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Night-fear female, Good-timing drone

If I had my way, I'd change the name of this journal to something like "Sleep: The Silent Killer." Which is to say, if not for the heavy hand of controlling interests from the alter-ego combine Mericale, Hughes, Scheheraz'Odd & Touchshriek, Inc., and the venomous spurs of their platypus lackey, I would change the name of this journal. I do not know which is worse, the insomnia or the sleeping. It's a bloody toss up.

Yesterday was spent sitting in my office talking to Spooky about Joey Lafaye, trying to find a place where I can dig my nails in deep enough to hang on. Hours of talk about an unwritten book. I expect this would count towards insanity, were this a book that will not eventually become a written book. I smoked in my office, when I am only suppose to smoke outside, and so it stinks in here today. The conversation drifted to and fro and to again. Trying to find the title character, Joey, and trying to move away from the "fairy carnival" towards a "fairy shadow show" that will feel less like something I can be accused of having cadged from Ray Bradbury. The nature of twinship (should be a word, if it's not). And much talk regarding how badly I wanted this book to be not so dark a fantasy as my earlier novels, but how I suspect it'll be just as dark, regardless. I can only write what I have within me. A big stumbling block here, I fear, is that the book will be written in alternating chapters of a first-person diary and the third-person present tense. I can see the reviewers howling from here. Name me "inaccessible." It went on that way until about 4:30 p.m., when I could stand such talk no longer, and so, instead, I answered email. Today, we read through all that has been written thus far on the novel, and I'm not looking forward to that, either.

A reader wrote yesterday, via email, to say that "I'm writing because--from my admittedly limited perspective--terror and desperation don't really suit you." I am not naming the author, though sheheit may name herhimitself if sheheit so desires. I have to admit, I laughed out loud. The email was a response to what I said about standing at the precipice. And being terrified and all, as I approach this novel. Are there people whom "terror and desperation" do suit? And if so, why can't I be one of them? This is nothing new. Few things are as terrifying or so inspire desperation in me as beginning a new novel, and it only gets worse as the years go by.

I have an idea for an sf novella about a generation ship that's forced to become a sea-going vessel upon reaching a habitable extrasolar planet that has water oceans and atmosphere and earth-like gravity, etc., but no landmasses to speak off.

Oh, and I'm trying to find the soundtrack for this novel — for Joey Lafaye — as all my novels must have soundtracks, that music to which they are written. So far, this one has Tanya Donnelly, the Breeders, Brian Eno, the Beatles, Belly, and Smashing Pumpkins.

I received a rough sketch from Vince, his first go at "The Collector of Bones." I quite like what he's done, and look forward to seeing the final artwork.

Oh, and because I know this is a dreadfully dull entry, I will send a FREE signed copy of the trade paperback edition of Silk to the first person who correctly names the heavenly body which served as the icon for my entry early this morning on the new photos of Mercury. Just leave a comment here with your guess. First one posted wins. (And if you're reading this from MySpace, you'll have to go to LiveJournal [greygirlbeast] to see the entry in question.)*

Okay. I'm stalling. I know I'm stalling. It should be perfectly fucking obvious, right?

* Postscript (1:36 p.m.) — Contest closed. I think I should get a gold ribbon for being so tinked this afternoon as to forget that the icon is actually labeled "Ganymede." Oh, what a clever thing I am!

Comments

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chris_walsh
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing Ganymede.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing Ganymede.

You know, this just shows how out of it I am at the moment. It has occurred to me, just now, that all anyone has to do is look at my user pics to find the answer, as that icon is clearly labled "Ganymede." And I'm not saying you did that, but it does sort of blow the idea of this being an actual challenge out of the water. But still, I'm a beast of my word....send you your snail-mail address. Contest closed.

Edited at 2008-01-16 05:34 pm (UTC)
chris_walsh
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Heh. I specifically didn't look at your userpics because I thought of that. (Shoot. I'd've scored points with you if I'd mentioned that to you, huh?)

It was actually a contest in my mind between Ganymede and Callisto, and I almost went with Callisto, but then I remembered Arthur C. Clarke describing Ganymede as looking more like our Moon than our Moon, and that Callisto had these weird plowed-looking areas (he described them in 2010 as "freeways laid by drunken surveyors" or something like that).

