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"Deep in your veins, I will not lie."

Yesterday did indeed go entirely off the rails, and it refused to be shoved back on. Nothing was written. There was email with Bill Schafer regarding the cover of A is for Alien and with Anne Sowards regarding the cover of The Red Tree. New contracts arrived (details TBA), and I had to spend some time with them. There was deliberation over artists to be interviewed for Sirenia Digest #33. There was printer drama.

By 3:30 p.m., it was clear there would be no writing, and I suggested to Spooky that we just get the hell out of the house and maybe head for Watch Hill, which we've not visited since our arrival in Rhode Island back in June. She agreed it was a good idea, but then remembered we had to pick up our CSA produce bag at Dexter Training Ground at 5 p.m., and, I noted that a line of thunderstorms was sprouting up across South County. Regardless, we resolved to head for Watch Hill after picking up the CSA bag. I took a bath, and I think we actually got out of here about 5:30. Just south of Providence we hit the rain, and I suggested we give it up and turn back. Spooky was reluctant, because it meant we would run into work traffic. So, we changed our plans. Instead of Watch Hill, we just drove down to Narragansett and got some doughboys at Iggy's. By the time we reached the restaurant, the sky was clearing somewhat. We took our doughboys and headed to Point Judith. The tide was high, and the sea seemed oddly calm. Spooky suggested we check out the beach at Sand Cove ("Roger W. Wheeler State Beach"), over on the western side of Narragansett. I'd never been there, so I said sure. Sadly, it turned out to be 27 acres of the dullest, ugliest, most litter-strewn waterfront I've seen in Rhode Island (or anywhere in New England). We walked about a while, and at least the broad expanse of shallow water created by the breakwaters to the south meant an environment amenable to a number of species of pelecypods (bivalve mollusks) I'd not yet seen on the state's beaches. I picked up shells from large Surf clams (Spisula solidissima), a pretty little Bay scallop (Aequipectecn irradians), and a species of Razor clam (either Enis directus or Solen viridis, but I can't be sure, as the hinge, teeth, and beak were missing). Ratty sea gulls everywhere, and tourist droppings. After maybe twenty minutes, we grew disgusted and headed back to Providence.

Last night, after dinner, we watched P.J. Pesce's Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008), an entirely unsuccessful attempt to produce a sequel to Joel Schumacher's classic The Lost Boys (1987). There's really, honestly, not much good to be said for Pesce's film. I'm glad it wasn't longer, as the 100 minutes felt interminable (this was the "director's cut"). All the charm of the original was absent, all the things that made it work. Sure, there was sex and gore aplenty, and some dubious CGI, which I think were chiefly attempts to hide the absence of a script or direction or much in the way of acting. The camera work was...well...I've seen better stuff in Sci Fi Channel films. The critical soundtrack was dull and mismatched. Only the Aiden cover of "Cry Little Sister" (original by the psuedononymous "Gerard McMann") was worth the trouble, and even that could have been better. And Corey Feldman. Poor, poor (oddly well-preserved) Corey Feldman trapped in this asshat of a movie, trying his best to recapture some of the magic of the first film. Twenty-one years after the release of The Lost Boys, you'd think someone would have gone to the trouble to do this right or leave it the hell alone. And all I have to say about Angus Sutherland is that the father seems to have passed along none of his talent to Kiefer's half-brother. Anyway, I'd say skip this one altogether. Even free, it's a painful waste of time. This mess would have been more accurately titled Grand Theft Auto: The Lost Boys, and now I know why it went direct to DVD.

The Howards End sim was delivered this morning by Linden Labs. Right now, it's just a barren hunk of rock, like something thrust up from Paleozoic seas. But Jessica Ornitz, our terraformer and tunneler, will soon get to work on molding the stone to our purposes. I'm trying not to get too excited about this, at least not until after today's work is done. We have 15,000 prims to make the world come alive (a prim is the fundamental building unit in Second Life). If you want in, we still have slots open (I don't expect to close membership to the "Denizen's of Howards End" group until October, really), what I'll need is your SL name, so we can send you an invitation. Then you'll get all the updates and stuff. For now, the access list to the sim is restricted to the build team. Oh, and if you have not yet created an SL account, please, no silly names or pun-names. Names that you can imagine one might encounter in one of my novels set in New England (I'll likely be playing mostly as Bellatrix Bracken). For those people who already have accounts with unusual names, we'll figure something out, but absolutely no "joke names" will be permitted in sim. One day, I'll post my list of most idiotic, unforgivable SL names. Oh, and no names with numbers in them. I got in one decent bit of rp in Corvinus last night (thank you, Lina).

Please have a look at the current ebay auctions, and if you have not yet done so, it would be very helpful if you'd pre-order the mass-market paperback of Daughter of Hounds. Thanks! Now, here are some rather dull photos from yesterday:





The lighthouse at Narragansett Point, as the clouds break up (view to the south).



Detail of same. Note the perching gull on the right, auditioning as a weather vane.



Sand Cove, not my favourite beach (view to the west).



View to the south, towards the breakwater.



Gulls at Sand Cove (view to the east).

