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Dispatch from the Hinterlands.

I'll lead off with the good news. Sonya Taaffe's (sovay) "The Depth Oracle," which I'm proud to say originally appeared in Sirenia Digest #8, has been chosen for Best New Romantic Fantasy. Also, my own story, "Pony," originally published in Sirenia Digest #2, has been selected for Horror: The Best of the Year. So, in its first full year of publication, Sirenia Digest has scored two "year's best" selections. I was just on the phone with Herr Platypus (who wisely stayed behind in Atlanta), and sheheit says that's a damned good reason to subscribe today. A sage beast, Herr Platypus.

Meanwhile, I find myself somewhat stranded here in Alabama as the entire state is wracked by severe thunderstorms and the likelihood of tornadoes. We hope to conclude our business here tomorrow afternoon and be home sometime tomorrow evening. These unanticipated storms, which Spooky quite reasonably does not wish to drive in, have us housebound today. Ah, well. We will read Mitch Cullin. I find myself wishing I'd brought more books along.

Regarding my comments yesterday about Alabamians (and Georgians, for that matter), I can say only that I come by these opinions honestly and by hard-won experience. Though I was not born in Alabama, I have spent almost my entire life here, a total of more than twenty-five years. These are not comments borne of casual or distant or second-hand contact. And while one might fairly say that Alabama is not "all bad" (as you'll note I did yesterday; remember the turtles), I would say that it's Bad Enough. Bad enough that, having at last found a place (a tiny oasis) I can live without any of the constant and free-floating hostility towards queers and transfolk (and many other things that I hold dear) that I endured for so many years here in Birmingham, I have no wish to again subject myself to this place if I can avoid it. Here in Alabama, there are places and people that I love, but unfortunately they exist in a climate of culturally sanctioned intolerance and xenophobia. Which means they must, for the most part, exist apart from me. And if it is true, as some claim, that Alabama is a case of a few bad apples spoiling the whole barrel, than I can only say, from my perspective, if this is the case, the barrel isn't working hard enough.

Last night, we watched Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu's Babel on the iBook. I was impressed. It's a powerful, important film, and I'm glad it's received the recognition it deserves.

Okay. Back to twiddling my thumbs...

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sovay
Mar. 1st, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Also, my own story, "Pony," originally published in Sirenia Digest #2, has been selected for Horror: The Best of the Year.

Congratulations!
ethereal_lad
Mar. 1st, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Yay, Sonya!
ladyeuthanasia
Mar. 1st, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)

Yeah, Babel was far better than I had even hoped. Powerful, indeed.

Today, I was in the little supermarket not far from our place, and I heard the guy on the French radio station playing on the sound system say that Texas was the Marseilles of the United States. I laughed out loud. I can at least pick out parts of Marseilles that I kind of like (such as the Mediterranean, for example). I don't know how you get along anywhere in Alabama or Georgia, doll. Truly. As for the storms, bon courage, as they say around here.

ladyeuthanasia
Mar. 1st, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)

And congrats about your story! :D
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
I don't know how you get along anywhere in Alabama or Georgia, doll.

Best as I can. Thick skin and seclusion, mostly.
stsisyphus
Mar. 1st, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Along the lines of Sirenia stories which deserve recognition, will your forthcoming SF Collection be including "A Season of Broken Dolls"? Because it should. Thanks for the nod yesterday as well, especially since the essay was a bit sloppy.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
Along the lines of Sirenia stories which deserve recognition, will your forthcoming SF Collection be including "A Season of Broken Dolls"?

Yep, it will.

Thanks for the nod yesterday as well

You're welcome. Thanks for writing it.
moschus
Mar. 1st, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
....the barrel isn't working hard enough.


Amen to that.

And congrats on the anthologies. You master of the form, you.
from_ashes
Mar. 1st, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
As a Georgian myself, I definitely thought a lot about what you said about the state. I'll agree that there is a lot of intolerance here, but having lived in Boston, I honestly think that it's probably about the same. The biggest difference is that in the South, people are much more vocal and honest about their intolerances and ignorance. I actually think that maybe that's better, in the end.

I've never spent any significant time in Alabama. However, I love the way you painted it in "Silk" - I could tell you'd spent time there, the city seemed real to me (which could lead me on a rant about other writers I've read who write about places they've never been to, but that's a WHOLE other conversation.... *L*).

Atlanta? I don't think I'd want to live there. But I've since discovered that the country/small town life suits me. 5 years ago, admitting that would have made me cringe!
jtglover
Mar. 1st, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the anthology selection, both to you and Ms. Taaffe. Great news!
tarots
Mar. 2nd, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
agree & congratulations!
but unfortunately they exist in a climate of culturally sanctioned intolerance

Having done 14 years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I simply
nodded at your words yesterday. Having escaped from the south
19 years ago, I didn't - and don't - want to debate how absolutely
true what you say is with the few that are not mouth breathers
but still don't seem able to get barrel fixin' instructions.
sharonafyre
Mar. 2nd, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Congrats to you and Ms. Taaffe!

Can people purchase back issues, if they've only just recently caught on to the phenom that is Sirenia?

I watched the weather channel and thought of you on your way to Birmingham. Glad you are safe.
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