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Another sunny day in Providence, but the temperature's only 73F. It'll be cooler than yesterday. The window's open, and I can smell a hint of the sea.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,140 words on "The Maltese Unicorn." I'm very nervous about this one, because, in numerous ways, it's something I haven't done before. Spooky says it's coming along nicely, and she's usually right. I think my main concern right now is length. I realized yesterday that I'd plotted something that could very easily be a novella, and that I'm going to have to work to stay within my word limit. Which is sort of like editing a film, deciding what winds up on the "cutting-room floor" and what goes into that final cut that people get to see. Yesterday, I kept having to snip out pieces of dialogue, not because they were bad. They were, in fact, rather good (if I do say so myself, and I did). Dialogue may end up being one of the best things about this story.

This would be a very, very good day to preorder your copy of The Ammonite Violin & Others. So far, it's gotten nothing but rave reviews, which is a huge relief.

I'd very much like to go to the sea today— to the sound of the waves, the gulls, the wind, the peace —but it's Memorial day, and the beaches will be crawling with noisy, drunken tourists celebrating nothing in particular except a day off and legal alcohol. So...maybe later in the week.

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A quick, but important, note to readers, and I do wish it were not necessary to write this. I understand that by keeping this journal, and being on Facebook and Twitter, I am "putting myself out there." In this age, many artists are more accessible than at any other time in history, yes. However, that doesn't mean there are not still boundaries, or that the boundaries don't vary between one artist and another, or that you've been given full access to their lives. In this case, my life. I love getting email from readers, and comments to the journal, and responses on Facebook and Twitter, and I often reply. However, some people do not seem to grasp the necessity of boundaries, or the rights to privacy that I still claim. I'm speaking to a very small minority here. As in, if you've sent me a dozen emails in the past month, please don't write me a thirteenth sounding all hangdog because I've only answered one or two. Do not expect me to hold your hand as you read my books and stories. Do not think that my having "friended" you on Facebook or LJ means we're, you know, actual real-life friends. Do not expect me to follow you on Twitter. I should think these things would be common sense, but a few rather vocal people don't seem to get it. So, please, think before asking more of me than I freely give. And sure, it might only take me a second or two to reply to any given question or request, but those seconds add up. And, more importantly, I simply may not feel like replying, and there's nothing wrong with my feeling that way.

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Last night I was too tired from all the writing to read. Well, except for a paper in the latest Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, "A new baenid turtle from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) Hell Creek Formation of North Dakota and preliminary taxonomic review of the Cretaceous Baenidae." The new taxon is named Gamerabaena, and the authors note, under etymology, "'Gamera refers to the fictional, firebreathing turtle from the 1965 movie Gamera, in allusion to his fire-breathing capabilities and the Hell Creek Formation..."

Spooky's birthday present, a PS3— made possible by donations from incredibly, marvelously generous readers —arrived early. We ordered it early, to be sure it arrived on time, and it arrived much sooner than expected. So, we've been downloading demos, and I've been playing Heavenly Sword (2007). I gotta say, Heavenly Sword is, hands down, the most beautiful videogame I've ever seen. I think it actually manages to beat Shadow of the Colossus (2005). And it doesn't hurt in the least that you get Andy Serkis and Anna Torv. Later in the evening, we went on something of a WoW binge, which I've not done in a while. We got Gnomnclature and Klausgnomi to Level 19. Soon now, they'll not have to run everywhere they go.

Anyway...time to make the words.

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captaincurt81
May. 31st, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
So good to hear good news about story progress. Maybe your edited bits will be employed in a forthcoming piece for another anthology or Sirenia Digest. Sorry to hear about stalker-like fans. An artist must have space and privacy in order to create. It's the only way to do one's best work.
greygirlbeast
May. 31st, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)

Maybe your edited bits will be employed in a forthcoming piece for another anthology or Sirenia Digest.

Well, nothing much is ever truly discarded. Many of my stories have "morgue" files, where I deposit whatever gets edited out.
tsarina
May. 31st, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I am excited each time I read about the progress of "The Maltese Unicorn."

Here is a totally random question - have you ever been to the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon, Texas? It has a large paleontology and geology exhibit. (I made my grandparents take me there almost every year for a decade and wondered if your more academic line of work had ever given you cause to visit there.)
greygirlbeast
May. 31st, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)

have you ever been to the Panhandle Plains Museum in Canyon, Texas?

