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Howard Hughes vs. Stuff

Er...crappy day yesterday. No words written. Zero. Zilch. Etc. Just a very constructive call from my agent. Otheriwse, I sat here for hours staring at a blank screen. I have looked over the vignette ideas that were submitted yesterday, and, alas, none of them have really, really set the bells ringing. A couple came close, but likely would have sprawled into full-blown short stories, and here it is the 26th and Sirenia Digest #28 needs to go out on the 31st (at the latest). So, if you'd like to please keep making suggestions, the contest still stands (winner gets hisherits choice of a signed and personalized copy of the Beowulf novelization or the new mmp of Murder of Angels.), but I probably won't be using the winning idea until #29.

Why does "science writing" for the masses have to be so stupid? To wit, this story from LiveScience.com, "Fastest Evolving Creature is 'Living Dinosaur'." No. The tuatara is not a dinosaur, not in any sense, but, rather, the last surviving sphenodontid rhynchocephalian. And while the rhynchocephalian lineage can be traced back to at least the Triassic, calling it a "living dinosaur" is almost as dumb as calling a horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) a "living trilobite." Also, the LiveScience.com article manages to misspell the Latin name for the tuatara as "Sphendon punctatus," when it is actually Sphenodon punctatus. But, you know what? I bet you don't care, and I am far too groggy to be this pedantic right now.

And why is it that when you post a "housing wanted" ad to Craiglist, and say the most you're willing/capable to pay per month is $1,150, people write back offering you a place that rents for $1,650? I mean, that's $6000 more a year.

Oh, and did I mention that Spooky has gone on a name-squatting spree on Second Life? We now have Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh. She's even created a pretty good avatar likeness of Cope, and it's only a matter of time before the two square off in the Palaeozoic Museum in New Babbage.

Hey, what do you expect from a journal entry titled "Howard Hughes vs. Stuff"?

Warmer weather today, and that's something I won't complain about.

Tell you what, I'll just leave you with more photos of Oakland Cemetery, or the Oakland That Was before the storms of March 14-15. Behind the cut:























All photos copyright © 2007 by Caitlín R. Kiernan



Postscript: Spooky just found weevils in the flour. No, not the Torchwood sort.

Comments

amygdalafruit
Mar. 27th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
As Sovay has beaten me to the stone angel suggestion, and given the comp criteria:

"nasty" sensu "malicious; spiteful" and/or "painful or dangerous; grave" and/or "morally offensive; indecent."

How about a boy getting off on some horrid "pseudo rape" porn video, so nasty that a static white noise phallus exudes from the screen to teach the boy a lesson...
androbard1364
Mar. 27th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
Wanted to introduce myself! My friend Prosper gave me your book Daughter of Hounds today, I believe she is your next-door neighbor? Anyway, I just started reading your book, (I'm currently on page 18) and I have to say it's amazing! I love Sheldon! And the whole story about the woman in the prolouge? It's brillant!

I'm also an aspiring writer, and I know you probably have a lot of work you must do, but if you could take some time to read a bit from my new original fiction (it's the very first part of Chapter 1, and the story isn't done yet because it is being rewritten) I would love to get a review on a writer who I admire! Here is the link:

http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2472869/1/Shadowed_Jewels_of_Corinth

Again, if you don't have the time, I perfectly understand. :)