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Howard Hughes hardly bats an eye.

Not having managed to die in my sleep, I screw up my courage and face another goddamn day. A day when I have to buy clothes, something new for the filming on Saturday (the Frank Woodward HPL documentary). I haven't bought new clothes in...almost forever, it seems. It could be years. It surprises people, but I loathe shopping, especially for clothes. Yes, there's another contradiction. But today I have been ordered to find at least one presentable outfit. So, I fear there is a mall in my immediate future. I'd rather not. Malls make my skin crawl.

Yesterday was spent polishing the new "Yellow House" story for Sirenia Digest #17, which now has a title, "In the Crimson Court of the Grey Lady." Total word count, after polishes, 7,320 words. We read through the story from start to finish for the first time. And then I tweaked and snipped and polished. Sometime after seven I stopped so that we could have a walk (Candler Park), and then I came back to it after dinner. Finally, I had to remind myself what Toni Morrison said, that all art is knowing when to stop. I hope people like this one, as it did not come with anything like ease. Sirenia Digest #17 will also include a new sf story by Sonya Taafe (sovay). This morning, I have to send my story to Vince so he can start on the illustration.

Apparently, someone told Locus that I'd sold an sf collection to Subterranean Press, as I learned yesterday from Bill Schafer that the announcement appeared in the magazine a few issues back. Setting the record straight, Bill and I have long been planning for me to do a collection of sf short stories for subpress. I have promised it to him, and it will likely happen in 2008, but it has not happened yet. No deal has been made, no contracts signed, no book sold. Bill and I had a long and pleasant talk, mostly about The Dinosaurs of Mars. Note that there will be a third (and perhaps final) erotica collection sometime next year. It is my decision that it will likely be the last of these pretty little books. If I keep this up too long, the whole thing will lose its appeal for me. And three is a good number.

I broke my glasses. The frame snapped at the nose piece while I was cleaning them. They're at least fifty years old, and the Bakelite has been outgasing, so it's no wonder. Right now, in true geek fashion, they are held together with a bit of Band-Aid.

Whoever's been working so diligently on my Wikipedia entry has stated that I have written "more than one hundred published short stories, novellas, and vignettes." At first I balked, because that number looked absurd. It could not possibly be correct. Then I started adding it all up, my short fiction since that first sale in the summer of 1993 ("Between the Flatirons and the Deep Green Sea"), and goddamn if the number doesn't exceed one hundred. I had no idea. It's sort of horrifying.

Last night, we watched Heroes, and I'm glad the series will be ending after another four or five episodes, because I have no idea what compels me to watch this exercise in bad science, melodrama, and mediocrity.* Then we watched Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), which I adore almost unconditionally, but had never seen with Spooky. Then I downloaded astronomical screensavers from NASA/JPL. Then I went to bed and finally finished Steven Bach's Final Cut. I think I got to sleep just after four. I managed to sleep until just before eleven, which seems like some sort of minor victory. Seven hours ain't so bad at all.

Anyway, I must stop this and get dressed. How I do dread this day. I'll take bossy platypi over shopping malls any day of the week.

* Sigh. I have just been informed, and rightly so, that Heroes has, indeed, been picked up for a second season. Someone should have told the tv announcer guy, because last night we quite clearly heard "final four episodes," not "final four episodes of the season." Ah, well. I'm only watching so far as the end of this season. It's already gone on too long.

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rkbwrites
Apr. 24th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Actually, Heroes has been picked up for a 2nd Season, there's only 4 episodes left in Season 1.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 24th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
Actually, Heroes has been picked up for a 2nd Season, there's only 4 episodes left in Season 1.


Then whoever wrote the copy for last night's airing should be sacked, as the announcer said "the final four episodes," not "the final four episodes of the season."
from_ashes
Apr. 24th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
"Breakfast At Tiffany's" is one of my favorite movies of all time. I can't NOT watch it if it happens to come on the t.v. It's just so sad, even if it is a comedy, and for some reason, the cat scene at the end always gets me where she's running through the rain yelling for "Cat."

I just got a copy of "Daughter of Hounds" and I am anxiously awaiting cracking open the cover and reading it. The last one of yours I read was "Threshold" and it whisked me away to an entirely different place and how I love that.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 25th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
I just got a copy of "Daughter of Hounds"

Thanks!
setsuled
Apr. 24th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Right now, in true geek fashion, they are held together with a bit of Band-Aid.

I actually really adore that look on girls.

I have no idea what compels me to watch this exercise in bad science, melodrama, and mediocrity.

I was thinking the same thing. I began reflecting on how many times the show has rubbed me in exactly the wrong way.

I read an article weeks ago on CHUD or AICN about how there was a major plot point lifted to directly out of Watchmen (despite creator Tim Kring's claim that he hasn't read many comic books, which ought to be a danger signal in itself), and as Lindermann unveiled his plan, I thought, "Oh, there it is." I suppose the idea has fresh interest after 9/11, but mostly it just seems like the writers have no idea what they're doing and have zero confidence in their own abilities to come up with ideas.

Then we watched Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), which I adore almost unconditionally, but had never seen with Spooky.

I was just thinking about that movie. I think if I could take Mickey Rooney out of the film, I'd love it unconditionally, too. I found this massive production still a few months ago and I've been using it as wallpaper.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 25th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
that he hasn't read many comic books, which ought to be a danger signal in itself)

Oh, c'mon. The Mystique-clone alone makes me dubious of that.

I think if I could take Mickey Rooney out of the film, I'd love it unconditionally, too.

You're right. Rooney just frelling embarrassing. I mean, that had to have looked racist even in 1961.
stsisyphus
Apr. 25th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
You're right. Rooney just frelling embarrassing. I mean, that had to have looked racist even in 1961.

Maybe not. I don't remember if he was supposed to be a Chinese or Japanese caricature, but if it was the latter, they apparently only received the right to be citizens eight years prior to the film. Chinese immigrants got that in 1944, the discrimination laws were probably still well within the memory of most Americans at that point. You can be sure that the derisive stereotypes were still being milked for belly laughs.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 25th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
You can be sure that the derisive stereotypes were still being milked for belly laughs.

Point taken.
setsuled
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Oh, c'mon. The Mystique-clone alone makes me dubious of that.

Yeah, unless it's a clone from the movies, but the fact that Jeph Loeb writes for the show makes the idea of comic book ignorance pretty far-fetched.
papersteven
Apr. 25th, 2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Note that there will be a third (and perhaps final) erotica collection sometime next year. It is my decision that it will likely be the last of these pretty little books. If I keep this up too long, the whole thing will lose its appeal for me. And three is a good number.

Three *is* a good number. But does this mean that Sirenia Digest will be coming to an end as well?
groonk
Apr. 25th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Heroes brushes with this cleverer-than-thou attitude from time to time. they lost me when they had Peter turn his back to the Big Bad mid fight just to have Claire be the one to "save" him later.

damn contrived plot devices.
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