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By now, Sirenia Digest subscribers ought to have #17, which Spooky sent out at about one a.m. this morning. However we had at least five bounces, so if you are a subscriber and you have not received #17, you should promptly e-mail Spooky at crk(unnderscore)books(at)yahoo(dot)com. I'm very pleased with how this issue came together. Comments encouraged, as always.

Yesterday was sort of a day off. But not really. Byron called about 11:30 and we joined him for "brunch" at Grandma Luke's. Yesterday was Byron's birthday. He has not yet reached the dreaded -0, so it was not a day of mourning for him. I had blueberry pancakes. Yum. Spooky had the banana bread French toast, which she says isn't nearly as heavy as it sounds. I am not accustomed to being out and about so early (or eating such huge breakfasts); the whole thing was sort of weird.

Otherwise, yesterday was spent finishing up #17 and getting it off to thingunderthest for PDFing. The part of the day I didn't spend resting and having half a day off. Last night, we finished re-reading Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, which impresses me more with each reading. It's that sort of brilliant.

And here it is the day before Beltane. Perhaps I'm missing the spirit of the thing, the liberty of isolation, but I find being a "solitary practitioner" of Wicca incredibly annoying. But. And on the other hand. I have intentionally steered clear of covens, because I know I would only piss everyone off after they exchanged the favour (or whatever). Ah, but to be in Edinburgh tonight, where they do this sabbat up right. Spooky proposed we set the four burners on the stove to high and dance about it naked, waving wooden spoons. Likely we shall not.

My thanks to sovay for pointing me to a positive mention of Daughter of Hounds in STLtoday.com, which is the website for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. An article (or column, I'm not sure); "Genre Fiction" by Dorman T. Shindler. I was especially pleased that Mr. Schindler notes that Threshold and Low Red Moon are "not so much prequels as novels linked by characters and theme." Anyway, you can read the whole of the article here.

Today I have to do the Edward Gorey interview, and I have a meeting with D at 5 p.m., so I have to go over all my notes on the "Onion" screenplay again. And I need to get "The Ape's Wife" started. There are also the signature sheets for the PS Publishing edition of The Day It Rained Forever, which I need to sign. They arrived here on Saturday, and Bradbury has already signed them.

A peculiar dream this morning. Turned out, I'm not the alien. Rather, I'm one of the last surviving earthlings, and almost everyone else (including Spooky) are the aliens. But I'm not buying that for a second.

Comments

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sovay
Apr. 30th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
Comments encouraged, as always.

"What at first I thought would and, indeed,
intended to be a story about Dead Girl and Bobby ended up being much more about Scarborough and Saben. But that's the way it goes, for me at least."

So you'll have to write another one about them . . .

Please convey my thanks to Vince for the illustration!
greygirlbeast
May. 1st, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
So you'll have to write another one about them . . .


That's what I was thinking. Maybe two, even.
sovay
May. 1st, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Maybe two, even.

I would approve of that.

Have you ever considered putting together a book of yellow-house stories? At this point, the only ones that I know have been reprinted are "So Runs the World Away," "Les Fleurs Empoisonnées," and "The Dead and the Moonstruck," which leaves "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles," "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ghoul," and now "Night Games in the Crimson Court." And perhaps two more about Dead Girl and Bobby. I would certainly buy it.
chris_walsh
Apr. 30th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
A peculiar dream this morning. Turned out, I'm not the alien. Rather, I'm one of the last surviving earthlings, and almost everyone else (including Spooky) are the aliens. But I'm not buying that for a second.

The colonizing force of the planet Wintelwoodlewix apparently weren't thorough enough. Maybe it was good we were too distracted making documentaries about ourselves...
stsisyphus
Apr. 30th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
May you have a bright and beautiful Walpurgisnacht / Beltane (as you see fit). Perhaps a viewing of The Wicker Man would be in order? And after that, a link to sovay's remarkable commentary on the film?

Spooky proposed we set the four burners on the stove to high and dance about it naked, waving wooden spoons. Likely we shall not.

Pity.
thingunderthest
Apr. 30th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
I am really liking "Night Games in the Crimson Court".

It is great to see these characters at an earlier time period.
setsuled
May. 1st, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
By now, Sirenia Digest subscribers ought to have #17

I very much enjoyed "Night Games in the Crimson Court." The image of the Bailiff with a black umbrella was nice, and Lady Gris and her machine were very cool.

Turned out, I'm not the alien. Rather, I'm one of the last surviving earthlings, and almost everyone else (including Spooky) are the aliens. But I'm not buying that for a second.

Everything's perfectly all right.
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