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This morning the weather has turned just a bit nasty. It's only 51F out there right now, with a projected high of only 63F, about ten degrees cooler than yesterday's high. And it's cloudy. But. Truthfully, hearing how awfully cold it is at Spooky's parents' place in Rhode Island, I shouldn't complain about 51F. When her mother woke this morning, it was 8F. Ugh. That makes 51F seem positively balmy.

I am taking the day off. The writing went very well yesterday, 1,831 words on "In View of Nothing." I think I finally found my way into the story, and yesterday was the first day I've worked on it that I wasn't left feeling frustrated and depressed afterwards. I will finish it on Saturday, I suspect. But not today. Today, I think Spooky and I are going to see The Host and then meet up with Byron for 300 later on (I was encouraged by curt_holman's reviews of both films in the new Creative Loafing). We might even have dinner, somewhere in there. I am glad to be done with the March, so that my writing may now resume its usual pace, and I may only write too much, as opposed to writing too, too much.

Drinker (the chosen name) ate at least one snail yesterday, so it looks like sheheit is here to stay, at least for now. Sheheit is named for Prof. Edward Drinker Cope, one of the preeminent herpetologists, paleontologists, and ichthyologists of the 19th Century and long a personal hero of mine. Also, there is a genus of Late Jurassic hypsilophodontid dinosaur named Drinker (also in honour of Cope, natch), so I can say sheheit's named for both Cope and the dinosaur genus named for Cope. Spooky just came in with another snail and a slug, a regular Storeria dekayi molluscan buffet!

Congratulations to faustfatale and nathan_long on the occasion of their Scribe Award nominations!

Last night, we watched Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration (2006), a marvelously wry look at Hollywood and hype, and we also watched Ace of Cakes, because Geoff is just so damned cool. And then I read, more of Lewin's Bones of Contention. Soon, I have to set aside the paleoanthropology and get back to my Mars reading, as The Dinosaurs of Mars looms ever larger on the horizon.

Okay. The platypus say if I'm not gonna work today, I have to get off the iBook so sheheit can "surf the web for sizzling monotreme porn." Also, says the platypus, if I'm not gonna write today, doing anything else at my desk is just mocking the poor beast.

But...do please pick up a copy of Daughter of Hounds, if you have not done so already. Thanks!

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sfmarty
Mar. 9th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
Just got a notice that .. but here is the clip

Tales From The Woeful Platypus by Caitlin R. Kiernan (Subterranean,
Undersized Hardcover, limited to 274 signed and numbered copies,
$45.00 and Undersized Trade Hardcover, $20.00) - . Comes with a
chapbook titled The Black Alphabet: A Primer.

This notice was in Borderlands news letter!
greygirlbeast
Mar. 9th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
This notice was in Borderlands news letter!

Cool!
batwrangler
Mar. 9th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
I'm glad Drinker is doing well. (I already have my copy of Daughter of Hounds.)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 9th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Love your icon!
batwrangler
Mar. 9th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Those are some of my corn snakes. (There's a big version at flickr where you can see Aeryn's face better.)
chn_breathmint
Mar. 9th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I'm probably asking a silly question, but I just realized since I moved to America I've seen a great deal fewer snails and slugs than I did back home in Singapore.

Anyhow - How is Spooky (and you, if you're involved in that bit) trapping or wrangling the snails or slugs? I have a mental image of someone going out with a very tiny lasso and flicking it over the antennae of a wayward, rampaging snail, before wrestling it to a halt and hog-tying it, but I'm probably wrong on that bit.

- Mel
greygirlbeast
Mar. 9th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
How is Spooky (and you, if you're involved in that bit) trapping or wrangling the snails or slugs?

Snails and slugs are very common here in Atlanta. To get the slugs, we only have to go out onto the porch in the evening. Slugs are something you have to avoid, actually, more than look for. The snails are easily found beneath rocks and leaves.
sovay
Mar. 9th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Today, I think Spooky and I are going to see The Host and then meet up with Byron for 300 later on (I was encouraged by curt_holman's reviews of both films in the new Creative Loafing).

I love Herodotos, so 300 is not high on my list, but I've been wanting to see The Host for months. Enjoy!
sclerotic_rings
Mar. 9th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
You know, I discovered that I have more Mars books for your consideration if you need them...
greygirlbeast
Mar. 10th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
You know, I discovered that I have more Mars books for your consideration if you need them...

Thank you. But at this point, I think if I were to shoe-horn even one more books on Mars into this house the floor would collapse! ;-)
michael_b_lee
Mar. 9th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
But...do please pick up a copy of Daughter of Hounds, if you have not done so already. Thanks!

Way ahead of you...in fact, the book was the reason I sought you out and friended you. ;)

One question, though: is it a sequel to Low Red Moon, or are they separate stories set in the same world?

I'm really enjoying what little I've read so far (up to my neck in deadlines, so I'm not getting much reading done at the moment).
greygirlbeast
Mar. 10th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)

One question, though: is it a sequel to Low Red Moon, or are they separate stories set in the same world?


I'm never sure how to answer this question. You could say that Daughters of Hounds is a sequel to Low Red Moon, in the sense that it is a) set in the same world, b) involves some of the main characters, and c) depicts events that would not be happening had the events in Low Red Moon not already transpired.

However, Low Red Moon was a complete novel, and it has its own ending and is complete unto itself. Daughter of Hounds is not so much a continuation of that earlier novel as a building upon it, but written to stand alone. And I think it reads quite well without having first read either Low Red Moon or Threshold. I would say that reading the stories as a linear narrative provides one particular experience. But reading them in some other order is equally valid and functional.

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