November 30th, 2006


Friends of Mr. Hubero

The last day of November already. Scary, scary.

I'm not good with telephones. I'm especially not good with telephones first thing in the morning. But, to my credit, Bill Schafer from subpress called this a.m. and we had quite a good, longish talk.

Yesterday, I wrote an absolutely exemplary 2,263 words. Go me. Also, last night I did a short interview about Sirenia Digest which will be appearing at some near-future date on the subpress website. So, it was a busy day, was yesterday.

As of this morning, lots and lots of people have claimed stories for the hypertexting of Tales of Pain and Wonder. Indeed, they're almost all taken. Right now, the list of spoken and unspoken for stories looks like this (a strike-thru indicates someone's already volunteered to work on that story):

"To This Water (Johnstown, Pennsylvania 1889)"
"Bela's Plot"
"Tears Seven Times Salt"
"Glass Coffin"
"Breakfast in the House of the Rising Sun"
"The Last Child or Lir"
"A Story for Edward Gorey"
"Postcards from the King of Tides"
"Rats Live on No Evil Star"
"In the Water Works (Birmingham, Alabama 1888)"
"The Long Hall on the Top Floor"
"San Andreas"
"Angels You Can See Through"
"...Between the Gargoyle Trees"
Epilogue: "Zelda Fitzgerald in Ballet Attire" (poem)

So, yeah. Just six left to choose from. If you want in on this, speak now. My grateful thanks to everyone who has already volunteered. I'm quite excited about this project. Remember, if you volunteer to do the hypertext on a story, I need an e-mail address. I'll be sending out text files to people, along with instructions on what I do and don't want, at some as yet undetermined date. By the way, you may choose more than a single story, if you think you can handle it.

I also wanted to put in a plug for the limited edition of Tales from the Woeful Platypus. Remember, not only will it be leather bound, it will also include an extra story — "Excerpt from Memoirs of a Martian Demirep" (spectacularly illustrated by Vince) — plus the chapbook edition of The Black Alphabet (pts. one and two united). Don't miss out. Yesterday I got the pencils for Vince's cover art for the book, which he's inking today, so here's a sneak peek (behind the cut):

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When I was done with the interview last night, I watched Clerks II with Spooky, which I enjoyed tremendously (though Dogma remains my fave Kevin Smith film). Afterwards, I took controller in hand and plowed through a couple more hours of Final Fantasy XII, and belatedly the Star Wars parallels occurred to me — that Vaan is Luke, and if Balthier is Han Solo (roguish sky pirate) then Fran must be Chewbacca. Which makes perfect sense, as I've always had a thing for Chewie, too.