wherever. All free advertising will be greatly, greatly appreciated. Thanks.

There's not much more to say about yesterday. After the writing, I was pretty much useless for anything else. I did read the type description of Halimornis thompsoni, a Late Cretaceous enantiornithine bird from the Mooreville Chalk of Alabama. But that was about it. Time to write now...
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