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a mind full of wicked designs

At least I'm somewhat more awake this morning. I've had coffee, and I can focus my eyes. I don't have that I'm-still-dreaming feeling going on.

Yet another good writing day yesterday, thank the gods. I did a whopping 2,011 words and finished (!!!) the second "vignette" for Sirenia Digest #2. About four o'clock (Caitlín Standard Time) I asked Spooky to call the salon and see if I could get my hair appointment moved to this afternoon, because the words were coming and getting to THE END of "Pony" seemed a little more important than hiding the grey in my hair. She did, and there was an opening for today, so I had more coffee and kept writing. I really like this piece. In truth, it's a full-fledged short story, albeit a short short story, and not a vignette. It feels, to me, a great deal like "Spindleshanks (New Orleans, 1956)" and "The Road of Pins," which is drad, as they're two of my personal favourites. On the one hand, the kinky stuff is a bit more overt than in a lot of the Frog Toes and Tentacles vignettes, but, on the other, it's cushioned by a great deal of story and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb (which, in this context, seems an odd simile). It's a peculiar little thing, almost a ghost story, almost a modern fairy tale. The total word count for "Pony" stands at 3,824, which means that the total word count for this issue of the digest really will be almost six thousand words. So, yeah, I have the hair thing at 2 p.m. (my time), and as soon as it's done, I start getting the digest ready to be assembled into PDF form. I haven't seen the final version of Vince's illustration for "Orpheus at Mount Pangaeum" yet, but it should be here this afternoon or evening. With a little luck, everyone will have the digest sometime Monday. And I vow to have #3 out by February 14th, which I suppose will be the special Valentine's Day issue.

Also, congratulations to Samm Deighan, who is the winner of Monster Doodle Sculpture #6. It's almost finished, and I'll post photos sometime in the next couple of days. It's another Nebari critter, the larval stage of the Roughbacked Puddle Shelt, which is fairly common to Nebari Prime's equatorial ice forests.

My thanks to J. D. Kimmel for the copy of Gods and Heroes of Classical Antiquity (Aghion, Barbillon, and Lissarrague; 1996). Curiously, the publisher is Flammarion. How cool is that?

And here's another cool thing. January 27th is the Second Annual LJ Rabbit Hole Day. I, for one, intend to participate. Spread the word!

January 27th is the Second Annual

LiveJournal Rabbit Hole Day!

Conquer Greenland. Sprout some extra limbs. Walk on water. Marry an insect.

A good Kid Night last night (and unlike last week, I felt as though I'd actually earned a Kid Night). We watched The Transporter II and then the new ep of Battlestar Galactica, then read more of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. And, yeah, The Transporter II is a silly sort of pleasure, a decent enough follow-up to the first film — Kate Nauta steals the show as the villain's murderous sidekick ("Death by Bunny," indeed) — but I do kind of wish we'd see Jason Statham in something else along the lines of Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels; he really shined in both those films. Okay. I gotta get moving if I'm going to make the salon on time. You kids try to play nice. Don't put anything unnatural in the microwave....


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Jan. 21st, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! I won a sculpture!!!
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Jan. 21st, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
You on a kick? Well, you're always on a kick, even if it's your own, but I think you catch the meaning i've thrown.

I do. I catch it. And yeah, I've been on a kick. Poe and Mark D. were with me all the way through these last two vignettes. It will likely be obvious, especially in "Orpheus on Mount Pangaeum."
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Jan. 21st, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
the house in this picture is a house in which I've lived.

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Jan. 21st, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
I would have liked to see Statham as John Constantine.

That could have been very cool, actually.
Jan. 21st, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
So much for my microwave plans...
Jan. 22nd, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
It feels, to me, a great deal like "Spindleshanks (New Orleans, 1956)" and "The Road of Pins"

I'm even more curious to read this now.

If I may ask, why are those favorites of yours?
Jan. 22nd, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
If I may ask, why are those favorites of yours?

I know the answer to that, but I'm not entirely certain that I can articulate it. It's something in their tone and restraint. Like, some part of me wishes everything I wrote were like that, even though it's something that only comes to me occassionally. In both, the menace is more "off-screen" than on. There's more suggestion and less actually seen. Also, there's hardly anything like resolution. In both, the "paranormal" encounters, if that's what they are, more closely resemble actual encounters with inexplicable phenomena. As I said in To Charles Fort, With Love (I think I said it there), it disturbs me that actual inexplicable encounters are generally, well, inexplicable, while fictional inexplicable encounters are usually explained or resolved. It's that whole Ann Radcliffe-Scooby Doo, see, this is what's going on and it's not so scary after all thing, which I think subverts rather than explores the inexplicable. It's late. I hope that made any sense at all.
Jan. 22nd, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
That made perfect sense. Thank you.
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