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"I have an angry libido."

Today is not only Darwin Day, it marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, who was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England on February 12th, 1809. Viva la Evolución!

Yesterday, my comp copies of A is for Alien arrived, along with copies of the chapbook, B is for Beginning. I was a little overwhelmed; I still am. A is for Alien is a very handsome volume, and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I sat down and tallied up all the books I've done with subpress since I first began working with Bill Schafer late in 2001. I've done twelve hardbacks (not counting hardback states of chapbooks) and something like fifteen chapbooks. In only about eight years. And here is this latest one, and I just want to take the day off and do something I pretty much never do when a new book comes out: bask in the satisfaction of having done a good job. But, no, too much work to be done, too many deadlines. My thanks to everyone who's ordered a copy, and to Bill for taking the book on, and a special thanks to Vince Locke. Also, my thanks to Elizabeth Bear and Jacek Yerka. Like I said already, I'm a litle overwhelmed at this one. My next release from Subterranean Press will be the new trade-paperback edition of Alabaster in April (by the way, I love that on a search for the word "alabaster" on Google, out of 4,880,000 hits, this book comes in at sixth place).

Yesterday, I wrote 690 words, adding a short scene to Chapter Eight of The Red Tree, at my editor's request. Unlike the new scene I wrote on Monday (and ditched on Tuesday), yesterday's scene doesn't feel dropped in. It blends smoothly with the whole, and creates no unsightly ripples. Today, I need to substantially revise the preface, primarily because I wrote the preface before the novel, and, thereafter, The Red Tree became a somewhat different book than I thought it would be when I began. So, the preface no longer quite works with the rest.

More books up on eBay, so please have a look at the auctions.

Much of the snow has finally melted. The temperature was in the high fifties (F) yesterday, and I was even able to open my office window and let some fresh air into the room.

A very busy virtual life last night. To start with, I'm in the process of tearing down the Abney Park Laboratory in the Second Life steampunk sim, New Babbage. It will be replaced by an Arabian Nights-themed "Ladies Social and Arts Club" (with a steampunk edge, of course), which is a nice way of saying an Arabian/NeoVic lesbian bordello. I finally got bored with the whole "mad scientist" thing, so, in Babbage, Nareth Nishi will be replaced by my new alt (created just last night), Scheherazade Muramabhad. Construction of the place will begin as soon as the laboratory is leveled. Nareth will continue to rp in Toxian City, but not in Babbage. And then, later, Shaharrazad and Suraa discovered that it is possible to rp in WoW. While questing in the Eastern Plaguelands, we happened upon a blood-elf paladin named Sularyn, and together we took the four towers in the region back from the Alliance and held them. Shah and Suraa didn't make it to Level 61, but it was a good night, all the same. Well, except for the utter apocalypse of hearts and flowers and Valentine's Day bullshit that is making it impossible to move in Undercity.

The platypus and the dodo are pretty mellow today. Darwin Day, and the bicentennial of Darwin's birth, seems to have made them both somewhat less grumpy.

Comments

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tsarina
Feb. 12th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I think "Utter Apocalypse of Hearts and Flowers" is a fantastic story title.

I'm anxiously awaiting my copy of A is for Alien!
greygirlbeast
Feb. 12th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)

I think "Utter Apocalypse of Hearts and Flowers" is a fantastic story title.

Edward Gorey might have done it, as a Valentine's day murder-mystery thingy.
sovay
Feb. 12th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yesterday, my comp copies of A is for Alien arrived, along with copies of the chapbook, B is for Beginning.

Mine also just arrived. It's an extraordinarily beautiful book. Jacek Yerka should do all your covers.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 12th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)

Jacek Yerka should do all your covers.

Now, there's a thought.
sovay
Feb. 12th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
Now, there's a thought.

Tell me some of these architectures were not designed for you.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 12th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)

Tell me some of these architectures were not designed for you.

No comment.
robyn_ma
Feb. 12th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
I just got my copy of A Is for Alien! Pretty pretty book. *pets it and sniffs it*

No! Mine! You can't have it! Get your own!

...Oh wait, you have your own.
chris_walsh
Feb. 12th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
I actually checked twice to see if I'd gotten mine. Had to tell myself If there'd been a box, I'd've seen it.

Did...did it come in a box?
robyn_ma
Feb. 12th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
It came in a dark globe, hand-delivered by two surly goths who speak in monotone unison. You have to sign for it in your own blood, and then you sit on the globe for two hours until it hatches and the book comes fluttering out like a butterfly. A little hologram of Cait then fires up and says 'Konichi-wa, bitches. Peace out' and throws a Lovecraftian gang sign. The book then lands at your feet, and you have to feed it the fresh skull of a crow.

Or it comes in a padded yellow envelope.
sa_jathan
Feb. 12th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. No. No yellow envelope.

And that other thingy didn't happen either.

Damn. With luck, tomorrow.
nykolus
Feb. 12th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
woof.
stsisyphus
Feb. 12th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
A little hologram of Cait then fires up and says 'Konichi-wa, bitches. Peace out' and throws a Lovecraftian gang sign

Does Cait have enough fingers do to that?

Correction, does Cait have enough of her own fingers do to that?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 12th, 2009 08:50 pm (UTC)

Does Cait have enough fingers do to that?

You just have to get the hang of those other dimensions, and then ten fingers are sufficient.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 12th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)

A little hologram of Cait then fires up and says 'Konichi-wa, bitches. Peace out' and throws a Lovecraftian gang sign.

It took a while to sell Bill Schafer on that part.
chris_walsh
Feb. 13th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
You were right!

*raises book to the sky, all "Yes!"-like*

Uh, I mean it's been received here in Oregon.
ulffriend
Feb. 12th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
My padded yellow envelope came today, and the book is lovely. The cover art for "B is for Beginnings" is great, too. Like something Dali might have done for the cover of a Manly Wade Wellman novel.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 12th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)

Like something Dali might have done for the cover of a Manly Wade Wellman novel.

Nice.
kiaduran
Feb. 12th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
Dribbling blood into a candle flame and chanting in the hope my padded yellow envelope arrives tomorrow.
suzie_n_sophie
Feb. 12th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Isn't this also the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln? I think so.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 12th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)

Isn't this also the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln? I think so.

It is, indeed.
madrial
Feb. 13th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
Just received my copy of ‘A is for Alien’ and ‘B is for Beginnings’. Both are beautiful, tactile books, sounding crisp as I open the pages: I love books which assault multiple senses.
While I realise you have no part in the shipping of your books, I have to congratulate Subterranean Press on their packaging skills. The books made it across the Atlantic brilliantly packed securely in their little box – Amazon could learn quite a few lessons from them.
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