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notes from the Farplane

Clarification and addenda for people sending me stuff to forward to Poppy: no food, no liquid, no hardback books, no cash (because I don't want to be responsible for it), no drugs (I'd just end up keeping those for myself), and no glass of any sort. Also, if you're overseas, I'll be sending a second package along, maybe a week after the first, so you guys should go ahead and send me whatever. Really, everyone, like I said, letters and postcards are ideal.

Much to my surprise, I began Chapter Nine of Daughter of Hounds yesterday. I'd thought I'd spend the day making corrections to Chapter Eight and notes for Chapter Nine. But suddenly the beginning of Chapter Nine was so clear to me. I sat down and wrote 1,038 words late in the afternoon. This novel is, in effect, a story withinin a story. That is, it has a frame. It's Emmie and Soldier's story, but beyond that narrative, it a story being told to changeling children and ghoul pups by Madam Mnemosyne in the warrens beneath College Hill in Providence. If you've read "The Dead and the Moonstruck," you'll know what I'm talking about. If not, you'll just have to wait and see. Some idiot/s will insist this is "experimental," forgetting or simply never having known that framing narratives is a device that's been employed by writers since at least forever. Screw them. It's the way I felt the story should be told, the way it came to me. Anyway, I think the little bits where the story stops and we see the storyteller and her audience will end being some of the best parts of the book. I wrote one of those scenes yesterday. Also, I reached ms. page 500, which always feels like a milestone.

This has been, easily, the worst summer I've endured since 1995, and, despite my dislike of winter, I can't say that I'm sorry to see it fading. Actually, the awfulness began well before the summer, but the summer seemed somehow to distill it, concentrating the difficulties. Most of them I've not spoken of here, and I shall not.

Last night, Spooky and I took a longish walk in the dark, saw a couple of bats, talked about New Orleans, saw some of the last fireflies of the season, and spoke with neighborhood cats. Back home, we watched Kar Wai Wong's amazing 2046 (2004), one of the most beautiful films I've seen in ages.

Thanks to the very evil subtlesttrap, I now know that this November SOTA Toys is releasing a set of three incredible HPL action figures — Dagon, Cthulhu, and a ghoul! Knowledege that my weak-willed, toy-hoarding self surely was never meant to posses! And for only 19.99 each! You can even see ol' Dagon right here behind the cut:





Time to make the doughnuts...and other stuff. And it's still not too late to bid on the limited edition hardback of Revelations which Christa's put on eBay. All proceeds from the auction go to Poppy. One hour to go, folks. Drive up the price. Bid, darn you.

Comments

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mercurygrrl
Sep. 9th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the news about the figures as well as packages for Poppy. I'll write her a letter and send it to you :D
greygirlbeast
Sep. 9th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the news about the figures as well as packages for Poppy

Yer welcome!
sclerotic_rings
Sep. 9th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
And who's making those figures? After all, we're allowed religious icons at work, and considering the number of fanatics who keep on my butt about how I don't have any crosses or tacky pictures of Jesus on my cubicle walls, I need to rectify the situation.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 9th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
And who's making those figures?

SOTA Toys.
thingunderthest
Sep. 9th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
Oooh, toys. They must be mine! And they must be yours!

Can this be the start of Cthulhumon? Gota catch them all.
girfan
Sep. 9th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
Colour me stupid, but what address to we send stuff to?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 9th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
It was in my third entry from yesterday:

Caitlín R. Kiernan
P.O. Box 5290
Atlanta, GA 31107
thingunderthest
Sep. 9th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
I was wondering, from reading Poppys post about reading by candlelight if she could use one of the no-battery flashlights that you either shake or wind to charge? I know she will likely be having power before too long and I would hate to send anything bulky that wouldn't be of use or you will get 2000 of.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 9th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
I was wondering, from reading Poppys post about reading by candlelight if she could use one of the no-battery flashlights that you either shake or wind to charge? I know she will likely be having power before too long and I would hate to send anything bulky that wouldn't be of use or you will get 2000 of.

I was also thinking of something of this sort, but she thinks that they'll have power back by Monday.
thingunderthest
Sep. 9th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
Figured as much, thanks for getting back. I hope she is right about that. I've spent my share of time living without the juice.
mellawyrden
Sep. 9th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
I've just sent of a small box (palm-of-hand size) to go to Poppy. I didn't get it in to the morning post, so if I don't make it for the first shipment perhaps I can be fitted into the second.

Thank you for doing this.
oneirophrenia
Sep. 9th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Gods. I must own them all. (The HPL figures, that is!) If someone gets around to popping out a figure of Nyarlathotep, I'll buy the company.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 9th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. Gods. I must own them all. (The HPL figures, that is!)

That was pretty much my reaction.
monkeyspoon
Sep. 10th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
Same here. I really really like them. Didn't realize you'd seen subtlesttrap's post. They really are great figures!
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greygirlbeast
Sep. 9th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
Oooh! ::claps hands:: "The Dead and the Moonstruck" is one of my favorite of your works. I'm fascinated by the changeling children, the ghoul pups, and their teachers.

Then you'll love this novel, I hope.
styggian
Sep. 10th, 2005 08:34 am (UTC)
Nice icon.
Those figurees shall be mine as well.
I found out that one of the guys that did most of the second series of the Hellraiser figures lived about 20 miles from me in OK of all places.
zomben
Sep. 12th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
Over the last few weeks, I've been harassing the guys at Archie McPhee into doing an actual HPL action figure... sounds like it might actually happen... you never know...

I'm excited, as now I can set up a steel cage match between HPL and EAP. (http://www.mcphee.com/items/11316.html)
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