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We're about to head out for dinner, Thai or sushi, something spicy and summery, but I wanted to make a quick entry first. I finally remembered what else has to be read — "Breakfast in the House of the Rising Sun," which is being reprinted in an anthology of dark gay erotica. So, yes, two stories really do have to be proofread before my train leaves for Rhode Island.

Fortunately, we're not leaving until Wednesday evening. Spooky got the tickets this afternoon, and we saved a little money by waiting until Wednesday. Apparently fares are getting unstable as we approach Independence Day. That gave us an extra day for all the dren that needs doing.

I was supposed to go shopping today, because I need a few new things, because I never buy clothes. That's one of those things about me that sometimes surprises people. I hate shopping. I hate the stores and the salespeople and the other customers and the lighting and looking at myself in dressing-room mirrors and the moment when the cash register rings up the inevitable total. I hate it all. I much prefer shopping via the internet, and I do so whenever possible. It's so much easier to order online than to brave the mall. This works really well for my more esoteric articles of clothing — corsetry, Victoriana, fetishy stuff, etc. — but not so well for those practical, everyday clothes. So, sooner or later, usually only once or twice a year, I am forced to shop.

I'd rather...well, you really don't want to know the things I'd do to get out of shopping. And if you do want to know, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.

Spooky just interrupted me and took the following picture. The digital camera shall be the death of me.

Portrait of the Artist as a Blonde. And speaking of which, my thanks to everyone for their comments yesterday on the new hair. You are a persuasive lot. I believe I'm going to give it a chance. I'm starting to get used to it.

Last night's Kid Night movie was the fairly ghoulish Shuang tong (aka, Double Vision). We only did one movie, so we'd have more time for Riddick and Butcher Bay. Even so, we were up until four a.m. We reached the hanger, where there were two very pissed off mech guards waiting, at which point I announced it was time to sleep. We may actually finish the game by tomorrow night. It still rocks.

Now. I go eat.


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Jun. 19th, 2004 11:49 pm (UTC)
I am a recent convert from black to blonde myself... It does tend to grow on you. (no pun intended. heh)

is does tend to cause alarm and suprise amongst the people who have seen you with black hair for as long as they've know you though....
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Jun. 20th, 2004 03:42 am (UTC)
I just love the icon of Chiana you used with this post. Any idea what episode it's from?

Hmmmm. I kind of suspect it of being from a puplicity still, rather than an actual episode. It has that look about it.
Jun. 20th, 2004 04:07 pm (UTC)
Silly thought- if you decide to go on a book signing tour this year, you could always call it the Bloody Blonde Ambition tour...

I didn't get enough sleep last night. Can't you tell? ;)
Jun. 20th, 2004 04:22 pm (UTC)
Silly thought- if you decide to go on a book signing tour this year, you could always call it the Bloody Blonde Ambition tour...


There will be no tour proper, though it does appear there will be post-release appearances @ Dragon*Con (Atlanta; September), SpookyCon 2 (San Francisco; October), and Fiddler's Green (Minneapolis; November), as well as readings in the Atlanta area. So, that's sort of a mini tour, I guess.
Jun. 20th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)
What I can never figure out about shopping, is the vile fluorescent lighting in dressing rooms. Studying my cellulite in the most unflattering light ever really doesn't make me want to spend money...

Are you planning to go for a bright color over your blonde, eventually? I bet a shocking purple or red would look amazing.
Jun. 20th, 2004 11:39 pm (UTC)
Are you planning to go for a bright color over your blonde, eventually? I bet a shocking purple or red would look amazing.

For now, just blonde. A less yellow blonde, eventually. I've done various neon shades of red in the past.
Jun. 21st, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
BitHotRS is being reprinted as erotica???? OK, loved that story, and yes, I remember some guy-on-guy action figuring into it, but I don't exactly remember erotic-titillation-of-reader coming off as the intent. Then again, it *was* a bit like the Jimmy DeSade version of Tom Waits' "Mr. Siegal," a song that *does* have its own odd erotic appeal, so who knows ...
Jun. 21st, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
BitHotRS is being reprinted as erotica????

Remember, it was originally published in a "dark erotica" anthology. When I wrote it, I knew that was its intended home and did my best to make it vaguelly erotic. At the time, I wasn't particularly interested in sex, and I half expected, at the time, that the editors would request more sex. But they didn't. Lucky me.

So, yeah. Whatever. I don't think of it as erotica, if only because there's an actual story, and it's primarily intended as the preface to "Glass Coffin," but I have no objections to others thinking of it as erotica.

Caitlin R. Kiernan -- easy-going is her middle name (or it would be, if easy-going started with an "R")
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