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The Murder of Angels ARC auctions are over. My thanks to everyone who bid. You were all extremely generous. I do hope that you enjoy the novel.

I'm not at all sure how I feel about this blonde thing. This gradual blonding thing. I was fairly happy with it yesterday evening, but this morning, well, I'm just not sure. Here are a couple of photos:





Perhaps I'll just dye it all black again.

I have some proofreading I need to get done before the trip. "Night Story, 1973" for The Last Pentacle of the Sun, and it seemed as though there was something else, but now I can't remember what. Frell, that's annoying. My unreliable memory, I mean. I know that I need to proof the galleys of The Dry Salvages as soon as I get back, but it seemed as though there was another story to be proofed before I leave.

Ah, well. I shall remember, or I shan't.

Last night, while Spooky dyed her hair, I read Theodore Sturgeon's superbly disturbing short story, "The Professor's Teddy Bear." It's possibly the creepiest thing I've read since House of Leaves, and it reminded me what a very fine writer Sturgeon was. It also set me thinking about one of the reasons that I write. It's a form of time travel. Here's this story that Sturgeon first published in Weird Tales way back in 1948, sixteen years before I was born. And last night, fifty-six years after it was originally published, I sat down and read "The Professor's Teddy Bear," and a dead man whom I never met gave me a chill that'll be with me for days. I can only hope that someone who will be born sixteen years from 2004 will pick up a book with something I've written this year — "Alabaster," or "Houses Under the Sea," or "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles" — that they'll pick up one of those stories in 2060, fifty-six years after it was written and first published and feel something. It may be the most than we can hope for in the way of immortality. And I do shamelessly hope for immortality, as do most mortal things.

I really want to finish The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay before we leave on Tuesday evening, but I don't know if I'm going to make it. We played four hours last night, and we've reached (I think) the twenty-fourth or twenty-fifth checkpoint (I think there are thirty-six, total). Riddick has planted Jagger Vallance's bomb and released the aliens, and is now trying to find his way to the spaceport. This game just rocks. I think my favorite moment from last night was when I kicked out a ventilation grate, misjudged my position, and fell a good twenty feet to the floor below. Fortunately, there was a guard to break my fall. I'd have had to kill him anyway, but, this way, my graceless screw up lent a much needed moment of humour to relieve the tension. For the most part, I'm impressed with the voice acting in this game. It's much better than average, and there are some great lines. For example, when Riddick gets the bomb from an inmate named Jupiter, whom he tells "I just play the hand I'm dealt. Then I cheat." Nice. I still think it would have worked better as a stritcly third-person game, but that's how I feel about almost everything.

Comments

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tornqueen
Jun. 18th, 2004 06:58 pm (UTC)
Love it!
I love your hair! That's just fabulous! Recently my hair went from a reddish to black, and I thought that was cool, but now I see it was just wannabe hair :).

Have a great trip and good luck finishing Riddick in the meantime.
pinkteaset3
Jun. 18th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
It looks beautiful. The gradual change in the back is very well done. I tried to do this once on myself, and I know how hard it is to get it right (mine did not succeed!).

Maybe it would make you feel more comfortable if you tip the very ends of the front bits with black, or darker blonde. I know that when I go blonde, I feel almost like I don't even have hair, because my skin is so pale. A transitional fringey dark contrast between pale skin and pale hair may help you feel more yourself.

If you are still not happy.. can you bring the blonde to white, like Nebari hair?

~drool~

xx
Mella
greygirlbeast
Jun. 19th, 2004 03:34 am (UTC)
Maybe it would make you feel more comfortable if you tip the very ends of the front bits with black, or darker blonde.

We've talked about that, actually. It's a possibility. Right now, though, I'm really just trying to get used to it being like this. I want to give it a chance.

can you bring the blonde to white, like Nebari hair?

I wish. We could probably get most of it to white, but I think getting all the yellow out would probably do too much damage.
mb2u
Jun. 18th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC)
I think it came out pretty well. I'd wait a few more days before deciding to do anything else and not rush into making any changes.
mapultoid
Jun. 18th, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
I hate when people don't dye their hair all one color, and I love the way yours looks. I say leave it, definitely. Although I must say, I am suddenly craving marble cupcakes now...


Ben


mmm... cupcakes...
greygirlbeast
Jun. 19th, 2004 03:35 am (UTC)
Although I must say, I am suddenly craving marble cupcakes now...

Yum.
chaotic_good
Jun. 18th, 2004 09:04 pm (UTC)
I rather like your hair, Nar'eth. Especially the minking effect throughout the back.

Do you know what it is about the colour change that you're unsure about? And when you say "gradual blonding", do you mean that this is not the finished product or that is the name of the effect with the black?

I thought Mella's idea of re-pigmenting part of your fringe was good. Perhaps even streak the fringe to match the effect of the back.

I think it's really, really cool. And interesting to see you undergo such a change since I've only seen you with black hair. Oh, and please be careful if you do decide to go back to your original black. Simply buying black hair colour to put on the lightened hair will not give you the desired result. One must pre-stain the hair with darker oranges as a backdrop for the pigment in the black. Some stylist refer to that as "filling" the hair.

