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A Tale of Two Vincents

We've made it through Daughter of Hounds up to Chapter Five. We'd be at Chapter Seven, but yesterday was a total loss, so far as work's concerned. Anyway, today I hope we'll get through another two chapters. If we could do three (and that's very unlikely), we could be done with the reading today or tonight. The length of the chapters makes this difficult, as they're each twelve to fourteen thousand words in length. But reading over the ms. at this stage was a good idea, and I'm glad that we're doing it. Not only am I making tons of line edits and catching various continuity problems, I'm also getting a better feel — perspective, I suppose — for how the novel will climax and conclude.

I've also been going through an old notebook. The one with all the notes I made for The Merewife back in the summer of 1993 (it also has all my handwritten notes for Silk and early issues of The Dreaming). My handwriting was so much better in those days. You could actually read it. These days, I can't decipher my longhand half the time. That was the summer that I bought Pandora, my Mac Color Classic, and I suspect she played a role in the decay of my penmanship. Anyway, the notes are here that would allow me to finish The Merewife prologue more or less as I'd intended to twelve years ago, and subpress has given me the go-ahead. Now the question becomes twofold: a) do I actually have the time for this, and b) can I write in the voice I was writing in more than a decade ago?

The monsoons here in Atlanta continue. We had such a rainfall yesterday that it actually alarmed me. Down the street, the hexagonal sidewalk tiles were lifted free and transported some considerable distance.

I've been gorging on movies. It often happens when my mind is deeply concerned with a novel. I give up reading almost entirely and get my stories exclusively from film. My eyes need the stimulation. My visual cortex aches. My mind is exhausted and needs someone else to make the pictures for me. It's sort of a blur of video tapes and DVDs, but I'm pretty sure it started with The Big Lebowski on Monday night, because I was in a glum, foul mood and the Cohen Bros. almost always lift my spirits. I remember Grosse Point Blank on Thursday night, as well as Raising Arizona, because you can't get too much Cohen. Our Kid Night movies were the charming Quatermaas II (1955) and the perplexing Creature from a Haunted Sea (1961), and then I played something like two-hour's worth of Final Fantasy X-2. At this point, I think I'm 35% through the game. I keep waiting for the scene where Paine's finally had enough giggling and cow-eyed silliness, goes homicidally apeshit and slaughters Rikku, then has her way with Yuna. If I ever reach that scene, I will be a Final Fantasy addict for life. Last night, I was seized with the desire — nay, the absolute necessity — to see Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn in Lust for Life. Alas, it's not yet available on DVD, and the VHS is frelling pan-and-scan. It's far too beautiful a film to suffer pan-and-scan, and I'd have only spent the whole time kvetching about the parts of the film I couldn't see. So, we wound up watching Pulp Fiction instead. It was an odd surrogate, at best. I adore the film and have seen it something like umpteen bezillion times (and my thanks to whoever sent me the DVD for my most recent birthday), but Vincent Vega is a poor substitute for Vincent Van Gogh. I think there may be more Cohen Bros. tonight.

We have three auctions ending tomorrow. They include one of the few copies of "The Worm in My Mind's Eye" that we'll be offerring, as well as a PC copy of numbered edition of the increasingly scarce From Weird and Distant Shores. This might be the last copy I sell. I'm not sure. Take a look. Spend some moolah. Anyway, the cicadas are screaming. I gotta go.

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robyn_ma
Aug. 14th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
'a poor substitute for Vincent Van Gogh'

Ever seen Vincent & Theo? It comes out on DVD in a couple of weeks.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 14th, 2005 07:07 pm (UTC)
Ever seen Vincent & Theo? It comes out on DVD in a couple of weeks.

Yep. It's very good, but very good in a different way than Lust for Life is very good.
tjcrowley
Aug. 14th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
I kind of miss the daily rainfall in the August afternoons in Atlanta. Now that my father has retired to Florida, you, karyxtian, and DragonCon are the only reasons for me to visit Atlanta. I might be there at the end of the month.
setsuled
Aug. 15th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
At this point, I think I'm 35% through the game.

You know, you'll probably beat the game before you to 100%. 100% is only for people who want to get the special ending, and to get 100%, from what I hear, is almost impossible to do without a walkthrough. You need to talk to specific people, say specific things, that you're not usually led to do by the flow of the game. I started playing it the other night, and I'm sort of trying to go for the 100%, and my friend stopped me at one point--before I'd even started Chapter 1--to let an old man talk to me. "Don't interrupt him," my friend said, "even to tell him to keep talking." When the old man finished talking, I suddenly went from 7% to 10%.

I keep waiting for the scene where Paine's finally had enough giggling and cow-eyed silliness, goes homicidally apeshit and slaughters Rikku, then has her way with Yuna.

That would be brilliant.

to see Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn in Lust for Life.

Ack! It was on TCM just a couple nights ago. I almost taped it, but stopped when I thought to myself, "Gee, I don't usually like 'true story' movies." Ah, shows me. Now I really regret it. Doesn't look like it's gonna be on again any time soon . . .
greygirlbeast
Aug. 15th, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)
Ack! It was on TCM just a couple nights ago.

Argh.

You know, you'll probably beat the game before you to 100%.

Oh, I know. But still. I have this thing about percentages and progress and dren.

That would be brilliant.

Maybe we should do it...Final Fantasy slash fic...a one page thing...

Um, or not.
setsuled
Aug. 15th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
I have this thing about percentages and progress and dren.

I was glancing through an faq earlier this evening. Apparently, if you rest in the cabin on the airship once per chapter, it adds a ton of percentage points.

Maybe we should do it...Final Fantasy slash fic...a one page thing...

I think the world may need it.

By the way, this page has some of the Yoshitaka Amano concept art for Final Fantasy X-2.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 15th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
I think the world may need it.

I shall drop you an e-mail.

By the way, this page has some of the Yoshitaka Amano concept art for Final Fantasy X-2.

Drad! Paine...
bev_vincent
Aug. 15th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
And I thought this was going to be about me...

;)
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