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falling down (on the job)

Gahan Wilson has written a very nice review of To Charles Fort, With Love for the February issue of Realms of Fantasy. Definitely the highpoint of my 2006, thus far. I was especially pleased with this paragraph: Both Kiernan and an observer no less astute than Ramsey Campbell in his afterword flatly state that the best work in To Charles Fort, With Love is "La Peau Verte," and I absolutely go along with that. It's not only one of the best and loveliest written scary stories I've ever read, it's also a cautionary tale which I would earnestly recommend to any brave young soul presently toying with the notion of becoming seriously involved with the artistic life read and ponder on—just in case they might have second thoughts. It's always best to have at least a dim glimmer of what you're getting into.

Otherwise, yesterday was a total washout. I'm not sure what went wrong. But it did. I lost control of myself and the day. And there are too few days and too much work to allow myself to get away with crap like that. I need to have Sirenia Digest #2 written and laid out by this coming Sunday, the 15th. I have to proof Daughter of Hounds, and I have precious little time remaining in which to get it done. I have to make a few more tweaks to "Bainbridge" and read through the rest of the Dancy stories. It looks like I'm going to let Anita write the afterword for Alabaster after all, because gods know I don't have time to do it. And yeah, had I not squandered two months this fall on Bullet Girl, I wouldn't be in this fix, but opportunity at the door and all that. Regardless, I cannot now allow myself to frell off on days when I absolutely do not feel like being stuck at this keyboard all damn day long. Like today. It's actually warmish out, and Spooky and I could go for a walk somewhere interesting. The day is a lure, dangling bright before my eyes, and I'm a fish that has to remember there's a nasty big hook behind all that sparkle. Work, you damn fool. No excuses. No, not even that. Nor that either. No means no. So...today, I have to sign eBay books, tweak "Bainbridge," and read through "The Well of Stars and Shadow" and "Alabaster" (the post-chapbook, 2.0 version of the short story). And other things I'll not want to do that will crop up along the way.

After we dropped by B&N yesterday afternoon to get the review, Spooky and I had coffee out (something we virtually never do these days, as one cannot waste a small fortune on overpriced coffee delicacies when one is scrimping and saving to move to New England). As we sat in the coffeehouse, I tried to talk through all the crap that had led to my blowing another day I can't spare. We got some Thai food on the way home. We watched The Transporter again, because Spooky hadn't seen it and I wanted to see it again because the sequel comes out on DVD this week. And I needed a good BDAF (Big Dumb Action Film) after The Cave. Actually, I've thought of a couple of other things about The Cave that didn't suck. Cole Hauser's contact lenses. Those were awesome (and we see them on Piper Perabo at the end of the film — or maybe that was Lena Headey; it's hard to be sure, so interchangeable were the characters). And there was the scene where either Charlie or Kathryn (again, interchangeable) attempts to scale a steep cave wall and is attacked by one of the creatures, which appears to try to rape her. That was about as close as the film came to a visually stunning, suspenseful scene. Yes, I am grasping at straws. Anyway, last night, after the movie, we read more Harry Potter. I think we've reached Chapter Nine.

Okay. Time to make the doughnuts. I have to try and atone for yesterday...

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sovay
Jan. 9th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC)
It's not only one of the best and loveliest written scary stories I've ever read, it's also a cautionary tale which I would earnestly recommend to any brave young soul presently toying with the notion of becoming seriously involved with the artistic life

Congratulations!
nykolus
Jan. 9th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
i feel for you in regards to what you've been going through. one can only hope it will get better. (i'm not usually this optimistic, trust me.) but i do wish you well.

and speaking of dougnuts: could you maybe give a rough publishing timeline in regards to your work? i would like to know what we have to look forward to next.

thanks and all the best!
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2006 05:07 pm (UTC)
could you maybe give a rough publishing timeline in regards to your work? i would like to know what we have to look forward to next.

