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september of amazing domiciles

Jesus. It's really frelling autumn. Yeah, I know it's been autumn for two days, but I've been trying to pretend otherwise. I wish I didn't hate autumn. I would like to love auitumn. I love a lot about autumn, but the thing as a whole freaks me out. Yes, the colors are nice, and Halloween is wonderful. But the skies. The skies take on that bottomless blue, and I have to walk around always looking at the ground for fear of falling up. Since I was a child, I've equated autumn with death and other unpleasant things. I don't hate it as much as I hate winter, but I do wish August led directly to May.

Yes, well.

Yesterday I wrote a fairly impressive 1,413 words on "Bradbury Weather," and that was after I'd rewritten much of what I wrote on Wednesday. It was a day when the words just kept coming. If only I could have four or five of those days every week. I was still writing at nine o'clock p.m., working on the interview for Bookslut.com, and Spooky and Jennifer told me to stop. Also yesterday, I talked to Neil about what Delirium's charm should be (the rest have been easy to figure out), talked with Storm Constantine about magick, forgot to call Harlan Ellison, and e-mailed Voltaire (he's asked me to be a guest writer on an upcoming issue of Deady: The Malevolent Teddy, and how could I refuse?). I also worked with the Fiddler's Green people, making mine and Spooky's travel arrangements for November. Oh, and I stole music off the internet. But there's a bunch of dren I didn't get done, because so much time was spent writing. We didn't get more stuff up on eBay. I didn't exercise. I didn't write to Sa'jathan, who is "rediscovering" the Nebari language and has created a beatuful Nebari font and whom I really do owe a letter this very frelling day. A few other important e-mails weren't sent. But I did write, and (repeat after me) the writing is all that matters.

Well, writing and cheesy popcorn.

And free porn.

As to yesterday's post, I am now aware that it never showed up for those of you who read it via your LJ friend's lists. Apologies. I think I know why. Blame the redesign. I meant to preview, accidentally posted an unedited version (they've moved buttons), deleted it, and and then reposted after editing. I think that's what did it. So, again, apologies. If you still haven't seen yesterday's post, follow this link.

Right now, it's all I can do not to fuck off to a matinee to see The Forgotten. But that would be bad. Bad is easy, good is hard. Only that which is hard is worthwhile (I know these are lies, but bear with me).

Speaking of Neil, he recently wrote in his own blog, in reference to this whole sordid Anne Rice/Amazon.com/Blood Canticle kerfuffle:

I suspect that most authors don't really want criticism, not even constructive criticism. They want straight-out, unabashed, unashamed, fulsome, informed, naked praise, arriving by the shipload every fifteen minutes or so.

Well, duh. Of course, I think this is one of those things that people aren't supposed to know about writers. We're supposed to take to negative criticism like ducks to water. We're supposed to have thick skins and be impartial about our work and not go all insanely bugfuck homicidal when some anonymous webcretin takes a steaming piss on one of our children. I know that's how you like to imagine we are. It's noble and dignified. However, I will confess, if we could somehow quantify praise and scorn, a hundred glowing reviews would do less good than the damage inflicted by one bad review. Naked praise, I say. That's all I need. I promise, I am my own worst critic. The rest of you should only concern yourselves with expositions on my genius. Nonetheless, and with all due respect, someone obviously needs to tell Anne Rice that Lestat de Lioncourt is a fictional character. I think she may have forgotten.

If you haven't already, check out the current eBay auctions, which are making it possible for Spooky to accompany me to Minneapolis in November for Fiddler's Green. My supply of Murder of Angels is going fast. And, today only, I'm offering the The Five of Cups, both the lettered and numbered editions, with free shipping if you use Buy-It-Now, which is essentially the same as offering it for $5 off. Please, be generous and take advantage of my generosity.

I should go now. Bye.

P.S. -- It does one no good to get up at 9 a.m., after playing Morrowind until 2 a.m., if one is then too asleep to make sense until 11 a.m. Do the math.

