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Howard Hughes vs. the Sky

The Great Sticky Glumness has returned to Providence. The clouds, the humidity, the weird temperatures. It isn't summer, but it isn't spring anymore, either. It's a season for which I know no name, and it comes too near to approximating how I usually feel. It's as though the weather has taken on the countenance of my mind. We're past Solstice, and I've hardly left the house all "summer" long. I look out the window, and any desire to leave my hole vanishes.

Yesterday, I wrote a rather surprising 1,514 words on "The Sea Troll's Daughter." Today, I have to set it aside long enough to get Sirenia Digest #43 together and out to readers, but I'll be coming back to the story tomorrow.

Only thirty-six days remaining until the release of The Red Tree, and I can only hope the pre-orders are good. And the reviews. And the first six weeks of sales. And so on and so forth.

One of my sf stories has sold for dramatization via a podcast, and I'll give you more details as soon as the contracts are signed.

Not much else to yesterday. I wrote and wrote, and then lay down on the bed to read and, instead, slept for an hour, until supper. I woke to the sun coming in through the bedroom window, so that was nice. Late last night, we watched an absolutely awful sf movie, made for Fox, something called Virtuality*. Not only was it was a piece of dog shit, but it managed to rip off almost every good sf film of the last twenty years. Poor Clea DuVall. I do like her, and I wish she could get better roles.

I want to unplug, please. I want to walk away from the internet and never look back. In the last couple of months, I've become more "connected" than ever, out of necessity, out of desperation. But I'm sick of it all. I want to spend a month without email, or blogging, without any of it. I'm sick of sitting in this chair, staring at this screen. I'm sick of trying, in vain, to seduce the masses. Maybe I'm just sick. I want to unplug.

Instead, I'll remind you that today's micro-excerpt of The Red Tree will be up at greygirlbeast as soon as I finish with this.

* Turns out, it was a pilot for a series. I had no idea, as I saw it via Hulu. Not that this changes my opinion of the thing....

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brienze
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
I thought Virtuality was actually a new series? It's still sitting, unwatched, on my TiVo. Heavily promoted as 'by the creators of BSG' anyway. But even if it is a series, scifi on Fox; it surely won't be around for long.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)

I thought Virtuality was actually a new series? It's still sitting, unwatched, on my TiVo. Heavily promoted as 'by the creators of BSG' anyway. But even if it is a series, scifi on Fox; it surely won't be around for long.

Ah. Well that explains the clipped ending. Regardless, dog shit.
gargirl
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Awful here in Mass too. ugh We've been calling June a "warm March."

I pre-ordered my copy of the red tree. I can't wait to get it!

You sound exhausted. I hope you will find the time to take care of you soon. Promoting your work all the time must be so draining. Plus you are constantly writing and writing on projects with deadlines. Its so hard to feel you are never "off" that you are always on duty, there is always something you "should" be doing. The mom gig is like that too but with a smaller audience judging you. If you unplug for a while, I am sure most of us would understand and not forget about you!
greygirlbeast
Jun. 29th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)

Awful here in Mass too. ugh We've been calling June a "warm March."

Sounds about right.

I pre-ordered my copy of the red tree.

Thank you.
gargirl
Jun. 30th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I wasn't looking for a thank you for ordering your upcoming book. Thank YOU for writing it! I was just mentioning it as kind of some, very small, good news. I love your writing, and am so glad I stumbled across "Silk" in a bookstore. That was a good day.

sovay
Jun. 29th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
I want to spend a month without email, or blogging, without any of it.

Then you should. Put up a sign that reads "Gone Fishing" and spend a month by the sea. Do what you need to.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 29th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)

Then you should. Put up a sign that reads "Gone Fishing" and spend a month by the sea. Do what you need to.

And I would. But, then, deadlines would not be met, and bills would not be paid, and so and so forth. Near as I can tell, there's no way off the carousel that wouldn't prove almost immediately disastrous. Nice thought, though.
kiaduran
Jun. 30th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
And I would. But, then, deadlines would not be met, and bills would not be paid, and so and so forth. Near as I can tell, there's no way off the carousel that wouldn't prove almost immediately disastrous.

Sucks being an adult.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Sucks being an adult.

Bingo.

Edited at 2009-06-30 03:07 am (UTC)
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akaten
Jun. 29th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, Carnivàle. That's probably the premature cancellation that makes me the saddest. So many great characters and storylines left unresolved... though of course the complexity of the writing, next to the budget, was probably the prime reason for said cancellation. Such a pity.
seph_ski
Jun. 29th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
My issue with cell phones and even pagers, back in their day, has always been that there's no escape, that you're always available to anyone who knows how to reach you. It's why my phone stays off unless I'm expecting to need to get in touch with someone.

Recently I found a Firefox add-on called Leechblock. It allows you to "turn off" access to all those distracting sites that take up our lives minute by precious minute. You can configure it strictly, so that once you're locked out you have to wait until the specified time you're allowed back in. You can also set it to be more forgiving and allow for cheats. It's kind of a silly thing, really, because if I really wanted to stay away from the internet, you'd think I would just do that and not need some baby-sitter application. But for me, it feels more like I'm shutting down the world's access to me for set amounts of time. It serves as a nice reminder to actually live in the real world for a while, and it does feel like I unplug. I recommend it, or looking for something like it if you're not running Firefox.
chris_walsh
Jun. 30th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Silly-ish response:

It's a season for which I know no name, and it comes too near to approximating how I usually feel. It's as though the weather has taken on the countenance of my mind.

Is affecting the weather a possible side effect of unknowingly being an Old One...?

(Holy shit, H.P. didn't just turn in his grave, he piruoetted.)

Serious-er response:

One of my sf stories has sold for dramatization via a podcast, and I'll give you more details as soon as the contracts are signed.

Utterly fantastic.

And...
Maybe I'm just sick. I want to unplug.

Understood. And understandable.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)

Is affecting the weather a possible side effect of unknowingly being an Old One...?

Fun part is trying to figure out which one.
ardiril
Jun. 30th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
I was thinking the other day I want to reread Silk and Murder of Angels. I will have to buy new copies though. Those two books were the only shared physical property that my ex wanted from the divorce.
miss_misc
Jun. 30th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Sirenia 43
Just finished reading Sirenia 43. I loved the partial alchemist's daughter story and I look forward to more of it, even if it's just a page more, or a paragraph, or a sentence... I'm hooked. I've been reading Sirenia since #38 and they have all been so amazing, I always look forward to them.
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