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"To defile and to blister."

I slept almost eight hours, but feel like I have a hangover. So, all I can figure is that I dreamt of an absinthe binge.

More editorial slogging yesterday. But it is very, very nearly over. An amazingly productive day yesterday, really. Countless typos and continuity errors were corrected. A couple of new scenes were added. The Red Tree is nearing its final countenance. I meant, yesterday, to speak on the horror of sticky notes. When this began, the manuscript was festooned with 2"x1.5" sticky notes. Yellow ones. Neon yellow ones. On Tuesday, we spent fours hours dealing with fifteen sticky notes. Yesterday, the last ones were vanquished. No more sticky notes. At least not until the CEM (copyedited ms.) arrives, and hopefully that won't be until early April. I think that I'm feeling better about The Red Tree again. It really is, by far, my best novel yet. If you ask me, and I'll note that you didn't.

I can't seem to decide what The Red Tree is actually about. It might be a dark fantasy about a malevolent oak that hides an entrance to the underworld of the ghouls. And it might be a novel about insanity. And it might be a study of unreliable narrators and the inherent weaknesses of first-person narrations. It could be a discourse on the nature of secret histories. Likely, it's all those things.

Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press has given me the green light to announce that the third erotica collection, Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, will be released sometime early in 2010.

No, that's not the secret project. I'll get to that as soon as I can.

I got an email from Ted Naifeh yesterday and it's been a while since we talked, so that was cool. He's still doing things that delight me. I also got word yesterday that I am still scheduled to be a Guest of Honor at this year's Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland. I can't remember the dates. October, I think. That and ReaderCon 20 (in July) will probably be the only public appearances I agree to this year.

If you have not already, please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thanks.

A misspelling blunder on my part last night led to the creation of a new word: tyransitiuon. So, I thought I'd post it here and solicit definitions, etymologies, whatever.

It seems as though there were other things I meant to say today, but, if so, they escape me now. There was a little WoW last night. Not much. Shaharrazad and Suraa made Level 62 in Silithus. They're both very unhappy about working for night elves. I'm losing patience with the game, which seems to get harder and harder on solo players the higher you go. That is, it gets harder and harder to find enough quests to advance, and, more and more, I fail to see the point of it all. Got a spiffy new jade-handled katana, though. Okay. Time to finish the coffee.

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tsarina
Feb. 20th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I am really excited about The Red Tree. Last night I read B is for Beginnings and I'm two stories into A is for Alien</a>. I don't know what to say to describe them - they are so haunting, both cold and fleshy warm. (The story about the thorn prick freaked me right the hell out.) I'm thinking my dreams about going to NYC and being followed home by a slightly creepy, persistent girl are a result.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 20th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)

Excellent! I live to inspire nightmares.
txtriffidranch
Feb. 20th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
You're going to laugh at me, but I just may be in Portland at that time, if things over the next few months work out. If I am, would you and Spooky like to join me for a quick road trip to the Darlingtonia State Preserve to photograph cobra lilies in their native habitat?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 20th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)

If I am, would you and Spooky like to join me for a quick road trip to the Darlingtonia State Preserve to photograph cobra lilies in their native habitat?

Maybe. That would be cool. I figure they'll have me pretty busy, but we'll see.
chris_walsh
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
The festival's Oct. 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Friday through Sunday).

A misspelling blunder on my part last night led to the creation of a new word: tyransitiuon. So, I thought I'd post it here and solicit definitions, etymologies, whatever.

Hmm. Sounds like something from the Periodic Table (not from the Periodic Table of Elephants!). Beyond that, I'm not science-minded enough for a more detailed answer.

And by the way, I first read "absinthe binge" as absinthe bridge. Probably Murder of Angels made my mind go there.
scarletboi
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
At 62, you should be heading out to Outland. Azeroth doesn't really have much in the way of 60-70 content.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)

At 62, you should be heading out to Outland. Azeroth doesn't really have much in the way of 60-70 content.

We're figuring that out.
blakesrealm
Feb. 20th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
I think that you two might enjoy the story lines a bit more in the Outlands as well. They seem more fleshed out to me. Or at least more interesting anyway. Head through that gate and the game does spice up a bit. Personal taste thing of course.

Same thing again for Lich King at 68 +, they added a good amount to the mechanics of the game, in that you can actually do more than just fetch or kill things (though that still exists). Things like fly on dragons in combat using their abilities rather than your own, for one example.

