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Just to be clear, a few days back, I did not say I'd be writing new Dancy Flammarion stories. What I said was: "Now, I did swear when I finished 'Highway 97' and the Alabaster collection that I'd be writing no more Dancy stories. But sometimes I change my mind. And sometimes I don't. Which is to say, we shall see, just no time soon." Right now, I have no interest in ever writing Dancy again, unless, maybe, she appears in a sequel to Daughter of Hounds as a much older character, and that's a book I wouldn't be able to write for many years to come.

Meanwhile....

Yesterday, I wrote 1,072 words on "Charcloth, Firesteel, and Flint," for Sirenia Digest #46, to accompany "Shipwrecks Above." Which makes yesterday a fairly decent writing day. I expect to finish the story today.

And if you should find yourself with a few extra bucks in your paws, I will be so bold as to suggest that you invest them in copies of The Red Tree and/or A is for Alien. Thank you.

We seem to have been stricken with a short bout of Indian Summer, here in Providence.

And the feeling that LiveJournal is an increasingly derelict ship continues. On the one hand, I have more readers here than at anytime in the past, at least in theory, but fewer and fewer people bother to comment. Yes, I miss the "good old days," way back in 2004....

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martianmooncrab
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
but fewer and fewer people bother to comment

one doesnt want to appear stalkerish, or to forward.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC)

one doesnt want to appear stalkerish, or to forward.

Oh, pffft.

I wouldn't have this blasted thing if I didn't want people to comment.
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greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)

I love the fall though.

While I can appreciate the beauty of fall in a detached sort of way, I really do despise this season.
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gargirl
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'm still reading! And still spreading your books around as much as possible. ^_^
literateshrew
Sep. 24th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I am also a follower on Twitter, which is nice, sure, but so... (It's hard to put into words) like dim sum. This blog is a meal. Sometimes, short and pithy just doesn't do. Involved quotes and pictures and videos are in order.

Please please please don't stop posting! Your blog really does mean a lot. As an (as-yet unpublished writer), your blog has been invaluable. Your honesty is invaluable. Don't stop.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)

Please please please don't stop posting!

I don't plan to. I'm just noting the empty echo in here, that's all.
scotchegg
Sep. 24th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
Also hope you continue here - LJ is where my personal favorites are -. I do not comment much as I am wary of the 'stalker' thing also. I will tell you(or rather write you) that I just finished Alabaster and enjoyed it completely.
Am making my way through your works with great pleasure. Thank you.
rkbwrites
Sep. 24th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Ah, the salad days of '04 before the dark times, before Mother Russia...

I should really go back through and line up the archives from 2003-present just to see the drop off on posting.

Likin' Red Tree btw, good stuff. :)
unknownbinaries
Sep. 24th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
No Indian Summer here because summer doesn't seem to want to let go, period. Not that my tomatoes don't mind the extra warmth.

And I was beginning to suspect it wasn't just me wondering where the hell everyone on LJ has gone.
txtriffidranch
Sep. 24th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
If it helps, it's not just you. I think we've finally reached a singularity of sorts, where everyone's writing their own blogs but nobody's reading any of them. It's sorta like publishing, where everyone's working on promoting their own books but the suggestion of buying someone else's is anathema. I'm pretty certain it'll all shake out, but I understand your concern.
sovay
Sep. 24th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
We seem to have been stricken with a short bout of Indian Summer, here in Providence.

The same here, with the promise of thunderstorms.

On the one hand, I have more readers here than at anytime in the past, at least in theory, but fewer and fewer people bother to comment.

I'm just withdrawing in general. I need not to, but then I feel that the internet is already full of people who keep talking when there is nothing to say.
stsisyphus
Sep. 24th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
I have to write a review of The Red Tree, which is not to say that someone is compelling me or that I'm being paid to do it, but it really deserves contemplation and attention.

Got a few other things on my plate, but it's there. Should have done it when it sprang just about full formed out of my head after reading the book, but my innards were still sorta shaking at the time.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)

I have to write a review of The Red Tree, which is not to say that someone is compelling me or that I'm being paid to do it, but it really deserves contemplation and attention.

I will look forward to reading it.
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dipsomaniac
Sep. 24th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
I read your LJ. I don't have much to say about it. I love when you post pictures of the scenery. I'm depressed and I hate my job. I haven't scraped up enough money to buy your book yet but I submitted a tree photo in hopes of winning one. It's on my Amazon wish list as well so maybe I'll get lucky and someone will buy me one.
fusijui
Sep. 24th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
I'm good for another one -- what's your Amazon user name?
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mr_earbrass
Sep. 24th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Signs of secret life in the steerage
Dunno if you stumbled over it but my friend jtglover posted his initial thoughts on The Red Tree--he's the one who introduced me to your work, and his current musings will turn more people onto it, methinks. And I dunno if I already told you but your contribution to Last Drink Bird Head was one of my favorites, really capital stuff.
v1ewfr0mbugtown
Sep. 24th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I read every day, but seldom reply as I don't always have anything insightful or amusing to add. From the land of endless summer, I miss autumn with all my heart and soul...my mother in New Hampshire sends me leaves every year! And speaking of leaves, I have already devoured the Red Tree and will need to return to it in the near future for a more in-depth read. Greatly liked the 1st person narrative and the characters were extraordinarily real. Thank you.

Oh, and I just bought another copy for a friend's birthday...she's never read you, but I'm sure she'll be a convert.
elmocho
Sep. 24th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I read and try to comment when it will be relevant. Stationary/writing utensil/art supply posts elicit more comment from me, because at least I feel some degree of qualification.
ellen_datlow
Sep. 24th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
You need to post something provocative once in awhile :-) I find that usually gets the comments flowing (sometimes more than I'd wanted). Even if it's just posting a link to an issue you're passionate about without comment your own comment.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 24th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)

You need to post something provocative once in awhile

You're probably right. And I used to post, frequently, controversial subject matter. But that led to flame wars (or whatever the LJ equivalent is), and, I'd see sudden drops in reader numbers. Sometimes, there were significant drops in reader numbers. And these days I am usually simply too tired to mount defenses of my (oftentimes) controversial opinions. So, I tend to keep them to myself.

But..yeah. You're probably right.
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