Comments

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readingthedark
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yay, contracts, yay.
scarletboi
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Watched Lost Boys 2 last week.

Pretty much the only thing that I enjoyed was Edgar Frog's scenes... And I'm pretty much the most obsessive Lost Boys fan there is. (sticker on my car, patch on my backpack, European movie poster in my computer room, even own the novelization, have it on VHS, DVD and Laserdisc, etc.)

I am heartened by the fact that Kiefer Sutherland has been talking up his love for the first movie and hinting that Warner Bros. might be in talks with Schumacher to make a real sequel involving David.

Also, really looking forward to the Howards End stuff, Zaaz is up for being either a changeling or a vampire, whichever you'd have more need of.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)

Pretty much the only thing that I enjoyed was Edgar Frog's scenes... And I'm pretty much the most obsessive Lost Boys fan there is. (sticker on my car, patch on my backpack, European movie poster in my computer room, even own the novelization, have it on VHS, DVD and Laserdisc, etc.)

I have the Brit poster framed. Have you seen the action figures? Pretty good...

Also, really looking forward to the Howards End stuff, Zaaz is up for being either a changeling or a vampire, whichever you'd have more need of.

Duly noted.

stsisyphus
Aug. 15th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
...please, no silly names or pun-names...

*winces* Well, I wasn't figuring my account name would be my char's name...

Had a question, a bit of Fridge Logic back from your original post on Howards End. If ya'll are modeling The Bailiff on Sid Haig, and Soldier on Katie Sackhoff. But, presuimg she's active during this time period (2005?), who plays Sabien White?
greygirlbeast
Aug. 15th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
*winces* Well, I wasn't figuring my account name would be my char's name...

Your's is probably right the edge of acceptable. Just out of curiosity (I wonder about this often with lots of people), why did you choose the name you chose?

There's a way around this. Player's put another name into the DCS or whichever "combat system" we use, that will be displayed on a tag beneath your actual SL name. I've done this on a number of occasions when "Nareth Nishi" (a Cambodian/Japanese hybrid, technically) was inappropriate to the sim/rp in question (on Arrkis, for example, Nareth was "Shahrazad al-Anwar" and Artemsia Paine was "Badra al-Jala'").

Had a question, a bit of Fridge Logic back from your original post on Howards End. If ya'll are modeling The Bailiff on Sid Haig, and Soldier on Katie Sackhoff. But, presuimg she's active during this time period (2005?), who plays Sabien White?

Fridge Logic?

I haven't really thought about Saben. I'm sure she'll be there, and I know taht at some point I had an actress in mind should (because I love the "casting game") but I cannot now remember who.

Edited at 2008-08-15 06:23 pm (UTC)
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txtriffidranch
Aug. 15th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, and after listening to the incessant "Isn't this cool?" wanking two years ago about that dog, I still cackle about your assessment of the Lost Boys sequel. Of course, I detested the original and still smack fanbois upside the head when they mix Lost Boys and Near Dark (much like the bozoids who refuse to accept that Return of the Living Dead and Day of the Dead are separate movies), so maybe I'm getting a bit more thrill from the schadenfreude than most.

Edited at 2008-08-15 06:46 pm (UTC)
cheekytubemouse
Aug. 15th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
...much like the bozoids who refuse to accept that Return of the Living Dead and Day of the Dead are separate movies

Or the ones who don't realize that not all zombies wander around groaning "Braaaaains." (If I'm recalling correctly, that originated with Return of the Living Dead.)
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corucia
Aug. 15th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Hello,

Just checking - did you get the email I sent a couple of days ago, regarding SL and the most recent Sirenia? There's been email issues recently....

Regards, David
greygirlbeast
Aug. 15th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)


Just checking - did you get the email I sent a couple of days ago, regarding SL and the most recent Sirenia?


I'm pretty sure that I did (though I probably haven't replied). Yes...there it is. Yes, I am interested. Just set up an SL account and get me the name, and we'll add you to the group. Don't know if you can rp, but you have brains, you're literate, you "get" my fiction, and these are elements that I especially need.
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sovay
Aug. 15th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Just thought you might need this:

Few men dare ask the question "What is toffee, exactly?" All those who have investigated this substance are now either dead or insane.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 15th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Just thought you might need this:

Cute. Thank you!
humglum
Aug. 15th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)

Dark Chocolate Fudge, and White Chocolate truffle are my favorites.
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nerinedorman
Aug. 16th, 2008 09:44 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll consider myself warned when it comes to Lost Boys, should they ever release it here in Africa.
smallpinkfish
Aug. 20th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I like the photos. Have you noticed if people surf much in your neck of the woods? I don't have much desire to be involved in the sim (as I know nothing about them, and my own life involves too much role-playing). I do enjoy photos though. Do you think that there will be images from Howard's End that us random fans can look at? I do love the worlds that you created.
smallpinkfish
Aug. 21st, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
apparently I failed to realize this was posted 4ish days ago. This is unsurprising, and actually happens in most conversations I am almost a part of. Or, I really just have to figure out weather I am going to be nocturnal or diurnal. Nevertheless-- I feel that either case is a mute point. Thanks-
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