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Waking the Witch

So...thank fuck I slept last night. Otherwise, I am quite certain I would now number among the vast legion of future zombies. Truly, yesterday was one of the most inutterably awful days in recent memory, between the sleep deprivation and being so loaded up on hypnotics and rushing to get ready for ReaderCon and running errands and all the rain. Awful, awful day. But last night I slept, goddamn it. About 2:15 a.m., I lay down and shut off the lights, put Pitch Black in the iBook, and slept more than eight hours. Sure, I dreamt of earthquakes and tsunamis, but who cares. I slept.

I'd write about yesterday, but what I can recall mostly doesn't bear repeating, or I'm simply too ashamed to repeat it. Either way, a crappy day. But now it's done, and we move on. Except, I will say that Spooky is a saint for not murdering me yesterday.

Probably the most eventful thing was having to drive down to South County (in a torrential fucking rainstorm,) to check on the farm for Spooky's parents. On the way, we stopped for energy drinks, as we were both only just barely awake. Only, surprise, no Red Bull. So, we made the mistake of trying (it's hard to type this without gagging) Sobe Monster. I didn't think it would be bad. I used to love Sobe Adrenaline, and various other Sobe drinks. But it was unspeakable. Like...I don't know. The juice of rancid bananas and pineapples that had been impregnated with high-fructose corn syrup and then carbonated. Plus, there was 16 ounces of the shit, which seemed completely unnecessary. Really, I've tasted a lot of nasty in my day, but I think that can of Monster set a new standard. I did get it all down, and it did keep me moving. But never, ever, ever again. Red Bull, please. There is photographic evidence of my idiocy behind the cut:





Taste the Nasty®



Oh, and I read "An Enigmatic New Lambeosaurine Hadrosaur (Reptilia: Dinosauria) from the Upper Shale Member of the Campanian Aguja Formation of Trans-Pecos Texas," a weird beast named Angulomastacator daviesi, known thus far only from its boomerang-shaped maxilla bone.

Just heard that Los Angeles spent $1.4 million on Michael Jackson's Memorial thingy. This is the sort of crap that sparks revolt. Well, in sane places, this is the sort of crap that sparks revolt. I will say, it makes Providence having spent $14k on barges from which to launch 4th of July fireworks (when the public libraries can't afford to order new books) seem somewhat less abominable. But only by comparison.

My thanks to Chris (scarletboi), who's getting a new front page for my website up and running, to promote The Red Tree. I think it will be going live within the next day or so. I think. I'll post something here as soon as it does. The new website will gradually become a very dynamic sort of thing, and hopefully it actually will help to promote the new novel (and everything else). By autumn, I hope to be the proud owner of a website that looks like it was created this century.

I will not have any sort of connectivity while at ReaderCon, which is mostly a good thing. So, after tonight, I'll be silent until Sunday night or Monday morning, and that includes my Facebook and my Twitter accounts. My cellphone was new in 2004, and screams at the mention of Facebook and Twitter. Also, I'm going halt the micro-excerpts from The Red Tree until Monday. For those of you attending ReaderCon (many of whom are probably already on their way or have already arrived), I do ask that you please respect my desire not to be photographed. This does not apply to crowd shots, or when I'm doing panels with other guests, obviously. Just the solo presentation stuff, the signing on Saturday, and the reading on Sunday. Thanks.

Okay. Herr Platypus says I'm burning daylight, which seems both obvious and redundant to me...

Comments

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txtriffidranch
Jul. 9th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the heads-up on Angulomastacastor, as I suspect that you're going to be seeing a lot of interesting new work coming out of Texas in the next couple of years. Literally a thirty-minute drive from my house is one of the most exciting Cretaceous digs in the last fifty years, and the Dallas Museum of Nature & Science, SMU, and UT-Dallas are all working like fiends to dig up everything before the area gets developed. (One palaeontologist describes this as close to heaven: not only does he get to sleep in his own bed every night, but the teams have a Starbucks literally about 500 feet away.)

Oh, and only $1.4 million on the Michael Jackson funeral? I myself have worries, because I've seen this story before.

greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)

as I suspect that you're going to be seeing a lot of interesting new work coming out of Texas in the next couple of years.

This was a Big Bend specimen, but yeah...


Oh, and only $1.4 million on the Michael Jackson funeral? I myself have worries, because I've seen this story before.


