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Overcast today, and it's currently 54˚F, with the windchill at 50˚F. There was more rain last night, and now I can see very little evidence remaining of the snow.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,088 words on the new Dancy story. I changed the title to "Saint Joan in Babylon," but I'm pretty sure that's not the right title, either. I may change it to "Tupelo," even though the story isn't set in Tupelo. Meanwhile, Kathryn spent most of yesterday doing a last minute check through the page proofs for the collection, trying to make sure all the billion changes I marked on the galley were made. She has to finish that today, because the deadline is tomorrow.

Please note that yesterday Subterranean Press revamped their website, and the links I've given to preorder Dear Sweet Filthy World are no longer valid. Please use this one, instead, and please do preorder.

Yesterday, setsuled made a post about Osgood Perkins' magnificent I Am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House, and it's a fine review, and there's a bit that I'd like to quote:

Director Osgood Perkins does such a good job at putting us in Lily's perspective that the unresolved clues feel like a realistic mystery that forces the mind to come up with its own inferences. In films, as in many other forms of storytelling, the more you can get the audience to use their own imagination for you, the more effective your work of art will be.

This is absolutely true of prose weird fiction, but it's probably the hardest thing to sell to contemporary readers. I've spent my career struggling with readers who don't want to do the work, who are offended when I ask them to think for themselves and mistake my insistence that they do so as a deficiency in my writing. Moviegoers are the same way, of course. Just look at the IMDb rating for I Am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House. It's a 4.8/10, for what is quite probably the best "horror" film of 2016. Of course, the brilliant slow burn of the film's pacing is another thing that works against it, as it is forced to be judged by a population that has largely been left with only the most vestigial excuse for an attention span.

While I was writing this entry, the sun came out. That's a relief.

My pajama pants were made in Vietnam. The Red Bull I'm drinking was shipped here from Austria. I'll never see either place.

Here. Have a kitten. A very large kitten who sleeps in a dog bed that's too small for him.



Resistance, Peace, and Compassion,
Aunt Beast

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setsuled
Jan. 12th, 2017 08:38 pm (UTC)
it's a fine review

Thanks.

who are offended when I ask them to think for themselves and mistake my insistence that they do so as a deficiency in my writing.

In the university classes I've been in and worked in the past couple years, the reaction I too often see from students when they're asked to invest their own thought process into a piece of writing, particularly in the lower division classes, is a mixture of disgust and distrust, like I've asked them to admit they're sexually attracted to children. It's been pretty depressing.

Just look at the IMDb rating for I Am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House. It's a 4.8/10, for what is quite probably the best "horror" film of 2016.

It's certainly the best one I saw. Wow, I hadn't looked at the imdb page. That rating really surprises me. Maybe it shouldn't but it really does.

Here. Have a kitten. A very large kitten who sleeps in a dog bed that's too small for him.

Now that's a classy fellow.
dipsomaniac
Jan. 12th, 2017 08:50 pm (UTC)
When I hear Tupelo I think of honey.
Kiki Lang
Jan. 12th, 2017 11:01 pm (UTC)
I didn't want to look, but I did.
I've heard of a mental disorder were there are some people who can't form visual images in their mind. When these "special" people are interviewed, they think of themselves as normal, while we are consider mentally ill. "How can you be normal, when you hallucinate all the time?" Sigh.
papersteven
Jan. 13th, 2017 12:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for that bit of review. I plan on watching I Am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House very soon now.
ladyblue56
Jan. 13th, 2017 04:22 am (UTC)
...for what is quite probably the best "horror" film of 2016. Of course, the brilliant slow burn of the film's pacing is another thing that works against it, as it is forced to be judged by a population that has largely been left with only the most vestigial excuse for an attention span.

Thank you for the recommendation. I've put "I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in The House" in the Netflix list to watch.
I keep coming back to Hannah Arendt and her 'lack of critical thinking' theory more often the past year plus and not only in reference to politics. Books, movies, most everything is supposed to be pap to be spoon fed and not engage the brain and not make someone actually use their imagination and think. I was about to denote sarcasm in the last sentence but sadly it is true.

Selwyn is a fine cat. His coat looks like it'd be really soft and plush. How much does he weigh?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 13th, 2017 03:01 pm (UTC)

He weighs about 17 lbs.
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