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"This ain't no tea party, princess."

So, because I live in a hole in the ground (not unlike a hobbit, I suppose), and have developed numerous news avoidance tactics, I entirely missed the fact that, way back in October, Sarah Palin tried to keep the Cook Inlet beluga whales from receiving Federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Now that the elections are over, maybe Alaska should consider offsetting all that revenue they're going to lose, by not allowing the destruction of beluga habitat, by declaring this Spring to be Sarah Palin Hunting Season. Works for me. Turn her loose in the woods, naked, and arm a few hundred hunters with rubber bullets. The lottery winner gets a live round.

Yeah, I'm in that sort of mood.

But, I did sleep more than eight hours last night. And the only thing I can recall about the dreams is some weird shit about discovering that the Atlantic Ocean had drained, and that it was a very short walk from Rhode Island to France (I have no idea what happened to the Iberian Peninsula). That's the most sleep I've gotten at a stretch in at least two or three weeks.

Sirenia Digest #38 went out last night, and all our subscribers should have it by now. If not, please email Spooky at x(dot)squid(dot)soup(dot)x(at)gmail(dot)com. Damn, that's a lot of dots. Also, there's a special FREEBIE that I want all the subscribers to receive. It's the reason we had to drive to Pawtucket and rummage through boxes of old files, day before yesterday. But the PDF came out rather large, more than 12M. So, I haven't sent it out yet. If you do not want to get it, please let Spooky know ASAP (email address above). If you want it, you don't have to say anything. Also, because we always get files bouncing from AOL and Hotmail, we encourage subscribers to open gmail accounts. They're free, and Sirenia Digest will not bounce when sent to gmail (despite one of the best spam filters I've ever seen). Spooky and I each have about 50 invitations we can send to people, so if you want a free gmail account, just say so here (and include your email address), and we'll send you an invitation. It's perfect for receiving the 12M+ PDF, the surprise. And no, I can't tell you what it is, because then, obviously, it would cease to be a surprise. I will say it is also Poe-themed.

I'm very pleased with #38. It's likely one of the most cohesive issues we've done. Comments are welcome.

Tomorrow is Imbolc, but I think we're keeping it very low key this year. I hate doing that. Sabbat guilt? I have resolved (and you can call it a belated New Year's resolution, if you wish), to vastly improve my Tarot skills in 2009. It can even be my pathetic attempt at having a fall-back career. Because, you know, I can always move to Salem and read Tarot on the street corners, if I reach a point where the writing is no longer viable. Also, I think I'm about to go on an Aleister Crowley binge. For starters, I need exposure to someone who was even more disdainful than am I.

If you've not yet ordered a copy of A is for Alien, due out this month from Subterranean Press, February 1st is a very fine day to do so.

When the work was finally done yesterday, there was a marathon of WoW. I haven't played that much in ages. But Shaharrazad is finally exalted with Undercity, and has traded her felsteed for one of the skeletal horses that the Forsaken ride. I fear Shah's gone a bit native, after meeting the Banshee Queen. She sleeps in a coffin. She uses some sort of perfume that smells like a mixture of embalming fluid and rot. I suspect she's even begun "cannibalizing" her human kills (though, technically, since she's not human, it's not cannibalism). She's an undead wannabe, poor thing. If they just hadn't sent her away from Silvermoon City after she met with the orcs and secured a place for the Sin'dorei within the Hoarde. Oh, and she reached Level 58, which means I can finally reach Shattrath and be decalred a "Master Skinner" (or whatnot). Also, I have learned that WoW is 75% less annoying if you keep all chat channels switched off all the time.

Anyway...today will be spent cleaning the house, as Sonya (sovay) arrives from Boston tomorrow afternoon. The platypus frowns on housecleaning.

Comments

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iterum
Feb. 1st, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
I think that would be an excellent plan re: Palin. -- She is either destined for embarrassingly high national office, or a career on reality television.

My brother finally coerced me into trying out WoW, and I totally cannot navigate in the Undercity. I think my bro. is a bit frustrated at how I keep accidentally dying in the elevators.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 1st, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)

My brother finally coerced me into trying out WoW, and I totally cannot navigate in the Undercity. I think my bro. is a bit frustrated at how I keep accidentally dying in the elevators.

Undercity takes a little getting used to, layout wise. Spooky and I both had nasty elevator accidents. But, there's actually a fairly simple plan at work in Undercity. You just have to grasp it (which took me more levels than it should have).
iterum
Feb. 1st, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
I understand the theory of how it's laid out, but in practice I just can't steer, I think.

It doesn't help that my summoned pet thingy keeps blocking my view at key plunge-to-my-death moments. I guess that's what happens when you traffic with demonic entities.

(Hmm, now I'm tempted to practice some more, so perhaps I'd best go out to one of Providence's decreasing number of cafes without wireless so I can get work done.)
sovay
Feb. 1st, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
It's likely one of the most cohesive issues we've done.

I maintain it's also one of the best. I want a collection of yellow-house stories—"So Runs the World Away," "The Dead and the Moonstruck," "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles," "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ghoul," "Night Games in the Crimson Court," "Pickman's Other Model," and now "The Thousand-and-Third Tale of Scheherazade" and "The Belated Burial." Vince's illustration for the former is particularly nice.

this Spring to be Sarah Palin Hunting Season.

I forgot to mention: Alaska's Mount Redoubt may erupt imminently. If so, note that Wasilla is on its corner of the map . . .

Edited at 2009-02-01 06:01 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Feb. 1st, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)

I want a collection of yellow-house stories—"So Runs the World Away," "The Dead and the Moonstruck," "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles," "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ghoul," "Night Games in the Crimson Court," "Pickman's Other Model," and now "The Thousand-and-Third Tale of Scheherazade" and "The Belated Burial."

We shall see.

Vince's illustration for the former is particularly nice.

Yep. I was particularly pleased with it.

If so, note that Wasilla is on its corner of the map . . .

The Immaculate Order of the Falling Sky does acknowledge volcanoes as instruments of extermination.
tsarina
Feb. 1st, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
Sirena stories
I read the digest this morning when I woke up, and gobbled it up in one sitting. I loved the stories. They had such spooky resonance to them, that I felt all those peeling walls and the cold ground and gingery taste of fear. thank you.
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 1st, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)

I think she'd be a better porn star than a president, in all honestly.

Snuff, maybe.
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 1st, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)

Torture porn. Which would also involve shoving barbed wire up certain parts of the anatomy...

Now we're talking...
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 1st, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)

Indeed, I like your idea of a Sarah Palin Hunting Season, but it just seems too ... lenient.

Worse, it's such a one-off. Maybe there should only be rubber bullets...
able_spacer
Feb. 1st, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Sarah Palin hunting...that is Just Plain EEEEvil™.

I like it!
grinkat
Feb. 2nd, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
gmail
I would like to take you up on the gmail invitation offer, please.My current email is grinkat@yahoo.com.
Also, Paypal cancelled my Sirenia subscription due to a problem with my credit card (which was stolen), so please note that I will resubscribe as soon as I get my new card (which shouldn't be more than another week or so).
Thank you very much.
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