And it looks like Sirenia Digest #3 will be on time this month, which is a relief. I've finished all three vignettes (I did a little more work on "Eisoptrophobia: A Sketch" on Tuesday; though it's the shortest piece, I've probably put in the most work on it). The total word count for this month (excluding the prologue thingy) will be about 5,682. On Tuesday, Vince sent me the pencils for the kelpie vignette, and they're looking gorgeous. So, yeah, I think it's safe to expect the digest on the 14th, as planned.
And it looks like we'll be beginning the auction for letter S of Frog Toes and Tentacles, complete with velvet and silk "cozy," sometime tomorrow. Spooky's finishing up the "cozy" as I type this. And I'm toying with the idea of putting together a Daughter of Hounds DVD, a sort of a documentary revisiting many of the locales I used in the novel, Providence and Ipswich and such. There are a lot of details that would have to be ironed out, but I think it'd be nice, especially since there are no plans for a limited edition and since I've never done anything much with film before. We shall see.
After we finally finished up with work yesterday, Spooky and I drove out to The Phoenix and the Dragon in Sandy Springs and treated ourselves to new wands (willow for me, maple for her) and a new cauldron. We've been so frugle lately, it was a nice little indulgence. I also picked up a copy of Jane Raeburn's Celtic Wicca (Citadel Press, 2001) which is shaping up to be one of the most sensible and scholarly books on the Celtic path I've yet to encounter. She doesn't shun archaeology and anthropology and has no qualms about dismissing inaccurate (but cherished and oft repeated) historical misconceptions about the Celts. I'll say more on the book when I've finished it.
Also, I read another paper in the new JVP, "A new oviraptorosaur (Theropoda, Maniraptora) from the Late Cretaceous (Campanian) of Utah." Christened Hagryphus giganteus, it's one of the largest oviraptorosaurs. And speaking of new theropods, I'm hoping to make it to the library this evening to photocopy the Nature paper on the new basal tyrannosauroid, Guanlong wucaii, from the Cretaceous of northwestern China. It sounds like an awesome little beast (reconstruction below; note that the feathers and coloration are conjectural). Okay, time to make the doughnuts...
Guanlong wucaii (Zhongda Zhang/IVPP)