Thank you. I'll e-mail you the address in a moment.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)

(Shoot. I'd've scored points with you if I'd mentioned that to you, huh?)

No. Pointing out to me, in public, that I have done something foolish is the quickest way not to score points with me.

Congratulations, and thanks for providing the reasoning behind your answer.
chris_walsh
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
No. Pointing out to me, in public, that I have done something foolish is the quickest way not to score points with me.

That's why instant messaging, LJ message and e-mail exist, then. (My netiquette is strong! At least I think/hope so.)
chris_walsh
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
And to change topics back to writing content, thanks for the idea-glimpse about the generation ship and the water-drenched world. I can imagine you doing a story like that. (The part of me that watched the science-fiction season of Voltron (the season that has that spaceship/aircraft carrier) appreciated the idea, too. There should be more ocean-bound SF!)
sovay
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
A big stumbling block here, I fear, is that the book will be written in alternating chapters of a first-person diary and the third-person present tense.

Sounds fine to me . . .

So far, this one has Tanya Donnelly, the Breeders, Brian Eno, the Beatles, Belly, and Smashing Pumpkins.

Which albums or songs?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 16th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
Which albums or songs?

Tanya Donnelly — Lovesongs
The Breeders — Last Splash
Brian Eno — Before and After Science and Another Green World
The Beatles — Let It Be
Belly — Star
The Smashing Pumpkins — Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Sounds fine to me . . .

Yeah, but you're, like, smart...and stuff.

Edited at 2008-01-16 07:42 pm (UTC)
stsisyphus
Jan. 16th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
...an sf novella about a generation ship that's forced to become a sea-going vessel upon reaching a habitable extrasolar planet...

Whoa. Space-"gothic" meets sailpunk*. This I would stab people in the face to see.

* Term coined by either sovay or cucumberseed, I forget.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 16th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)

* Term coined by either sovay or watermelontail, I forget.

Either way, I like it.
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 16th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)

What about it makes it worse, rather than better, as time goes by?

The absence of commercial success and the knowledge that it becomes more unlikely with each book (though, I think, each book is vastly better written than the one before).
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 16th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)

And that persists even with the offers for film adaptations, requests for novelizations, etc?

Sadly, yes.


I'm in no place to tell you to buck up and that everything'll be A-OK, but... I have a hard time imagining you failing.


Then maybe you're not trying hard enough. ;-)
jtglover
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
A big stumbling block here, I fear, is that the book will be written in alternating chapters of a first-person diary and the third-person present tense. I can see the reviewers howling from here. Name me "inaccessible."

I think there's a big difference between "multilayered" or "complex" and "inaccessible." I just finished reading Elizabeth Hand's Mortal Love, which was a beautiful, if somewhat narratalogically complex, read. Not a bad book in any way, but clearly not aimed at readers of straightforward stories. In the same way, not very many of your stories have ever seemed particularly straightforward to me either, so I'd imagine you're not going to alienate your readers. Maybe it will even attract some who are leery of reading a book with sequel-like aspects.

Also, congrats on the win for Ape's Wife. Apparently someone or other is reading and liking your work. ;)
mellawyrden
Jan. 17th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
I love your writing because you do take risks, and your language is exquisite. I live through being scared while marvelling at beauty. It's what I hope the moment of my death will be like.
wistful_nana_o
Jan. 17th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Hello :] I added you, and I was wondering if you could add me back.
By the way, I just started reading your book "Low Red Moon" and I am thoroughly impressed. Your writing is unique and serves as a great inspiration for me.

If you don't mind my asking the following questions:

1.How long did it take for you to write this book, from start to finish?

2.Are there any authors or bands that serve as an inspiration? If so, who?

3.When did you start writing and how long did it take you to develop a writing style?
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That's all. If you don't have any desire to answer a fan's questions, I don't mind in the least ^_^

[Btw, my birthday is one day before yours. I thought that would be an interesting/funny tid bit to mention].

Edited at 2008-01-17 03:32 am (UTC)
frankiemouse
Jan. 17th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
i thought you might get a kick out of this from pharyngula

Worship the trilobite

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