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The heat seems to have come to stay, at least until September. In this house, in this heat, it is no right season to be trying to write. I can hardly think. We had a few comfortable hours early this morning, say two a.m. until dawn. The thermostat even dropped all the way to 80F.

Yesterday was, so far as writing goes, just short of a complete loss. Mostly, the lack of sleep the night before is to blame. Rarely does insomnia make me sick, but it did yesterday. So, I sat here, dissatisfied with everything I'd written on Thursday and Friday, but full in the knowledge that my dissatisfaction was at least partly irrational. Maybe if I'd known it was completely irrational, things might have been easier. I rewrote. I bemoaned. I wrote paragraphs and threw them out. This is not the route to getting The New Novel written. This is not the way I write.

I finally gave up about five, and crawled off to the sweltering bedroom. It was too hot to be in there, much less sleep. Spooky came in and put a wet washcloth on the back of my neck and I dozed for half an hour.

Today has to be better.

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Please have a look at the current eBay auctions, especially the Salammbô T-shirt. Also, Spooky's selling off a couple of pairs of shoes she never wears anymore (because they make her feet hurt), shoes she's hardly worn. They are lovely shoes. You can see them in her LJ, squid_soup.

My thanks to Bill at subpress for sending me a copy of Peter Straub's Skylark, the expanded text of A Dark Matter. It arrived yesterday, and is a beautiful, beautiful book.

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What else was there to yesterday? A cold dinner that I barely had the appetite to eat. The new National Geographic came in the mail. I realized there wasn't a Wikipedia article for the archaeocete whale genus Pontogeneus, so, after dinner, I wrote one. It had been a year or so since the last time I wrote a paleo' entry for Wikipedia. It was too hot to read, so we watched John Maybury's Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), with Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig (and Tilda Swinton!). We watched more episodes from Season Two of 24. Just before sleep, I finished Chapter Two of The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos.

And that was yesterday.

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faffinz
Jul. 18th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC)
Heat.
How do you deal with the heat? Without AC I find cold showers help a huge amount, or sponge baths from a bucket of ice water (head & face included), or cold water baths with ice in them. That can make me feel far more comfortable for hours.

When sitting at my computer I have an electric fan blowing on me, and at night I aim it at my bed.

A good trick is to wet a T shirt with cold water and wear it as it dries. I use one of those porous sports type ones. Got that from a Lee Childs novel, heh.



greygirlbeast
Jul. 18th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Heat.

How do you deal with the heat?

Fans blowing over bowls of ice. Wet hair. Cold washcloths. Lots of cold drinks.
spank_an_elf
Jul. 18th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this past June was the hottest world wide. July is turning into another nightmare since hello, humidity.

Yes indeed, ice cubes are our friends.

Sad to hear you're ripping apart the words so soon.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)

Sad to hear you're ripping apart the words so soon.

It's an abattoir.
chris_walsh
Jul. 18th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Sad to hear you're ripping apart the words so soon.

Words are masochists. They like the pain.

(At least that's what I'll tell myself.)
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)

Words are masochists. They like the pain.

I think it's me who's the masochist.
spank_an_elf
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
I wish I could turn my rejections into compost. I'd supply the entire neighborhood.
michael_b_lee
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
It was too hot to read, so we watched John Maybury's Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), with Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig (and Tilda Swinton!).

Based on the cast alone, that sounds like an amazing movie. What did you think of it?
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)

What did you think of it?

Excellent. Appropriately and unrelentingly bleak.
pisceanblue
Jul. 19th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
I am glad you received a copy of Skylark and hope you will post your impressions if you're so inclined at some point. Like The Red Tree, I've given A Dark Matter several re-readings because it is a book which haunts me much as the former.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 19th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)

Like The Red Tree, I've given A Dark Matter several re-readings because it is a book which haunts me much as the former.

I'm truly flattered by that comparison.
spank_an_elf
Jul. 19th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
I agree. I lust after a copy of "The Skylark" so let us know when you find the time to write about it.

My teaching at three universities partner could buy it for me as a solstice gift.

sovay
Jul. 19th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
. It was too hot to read, so we watched John Maybury's Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998), with Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig (and Tilda Swinton!).

Damn: I still haven't seen that. I wonder who I can talk into it now.
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