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On this day, 118 years ago, H. P. Lovecraft was born. So, we'll likely be at Swan Point Cemetery this evening, sometime before dark. If you should see me there, just be kind and don't ask me to sign anything. We haven't been to Swan Point since arriving in Providence in June. Since the Lovecraft Tree was felled by a storm two years ago, the thought of visiting HPL's grave makes me sort of sad.

A decent writing day yesterday, though it was fuck all getting started. Days when the words swirl about just out of reach. Taunting me. That sort of day. But, still, I did 1,151 words on Chapter Four of The Red Tree. I should only be two or three days from the end of this chapter.

Yesterday, I was flipping through the new issue of Weird Tales, and found that the last page was devoted to the opinions of those who agreed and disagreed with the recent list the magazine published, "The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years." Personally, I was fairly pleased with the list, though a number of people I'd have included were not on it. But this would be true for anyone, right? Anyway, I digress. Looking at the last page of Weird Tales yesterday, I was admittedly delighted to read the following, written by Magan Rodriguez:

Where is Caitlín R. Kiernan? Surely she deserves to be on this list. She's written some of the best "weird" this side of Lovecraft!

Thank you, Magan.

After the writing yesterday, I was too wiped out to even go to the market with Spooky. Thank you, Monsieur Insomnia. I collapsed on the sofa in the front parlour and drifted in and out of sleep for an hour of so. Later, we watched an episode of Angel, just because. There was V:tM in Second Life, some better than average rp in Corvinus with Nareth the Ravnos antitribu (thank you, Ania, Sev, and Morgdah), and it was all really too complicated to put into a synopsis. There were dealings with the Lambrosa, and now Nareth has been given a haven in the cathedral, and a shiny new collar studded with rubies to let everyone know that a Sabbat Templar is her Master. Yeah, I know. I'm a dork. But insomnia with vampires is better than insomnia without. As for Howards End, we are set to "break ground" tonight —— which means that Jessica will begin the terraforming. And what an appropriate date for it to begin on. Also, please note (because the question was asked yesterday): voice will not be permitted anywhere in the Howards End sim. Ever. No exceptions. It only causes lag and destroys the suspension of disbelief.

By the way, the aliens over at Ziraxia, makers of the Stiff Kitten T-shirt, are now offering a RL shirt by one of my favourite SL designers, Hyasynth Tiramisu:

the disquiet of lapins


Okay. Short entry today. More caffeine. But, if you have not, please do pre-order A is for Alien and the mass-market paperback of Daughter of Hounds. Danke. And my thanks also to everyone who took part in the latest round of eBay. Spooky says she'll begin new auctions today.

Comments

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nullmode
Aug. 20th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
I was thinking..Will you be taking progress pics of Howards End as we move along through the build? It would be nice to have when we are finished.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 20th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)

Will you be taking progress pics of Howards End as we move along through the build? It would be nice to have when we are finished.

Yep.
txtriffidranch
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Ummm...you do know that someone managed to clone the Lovecraft Tree, and that its clone is going back into the original space, right? (I thought you could use some good news.)
greygirlbeast
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)

Ummm...you do know that someone managed to clone the Lovecraft Tree, and that its clone is going back into the original space, right? (I thought you could use some good news.)

Yeah, I know. And maybe in a hundred years or so, the spot will will something like it did in 2006. I'm just missin' that tree...but thanks for trying.
txtriffidranch
Aug. 20th, 2008 06:56 pm (UTC)
But look at the bright side. As far as that tree is concerned, at least, you'll be looking at that cemetary in the way Lovecraft himself would have looked at it while he was alive. You'll be getting a bit of horticultural time travel, and you don't have to do a thing. Besides, you short-time beings are all alike: we have nothing but time, and if I have to wait a few decades for the new tree to reach the size of the old one, then I close my eyes and nap for a little while.

Oops. I wasn't supposed to mention that last part. I'm human. HUMAN, I tell you!
greygirlbeast
Aug. 20th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)

But look at the bright side. As far as that tree is concerned, at least, you'll be looking at that cemetary in the way Lovecraft himself would have looked at it while he was alive.

Will I? I have assumed the tree was so large that it must have already been quite large during his day (but, admittedly, I know little of the longevity of trees).

Besides, you short-time beings are all alike: we have nothing but time, and if I have to wait a few decades for the new tree to reach the size of the old one, then I close my eyes and nap for a little while.

Short-term creature...

Not a bad description.
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greygirlbeast
Aug. 20th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)

You are most welcome, Cait.

Oh, that was you? Cool. And thanks again.

As much as you're inspired by Lovecraft and other 'weird' writers, you have inspired a whole new generation of 'weird' writers.

If Nebari women could blush...
alvyarin
Aug. 20th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Maybe someday I will get to Rhode Island and see the Lovecraft sites. I hope so. Meanwhile I enjoy all of your pictures. Happy birthday, Mr. Lovecraft.

I'm sure you have a plethora of artists for interviewing already, but I love this photographer's work - http://www.viona-art.com/index.html. Or maybe I just like looking at pretty ladies in tiny-waisted corsets. Hm.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 20th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)

I'm sure you have a plethora of artists for interviewing already, but I love this photographer's work - http://www.viona-art.com/index.html. Or maybe I just like looking at pretty ladies in tiny-waisted corsets. Hm.

Very nice, but a little tame for our needs.
sovay
Aug. 20th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
Where is Caitlín R. Kiernan?

Amen. You are certainly, and in the best of ways, weird.

Happy birthday, Lovecraft.
robyn_ma
Aug. 20th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
'If you should see me there, just be kind and don't ask me to sign anything.'

Not even my cat's bald head?
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