October 17th, 2009

talks to wolves

Surviving the Question Storm

Still cold and rainy here in Providence.

All of yesterday was consumed by two interviews. I began work on them around 12:30 p.m., and I did not finish until about 7 p.m. So, that's pretty much a six-and-a-half-hour interview. As many of you know, I do everything I can to avoid live interviews, preferring to do them via email. The interviewer sends me a batch of questions, which I then answer. This way, I am far more articulate. My few attempts at live interviews have been unqualified disasters (in my opinion; see the November 2008 Locus interview, for example), with the possible exception of the film interview I gave Frank Woodward for the documentary Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown. The two interviews yesterday, one was for a newspaper, the South County Independent, and the other was for the Brown University bookstore's newsletter. When all my answers were written out, my replies came to 5,783 words. By comparison, on an average writing day I do about 1,000 words. These are the last two interviews I intend to give to promote The Red Tree, the last two I intend to do anytime soon. I am all out of answers. I will be getting a call from the reporter with the South County Independent on Sunday evening, to go over the article and answer a few follow-up questions, but that shouldn't be so bad. Not like yesterday. Yesterday was murder. I think the vodka, Red Bull, and nicotine were the only things that got me through it.

Today, I begin work on Sirenia Digest #47.

To help offset the tax expenses, we've begun a new round of eBay auctions. Spooky got a few things up yesterday, but many more items will be added today. So, please do have a look and bid if you are so able. Every little bit helps. I will sign and personalize all books.

By the way, here's a new review of The Red Tree from the Brown University bookstore blog.

Also, I begin to suspect that we're never actually going to finish editing all the footage for the book trailer, and so I'm thinking I'll soon be posting a very incomplete cut of the trailer. At this point, it's about four months late.

Last night, we watched more Weeds (into Season Four now), and very late, we watched The Hunger for the thousandth or so time.

Time to make the doughnuts.