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I woke at ten this morning to a sunny day, 26˚F. At noon, the temperature has risen to 31˚F. I think the mercury made it down to 18˚F last night, before windchill. By the way, those times are CaST (EST +1). As always, I'm looking forward to DST returning to the rest of the East Coast, come March 13th. I've now lived on DST since the autumn of 2003.

I've sort of lost track of the release dates on Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird. But I think #4 shows up in comics shops early in March. I think. It's odd that I have never seen an issue of Alabaster, or one of the collected hardbacks, in a comic store. You'd think Newbury Comics would carry it, but, if so, I've never seen it there. Then again, Newbury Comics seems to carry very, very little from Dark Horse. But yes, watch for the fourth issue. Soon. The months have flown by.

I'm coming to terms with the likelihood that it's going to be a while before we return to the South. At least another year or two, maybe longer. Money is a major consideration. It cost us over six thousand dollars to move up here back in 2008. And then there's the ugly turn that politics has taken in Alabama just since we were last there in 2014. And then there's the fact that the Next New Novel will be set in South County, on or near Moonstone Beach. My reaction to this change of plans is surprising me, in that I seem to be more or less at peace with it. I believe, more and more, that a great deal of my inability to cope with the cold weather the past few years stemmed from how messed up the gabapentin had me. It was clearly increasing my depression.

Last night, we watched Fred Zinnemann's Julia (1977), which, oddly, I'd never seen. It's really an excellent film and includes the first screen appearance of Meryl Streep. There was a time that Jane Fonda really was a fine actress, though she's outshone here by her supporting cast, Vanessa Redgrave and Jason Robards (who plays Dashiell Hammett).

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast

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sovay
Feb. 27th, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
It's surprising me, but I seem to be more or less at peace with this turn of events. I believe, more and more, that a great deal of my inability to cope with the cold weather the past few years stemmed from how messed up the gabapentin had me.

I'm really glad to hear it. For how long have you been entirely off the gabapentin now?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 27th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)

For how long have you been entirely off the gabapentin now?

Since November 4th, when I went cold turkey.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Feb. 27th, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
Alabaster: The Good +++++
I order mine from the comic store. I have the two hardcovers: Wolves & Grimmer Tales but I had to pre-order them too.

By the way, because I'm a Senior Citizen, which means I struggle with finances too--My partner and I were given a choice--we had CVS Caremark for our prescriptions--they made us change to SilverScript which is owned by CVS Caremark but connected to Medicare. They said if we didn't change we would lose our Wrap-Around--which we pay for--so we don't get whacked by high medical costs if we need surgery or whatever.

In the fine print--well, they just sent us a letter saying from June through September--our Copays would go up. Like mine would go from $80 a month to $350 a month. Fuck! SilverShit they should call it.
oldfossil59
Feb. 27th, 2016 06:17 pm (UTC)
Alabaster
Both stores I've worked at have enjoyed carrying your comics and the hardcover collections. Your books are wonderful, and I love promoting them! Dancy is a great character to introduce to new readers.
martianmooncrab
Feb. 27th, 2016 09:26 pm (UTC)
Since I live so close to DarkHorseVille, I always get those books and comix from TFAW ...
everville340
Feb. 28th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
My reaction to this change of plans is surprising me, in that I seem to be more or less at peace with it.

I know this feeling. And it is very cool imagining Moonstone as a setting in the novel to be.
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