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Yesterday, unexpectedly, I wrote 1,128 words on a new vignette, which I'm calling "Anamnesis, or the Sleepless Nights of Léon Spilliaert." Years ago, Jada emailed to say that she'd come across this wonderful word, anamnesis, and that it had to be the title for one of my stories. All these years, I've been looking for the anamnesis story, and yesterday it finally occurred to me. And if I can finish it today, I think it will even make it into Sirenia Digest #20. After the struggle with The Dinosaurs of Mars, and then letting myself not write for a few days, the words came suddenly yesterday. And they seemed to come with only a little struggle. And, mostly, it felt good to let them flow. And I think that's the way it's supposed to be, which is something I forget sometimes.

A few days ago, Frank Woodward sent me a teaser banner for the HPL documentary, which I've been meaning to include in an entry, but keep forgetting (behind the cut). I do not yet have a release date:

My thanks to Bill Schafer for the package, Neil's M is for Magic, illustrated by Gahan Wilson, and a copy of the new subpress edition of Bradbury's I Sing the Body Electric.

Other than the writing, there's nothing much to be said for yesterday. It came, it went. There was Second Life and work on the Palaeozoic Museum. After dinner, we tried to take a walk, but it started raining. We re-watched a couple of episodes from Season Two of Deadwood.

If you didn't see my entry last night on the Bush Administration's plan to permit the murder of 700 grey wolves in Wyoming and Idaho, you may reach it here. And just for the record, I do not personally consider grey wolves — or any other species of living organism — to be "resource," valuable only because of some extrinsic quality beneficial to human beings. It is wrong to slaughter these animals, period. This isn't about humans somehow benefiting from restored ecosystems. This is about trying to restore ecosystems because humans had no "right" to dismantle them in the first place. And yes, if you would, please repost this.


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Jul. 29th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Holy crap. Ramsey Campbell? John Carpenter? Guillermo Del Toro? Neil Gaiman? Stuart Gordon? S.T. Joshi? Peter Straub? And you?

That's one king-hell funkadelic sleepover party.
Jul. 29th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
That is a wonderful word...

*files it away for later use*
Jul. 29th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
Also, there's a clip of you talking about the Lovecraftiness of King Kong here (it was posted on wyrdstuff.com).
Jul. 29th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)

I wasn't expecting that.
Jul. 29th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
In a bad way, or a good way?
Jul. 29th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)

Just...in a way.
Jul. 29th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Apologies if that was a disconcerting way to kick off a Sunday afternoon. But I figured if you didn't know it was there, you should...
Jul. 29th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)

And you were right.
Jul. 29th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Even a broken clock is right twice a day...
Jul. 29th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
I Like Your Icon.
Sorry for interjecting--but is your icon from the movie Let's Scare Jessica to Death? I was just wondering because I have a certain affection for that movie (especially the last scene where poor ol' Jessica is sitting alone in that boat), and your icon reminded me of a scene from that movie.
Jul. 29th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: I Like Your Icon.
Yep, it's from that movie.
Jul. 29th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
It seemed too short, like you'd only begun to talk, but I guess that's why it's a preview. You looked good in motion, and you seem like you're good at talking.
Jul. 29th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
And more YouTube fun: dunno if you knew, but here's someone doing a video review of Daughter of Hounds</a>.

'Twill probably make your teeth grit (Very different! Very violent! Lotsa foul language! Didn't take her long to read it!), but she does say she'll pick up your other books.
Jul. 29th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)

Thsi one I'd seen already. It ooged me out.
Jul. 29th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
It is oogy on some level, but what I enjoyed about it, as regards getting the word out about your books, is that she's not the stereotypical CRK reader. It's someone who's more used to the generally kinder and more straight-ahead fiction of Neil Gaiman, and you can tell it impressed her, but she can't quite put it into words, which is as it should be. It spooked her somehow. Gaiman, wonderful as we all know he is, is a gentleman who'll tell you a drad story and make sure you get home nice and safe at the end. You don't do that. You dropped her off at the skankiest, scariest club in town and said 'Have fun, kiddo. If you survive' and tooled off on your dinosaur. She looks a bit shell-shocked. It slid a pale and slimy finger into her imagination and wiggled it around in there, like a wet willy to the soul.

If that isn't a goddamn blurb, I don't know what is: "Daughter of Hounds is a wet willy to the soul."
Jul. 29th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
a new vignette, which I'm calling "Anamnesis, or the Sleepless Nights of Léon Spilliaert."

I love this title.
Jul. 29th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
Current location: Conamara Chaos

Hey, that's where I am!
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