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An email late last night from the South Korean translator for Beowulf, which is weird and cool and frustrating all at the same time. I have no idea how many languages the novelization will be translated into. A lot. That's a very safe bet. I cannot deny the frustration of seeing this sort of distribution going to a novelization instead of one of my actual novels. But I knew these things up front, so I can't really whine about it (not honestly, anyway). Same with the royalties I won't make off this book, no matter how well it does, because I signed a work-for-hire contract (no money but the advance). I went in knowingly, with open eyes. Anyway, the South Korean translator has a question about a bit of Old English, which I will try to answer later today.

I've spent the last two days on a piece for Sirenia Digest #23, a story called "The Madam of the Narrow Houses." As is often the case with the Digest, I asked Spooky for an idea, and we started talking about how I've really done nothing with ghosts. And so, I'm writing a piece about a woman who can only make love to ghosts. It's set in 19th-Century Boston, and I like it so far. I did 1,026 words on Monday, and then another 1,010 yesterday. I'm thinking I might be able to finish it today, tomorrow at the latest. I'm also thinking #23 is going to be a purposefully Halloweenish issue, as I didn't do that last October. My plan, during the writing of Joey Lafaye, is to spend the first week or so of each month on the Digest, then the rest of the month on the novel.

Yesterday, Richard Kirk sent me the final illustration for the 3rd edition of Tales of Pain and Wonder, the illustration for "Salammbô Redux" (a.k.a, "Little Conversations"). It's beautiful, and makes me eager to see the finished book. Oh, and the signature sheets for the book arrived on Monday, and I have to get to those soon, as well.

I've begun reading Carole G. Silver's Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness, for Joey Lafaye. It's a book I should have read years ago, but I didn't know it existed.

Monday, Spooky picked up the new Siouxsie album, Mantaray, from Criminal Records at L5P, and though she's a bigger Siouxsie fan than am I, I'm enjoying it quite a lot. Probably the most I've enjoyed one of her albums since Superstition. I'm especially fond of track 3, "Here Comes That Day," which I swear is a theme for a James Bond film. That is, if Siouxsie were ever asked to record a song for a James Bond film, this would be it. Also, today is the first day that the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows, is available for download.

Er...yeah. Caffeine, please.
Tags: beowulf, joey lafaye, music, richard kirk, salammbô, sirenia, topaw

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