I still do recommend creating a Death Knight when you can, just to experience their special starting zone. It's basically content that levels the Knight from 55 to 58, introduces you to their class and story, and how they integrate into the world. Fun romp even if you then retire the new character at the end.
nd_scot
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Tyransitioun
Tyransitiuon: (n) magical stones used as transit cones on the T-REX highway project, Denver; Wiki for Ioun: Ioun stones and the deck of many things are other miscellaneous types of items found in this category. The Ioun Stones (pronounced EYE-oon[3]) are based on similar artifacts from Jack Vance's Dying Earth series.[4]
When functioning, they float in a circular pattern around their bearer's head, and grant various benefits based on their color and shape. Two stones of the same type will repel each other, and when drained of power, a stone becomes a dull grey, but still possesses the characteristic floating.
In the original Jack Vance stories IOUN stones are highly prized by arch-magicians, and are acquired from a race known as the archveults, who mine them from remnants of dead stars (in his book Rhialto the Marvellous).
sovay
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Likely, it's all those things.

There is a reason it's so good.

Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press has given me the green light to announce that the third erotica collection, Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, will be released sometime early in 2010.

Yay!

A misspelling blunder on my part last night led to the creation of a new word: tyransitiuon. So, I thought I'd post it here and solicit definitions, etymologies, whatever.

The transitional state between paleontology and waking in which the presence of Cretaceous therapods can be innately sensed.

I am still scheduled to be a Guest of Honor at this year's Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland.

If that's Portland, Maine, I must show you the beaches I grew up on.

Edited at 2009-02-20 06:29 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)

The transitional state between paleontology and waking in which the presence of Cretaceous therapods can be innately sensed.

Best one so far.

If that's Portland, Maine, I must show you the beaches I grew up on.

Portland, Oregon. I should have said that. I forget there are Portlands on both the Left and Right coasts.
sovay
Feb. 20th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Best one so far.

Thanks. If so desired, feel free to steal.

Portland, Oregon.

Alas. Say hi to the Pacific for me, then. I've only met it twice.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 20th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)

Alas. Say hi to the Pacific for me, then. I've only met it twice.

Three times for me.
seph_ski
Feb. 20th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
I can relate to knowing the horrors of sticky notes. I have a couple of works-in-progress here loaded with them, sky blue on one and neon orange on the other. Every day I try to get rid as many of these sticky demons as possible. I'm just writing stupid technical manuals though, nothing as exciting as your next novel, which I so look forward to reading.
maetrics
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Well, WoW has lost me again. Not that SL has fully recaptured my attentions, merely a few people have.
stsisyphus
Feb. 20th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Tyransitiuon: An object which steadfastly refuses to be dislodged, moved, or otherwise displaced from its established geographical, geological, or astronomical location, and in fact manipulates events and causality in communal non-consensual time-space as to actively prevent removal or disturbance.

Certain esoteric sects and psuedo-scientists place considerable importance upon these rare objects, occasionally manifesting in hysterical and apocalyptic cults. Creation of a tyransitiuon on the sub-atomic level has been posited as one of the possible applications of supercollider technology.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 20th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Tyransitiuon: An object which steadfastly refuses to be dislodged, moved, or otherwise displaced from its established geographical, geological, or astronomical location, and in fact manipulates events and causality in communal non-consensual time-space as to actively prevent removal or disturbance.

Certain esoteric sects and psuedo-scientists place considerable importance upon these rare objects, occasionally manifesting in hysterical and apocalyptic cults. Creation of a tyransitiuon on the sub-atomic level has been posited as one of the possible applications of supercollider technology.


Yes! We now have a full-fledged neologism!

Edited at 2009-02-20 10:10 pm (UTC)
stsisyphus
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
Yes! We now have a full-fledged neologism!

*blush* Well, I got the inspiration from the geologically impossible megaliths beneath the former Snow residence in Low Red Moon
derekcfpegritz
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Tyransitiuon
n., Third of five forms in the life-cycle of the "Fungi from Yuggoth" (see also Yuggothians, Million Favored Ones). "Tyransitioun" is a clumsy rendition, in English, of the archaic Miskatonic Indian name for the most common form of Yuggothian encountered on Earth. The Tyransitioun are the second-most common form of Fungi (the "Mycelic" first-stage form being the most common in terms of sheer numbers), and are the most frequently encountered in the Solar System, as they are the most robust form, employed by the Fourth- and Fifth-form Yuggothians as well as the Million Favored Ones for performing most physical jobs that nonetheless require a great deal of intelligence, such as navigating the Elder Gates, mining, and most high-level manufacturing tasks. Within the last fifty terrestrial years, the Tyransitioun have been forced into the role of travelling legates their species, conducting business with Humans throughout the Solar System until a proper number of fragile Fifth-Form Yuggothians ("Brain Bugs") can be ferried to Earth to provide an official ambassadorial staff.
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