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Anatomy of a Purgative Limmerick

Yesterday was not a good writing day. It took me all afternoon to produce a measly 716 words on "Pickman's Other Model." The constant need to fact check (everything from the movie industry in 1920's Fort Lee, New Jersey to the geography of the Massachusetts North Shore) didn't help, and there was one paragraph I spent almost an hour on — writing it, rewriting it, re-rewriting it, trying to get the wording just right. The voice of this story does not bear much resemblance to the peculiar use of first-person narrative that Lovecraft employed in "Pickman's Model." It's far more reserved, as the character of Eliot, as i am choosing to write him, is quite a different person than was Thurber (the narrator of HPL's story). One neat thing, yesterday I discovered an unexpected overlap between Low Red Moon and "Pickman's Other Model," and, as it turns out, this story will provide a bit more history to Narcissa Snow's family. Anyway, hopefully today will go better. Truthfully, I should not have attempted such an ambitious short story when I have so many deadlines pressing in on me, but, damn it, this is what I want to be writing. Also, my thanks to derekcfpegritz for pointing me to a better e-text of "Pickman's Model" (at Wikisource).

So many things in my head this morning, I'm bound to forget something.

Yesterday, after the writing, UPS dropped (literally) a 45 lb. box of Tales of Pain and Wonder and Tails of Tales of Pain and Wonder onto our front porch. And now I have seen the 3rd edition of the collection, and it is beautiful, and I am extremely grateful to Bill Schafer at subpress for giving me another chance to get this book right. In particular, Richard A. Kirk's artwork is reproduced beautifully. It's just a gorgeous book, and if you haven't already ordered, I urge you to do so now, because soon it will be sold out once again, and, if you wish to own it, you'll have to resort to paying exorbitant eBay prices to people who are not me.

And I was extremely pleased that Christian Siriano won Project Runway 4. I just had to say that, because I am a fashion nerd (thank you, Diana Eng).

No walk yesterday, because I just wasn't up to the chilly wind. It's much warmer today, I'm glad to say.

I'm considering (and I know this is a strange idea, bear with me) of establishing an rp group on Second Life to try rping through certain scenarios before I write them as vignettes or stories for Sirenia Digest. I'd probably call it "The Sirenia Players" (how could I not), and it would be a small group, no more than ten people, I think. Part of the great, untapped potential of SL is all the ways it can aid authors, and this would be another way of taking advantage of what it has to offer. To date, I have derived a number of pieces for the digest from SL rps, including "The Steam Dancer," Scene in the Museum (1896)," and "In the Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection". Anyway, speak up here or via email — greygirlbeast(at)gmail(dot)com — if you might be interested, and I'll keep you posted.

Also, you can now "See the Alternate Ending for I Am Legend That Was Too Satisfying for Test Audiences," courtesy New York Entertainment (my thanks to chris_walsh for pointing me to this). It's still not the right ending, but is an ending that follows logically and emotionally from the rest of the film, doesn't reinforce the myth that the military can save us from a doomsday of our own devising, and it is far, far preferable to what was shown in theatres. Of course, if you have not yet seen the film and want to, it's probably best not to watch this ending, as it is undeniably spoilerish. If only the practice of employing "test audiences" to aim films at the lowest common denominator (which is to say, the average audience) would go the way of the non-avian theropods...

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cdennismoore
Mar. 6th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
I have not seen I AM LEGEND, but I've read the book and loved it. Do either of these endings come even close to the book? And I am in complete agreement with you on "test audiences".
greygirlbeast
Mar. 6th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)

Do either of these endings come even close to the book?

Nope (thereby leading me to wonder why they bothered keeping Matheson's title).
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chris_walsh
Mar. 6th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
And I, over here in the Pacific Northwest, got alerted to that link by your (still) fellow Atlantean curt_holman. I like how these Intarwebs work...
derekcfpegritz
Mar. 6th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Puh-LEASE tell me that the forthcoming I Am Legend DVD has two versions of the film, one with the theatrical ending and one with that ending, rather than just including the other ending as an outtake. That alternate ending literally erased my one and only complaint about the film!
greygirlbeast
Mar. 6th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Puh-LEASE tell me that the forthcoming I Am Legend DVD has two versions of the film, one with the theatrical ending and one with that ending, rather than just including the other ending as an outtake.

