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"We are accidents, waiting to happen."

Yesterday, I did 1,552 words on Chapter Five of The Red Tree. At this point, the manuscript is 51,435 words long, or 206 pages. And, as usual, I have no idea how this novel will be received. I do not know how my agent will react, or my editor, and especially not readers. This is probably not the novel with which I will win over Middle America. I expect the Wal-Mart crowd will not gobble this one up. And Oprah will not shower accolades upon it. Ah, but there is sex, and how often has that ever happened in my novels? Actual sex. It's all between two woman, and one of them is in her forties, but still. It is sex. The trick is allowing sex scenes to play out in such a way that the whole novel does not come to a grinding halt because of THE SEX SCENE. Well, that's one of the tricks.

Somehow, I slept seven hours last night, and feel a bit better today.

Spooky has begun a new round of eBay auctions. Please have a look.

Let's see. How about a news item? Well, I'm learning just exactly what a total religious whack-job this Palin woman is, and that's even scarier than Hurricane Ike. Really, people, McCain is 71 years old. Life expectancy for men in America is only 75.4 years, so, you know, there is a better than good chance that the war-mongering old fart could kick the bucket and leave crazy little Miss Alaska the True Believer in charge. Well, leave her camp of extra-loony evangelical Xtians in charge. But whatever.

There's a reason I try to avoid the news.

Anyway...yesterday, after the writing, Spooky and I went down to Point Judith, because we knew that, after Hanna's passage, the surf would be spectular. And spectacular it was. So much so, it was too much for any actual surfers. We climbed the remains of Fort Greene (aka, the Rabbit's Restroom), then picked our way along the cobblestone beach below the hill (to 41°21'42.89"N, 71°29'6.05"W). The tide was out, and there were dead horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) everywhere, dozens of them. The waves were enormous, and the air was filled with salty mist from the breakers. As the first quarter moon rose over the sea in the south, we turned west again and walked back to the jetty at Harbor of Refuge. Far out, the waves were completely overtopping the jetty, sending up great walls of white water. We ventured a couple of hundred yards out (approximately 41°21'38.78"N, 71°29'18.93"W) and I stood on the ancient granite blocks, getting wet, the wind roaring around me, entirely amazed. Spooky took a lot of photos, and I'll post a few this evening. We stayed until sunset, then had dinner at Iggy's before heading back to Providence.

Later, there was some work on the Howards End sim, and we read more of "Cabal." And that was yesterday. Oh, I do have this screencap from the Howard Ends skybox, grumpy Nareth getting a "time out" with only Sulk Bunny and Captain Spaulding for company.





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scarletboi
Sep. 8th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
I just reread Cabal about a month ago. Still such a great book.

My friend Corey made me a version of Decker's mask. It's awesome. :)
nullmode
Sep. 8th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
Palin scares the fuck out of me. I so wish I could just dismiss the thoughts and what ifs as you can.

I was at the skybox the other night. The decor is great! I also wandered around the sim some to still can't wait to get started on the buildings and that stuff. Do we have a street map we will use to lay out all that stuff?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 8th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
I so wish I could just dismiss the thoughts and what ifs as you can.

Oh, that not what I meant by "whatever." As much as I might desire to, I can't dismiss this crazy bitch. She could be the end of me. But...having resigned from the human race back in 2003, I'm not entirely sure what my role in this particular sick comedy is supposed to be.

Do we have a street map we will use to lay out all that stuff?

Yes.

Edited at 2008-09-08 06:49 pm (UTC)
nullmode
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, that not what I meant by "whatever." As much as I might desire to, I can't dismiss this crazy bitch. She could be the end of me. But...having resigned from the human race back in 2003, I'm not entirely sure what my role in this particular sick comedy is supposed to be.

And here I was all set to be jealous. Can I get an app to resign to? Sounds like a very good idea at this point.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 8th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)

Can I get an app to resign to?

No application needed. I just...let go. Humanity is an easy skin the shed.
unknownbinaries
Sep. 8th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Here's more about Palin's crazy fucking church. Apparently they're the same lovely group we see in Jesus Camp, and I'm trying to pass this around as much as possible, so that more people don't continue to see her as Hillary Part Deux.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 8th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)

Apparently they're the same lovely group we see in Jesus Camp

Yep. That's in the article I linked to.
kali_owns_you
Sep. 8th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
I told my Canadian fiance that the perfect words to describe Palin were "The Ugly American." She is one of those people who go to foreign countries and say things very loud and slow in English because, of course, then someone non-American will understand her.

I am so glad I get to flee this country.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 8th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)

I am so glad I get to flee this country.

Thing is, no one flees America. Not really.
loosechanj
Sep. 8th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
I love how people are slinging around "experience", as if surviving in a dirty, back-stabbing business like politics is a good thing. Palin's kind of the other extreme, she's scary as hell because she's so obviously the anti-christ a master to have rocketed up the ladder so quickly.
sovay
Sep. 8th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Ah, but there is sex, and how often has that ever happened in my novels? Actual sex. It's all between two woman, and one of them is in her forties, but still. It is sex.

Cool.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 8th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)

Cool.

I fear the "average reader" response will be something more like, "gross."
sovay
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
I fear the "average reader" response will be something more like, "gross."

Average readers are silly people.
n5red
Sep. 8th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
Personally, I'm getting tired of so many authors doing sex scenes. I enjoy the descriptions of sensuality and seduction, but the explicit sex has become very tiresome.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 8th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)

Personally, I'm getting tired of so many authors doing sex scenes. I enjoy the descriptions of sensuality and seduction, but the explicit sex has become very tiresome.

Well, then you won't be disappointed that I mostly skim over the nitty gritty of the thing. It's hardly a blow-by-blow account...
n5red
Sep. 9th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it. There are certain well-known authors in the field who have gone from "buy any paperback they write" to "not a chance will I waste my money and time again". It would be very sad for you to wind up being moved to the second catagory.
maetrics
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Am I the only one comforted by the thought that Palin will fulfill Heinlein's prediction of a religious dictatorship in 4 years?

When do we get applications for our spots on the upcoming moon colony? Or is that included with shedding our human skin?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)



When do we get applications for our spots on the upcoming moon colony? Or is that included with shedding our human skin?


I fear it's not included, or at least not necessarily included, as I seem doggedly earth-bound.
sfmarty
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
I found this on another site and thought it might please you.

http://video.stumbleupon.com/#p=w0gabo6zub
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greygirlbeast
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Re: Something new on the small screen

"Fringe" debuts tomorrow night on Fox:

Saw a trailer in the theatre, but I'll have to wait for the DVD, as we gave up cable.
marcikiser
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
Auctions...
Are you still selling copies of Daughter of Hounds in the eBay auctions?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Re: Auctions...

Are you still selling copies of Daughter of Hounds in the eBay auctions?

That's not one we auction, as I don't want to compete with booksellers on my Roc titles. You can find Daughter of Hounds in bookshops or order from Amazon.
loki1978de
Sep. 9th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
"I do not know how my agent will react, or my editor, and especially not readers. This is probably not the novel with which I will win over Middle America. I expect the Wal-Mart crowd will not gobble this one up. And Oprah will not shower accolades upon it."

sounds more and more like a book one should definatly read


and that is a really great bunny *wants to have one that size*
tarots
Sep. 9th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
stun gunned
Worldwide mission efforts of the movement are built around the idea of combating witches, warlocks, and generational curses, which prevent churches from being able to take root.

...what the fuck?
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