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Yesterday, I did 1,144 words on "Pickman's Other Model," and I think it's going well. It is an especially daunting undertaking, as I'm writing it in first person, set in 1929, which means these have to be the thoughts of someone alive in 1929. The piece is told from the POV of Eliot, the man to whom Thurber is telling his story of Pickman in Lovecraft's tale, though this story actually concerns Eliot's search for a film actress named Alma Endecott. "Pickman's Other Model" will be appearing in Sirenia Digest #28.

I have what is, at least to me, some fairly momentous news. Our lease here is up on June 1st, and with the generous assistance of Spooky's parents, we will be moving from Atlanta to Rhode Island. We do not yet know where in Rhode Island, though we're talking about places in Westerly, Newport, Peacedale, and Providence. Just about any part of the state (except Woonsocket) is a possibility. I've known this was likely coming for a couple of months, but I've wanted to hold off saying anything about it until we were absolutely certain, since there have been false alarms dating back to 2002, when I'd first hoped to make the move to New England. A big part of this is that we both loathe Atlanta, and Spooky's very homesick, and it'll be easier on her being near her family as we try to cope with all the bullshit from my PNES. So, we will be moving at the beginning of June, right in the middle of my writing Joey Lafaye, which will make for all sorts of chaos. And, one thing is certain, this journal should get quite a bit more interesting as the days go by.

A good walk near Freedom Park. Someone was flying a kite, and there were happy dogs everywhere. Last night, we watched Danny Boyle's Sunshine. And my third viewing (I saw it twice last summer in the theatre) only served to confirm my conviction that it is a breathtakingly sublime and beautiful film, in all ways. My thanks to wolven for gifting me with the DVD. Later, I had rp in Second Life, the Nareth who is Nephilim, and lessons on pain in the Omega Institute's library with the help of one of Lorne's apprentices, Larissa. I think we got to bed about 4 am. I seem to have shifted onto some odd (for me) schedule, whereby I go to bed between 3 and 4 am (CaST) and get up around noon. Which means I usually get seven to eight hours sleep (more than I'm used to), and then begin writing about 2 p.m. It seems to be working just fine. Still, it's odd.

Congratulations to Rev. Margo, who had the winning bid on the Japanese translation of the Beowulf novelization, and also to Cliff Miller, who snagged the Tails of Tales of Pain and Wonder chapbook. Thank you both!

This morning, I need to email Joshi and see if he knows the name of the theatre in Providence where Lovecraft once worked the box office selling tickets. I know it's in H.P. Lovecraft: A Life somewhere, but I can't find the page, and I can't find it on the internet, either. Also, I need to get the signature sheets for Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy back in the mail to Joe Lansdale.

Postscript (5:06 p.m. CaST): I have just learned via several people on my LJ friends' list that Gary Gygax has died at age 69. On one occasion, early in my publishing career, Gygax and I had stories appear in the same anthology — Pawn of Chaos (White Wolf's short-lived Borealis imprint, 1996). I never met him, and I've not played D&D since 2005, but it's a bit sad hearing that someone who invented a game that has given me so many hours of nerdy joy (in my case, since 1979) has passed.

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chris_walsh
Mar. 4th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Rhode Island for the win!
Sending you good moving mojo. Being a grown-up Navy Brat who's had lots of experience with moving, I know to start sending that mojo early! Let it accumulate.

All the best with the new place to live.
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greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)

That said, it definitely seems like you're both going to be much more satisfied in Rhode Island, and it'll certainly give you more Places to write.

This was one of the deciding factors. I have pretty much lost interest in writing about the South, but New England fascinates me.
readingthedark
Mar. 4th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yay! Neighbors! Please let me help carry boxes or take you out to dinner or something once you're here.

Geoffrey
greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)

Please let me help carry boxes or take you out to dinner or something once you're here.

