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Halloween!

A very terrible dream this morning, and then I awoke with a migraine — at least, that's what this seems to be. I'm hoping it fades as the day progresses. Regardless, I will not allow it to interfere with the 31st of Halloween. I think Spooky's carving another jack-o'-lantern or two today. If you haven't already, check out her photos from last weekend's Halloween Parade at L5P. I adore the Klingon bikers. I'm trying to persuade Nar'eth that she should take part next year, but, alas, she's not much for holidays of any sort, much less yumen holidays. Yeah, I'm babbling. It's the frelling headache, among other things.

A very good dinner last night with friends. Good food and conversation. We talked about Antony and the Johnsons, transgenderism, gaming, ghostly things in attics, how Anne Rice turned vampires into superheroes, and, finally, and our mutual distrust of and/or disdain for the majority of modern literary theory, especially reader-response theory, Lacan, and semiotics. Reader-response critics can, for my part, kiss my ass. It's not like they seem to have anything better to do. Spooky and I got home around midnight. Spooky made some Halloween cookies, and we watched The Birds on TCM. Then, having decided now is not the time to fight Maester Seymour's latest incarnation and having made my way back down Mt. Gagazet to the Calm Lands, I began exploring the caverns where Lulu's first pilgrimage ended. And that was yesterday. Well, most of it.

We may try to get the weird erotica subscription service up and running a little earlier than I'd originally planned, by December or early January, perhaps. Basically, it's not going to be as much trouble to set up and launch as I'd expected, which is a relief. To date, I have 88 interested individuals, but the poll's still open, so please vote if you're interested or drop me an e-mail (lowredmail@mac.com) or say something in the "Vignette Subscription" thread on the phorum. This week, I have to line up an artist for the first six months. I think I know who it will be. I'm also thinking that I'm going to be taking requests. That is, readers can e-mail suggestions for new vignettes, and maybe something will click. Anyway, it's coming together, and I'll keep you posted. My sincere thanks to everyone who has expressed interest thus far. I begin to suspect that this will be paying the rent while I write The Next Novel, whatever it shall be.

Now, an e-mail:

Caitlín:

I have a question I would like to run by you. I find myself with two copies of
The Dry Salvages; the limited edition and the trade edition. I would like to pass my copy of the trade edition on to a deserving, appreciative soul and I can't think of anyone in my immediate life who could benefit from this.

Now, I ask you if you know of anyone (yourself included) who might like a brand-new, virtually immaculate, twice-read copy of your book. or, with your permission, if I could offer it up on your blog/journal to whomever might want it, 'first come, first serve'. I'm not looking to put it on eBay because I don't want any money for it, nor do I want to profit from your name and work. I'm just simply looking to pass this on to a good home and to someone who would appreciate it as much as I would.

Thank you for your time,

Roel


So, if you'd like to take advantage of this incredibly generous offer, e-mail me at lowredmail@mac.com, and I'll put you in touch with Roel. Remember, first-come, first-served, so it'll likely go to the first e-mail I get. And please try to honour the spirit of this offer — if you already have a copy of The Dry Salvages, don't ask for this one.

Okay. That's enough for now. I have to see if this headache is going to let me get on with Chapter Ten of Daughter of Hounds...

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greygirlbeast
Oct. 31st, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
Antony's eponymous album and I Am A Bird Now are so insanely beautiful.

Indeed.
moschus
Oct. 31st, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
...and our mutual distrust of and/or disdain for the majority of modern literary theory, especially reader-response theory, Lacan, and semiotics. Reader-response critics can, for my part, kiss my ass. It's not like they seem to have anything better to do.


Heh.

...and it's moments like this I continue to feel justified, vindicated and relieved about my own decision NOT to go to grad school, even though I absolutely loved doing my undergrad English degree...(but to focus instead of writing the kind of fiction that grad students might outwardly 'disdain' -- because they simply don't know any better -- and read anyway as a very guilty pleasure)


Oh -- and To Charles Fort, with Love? Excellent. (Even though I know how good you are, I still 'forget' how good you are until I am reading you and reminded all over again.) But you knew that.


greygirlbeast
Oct. 31st, 2005 05:54 pm (UTC)
Oh -- and To Charles Fort, with Love? Excellent. (Even though I know how good you are, I still 'forget' how good you are until I am reading you and reminded all over again.)

If Nebari blushed, I would. Thanks.

