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"Truth is the bottom of a bottomless well."

Yesterday, I did 1,130 words on Chapter Six of The Red Tree. Afterwards, we read over the pages. Any day that "the rushes" manage to give Spooky the creeps is a day I know I've written well (that is, of course, provided I meant to evoke creepiness that day). Looking at my schedule, deadlines, short stories, Sirenia Digest, and so forth...it's a damned good thing I had those 1,500+ word days, because, otherwise, I'd be unspeakably behind.

As for the remainder of yesterday, I read through a couple of papers in the June Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology —— "A reassessment of some poorly known turtles from the Middle Jurassic of China, with comments on the antiquity of extant turtles" and "A rare Danian (Early Paleocene) Chlamydoselachus (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchi) from the Takatika Grit, Chatham Islands, New Zealand." Spooky got Chinese takeaway for dinner, and then there was far, far, far too much World of Warcraft ("elf crack"). By the way, it's not just me, so there's no danger of Spooky becoming a "WoW widow." She also has a night-elf character, a druid named Syllahr. As for Merricat, she reached Level 14 and almost made it to Level 15, but quests seemed to be running short, and so I fear it's away to Darkshore for me. I also attended to some SL business, some notices regarding the Howards End sim. And late, watched (for the umpteenth time) Joseph L. Mankiewicz's adaptation of Tennessee Williams' brilliant and horrifying play, "Suddenly, Last Summer" (which I recently summed up as The Golden Bough meets Lovecraft by way of the Southern Gothic). I am endlessly fascinated by Violet Venable tending dead Sebastian's primordial jungle. Anyway, that was yesterday.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions, and note that not only is there a copy of The Five of Cups, but there's the first copy of Tales from the Woeful Platypus that we have ever offered for auction. Oh, have I mentioned that subpress will be doing my third "weird erotica" collection, Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, next year? I must have...

Also, remember that subpress is now taking pre-orders for my first sf collection, A is for Alien, and that the new mass-market paperback of Daughter of Hounds is now available..

Okay. The words are waiting. But here are a few photographs from our drive down to Harbor of Refuge on Monday evening:

A very bold juvenile Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), seen through the car's windshield.

A gorgeous little wolf spider (Lycosidae) skittering across a granite boulder. I love this shot.

I really annoyed Spooky when I pointed out that her "rockscape" is making a frowny face.

Shattered lobster pots, washed up on the shingle.

A sea-smoothed boulder still bearing scars from the construction of Fort Greene in 1941.

All photographs Copyright © 2008 by Kathryn A. Pollnac.


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Sep. 17th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart

If you posted about this previously, I didn't catch it. Great news! Do you have a sense yet of whether it will be more vignette-ish or story-ish overall? I liked both of the previous collections, so it don't make no nevermind to me, just curious.
Sep. 17th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Do you have a sense yet of whether it will be more vignette-ish or story-ish overall?


Edited at 2008-09-17 05:00 pm (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
I really annoyed Spooky when I pointed out that her "rockscape" is making a frowny face.

Were there any errors of Type -112 when the beach was booting up?
Sep. 17th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)

Were there any errors of Type -112 when the beach was booting up?

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Sep. 17th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)

Please take a moment to let us know how you're doing ...

Much better, thank you.

I know you correspond with Mr. Straub. I'd be curious to know if he read THE MAGUS before or during his composition of SHADOWLANDS

I shall try to remember that question next time we talk. Last time me talked, I brought up the obvious debt that Ghost Story owes "The Great God Pan," and he agreed.

Sometimes I worry about how much enjoyment I derive from LJ et. al.

Sometimes, it seems I spend on awful lot of time on this thing, but...it's a record, and I value records.

and flash on a sci-fi nightmare future in which people, isolated in little pods and chained to computers, socialize with one another remotely via ...

Oh, wait - we're already there ...

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Sep. 17th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
As regards spending too much time in alternate electronic worlds ... My role-playing experience is limited to GURPing in face-to-face environments.

One thing I really appreciate about MMORGS like World of Warcraft in comparison to old-style GURPS (say, AD&D), is that the tedium is so enormously diminished. The programme does most of the work for you, handles all the "rolls," etc. Which means that you're free to actually immerse yourself in the alternate-world experience. No worrying over math and character sheets and whatnot. And I am a hopelessly visual person, so the visual interface is, for me, a great improvement over GURPS.

I just *know* THE RED TREE's gunna be a pot-boiler ...

Just as long as it gets finished, I'll be happy.

Edited at 2008-09-17 05:39 pm (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
... Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart

huzzah! congrats! that's awesome news! i don't believe you had mentioned it before. same version as the first two?
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)

same version as the first two?

You mean same format as the first two? If so, yes.
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
format! yes! that's the word i couldn't think of. thanks!
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I vote Warhammer, which comes out tomorrow. The graphics are stunning and the quests are actually interesting.

Loooove the spider shot. Pretty colors.
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you two are having fun with the 'elf-crack'. Speaking of elf crack the be-thonged elf is called Shandris Feathermoon and was made as part of the Warcraft collection though it is her picture splashed all over the WOW packaging. She has a blood-elf cousin who wears a lovely red leather corset and a Little Red Ridinghood cloak. She is called Valeera Sanguinar. I am considering adding her to the house collection. After all the Ambassador Molari figure needs some eye candy, right? ;-)
Sep. 17th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)

Gods, I hate those silly last names. It wouldn't be so awful, if it wasn't so common for pagans to affect the same sort of silly pseudo-Native American names. Drives me fucking nuts.

Sorry. I rant.

I think there's an image to the Shandris figure in question here.
I fear both Merricat and Syllahr are homely by comparison (also, they wear a lot more clothing).

Edited at 2008-09-17 07:59 pm (UTC)
Sep. 17th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's the mean little elfess. She is giving me the hairy eyeball from across the room right now. LOL

When I saw her name I thought maybe her parents were hippies but really the guys that made the game have a lot to answer for. They have used terrible puns, faux Latin, named things with near miss names of famous fictional sites or directly named NPCs after fictional characters like Adam and his cat Cringer (in homage to Master's of the Universe) They are handing out quests somewhere though I don't recall the specifics. I think there is even a Lucas Gorge somewhere. I suppose it fits into the D&D tradition and I do get a laugh out of the names sometimes but it's still pretty corny.
Sep. 17th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, have I mentioned that subpress will be doing my third "weird erotica" collection, Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, next year? I must have...


I love the lobster pots.
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