Alas, it's my understanding that the DVD will only include the alternate ending as an outtake. I'd hoped, when I first saw the film, that an alternate ending in fact existed, and that it would appear as the "director's cut." Well, I got one wish.

My only other complaint with the film was that the zombie/vampire CGI was just a little too rubbery, given that filmmakers are now capable of doing so much better.

Edited at 2008-03-06 05:43 pm (UTC)
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nykolus
Mar. 6th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
"One neat thing, yesterday I discovered an unexpected overlap between Low Red Moon and "Pickman's Other Model," and, as it turns out, this story will provide a bit more history to Narcissa Snow's family."

squeee!!!
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greygirlbeast
Mar. 6th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)

That is almost everything that I wanted from that ending.

Well, I still want something resembling the ending of the novel, but, I also want chromatophores and tentacles, so go figure.
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whiskeychick
Mar. 6th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Considering you had so much research to do, 716 words is nothing to sneeze at, I contend.

I have not ventured into SL in ages, it seems. But, your Sirenia Players has me intrigued enough to do so. So, I'm game if you like. I'm curious to investigate your idea: "Part of the great, untapped potential of SL is all the ways it can aid authors, and this would be another way of taking advantage of what it has to offer."

I haven't seen I am Legend yet. But loved the book. Wonder if I'll have some disappointments as well.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 6th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)

So, I'm game if you like.

Noted. Thank you.

I'm curious to investigate your idea: "Part of the great, untapped potential of SL is all the ways it can aid authors, and this would be another way of taking advantage of what it has to offer."

Good!
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stsisyphus
Mar. 6th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'm considering (and I know this is a strange idea, bear with me) of establishing an rp group on Second Life to try rping through certain scenarios...

Boy, I am so not cool enough to join this little cabal. However, I'm damned interested to see how things work out with this. I will say that this pitch seems like the sinister beginnings of some kind of obscure South Asian Ero Guro film (which would, of course, be hideously adapted by Hollywood and star either Nicholas Cage or Jessica Alba or something).

Plus, I'm sort of unnerved by the likelihood that I would be involved in scenes of virtual squickitude with one of my favorite authors.

It's still not the right ending...

Well, yeah. It's sort of better, but it only reduced my initial reaction of ZOMGWTFSTFUBBQ down to WTF? Better, but still sort of dumb.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 6th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)

(which would, of course, be hideously adapted by Hollywood and star either Nicholas Cage or Jessica Alba or something).

Yikes! No!
scarletboi
Mar. 6th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
Kat and I would be glad to help out in SL, though it's not like we NEED more reason to be addicted to that monstrosity. :P

Oh, and Kat has a present for Nareth and Misi.

Edited at 2008-03-06 07:48 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 6th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)

Kat and I would be glad to help out in SL, though it's not like we NEED more reason to be addicted to that monstrosity. :P

I had a feeling you would. ;-) Yay!

Oh, and Kat has a present for Nareth and Misi.

Oooooh. Cool.
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greygirlbeast
Mar. 6th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Important Birthday!

From Wired News, today is the birthday of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.

I'd missed this, so thank you!
cailement
Mar. 7th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
I thought you might find amusement in this.

http://lolthulhu.com/
corucia
Mar. 7th, 2008 06:25 am (UTC)
Not sure if you've seen/mentioned this -

http://www.youtube.com/user/simonscat

Humorous animated cat videos, but beware they don't give Hubero ideas...
greygirlbeast
Mar. 7th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)


Humorous animated cat videos, but beware they don't give Hubero ideas...

I think Hubero may have given the animator ideas.
deekskusting
Mar. 7th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Sirenia Players
I'm always game for just about anything in SL. It's what makes it fun. And if it can be of help to somebody, so much the better.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 7th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Sirenia Players

I'm always game for just about anything in SL. It's what makes it fun. And if it can be of help to somebody, so much the better.

Noted.
tarots
Mar. 8th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
sl/sp
I can't quite figure out how to move around as easily
as I'm sure one is supposed to in SL. I'll continue
the search for an answer/primer.

If you need a road kill model, Torsos is yours to command.
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