Subject to change, but:

Alabaster (mid 2006)
next (as yet untitled) erotica volume (mid 2006?)
next sf novella from subpress (late 2006)
Daughter of Hounds (early 2007, probably)
stsisyphus
Jan. 9th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Argh! This is frustrating because even now these dates seem too distant, and yet I feel these estimates are still conservative. I think my bones are aching for DoH's release. Let your publisher know that.

Thanks for the update regardless, it gives me an idea when to leave some flex in my disposable monthly income. Just so you know the accolades are not falling on deaf ears, TCFWL is on the top of my list for future buys. Actually, that might happen today or tomorrow. I'll have to see where my personal platypus is situated for clear heels and microskirts.

Speaking of movies, I think I followed an old suggestion of yours and checked out Ravenous this weekend. It took me a while to get into it (the rather ususual score is a barrier to approaching the film seriously, the fact that the barrier appears intentional made it all the more interesting), but I will definitely recommend it to others.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
This is frustrating because even now these dates seem too distant, and yet I feel these estimates are still conservative.

Conservative and a little hesitant. Hopefully, I'll know more about Daughter of Hounds release date sometime next month. No one's going to tell me anything for certain until Roc has the ms.

Just so you know the accolades are not falling on deaf ears, TCFWL is on the top of my list for future buys.

Cool. Thanks.

I'll have to see where my personal platypus is situated for clear heels and microskirts.

By all means...

Speaking of movies, I think I followed an old suggestion of yours and checked out Ravenous this weekend

I really ought to see that again, now that you mention it.
lemonlies
Jan. 9th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
as one cannot waste a small fortune on overpriced coffee delicacies when one is scrimping and saving to move to New Englnd

I was going to comment a few posts back, when you had initially mentioned moving to the Marblehead/Salem area, but was unable to at that point.

I don't know if you're still debating the merits of each city, but I must say, I spent a good deal of my childhood in Marblehead and absolutely love the city. Though currently in Florida, I'll be moving back up north around August, so I gladly get to rediscover the area as an adult.

So this was vaguely pointless, but I also thought I'd put in a "best wishes" and comment on the nice choice of location.

Oh, and I'm with you on the scrimping and saving and missing of overpriced coffee drinks.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you're still debating the merits of each city

We are leaning strongly towards Salem at this point.

Oh, and I'm with you on the scrimping and saving and missing of overpriced coffee drinks.

It wasn't too much of an issue until all these places started with these crazy white chocolate mocha things. Argh!
sisyphusiren
Jan. 9th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
That's an awesomely obscure reference in your icon.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
That's an awesomely obscure reference in your icon.

Thank you. I do try.
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
It was my understanding that The Cave was a bad ripoff of The Descent. Since I loved The Descent on every level possible, I didn't bother seeing The Cave. Why other, right?

Hmmm. Have I even seen The Descent? Wait...[checks imdb]...no, I haven't. I'm not sure I even knew about it. Is it out on DVD?
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 10th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
so if you have cross-platform equipment you could get a copy from here. Do see it, I think you'll like it.

I don't have anything cross-platform. I shall just have to wait.
mcdolemite
Jan. 10th, 2006 08:04 am (UTC)
I rather disliked The Transporter 2, but share your fondness for the first one. Apparently The Cave kept the British film The Descent from getting a US theatrical release, but it's supposedly much better -- it's from the director of Dog Soldiers, but rather than a bunch of Brit soldiers (including Rome's Kevin McKidd) in the Scots highlands running into lycranthropes, it has a group of female spelunkers being stalked by cave monsters. I don't have a Netflix subscription, but I _think_ it's available from them.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 10th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
it's from the director of Dog Soldiers, but rather than a bunch of Brit soldiers (including Rome's Kevin McKidd) in the Scots highlands running into lycranthropes, it has a group of female spelunkers being stalked by cave monsters.

I really didn't like Dog Soldiers, but I'll give anything about monsters in caves a try. I can probably find it around here.
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