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Yeah, well, me and Awake are not on speaking terms this afternoon. My gods, it is afternoon.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,440 words on "Untitled 33" and found THE END. The story came to 5,775 words, total, before any line edits that I'll do this afternoon. It's like a ride on a Tilt-a-Whirl, this one. Murder that might be only suicide. Suicide that might be only murder. The idea of "consensual" murder, which interests me greatly, except that there's always the possibility that the narrator is anything but reliable. And I do not know whether she is or not. I have had readers and editors and agents appalled before that I do not know such things, but why should I? The mystery is a mystery to me, as well.

Today will be spent proofreading "Untitled #33," and writing the prolegomena for Sirenia Digest, laying the issue out, sending it off to thingunderthest to be PDFed. This month, we have the new story, plus a long excerpt from The Red Tree, plus a new artist interview by readingthedark, and I hope people will be pleased.

If you have not, please do have a look at the current eBay auctions. Bid if you are so able. Thanks.

Still raining here in Providence. I've hardly left the house in a week.

Last night, Spooky made a very fine chicken stew, with eggplant, green bell pepper, mushrooms, potatoes, and so forth. Afterwards, I needed a guaranteed "comfort" film, so I chose the director's cut of James Cameron's Aliens (1986). My, but this film has aged well. It's hard to believe it's twenty-two years old. The girl who played Newt —— Carrie Henn —— is now thirty two. Wrap your brain around that. And she never appeared in another film. Aliens is still a beautiful, brilliant thing. A glorious, terrible spectacle of fire and shadow. Ellen Ripley stands as the archetype of the sf heroine. And Hudson is still as annoying as ever. It's almost impossible for me to say which of the four Alien films is my favourite, as each sets out to do such very different things. Alien is straight-forward Lovecraftian horror. Aliens is epic adventure. The criminally underappreciated Alien³ is possibly the most complex, harking back to the simple horror of the first film, but combining it with a skein of sociopolitical subtexts. And then Alien: Resurrection, a black comedy, of all things, and I love it, warts and all. I think I always forget that Aliens, aside from being a fine, fine action flick, is also a damn moving piece of cinema. Ellen and Newt deserved to make it back to Earth, of course, but, of course, how many of us ever get what we deserve?

After the movie, World of Warcraft, though not quite as much. I really, truly, am in love with the whole world of the Sin'dorei ("blood elves"), which is, by far, the most fully realised part of WoW that I've seen. And I got my very own imp last night, Volyal. So, I made it to Level 21 with Mithwen, the night-elf fighter, and to Level 8 with Shaharrazad, the blood-elf warlock. Working both sides of the street, as is were, Alliance and Hoarde. At one point yesterday, I began to wonder how many celebs have admitted to being WoW addicts. Robin Williams. Ben Affleck. Cameron Diaz. Vin Diesel, of course. Lots more. I may compile a list.

Okay...the work is waiting.


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Sep. 29th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Celebrity Warcraft
Bill Amend, author of Foxtrot plays. He even has "World of Warquest" in his strip that Jason plays. He won't reveal his character's name though. :)
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Sep. 29th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)

I do believe you'll enjoy your succubus, when the time comes.

I get a succubus, too?
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)

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Sep. 29th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)

Warlocks get the succubus quest at level 20. :)

Ah! Motivation!
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Just a heads up though, there are many guilds who wont except you for playing a warlock.

Sep. 30th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
I am speechless after reading both of those links.

And wanting to scrub my eyeballs with something abrasive
to make it stop.
Sep. 30th, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
And it's so easy being evil...
Sep. 30th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Just a heads up though, there are many guilds who wont except you for playing a warlock.

You win today's award for the most fucked-up thing I've had to see in the last 24 hrs....

It comes as no surprise that this originates with Landover Baptist, often responsible for fucked-up shit. I love this bit:

" I doubt any of them play sports so you can pretty much guess that there are lots of gay boys and fat little pale-faced Wiccan girls on the servers who hate themselves and escape into virtual characters so they don't have to deal with their pathetic lives."

Yeah...time to kill something holy.

Edited at 2008-09-30 01:41 am (UTC)
Sep. 30th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Yeah, the real Xtians they parody are so far out that the parody often gets mistaken for the real thing... hard to push it any farther when some of the real ones are so far gone already.

Sep. 30th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)

That was a parody?



Sep. 30th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)

It hurrrtssssss......

Sep. 29th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)

There was a quest before that with a cat form from a cloak, but I later got the cat form from the druid trainer.
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
And Hudson is still as annoying as ever.

Aw. When I was a kid, my friends and I had a certain cult of personality built up around Hudson. He's the guy who gives a fuck the least, and isn't buying into anyone's program. Perhaps he is the Ur-Jayne.

But, I keep wanting Bill Paxton to get the props he deserves, but it really never happens.
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)

Perhaps he is the Ur-Jayne.

Now, there's an interesting thought.

But, I keep wanting Bill Paxton to get the props he deserves, but it really never happens.

Maybe it's my intense dislike for Hudson, but I've never much cared for Paxton in anything.
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Even in Near Dark?
Sep. 29th, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Even in Near Dark?

Even in Near Dark.

Edited at 2008-09-29 07:11 pm (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
...I've never much cared for Paxton in anything.

It's sort of an issue where the worse movie he's in (E.g. Twister, Frailty), the higher billing and more prominent role he gets. Which is odd, because he ends up in plenty of other respectable films (e.g. Apollo 13, Tombstone, A Simple Plan, possibly Near Dark) and is completely ignored. I suppose he has sort of managed to work something out with Big Love but I don't have cable to know whether that show actually helped him or just brought more of the same.
Sep. 29th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that I have a never-ending appreciation for the films of Bill Paxton. While I never cease to turn people in the direction of his 1996 film Traveler, I also admit that there's a bit of Severin from Near Dark in my general personality. And every time I have to deal with the palmetto bugs sneaking into the house in the summer, I go directly into Private Hudson mode.
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Sep. 29th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Fashion News

Sigh. You know steampunk is dead when...
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
Well well
Hi! I picked up one of your paperbacks the other day and thought "I might like this" and set it on a table at Barnes and Noble while I looked at magazines, but some non-slacker bookstore employee put it away before I was done looking. And I thought "Eh, I don't want to stand in line anyhow" and left without the book. But then I remembered to google you and found out you are on LJ. Plus you play WOW! Plus you love "Aliens"!! Neat-o.

I will be buying a book by you this week. :-)
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Well well

I will be buying a book by you this week.

Thank you!
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
I think I always forget that Aliens, aside from being a fine, fine action flick, is also a damn moving piece of cinema.

Yes. And I do love Bishop.
Sep. 29th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)

And I do love Bishop.

Oct. 4th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
I have to know...

Which Server are you using for WoW, Cait?

Let me know.

All the best.

Remember the Sunwell.
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