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A rainy grey day here in Providence. And I'm on Day 3 of the Everlasting Migraine. Or Day 4. It's all beginning to blur together, like overlapping pools of melted wax.

Yesterday, we drove down to Peace Dale Public Library, where I had a 3 p.m. meeting with a reporter from the South County Independent. My dislike of live interviews is well enough known, but it actually went well. We sat and talked until about 4:30 p.m., mostly about The Red Tree and "The Dead and the Moonstruck." And I do believe that will be my last interview for a while. Well, unless fucking Oprah calls or something of that magnitude. Ah, now there's a question. If I were invited to appear on Oprah (and, of course, there's a greater chance I'll be named pope), would you lose all respect for me if I accepted the invitation?

Grey today, yes, but yesterday, the sky was carnivorous, with only a few straggling wisps of cloud. The clouds only managed to make the sky more threatening. It was a clear, crisp early autumn day, the trees just beginning to take on colors other than green. Not the sort of day I like being out and under the sky, but there you go.

And here it is, already the 27th. I have to finish up with Sirenia Digest #46. Waiting on artwork from Vince for "Shipwrecks Above" before I begin layout. And I have to begin my YA Mars story, which is due on November 1st. I think it might be called "XX."

Thanks for all the comments to the last entry. I did read them all, even if I was not up to replying to them all. This one made me smile (from fusijui):

I'm appalled at your cynical attempt to milk the Brachiosaurus scandal for attention. That radical scientists are attacking the ENTIRE BASIS for traditional Linnaean family values is a crisis of Western civilization, NOT an opportunity to boost your readership. If your readers were not degenerates and clapping zombies, they would have already swamped this so-called blog in healthy renunciations of the trendy Giraffatitan agenda.

And this one, as well, for entirely different reasons (from tetar):

We are delicate with you about commenting too much, for fear of disturbing you, for fear of your thorns, and for fear, at times, of your art. It is a fear born of respect. Our dread is to guard your poise, and to avoid intruding. Know that we are here, eyes greedy for your words. Know we're with you in this dark. I don't know what else to say and feel I have probably said too much. Namaste.

Thank you.

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We binged on Calfifornication last night and the night before, and have now seen all of Season One. Which we loved. Hank Moody is my newest hero.

I've been reading the latest Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, and, since my last entry, have finished "Bone histology and microanatomy of Alamosaurus sanjuanensis (Sauropoda: Titanosauria) from the Maastrichtian of Big Bend National Park, Texas" and "Hadrosaurid dinosaurs from the latest Creatceous of the Iberian Peninsula."

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And now, please have a look at Spooky's Dreaming Squid Dollworks Etsy shop. She's been getting lots of new things up in time for Hallowe'en and Samhain.

There are more photos from Tuesday:

















Photographs Copyright © 2009 by Kathryn A. Pollnac

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greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)

All hail Pope Caitlin I!

And snowballs in Hell.
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readingthedark
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I confess that to be acquainted with you allows the understanding that you make writing-based decisions with enough rigor that it would be foolish to lose respect for you based on what you decided. You would not decide such a thing lightly.

But I would not want you to skip Oprah. If that strange cultural force that is her audience and economic might were willing to bless you with its queer power, it strikes me as wrong to say no. Franzen played a different game and won--but to me the crucial indicator would be that Cormac McCarthy has given very few interviews ever (and no other television ones that I know of) but appeared on Oprah. From what I understand, if his wife had any say in it Pynchon would do Oprah.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)


But I would not want you to skip Oprah. If that strange cultural force that is her audience and economic might were willing to bless you with its queer power, it strikes me as wrong to say no. Franzen played a different game and won--but to me the crucial indicator would be that Cormac McCarthy has given very few interviews ever (and no other television ones that I know of) but appeared on Oprah. From what I understand, if his wife had any say in it Pynchon would do Oprah.


Very good. As soon as I'm named pope, I'll tell Oprah it's a go.
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unknownbinaries
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
If I were invited to appear on Oprah (and, of course, there's a greater chance I'll be named pope), would you lose all respect for me if I accepted the invitation?

I think I'd count it as a cosmic non-sequitur. And then laugh my ass off at all the people who would not know what they were in for when they bought your books solely because you were on Oprah.

...only they tend to take those books as gospel after that, don't they? We'd have a middle aged, stay-at-home cult of Mother Hydra and Father Kraken on our hands?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I think I'd count it as a cosmic non-sequitur. And then laugh my ass off at all the people who would not know what they were in for when they bought your books solely because you were on Oprah.

I've always wondered about the people who read The Road because of Oprah.

...only they tend to take those books as gospel after that, don't they? We'd have a middle aged, stay-at-home cult of Mother Hydra and Father Kraken on our hands?

Now, there's a thought.

Edited at 2009-09-27 05:57 pm (UTC)
robyn_ma
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
If you and Spooky ever get married, we're totally all chipping in and getting you this.
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seph_ski
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
If I were invited to appear on Oprah (and, of course, there's a greater chance I'll be named pope), would you lose all respect for me if I accepted the invitation?

