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"Call me morbid, call me pale."

A chilly morning in Providence. We had a low of 44˚F last night. Today, the high will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 67˚F.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,251 words on the short novella that is, indeed, now titled M is for Mars, and I finished it. Finally. The "final" (prior to line edits) word count is 16,579 words. I began work on this story nine years ago, on July 23, 2007, then shelved it a month later. I've never before had anything lay fallow even half that long before I complete it. In the end, in THE END, it's a very different beast than I'd originally intended it to be. And now the ms. for Mythos Tales is once again complete. The book will be out sometime next year.

Please peruse the current eBay auctions. Thank you.

Again, my thanks to people who have commented the past couple of days. It really is easy, these days, to begin to feel as if no one's reading along, and there's no point in a journal being public if the journal's author is the only person reading it.

Caffeine, please.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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Marc D. Goldfinger
Sep. 26th, 2016 03:22 pm (UTC)
I read your column every day.
I don't comment every day because I rarely have something worthwhile to say.

I look at your Ebay and they are nice but I usually 1) either have them or 2) can't afford them.

It was cold this morning. Today I'm reading The View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman.
aarongp
Sep. 26th, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
RE: I read your column every day.
Today I'm reading The View From The Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman.
I read this earlier this year. It's a terrific read; charming, poignant and pure Gaiman.
dipsomaniac
Sep. 26th, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)
there's no point in a journal being public if the journal's author is the only person reading it.

I sometimes feel this way too. I long ago made my journal "friend's only" and am lucky if any 1 of the 3 people who occasionally read leave a comment. I used to like in the beginning of LiveJournal reading so many random journals and interacting with people in that way. I actually met people in person after meeting them through LiveJournal. Things are so different now.
oldfossil59
Sep. 26th, 2016 05:52 pm (UTC)
I still Treasure your Journal !
I know I just don't get a chance to reply, as in the past. But I always check in. Your journal has always been a wonderful window into your creative process. I remember all your troubles and pain that you suffered creating The Drowning Girl, and consider myself lucky and privileged, that you shared so much of yourself in the process. Stay well. And thank you so much for sharing.
sovay
Sep. 26th, 2016 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yesterday, I wrote 1,251 words on the short novella that is, indeed, now titled M is for Mars, and I finished it.

Congratulations!

I like the title.
Attila Veres
Sep. 26th, 2016 07:14 pm (UTC)
A comment
Hi. I just wanted to let you know that I'm also reading your journal everyday, as well as your books and short sories, all of which I find extraordinary and fun. I would gladly order stuff from your ebay auctions too if shipping prices to Hungary weren't exorbitant, but that's life. I hope that your writing days in the future will be effective, as I long for new weird stories from you. Have fun!
Kiki Lang
Sep. 26th, 2016 09:24 pm (UTC)
Sometimes they come home.
Fallow nine years? Ha! And people don't think the dead can rise.
misscmouse
Sep. 26th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
Checking in!
Another daily reader checking in (the miracles of caffeine are many, one of them I find is that it enables me to talk more readily). One of the Things That Keep Me Going nowadays is new work from you (and other authors I love, but, well, reading your work was the gateway for me to a lot of those other authors and I do especially look forward to anything originating from Aunt Beast). I eagerly await my copy of Agents of Dreamland with its wonderfully minimalist cover art, and have been putting off reading Alabaster: The Good, The Bad and the Bird until I really need it. (I almost wrote "until I really need a pick-me-up" and it sort of is, your work, just in the rather singular way that Tom Waits is feel-good music).

The cover art for Mythos Tales is glorious, too, the rawness of the red-limned human form like an embodiment of the jagged splinters of a once-cohesive structure that surround her (yet another book I can't wait to get my hands on-- preordering money, come to me).

That's all the comment I have in me today, but will try to comment more when I can (the caffeine should really be put to better use than aiding me in filling out Excel spreadsheets as repentance for getting educated in the U.S).












aarongp
Sep. 26th, 2016 10:31 pm (UTC)
Another confirmed constant reader here. I look forward to reading your entries each morning, doing so as I sip my coffee and work up to the day. I always appreciate your insights on your work and process, but also your thoughts on movies and books and other matters. I comment where I can and am grateful for your replies. Congrats on finishing the novella. Hope your day goes well and that you get some pleasure from it.
papersteven
Sep. 26th, 2016 10:50 pm (UTC)
Is the new novella what was once The Dinosaurs of Mars?

Edited at 2016-09-26 10:50 pm (UTC)
esanko
Sep. 27th, 2016 05:16 am (UTC)
Tylo
Did you ever get a paint job on the big-ass Tylo sculpt?
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