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the pain must feel like snow

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I woke this morning at a few minutes past five. After having gone to sleep about two a.m.. And I did not get back to sleep. I awoke wide awake, my mind working at some problem in some story. Ambien didn't even put me back to sleep. I sat at my desk and watched the sun rise. I edited some paleontology articles on Wikipedia. I talked to Hubero. So, three hours sleep. And with this schedule, there can be no missed days, no sick days, no days off, no lost days. This keeps up, and there will be another trip to the doctor, which I can neither afford nor tolerate. Whatever shade of insomnia this is, I don't know. Sometimes I think on the dreams and consider clinophobia, but that doesn't explain these awakenings. Anyway, I've been up for six and a half hours now (as of 11:31 a.m.) and the day has not even begun.

Ugh.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,658 words.

There was good news from my editor at Penguin, that Daughter of Hounds debuted at #21 on the Barnes & Noble science fiction/fantasy trade list. So, someone's buying it, somewhere.

So what else was there to yesterday. I would say there was nothing else at all, only, lately, I've had more than one reader of this journal tell me they like the minutiae, that it's the little things, elevate the mundane, and so on and so forth, as they say. So, from that perspective: the weather finally turned cold, and I left the house near sunset, but the wind was bitter, and my walk lasted less than a block. After dinner, I watched an episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, then there was another ep, and I tried not to doze. I read "Onion" aloud to Kathryn (this will be explained at some future date). There was hot cocoa.

After the aborted walk, we went to the B&N on Moreland to see how many copies of Daughter of Hounds and the Threshold mmp they had on the shelves. I looked at the 2006 Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (Vol. 19) for the first time. I'd not known that Kelly, Ellen, and Gavin had said such nice things about To Charles Fort, With Love. I also did know that "Bradbury Weather," "La Peau Verte," and "From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6" had all received honourable mentions. We browsed about the bookstore a bit, which I hardly ever do these days — browse through bookstores.

We finished reading Gregory Maguire's Lost last night, and I am pleased to say that it won me over in the last 75 pp. or so, and I wound up finding it quite effective. I think perhaps I came to the novel asking it to be something it was not, possibly the least fair treatment any novel may receive. A book may only be judged for what it is, not what you'd like it to be. Next we read The Prestige by Christopher Priest.

My thanks to setsuled. I snurched the wonderful new icon from him.

A couple of things before I go forth and try to salvage this day:

'Irreversible' global warming claims its first victims of the New Year. Not so bad, if you aren't bothered by the loss of Lake Qinghai and the death of hundreds of baby hedgehogs.

And at dawn and dusk, you might want to keep an eye out for Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1), which is proving to be one of the brightest of the last one hundred years.

I will not go back to bed...

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d0minique
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
Wishful Beginnings..
I love that Bowie song. You've probably heard the Low album before, but if you haven't, I recommend it, for his collaborations with Brian Eno on the last several songs of the album. Philip Glass also did an excellent orchestral adaptation of those pieces of music.
tagplazen
Jan. 9th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Disinfo linked to this article a few years ago, it made for some excellent stoned reading and I'll have to admit, made me listen to Station to Station more than I used to.

The Laughing Gnostic: David Bowie and the Occult
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)

The Laughing Gnostic: David Bowie and the Occult


Whoa. Okay. I'm gonna have to try to read that later, after I've slept...
alvyarin
Jan. 9th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity
Do you anywhere keep a catalog of what stories appeared in which issue of Sirenia Digest? You mentioned that ordering back issues was possible, and there are some stories I'd like to read but cannot now remember the name of (and if I did remember the name, would not remember which digest # they were in).

As for ordering back issues, sorry to ask for a repeat but is it just a matter of emailing Spooky & begging for issue # X please?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Out of curiosity
Do you anywhere keep a catalog of what stories appeared in which issue of Sirenia Digest?

