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"Are we all to ride the edge of nothing?"

A wonderful morning here in Providence. Only 81F outside, and there's a cool breeze getting in through the open window by my desk. The humidity has dropped from 94% last night to a mere 48%.

As I said last night, I did 1,060 words on Chapter One of the Next New Novel yesterday. Unsure how much I'll get written today, or if I'll manage to get anything written today, as I have dinner with S.T. Joshi and friends at six p.m. I am desperately trying to find the end of Chapter One before Monday (July 26th), when I have to set the book aside and get to work on "The Yellow Alphabet" for Sirenia Digest #56.

Speaking of the digest, I am pleased to announce that it now has its own website, thanks to my new web guru (or web goblin, if you prefer), Karina Melendez. She designed and maintains the Lambda Literary website, and she's also manages the Wizard's Tower Press website. Oh, here's a link to the new Sirenia Digest site, though it's not yet even close to finished. So please don't try to order anything. You will also note that the site is in English and Spanish. Karina's native language is Spanish, and I'm currently working with her on a rather ambitious plan to translate all the back issues. Ultimately, we hope to use the new website to offer each back issue in both languages. Details TBA, and thank you Karina.

More on the Best of volume from Subterranean Press that I announced last night. I have begun trying to compile a preliminary table of contents, and I'm realizing this is going to be quite a bit more difficult than I'd first realized. As in "Argh." Even though I have 200k words to work with, which means a book somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 pages.
I have decided that, for the most part, I'll not be including work from Sirenia Digest, since a lot of those stories are destined to appear in followup volumes to The Ammonite Violin & Others (and, obviously, none of the stories collected in The Ammonite Violin & Others will be included). So, with a few exceptions, we're talking about 1994-2005. But eleven years of publishing is only a little easier to navigate than sixteen years of publishing.

Last night, I finally saw Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, and wow. It's almost as grand a mindfuck as Inception. A beautifully made and deeply disturbing film. It is haunting in the truest sense of the word. And I think Leonardo DiCaprio is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors. He's come a long, long way from Critters 3 (1991).

And now...I need to try to get some work done.

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greygirlbeast
Jul. 22nd, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)

Love the new Sirenia site, especially the artwork. Very nice.

I think it's going to be awesome.
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greygirlbeast
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)

I also like the '94 to '05 window; that gives you a head start from which to pull stories for your "Best of, Vol 2".

Yep.
seph_ski
Jul. 22nd, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
DiCaprio was in a Critters movie? I may have to dig that one up and suffer through it, just to wonder at the course of his career.

The new website looks fantastic. I hope it proves to be a most successful venture for you.

greygirlbeast
Jul. 22nd, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)

DiCaprio was in a Critters movie?

He was, indeed.

I hope it proves to be a most successful venture for you.

Same here.
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greygirlbeast
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)

Holy crap! I didn't know you hadn't seen Shutter Island, going into Inception! I finally managed to see the former, last month, sometime, in the run-up to the latter, and I was very pleased by what had been done, there.

I had no idea there would be so much in common between the two films.
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greygirlbeast
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)


For some reason I just thought that you'd seen Shutter Island, already


Well, you'd think I would have. It was a reasonable assumption.
alvyarin
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Love how clean and sleek the new site is. And the artwork - gorgeous.

I hope you will include some of your older stuff that is harder to find in the "Best Of". I know there must be many stories that I've missed, since I really started following you after To Charles Fort, With Love.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)


I hope you will include some of your older stuff that is harder to find in the "Best Of".


I will.
sovay
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Speaking of the digest, I am pleased to announce that it now has its own website

Shiny.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)

Indeed.
sevenravens
Jul. 22nd, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
I'd never been a big fan of Leonardo DeCaprio, but recent viewings of Inception and Blood Diamond really made me sit up and pay attention.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 22nd, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)

I very much liked Blood Diamond.
troublebox
Jul. 22nd, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
I’m not sure how many people noticed, but “Shutter Island” is an anagram for “Daniels’s truth.”
greygirlbeast
Jul. 23rd, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)

I’m not sure how many people noticed, but “Shutter Island” is an anagram for “Daniels’s truth.”

Okay...wow. I'd not caught that at all.
papersteven
Jul. 22nd, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
800 pages? My goodness, that's gonna be a huge collection! I keep coming up with ideas for uncollected stories to be included, but I'm not sure... "Houses Under The Sea," "From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6," and "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles" are the ones I keep coming back to, but then wonder if those shouldn't make their collection debuts in an all-originals volume. Either way, those are my votes.
swintek
Jul. 22nd, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
I was just going to write in with those very same three story requests for the Best of volume. So, "Ditto".
greygirlbeast
Jul. 23rd, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)

"Houses Under The Sea," "From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6," and "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles" are the ones I keep coming back to, but then wonder if those shouldn't make their collection debuts in an all-originals volume. Either way, those are my votes.

Well, "Houses Under the Sea" and "From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6" are definitely going to be included. Not sure yet about "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles." Maybe.
troublebox
Jul. 23rd, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
I’d vote for “In View of Nothing,” “The Road of Pins,” and “Faces in Revolving Souls.” And “Tears Seven Times Salt.” And “The Dead and the Moonstruck.”
greygirlbeast
Jul. 23rd, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)

I’d vote for “In View of Nothing,” “The Road of Pins,” and “Faces in Revolving Souls.” And “Tears Seven Times Salt.” And “The Dead and the Moonstruck.”

Hmmm. Four out of five, I think.
papersteven
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
I would also love to see "The Ape's Wife" between the covers of one of your collections. And that's all the voting for me!
greygirlbeast
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)

I would also love to see "The Ape's Wife" between the covers of one of your collections. And that's all the voting for me!

That one's a maybe. Gods, I need to read all these stories again.
whiskeychick
Jul. 23rd, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
Congratulations again!
miss_misc
Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
Sireniaaa
The new Sirenia site is exciting! Especially so because I will soon have money again, with which to buy back issues of Sirenia that I missed... The curiousity I have about those issues has been rather unrelenting...
webgoblin
Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:51 pm (UTC)
Karina should contact me. We can unionize. ^_^
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