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Sadly, not quite enough sleep last night. I was in bed by 2:45 ayem, it was well after 3 o'clock before I found sleep, and then I awoke just before 10 ayem, so....maybe 6.5 hours? I can't get by on that, sadly.

Yesterday, I did 1,145 words on "The Z Word" and finished the story (a total of 4,702 words, written over five days). Jesus fuck, but this is a strange one. I may never listen to ABBA again. At least, not without thinking of zombies. I am entirely unable to judge this story, aside from its obvious weirdness. Spooky (humglum) likes it a lot, and so does Sonya (sovay), and they're usually better judges than am I. I feel as though, every month, I look at the new issue of Sirenia Digest and think, No, this is just too weird, or too perverse, or too...something. I was sure, for example, that "Derma Sutra (1891)" would be somehow too intense for readers. And it seems to have been, judging from email and comments here (the only way I have to gauge these things), among the most popular of Sirenia stories. Anyway, yeah, a zombie love story built around ABBA lyrics, with an inexplicable smattering of Kate Bush near the end. I'm thinking the digest may not go out until Sunday, because Vince needs time to get the illustration done, and he's also working on his illustrations for A is for Alien. By the way, we have a cover:



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Anything else to yesterday? I began reading Michael Freeman's Victorians and the Prehistoric: Tracks to a Lost World (thank you, David). Spooky brokered a deal for the sale of the Palaeozoic Museum in New Babbage (SL), to someone who wants to keep the Museum up and running, which is cool. We watched Hal Hartley's intriguing, but terribly uneven, sf film The Girl from Monday (2005). I'm a fan of Hartley's, but this time, I fear he missed the mark. An attempt at a Vonnegut-like satire of American consumer culture, but it gets lost in lousy cinematography, clunky acting, and production values that just weren't up the the task. Later, I got in some work on the background for the Howard's End rp in Second Life (we're up to 27 players now, I think), mostly working out the background of the Roanoke Society, and helping a couple of people with their characters. It's not too early to send me thoughts on your character, by the way, and I strongly urge you to check into your SL account at least every two or three days, so the notices don't pile up on you too badly.

And speaking of Second Life, sometimes the disparity between the way I live mine and the way that Spooky lives hers is rather stunning. Last night, for example, while I was a vampire cowering in the catacombs beneath a church, trying to learn to feed with a fucking syringe because every time I do it the usual way I vomit up all the blood (thank you Ascilla, Lina, and Morgdah), she was hanging out with a candy-colored fairy wolf, just shooting the breeze and eating cupcakes. I get an NC-17 rating, she gets a G. I have this unnerving feeling that she's actually having more fun than me...





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tactileson
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
You're quite welcome for the book. And that cover for A is For Alien is absolutely perfect. I can't wait to see it in person.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)

And that cover for A is For Alien is absolutely perfect.

I think so.
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cucumberseed
Aug. 27th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
That's a really excellent cover.
stsisyphus
Aug. 27th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
I was sure, for example, that "Derma Sutra (1891)" would be somehow too intense for readers. And it seems to have been, judging from email and comments here...among the most popular of Sirenia stories.

Well, as a story of the Weird, it was bonechilling. As an erotica piece, it was outrageously hot. I'm really sort of disappointed more people don't comment on the sexiness of several of these stories. Anyway...

By the way, we have a cover

Wow. That's a book I want in my hand.

[Spooky] was hanging out with a candy-colored fairy wolf, just shooting the breeze and eating cupcakes...

No, I originally rolled my eyes at that, but the picture sort of really tweaked my cuteoverload button. Which is damned hard to do, let me tell you.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 27th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)

Well, as a story of the Weird, it was bonechilling. As an erotica piece, it was outrageously hot.

What more can I hope for?

I'm really sort of disappointed more people don't comment on the sexiness of several of these stories.

Same here. I think folks are shy.

No, I originally rolled my eyes at that, but the picture sort of really tweaked my cuteoverload button.

Yeah, that's why I included the screencap; it's one of those "has to be seen to be appreciated" things.
humglum
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)

and for all anyone knows, we were plotting a devious and bloody takeover of the mainland...
greygirlbeast
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)

and for all anyone knows, we were plotting a devious and bloody takeover of the mainland...

With cupcakes.
loki1978de
Aug. 29th, 2008 09:01 am (UTC)
EVIL cupcakes
derekcfpegritz
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Hey! You picked my alltime favorite Yerka pic for the cover of A is for Alien! That is awesome.

Oddly enough, that pic was also the inspiration for this one Nyarlathotep track, "Crabalocker Fishwife" (also, obviously, inspired by "I Am The Walrus"). I'll send you a demo of it as soon as I can figure out how to hell to master the damned bass so it doesn't sound like murky shit. That's what happens when you write a song with five basslines, at least three of which are playing at once at any giving moment....Seriously, why do I never learn? My bass addiction needs an intervention.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)

Hey! You picked my alltime favorite Yerka pic for the cover of A is for Alien! That is awesome.

How very fortuitous.
sovay
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
That is a very beautiful cover.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)

That is a very beautiful cover.

It is, really. I fell utterly in love with it. I'm still amazed were were able to get it.
tsarina
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
I started giggling when I saw the candy colored fairy wolf and cupcakes bit. That is awesome, awesome. Makes me want some to bake some cupcakes. Will you ask Spooky for me, what kind of cupcakes bring fairy wolves to the house?
greygirlbeast
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)

Will you ask Spooky for me, what kind of cupcakes bring fairy wolves to the house?

I will do that very thing. Spooky?
humglum
Aug. 27th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)

I think she said they were Vampire Cupcakes. But I didn't taste one, so I can't be sure...
stsisyphus
Aug. 27th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Wait, are those cupcakes made for vampires, made of vampires, or are they cupcakes that prey on unsuspecting virgins and drifters?
kiaduran
Aug. 27th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
*putting cupcake down and sloooowly backing away*
tsarina
Aug. 28th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Vampire cupcakes! Now this is something I must make. Hmmmm. Two kinds of vampire cupcakes: white cake with buttercream frosting stuffed with jam and devils food cupcakes with ganache....
greygirlbeast
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)

Vampire cupcakes! Now this is something I must make. Hmmmm. Two kinds of vampire cupcakes: white cake with buttercream frosting stuffed with jam and devils food cupcakes with ganache....

Now I'm drooling.
usagiko
Aug. 27th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for 'a is for alien'. :3 I need something new to read.

Also, are those cupcakes next to the wolf's paws? :o
greygirlbeast
Aug. 28th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)

Also, are those cupcakes next to the wolf's paws? :o

Indeed. See above comments.
humglum
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)

oh, and the dress I'm wearing... the print is cuts of meat. Steak and chicken legs and whatnot...
greygirlbeast
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)

the print is cuts of meat. Steak and chicken legs and whatnot...

Meat dress!!!!
sa_jathan
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
A Is For Alien
Sub Press has delivered perfection time and again. Another truly beautiful book from Bill and group.
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