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Into the earth I trampled it down

Colder again today, but knowing that spring is near helps.

Here's a nice little write up from "The Agony Column" regarding the forthcoming third edition of Tales of Pain and Wonder. The piece was posted way back on November 11th, but I only just saw it yesterday. Obviously, I don't agree with its take on the cover of the Meisha-Merlin edition, but that is a small affair. I do rather adore being called an "odd writer," especially when that comment is followed with these sorts of comments: Her work is at once visionary and hyper-real, shrouded in the supernatural yet anchored in the gritty evocation of our hardscrabble lives. Reading almost anything she has written, you might find yourself thinking "Faulkner" one second and "Lovecraft" the next. These are not names or styles that rest comfortably close beyond those pages penned by Kiernan. So, yes, thank you, Rick Kleffel. Lovecraft and Faulkner I can live with.

When I was talking to Bill Schafer at subpress yesterday (or was it the day before?) about the sf collection, he told me that I "could not allow this book to become a burden." And he's right. A big part of what he was referring to is the nightmare of copy-editing and revision I took upon myself in preparing the ms. for the third edition of Tales of Pain and Wonder. Between my poor health and all the work that must be done for Sirenia Digest and the writing of Joey Lafaye, there simply is not time or energy to put myself through that again. Fortunately, however, all the stories that will be included in the sf collection are recent, and I have not yet grown uncomfortable with their voices, or, rather, with the voice I wrote them in. The oldest of the stories, "Riding the White Bull," was written in 2003 (as opposed to 1994 with Tales of Pain and Wonder). But yes, no burden this time out. I promise.


Again, my great thanks for the generosity, the donations that have come in the last four days, the eBay bids, the well wishes, and the new Sirenia Digest subscribers (some from as far away as Australia!). All of you, thanks. I thought about trying to list everyone by name, but the list would be gigantic, and I would inevitably leave someone out. So, please accept this blanket expression of my gratitude. For now, the medical/dental expenses are covered, which I find nothing short of amazing, given how worried I was about money as recently as Wednesday morning. Now, I can simply concentrate on getting well and getting Joey Lafaye written, and that is such a huge relief that it is rather dizzying. Overwhelming, as I have said. You guys are the draddest, which is to say, you rock. I'm not putting the PayPal button up again today, but the eBay auctions continue, and it's never too late to subscribe to the Digest.


About 5:30 pm yesterday, we had a walk. The weather was good, just a little nip in the air. The dogwoods have buds. The Narcissus do, as well, and the Camellias have bloomed. Mostly, we walked up and down Sinclair, as far south and east as the intersection with Carmel Avenue. There are a few photos behind the cut:

Spooky talks with Daisy.

Daisy Dog!

The Fabled Dinosaur of Sinclair Avenue (a bit overexposed).


Last night, well, not much to last night, but we did catch two new episodes of Torchwood. And now, the platypus says I'm being a slacker, and the coffee has not yet magically appeared. Damned unreliable caffeine gnomes.


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Feb. 10th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
I have the Meisha Merlin version of Tales of Pain and Wonder, which my husband got me for my 24th birthday. It has been read by many people and looks appropriately loved and used. Of course, I also think I'm the only one who's read it who hasn't been completely ooked out entirely. Just a bit here and there. ;) There's something about freakshow attractions in trailers that gets to me.

It pains me that my financial situation is such that I cannot help you with your medical costs (since I'm still working on helping my husband pay his off) or purchase any of the new releases of your books. For all that you've given me, in the way of fantasy and escape and inspiration, it seems rather cheap of me not to be able to give anything back. For that, I'm so very sorry. But I'm over here cheering for you and wishing you the best.
Feb. 10th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)

I have the Meisha Merlin version of Tales of Pain and Wonder, which my husband got me for my 24th birthday. It has been read by many people and looks appropriately loved and used.

Well, it's good to know some good came of that abomination. ;-)

But I'm over here cheering for you and wishing you the best.

Cheering is good and much appreciated. Thank you.
Feb. 10th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Um. That is perhaps the least substantive comment I have ever made in your journal.


Feb. 10th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)


Doggie, indeed. :-)
Feb. 10th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
*rolls eyes in self-bemusement* Owl and I can be driving along and having some deep conversation, and then we'll see a dog and turn into 3-year-olds.

'Christianity owes a lot to Paganism for its iconography as well as its — Ooo! Doggie!'
'Fluffy foofy doggie!'
'...yeah, so anyway, Paganism...'
Feb. 10th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
Will either "The Drowned Geologist (1898)" or "From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6" be included in the sf collection? Either way, I'm excited for this one! Any idea when it may come out?

So glad we helped with the medical bills! If/when you need us again, just shout :]
Feb. 10th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)

Will either "The Drowned Geologist (1898)" or "From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6" be included in the sf collection?

Nope. These will be strictly sf tales. And no shared world.

Any idea when it may come out?

Not yet, but I'll post as soon as I know.
Feb. 11th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
do feel better!
Good to hear you're on the mend and feeling better, so to speak.
Just knowing that you have friends that support you and do what they can goes a long way towards your well being. Burdens lifted will give you less stress all around, and less stress means breathing easier. And that's something that makes everybody feel better
That said, I've made a minor report on this weekend's outing to the Dances of Vice Festival which can be found at The Minor Mishaps of Skusting Dagger. You guys would have loved it! I felt like I was in New Babbage in the flesh!
Feb. 11th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Re: do feel better!
Oh, I forget to mention... I feel, and can quite share your pain when it comes to dental woes. My own teeth are so sensitive, that I cannot even go in for a normal cleaning without at least six shots of novocain!
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