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cloudy Thursday

As the publication date of Daughter of Hounds draws near and I begin the old, familiar pre-review fretting, it's nice to have something like an antidote on hand. So, my thanks to Rick (dethbird) for sending me the following Raymond Chandler quote from The Raymond Chandler Papers: Selected Letters and Nonfiction, 1909-1959 (Atlantic Monthly Books; 2002), from one of Chandler's letters to Blanche Knopf (March 15, 1942), in which he replies to his critics:

"From now on, if I make mistakes, as no doubt I shall, they will not be made in a futile attempt to avoid making mistakes."

I think I'm going to write this on my forehead with a Sharpie.

Let me see if I can piece together yesterday into some semblance of a narrative. We proofed Chapter Eight ("Intersections") of Daughter of Hounds. Chapter Eight has been the most difficult for me, as it is riddled with "action scenes," which I despise writing, yet seem determine to burden myself with at every possible turn. But Chapter Eight of Daughter of Hounds is the closest I've ever come, I think, to getting an elaborately choreographed "action scene" just right. I didn't cringe when I read it yesterday, which is, i think, I good goddamn sign. There are parts of the chapter which I genuinely adore. Oh, I used the quotations around "action scenes" because, of course, all scenes are action scenes, sensu lato, but here I mean "action" in the running, jumping, falling down, shooting guns, magickal duels, punching people in the face, blowing shit up sense.

It was my intention (almost always good, my intentions) to also proof Chapter Nine yesterday, but Spooky and Byron lured me out into the hazy, smoggy evening to see Snakes on a Plane, which, I must admit, was frelling hilarious. Now I must find a copy of Christa's (faustfatale) novelization, just for good measure. As I usually do not see comedies, I can honestly say that I haven't laughed this hard in a theatre in...I have no idea how long. A long gorramn time.

Oh, before we left for the theatre, UPS hurled two boxes of Alabaster and the Highway 97 chapbook onto the front porch. I think it's time to complain. The boxes impacted with such force that the walls and windows shook. Hardly surprising, considering that each box weighs more than thirty pounds!

Later, of course, we watched Project Runway 3, and I rejoiced at the axing of Angela, which, for my part, came several weeks too late. I still call this season lackluster, but the last couple of episodes have been an improvement. I still have no clear favourite among the designers. I suppose it's a tie between Michael and Jeffrey, though Laura is my favourite personality. I want to grow up to be Laura Bennett, only without the six frelling children. She's a year older than me; there's still time. And I can only hope that Kayne is the next to go, with his Elvis-Liberace mash-up nightmares. Sorry. Please forgive me my vapid indulgences. I have so few of them.

After PR3, we watched two more eps of Firefly ("Our Mrs. Reynolds" and "Jaynestown"). About halfway through the first ep, a marvelously tremendous thunderstorm blew in. We stood on the porch, oohing and ahhhing at the lightning, so bright that it kept fooling the streetlights into thinking that it was daylight.

Someone noticed yesterday that the new Threshold cover is up on Amazon.com. Sadly, you can only view it as a thumbnail, as far as I can tell. I'm going to try to get the finished cover from my editor today, and I'll post it tomorrow. And no, this is not Dancy the way I saw her. But if it sells books, hey, whatever. I can live with a hot, gothedy alternate-universe Dancy Flammarion, if it helps keep the damn book in print.

Ah, there's more, but we're going to finish with these galleys today, so it'll have to wait until later. I will, however, remind you that the current eBay auctions end tomorrow afternoon, so please, please have a look. Spend some money. We're going to post more photos of the leather-bound Low Red Moon later, including photos of the traycase, and hopefully that will inspire a few more people to bid.

Comments

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robyn_ma
Aug. 31st, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
You? Saw Snakes on a Plane? And liked it?

...I have no idea what to expect from the universe anymore...

