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 (email@example.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:
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,
So, if you'd like to take advantage of this incredibly generous offer, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, 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...