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The Dinosaur of Sinclair Avenue

The headache finally let me go sometime early last night.

Spooky and I read through "Bainbridge" yesterday afternoon. With great relief, I can say that I like it and that it holds together. Which is sort of amazing. Three separate, alternating narratives, related but never overlapping for 70 pages. First there's Dancy and the old church south of Bainbridge, Georgia. Then there's Dancy's mother at age fifteen in Pensacola Beach, Florida in 1982. Then there's the court of the Glaistig, Queen of Immolations, in the hublands (which lie at the center of the hemispherical world I introduced in Murder of Angels). But it seems to work, and "Bainbridge" certainly manages not to be "just another" story about Dancy showing up to kill a monster. In case I don't note it anywhere in Alabaster, this story was written to Aimee Mann, Nick Cave, Gravenhurst, and the Wedding Present. This is one of those stories I'd have never, ever gotten written without the music. I'd hoped to do the read-through and the corrections yesterday, but barely got started on the latter. So that's what I'll do today.

Last night we rented The Cave. I didn't expect very much from it, but I apparently expected more than it was able to deliver, because I was disappointed. Zero characterization. A climax that just feels like another meandering scene. Not much to say that's good. It steals many of it's best bits from better films, such as Pitch Black (from which it takes an entire line of dialogue, and with which it shares Cole Hauser). Even the monster effects were so-so. Oh, well.

The cold is wearing on me again, making me want to stay in bed, pushing me down. I really have to get better at this. If I'm ever to escape the South, I have to form new associations and reactions to cold weather. At any rate, here are the photos from Thursday's walk that I promised I'd post, including two of the "Dinosaur of Sinclair Avenue" (behind the cut):




Follow the signpost...

The beast herself.

She says things were better in the Middle Jurassic. Who am I to argue?

A sad old house which Spooky and I pretended was inhabited by a family of cannibals.



Set me aflame and cast me free,
Away you wretched world of tethers...

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chris_walsh
Jan. 7th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Bully for you! It's good to hear you feel good about the story. And thank you for the pictures of Ms. Elegant Dinosaur.

If this is an obnoxious question, then don't worry about answering it, but can you ever tell a difference between the work you create when you're relatively comfortable and work like "Bainbridge" when you're writing through an, um, "m"? Obviously it's not enough to stop you (and that's good), but does it change the flavor of the work noticeably?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 7th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
It's good to hear you feel good about the story.

I'm relieved to be able to. I'm still thinking that I might ask a couple of other writers to read it, maybe people who write more "traditional" fantasy than I usually do.

If this is an obnoxious question, then don't worry about answering it, but can you ever tell a difference between the work you create when you're relatively comfortable and work like "Bainbridge" when you're writing through an, um, "m"? Obviously it's not enough to stop you (and that's good), but does it change the flavor of the work noticeably?

That's not an obnoxious question. However, I'm not sure what the answer is; I'll think on it.
chris_walsh
Jan. 7th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Understandable, it is.
castironlocust
Jan. 7th, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC)
Last night, we rented The Cave. I didn't expect very much from it, but I apparently expected more than it was able to deliver, because I was disappointed.

Good. See, I thought I was just kind of being a snob about really thinking that The Cave sucked. In truth, I really only put it in the NetFlix queue because I've dug Cole Hauser since Pitch Black (I can honestly say that I relate to the character of Johns as much as I might like to think that I relate to the character of Riddick)... but honestly, movies like Tears of the Sun was a much better vehicle for an actor like Cole.

That's just me, though.

If you haven't seen it already, we really kind of dug The Skeleton Key with Kate Hudson. It CAN BE a little predictible, but it's not a bad movie for what it is, and certainly leaps and bounds better than The Cave.

All the best,

SWH
greygirlbeast
Jan. 7th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
If you haven't seen it already, we really kind of dug The Skeleton Key with Kate Hudson.

We've been meaning to pick it up, but it always seems to be out.
castironlocust
Jan. 7th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
So did you get a chance to see the first part of the season opener of Battlestar Galactica? I think the title was Resurrection Ship.

NOW we're REALLY cooking with cold fusion on that one.

See it soon if you didn't last night. If I thought that it would spawn into a decent thread of conversation on the Phorum, I'd post an essay on the distinct, moral and social divisions and differential implications between Admiral Cain and the Commander Cain of the original Battlestar Galactica...

and that would make me one of the biggest geeks in the frelling world, then wouldn't it?

All the best,

SWH
mockingbirdgrrl
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
i just have to say that i love the cannibal house. made me think instantly of the bender family.
sovay
Jan. 8th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
First there's Dancy and the old church south of Bainbridge, Georgia. Then there's Dancy's mother at age fifteen in Pensacola Beach, Florida in 1982. Then there's the court of the Glaistig, Queen of Immolations, in the hublands

I am very much looking forward to reading this.

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