Not a chance. I'd be very happy for the expected boom in your readership, and I'd be setting my DVR to catch her show for the very first time. I was just talking with a friend about the distinct difference between finding opportunities to get your work in front of more people and selling out. This would definitely be the former.

Also, that comment from tetar is beautifully phrased and quite accurate.
robyn_ma
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, and:

'If I were invited to appear on Oprah (and, of course, there's a greater chance I'll be named pope), would you lose all respect for me if I accepted the invitation?'

Excuse me while I laugh for the next five years.

Not that she wouldn't ask or that you wouldn't deserve the invite; just the concept. It'd be like Harlan guest-hosting X-Play.

'Today, sci-fi author Caitlín R. Kiernannnnnn' the way she always hollers out people's names.

Audience member: 'Why are your books always so...grim and depressing?'

You: 'Why are your shoes so grim and depressing? You're an idiot. Next stupid question?'

At the very least, it would go on a special Oprah Interviews Recalcitrant Writers of Dark Fiction DVD along with Cormac McCarthy.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)


Not that she wouldn't ask or that you wouldn't deserve the invite; just the concept. It'd be like Harlan guest-hosting X-Play.


Have I ever mentioned that Morgan Webb is hot?

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dipsomaniac
Sep. 27th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
If I were invited to appear on Oprah (and, of course, there's a greater chance I'll be named pope), would you lose all respect for me if I accepted the invitation?

Not at all. I'd be very happy for you getting that kind of recognition.

Love the pics, especially the flower amidst all the rocks.
tsarina
Sep. 27th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
I don't think there would be anything morally ambiguous about appearing on Oprah - she seems reasonably respectful of people, and I have a perverse sense of glee at the thought of soccer moms rushing out to buy The Red Tree, and reading in their bath tubs. It would probably be the first time I would ever see the Oprah show.

Since I'm asking everyone lately, what is your favorite beach? I'm trying to plan a birthday trip and it occurs to me that the only beaches I've seen are Normandy and the Texas Gulf Coast. I think I've been missing something.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
and I have a perverse sense of glee at the thought of soccer moms rushing out to buy The Red Tree, and reading in their bath tubs. It would probably be the first time I would ever see the Oprah show.

And the sudden spike in ponygirl fetishism.

Since I'm asking everyone lately, what is your favorite beach? I'm trying to plan a birthday trip and it occurs to me that the only beaches I've seen are Normandy and the Texas Gulf Coast. I think I've been missing something.

Well, it's not so much a beach as a section of rocky coastline. Beavertail State Park, Conanicut Island, here in RI.

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stsisyphus
Sep. 27th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
If I were invited to appear on Oprah ... would you lose all respect for me if I accepted the invitation?

Depends on what you wore to the show.

In all seriousness, however, I am trying to imagine the degree of embolism your agent would have if this occurred and how Penguin and everyone else would jump in trying to groom you (in every sense of the word) for your appearance.

Still, it's not The View.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)

In all seriousness, however, I am trying to imagine the degree of embolism your agent would have if this occurred and how Penguin and everyone else would jump in trying to groom you (in every sense of the word) for your appearance.

This has instilled in me some genuinely horrific imagery.
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martianmooncrab
Sep. 27th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
If I were invited to appear on Oprah (and, of course, there's a greater chance I'll be named pope), would you lose all respect for me if I accepted the invitation?

I would like to be appointed as Head of the Inquistion please.

I dont watch any of the afternoon shows, somehow the subliminal messages encoded in them just leaves me with the urge to hurt the shiny happy people.
spiritualmonkey
Sep. 27th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
If I were invited to appear on Oprah (and, of course, there's a greater chance I'll be named pope), would you lose all respect for me if I accepted the invitation

Not in the least bit. I read your books because they're interesting, not because of any street-fan-cred tally. And exposure for an author is good.
sovay
Sep. 27th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
If I were invited to appear on Oprah (and, of course, there's a greater chance I'll be named pope), would you lose all respect for me if I accepted the invitation?

Not at all, although I think it would be even more awesome if you were named pope.
fornikate
Sep. 27th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
I would eagerly anticipate your appearance on Oprah.
catconley
Sep. 27th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Oh geez, yeah, if you ever get the chance, PLEASE do Oprah. If the viewers thought that "The Secret" and Eckhardt Tolle were amazing spiritual relevations, think about what Mother Hydra or the Hounds of Cain would do for the average American psyche.

Oprah: "So I understand you live in Providence. I don't know much about the area. Can you describe it a little for me? Anything fun to do on a Friday night?"

CRK: "Well, Swan Point Cemetery is particularly nice in the springtime, and HPL is always up for a visit. The bus tunnel by Brown University is also very interesting. And the house on Benefit Street...well, you kind of have to experience that one for yourself."

Oprah: *pause* "Um, wow. OK, well, next up today, our musical guest, Stiff Kitten!"
mystical_indi
Sep. 27th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
If being on Oprah would cause you to become better known then it would be a great thing. I think you deserve it and I know that it is more than possible. Sadly, it's all about publicity.
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