April 30th, 2015

The Red Tree

"When you catch the light the flood changes direction & darkens the lens that projects my disguise."

Thanks to everyone who commented yesterday.

A chill and dreary day here in Providence, cloudy and 51˚F. But at least there's finally a spray of green in the trees.

Yesterday was spent trying to stay awake, mostly. Last night I managed to sleep six and a half or seven hours, and I feel vastly better.

Besides the effort I put into staying awake, there was also the phone and an important call from my agent (BIG NEWS IS COMING, hinted at), and I had to proof the lettered pages for Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird #1. And I sorted through juvenilia, poetry and prose I wrote in the late 1970s and the first half of the 1980s. There's a poem behind the cut (it's a very large jpg), a photograph of the dated typescript:

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I hope to deliver the first set of pages to the John Hay Library late next week. I want this stuff out of my hands. I want it someplace safe. I was in high school when I wrote that, living in "the big house" in Trussville, Alabama.* It was typed on the 1941 Royal Quiet Deluxe.

Ever since I set up "I Fucking Love Paleontology" community over on Facebook, I don't much talk about paleontology here. But this week has been sort of remarkable for dinosaurs, with the announcement of the discovery of both Chilesaurus diegosuarezi and Yi qi, two of the strangest theropods anyone's seen thus far. The latter (pronounced "ee chee," though I've been calling it "Itchy"), now holds the record for the shortest name of any dinosaur.** And it will hold it for some time, given that it's impossible to construct a binomen shorter than four letters. Cool stuff.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions! Thanks.

"One can't build little white picket fences to keep the nightmares out." ~ Anne Sexton

The last day of April.

Aunt Beast

* 33°36'48.37"N, 86°34'53.25"W

** If your wondering what the longest non-avian dinosaur name might be, it's Micropachycephalosaurus hongtuyanensis, at 37 letters.