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Cillia and Succubi?

Last week, the advance check for the Italian edition of Threshold finally arrived from my agent in NYC. After the deduction of bank charges, foreign tax, my agent's commission, and the foreign-rights subagent's commission, there's hardly enough left over to have made all that wrangling with the IRS (to prove to Italy that I'm an American citizen) worth the frelling trouble. Never mind that I still have to pay income tax on it. It's not that I'm in this for the money, this writing, but neither am I in it for the poverty. Writing is one of those rare professions where it's considered bad form to bemoan low pay and a lack of benefits, long hours and difficult working conditions. It's sort of like being a priest or a mime, in that regard. Lots of people, especially non-writers, unpublished or wannabe writers, and writers who have other sources of income, seem to think it's unseemly to suggest that writers actually need to eat and pay their bills and crazy shit like that. "Isn't it enough just to be published and read?" they ask, feigning innocence or exhibiting genuine ignorance. "Isn't the sheer joy of writing a sufficient end unto itself?", it isn't. More's the fucking pity. Anyway...

Fortunately, I have eBay to keep my mind off these things. For instance, I ask you, how can anyone gaze upon the Cthulhu dildo cozy and be plagued by any worldly concern or worry? Thanks be to the Bear for that one.

I've decided that sometime in the next few weeks the old CRK phorum will be closing its virtual doors. Something, most likely the advent of LJ, has led to a steep decline in the number of posts over the last three years, and I'd rather not have it sitting about gathering dust. I'm going to try to have the whole thing archived. I've often lamented the fact that all the entries from the phorum's previous incarnation, when it was hosted by, were not archived. Anyway, my thanks to Sissy and Kat for hosting the phorum the last couple of years and to everyone who took part. I'm hoping that people will look at the Species of One Community here at LJ as a suitable replacement, if a replacement is desired. My apologies if you don't have access to LJ (though I would imagine that most people do).

Let me know when your copies of Frog Toes and Tentacles begin to arrive. You should be getting them any day now.

Dorky sidebar: I think the neatest thing about playing a half-celestial paladin in D&D is the whole using the laying on of hands healing power to inflict damage upon the undead. Yesterday, we were being menaced by some crazy-ass death knight creature. I simply placed my hands on its shoulders, invoked Pelor, and the damned thing's head imploded. Pop. Just like that. Pretty drad. Too bad real magick isn't half this useful...

A couple of people have written to ask me about my Amazon wishlist and Xmas. No, I do not recognize or observe Xmas. But, ironically, I do recognize gifts, if you're so inclined. Just consider them Solstice gifts, instead of gifts commemorating the day on which Jesus wasn't born. At any rate, yeah, there's a wishlist here. And, yeah, Spooky has one, too, right here. Or just send money. Whichever. To be perfectly honest, we've both been pretty naughty this year.

Horridly unpleasant things await me, and it's time to get on with the day. But please have a look at the eBay auctions. Thanks!


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Dec. 12th, 2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm sure those are the same people that say if only they had the time, they would right a best seller. :)
Dec. 12th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
Dorky question: did you ever feel the urge to name your Paladin Patti?

When you mentioned closing down the ScaredHedgehog phorum, I was ready to let out a cry of dismay, but I'm thrilled that you're going to try to have the whole thing archived. And as an LJ user, I am on the Species of One community anyway. *evil grin flashed to non-LJ users*

Anyway, I just want to say that I'm having a ball reading your fiction right now. I've read, for some strange reason, the latter seven stories in To Charles Fort, with Love (I've absolutely LOVED them all so far, though special mention must go to my "ritual reread" of "Onion," which remains my most personally meaningful piece of yours...and also to say that the long wait I had to finally read "Andromeda Among the Stones" was well worth it).

I've also read The Dry Salvages, which I thought was a real pageturner as the critics put it. When I put it down, I was left with an odd dry feeling in my mouth, which is a good thing. I can't explain why that's so, but as I looked around me, I had trouble swallowing. Good job on that one!