Meh'dra
greygirlbeast
Jun. 19th, 2004 03:40 am (UTC)
Do you know what it is about the colour change that you're unsure about? And when you say "gradual blonding", do you mean that this is not the finished product or that is the name of the effect with the black?

It's really changed something about my face, though I'm not sure what. Spooky and Jennifer say it softens, but I worry it may have the opposite effect. This may, however, merely be me getting used to seeing so much light about my face. By the way, this is the colour my hair was as a child. It darkened quite abruptly when I was about twelve.

As for "gradual blonding," what I meant was that I'm planning to gradually go entirely blond, by bleaching the roots as it grows out. I started back late last year, but this bleaching was the one where the colour change became very obvious. I'm considering having dreads done, once it's entirely blonde (if I go through with this).
cheekytubemouse
Jun. 18th, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)
Sherilyn's gradually going from black to purple. When I first bleached out her roots and bangs it looked very much like yours does and she seriously considered leaving it that way. However, the purple eventually won out.
robyn_ma
Jun. 18th, 2004 10:11 pm (UTC)
the hair came out trés drad. i like the expression in the first photo — it would go well with the 'Elegantly Disgruntled Author Sought for Questioning' article.

"I had to do it," said Kiernan from her cell. "He neglected my commas. He deserved no better than Nebari wrath and the swift judgment of gravity."

Said friend and colleague Neil Gaiman, "I rather don't blame her, really."
greygirlbeast
Jun. 19th, 2004 03:42 am (UTC)
Said friend and colleague Neil Gaiman, "I rather don't blame her, really."

*snork*

I do believe that is exactly what he would say.
djbloodrose
Jun. 18th, 2004 11:12 pm (UTC)
I rather like your hair.

It looks very new and different. Before you think about dying it back to all one color, you may want to consider putting some toner in it and seeing if that was the change that you needed...
wishlish
Jun. 18th, 2004 11:13 pm (UTC)
Looks fahbulous, dahling. However, I wished you had looked up when you had the outdoor photo taken- the lighting was much better, and I think we all would have been delighted to see your face in sunlight, m'dear. Do we get to see Spooky's hair, too?

I'd show you MY hair, but I don't think there's a strong demand to see the hair of a stocky man going gray. I look like a fat Reed Richards, with the sides going gray much faster than anywhere else. Ah well. At least with my psoriasis treatment, my legs don't look like Ben Grimm's anymore (although it still is in the early bits of skin regrowth, so I look like a victim of Johnny Storm's. Now I need a Sue Storm-Richards reference, and I've got all the Fantastic Four references today! Hey, she's a blonde...)

Side question: Did you ever play Duke Nukem 3-D a few years ago? That was a first-person shooter with fantastic voice work. The main character sounded like Bruce Campbell, and was hysterical.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 19th, 2004 03:44 am (UTC)
Do we get to see Spooky's hair, too?

I shall have to ask. She's not so fond of cameras, unless she's behind them.

However, I wished you had looked up when you had the outdoor photo taken- the lighting was much better, and I think we all would have been delighted to see your face in sunlight, m'dear.

Hmmmmm. There are some, but I didn't like them.

Did you ever play Duke Nukem 3-D a few years ago?

Nope. But I always liked the title.
setsuled
Jun. 18th, 2004 11:52 pm (UTC)
In the second picture, your head looks like a spider's abdomen. Very nice.
wishlish
Jun. 19th, 2004 12:17 am (UTC)
Only Caitlin would find that a compliment.

I'm still giggling. Thank you!
greygirlbeast
Jun. 19th, 2004 03:45 am (UTC)
In the second picture, your head looks like a spider's abdomen. Very nice.

Wow. It does. How drad!
fornikate
Jun. 19th, 2004 01:02 am (UTC)
I think it's quite fabulous.
brokensymmetry
Jun. 19th, 2004 01:25 am (UTC)
I'm not at all sure how I feel about this blonde thing.

There's something very dramatic about it, which I like. But of course I'm not the one who has to live under it.

Incidentally, it struck me that through the recent photos we've seen a fair bit of your home, which in an odd way strikes me as the most intimate thing you've shared in this space.

And I do shamelessly hope for immortality, as do most mortal things.

I'm hoping for some minor result that's important enough to be remembered. I may never discover anything as fundamental as Noether's theorem, but I like to think that 100 years from now some professor lecturing on special topics in quantum gravity will point to a tangle of symbols on an OLED board and say something like "... which can be simplified using Pekowsky's lemma to give..."
greygirlbeast
Jun. 19th, 2004 03:46 am (UTC)
Incidentally, it struck me that through the recent photos we've seen a fair bit of your home, which in an odd way strikes me as the most intimate thing you've shared in this space.

I think it's the immediacy of the digital camera that's resulted in these divulgences.
castironlocust
Jun. 19th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
I think it's an interesting change of pace, for whatever my opinion matters.

SWH
agent_thompson2
Jun. 19th, 2004 09:35 am (UTC)
Im thinking it doesnt look to bad...but what do I know?
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