January 21st, 2006


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....

Addendum: a different sort of meme

I just got this from sovay. It's actually about something, though obviously it's only going to appeal to writers. I thought it would be easy at first, but then I got to thinking about how different my stuff now is from the stuff I was writing in the early and mid-nineties, and I see it's not easy at all.

Ten ways to tell you’re reading one of my stories:

01) The as-it-suits-my-mood-and-needs approach to "standardized" English grammar. This is much less true of newer stories.

02) People wear Doc Martens. Well, again, this mostly applies to my older stories, where there's an inordinate fondness for Docs. You know, back before the outsourcing, when they were made in England.

03) The unsympathetic characters. Oh, it's true. Ask most any Amazon.com "reviewer."

04) The lack of "accessibility." Again, it must be true. I hear it all over the web. I just can't seem to care, which is reasonable, as I deny the validity of the so-called "reader-writer contract." Perhaps I should include my penchant for unresolved situations in this category.

05) Unruly drunks with hearts of gold. Schizophrenics. Addicts of all stripes. Crazy girls you either love or hate.

06) Ghouls, "stick dogs," and giant red wolves.

07) Charles Fort quotes.

08) Dream sequences, or scenes that might be dreams.

09) Allusions to paleontology, deep time, geology, fossils, trilobites, ancient life, etc.

10) Allusions to the ocean, all things nautical and maritime, or to vast subterranean spaces, or both.

Well, I probably could have gone to twenty. Someday, I will meet the perfect meme, and we'll marry (against Spooky's wishes) and have lots of little baby memes...

Oh. Have I mentioned the letter Z auction?