Okay, that was so oblique even I didn't get it. Maybe later...
txtriffidranch
Jul. 9th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Not a problem. I've always argued that Jackson and Madonna had so much mechanical and plastic augmentation that it's just a matter of time before they declare war on the Daleks.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)

Not a problem. I've always argued that Jackson and Madonna had so much mechanical and plastic augmentation that it's just a matter of time before they declare war on the Daleks

See? Crystal clear. It's like I'm thinking through mud.
sfmarty
Jul. 9th, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
I am so happy you got some sleep last night. Interesting that you got to bed at 2:15 (eastern time) while I woke up at 2:15 (western time) and yes, I thought of you.

I hope the people that were paid for the funeral enjoy their money. May be the last paycheck they see when the county money runs out (snarling)
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)

May be the last paycheck they see when the county money runs out (snarling)

Indeed.
martianmooncrab
Jul. 9th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
spent $1.4 million on Michael Jackson's Memorial

Bread and Circuses...
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)

Bread and Circuses...

Word,
tsarina
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
I ordered my copy of The Red Tree today.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)

Thank you! One down, 49,999 to go.
thingunderthest
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Taste the Nasty®
Has intriguing connotations with the picture of it between the legs.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)

Has intriguing connotations with the picture of it between the legs.

You know, that only occurred to me after I'd written the caption.
chris_walsh
Jul. 10th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
*very strenuously doesn't comment*

*in fact deletes what he was about to say 'cause it was (in the words of Monty Python) "bad and thoroughly disobedient"*


Nothing to see here. Move on.

(Crap, everything's now gonna seem like double entendre. Oh well, I like being a pervert, even if I'm just a pervert in thought and not in deed right now...)

Feel better! If only we could download sleep.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 10th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)

If only we could download sleep.

Fuckin' A.
thingunderthest
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
Well, I am glad I am not the only one that thought like that.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)

Well, I am glad I am not the only one that thought like that.

Are you kidding?

Actually, while we were trying to drink the shit, I think I actually referred to it as murloc jizz.
thingunderthest
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
Makes me greatful they haven't gotten to synthesizing taste and smell online (yet).
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Makes me greatful they haven't gotten to synthesizing taste and smell online (yet).

Okay, now you have me imagining the "scratch-n-sniff" edition of Sirenia Digest. Bad, bad Thing.

Edited at 2009-07-09 08:38 pm (UTC)
thingunderthest
Jul. 9th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Apologies ma'am.

You are right, I should be punished.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)

You are right, I should be punished.

Later, Thing.
fremen_dancer
Jul. 9th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
It's scarletboi's birthday today too, I believe.

REALLY looking forward to The Red Tree. Pre-ordered and all.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)

Crap. I thought his birthday was yesterday. Anyway, he has been wished a Happy One, over on Twitter.

And thanks for ordering!
ardiril
Jul. 9th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Good luck at Readercon. I would have loved to have heard you speak, but my kid's welfare comes first, particularly when his custodial parent is declared insane to the point of incompetency.

Oh, and I am subtly spamming my friends with the SubPress story link and the Red Tree Amazon link. I figure if they can blab about Sims 3 and Star Trek, I can talk about my specific commercial consumer interests too. heheh
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)

but my kid's welfare comes first, particularly

Certainly.

Oh, and I am subtly spamming my friends with the SubPress story link and the Red Tree Amazon link. I figure if they can blab about Sims 3 and Star Trek, I can talk about my specific commercial consumer interests too.

Damn straight.
robert_robbins
Jul. 9th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Lo Carb Monster
I drink the Monster Lo Carb energy drink with lunch because it is only 20 caleries.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 9th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Lo Carb Monster

I drink the Monster Lo Carb energy drink with lunch because it is only 20 caleries.

But does it taste like murloc jizz. Because, dude, I'd rather be fat.
tetzermetzger
Jul. 13th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
Tree things.

One, actually Monster doesn't contain any High fructose corn syrup and they do make other flavors. (Feeling like I have to defend my energy drink of choice for no particular reason). Though if I do remember, if I do remember, I wasn't sold on the taste the first couple of time I had it. But it is way cheaper and, to me, tastier than the equivalent of that perfumed asshole known as Red Bull. =)

Two, Dead Like Me came out with a movie of some sort this year, to finish up loose ends, hopefully and I think you liked it.

Third, I don't suppose there is anyway in print or otherwise to receive your talk on Doctor Seuss as Weird Fiction. That talking point was way cool and I love to hear what you had to say on it.

maetrics
Jul. 13th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the enlightening photo. I never noticed that Monster was made with Urine and Ginseng. This evidence explains many, many things.
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