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the iPod of the bird world

Yesterday, I began and finished the sixth vignette, which I am currently calling "Pump Excursion," after an H. R. Giger painting. At 2,508 words, it may represent my highest word count ever for a single day. I'm not absolutely sure about this and haven't had time to check, but I strongly suspect it's so. That's six down, three to go. And here I still have four more or less whole days of April left. Ah, the frelling luxury! I also had a very, very good conversation yesterday with my film agent. Perhaps by midsummer I can reveal some details regarding this project. All I can say for now is that it has added more work to my already bloated schedule. I hope to have my first full-length screenplay finished by the end of June.

Most of last night was consumed by Jade Empire, which has become my new favorite time suck. Oh, I remembered the last game I really liked, and it was more recent than late June, when I finished the Riddick game. The last game I really enjoyed was Crimson Skies. Indeed, before Jade Empire came along, I'd pretty much given up gaming. I was actually reading books! The kind printed on paper, even!

Also, it looks like I'll be back in Birmingham on May 2nd, which I see is this coming Monday, to meet with a paleontologist colleague regarding the aforementioned Cretaceous bird that I collected back in November 2001. I want a second opinion before I shelve the pterosaur paper (again) and work on this instead. I suspect it is the more important of the two. I'll post a photo of the specimen as soon as I have some decent ones available.

Meanwhile, as I finish up Frog Toes and Tentacles and attend to promotion for To Charles Fort, With Love, I need to keep Daughter of Hounds not quite at the back of my mind. Somewhere in the middle. I need to be ready on Tuesday, May 3rd, to sit down and begin writing on it again. I'll probably begin with the revisions to the prologue. But I want an outline before I do that. I've never wanted an outline before, so this feels strange. But it will be there more as suggestion than law. I will be free to deviate at any time, but will always have something there to keep me on course, should I need it. It's all about reining this book in. On the one hand, I'd say that if I had my druthers, it would be a 200k-word novel. On the other, writing such a long book would probably only be the sort of self-indulgence I've decried in many other authors. In the end, this will be a better novel for this economy, even if the stop and start over again thing is presently a pain in the eema.

The weather has turned warm again. Hopefully, that was the last gasp of wretched frelling winter. The high today is forecast at 75F.

Spooky's going to be starting a new round of book auctions soon, perhaps as early as today. There will be copies of SIlk, The Five of Cups, the hardback edition of Low Red Moon, copies of In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers, etc. I'll post an announcement when the auctions begin.

Finally, something that makes me very happy. because, as Titania once said, "Stories should have endings, don't you think? It is . . . unseemly, that they be allowed to go on and on forever, unfinished." The trailer for Serenity, due out this fall.

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wishlish
Apr. 27th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
Subterranean Press has started pre-orders on Frog Toes and Tentacles, by the way. Bought my leatherbound edition today. I actually think this is the first book I've owned that's leatherbound. PETA's not going to show up at my door, are they?
greygirlbeast
Apr. 27th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
PETA's not going to show up at my door, are they?

No, but given the book's contents, something else might...
wishlish
Apr. 27th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if I should be aroused or terrified by that comment. Intended effect?
greygirlbeast
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
Intended effect?

Yes.
robyn_ma
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
'attend to promotion for To Charles Fort, With Love'

And what would a promotion be without a theme song?

(sung to the tune of 'From Russia with Love')

To Charles Fort, With Love, pre-order now.
The new book from Cait, at Borders now.
Now has arrived the hour you must devour
To Charles Fort, With Love.


Well. That was thoroughly wrong.
from_ashes
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to comment that I'm about finished with "Murder of Angels" and I have had a hard time putting the book down. Can't wait to pick up more of the things you've written. I absolutely love the way you tell a story.

Just some positive criticism from a non-critic. *G*
greygirlbeast
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love the way you tell a story.

Thank you.
nykolus
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
absolutely! caitlin does some crazy shite. pick up more asap! check out 'low red moon' and her collections especially! ...in my humble opinion, of course.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
caitlin does some crazy shite.

I could not have said it better myself. Well, I probably would have said that I do some frelled up shit. No, frelled up dren. But, yeah. Shite.
nykolus
Apr. 27th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
speaking of frelled up dren, i cannot wait to see what you have in store for us in 'frog toes...', which i have pre-ordered from those kind people at subpress, by the by.

you rock!
from_ashes
Apr. 27th, 2005 07:02 pm (UTC)
Hey, crazy shite is right up my alley. I will definitely be picking up more books and recommending them to my friends!
nykolus
Apr. 27th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
seriously though, caitlin's writing is incredible. it's atmospheric, creepy, delicious, unnerving stuff. i go through her work so fast i have to go back and re-read everything and then wait until something new comes out! get your hands on everything you can and do recommend it to everyone! like i said, three words: LOW. RED. MOON.
subtlesttrap
Apr. 27th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
Hard Working B**ch
I've been giddy as a hormonal 7th grade girl this morning when I got the Subterranean Press email detailing an early pre-order for Tentacles and Frog Toes. And for all your hard work, just know it restores many of "us" with the faith that the art of writing isn't pushing up daisies.

When Naomi Campbell said "I'm one hard working bitch," she wasn't kidding...
jacobluest
Apr. 27th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
That trailer for Serenity brings a tear to my eye. Looks...so...good......and they owe us this much, for cancelling the series when they did! Sweet space-cowboy Jesus!

~Jacob
listeningowl
Apr. 27th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
Most of last night was consumed by Jade Empire, which has become my new favorite time suck.
if you feel like it we'd love to have a little review of Jade Empire from you for Game-Vixen and ladygamers.com - then we could post some banners to sell books?
no worries if no - i know that you are in a crunch all ready : )
greygirlbeast
Apr. 27th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
if you feel like it we'd love to have a little review of Jade Empire from you for Game-Vixen and ladygamers.com - then we could post some banners to sell books?
no worries if no - i know that you are in a crunch all ready : )


Hmmmm. That might be fun. Let me get back to you about it tomorrow, 'kay?
listeningowl
Apr. 27th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
cool! email me if it's ok : ) listeningowl@comcast.net
laserbitch
Apr. 28th, 2005 05:42 am (UTC)
The trailer for Serenity, due out this fall.

Like I needed another reason to watch the trailer! (Again and again and again.)
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