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"After the fire, the fire still burns..."

Home again, home again. Back to the scorch. Yes, the heat continues here in Providence, and likely that means this will be a somewhat meandersome, unfocused entry. Last night, at midnight, the thermostat inside was still at 87F, though it was in the mid seventies Outside. We expect some relief tomorrow, then cooler weather; the meteorologists say there's cooler air (low eighties, as opposed to nineties) on its way.

I've never been very good at the whole "Con Report" thing. Better not to try. It went well, and I was pleasantly surprised by Readercon. Next year, I plan to attend for the whole four days. It was good seeing people I'd not seen in ages (and, apologies, but I'm far too hot, for the most part, to bother with LJ tags): Ellen Datlow, for example, and Gwenda Bond, and Robert Killheffer, and Michael Morano, and Cecilia Tan. And to finally meet people I've only known from LJ and/or email —— Elizabeth Bear (though our paths only crossed once), Greer Gilman, Neil Clarke, Geoffrey Goodwin, Eric Van, Rose Fox, and, see, I'm so damned hot I can't recall any more names than that. Dr. Muñoz has been rolled into the office, but has not yet made it bearable. My thanks to Theo Black (who is Holly Black's husband, and I somehow managed not to meet Holly) for the gift of the marvelous Chiana cup he made himself. And there was a belated birthday gift from the folks at the Weird Tales booth, so my thanks for that, as well. The panels went well. The reading went well (I threw candy, and read "The Steam Dancer (1896)" and the first section of "Salammbô Redux (2007)"). The dealer's room was grand, but I was good and spent virtually no money there, though I did manage to snag a 1921 hardback of Edgar Rice Burroughs Thuvia, Maid of Mars for a mere $5, and I also picked up a copy of David Larkin's Giants (1979), which I had in high school, but someone "borrowed" (and you know how that so often goes). Two dealers were even well-stocked with my books, which pleased me. On Sunday afternoon, after my last panel, I had an hour-long interview with Locus, and, truthfully, that was the only genuinely stressful part of the con. Though Liza Trombi, who conducted the interview, soon put me at ease. I am told it will appear in the magazine sometime in the next 3 months to a year. And I know there are people and things that I'm forgetting, but like I said, I just don't do con reports. And it's hot. It was all very strange, after avoiding such things for almost four years. I guess I'm back in the saddle again. Oh, and it was heavenly, having air conditioning for two days (though some parts of the hotel were uncomfortably cold). Spooky didn't take many photos, but there are four behind the cut:





In the hour before my last panel of the con, and I think I'd developed a theory that if you listen to Moby on your iPod, people won't bother you.



Spooky clearly disproved the theory.



My last panel of the weekend, "Sing Along With the Text," which was led by sovay, during which we discussed the importance of music to our writing and the many ways we've incorporated that music into our writing.



Left to right —— Greer Gilman, Matthew Jarpe, some goofball in a Grover T-shirt, Allen Steele, and that Sonya Taaffe girl. Greer had the best comment during the panel —— "Lawyers have made it very hard to be modernists."



We got home about 7 p.m., to find my comp copies of Subterranean: Tales of Dank Fantasy waiting in the back stairwell. It includes my aforementioned story, "The Steam Dancer (1896)," as well as work by Poppy, Joe Lansdale, Tim Powers, Mike Carey, Kage Baker, William Browning Spencer, and others. A gorgeous book. Which reminds me to remind you that subpress in now taking preorders on A is for Alien. And, also, I want to mention that Bill Schafer has informed me that we were able to get the cover artist for A is for Alien that I've been hoping for months we'd be able to get —— Jacek Yerka —— the brilliant Polish surrealist who did Mind Fields with Harlan Ellison back in 1994.

If you've not already, please have a look at the current eBay auctions, which are set to end tomorrow. Bid if you are able and so disposed. Thank you.

So, yes. Back in Providence. The heat kept us up late last night, as it was simply too hot to even try to sleep. We had Chinese take-out for dinner (too hot to cook). We ate ice cream. Took cold baths. Watched Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog in its entirety, then watched Goran Dukic's Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006), an oddly adorable film we both liked quite a lot. We played two rounds of Unspeakable Words, and I won both. I finished Chapter Nine of Fraser's Triassic book, which mostly focused on the faunas from the South American Ischigualasto and Santa Maria formations, including such creatures as Herrerasaurus, Eoraptor, Riojasaurus, Saurosuchus, Saturnalia, and Staurikosaurus. Etc. and etc. I did manage to get to bed before 4 ayem. Just. Anyway, I have to try to get some work done now, as I have only twelve days to finish Chapter Three of The Red Tree, write a new piece for Sirenia Digest #32, write an introduction for Joshi's new Arthur Machen collection, and get the issue together. Oh, that reminds me, this month's digest will include something special from Sonya Taaffe, plus an interview by Geoffrey Goodwin with artist Richard A. Kirk. Don't miss it!