If I am not very careful, I might end up with something resembling a social life.
robyn_ma
Mar. 4th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
You can has New England!

listeningowl will most likely want to meet you. I will most likely drop her off and go hide somewhere dark, as I am the bashful.
humglum
Mar. 4th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)


We come finds you at liberry.
You no can hide!
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sclerotic_rings
Mar. 4th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
If you need any help from this end, please let me know. I may not be able to do much other than cheer you on (and moving to Providence definitely qualifies as a "cheering you on" event), but I'll do what I can.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)

I may not be able to do much other than cheer you on (and moving to Providence definitely qualifies as a "cheering you on" event), but I'll do what I can.

Thank you. I suspect we'll need all the cheering we can get. As I have already told Sonya, moving me is rather akin to moving the contents of a small museum/library.
corucia
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the impending move! New England is a great area of the country, and I'm looking forward to the twists and turns the environs will add to your writing.

As to moving, the last time we had to move my book and journal collection, we made friends with the local copy shop, and snagged any of the boxes that paper reams come in - they're sturdy, have handles, good lids, and aren't too big to be too heavy to move when loaded with books, even the really dense scientific journals.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)

even the really dense scientific journals.

Fortunately, most of my copies of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (1984-2002) are still packed.
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greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Thoughts on Coping

"The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places." - A FAREWELL TO ARMS, ch. 34

Truly, a beautiful quote. Thank you. I've not read that novel since high school, I think (which is a pity).
martianmooncrab
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
congrats on leaving Gwinneth county... so if you are going to Rhode Island, does that make you a Rhodent? grin.

Its never to early to start accumulating boxes, and if packing the library, to label said boxes.. (as the Crab looks out in her garge still chockablock full of boxes and a house full of books)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)

congrats on leaving Gwinneth county... so if you are going to Rhode Island, does that make you a Rhodent? grin.

Actually, we're in Fulton County. But still, thanks. I was making jokes about being a Rhodeislandenian, and Spooky assures me that we will only be Rhode Islanders, which doesn't sound half so much fun.
lyadann
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
We do not yet know where in Rhode Island, though we're talking about places in Westerly, Newport, Peacedale, and Providence. Just about any part of the state (except Woonsocket) is a possibility.

I recommend the Smithfield/Burrillville area... It's less expensive than the rest of the state and still reasonably close to Providence. Very small-town feel though and not much to do that doesn't involve going into Providence.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)

I recommend the Smithfield/Burrillville area...

Sorry. Too near Woonsocket for my liking.
elliblue
Mar. 4th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Yay!! (Early) welcome to New England!
stsisyphus
Mar. 4th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your impending move. I would have liked to see ya stick around GA for the election, but, well, beggars/choosers and all that.

Anyway, shall we begin the deluge of Roadtrip Mix Cds/Tapes?Are there likely to be fundraisers or other ways we can make the transition a little less bumpy (MD roads not withstanding)?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)

Anyway, shall we begin the deluge of Roadtrip Mix Cds/Tapes?

That's not a bad idea, though recently we've been using the iPods in the car. But yeah, I would love to see some road tapes.
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drysil
Mar. 4th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
After years in Minnesota (during which time I met you at Fiddler's Green), I'm happy to say that I'm just up the road in Worcester now. If you need a hand come moving day, be sure to let me know! I always like an excuse to go to my favorite cheese shop down there. :)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)

I'm happy to say that I'm just up the road in Worcester now.

I have a musician friend who had a house there with his boyfriend for a time, before moving back to Boston.
sovay
Mar. 4th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
Our lease here is up on June 1st, and with the generous assistance of Spooky's parents, we will be moving from Atlanta to Rhode Island.

Finally!

Looking forward to seeing you in New England.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)

Finally!

Yep.

Looking forward to seeing you in New England.

It should certainly make any future attempts at collaboration between us somewhat easier!
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deekskusting
Mar. 4th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
What Chris Walsh said - sending the moving mojo early.
Moving and packing can be unnerving and horrendous. Especially if one has lived in one place for a long time. All the best to you for it! Hope you're ready for the winters!
greygirlbeast
Mar. 4th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)

Hope you're ready for the winters!

Frankly, I'm trying not to think about the winters. We'll cross that bridge when it comes to me.
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relby
Mar. 4th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your upcoming move! How fitting that you're RI-bound. Your subject matter appropriately precedes you! Though I hope that doesn't mean you'll next be off to Mars or deep space or anything...
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