Nope. That's one I've never visited.
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chris_walsh
May. 31st, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
As in, if you've sent me a dozen emails in the past month, please don't write me a thirteenth sounding all hangdog because I've only answered one or two.

Thrill to the march of the Butthurt Brigade! (Or, you know, don't. It's not that thrilling.)

I'll do my best not to be That Type.

I'd very much like to go to the sea today

There's probably enough sea in your memory to tide you over until you can go.
greygirlbeast
May. 31st, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)

I'll do my best not to be That Type.

So far, you're fine.


There's probably enough sea in your memory to tide you over until you can go.


Cute.
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mb2u
May. 31st, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'd very much like to go to the sea today

Substitute "river" for "sea" and that's how I feel. Dallas has no real river; the Trinity is a glorified creek. Living for so long in close proximity to the Mississippi spoiled me to rivers that run wide, fast, and deep...
unknownbinaries
May. 31st, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
We got Gnomnclature and Klausgnomi to Level 19.

Those names still amuse me far more than they should.

Any chance you might know of when Ammonite Violin might be shipping?
greygirlbeast
May. 31st, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Any chance you might know of when Ammonite Violin might be shipping?

All I know is that it's being published in June. No word yet on a shipping date. When I find out, I'll post it.

Edited at 2010-05-31 05:47 pm (UTC)
robyn_ma
May. 31st, 2010 06:35 pm (UTC)
Sweeeeet, you can has PS3. That means you can also has Blu-rays of Blade Runner and The Thing.
greygirlbeast
May. 31st, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)

Sweeeeet, you can has PS3. That means you can also has Blu-rays of Blade Runner and The Thing.

Well, yeah...but there's not much point unless we sell Hubero and Sméagol and get a better television. I bought my old Sony in 1995.
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martianmooncrab
May. 31st, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Gamerabaena, Gamerabaena, the Childrens Friend...
greygirlbeast
May. 31st, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)

Gamerabaena, Gamerabaena, the Childrens Friend...

Yes!
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chris_walsh
May. 31st, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Probably "won't" is the operative word. "There are two possibilities: They are unable to respond; they are unwilling to respond."

(I've seen a lot of arrogant buttheadery lately. I may be extra-sensitive to it right now.)
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lady_theadora
May. 31st, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Speaking of noir, have you seen "Yesterday was a Lie" ? Its available to watch instantly on Netflix.
greygirlbeast
May. 31st, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)

Speaking of noir, have you seen "Yesterday was a Lie" ?

I haven't, but I did note it was streamable.
count_01
Jun. 1st, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
If it helps, I suspect most of us are more toward the humble end of the spectrum. My heart stopped the first time you not only replied to a tweet of mine, but actually re-tweeted. It felt like I'd stepped across a line into the "cool kids'" side of the room; I felt out of sorts, exposed, agoraphobic even.

Then I gave my head a shake and realized, as it is within my power to feed back to you as a reader of yours, so it is within your power as a twitterer, to read and spread my words. After that I realized how well you'd flattered me, and if I hadn't been a loyalist for life, I am now.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 1st, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)

It felt like I'd stepped across a line into the "cool kids'" side of the room

Nah...we're the nerdy table in the lunchroom everyone throws food at. But there's D&D.
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mellawyrden
Jun. 1st, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
Honestly I don't know how you manage with the volume of email & comments you must recieve as it is.

It's odd when fans begin making demands of the people they admire. I have my theories about this and not one of them is pleasant.

I want to watch someone play HEAVENLY SWORD now.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 1st, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
Honestly I don't know how you manage with the volume of email & comments you must receive as it is.

The platypus abides.

It's odd when fans begin making demands of the people they admire. I have my theories about this and not one of them is pleasant.

We get back to the issue of privilege and entitlement, I think.

I want to watch someone play HEAVENLY SWORD now.

It's beautiful.
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tetar
Jun. 1st, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Boundaries
Beautifully said.
fusijui
Jun. 1st, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
The new taxon is named Gamerabaena,

Sweet.

And to splice posts, Pontypool is also pretty fine, I agree. V. popular with the language documentation/revitalization crowd :)
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