...and it's moments like this I continue to feel justified, vindicated and relieved about my own decision NOT to go to grad school, even though I absolutely loved doing my undergrad English degree...(but to focus instead of writing the kind of fiction that grad students might outwardly 'disdain' -- because they simply don't know any better -- and read anyway as a very guilty pleasure)

For someone working on a geology/biology undergrad degree, I took a ridiculous number of lit classes, including some grad seminars. I got very good at writing from the perspective of any given "theory." It was simply a matter of learning the formula and realizing it was almost all crap. Anyway, this is one reason I spent seven years as an undergrad.
moschus
Oct. 31st, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
For the most part I regarded lit theory as a game (the word 'crap' didn't occur to me until later) and was game to play it but then I hit the wall in one film class in particular...We were discussing 'Jaws' and the young professor was rattling on about how the sea is the feminine force or whatever and the shark a vagina dentata. And I just *could not* buy it.

Sometimes a man-eating shark really is just a man-eating shark.

And if I could Go Back and Do It All Over Again, I would forget all thoughts of grad school and take my time with my undergrad -- taking a lot of courses outside of English lit. -- including some biology -- amassing a different kind of body of knowledge that could feed into my writing. In order to write what you know about, it helps to know about a lot of stuff. It would have been helpful to me to realize this a little bit sooner. (For example, I admire the way writers like you and Andrea Barrett use science in your fiction, and it makes me wish I had not fallen into the girl-trap of 'hating' math and science -- and being allowed by teachers and parents to get away with not taking those courses, or, when I absolutely had to take them, not taking them very seriously.)
greygirlbeast
Oct. 31st, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Sometimes a man-eating shark really is just a man-eating shark.

Bingo.

And, even when a man-eating shark really is intended by the author/s to represent the vagina dentata, it's still a man-eating shark.
thingunderthest
Oct. 31st, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the weird erotica subscription. I would offer whatever technical assistance I can, but I imagine you have plenty of assistance more local to you.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 31st, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
I would offer whatever technical assistance I can, but I imagine you have plenty of assistance more local to you.

Actually, if you're serious, I may e-mail you (I mistyped "e-maul" first, and that's interesting...).
thingunderthest
Oct. 31st, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
I am at your service, m'lady.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 31st, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
Drad.
thingunderthest
Oct. 31st, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
:D
mb2u
Oct. 31st, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
If Anne Rice made vampires into superheroes, what shall she do with Jesus Christ?

Klingon bikers? Of course!
greygirlbeast
Oct. 31st, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC)
If Anne Rice made vampires into superheroes, what shall she do with Jesus Christ?

Something unpleasant, I'm sure.
asru
Oct. 31st, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
Happy Halloween - it certainly seems to be much more fun where you are than where I am... I am avoiding children who want money from me without even bothering to dress up. I think I am going to celebrate the day with some ghost stories in bed.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 31st, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
I think I am going to celebrate the day with some ghost stories in bed.

A perfectly respectable way to spend Halloween.
chris_walsh
Oct. 31st, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
A perfectly respectable way to spend Halloween.

Sign of my mood: When I first read asru's entry, I read it as "celebrate the day with some ghosts in bed."

Now THAT'd be respectable, too, y'think? (Hey! It can even be a vignette idea! Unless it's been done. Wait, that dream in Ghostbusters...yeah, it's been done. Unless, um, you can write it better. Mmm. OK. I'll close now.)
greygirlbeast
Oct. 31st, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
yeah, it's been done.

It's all been done. Writing is merely the act of trying to do it better, or at least as well as it's been done previously.
asru
Oct. 31st, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)
I like the thought of spending the night with ghosts in bed. Multiple spectral action. It's respectable in *my* household.
mcdolemite
Oct. 31st, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
I agree with you about Reader-Response. I don't actually know enough about Lacan to dismiss it and I can't pretend to understand semiotics. Usually I'm hesitant to agree with "genre" or "popular" (sorry for such misleading if not downright useless labels) writers who dismiss literary theory and analysis; most of the ones who do so are speaking from pure ignorance (I'm thinking particularly of those SF and fantasy writers who like to imagine that they're competing for "Joe's beer money"). In your case, however, I feel secure that you HAVE read it and understood it, and that you're dismissing this particular branch of it from actual knowledge, not ignorance.
castironlocust
Nov. 1st, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
A very good dinner last night with friends. Good food and conversation. We talked about Antony and the Johnsons

Do you own a copy of "I Am A Bird Now?"

The first time I heard of Antony and the Johnsons was on a little bit on NPR about them. When I heard that Lou Reed worked with them on "Secretly Canadian," I bought a copy of their full length.

Heartbreakingly soulful stuff.

SWH
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