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Blame it on the dark star...

No break in the insomnia, and it was at least 5:30 ayem before I found sleep last night, this morning, despite extra Ambien. And my efforts to gain weight are being met with little sucess. I'm still hovering around 170, a good fifteen pounds underweight for me. My rings fall off, so I've stopped trying to wear them.

After yesterday's entry, I realized that I'd completely failed to provide any idea of the actual storyline for The Red Tree. It simply did not occur to me to do so (and the Old Timers know how I hate synopses). I'd say it's a vampire novel, but that would be utterly misleading, as it's hardly in the "traditional" vampire mode, whether, to you, that means 'Salem's Lot, Dracula, Anne Rice, Lost Souls, Laurell K. Hamilton, Sonya Blue, or even The Five of Cups. It won't be like any of those sorts of vampire novels. There may or may not be any actual vampires, for one thing. If you've caught some of my treatments of vampirism in Sirenia Digest or Frog Toes and Tentacles, well, it'll be a little like that, at least in tone. I'm thinking of pieces like "Ode to Edvard Munch," "Untitled 12," "Orpheus at Mount Pangaeum," and maybe even "The Bed of Appetite." The protagonist, Sarah Crowe, is drawn to a fallow plot of farmland in Massachusetts (or Rhode Island) on which grows a tree, an ancient oak, with a very unsavory history. It's about history, and insanity, lost love, and hauntings, werewolvery, peculiar paintings, witch trials, and maybe even the Hounds of Cain. And yet, in some thematic sense, it will mostly be a "vampire novel." I want to make the protagonist 45 or 50, but marketing would probably have a coronary, so I'll probably settle for 37. She will likely be a lesbian. And more than that I can promise with no degree of certainty. Well, except it will be much darker and less whimsical than Daughter of Hounds.

If you've not yet seen the new interview at Fearzone, it's here.

Also, Daughter of Hounds is eligible in the "Best Fantasy Novel" category in the 2008 Locus Poll and Survey, and your votes would not be unappreciated, should you feel it is so deserving. Also, Tales from the Woeful Platypus is eligible in the "Best Single-Author Collection" category, but you'd have to write it in, as it's not in the drop-down menu thingy like Daughter of Hounds. And, of course, various of my short stories and "novelettes" are eligible. I'd especially like to point you to "The Ape's Wife." You do not have to be a Locus subscriber to vote, but if you are, it'll net you a free issue, I think.

Yesterday, I read the first two chapters of Michael E. Bell's Food for the Dead: On the Trail of New England's Vampires (2001), which begins with the whole Mercy Brown affair in Exeter. Then we got a call informing us we were on the guest list for Colin Meloy's solo show at the Variety Playhouse, and knowing this might be our last chance to see a show at the Variety before the move, we stopped everything and got dressed. A quick dinner at the Vortex (fish and chips and pink lemonade for me). There are a couple of photos from the show behind the cut. The one of Mr. Meloy is awful, because it's very low light and I absolutely cannot hold a camera still. A wonderful, sweet show, despite the performer being stricken with an awful cold. We were introduced to Cornwallis the Crystal and Consquela the Mermaid.









After the show, well, stuff, and then Spooky read me the first chapter of House of Leaves again, because I needed to hear it, and then I did not fall asleep until five ayem.

And I shall remind you, 'cause Herr Platypus says I should, that if you subscribe to Sirenia Digest by Sunday at midnight (EST), you will receive issue #28 FREE. And now I drink the coffee.

Comments

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chris_walsh
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Whatever The Red Tree becomes, I'm there.

And thanks for sharing the Colin Meloy show photos! I've heard good things about his performing, both in-band and solo; I hope his show was edifying. (I'm feeling all fancy-language 'n' stuff right now.)
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)

I've heard good things about his performing, both in-band and solo; I hope his show was edifying. (I'm feeling all fancy-language 'n' stuff right now.)