Comments

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marlowe1
Sep. 24th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately Anne Rice has received too much naked praise without qualification for too damn long and has come to believe in her infallibility. At least that's my take on it. Either way the pain I experienced at slogging through Memnoch the Devil thinking that somewhere somehow someway that damn thing had to get better more than justifies the angst that Ms. Rice is feeling now that she's finally read what the disappointed reader has said about her latest Editor-free works.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately Anne Rice has received too much naked praise without qualification for too damn long and has come to believe in her infallibility.

Why can't this happen to me?

I loved her first three vampire novels, thought The Tale of the Body Thief was dull gay porn, at best, and have read nothing by her since.
marlowe1
Sep. 24th, 2004 04:55 pm (UTC)
I should have stopped with Tale of the Body Thief. It wasn't that bad just weak.

I think your stuff is really cool. I try to push it on as many people as possible. Especially your run on The Dreaming.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC)
I think your stuff is really cool. I try to push it on as many people as possible. Especially your run on The Dreaming.

Thanks. May 'Vevyen always shine upon you (that's a Nebari thing).
cheekytubemouse
Sep. 24th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)
I loved her first three vampire novels, thought The Tale of the Body Thief was dull gay porn, at best, and have read nothing by her since.

That's exactly where I left off with her work. I listened to Violin on an audiobook while driving to/from work several years ago and I liked it, but I'm not sure I would have had the patience to actually read the novel itself.
robyn_ma
Sep. 24th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
'Right now, it's all I can do not to fuck off to a matinee to see The Forgotten.'

or shaun of the dead. by all means, please do fuck off to a matinee to see shaun of the dead, if it's playing near you.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
or shaun of the dead. by all means, please do fuck off to a matinee to see shaun of the dead, if it's playing near you.

I knew you would be the one to tell me to see Shaun of the Dead instead. Fear not. I shall see it. I don't usually get excited about funny horror, but this looks brilliant.
robyn_ma
Sep. 24th, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
oh, it is — but try not to pay attention to the many commercials, which give away many of the jokes.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC)
which give away many of the jokes.

I was afraid of that.
lady_lillith
Sep. 24th, 2004 05:21 pm (UTC)
Naked praise, I say. That's all I need. I promise, I am my own worst critic. The rest of you should only concern yourselves with expositions on my genius.

I love your attitude! This particular journal enrty has been so enjoyable to read. Maybe it is the way you've presented yourself as being so "human."

*smiles*
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 10:04 pm (UTC)
Maybe it is the way you've presented yourself as being so "human."

I did that?

Whoops.
tagplazen
Sep. 24th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
Arrgghh, you know, I heard about the Anne Rice thing in passing, but didn't pay it much mind. I'm just not that into her, but always end up running into people that are fanatics, and then I just shut up. I mean, if I can get gaga over Machen, everything is up in the air. ;-)

Except I was feeling really in the mood this morning for seeing some mud flying, so I actually followed the link from Neil's blog over to amazon hoping to see the outburst, and scrolled through 206 reviews and didn't see it, did they take it down? I think God's having fun since I decided to indulge.

I did feel kind of bad for her in that there were reviews that went "I haven't read it yet . . ." but gave it one star. Unless she went completely schizo on that post, I'd be willing to cut her some slack for lashing out at those yahoos.

On the bright side, interweb mouthbreathers haven't yet figured out how to chuck beer bottles at your head anonymously, so that's a step up.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
I did feel kind of bad for her in that there were reviews that went "I haven't read it yet . . ." but gave it one star. Unless she went completely schizo on that post, I'd be willing to cut her some slack for lashing out at those yahoos.

Agreed. Amazon (and all here know how I loathe Amazon "reviews") should not allow the posting of one-star "reviews" (or five-star "reviews," for that matter) wherein some asswaffle (that's Robyn's word, and I loves it) jacks off about Rice's book after admitting he or she has not even read it.

On the bright side, interweb mouthbreathers haven't yet figured out how to chuck beer bottles at your head anonymously, so that's a step up.

They're working on it. Trust me.
tagplazen
Sep. 24th, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
They're working on it. Trust me.

The thing I have loved is the Biotic Baking Brigade that's been creaming Fred Phelps when he shows up with his goon squad. How can you not love a group that ends a communique with "Fascist gay-bashers everywhere be warned... the pies are in the oven."? At times like that, all is good in the world.
setsuled
Sep. 24th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
Nonetheless, and with all due respect, someone obviously needs to tell Anne Rice that Lestat de Lioncourt is a fictional character. I think she may have forgotten.


