July 1st, 2009


"And then the sky began to crack. Like sticks it was upon my back."

We're having a rather wonderful thunderstorm.

I've seen a couple of people speculating that, because of Monday's seizure and yesterday's doctor visit, I won't be at ReaderCon 20. However, this is not the case. Despite yesterday's unexpected expense, I will be at ReaderCon (July 9-12). I have decided, though, that I am going to request people please not take photos (or audio recordings) during my two solo presentations, or at my reading and signing, or that I pose with them for photos. I have a feeling I'm just not going to be up to the camera. But I will be there.

News from the neurologist: Nothing new. Rest more. Sleep much more. Do everything I can to minimize stress. Try to work less (HAH!). The dosage on my anti-seizure meds was upped. And then I was handed an exorbitant bill, which, of course, ironically, added more stress and sleeplessness and, well, like I said, nothing new. Frankly, I wish I'd never brought this up in the blog. This is the sort of thing I prefer to keep to myself, whenever possible. To say the least, I've not been thinking clearly the last few days.

My thanks to the people who took a moment yesterday to comment on Sirenia Digest #43. Frankly, I'm starting to feel as though "The Mermaid of the Concrete Ocean" is one of those stories I want to be "remembered for." lady_theadora wrote: "'The Mermaid of the Concrete Ocean' —— a beautiful story. I love it that you write about art. Just like the library in The Dreaming contains books that have never been written, I think there's also a gallery containing the works of all your artists." Yeah, I'm fond of writing about paintings. Sometimes, I think its mostly because some twit told me, years and years ago, that they weren't suitable subjects for fiction, because the "reader cannot see them." Right. Anyway, it should be noted that another of my fictional painters, Constance Hopkins, plays a very important role in The Red Tree.

Speaking of which, I apologize for missing micro-excerpt 10 yesterday. It'll go up as soon as I'm done with this entry, and you may see it at greygirlbeast. I've almost reached 500 followers on Twitter, by the way (in about nine days), which gives me hope I can easily reach the 1,000 mark by the end of July.

Last night, Spooky and I finally began reading Max Brooks' World War Z, and I'm enjoying it immensely.

Yesterday was the 101st anniversary of the Tunguska explosion, and no one seemed to take note. I find that odd, what with it being a high holy day for the Immaculate Order of the Falling Sky.

But I should go. I need to try to get back to work on the last third of "The Sea Troll's Daughter," as it's due July 5th. If you have a moment, please look at the current eBay auctions. Bid if you are so able and disposed. Thanks. Oh, and I'd love to see more comments regarding Sirenia Digest #43.