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Seven Years

Running a bit late today, but that's my fault. Anyway, I should try to make this short. It'll probably come out long, anyway.

Today is mine and Spooky's seventh anniversary. Though we actually met in New Orleans in '99, it was a longish courtship, and we didn't get around to the commitment until 2002. But, yeah, seven years. Kind of boggles the noodle.

Not a lot to say about the first part of yesterday. I'm having a perfectly awful time trying to find THE END of "The Sea Troll's Daughter." As sovay has pointed out to me, this is the sort of story that is told, not read, and I think that's part of what's hanging me up. This really is new territory for me, both stylistically and (though not so much) thematically. So, I should have expected the snag. But, more than anything, at this point, it's simply a problem of what happens next, the dreadful artifice of plotting, Atwood's "a what and a what and a what" not revealing itself to me. The deadline looms like Great Cthulhu rising above the sea.

Later, we got out of the house, and drove down to Spooky's parents' farm in South County. It was a wonderful sort of New England summer evening. Cloudy, but warm. Clouds that threatened rain, but no rain. As we drove south, a mist settled over everything, and it was all we could do not to drive all the way to Moonstone or Narragansett. But it was a good visit with her folks. We saw Spider Cat and visited with the Steamsquid. Spooky retrieved a small fraction of her truly vast vinyl collection. Her dad gave us greens from the garden. At her mom's koi pond, we surprised a gorgeous little Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis). The blueberries and apples are getting ripe. We stayed almost until dark. It was so quite and green, after the noise of Federal Hill, I don't think either of us wanted to come back to the city.

And there are photographs:

A water lily in the koi pond, closing for the night.

Ripening blueberries.

Spooky examining the apples.

Spooky's dad cutting mustard greens.

View to the south.

View to the north, mist settling over the barn.

The final resting place of the Moonstone Steam Squid (or is it?).

Photographs Copyright © 2009 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac

Okay. The platypus says I must, must, must go now.

But! I also have a video clip that I'll try to upload to YouTube later today. Oh, and watch for micro-excerpt #12 from The Red Tree at greygirlbeast.


( 22 comments — Have your say! )
Jul. 3rd, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary!

That looks like a lovely evening.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary to you both.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!
Jul. 3rd, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary!
Jul. 3rd, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversay!
Jul. 3rd, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary to you both, and may you have a great many more.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your anniversary! This month, I have my 15-year anniversary with one of my partners, and then two months later, we both have our 4-year anniversary with our other partner. Also, the photographs are (as is typical for you) quite lovely.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Happy Seventh Anniversary! (Wow, I remember rereading the year zero entries when you mentioned your first anniversary together and that doesn't seem six years ago...)

I feel joy for both of you.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)

(Wow, I remember rereading the year zero entries when you mentioned your first anniversary together and that doesn't seem six years ago...)

I think we have pretty much the same sensation.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!

Now the Moonstone Steam Squid ... which book/story was that in again?

Edited at 2009-07-03 08:02 pm (UTC)
Jul. 3rd, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)

Now the Moonstone Steam Squid ... which book/story was that in again?

Nary a one. The steamsquid was discovered by Spooky, Sonya, and myself, while exploring the southern shore of Card Pond at Moonstone Beach, back in early February. A few days later, Spooky and I returned and relocated it, and hauled it back to Providence. Then it was taken to Saunderstown some months later. This is all recounted in various LJ entries.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary to you and Spooky.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary! Our fifth (of cohabitating) is tomorrow.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)

Our fifth (of cohabitating) is tomorrow.

Then I will wish you both a happy anniversary today, as I'll likely have forgotten by tomorrow.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!!
Jul. 3rd, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversay!
Jul. 4th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Congrats on the 7th!

I can fully empathize with the time-passing weirdness, as we just celebrated our 18th a few days ago, which rather boggles the mind when I let it try and wrap around the idea.

Regarding the story - if 'The Sea Troll's Daughter' is the kind of story that's told, not read, then have you tried telling it out loud to Spooky? If you start telling her the story, then perhaps you'll tell her the end, too....
Jul. 4th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
Happy anniversary to you both, and may you have many more.
Jul. 4th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Happy 7th!
Jul. 4th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary to you and your love! Odd but I also met my love in New Orleans in 1999 to! ( I also met you there as well!) Have fun!
Jul. 4th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary, and having read a later post by you, glad you found the ending to the story!

Jul. 5th, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
Aww, belated Happy Anniversary!!! That's wonderful. ^_^
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