Yesterday, I read back over "Fish Bride," and polished it a bit. It was strange, going back to it after having finished "Galápagos," and it's weird in general, given this was a story I started trying to write three years ago. But now it's finished. Also, Vince's illustration for the piece came in, and I love it. Perfect. So, I will spend today assembling the file for Gordon to PDF, and, hopefully, Sirenia Digest #42 will go out to subscribers this evening. Remember, this issue will also includes the very detailed synopsis for mine and Poppy's unwritten X-Files novel, Dead Kids, plus a new poem by Sonya Taaffe. So, it would be a good place for new subscribers to jump onboard. Just click here (and, yeah, the FAQ's a little antiquated).
A lot of yesterday went into planning various bits of promotion I'm going to undertake for The Red Tree, and most of it's new ground for me. Some cool stuff, though, and I'll be able to talk about this a little more in a week or so.
I've been spending a lot of time over at deviantART lately (wonderful site), and I'm surprised at how so few of the professional artists there use their actual names for their accounts. Almost none, really. It's one of the peculiarities of Facebook, and something I like about it, that most users do use their names. Then again, I use "greygirlbeast" on both LJ and MySpace. But, than again again, my name is right there alongside the pseudonym. Is that even the right word — pseudonym — in this day and age, when speaking of the internet? Anyway, I just found it odd, but I find most things about the web odd.
Last night, Spooky and I watched Bryan Singer's Valkyrie (2008). Not a great movie, but not a bad movie. Mostly, a movie that should have been much better. A great cast, including Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Terence Stamp, and Eddie Izzard. Tom Cruise was only moderately annoying. Mostly, I was annoyed that hardly anyone but the actor playing Hitler could be bothered with a German accent. Cruise couldn't even be bothered to affect the British accent sported by most of the cast. Is a German Resistance more palatable to American moviegoers if they don't sound like Germans? Newton Thomas Sigel's cinematography was quite good, the best thing about the film.
And we read more of Andrea Barrett's The Voyage of the Narwhal.
And now, it's time to make the doughnuts.