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Two days, two cats. Today, it's Spider, who is the act who lives with Spooky's mom and dad, down in Saunderstown. Spooky went down there yesterday, to check on the chickens, and she took the photo.

Here, it's rainy and gross. Currently, the temperature is 43˚F, with the windchill at 39˚F. Believe it or not, if I look out the window I can still see scabs of snow from the storm back on the 14th. That's one day shy of two whole weeks it has been hanging around, slowly melting. There is not yet any sign of green anywhere. Spooky came back from South County yesterday with the report that it feels even colder there than it does here. In Birmingham, it's 72˚F, and the forecast high is close to 80˚F (and that's with overcast, rainy weather).

At best, I slept three hours last night, after sleeping eight the night before. Feast or famine, drought or flood.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,319 words on the story that I need to find a title far. I hope to finish it by tomorrow evening.

I'm thinking that I'm going to self publish four books for Kindle, via Amazon Publishing. I am loathe to do so, and I fucking hate the fucking Kindle and ebooks in general. But, as I was saying, I need to put these out-of-print titles to work for me, and this is the only opportunity afforded me. Here's what I have in mind, new editions of:

1. The Dry Salvages (3rd ed.)
2. Best of Sirenia Digest: Ten Stories (1st ed.)
3. Frog Toes and Tentacles/Tales from the Woeful Platypus (2nd ed. omnibus)

I'll have to speak with my agent, to see how she feels about this and to see if I need her to handle anything relating to these four books, and then I'll have to find someone to help with the layout. I don't yet know what the contents of Best of Sirenia Digest: Ten Stories will be, but ten seemed like a nice round number. If it sells well (or at all), I can do a second volume.

Last night, I was watching Cape Fear (1962) on TCM, trying to get sleepy, and 3:30 a.m. I posted to Facebook that getting Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck together in the same film is just about too much man sexy for this time of night. And then this morning someone asked me if that post meant I wasn't a real lesbian. So I posted the following to Facebook in reply:

Someone asked, "You like men? You're not a lesbian? I thought you liked women." To which I replied, I like woman and men and transmen and transwomen and folks what say they have no need of gender and pretty much anything else you can think of, most likely. And I was told that means I'm pansexual, and I said, that's cool, 'cause I like satyrs, too.

Resistance, Peace, and Compassion,
Aunt Beast


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Marc D. Goldfinger
Mar. 27th, 2017 04:18 pm (UTC)
Mar. 27th, 2017 04:28 pm (UTC)
I can never get enough of cat photos. My girlfriend and I went to see the movie Kedi this weekend and loved it. I guess this cements it for us: we are crazy cat ladies.

As for the sexuality label, I would say I'm pansexual too, but I've only ever been with women. And who cares? I understand labels can be helpful but lately they seem to be more of a bother.
Mark Orr
Mar. 27th, 2017 10:52 pm (UTC)
Who cares, indeed? Why do people think that's any of their business? Even if they're just looking for what I am under the impression you young whipper-snappers call a hook-up, which seems a bit sleazy to me. What happened to just getting to know people, and then seeing how things develop? I know, strange that the straightest man in his extreme late youth you probably have encountered on the internet today would say that, but I do have millennial daughters who have opened my mind to a lot of new ways of looking at things. Not their music, though. I've tried. It just makes me sad.

Edited at 2017-03-27 10:53 pm (UTC)
Mar. 27th, 2017 04:37 pm (UTC)
Though I prefer paper made books, I do buy books via Kindle due to wanting less weight to carry around when on public transport. I am usually reading 2 books at a time-one paper, one Kindle. In other words, if you make your titles available in the UK, I will buy them for my Kindle (unless I own them as paper books, but the ones you listed I don't have).
Mar. 27th, 2017 07:09 pm (UTC)
I like woman and men and transmen and transwomen and folks what say they have no need of gender and pretty much anything else you can think of, most likely.

And that is why for years I have described myself as "interested in people."

I like the idea of a Best of Sirenia Digest.
Mar. 27th, 2017 09:43 pm (UTC)

"interested in people."

And other things.
Mar. 27th, 2017 09:08 pm (UTC)
Would you be allowed to republish Alabaster as well? Just a thought. I buy your books in both formats myself (when I'm able to), so your idea would definitely appeal to me.
Mar. 27th, 2017 09:44 pm (UTC)

Alabaster (the short story collection) is currently under contract to Dark Horse. They have an edition in print.
Mar. 28th, 2017 05:01 pm (UTC)
Oh that's right, I remember you telling us when it was to be reprinted - sorry for the brainfart.
Mar. 30th, 2017 02:17 am (UTC)
As much as I prefer real, physical books, I'd also enjoy the opportunity to get my hands on some of your rare or out of print works, so I would not mind purchasing them for the Kindle. I do not currently own a copy of Black Helicoptors or Tales from the Woeful Platypus, and am also (very unfortunately) too poor at the moment to subscribe to Sirenia Digest so I'd love to have the ability to purchase volumes collecting some of the stories.
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