Actually . . . I'm Lestat *looks around for Anne Rice's personal guard*. Er . . . And James Bond.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 06:19 pm (UTC)
Actually . . . I'm Lestat *looks around for Anne Rice's personal guard*. Er . . . And James Bond.

And you're that Nebari waiter guy...the one who always looks so nervous when I come into that restaurant on Sanctuary. Frell. What's the name of that dump?
setsuled
Sep. 24th, 2004 09:23 pm (UTC)
And you're that Nebari waiter guy...the one who always looks so nervous when I come into that restaurant on Sanctuary.

Actually what you're seeing is professional determination against unpredictable odds.

Frell. What's the name of that dump?

Tewoleri's. And maybe it wouldn't be a dump if someone didn't occasionally arrange for arms deals to go sour on the premisis.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 10:02 pm (UTC)
Tewoleri's. And maybe it wouldn't be a dump if someone didn't occasionally arrange for arms deals to go sour on the premisis.

I have never arranged for an arms deal to go bad.

Well, except for that one time.

It just happens. A lot.
wishlish
Sep. 24th, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC)
Stealing music on the Internet, eh? Does this mean the next time someone posts a bit-torrent of the Dreaming comics for download that I can leave a comment on your blog with a link?

Kidding. I do not want to get the mean nasty lawyers at DC on your case. Besides, we want people to shower you with the wealth and praise you deserve. Especially the wealth. And the praise too. Cause you, y'know, rock.

Actually, that is a question. How would you feel about your work being traded illegally on the internet? If you were on a Kazaa clone and saw text copies of Silk available, would your anger decimate the planet? Would you be thrilled that your work could be made available even to the "I want it free" crowd? A mixture of both?

(I'll stop here and won't ask the followup question to all about a hypothetical iTunes-like store for e-comics...)

PS- you still rock.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 06:09 pm (UTC)
Does this mean the next time someone posts a bit-torrent of the Dreaming comics for download that I can leave a comment on your blog with a link?

Dude, I give not a dren. I do not own those copyrights. That was work for hire. They are not mine to defend.

Especially the wealth.

Yes, please, especially the wealth.

And the praise too.

Oh, yeah

Actually, that is a question. How would you feel about your work being traded illegally on the internet? If you were on a Kazaa clone and saw text copies of Silk available, would your anger decimate the planet?

This is that sticky wicket, isn't it? I listened to Volatire and Rogue spar about this at Dragon*Con and was gald the situation really wasn't yet relevant to me. But. If it were, I just don't know. The music industry and mid-list authoring are vastly different universes, and they react vastly different to file sharing. I theory, no, I don't mind, any more than I'd mind your loaning you copy of Silk to a friend to read. But, again. My books have small printings. We're talking less than ten thousand a printing. If I lose a thousand sales to Kazaa, that will do me serious harm with my publisher. Sure, someone might download Silk, then buy Low Red Moon, but it seems doubtful. I don't want to hamper file sharing, but I don't want to go broke, either.

Would you be thrilled that your work could be made available even to the "I want it free" crowd? A mixture of both?

A mixture of both, I guess. I've have slightly less objection to short stories being downloaded (but I'm not condoning it). Unfortunately, my contracts with Penguin legally obligate me to defend my copyright.

PS- you still rock.

I try, garda. I try.




greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC)
Okay, waaaay too many typos in that last post. Must type slower...
wishlish
Sep. 25th, 2004 02:12 am (UTC)
Man, I'm off today. I didn't catch any. Then again, you work 11 hours in a corporate drone environment while actually being forced to not work, just stay awake while seated, and see if you catch typos.

But I really appreciated the answer. I think it's plain to see that I am awful, horrible, mean old member of the "information wants to be free" club. Actually, I'm really a member of the "information wants to be available" club. If publishers don't want to keep books in print and sellible through Amazon at minimum, don't get mad when they show up online. Comics are especially egregious at this error, the shining example of this being your run on the Dreaming. Amazing book, higher sales than a lot of the material out now, but only one trade collection (if memory serves me correctly; feel free to correct me and/or plug away if I'm wrong).

