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Still raining here in Providence. Flooding across much of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Fortunately, the West Side of Providence is high enough that we only have to worry about leaking roofs and windows. The rain will be with us one more day, and then, supposedly, be gone. Rivers are flooding south of us. I understand Boston is set to break its rainfall record for the month of March.*

Last night, I slept almost eight hours, without Ambien. Huzzah.

Yesterday was spent formatting Sirenia Digest #52 (and proofreading, and writing the prolegomenon), which is pretty close to being ready to go out. I'm waiting on Vince Locke's illustration for "Houndwife." Last night, he sent me the pencils, and it's going to be gorgeous. I'm hoping the issue will go out to subscribers either tonight or tomorrow. By the way, I was reading over the Sirenia FAQ yesterday, and it really is woefully out of date. I'll try to fix that soon.

My goal for April— write the first two chapters of The Wolf Who Cried Girl, and, of course, produce Sirenia Digest #53.

Have I mentioned The Ammonite Violin & Others?

Late yesterday, sometime after 5 p.m., I decided that the little that was left to do on #52 could wait until today. One rainy day is as good for layout as the next rainy day. And I got dressed and ventured Outside, over to the East Side of Providence with Spooky, to the market. The Providence River was the highest I have ever seen it. Umbrellas were virtually useless. Anyway, Spooky made quesadillas for dinner, and then I spent much of the evening on Second Life, putting together a new avatar for the awakening of yet another copy of the Xiang AI. I'll post some screencaps tomorrow. It really is a beautiful, creepy av.

And I took some photos yesterday, as we drove through the dreary, dreary rain, just in case you ever wanted to see this city on a Very Rainy Day, through the water-slicked window of a moving automobile:













All photographs Copyright © 2010 by Caitlín R. Kiernan



*Postscript [1:46 p.m.]: Spooky just came in to tell me that they're talking about closing I-95, that this is the worst flooding Rhode Island has seen in a hundred years, and that the city of Warwick has declared a state of emergency.

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miakodadreams
Mar. 30th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
The Ammonite Violin & Others
I would very much like to preorder the book, but I'm broke and probably will be for a good month or so yet. What is the advantage of preordering other than to make sure we get one of the copies? Is Sub-T trying to meet a quota to print the book? Will the price change once it's officially released?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 30th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Re: The Ammonite Violin & Others
What is the advantage of preordering other than to make sure we get one of the copies?

The main advantage to the book buyer is a guarantee of getting a copy of the book. My subpress books have been known to sell out prior to publication, most especially the limited editions of a given title. No, the price will not change after release.

Edited at 2010-03-30 05:02 pm (UTC)
miakodadreams
Mar. 30th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: The Ammonite Violin & Others
Okay, thank you for clarifying. I did notice with some dismay how many "Sold Outs" are listed by your related items at the bottom of that page.
sovay
Mar. 30th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
just in case you ever wanted to see this city on a Very Rainy Day, through the water-slicked window of a moving automobile:

That last shot is actually quite beautiful. It's comparably watery here.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 30th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)

That last shot is actually quite beautiful. It's comparably watery here.

Thank you. And I can well imagine.
sovay
Mar. 30th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
And I can well imagine.

I think we're now in a formal state of emergency. Boston has broken its previous record for most rainfall in a single day.

Edited at 2010-03-30 08:37 pm (UTC)
jadakath
Mar. 30th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Pretty Rain
RI is pretty even in the rain!

And if you didn't get a book that sells out, sometimes later on CRK has 'sold out' editions for sale on ebay from her personal collection.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 30th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Pretty Rain

RI is pretty even in the rain!

Indeed. Dreary, but pretty.

And if you didn't get a book that sells out, sometimes later on CRK has 'sold out' editions for sale on ebay from her personal collection.

This is a true fact.
mb2u
Mar. 30th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Rainy day photos are always appreciated.
amethyst_clan
Mar. 30th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Wow. What wonderful (and still kind of scary) pictures.

Here's more pics of RI if you're interested.

Crazy, crazy weather. I'll keep you and all the other people in that area in my thoughts.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 31st, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)

Thanks for the link.

Yep, that's what's happening.
shaula82
Mar. 30th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Great photos. I love the distortion - warped cars and bridges and surreal tentacled trees from another world.

It's been quite wet in Sydney as well, but nothing like the flood that you're dealing with.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 31st, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)

Great photos. I love the distortion - warped cars and bridges and surreal tentacled trees from another world.

Yeah..I was really pleased with the accidental distortion affects.
stardustgirl
Mar. 31st, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
Those are lovely photos. The Big Dreary was here and we had a lot of Really Gusty Wind that hung around with it for the two days it was here. What's behind it is nice. Today was sunny and warm-ish, which should be headed your way tomorrow.
catconley
Mar. 31st, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
It's pretty nuts - we're in Warren and our backyard is completely flooded - my friend has 14" of water in her basement and I just got back from helping her hook up an old pool pump to suck it out. I hope we get some sun tomorrow. Your photos are great!
thehousesparrow
Mar. 31st, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
I have a question, since you're a writer: what do you do to try and improve your writing "stamina"? Whenever I sit down to write something, I usually stop after 600 words.
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