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"May I admire you again today?"

I'm not sure how many times I've changed the name of this journal, but quite a few, though not for a few years. And I can't recall just when it became "Dear Sweet Filthy World," but this morning I changed the name again, so as not to create confusion with the new collection. I may change it back at some point, once the collection has sold out. We'll see. Oh, and by the way, Subterranean Press has posted excepts from four of the stories.

Overcast and 51˚F here in Providence.

Yesterday was a good writing day. I did 1,013 words on the untitled thing. I know now that it's one of the murder ballads, which gives it a subtitle, but it still needs an actual title. I mean to finish the tale today, and it will appear in Sirenia Digest #130, along with the vivacious Hazel L. Hill's really marvelous "The Ugly Place," which I heard her read from at Lovecraft Arts and Sciences Council back on November 5th, and I immediately bought it for the Digest. This is something I'd like to do more often, showcase new voices. I just wish I could pay more.

Happy birthday, Mama Ru!

Also, yesterday I was asked to write an introduction of a forthcoming (2017) new edition of The Haunting of Hill House, which is really the first thing anyone's asked me to do in a long, long time that I was happy to agree to do. I have until May to think of something brilliant. I'm not going to say who the publisher is yet, because I've not been given permission to do so. Yesterday, I also talked with my agent, about selling audio rights to Agents of Dreamland (which I'm hoping to read myself), about the "Fungus Among Us" March-February 2017 book tour, and about television sales. And there was email with Jonathan Strahan (also Agents of Dreamland) and Ellen Datlow (lots of stuff). I spoke with Christopher Geissler at the John Hay Library, and we have determined that December 1st is the day we'll meet to finalize the transfer of my papers (and etc.) to Brown University. Finally, there was email from Katherine Duckett at Tor about the book tour. I think I'll have some dates to post soonish. So, yesterday was a busy damn day.

Last night, we did a John Hughes/Howard Deutch double feature, Pretty in Pink (1986) and Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), neither of which I'd seen in a very long time. When the original ending of Pretty in Pink is restored, the one in which Andie and Duckie wind up together, it's one of my favorite films of the eighties. I suspect lots of people don't know about the original ending, which was ditched after test audiences whined, leading the studio to insist that a new ending be filmed in which Andie winds with Blaine, completely subverting the film's story arc (and any sort of justice). The original ending is included on the 2006 "Everything's Duckie" edition of the DVD (and it's probably on YouTube).* Knowing this makes the ending of Some Kind of Wonderful a little more interesting. It feels like Deutch and Hughes righting a wrong that was committed in and against the earlier film.

Oh, and I have four photos from yesterday:

And now I gotta go write.

Aunt Beast

* Correction: Actually, it isn't. There's a featurette called "Original Ending: The Lost Dance," wherein the original ending is discussed, but it isn't actually included. Which blows.


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Francine Hibiscus Rossi
Nov. 17th, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
I have never seen "Pretty In Pink". Now that I know there is a proper ending, maybe I will.

I'm glad you are back to busy.
Nov. 17th, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC)
The Haunting of Hill House, which is really the first thing anyone's asked me to do in a long, long time that I was happy to agree to do.

Cool, I couldn't have thought of a better choice than you.

The original ending is included on the 2006 "Everything's Duckie" edition of the DVD (and it's probably on YouTube).

I hate to tell you but I bought that edition precisely for that ending and it's not included. When you click on "The Original Ending: The Lost Dance" it just goes to a series of interviews with the actors and director talking about the original ending. Everyone tries to make it sound like the second ending was a good idea but you can tell no-one, particularly the director and Jon Cryer, really believe it though Cryer is extremely gracious. It becomes clear that Ringwald was very against the original ending--when Robert Downey Jr. was cast as Duckie, she was happy with it because, as she says in the interview, she was attracted to Robert Downey Jr. She says she didn't have that kind of chemistry with Jon Cryer.

So in the interviews, everyone talks about how Ringwald was sick when they shot the original ending and always looked like she was going to throw up, and somehow this factored into the decision to shoot a completely different ending. It sounded to me like Ringwald was basically hinting to them that she'd be "sick" until they did it the way she wanted them to. Obviously the original ending exists if it was shown to a test audience but I can't find it anywhere. Did you? I'd really like to see it because, yes, it would make a lot more sense.

Nice photos.
Nov. 17th, 2016 06:14 pm (UTC)



Edited at 2016-11-17 06:17 pm (UTC)
Nov. 17th, 2016 07:40 pm (UTC)
Interesting theory about the movies. I always thought she should end up with Duckie. My house was just having a discussion about Some Kind of Wonderful the other night. We were trying to decide which characters we most identified with. I couldn't decide if I wanted to be with Watts or be Watts.

Thanks for the photos. I really enjoyed them.
Nov. 17th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
Also, yesterday I was asked to write an introduction of a forthcoming (2017) new edition of The Haunting of Hill House
Oh, fan-bloody-tastic! Can't wait to hear more details. Have you read the new Jackson biography?
Nov. 17th, 2016 10:29 pm (UTC)
I look forward to hearing more about the audio version of Agents of Dreamland and about the television sales talk.

Oh, and I like the journal's new title.

Edited at 2016-11-17 10:30 pm (UTC)
Kiki Lang
Nov. 17th, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC)
The far side of nothing.
It seems like life has to be so big in the movies, and the small stuff doesn't matter. I hadn't seen, "Pretty in Pink" since the eighties, so recently had watched the movie again. I'm older now, still it hit me. One of the actor from the movie said he couldn't understand why it was so popular, It was just about a girl making a dress. I've always felt the work artist produce is bigger than the artist who produce it. Sometimes, it's the only magic this world has, and you know, it's enough.
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