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Reading in my sleep.

The insomnia's back. No sleep until about 5 a.m. this morning, and Spooky woke me at 11:15 a.m. Gagh.

This will be short, as the reading at Brown is in about seven hours, and I have a lot to do. Like bathe and find clothes that don't stink and figure out which part of the book I'll be reading from. For those who need directions, the reading is at 7 p.m. at the Brown University Bookstore (244 Thayer Street, Providence, RI. 02912 - Phone: 401-863-3168 - Toll Free: 800-695-2050). No cell phones. None. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Turn those bitches off. Also, no loud chewing of gum until after I'm finished. Finally, if you are sick, STAY HOME.

And now, the bad news. I've had to pull out of Tuesday's reading/signing in Manhattan, the one for Ellen Datlow's Lovecraft Unbound. The taxes were more than I'd expected them to be, and I just can't afford to make the trip. Especially given I'll have medical bills early in November. But you, if you were planning to be there, you still need to plan to be there. I was only a quarter of the show; there are three other authors. So, go. If only to hear Michael Cisco. Also, please pick up a copy of the anthology. It's very good, I promise.

Yesterday, I finished the new piece for Sirenia Digest #47, which I like quite a lot. A dreamquest retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood," for adults, as inspired by a 12 Rounds song. I'm calling it "The Dissevered Heart," a title which I may have borrowed from two different works by Poe.

It's rainy here in Providence. I hate doing readings on rainy days. But it's warmer again.

Finally, the current auctions. Do please have a look and bid, to help me get the cats out of hock and appease the IRS goons. If nothing else, there's that beautiful little Japanese edition of the Beowulf novelization, and I shall be pissed if it sells for only $24, as I don't have many, and no way of getting more. And it's in Japanese. And stuff. I think I need to finish my coffee and start in on the Red Bull.


( 6 comments — Have your say! )
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
I feel you on the insomnia. My life is a bit insane too. I am pretty sure this could be hell though. I guess that's beside the point. I really just wanted to ask if you had any idea when The Ammonite Violin will be published. and how I can pre-order a copy when and if it is possible. I am doing a lot of reading. right now I have one dollar, and no job. and I am stuck in Florida. I will try to work for myself since no one is hiring in the state. I am also glad you talked about the spelling issue as that is what has always kept me from considering writing. I hate to say it but I am bad. At spelling. Good luck at the reading. Wish I was there.
Oct. 24th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: empathy

I really just wanted to ask if you had any idea when The Ammonite Violin will be published. and how I can pre-order a copy when and if it is possible.

Not yet sure when subpress will begin taking pre-orders. The ms. was only turned in a week or so back. It'll be published early in 2010, but I don't yet know how early.
Oct. 24th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: empathy
thank you.
Oct. 25th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Susprisingly, I stumbled on Lovecraft Unbound so that saved me the dreadful effort of braving mexican post services this time. Such a beautiful edition... but in that photo, old grandpa Theobald is what, sixteen?? (somebody showed me a great photo supposedly of HPL on a profile, bending his head and touching his forehed with his hand; I remember wondering why it's never used and whether it was him or they were putting me on).

Anyway. "Houses in the sea"... yet again you wrote precisely a story that makes me wish I'd written it myself. And probably far better than I would. Damn.
Oct. 25th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)

I enjoyed the reading, and thought about book covers on the way home. The one for The Red Tree isn't so bad, all things considered; it just could have had a lot more depth. Graphics do involve intelligence and I think that intelligent design (eh, so to speak) attracts readers who would appreciate your work. I think that even for non-artists, it is pretty easy to decipher how the RT cover was made and that's not exactly what art is; and people who ARE interested in whatever art is (and I forgot a headache when listening to the story, if that's any measure) are those who should be picking up the book. But the cover it has certainly wouldn't put me off from reading it, either.

You mentioned a sort of contest for a tree photo; maybe you could have one for the next cover, not to use, but perhaps to send a visual idea to your publisher. Not that it would be any use - I just think it would be fun. I've had a great time in thinking of an alternate cover of RT, and just in considering the title of The Ammonite Violin in a visual way (especially because I'm taking a Comparative Physiology course and just came across something about buoyancy organs, like the nautilus shell, but also the bones of the mammal ear).
Oct. 25th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
We set the clocks back next Sunday, so we insomniacs gain an hour. It's not much and doesn't last long, but it's something.
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