I'm currently going through Silk, technically a reread, but since my first encounter with it was ages ago, it's almost very much like a first-time read for me. After that...Murder of Angels! And then The Five of Cups...unless I manage to pick up a copy of Low Red Moon, which means that I may read Threshold.

Sorry for the long-winded fanboy drooling-cum-inventory, but I just have to thank you once again for all this great writing. Cheers!
Dec. 12th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
Dorky question: did you ever feel the urge to name your Paladin Patti?

No, but I did jokingly suggest yesterday that I might have named her Celeste (since she's half celestial, hah hah hah, oh never mind).

Dec. 12th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
To be perfectly honest, we've both been pretty naughty this year.

All the more reason to reward you, in my book. ;)
Dec. 12th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
Too bad real magick isn't half this useful...

but on the good side, one rarely runs into crazy ass death knights, so that's gotta count for something.
Dec. 12th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
btw, you're probably the first person I've run into who's mentioned old Catherine Wheel in a very long time.
Dec. 12th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
you're probably the first person I've run into who's mentioned old Catherine Wheel in a very long time.

I really love Chrome. I've been writing to it since 1993, I think.
Dec. 13th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
That album is one of the few I still own on tape - I have the strongest memories of working my grandfather's blueberry farm, raking blueberries with listening to "Crank"
Dec. 12th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC)
but on the good side, one rarely runs into crazy ass death knights, so that's gotta count for something.

I suppose you have a point.

Still, the ability to implode heads would greatly decrease the stress level in my life.
Dec. 13th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
Dec. 12th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
Got my copy today (in Sweden) and it lit up the winter gloom.
A beautiful book in both look and content. Extremely moody and
suggestive but maybe less erotic then expected. My fav. after one
read is Flicker but all are excellent. Untitled 1 is such a good
story opening that I totally understand why you skipped it and
you must make something of Ancient of Days. It brought Davide
Deangelis "the Seed" to mind, what little there was.
Nice work!
Dec. 12th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
My (numbered, signed) copy of FT&T arrived this very afternoon.
Dec. 13th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
Both my copy and the copy I ordered as a gift arrived yesterday -- a pick-me-up I needed very desperately after yesterday, I might add. The book is gorgeous.
Dec. 12th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
Just opened mine-
Haven't had a chance to read it yet but you were right. It is a very handsome book with gorgeous illustrations!
Dec. 13th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
tanaise pointed out that it could also be a penis puppet.
Dec. 13th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
it could also be a penis puppet.

Spooky and I were discussing this very thing over dinner (which should give a fair idea of what our dinner conversations are like).
Dec. 13th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
I just returned home to find
    Frog Toes and Tentacles
awaiting me in my mailbox and it looks loverly.

I just have to dig out my old helmet and bite plate for reading mature subject matter, (Safety First) and give it a good once over.
Dec. 13th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
FT&T Leatherbound #101 (of 'dem 224) is now in my possession! It's actually cute!

Lookin' forward to this, it's
Dec. 13th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC)
I received a copy of the signed limited edition of Frog Toes and Tentacles yesterday. It's very, very sexy to look at. The kind of book you'd like to put on display and hope people will pick up every once in a while without warning.

Unfortunately, I've not yet had the time to read all of it. I was excited to see that you gave a nod to both the Dresden Dolls and VNV Nation, though. But I love just about everyone on that list.
Dec. 13th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
So, you've forced my hand into the community of LJ users.. not really a bad thing. :) My copy of Frog Toes and Tentacles arrived today. Beautiful number 30 of 224. I skimmed the chapbook before work. I can't wait to actually dive into the book itself.
Dec. 13th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
Re: FT&T
So, you've forced my hand into the community of LJ users.. not really a bad thing.

Nope. Not a bad thing at all.
Dec. 13th, 2005 05:14 am (UTC)
I received mine today, and it's gorgeous in every way.
Dec. 13th, 2005 09:13 am (UTC)
Froggy toes
Got my copy this very minute and it's beautiful. It even smells beautiful.
Dec. 13th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
my copy (47) arrived in my po box this past saturday. yaaay!!! read the chapbook, but not any of the complete stories yet. i did really like a couple of the unfinished pieces. the titles are not currently connected to the stories.
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