Comments

( 19 comments — Have your say! )
robyn_ma
Jul. 20th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
You totally rock the Grover shirt.

I felt that this needed to be said.

Also, wait'll you see Ledger's Joker.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 20th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)

You totally rock the Grover shirt.

I felt that this needed to be said.


Others seemed to agree with you.

Also, wait'll you see Ledger's Joker.

I am eager.
robyn_ma
Jul. 20th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
'Others seemed to agree with you.'

Because this is fact.

(1) The earth revolves around the sun.
(2) All living things must die.
(3) Caitlín rocks the Grover shirt.

Only these things may we be sure of.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 20th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)

Only these things may we be sure of.

So mote it be. ;-)
xanguisettex
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)

I know this is an odd compliment, but you have very nice hands!

I've never been to a con of any sort. I'd like to go--but I'm afraid of seeing boatloads of Things I Must Have and spending too much money on things...

Ecch. Sorry your air conditioning does not seem to be working. When the AC breaks and Southern heat and humidity fill the house, I usually find myself in the hallway on the stairs, since that is the only place where any relief can be found from the heat. It doesn't aid higher cognitive function, that's for sure.

Thank you for the Whedon link, I was unaware and this brings me great happiness!
greygirlbeast
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)

I know this is an odd compliment, but you have very nice hands!

Thank you...

-but I'm afraid of seeing boatloads of Things I Must Have and spending too much money on things...

It's certainly one of the perils of con-going.

Thank you for the Whedon link, I was unaware and this brings me great happiness!

You're welcome.
jmoyer
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC)
I hope the odd convention will not only help you keep in touch with old friends and fellow writers but also allow you to expand your readership. I don't know much about how cons can help writers but I assume the exposure alone must do some good.

The other day I pre-ordered a trade copy of A is for Alien. My housemate tactileson has told me that your sci-fi is wonderful and should not be missed.


greygirlbeast
Jul. 20th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)

The other day I pre-ordered a trade copy of A is for Alien. My housemate dlemoine has told me that your sci-fi is wonderful and should not be missed.

Then my thanks to you and David both!
mellawyrden
Jul. 20th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
you look pretty!
stillsostrange
Jul. 21st, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed your reading.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed your reading.

I'm glad, and thank you for coming.
readingthedark
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
Your reading was so dreamy. Meeting you and Kathryn (for her sake, it'll now be the only name I use, even inside my own thoughts) was the best part of the last four blurry days.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 21st, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Your reading was so dreamy.

Well, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'd been a while, and I thought it was a little rough. I'll do better next time. ;-)

Meeting you and Kathryn (for her sake, it'll now be the only name I use, even inside my own thoughts) was the best part of the last four blurry days.

Feh. No comment...

sovay
Jul. 21st, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
It was wonderful to see you.
ellen_datlow
Jul. 21st, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Caitlin,
It was wonderful to see you.
I just got home myself and am trying to catch up.
And unpack.


txtriffidranch
Jul. 21st, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I was too busy picking blueberries and tracking honeybees in East Texas; sorry. However, I may make the next one. Scott Edelman kept making threats that he was going to point behind people and yell "Oh my God, it's Paul Riddell, AND HE'S GOT A GUN!", so I'm going to have to come out there next year just to make sure that he follows through on his promises.
ceciliatan
Jul. 21st, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
Readercon makes my soul happy. It was great to see you there -- overall it's been great to see the march that con has made over the past ten years from being largely homogenous (which I apparently have forgotten how to spell... my brain is clearly still overworked from the con...) in its demographics to much more diverse.

Sorry to hear it's as bad in PVD as here (Boston). I can't believe the strength of the downpours we've been getting, and it's been so hot since May! New England is supposed to be damp and chilly, dammit...
eldritch00
Jul. 22nd, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
OH. WOW.

Jacek Yerka? That's absolutely fantastic, in every sense of the term! And--it seems to me--very very suitable for A is for Alien.

Also, what Machen collection is Joshi doing? Is this for Penguin, like his Lovecraft and M. R. James volumes? Any more information about this you can give out?
chris_walsh
Jul. 25th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Grover:
Case Designate Groverfield:

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