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"persnal magnacism and sex repeal"

I. Am. So. Not. Awake. Just crawled away from a dream of breaking into a church and then descending deeper and deeper into some sort of spiraling cavern in the earth, like an endless natural spiral staircase. And now I am here, except for all of me that's still back there.

Strung out on the wings of the dawn.
Hole in the black, soul in the storm.
Torn down through the cracks in the dark,
We're miles adrift, we're inches apart.
*

The damned antibiotic is making me ill, which always happens, and always surprises me, regardless. If the cure doesn't kill you, you'll be just fine.

All of yesterday was spent trying to get the chapbook that will accompany the limited edition of A is for Alien ready to send off to subpress. And because this is a long chapbook, and I want it to be something special, what I thought would take me half a day took all of yesterday, and will take part of today to finish. A razor-sharp, crap-shoot affair, indeed. The chapbook will be divided into two sections —— I. "Early Tales" ("Between the Flatirons and the Deep Green Sea," "Persephone," and "Hoar Isis") and Part II. "Dream Sequence," which includes all those blog entries pertaining to the recurring "laugh motel" dreams that led me to write both "A Season of Broken Dolls" and "In View of Nothing" (with some commentary). So, yeah, always biting off more than I can quickly chew, but it's gonna be a nice chapbook, and Richard Kirk has very kindly consented to allow me to use the illustration he did in 2001 for "Hoar Isis" as the cover. And no, the chapbook cannot be purchased separately. It only comes with the limited edition.

After the work, I had a long bath before dinner. I lay there in the tub thinking about the chapbook. Afterwards, I finished Chapter Ten of Fraser's Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Life in the Triassic, "Pitfalls in Paleontology: The British Fissure Deposits." The chapter was concerned largely with sphenodontians, such as Plancocephalosaurus, Clevosaurus, and Diphydontosaurus, but also the gliding kuehneosaurs, the earliest crocodiles —— such as the sphenosuchid Terrestrisuchus —— a few synapsids, and early mammals, such as Oligokyphus. Having finished the chapter, I dozed on the sofa until Spooky woke me to eat. After dinner, we proofread the "Dream Sequence" half of the chapbook. Later, we watched Tamara Jenkins' The Savages (2007), which I adored. Great screenplay, and Philip Seymour Hoffman continues to amaze me. And then, afterwards, I found myself back in Second Life, in the city of Corvinus, the Vampire: the Masquerade sim. You know it's better than average SL roleplay when there's a party and everyone pretty much stays in character. I think my character's what you get when you cross Vin Diesel with Michelle Yeoh. Only you'd never want to cross Vin Diesel or Michelle Yeoh. And I'm probably a doofus, but I'm really looking forward to Babylon A.D. Anyhow, I didn't get to bed until about 4 ayem.

I actually ordered that "Platypus of Death" shirt, because they had it as a tank top (or "boybeater," if you prefer). How could I not? It hasn't yet arrived.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions, and if you haven't already, please, please pick up a copy of the mass-market paperback of Daughter of Hounds.

Okay. Back to the chapbook, and damn, but my office needs to be cleaned.

Stood up on the side of the earth.
Thrown back to the track, to the dirt.
Tooth red, lose an hour a day.
We're miles adrift, we're inches away...
*

* Unkle, "Broken"

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tactileson
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Just crawled away from a dream of breaking into a church and then descending deeper and deeper into some sort of spiraling cavern in the earth, like an endless natural spiral staircase.

Wow, great imagery. That really needs to make it into a story.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)

Wow, great imagery. That really needs to make it into a story.

Well...it seemed rather derivative of Danielewski, by way of Jules Verne, perhaps.
tactileson
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I can see the Jules Verne comparison. And I still have yet to read House of Leaves... It sits on my bookshelf and mocks me. It just seems like such an undertaking to really devote myself to reading it. Though I should do so soon.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)

And I still have yet to read House of Leaves...

You bad, bad boy.

I see a stairway so I follow it down
Into the belly of a whale
Where my secrets echo all around...
stsisyphus
Aug. 7th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Well...it seemed rather derivative of Danielewski, by way of Jules Verne, perhaps.

Um. This actually reminds me of Maddy Abrogast's descent into the Dreaming somewhere late into that series.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 7th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)

Um. This actually reminds me of Maddy Abrogast's descent into the Dreaming somewhere late into that series.

Interesting. I have so entirely let those stories slip from my conscious mind. That would have been The Dreaming #39, "The Lost Language of Flowers."
martianmooncrab
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
I have been watching "Jurassic Fight Club" on the History channel on their take of Dino behaviors and social patterns. Its amped up a lot, and every now and then I want Barney to eat the narrator.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 7th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)

I have been watching "Jurassic Fight Club" on the History channel on their take of Dino behaviors and social patterns. Its amped up a lot, and every now and then I want Barney to eat the narrator.

I saw some ads online somewhere (we no can has cable, which is really for the best), and it just looked frelling annoying.
martianmooncrab
Aug. 7th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
It is, but the CGI is good. And they do show some science in there between their verison of the Jurassic Extreme Dino Wrasslin' and Tail Whuppin' Club.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 7th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)

And they do show some science in there between their verison of the Jurassic Extreme Dino Wrasslin' and Tail Whuppin' Club.

Sigh.

Science made stupid.
riosanmateo
Aug. 7th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
A combination of Vin Diesel with Michelle Yeoh? Sounds beautiful and deadly, if the genes went together just right. Any chance you might post a screen cap of your new SL persona for those of us who--thanks to elderly computers--don't get to play in that world?
greygirlbeast
Aug. 7th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)

Any chance you might post a screen cap of your new SL persona for those of us who--thanks to elderly computers--don't get to play in that world?

I think that can be arranged.
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greygirlbeast
Aug. 8th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)

Thank you, Canadian taxpayers!
mr_earbrass
Aug. 8th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Just placed my pre-ord for DOH, really looking forward to it!

I've got a soft spot for the Diesel as well. This Babylon A.D. looks better than anything he's done recently, but to be perfectly honest any trailer that starts off with a black screen and his voice husking out is pretty much guaranteed to get me into the theater. Assuming, of course, the rest of the trailer doesn't reveal the film in question to be one of his awful-but-come-on-every-ticket-sale-gets-me-closer-to-making-Hannibal movies.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 8th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)

but to be perfectly honest any trailer that starts off with a black screen and his voice husking out is pretty much guaranteed to get me into the theater.

Sadly, same here.
loki1978de
Aug. 8th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Aug. 8th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)

Nice! Thanks!
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