December 31st, 2009

talks to wolves

Fuck off, 2009!

1. First off, this is not the end of the first decade of the new millennium. The last year of the first decade is 2010, just as the last year of the last decade was 2000, not 1999. Still, happy new years and all that rot.

2. I'm getting some really...delicious...answers to the post I made last night. The one asking: If you had me alone, locked up in your house, for twenty-four hours and I had to do whatever you wanted me to, what would you have me/you/us do? Please take your time with the answers (which are screened so that only I can read them). I already have several good ones that will appear in Sirenia Digest #50. You can go to the post here. I'll keep reading these for at least a few more days. But, just so you know, it's going to be hard to beat having my nude body covered in crested geckos.

3. And here is my list of my twelve "Top Ten Favorite Fantasy and Speculative Films of 2009" (in order of how much I loved them):

1. The Road (John Hillcoat)
2. Avatar (James Cameron)
3. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Terry Gilliam)*
4. Where the Wild Things Are (Spike Jonez)
5. Moon (Duncan Jones)
6. Watchmen (Zack Snyder)/Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)** [TIE]
7. Star Trek (J.J. Abrams)
8. 9 (Shane Acker)
9. District 9 (Neill Blomkamp)/Knowing (Alex Proyas)*** [TIE]
10. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (David Yates)

* No, I have yet seen this film. But I am sure.
** Do not try to tell me that a film wherein WWII is ended by a successful attempt to assassinate Hitler isn't sf.
*** One of the year's most underrated films.
Please note that I have not included The Fantastic Mister Fox, even though Wes Anderson is one of my favorite directors. I've not yet seen it, and have misgivings. But when I have seen it, I may be revising the list.

A very good year for film.

4. Yesterday...well, we spent many hours dealing with line edits on The Ammonite Violin, and then for "Untitled 34." The latter will be appearing in Sirenia Digest #49. Yesterday I saw the rough pencils for Vince's illustration for the story, and it's going to be gorgeous. Anyway, by the time we were done editing "Untitled 34," I was too tired to deal with the edits to "Pickman's Other Model," which will have to wait. Instead, I renewed my membership to the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and lay by the fire for a while.

5. Yesterday, the Amazon.com sales ranking for The Red Tree went to 1,831, so far the best I've ever seen for any of my books. My great thanks to everyone who has supported this novel. I know it's my best one yet.

6. Presently, it's snowing here in Providence. Spooky has to get to the market before it closes. Goodbye, 2009. You were neither my best nor my worst year. You were just sort of a pain in the ass. I have higher expectations of 2010 (not to be confused with having hope). A toast. 2009, may it rot in peace.