(I enjoyed the hell out of it as well, but never expected a personage of your elegance and poise to watch some beer-and-pizza flick without your face freezing in a permanent sneer.)
oneirophrenia
Aug. 31st, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. The new Threshold cover is...well, hot--but that's just my predilection for pale, trouble goth chicks speaking. It doesn't seem exactly appropriate, though. Where are the bony tendrils, the chitinous shells, and compound eyes? THAT spells "yum" in my world!
eldritch00
Sep. 1st, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Agreed about the cover, though I don't mind it so much if it will mean you selling more books. On a different note, can you elaborate a bit more on "Highway 97"...where it fits the Dancy timeline, etc.?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 1st, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
On a different note, can you elaborate a bit more on "Highway 97"...where it fits the Dancy timeline, etc.?

Were it in the collection itself, it would fall second on the chronological TofC, after "The Well of Stars and Shadow," immediately before "Bainbridge." It occurs the night before the events in "Bainbridge."
eldritch00
Sep. 2nd, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
Okay, thanks for the heads-up. I'm still hoping I can get to score a copy of the limited edition...somehow!
stillsostrange
Aug. 31st, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
At least it isn't Chance on the cover flashing her gothedy midriff, although that would make me laugh. But it is a pretty cover.
wishlish
Aug. 31st, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
I would ABSOLUTELY complain about the UPS driver. Ask for a callback from your local center. UPS will do that if you ask firmly. I had a situation with my local UPS guy, and through my calls, we ended up working things out (I pre-order my comics, and am kinda fussy about how a few hundred dollars worth of books get delivered). Now he's really cool.

At least YOU have Alabaster...none yet for me...sniff...
greygirlbeast
Aug. 31st, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
Ask for a callback from your local center. UPS will do that if you ask firmly. I had a situation with my local UPS guy, and through my calls, we ended up working things out

I think that I shall. I am really frelling tired of the hurled boxes.
wishlish
Aug. 31st, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
If calling them doesn't work, let me know. I'll be happy to UPS 200 or so pounds of scrap metal to your door...let's see him throw that!

(Wait a minute...)
chris_walsh
Aug. 31st, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
As I usually do not see comedies, I can honestly say that I haven't laughed this hard in a theatre in...I have no idea how long.

I seem to recall you and Spooky rolling in the aisles at Van Helsing due to Dracula's "bad Goth poetry." (Not that I was in the theatre with you, but I kind of wish I was...)

And I'm glad you liked Snakes on a Plane! Another reason to like you!
sovay
Aug. 31st, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
And no, this is not Dancy the way I saw her.

At least she doesn't have blue eyes . . . ?
greygirlbeast
Aug. 31st, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
At least she doesn't have blue eyes . . . ?

I think they fixed that, but I'm waiting to see a larger image of the cover.
cause_catyljan
Aug. 31st, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
It certainly is an alluring cover...
z0mb1e
Aug. 31st, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
I have to say that I hate both of these covers with sexy goth chicks. I don't know Soldier yet, so I guess I have to read DoH to see how inappropriate that cover is, but a sexy goth Dancy is just... well, frankly I'm appalled. Is there someone I can write a letter to or possibly kick? Part of the reason I like buying your books is because they are usually gorgeous and elegent. So I hope this isn't the new marketing plan for your bookcovers.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 31st, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
So I hope this isn't the new marketing plan for your bookcovers.

I fear it may be.
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greygirlbeast
Aug. 31st, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
If you're going to grow up to be Laura Bennett, please EAT more than she does. The woman looks like a cadaver. Most unhealthy!

I don't think she's too thin. It suits her.

Oddly, I think this has been the only PR3 comment all day...
shadowmeursault
Sep. 1st, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
i'll bite.
i wanted Angela gone from the second episode on, and was quite glad to see her go.
Vincent and Laura could go for the crime of being boring, and Kayne could go for being too tacky.
I vote for Jeffrey or Michael as the winner, and I can't help but like Jeffrey--he reminds me so much of my favourite tattoo artist.
awdrey_gore
Sep. 1st, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
"From now on, if I make mistakes, as no doubt I shall, they will not be made in a futile attempt to avoid making mistakes."

You don't know me from Adam as I am another fan who watches your journal, but you could not have posted this quote at a better time. I needed to read this today. Thanks.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 1st, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
Thanks.

You're welcome.
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