I really wish that wasn't the case, or that publishers would be given time to correct their mistakes and get more work into print, be more aggressive about getting what they think is non-mainstream work into the mainstream (true story- the owner of Mile High Comics actually said the new Art Spiegleman book, reviewed in Time, New York Times, et al, is "not mainstream". And Mile High is the largest, by far, retailer of comics. Arghargharghargh...). But they're probably not going to get that chance due to internet piracy. Something like 90+% of DC comics from 1983 have been scanned and are trading online, with a similar amount from Marvel. I look forward to the day when Marvel/DC/et al sell their content online via an iTunes interface. Maybe iFunnies?

Here's a crazy question- ever consider selling a PDF of your out of print stories online?

One final thing- as much as I'd love to spread the Dreaming around on your site, I'd still hesitate, even with your blessing. I still hope to see more comics from you, and I'd hate for DC/Marvel to get all grumpy about it.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 25th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC)
If publishers don't want to keep books in print and sellible through Amazon at minimum, don't get mad when they show up online.

But, you see, an author will be out there trying to get another publisher to bring the book back into print (which might takes years and years) and actually get paid; making it available online a) will significantly reduce those chances and b) threatens to render the copyright unenforceable, placing the work in public domain. Remember, in most cases, the book doesn't belong to the publisher, but, rather, it belongs to the author. The publisher is only renting it. This drives them nuts.

Here's a crazy question- ever consider selling a PDF of your out of print stories online?

I have, but I haven't done it for the very reasons I cite above. Right now, From Weird and Distant Shores, for example, is out-of-print, but there's a good chance it will be back in print in time. If the stories were all over the web, they'd be a lot less attractive to a publisher.

I can't even begin to explain the thing with DC and The Dreaming. I know we outsold The Books of Magic for much of its run, and all those are in tpb collections. I think there are powers at DC who so disliked what I did with The Dreaming that they want it struck from the canon, chisled off the pyramids like the image of some unpopular Egyptian ruler. There were two tpbs in English, by the way, Beyond the Shores of Night and Through the Gates of Horn and Ivory. But only the second one includes my work. There are a few more in other languages. Italian, for examples.
nokomis1339
Sep. 24th, 2004 06:29 pm (UTC)
Naked praise, I say. That's all I need. I promise, I am my own worst critic. The rest of you should only concern yourselves with expositions on my genius.

Then perhaps you will be pleased to know that yesterday evening my girlfriend and I spent several hours and a quarter tank of gas driving all around upstate New York, upsetting book-store minimum wage zombies and scaring common mall goers with the rabid looks in our eyes all because we love your writing and needed to get our paws on a copy of Murder of Angels and couldn't wait one more day. I have only managed to read the beginning of it thus far, but I am completely hooked and itching to get back to it already. You just kick that much ass.

~L~
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2004 06:55 pm (UTC)
I have only managed to read the beginning of it thus far, but I am completely hooked and itching to get back to it already.

I so love to make people itch.
hewet_ka_ptah
Sep. 25th, 2004 12:46 am (UTC)
:::sings::: Happy (almost) birthday to me, happy (almost) birthday to me, I ordered Murder of Aaaaaaaangels, happy (almost) birthday to me!!

You *did* write it just for me, right?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 25th, 2004 01:54 am (UTC)
I ordered Murder of Aaaaaaaangels, happy (almost) birthday to me!!

Happy Birthday!

You *did* write it just for me, right?

Most definitely.
sa_jathan
Sep. 25th, 2004 02:23 am (UTC)
symbols from "home"
[i]I didn't write to Sa'jathan, who is "rediscovering" the Nebari language and has created a beatuful Nebari font and whom I really do owe a letter this very frelling day.[/i]

No worries, Cap'n. Everything is going to bottleneck on me over the next ten days then get better. I'll see if I can snurch some of the secure glyphs from the system. Takes time, and one has to be careful. I've already had my hard drive fried once. Bloody brilliant, their lock patterns.

Sa'jathan
greygirlbeast
Sep. 25th, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: symbols from "home"
No worries, Cap'n.

No worries, a'tall.
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