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So, first a reminder that today is World Biodiversity Day (also known as the International Day for Biological Diversity). This year, the spotlight is on invasive alien species, and, sadly, we're not talking Klingons. To quote the WBD website, "Since the 17th century, invasive alien species have contributed to nearly 40% of all animal extinctions for which the cause is known." And, of course, almost every single one of those invasive species were introduced by humans.

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Wednesday, when I was done with the interview, we drove over to the East Side of Providence and spent the evening with Jonathan Thomas, his wife Angel Dean, and Sam Gafford. Johnathan, Sam, and I signed the signature sheets for the forthcoming Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror (edited by S.T. Joshi, PS Publishing). Then we just sat about and talked, which was nice, and bizarrely social for me. I had barleywine for the first time. In fact, I had just a little too much of it, but it was delicious. By the way, Jonathan has a collection of short fiction available from Hippocampus Press, Midnight Call and Other Stories, which I've yet to read, but am looking forward to getting into very soon.

And no, I'm most emphatically not happy at the news that Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been canceled, while the sadly unwatchable Dollhouse has been given a second season (though with a smaller budget, I might note). I already knew that Terminator was getting the axe, so I couldn't imagine that Dollhouse wouldn't go bye-bye , as well. And, yeah, I keep hearing how the series has gotten much better than it was at the start, but I had such a strong aversion to the first three or four episodes (characters, concept, actors, etc.) that it'd pretty much have to have become an entirely new show to win me over. I suspect it survived only because its production costs are relatively low (though, again the budget cut), while the pricey sfx required for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles were the kiss of death. Anyway, please don't tell me I should give Dollhouse another chance. I might someday, once I stop being angry about the loss of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Maybe.

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Yesterday, we caught a matinée of Terminator: Salvation. It wasn't quite as good as I'd expected, lacking something of the epic scope and feel I'd hoped for, but I did like it quite a lot. Also, the trailer for District 9 looks promising.

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Turns out, I have a much better reason to hate Stephenie Meyer than her atrocious writing, which I always felt was sort of a poor excuse for loathing someone. Turns out, she's a frakking Mormon, and hands over a percentage of her income (10%, I believe) to the gay-bashing LDS Church. When one considers that in the first quarter of 2009 16% of all books sold in the U.S. (or one in every eight) were written by Meyer, that's a hefty tithe, especially when you factor in her split from the proceeds of the film and tie-in merchandise. So, I may now hate her for, among other LDS-related idiocies, being part of the driving force behind the passage of Prop 8 in California. That she's also a crappy writer can be secondary.

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A quick reminder that the trade paperback of Alabaster is now available from subpress, for the very low price of $14.95 (plus s&h). Also, there's this nifty Alabaster wallpaper you can download FREE.

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Okay. The platypus says it's time to get back to work on "Galápagos."

Comments

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eclectic_writer
May. 22nd, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
SCCnot getting another season is just dumb. Dollhouse actually getting another season? Dumber still.

All I can think is Fox is trying to make right with Joss fans for FIREFLYs cancellation. Once again: stupid.

I'm noticing a trend here....
gargirl
May. 22nd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
hmmm, Alabaster appears to have sold out at the link you posted... I don't have that one yet.

I will be looking for Black Wings too. ^_^
greygirlbeast
May. 22nd, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)

hmmm, Alabaster appears to have sold out at the link you posted... I don't have that one yet.

Check again. Only the limited hardback and trade hardback have sold out. The trade paperback is still available from subpress.
gargirl
May. 22nd, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
Oooooh I see! Somehow I missed that... its been a bad week for me, I am not at my best.

Thank you!
kongjie
May. 22nd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Dollhouse deserves to get cancelled if only for the character of Topher Brink, recycled from a number of Buffy characters, as has been mentioned by others, perhaps even here.

I can't help but think they would be more fun if they changed their acronym to the LSD Church...
greygirlbeast
May. 22nd, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)

I can't help but think they would be more fun if they changed their acronym to the LSD Church...

Well, LSD would explain all that nonsense about golden tablets written in "reformed Egyptian" being discovered in a hillside in Manchester NY in 1823. Sadly, I fear we can only blame the normal sort of human gullibility.
nykolus
May. 22nd, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
not to pick at a scab... but did the galleys ever turn up???
greygirlbeast
May. 22nd, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)

but did the galleys ever turn up???

USPS claims they were delivered to Penguin on the morning of the 11th, the day we all sat here waiting for them to be delivered, the day I had to retype everything. No one at Penguin has confirmed or denied this. I have no idea.
nykolus
May. 22nd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
that's crazy. and kinda sucks. sorry.
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greygirlbeast
May. 22nd, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)

I'm surprised you were unaware of the connection.

What can I say. I don't get out much.

For as you well know, three things matter in publishing: numbers, numbers and numbers.

Four things. You forgot numbers.
usagiko
May. 22nd, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
RE: TSCC - oh god, I know. Though I actually enjoy Dollhouse (don't shoot me), I was devastated that it didn't get renewed yet not surprised. :(

So sad, omg.
derekcfpegritz
May. 22nd, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
I believe I need to write a story in which a Stephanie Meyer-esque author gets attacked by actual vampires who are sick and tired of her making their kind look like a bunch of sparkly sissy-maries.
gargirl
May. 22nd, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
I would definitely buy that!
derekcfpegritz
May. 22nd, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Buy it, hell...I'll just write it up on my website and send you the link! Now I've got something to do over the weekend. :)
gargirl
May. 22nd, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I could use the laughs. ^_^
derekcfpegritz
May. 23rd, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
I'm also working on a story in which a monster destroys Pittsburgh just for the hell of it. It is called "The Monster That Destroyed Pittsburgh Just For the Hell of It." I'll be sure to post that one, too. :)
beerdiablo
May. 22nd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Barleywine = Goodness
Welcome to the big leagues of beer. Barleywines [sometimes called "winter warmers"] are nice in colder weather.

http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/style19.php
* 19A. Old Ale - funky
* 19B. English Barleywine - tasty
* 19C. American Barleywine - say hello to the hops


greygirlbeast
May. 22nd, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Barleywine = Goodness

I had the American variety, a brand called Sierra Nevada Bigfoot.
sovay
May. 22nd, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
and hands over a percentage of her income (10%, I believe) to the gay-bashing LDS Church. When one considers that in the first quarter of 2009 16% of all books sold in the U.S. (or one in every eight) were written by Meyer, that's a hefty tithe, especially when you factor in her split from the proceeds of the film and tie-in merchandise.

I hadn't known that part. Gah.

I like the sound of barleywine.

greygirlbeast
May. 22nd, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)

I like the sound of barleywine.

When you came down, we'll get some.

I hadn't known that part. Gah.

I suspect many of her loyal fans don't. I considered registering stepheniemeyerisamormonhomophobe.com, but saner heads prevailed.
sovay
May. 23rd, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
When you came down, we'll get some.

Awesome.

I suspect many of her loyal fans don't.

. . . Please don't ever put me in the same sentence as her loyal fans again, unless I am cannibalizing one of them.
greygirlbeast
May. 23rd, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)


. . . Please don't ever put me in the same sentence as her loyal fans again, unless I am cannibalizing one of them.


Deal.
chris_walsh
May. 23rd, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
Something to make you feel better...
dabriel
May. 23rd, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Meyers is a flash in the pan. Her books are popular today with the current young, female and teenage set, but honestly is not written well enough to be memorable as the years go by. Teenagers grow up and their tastes are like mini-tornadoes: All a flutter when running strong, but when they lose steam, it's over.

Hopefully a little patience will find people saying 'Twilight? That's so last decade.' in a few years.
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