January 5th, 2008

bear on ice

The currents have their say, The time is drawing near...

A better day yesterday. Better than the day before. I wrote 1,057 words on Part Two of "The Crimson Alphabet" (for Sirenia Digest #26), which took care of O (for object trouvé), P (for Pandora), and Q (for quarry and quench). And, because Spooky likes it, I've decided to keep the bit I did on Thursday, which was N (for nanorobotics). With luck, I'll finish with "The Crimson Alphabet" tomorrow, because I have a doctor's appointment on Monday, and I know that's gonna screw up the whole day.

The Clarkesworld Magazine poll for favourite story of 2007 runs until January 14th, so if you enjoyed "The Ape's Wife" here's your chance to say so. Just click here for the poll.

One year ago today I began having the series of recurring dreams that led to my writing "In View of Nothing" (Sirenia Digest #16). Just thought I should mark the date.

And, speaking of the Digest, I have this email from David Kirkpatrick (corucia):

I agree with other comments on Untitled 31 - it is a very mature piece, with a lot of 'weight' to it. It gives the impression that there is more to it than you would expect from only 2200 words. In this regard it brings to mind a dark hole in a cliff-face - even up close you can't see very far into it, and on the surface it isn't very big, but you can just tell by the way the air moves and the sounds echo that the space inside is a lot larger than anyone might expect from the innocuous opening. However, given all that, if you wanted to expand upon it, I think you might have to move away from this particular bit, as it is rather static, and I'm not sure where or how you could add to this vignette the necessary action, movement or development that a longer piece usually requires. However, there's lots of twists and turns inherent in this fragment that would lend themselves to larger attentions.

I'm a big fan of "The Black Alphabet," and I was excited to hear that you were assaying the form again. "The Crimson Alphabet" hasn't disappointed, and I think that the color choice for this one was quite appropriate. Most of these vignettes are bloody, either in thought or deed. D is for Dagon was an interesting take on the evolution of gods and monsters; I wouldn't mind more on this topic. I enjoyed immensely the turns of phrasing and the narrator viewpoint in F is for Futanari - a pleasing contrast to the earlier pieces. K is for Kelpie invoked some great visuals. I'm looking forward to the second half. I'd love to see both Alphabets done as graphic novels, with individual artists illustrating each of the letters. Almost the dark reflection of medieval illuminated manuscripts. Of course, it'd likely get banned, or lead to some poor comic store owner getting into enormous legal troubles...

Probably, yeah, at least. But I like the hole-in-a-cliff-face analogy, as it got me to thinking about the Dandridge House again. It has surprised me, the feedback regarding "Untitled 31," as I was somewhat insecure about the piece, but I am very pleased that people are enjoying it.

Last night, we tried to get Kindernacht going again, but we chose Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween and William Friedkin's Bug (2006; from a screenplay by Tracy Letts, based on his play) for our double feature. Both were superb, but a little more intense than the usual Kindernacht fare. I was never much of a fan of Carpenter's original Halloween (1978), but I did enjoy Rob Zombie's take on the story more than I'd expected I would. It's a far, far better film than his House of 1,000 Corpses (2003), but not nearly as satisfying as The Devil's Rejects (2005). And someone desperately needs to take the man aside and explain to him that Sheri Moon Zombie simply cannot fucking act. At all. And that his films would be significantly improved by her omission from them. As for Bug, wow. It would have been one of my favourite films of 2006, had I seen it when it was originally released. I went in expecting a fairly grisly sf thriller, and I got something far, far worse. Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon both deliver brilliant performances, and I strongly recommend this film.

Okay. This has gone on rather long, and letter R awaits. Oh, I should also mention that we have two eBay auctions ending this evening, and Spooky says she'll be listing more items later today. Thanks!
  • Current Music
    NIN, "The Great Below"