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Howard Hughes can't wake up.

Though I'd only slept about five and a half hours, I should have gotten out of bed when I woke at eight-thirty a.m. Instead, I let myself fall back to sleep, and all the worst nightmares (or at least the worst I can recall) found me in the proceeding hour and a half. I'm still not clear of them, still not awake enough that this world seems more real than those worlds. The illusion is incomplete, as it were, and I'm neither quite here nor there. But still I type. Amazing.

And today is Solstice.

No Stonehenge for me. Frell, these sorry-ass Atlanta pagans can't even scare up a decent bonfire. I made the mistake, yesterday, using Witchvox, of comparing the pagan events scheduled for June in Atlanta (0) to those scheduled in Salem and Madison (significantly more than 0). Ironically, this solitary thing wears on me.

Anyway...

Not much to say about yesterday. I took advantage of the delay with Sirenia Digest #7 to get in some more editing on "The Black Alphabet" (pt. two) and "Giants in the Earth." The latter I'd not read since at least 2001, and possibly not since 1996. I think it holds up better than a lot of my older stuff, and that in some ways it's nearer to what I'm writing now, even though it's set in Michael Moorcock's universe and not one of my own devising. I also tweaked the layout for the issue, which needs a little more tweaking today. I have Vince's illustration here on my hd, and just as soon as Rick's arrives, I'll be e-mailing it all away to Gordon for the PDF. Late tonight or tomorrow, you'll have the new issue. Unless that big space rock is ahead of schedule, which seems unlikely. Oh, and a big thank-you to our new subscribers.

The weather geeks are saying the high in Atlanta will be 97F today. Which means we'll easily exceed 100F. Let's not even talk about the heat index. I have an urge to walk out into it and lie down somewhere unshaded and let it burn me away to nothing. Just like poor Evangeline in The Five of Cups.

I'm really not ready to begin Joey LaFaye. During our walk yesterday, I was explaining to Spooky, because she'd asked, how Snapdragon had to leave the carnival because of the unwanted advances of the Barker, and because her mother, the "Feylien," had promised her to the Barker. Iggy and Sweet William were both in love with her and helped her escape, but now no one can ever mutter the word "snapdragon." It sounds pretty enough, but it's only some tiny fraction of a story I cannot yet begin to grasp.

Last night, because I was in the mood for a movie binge, we watched Robert Aldrich's The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) and then Anthony Mann's Cimarron (1960). The former is based upon a novel by Trevor Dudley-Smith (Elleston Trevor) and is surely one of my all-time favourite films. The latter is based on a novel by Edna Ferber, and while it has its moments, here and there, and there's certainly something about Glenn Ford's performance that keeps my attention, the film is poorly focused and burdened with a soppy sort of sentimentality. Still, a nice enough way to pass 147 minutes in the wee hours of the morning. And you get Harry Morgan and a little Vic Morrow.

The Candles for Elizabeth auction will be ending in just a few hours, and I do hope it goes for just a little more than the current bid. I might well never auction another. Ever. Really. I can't very well sell what I don't have. Here's the link to the rest of the auctions. Please have a look.

I'll close with a couple of random photos from yesterday (behind the cut):



Editing in bed. My skanky, worn-out Eeyore slippers. Frell you, Glamour.

Just a friendly, somewhat spastic feline, on our walk yesterday.

Comments

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mevennen
Jun. 21st, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Happy summer solstice! We're an hour away, but we don't do Stonehenge - it's just too many people.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 21st, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Happy summer solstice! We're an hour away, but we don't do Stonehenge - it's just too many people.

Thank you. Yeah, I saw the Stonehenge photo on apod this morning and, truthfully, that's waaaaay too many people for me, too. But a few might be nice...
sovay
Jun. 21st, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Last night, because I was in the mood for a movie binge, we watched Robert Aldrich's The Flight of the Phoenix (1965) and then Anthony Mann's Cimarron (1960). The former is based upon a novel by Trevor Dudley Smith and is surely one of my all-time favourite films.

I have never seen Cimarron, but The Flight of the Phoenix is one of my favorites as well: I encountered it randomly on one of the classic movie channels last year and fell in love. It's all Hardy Krüger's fault that I have been unsuccessfully looking for a copy of The One That Got Away (1957) ever since.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 21st, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Hardy Krüger's fault that I have been unsuccessfully looking for a copy of The One That Got Away (1957) ever since.

I must admit I've not seen it either.
sovay
Jun. 21st, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
It's not out on DVD, I think, which makes things a little more difficult. In my less charitable moments, I think that it's simply getting harder and harder to find any movies made before about 1970. The only independent video store around here just closed, and two of the chain stores were having cassette sales a few days ago—which means that by the next time I want to rent anything from them, most of their older films will be gone. It's infuriating. To pick an extreme case, the 1935 version of A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorite movies. It doesn't exist on DVD. I've only ever found one video chain that carried it. And if the store happens to decide that its shelves need clearing to make room for the latest crop of big-budget blockbusters? Goodbye, Ronald Colman. You were nice while you lasted. Argh.

< / rant . . . >
greygirlbeast
Jun. 21st, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
You should try Netflix. I'm finiding things I could never find by going to video/DVD shops, and we have some good ones to choose from here in Atlanta. Netflix has oodles of hard-to-find classics. For example, The Flight of the Phoenix.
thingunderthest
Jun. 21st, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
Love the Eeyore slippers.

And there is a good Stonehenge picie over @ Astronmy Photo of the Day
greygirlbeast
Jun. 21st, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
And there is a good Stonehenge picie over @

Yep. Spooky showed it to me first thing this a.m., as we get apod.
thingunderthest
Jun. 21st, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, I thought so, but just in case....
stsisyphus
Jun. 21st, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm really not ready to begin Joey LaFaye....It sounds pretty enough, but it's only some tiny fraction of a story I cannot yet begin to grasp.

Sounds full enough for a vignette, even if it was never published or only played around with.

Just a friendly, somewhat spastic feline, on our walk yesterday.

You guys appear to have this affect on the local felines. Let's hope the same happens to Nicole and Paris when they move in...

The Candles for Elizabeth auction will be ending in just a few hours....I might well never auction another

Crap. If only I didn't have to pay the vet and had gotten ambiguously fired this week.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 21st, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC)
You guys appear to have this affect on the local felines. Let's hope the same happens to Nicole and Paris when they move in...

I don't know whether to say "Ewwww" or "Heh" or what...
setsuled
Jun. 22nd, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Just a friendly, somewhat spastic feline, on our walk yesterday.

Someone oughta tell him you can't get the gnomes out of your brain that way.

Say, vis-à-vis our stern look at the nature of homosexuality yesterday, can you promise me you won't marry a snake?
greygirlbeast
Jun. 22nd, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Say, vis-à-vis our stern look at the nature of homosexuality yesterday, can you promise me you won't marry a snake?

Sorry, Leh. I just can't make promises I might not be able to keep.
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greygirlbeast
Jun. 22nd, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
It's just that the people with whom you need to do things don't always advertise.

Perhaps someone should start. Advertising, that is.
eldritch00
Jun. 22nd, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
Fabulous! While I've never read anything else by Elleston Trevor, I do like the Quiller novels he wrote as Adam Hall.
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