I think it was almost as good as having the whole band, really.
humglum
Apr. 12th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)


I actually enjoyed it more, I think. He was just so goofy and delerious from probably both the cold and cold medicine, not to mention red wine with a chicken on the label.
sovay
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
I want to make the protagonist 45 or 50, but marketing would probably have a coronary, so I'll probably settle for 37.

Give them a coronary! There are not enough middle-aged protagonists in the world.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)

Give them a coronary! There are not enough middle-aged protagonists in the world.

Well, my instinct is to do just that. But. Well, we'll see.
cdennismoore
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
"but marketing would probably have a coronary"

Apparently there are things after the fact of writing a novel I don't know. How come marketing would have a coronary if the protagonist was 45-50?
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)

How come marketing would have a coronary if the protagonist was 45-50?

The ghetto of "genre" publishing. Demographics. Target audiences. Young is sexy. Sexy sells. It's all bullshit.
cdennismoore
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
That IS bullshit.
jtglover
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
What's wrong with 45 or 50? Some authors seem to do OK with middle aged protagonists. And that description sounds very enticing. Looking forward to it. :)
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)

What's wrong with 45 or 50? Some authors seem to do OK with middle aged protagonists. And that description sounds very enticing. Looking forward to it. :)

Well, to be truthful, I don't think The Road is in any way comparable to The Red Tree. Sure. A father and his son (though I can't recall if we ever learn the father's age). Though The Road is sf, and probably also "horror," Cormac McCarthy is not shackled by the constraints of genre publishing, but is a best-selling, mainstream, "literary" author — different game, different rules.
jtglover
Apr. 11th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Mmmm. I was perhaps being a little flip, and you're working with different constraints, but The Road did do well with genre audiences. His popularity in literary circles did not, I suspect, have a serious impact on genre readers' likelihood to read it, except in an amused/curious sense--"look at the lit-freak trying to write a good story." Maybe The Road was so well reviewed in genre circles does speak to his status as an attention getter, and maybe it should be written off as an exception, but one would like to think that even the most myopic of bean-counters would grok that the freaks and the geeks bought, read, and enjoyed a book centered on a more or less middle aged guy.
nykolus
Apr. 11th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
"The Red Tree" sounds dandy! (nice title, too) i'm assuming not through SubPress though? and by the by, what exactly was "Joey Lafaye" on about again???
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)

"The Red Tree" sounds dandy! (nice title, too) i'm assuming not through SubPress though? and by the by, what exactly was "Joey Lafaye" on about again???

No, this book will be released by Penguin (Roc). Joey Lafaye is a weird sort of modern fairie tale (and I mean "weird" in the HPL sense, the "weird" tradition).
nykolus
Apr. 11th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
thanks! i must be confusing myself then. what ever happened to sweet william, ignacious, violet(?) the barker and the traveling carnival/circus? those got me really excited...
greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)

thanks! i must be confusing myself then. what ever happened to sweet william, ignacious, violet(?) the barker and the traveling carnival/circus? those got me really excited...

All those characters, and the carnival, which I have named the Strikefire & Z. B. Harbinger Wonder Show, are from Joey Lafaye, yes.
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greygirlbeast
Apr. 11th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)

This is a tangly subject anyway, because what if people kept clamouring for stories about Deacon? Do they think he's going to stay in his early-to-mid-thirties, forever?

Even in Daughter of Hounds, I allowed Deacon (I had to allow) to age into (I think) his early forties. Deacon and I are about the same age, though I'm also pretty sure his age is given somewhere in the novel. But, importantly, Deacon remained in the background, and the central characters — Soldier, Emmie, Pearl, Saben, Odd Willie — were aged 8-mid twenties.
reverendcrofoot
Apr. 13th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
House of Leaves again? I've been recalitricent to read this as I've had a few people say that my first novel has some similarities to it. I'll just have to suck it up and read it.

And strange that your next novel is a vampire novel. I can't wait.
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