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I did not write yesterday. Instead, I stepped back and tried to see the source of my doubt regarding what I have written thus far on The Red Tree. In part, it's the absence of the prologue/ forward/ introduction/ editor's note thing I'd planned to write after we get to Rhode Island. That seems clear now, as that part of the book is the part that sets the stage for the reader, and, it would appear, the writer. So, I need to backtrack and try to write it now, though it may be tomorrow before I get that far, far enough to begin it.

Instead of writing, yesterday was almost all reading. Many more chapters of House of Leaves, plus a bit of Stephen King's Carrie (1974). Because I wanted to see how King handled the "book about the book embedded within the book" problem with his The Shadow Exploded: Documented Cases and Specific Conclusions Derived from the Case of Carietta White by David R. Congress. Spooky read aloud to me, as is usually the case, what with my left eye being blind and the right eye tiring so quickly. And I packed a few boxes of books. I stayed off Second Life until after midnight. I fear I am at long, long last losing patience with SL, but that's an entry unto itself.

We made a trip out to Videodrome, because I wanted to see Stephen Soderbergh's superb adaptation of Stanislaw Lem's Solaris (2002) again, mainly to try and pick up a little of the mood. It's such a perfect film. I need to add it to my Amazon.com wishlist, and seeing it again also reminded me I've been meaning to put together a list of my "Favourite SF Films Since 1980."

Yesterday felt like a "seizure day," and I kept waiting, but it never came. I do not know how to explain those rare instances when I feel as if they're coming. But I'm usually right. Maybe I ought to call it "seizure weather." Anyway, I'm very glad that I was wrong yesterday.

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chris_walsh
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
OT: Meisha Merlin complications continue
You might want your fellow Atlanta people to know: Turns out that a Stone Mountain warehouse has a bunch of Meisha Merlin stock that has to be moved or it will be recycled or destroyed. Someone's rounding up people to salvage stuff from that warehouse.
chris_walsh
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
But to give you some nicer news...
...have you heard about the Mississippi guys who made the shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark back in the Eighties? I got to see them and their work this weekend.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Re: OT: Meisha Merlin complications continue
You might want your fellow Atlanta people to know: Turns out that a Stone Mountain warehouse has a bunch of Meisha Merlin stock that has to be moved or it will be recycled or destroyed. Someone's rounding up people to salvage stuff from that warehouse.

Thanks for the news, but, on the one hand, I really do not want to see copies of that wretched, typo-filled tpb version of Tales of Pain and Wonder, and on the other, I have no place to store more stock.

Edited at 2008-04-21 04:55 pm (UTC)
chris_walsh
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Meisha Merlin
Then you can think of it as a cleansing. You can wave at Meisha Merlin and say "Bye, I don't miss you."

On to the better.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Meisha Merlin

You can wave at Meisha Merlin and say "Bye, I don't miss you."

I did that back in January, when I learned they'd gone under.
chris_walsh
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Meisha Merlin
It can be a satisfying gesture, can't it? I did it when I was in high school and happened to ride by my former junior high (which I didn't attend so much as survive, as happens with lots of junior high students).

OK, away from MM and back to this entry: Maybe "Seizure Weather" can be a title. (A friend of mine who's epileptic is writing a book called Seizure Lass.)

Didn't King write the book-within-the-book stuff as part of Carrie's second draft? I remember him talking about that in On Writing. Of course, you try to avoid multiple drafts, so that approach probably wouldn't work for you.

However you do it, best of the good luck. (I think it's a good idea to specify good luck.)
greygirlbeast
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Meisha Merlin

Didn't King write the book-within-the-book stuff as part of Carrie's second draft? I remember him talking about that in On Writing. Of course, you try to avoid multiple drafts, so that approach probably wouldn't work for you.

Nope. I don't do multiple drafts, and in this case, even if I did, I don't have the time. As to whether or not this was something King did, adding the book about Carrie in a second draft, since I don't read books about writing.
sovay
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
That seems clear now, as that part of the book is the part that sets the stage for the reader, and, it would appear, the writer.

The piece I am working on right now turned out to want an alternate history, which has since proliferated in all directions. I'm having to take notes and figure out what is strictly relevant to the narrator and what I would only like to return to in other another story. It will probably still keep proliferating.

Anyway, I'm very glad that I was wrong yesterday.

May today be clear, too.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
The piece I am working on right now turned out to want an alternate history, which has since proliferated in all directions. I'm having to take notes and figure out what is strictly relevant to the narrator and what I would only like to return to in other another story. It will probably still keep proliferating.

All I can say is, I know what you mean. ;-)

Edited at 2008-04-21 04:58 pm (UTC)
wistful_nana_o
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Carrie was an amazing book - I preferred the book to the movie.

I added you, can you add me back? =]
greygirlbeast
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)

Carrie was an amazing book - I preferred the book to the movie.

Same here.

I added you, can you add me back? =]

Sorry. The only people I add to my friends list are people I actually know (apart from the internet) or people I have had an enormous amount of interaction with online. It's one way that I treat my LJ account differently from my MySpace account. Most people who ask me to friend them there, I friend back.
stillsostrange
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
Belated congratulations on the apartment and the move.

Also, I found Katelan Foisy's The Death Card today, and was reminded of "Pickman's Other Model".
greygirlbeast
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)

Also, I found Katelan Foisy's The Death Card today, and was reminded of "Pickman's Other Model".

Very nice.
unknownbinaries
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
Just found this while tooling around Etsy. Thought you might like it.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)

Just found this while tooling around Etsy. Thought you might like it.

Nice. You thought right.
scarletboi
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
CREEPY ROBOT DOG!

Something about it reminds me of the Stick Dogs.
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