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For quite a number of years, I've been trying to write a story that would be titled, simply, "Flotsam." First, it was the original title of "Tears Seven Times Salt," way back in 1995, and then it was almost the title for a number of other stories. Now, it truly will be the title for a vignette in Sirenia Digest #29. I began the piece on Friday, did another 1,043 words on it yesterday, and hope to finish it today. "Flotsam" will also be notable as my first story inspired by rp in the Second Life Toxian City sim. A number of pieces have been inspired by rp in the steampunk New Babbage sim ("Scene in the Museum, 1896" and "The Steam Dancer," for example). #29 will also include a new piece by occasional SD contributor Sonya Taaffe (sovay), as well as a reprint, something that hasn't appeared anywhere since From Weird and Distant Shores (2002), but I'm not sure just what yet. Oh, and more comments regarding "Pickman's Other Model" would, of course, be welcome.

But the big news is that it appears we have found a place to live in Providence. Spooky's mom and dad looked at it for us this morning, and it seems to be what we're looking for (we would not even be making this move without the kind aid of her parents). So, that's a huge weight off both our shoulders.

The insomnia has been endeavoring, with a fervent passion, to do me in the past two nights. No sleep until after 5:30 ayem Saturday, and then it was after 5:30 ayem again this morning. Night before last I lay in bed and tossed and turned. Last night, instead, I tried to make myself sleepy with SL rp, to very little avail. The Ambien seems suddenly useless, along with a number of other pharmaceuticals and homeopathic remedies. And I am not awake now, and I feel like crud. But, the platypus says, it hardly matters if I've slept or not. The writing goes ever, ever on.

On Friday, the galleys for the mass-market paperback of Daughter of Hounds arrived from NYC. I need to at least look over them in passing soon, as any changes I want have to be in my editor's hands by April 24th.

The interview I did for the Fearzone website in now online, here

I haven't left the apartment in a couple of days. Not since the last seizure. We had grand thunderstorms on Friday, all day, most of the night. Clouds yesterday and today, but it's still warm, so I hardly mind. Byron came over last night for two episodes of Torchwood, and we talked and talked and talked. Yesterday, Spooky picked up the Collector's Edition of the Tim Burton Sweeney Todd DVD, because it was on sale at Borders. Not much else to report.

Oh, here's something hilarious, which can stand as a treatise on why I stopped going to movies any time I'd have to endure an actual audience, since humans in America seem to have forgotten what it means to be in the audience. Is it also a comment on contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare? You decide:

Comments

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ex_kaz_maho
Apr. 6th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Fantastic news on the potential new home - I hope it works out. And I sincerely hope you sleep better tonight. I can empathise with this. When I've had periods of insomnia, I've found something called Olanzapine works wonders. Dunno if you can get it over there...
sovay
Apr. 6th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
it appears we have found a place to live in Providence.

Wonderful!

Tell me when you want me to come and move boxes.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 6th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)

Tell me when you want me to come and move boxes.

Will do. Just as soon as we know. And thank you, again.
chris_walsh
Apr. 6th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Note to self: SEND CAITLIN AND KATHRYN NOTHING UNTIL THEY MOVE, to avoid giving them more things to have to move.

Good luck in getting to the good new place.

Oh, and I made sure to buy the mmp of Murder of Angels when I saw it at one of the Powell's stores yesterday. Glad to support you that way...
greygirlbeast
Apr. 6th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)

Oh, and I made sure to buy the mmp of Murder of Angels when I saw it at one of the Powell's stores yesterday.

Thank you!
kambriel
Apr. 6th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Right on! I'm so glad to hear the housing hunt may have reached a happy conclusion. Here's hoping this will help take some weight off your mind and help enable to you to sleep better.

I'm completely with you on the audience experience... I'll always remember seeing "Frida" in this neo-Art Deco theatre and we were the *only* ones there. We were even able to ask the projectionist to turn the sound down. It was beyond nice.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 6th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)

I'm completely with you on the audience experience... I'll always remember seeing "Frida" in this neo-Art Deco theatre and we were the *only* ones there. We were even able to ask the projectionist to turn the sound down. It was beyond nice.

I can't recall the last "bad film" experience I had, when I finally had enough of idiots talking to the screen (and each other), of cellphones and the stench of concession-stand food. I know there was an unbearable screening of Blue Velvet, where people seemed to think they were at Rocky Horror. And a screening of The Birds that was met with gales of moronic laughter. And the release of the director's cut of Alien a few years back...they all added up. Now we stick to matinées and the smallest possible audiences, or we settle for DVDs later on.
kambriel
Apr. 6th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
It seems we approach movie going in the *exact* same way ~ better be careful or we'll show up at the same Tuesday matinee (weeks after release of course!) ;)

I discovered a new nuisance at Sweeney Todd ~ teenage girls texting their friends, so the glowing cellphone screens in the row front of us... even trying to block it out, it was just a total visual distraction.

If you're ever in the right mood for it though, I find the film crowds of Cambridge, MA amoungst the most *amusing* I've ever shared a movie with. I guess it's that sartorial humour, but as long as you're not trying to *focus*, they can be pretty hilarious!
robyn_ma
Apr. 6th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the big news.

Your movie recommendation for this week: The Ruins. Not as hell's-bells awesome as Doomsday, but genuinely creepy in spots.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 6th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)

Your movie recommendation for this week: The Ruins.

I've been sort of looking forward to this one, actually.
tarots
Apr. 7th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
The insomnia

Have you tried a sleep mask?
If you've mentioned it, I've been remiss in my reading.

Two weeks ago I purchased one. I managed six hours of
sleep AT NIGHT. 34 years later of insomnia I find this
damned thing.

It did take a few more store trips to find one with
a strap that didn't hurt my ears and make a blessed
knot of my hair.



greygirlbeast
Apr. 7th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)

Have you tried a sleep mask?

Yep. They've never helped.
mb2u
Apr. 7th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the new abode.

I have not been to a theater in years. I refuse to have to deal with the nonsense, overpriced tickets and food, and inconvenience. And yes this was way funny.
scarletboi
Apr. 7th, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
That's why I almost exclusively go to sneak previews...

They have armed guards to kick people out when they talk. :)
greygirlbeast
Apr. 7th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)


They have armed guards to kick people out when they talk.


Wow. No that works for me. Alas, the few "sneak previews" I've attended had no armed guards.
cdennismoore
Apr. 7th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
I liked the interview; are there links to any more?

THE RUINS was good, but I thought the ending was a bit abrupt. I guess I was looking for an ending I could see coming. I've not read the book, but the movie has made me very eager to do so.

--CDM.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 7th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)

THE RUINS was good, but I thought the ending was a bit abrupt. I guess I was looking for an ending I could see coming. I've not read the book, but the movie has made me very eager to do so.

Was their an actual pre-existing novel on which the film is based, or are you referring to a novelization?
cdennismoore
Apr. 7th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's based on Scott Smith's novel (he also wrote the screenplay), but the book's pretty thick and the movie just seemed like it had to have been leaving out a lot of the details.
eldritch00
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
Great interview, as expected!

When you say "the logical ending of the story I began in Silk," this only means that you're done with the Silk characters and not necessarily the "other-world" elements, right?

Also, what space opera do you read? Have you been going through the more recent ones like, say, Iain M. Banks and Alastair Reynolds? Just curious, and if you pardon my presumption, I'd like to recommend not just those two authors, but M. John Harrison's Light as well.
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