March 23rd, 2006

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Addedum: just a meme

It's late. I'm bored. But I'm too distracted to read. And I'm not sleepy. So, here's a meme I snurched from tactileson. Why not.

The Meme: List ten musical artists that you like, and then go answer the questions.

1) Concrete Blonde
2) VNV Nation
3) R. E. M.
4) David Bowie
5) The Dresden Dolls
6) The Decemberists
7) The Cure
8) The Sisters of Mercy
9) The Crüxshadows
10) Rasputina

What was the first song you ever heard by 6? "The Legionnaire's Lament."

What is your favourite album of 8? Floodland. Though First and Last and Always is a close second.

What is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung? "I'm halfway home now/half hoping for a showdown/cause I'm not big enough to house this crowd/It might destroy me/but i'd sacrifice my body/if it meant i'd get the Jack part OUT." Frell, yeah.

How many times have you seen 4 live? Sadly, never.

What's your favourite song of 7? "Fascination Street."

What is a good memory you have concerning the music of 10? The first time I heard Melora sing "Barracuda" at the now-defunct Echo Lounge here in Atlanta.

Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad? About half of them, actually. But, the saddest..."Wendell Gee."

What is your favourite lyric that 2 has sung? "Set me aflame and cast me free./Away, you wretched world of tethers./Through the endless night and day, I have never wanted more./Always thought that I would stand before the faceless name of justice./Like some law unto myself, like a child of God again."

What is your favourite song by 9? "Tears."

How did you get into 3? When I was first exposed to college radio while at the University of Colorado, the first R. E. M. song I heard was "Driver 8," and I was instantly hooked.

What was the first song you heard by 1? "Tomorrow, Wendy."

What's your favourite song by 4? "I'm Deranged."

How many times have you seen 9 live? Er...ten times for sure, probably more.

What is a good memory you have concerning 2? Nar'eth meeting Gigi Edgley at The Chamber on October 5th, 2002. Also the first night I heard "Darkangel." Well, Nar'eth heard it, but she told me...

Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad? "Alice."

What is your favourite song of 1? "Why Don't You See Me?"
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Shaw

Until the end of the end of time.

Blargh. I feel ooogy this morning. It is still morning, just barely. I slept, but the dreams. Let's have a Poe moment (Edgar Allan, not sister of Mark Z. D.): The dreams! The dreams! The acurs'd dreams! Okay, that was quite enough of that. One of the slivers of a fragment of a dream I recall was that I was living in a half burned-out mansion in New Orleans' Garden District, all alone, shut up like Merricat in this huge ruined house. And docbrite would leave me scraps from fabulous meals. She'd leave little aluminum foil swans on a pile of rubble where the back door had once been. There was a huge magnolia growing in the center of the house, and at night rats and possums and lizards would come out and dance round and round the tree to entertain me. I lived in a room on the second floor, and every time I looked out my window, the city was on fire. I kept thinking that it was my looking out the window that caused the fires, so I tried not to look. There was only one book in the whole house, William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch. It was a long, unsettling dream, more sad than it was anything else.

Anyway...

A good mail day yesterday. My comp copies of the hardbacks of both The Merewife and False Starts arrived. I'm especially pleased with the cover of the former. I'm not sure if subpress has any more of these for sale, but I'll be putting some up on eBay soon. Also, I received a copy of issue #35 of Not One of Us, courtesy John Benson. I did not however begin a new vignette. I stared at the blank screen until I was angry and useless. I'm not sure how it'll go today. I've got to begin proofing the ARC of Alabaster, and the artwork for "Night" is still waiting to be done. I suspect the former is much more urgent than the latter. I've heard from neither my agent nor editor re: Daughter of Hounds, and my anxiety is becoming something less benign. I did do a little Wikipedia yesterday, trying to delude myself into believing it was Work. I wrote an article on Sauropelta, yet another ankylosaur. Sauropelta means "shield lizard," of course. Oh, I also got word from subpress that Frog Toes and Tentacles has sold out. There may still be copies availlable from a few indie bookdealers. I don't know. I'll be offering copies of the trade edition on eBay at some point.

I was somewhat overwhelmed by all the comments yesterday's post elicited, the comments in response to what I'd written about the Wiccan Rede and the Threefold Law. Thank you all. Even if I found myself disagreeing with much of what was said, it was still good to hear such a diversity of thought on the subjects.

A couple or three links. First, Spooky has a few shots up of the latest doll. I'm loving this one almost as much as I love Sweet William. We haven't a name for her yet, but I suspect she's a distant maiden aunt of Sweet Willliam's, and that they once worked in the same circus. She was a clairvoyant and fortune-teller. Of that I'm almost certain. A few folks have requested a story to accompany this doll. Maybe that's what I should do for the next vignette. Hmmmmm. Also, Spooky was showing me this very wonderful website, Blackbird Marmalade Creations. Some very sublime, beautiful, creepy things. Have a look. And, finally, Durtro Press will soon be releasing Thomas Ligotti's Teatro Grottesco, "primarily a compilation of stories collected between hardcovers for the first time. Each story has been newly revised, often extensively, by the author for this edition. In addition to the contents listed below, the Durtro edition also includes hitherto rare texts by Ligotti which will not be included in any future trade edition of this volume." Here's a link for details and ordering information.

sovay has asked if I would be comfortable posting the text to our Ostara ritual. I don't see why not. Personally, I think there's too much secrecy in Wicca, and that, more often than not, the secrecy only serves to perpetuate the misconceptions and bigotry. Besides, with the shelves of Borders crowded with craptastical farces like The Complete Idiot's Guide to Witchcraft and Wicca, with every fourth witch publishing her Book of Shadows or cranking out another Wiccan "bible," yeah, sure. So, here it is, behind the cut, for those with no interest in this sort of thing. It doesn't include the casting of the circle or the call to the Quarters, and I've omitted all the somatic actions and such. Note that I'm still not comfortable with all the wording, which gets back to the issue of gender polarity and other things:

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Addendum: New auctions.

Just a quick note to say that the Alabaster ARC auction has just begun. I'll only be auctioning one of these, as I was only given three copies. Note that it doesn't include Ted's artwork, but includes the full, uncorrected text of the book. We've also relisted "The Worm in My Mind's Eye," both states of The Dry Salvages, and The Five of Cups. Tomorrow we'll begin the next "choose your own letter" Frog Toes and Tentacles auction. Anyway, show the platypus some love and have a look. Thank you.
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