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Sunny and 62˚F here in Providence, and the first genuinely cool weather of the autumn is on its way. Tonight's low is forecast at 46˚F, and tomorrow's high may be only 64˚F. I hope I'm ready for this. Last night, my sinuses ached as the weather shifted and the rain began. But the rain is always one of the best sounds, just like Edna St. Vincent Millay promised it would, even to those of us still above ground.

Lately, I am longing for the days when people had time to read blogs. When they took the time to comment, so I knew I wasn't speaking to an empty room. But ain't it a fine echo chamber? And the world moves on, right?

Yesterday, I added 1,241 words of new prose to the Still Untitled Mars Novella (SUMN) and did a shit-ton more editing. Five hours. I'll very probably finish it this afternoon, and find a title. I'll likely need one more day to polish the text, but then it will be finished, and the manuscript for Mythos Tales (Centipede Press, 2017) will be whole again.

The very definition of disheartening is receiving my advance for the Brazilian edition (Portuguese language) of Two Worlds and In Between and discovering that a whopping 23.5% was taken by agent commissions and foreign taxes.

There are new eBay auctions. Please take a gander.

Later Taters,
Aunt Beast

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dipsomaniac
Sep. 24th, 2016 04:23 pm (UTC)
Lately, I am longing for the days when people had time to read blogs. When they took the time to comment, so I knew I wasn't speaking to an empty room.

Me too. Yesterday I was reading old entries from 2004. I never had many readers but at least there were a few.
Francine Rossi
Sep. 24th, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
Talking to myself
I only discovered this blog, hunting around trying to see if your Patreon charge had gone through, and now find that I can comment without a livejournal account. The octopus of technology.

I am not ready for winter.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2016 05:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Talking to myself

Welcome.
sovay
Sep. 24th, 2016 06:08 pm (UTC)
I'll likely need one more day to polish the text, but then it will be finished, and the manuscript for Mythos Tales (Centipede Press, 2017) will be whole again.

Fingers crossed and still looking forward.

The very definition of disheartening is receiving my advance for the Brazilian edition (Portuguese language) of Two Worlds and In Between and discovering that a whopping 23.5% was taken by agent commissions and foreign taxes.

Augh. You might as well have an office job if you want to lose that much of your money. I'm so sorry.
nerthus
Sep. 24th, 2016 06:19 pm (UTC)
I read you every time you post, I just suck at commenting back; since my son died a year ago I live in some weird mental/emotional fog zone where I take things in but not much goes out. I'm just kind of...here but not.
Kiki Lang
Sep. 24th, 2016 06:20 pm (UTC)
Desolation blues.
When I had a dog, I could walk him during the late hours of the night, without the police thinking I was a burglar. What else can you do when you can't sleep? It made me feel like I was living a b horror movie: "Last man on Earth" during the night, Zombie during the day. The sense of isolation was overwhelming. I always read your blog.
Jessica E. Fleet
Sep. 24th, 2016 06:35 pm (UTC)
they said cool people sign guest books is a thing.
please, title soon. xomshantix
corucia
Sep. 24th, 2016 06:47 pm (UTC)

I'm curious - have you watched 'Tale of Tales', the 2015 film from Matteo Garrone? I've heard good things about it, but haven't yet seen it.

Looking forward to reading the resurrected story! The Mary Shelley muse must have tapped your shoulder for this one.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)

I did, and I loved it.
corucia
Sep. 24th, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)

I'll have to bump it up on my Watch list... thanks!
martianmooncrab
Sep. 24th, 2016 07:13 pm (UTC)
I read your posts, the past few weeks have been fraught with emotional upheavals, so I have been cautious about posting words.
mannequinskin
Sep. 24th, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to slip in here and say that I have been reading your blog since circa 2005 and still read it every day. I don't log into my account here much these days, mainly due to lack of desire to update now that most of my old circle of friends here have drifted away. I'd be willing to wager that I'm not the only one who reads daily but doesn't comment because of not having an LJ account or just not wanting to log in.

You're one of my major inspirations and have been for a long time. I will read your blog for as long as you're writing in it. I've been going through serious depression for some time, and reading what you write is something that brightens my world a little bit every day.

Now I'm sitting here thinking that "Those Still Above Ground" would be a good title, maybe not the Title you're looking for for your story. But a good title for something.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2016 09:27 pm (UTC)

Thank you for reading.
sirena73
Sep. 25th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
I started following you in 2004, right around when you came aboard, I think. I don't comment much, even if I'm moved to, because you're one of my absolute favorite authors and I get a bad case of the wibblies around my favorite authors.

Anyway. I've been here almost daily for over a decade, and I'm listening, even if I don't pipe up. I'm not going anywhere, either, until they turn the lights off at this joint and kick us out.
homesiksserpent
Sep. 25th, 2016 03:52 am (UTC)
I read your blog almost everytime I see a fb update and really enjoy it - I havent posted on LJ in a very long time but there are a couple of blogs here I still follow. The main social media I am trying to be on is instagram to get exposure for my art - that, fb and LJ are the only platforms Ive ever been on anyway. I sure hope you dont stop as I enjoy your words.

Edited at 2016-09-25 03:52 am (UTC)
luinied
Sep. 25th, 2016 08:25 am (UTC)
Oh hey, a comment party!

I'm new here; I read The Drowning Girl a few weeks ago on recommendations from some friends, and I'm not used to my post-reading author-googling turning up a LiveJournal that's still updated every day.

(And I do still read every day. I don't often have anything to say myself, but I read, because it's been too long to quit.)
writerbeast
Sep. 25th, 2016 08:36 am (UTC)
Does it count as an echo chamber when every so often one of those echoes is an angry, lonely little troll?
philrancid
Sep. 25th, 2016 09:39 am (UTC)
Dear Aunt Beast,

I read and I feel and I hope that every entry is a cry of triumph, against the word-counts and the deadlines.

Edited at 2016-09-25 09:39 am (UTC)
mb2u
Sep. 25th, 2016 03:14 pm (UTC)
I've been reading your blog since well before you were on LJ. I do not comment a lot, because I feel like saying "yeah, I agree" after ten other people have is gilding the lily. Just me, I suppose.
redheadedfemme
Sep. 25th, 2016 04:52 pm (UTC)
To add to the chorus: Yes, between Facebook and Livejournal, I read you pretty much every day. I hardly ever have comments on my Blogger blog, or here for that matter, but it doesn't matter--I write whatever I write for me. I figure there are still people who read blogs, even if they don't say much.
gramanana
Sep. 25th, 2016 07:39 pm (UTC)
Not an empty room
Just to let you know, you are not speaking to an empty room. I have never commented here before but I do read your blog and love it. It inspires me to love what I love, without apology, such as your writing. I have read everything of yours that I can get my hands on. Keep up the good fight.

Edited at 2016-09-25 07:42 pm (UTC)
alumiere
Sep. 26th, 2016 11:55 am (UTC)
another regular reader who is quiet. transient
global amnesia has taken too many of my words, and i feel like even if I could drag words from my brain they aren't saying anothing meaningful.
ljgeoff
Sep. 26th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to add that I'm here and reading. And buying your books, too! Keep on.
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