December 30th, 2007


"Attack ships on fire..."

Today, Elizabeth would have been 37.

So, yes, Sirenia Digest #25 will go out to subscribers this evening, and includes "Untitled 31" and "The Crimson Alphabet" (Part One, A-M), as well as a somewhat more revealing than usual prolegomena. I spent all of yesterday editing the stories and getting things in order, writing the prolegomena (740 words), doing the layout, etc. Oh, do note that there's no Vince Locke illustration this month, simply because I was not able to get "Untitled 31" to him in time. I think I finished up about 7 p.m., and Spooky went out and got BBQ from Dusty's on Briarcliff.

Later, we watched Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn. Excellent, one of the best of the year, and has been added to my short list of truly fine Vietnam films. Christian Bale was superb, as expected, and the film itself harks back to earlier classic Herzog films such as Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) and Fitzcarraldo (1982), both thematically and visually. Here we have Herzog's driven lunatic, though Bale's Lt. Dengler is a far more compassionate and level-headed sort of lunatic than the old Klaus Kinski breed. Klaus Badelt's score was very effective. Now I need to see Herzog's documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly (2007).

Okay. Spooky has ordered me to have a day off, not wanting a repeat of early December, yada, yada, so I'm thinking I'll spend the rest of today reading Bruce Sterling, having a hot bath, washing my hair, and maybe wandering out into the chilly grey world. But watch for Sirenia Digest #25 in your inboxes. Comments always welcome, as are bids in the ongoing eBay auctions. Last night, Spooky relisted copies of Alabaster and To Charles Fort, With Love (both out of print). The copy of Alabaster is signed by both me and Ted Naifeh.

Maybe I'll even take a nap...

Postscript (3:05 p.m.): In response to the reader who inquired at to whether or not I have a MySpace page. Yes. It's here.