Other than actual copies and the records on my iBook, there's a bibliography for Sirenia Digest that's mostly complete up at Wikipedia, in the CRK entry. Hope that helps!
shadowmeursault
Jan. 9th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
Daughter of Hounds
well, my copy was waiting for me on my doorstep this past Friday night. i finished the book Monday morning, and i think it only took that long because the cats won't get jobs, ergo i have to work in order to feed them.
i had wanted to email you a bit of praise at some point, but am not quite sure that i'll ever get all of my thoughts organized properly. suffice (for now) to say that, while i have read, devoured, and loved everything from Threshold on (save the one or two things i haven't been able to get my hands on), DoH struck me as being somehow natural. i'm not precisely certain what i mean by that, but being familiar with your work, this novel has a certain feel to it, as though it not only needed you to write it, but perhaps somehow gently insisted. it seemed, i dunno, true. (which is not to imply something unnatural or untrue in your other work, this just seemed more profound.)
at any rate, i thoroughly enjoyed it. i didn't find the cover art to be radically inappropriate, though i could see how you'd envision something else for it. and i now fully understand previous comments about having to remind yourself that this wasn't Sadie's story--even reading it, i sort of kept wanting to hear more about Sadie. i certainly hope (and halfway expect) that there will be more of both Emmie and Sadie in the future.

that was neither particularly intelligent nor well thought out. i'm never good at these things, but there you go.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Re: Daughter of Hounds
i'm not precisely certain what i mean by that, but being familiar with your work, this novel has a certain feel to it, as though it not only needed you to write it, but perhaps somehow gently insisted.

Most times, it seemed to howl for my attention.

i certainly hope (and halfway expect) that there will be more of both Emmie and Sadie in the future.

As do I. At any rate, I do appreciate your kind words and am pleased you were pleased. :-)
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
IOFS must be pleased.

Alas, McNaught is but a spectacular passerby.
opalblack
Jan. 10th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
I keep meaning and forgetting to ask about formal application for membership to the Order. Perhaps to found a militant sect such as the Sisters of Apocalyptic Conflagration.

There is a book I am hesitant to reccomend. On the one hand, I know you will agree with it. On the other, it may make you want deeply to kill yourself and everyone else. But it's the most important book ever written. But it's headmeltingly, skullfuckingly grim.
I have been struggling to read it and failing. I'm told it has an uplifting ending but I've not made it that far because it's two damn fat volumes of "We're So Fucked" and I'm trying to make it through the first volume at all to get to the second where it stops being a litany of dirges and turns into a warcry.
Anyhow, it's Derrick Jensen's Endgame. His other stuff is amazing as well. Keep an eye out next time you're browsing.
omegacanary
Jan. 10th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
http://www.helpguide.org/life/insomnia_causes_diagnosis.htm

I'm not sure if you've read a general insomnia description yet, if not it may be helpful. While working at gnc, melatonin was our best selling sleep aid, wich is a required hormone in the production of seratonin.

As much as you can beleive any article put out by a manifacturer describing there own product:
http://library.gnc.com/healthConcernArticle.aspx?id=690&CategoryID=14&lang=en


Also, though I'm not sure if this is of any interest to you, here is the description of the print found on the salmagundi tin from "Alphonse Mucha" by Sarah Mucha, one of the better mucha books available and still in print:

"One of mucha's most popular designs, Zodiac was originally produced by champenois as an in-house calender. It was immediately chosen by the editor of La Plume to serve as a calender for the magazine. The signs of the zodiac encircle the beautiful central figure. There are at least nine known variants of this lithograph, including the one shown wich was printed without text to serve as a decorative panel.

The accompanying Study for Zodiac gives some idea of mucha's working methods. The initial pencil drawing has been emphasised and adapted by a thick ink line and the detailed pencil drawing of the teara contrasts with the sketchy ink of the zodiac signs. In the final version the leaves and fruit of the bay tree replace the shadowy figures at the top of the study."

In the initial study (1896), the central figure has more sadness in her eyes, and a more wearied smile, her skin pale and eyebrows furrowed. When placed side by side, the sadness is a beauty by itself.

There is however no mention of who the central figures model is, for wich I will keep looking.


The Whitmans Salmagundi tin you have is the more rare version :) I beleive its the 1923 version, where as the 1924 version had "Whitmans Salmagundi" lettered at the bottom, instead of just Salmagundi. They are awesome tins...
sa_jathan
Jan. 10th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
And at dawn and dusk, you might want to keep an eye out for Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1), which is proving to be one of the brightest of the last one hundred years.

Just got back from viewing this. Absolutely spectacular. Just follow sunset down. Thank you for the information (I appreciate the minutiae as well).
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