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Rain, rain, go away....

Well, it's not actually raining at this particular fucking moment, but neither is there the sun and warmth we were promised, as late as 2 ayem when I went to bed. Grey skies, and it's a mere 66F. I glanced at the weather for June over at TWC.com, day by day thus far and it looks like March, not June. Not even here in gloomy ol' Providence.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,035 words on "The Sea Troll's Daughter." It's coming along.

Man, it's really very hard to build any momentum here, in this entry. There's just no enthusiasm. My head is filled with clouds. I think there's mold growing on my iMac.

Last night, we had a really fine pizza from Fellini's on Wickenden Street for Spooky's birthday dinner. Sometime later, I created a new WoW character, a Draenei paladin named Kalií and got her to Level 8 in just a couple of hours. She's on our Secret Server, where Spooky recently created a human rogue named Kittay (I call "it" Kit). Why are we playing Alliance again? I don't really know. Spooky started this. Me, I just tag along. And Kalií is awfully hot. Basically, the Draenei are what you'd get if you dropped a Klingon, a Luxon, a satyr, and a Nebari into a genetic blender. And how can that not be sexy. At least I can find sunny skies in WoW.

Not quite two hours remaining in The Merewife auction. Do please have a look. This is not an item I'll be offering on eBay again anytime soon (and maybe not anytime again ever). Clothbound, out of print since 2005. My thanks to everyone who's bid in the current round of eBay auctions.

I suppose I should go finish my coffee, stare out at the clouds, see what people are twatting over at Twitter (greygirlbeast), maybe hurt myself with a fork.

Oh, almost forgot. Yesterday, kiaduran correctly guessed that the micro-excerpt from The Red Tree was making reference to Tennessee William's Suddenly, Last Summer (which, by the way, is referenced throughout the novel).

Postscript (1:35 p.m.): Please, it would be doing me a kindness if you'd not comment that a) you're someplace where the weather is very hot, and so you wish you were here where it's chilly, or b) that you're someplace where it's chilly, and you love it that way. Not the sort of thing I need to hear just now (and I've been hearing it for weeks).

Postscript 2 (1:44 p.m.): Spooky just made our reservations for ReaderCon 20. But I swear to fuck, it's tempting to skip the con, and take a train, or drive, south until we find warmth and spend a couple of days baking and sweating.

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ardiril
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
"Tennessee William's Suddenly, Last Summer (which, by the way, is referenced throughout the novel)"

That's as good a reason as any for me to dig out my copy and reread it.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)

That's as good a reason as any for me to dig out my copy and reread it.

Several books and plays are important to The Red Tree, "Suddenly, Last Summer" probably chief among them (though I suggest the Joseph L. Mankiewicz film, as much as the play itself). My editor has expressed concern that readers won't quite understand parts of the novel because they are unfamiliar with the play. Which just makes me sad.
ardiril
Jun. 25th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
"readers won't quite understand parts of the novel because they are unfamiliar with the play."

I don't understand parts of my life because I cannot read the minds of others well, intentions particularly.

Side note: Looks like today I took the step up from casual fan to serious collector. Have a drink or three at Readercon on me. I am so disappointed I won't have the opportunity to attend your talks. Any chance of getting audio recordings that you can upload as podcasts?
greygirlbeast
Jun. 25th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)

Any chance of getting audio recordings that you can upload as podcasts?

Not if I have anything to say about it (hate my voice).

Thanks for the eBay!
ardiril
Jun. 25th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
You are welcome.
txtriffidranch
Jun. 25th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
I think I need to make a road trip to Providence. For me, especially since summer-induced seasonal depression is ripping me to pieces, I think I need a week in those temperatures and with that sort of gloom. Heck, let's make it a month.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 25th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)

I think I need to make a road trip to Providence. For me, especially since summer-induced seasonal depression is ripping me to pieces, I think I need a week in those temperatures and with that sort of gloom. Heck, let's make it a month.

I miss the Atlanta heat.

We've had pretty much the same wet, chilly, gloomy weather since early April. Even Hubero is depressed.
akaten
Jun. 25th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
You posted once or twice before about the Google Books kerfluffle, so when I came across this TBM article...

http://www.thebigmoney.com/articles/money-trail/2009/06/23/defense-google-books

... I naturally wanted your perspective. Hope you get some weather soon that's more to your taste! It's in the high fifties Fahrenheit here in Seattle, and I couldn't be happier.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 25th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
You posted once or twice before about the Google Books kerfluffle, so when I came across this TBM article...

My opinion remains unchanged. Google Books is blatantly, illegally violating my copyrights. Worse yet, I am being denied the right to choose.

It's in the high fifties Fahrenheit here in Seattle, and I couldn't be happier.

It's just too weird, simply not having had a single summer day when it's already June 25th.

Edited at 2009-06-25 04:52 pm (UTC)
algernon33
Jun. 25th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Happy belated B-Day Spooky.

I feel the same way about writing today, its all in my head, but no desire to pound it in my Laptop.

I dropped the habit of the Crack that is WoW last year.
So tempted to go back after the add-on went Gold.

Have you all tried Warhammer-Online yet?

-A33



greygirlbeast
Jun. 25th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)


Have you all tried Warhammer-Online yet?


Nope. It's not available for Mac.
niamh_sage
Jun. 25th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Ok, I think it's time for new glasses. I just read the last line of your entry as saying you wanted to go and spend a couple of days 'baking and swearing'. All right then.

I hope you get some better weather soon!
greygirlbeast
Jun. 25th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)

Ok, I think it's time for new glasses. I just read the last line of your entry as saying you wanted to go and spend a couple of days 'baking and swearing'. All right then.

I think I got the swearing part covered.
blakesrealm
Jun. 25th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Not sure what you use to access twitter but I started using Tweetdeck and it's a really nice interface for Twitter:

http://tweetdeck.com/beta/

Just something I came across and figured I'd suggest it. Mac native client, obviously.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 25th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)

I assume by "access" you mean how I post to it, read it, etc. From the web, from the iMac on my desk. My cellphone (ca 2004) can't handle Twitter, and I'm not really crazy about the idea of Twitter following me when I leave the House.

Thanks anyway, though.
blakesrealm
Jun. 25th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Actually there is a client there, off the main page, that I use here on my iMac. I'm with you, I wouldn't carry Twitter with me either outside the house.

It's the Download now, it's free button.

Just a clean Adobe Air application that lets you view Twitter, and tweet from it, without having to visit the website at all.
kiaduran
Jun. 25th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
I, for one, am glad Spooky refused to stab you or otherwise murder you.

sovay
Jun. 25th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
literally under the weather

The sun came out here around four o'clock and the temperatures abruptly spiked, which gives me hope that we may be approaching our one day of summer before the next seven years of rain. On the bright side, there's salt on Enceladus.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 26th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)

there's salt on Enceladus.

YES!
c0rporatetrash
Jun. 25th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
I do love Dranei, but I wish they spent as much time on their 3D models as they did the Blood Elves. They just look sort of blocky and out of place.
siouxdivision
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Suddenly, Last Summer
I love both the play and film of Suddenly, Last Summer. Knowing that it is referenced throughout The Red Tree fills me with glee. I can't wait to read your novel.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 26th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Re: Suddenly, Last Summer

I love both the play and film of Suddenly, Last Summer. Knowing that it is referenced throughout The Red Tree fills me with glee. I can't wait to read your novel.

Good for you. Perhaps I have found an ideal reader. ;-) (No, that was not an emoticon.)
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