greygirlbeast (greygirlbeast) wrote,

  • Location:
  • Mood:
  • Music:

"The bees had declared a war."

Warmer still today. We may reach 91˚F. Currently, we're at 83˚F. Windows closed, blinds drawn, no lights on that do not have to be. All the box fans running.

Yesterday was mostly spent dithering over the Wonderland story, once I'd decided to abandon the terrforming-Death-Valley thing. Finally, I consulted with my editor and decided that what I will attempt is a new Natalie Beaumont story. If you read "The Maltese Unicorn," you'll recall Miss Beaumont. For years, I've wanted to have another go at her (so to speak), but "The Maltese Unicorn" was so time and research intensive that I've always shied away from a sequel. But I'm going to do it. I think this will be set in 1942, so that the US will just have entered WWII, which means it's seven years after the events of "The Maltese Unicorn." Beaumont is no longer in the employ of Harpootlian, and she no longer owns Yellow Dragon Books in the Bowery. Other than that, I have only the vaguest of ideas. Today, I"m going to try to find a suitable plot.

Yesterday, I also sold Czech translation rights to "As Red as Red" and "Galápagos," and I accepted an invitation to speak at the Montauk Club in Brooklyn in October. I was part of a reading there in January 2010, for Ellen Datlow's Lovecraft Unbound.

I am so not awake.

Last night, we watched The Wizard of Oz (1939), which neither of us had seen in ages, and then Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010). I continue to maintain that the latter is really quite good, but I also concede that it's got a few serious narrative hiccups, and there's that whole inexplicable "futterwacken" sequence at the end. The battle with Christopher Lee's Jabberwocky still delights me.

Aunt Beast

Tags: "as red as red", "galápagos", "the maltese unicorn", 1942, 2010, christopher lee, ellen datlow, foreign editions, lovecraft, natalie beaumont, oz, selwyn, tim burton, wonderland

  • Normal Dogs (2)

    Today we made it to 81˚F. The end of my self isolation is in site. We are breaking down the grocery and mail quarantine areas of the house. And yet…

  • Fifty Synonyms for Anger

    Mostly sunny today. We reached 84˚F. I began reading Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Lord, the 20th century is comforting. My…

  • "Angharad used to call them antiseed. Plant one and watch something die."

    Sunny today. Currently, it's 88˚F, with a heat index of 92˚F. This will always be the lost summer. For most of the world, not just me. Last night…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded