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My thanks to everyone who took the time to vote in yesterday's poll and/or post a comment re: e-editions of The Dry Salvages. I've read all of them, your comments. Some of them, I will admit, set me to considering factors I'd not previously considered. I think I'll probably tell subpress that I'd like to go ahead with the e-version of the novella now instead of waiting. It's a small risk, but I haven't taken nearly enough risks lately. I'll post updates here as they are available. And yes, it would be available in more formats that PDF. I was just using (sloppily) PDF as a short-hand meaning all e-versions.
Jeff VanderMeer has very nice things to say about To Charles Fort, With Love and Alabaster in his blog and has also posted a short and peculiar interview sort of thing we did. Just click here. It's all true, I'm afraid, but at least now I can stop worrying about amphibious hybrids off the coast of Massachusetts.
Tomorrow is Beltane, and I have to admit that Spooky and I have been so swamped, what with the trip to Birmingham and getting the novel proofed and a dozen other things, that we've not had much time to prepare. After we read today, we'll finalize our plans. This is sort of where I was going when I mentioned the bit about the difficulties of being a more or less solitary practitioner of Wicca. Spooky and I are entirely responsible for all our rituals and ceremonies and celebrations. Any details that must be attended to, we must attend. And that means that time must be set aside to prepare all that which needs to be prepared. And we have to make sure that, during that set aside time, we're in the right state of mind and not too exhausted and so forth. Right now, I sort of wish there were some wonderful big Beltane celebration going on somewhere near Atlanta that we could take part in. But there doesn't seem to be. It's strange, having recognized the need for ritual in my life, and now being hard pressed to insure that the time is there when I need it to be there and that I'm not too tired to devote the energy to it that's required.
Now I should have breakfast and coffee and get my head into the Daughter of Hounds space. I need to be much more awake...