?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

"See my name on the wall."

I predict a third day of higgledy piggledy.

I have just discovered that I receive messages via LiveJournal. There are, in fact, 64 of them I have never read, because I never knew they existed. I suspect some may go back to 2004, when I made the jump from Blogger to LJ. Why do I need to get messages at LJ (or Facebook, or Twitter)? I have a perfectly good email address? Anyway, if you've written me at LJ and not received a reply, it's because I'm a technological dullard, not because I'm ignoring you.

Yesterday was meant to be a day off. I looked up from finishing my story for The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities (still no title), and realized I'd not left the House for nine days. It just happens. So, we were going to the shore. But as soon as we went Outside, it got cloudy and chilly, and we only made it as far as Newbury Comics, where we got the new Grinderman CD and a comic box of the wrong size. The comic box is because I took all my issues of The Dreaming down off the shelf where I keep books I've written and anthologies I've been in, because I'm probably never going to write comics again, and I needed the shelf space. But this comic book box is enormous, so Spooky's going to store patterns in it, and I'll get a small one later.

I spend a lot of energy trying to avoid politics in my LJ. Why? Because I hate the flamewars that inevitably follow. I thought I'd left that shit behind when I finally escaped the wretched clutches of Usenet. But I commented yesterday, on Facebook and on Twitter, about the Pope's asinine remarks comparing Atheism to Nazism, and, before the day was over, I'd been accused of being anti-Semitic (?!?), and intolerant (?!?), and ignorant of history (?!?). I actually had to tell someone on Facebook to shut up. I'm not sure I've ever told anyone on the web to shut up. At least not in so many words. Anyway, he didn't, so I had to ban him, and I hate doing that shit. I may simply avoid Facebook for a time, since it won't allow me to turn off or screen comments.

Just for the record, I'm not being intolerant by getting angry when someone calls me intolerant for complaining about the intolerance of the Roman Catholic Church (which, by the way, condemns who I am on several levels, and can go fuck itself).

Enough of that crap. I get started, and I'll go on and on. About France's racist decision to ban the wearing of burkas, for example. Or the environmental nightmare caused by planned gadget obsolescence. Or how scary the Teabaggers are becoming.

Speaking of which, I think I've begun to suspect that NIN's Year Zero wasn't so much about Bush's America, as it was a display of prescience on Trent Reznor's part, and the album's really about America after a couple of terms under a Teabagger administration.

But...never mind.

Last night, we watched the remake of The Crazies by director Breck Eisner (produced by George Romero), and starring Timothy Oliphant and Radha Mitchell. I loved it. An amazingly tense and atmospheric film. Very gory, but the gore is handled with wonderful finesse and indirection, making it effective, instead of overwhelming or humorous. The cinematography and score both took me by surprise (in a good way). I never much cared for the original, but the remake is one of the scariest films I've seen in a while. And no, it's not a zombie film, just like Twenty Eight Days Later wasn't a zombie film.

Today, I need to read all the way through this new story that does not yet have a name.

Oh, and my thanks to everyone for the wonderful (and not infuriating) comments to this journal over the last couple of days. I ought to repost a few of them, especially on the subject of science fiction.

Comments

ashlyme
Sep. 17th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Sorry you got all that crap on Facebook; I winced on your behalf. I'm behind you on both counts on this. Personally I'd be interested to see you discuss more politics, but you don't need some arsehole with half-baked opinions trying to hijack the debate. (The Pope will be "gigging" in my home city come Sunday, and writing as someone he'd condemn for sexuality and beliefs, I'm not happy...)

I'll look forward to hearing your opinions on Grinderman 2. I've just been playing the original, and forgotten how good it was.

Enjoyed A is for Alien a helluva lot (favourite stories: Ode to Katan Amano, A Season of Broken Dolls, Bradbury Weather). Bleak, sure, but it doesn't lack for wonder. Would you consider writing a full length SF novel? I don't read much SF so I'm not sure I can add anything new to the comments to the dark fantasy v science fiction debate; but I hope I don't sound sycophantic saying that I'd follow your work *whatever* genre it was branded by.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 17th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)

Sorry you got all that crap on Facebook; I winced on your behalf. I'm behind you on both counts on this. Personally I'd be interested to see you discuss more politics, but you don't need some arsehole with half-baked opinions trying to hijack the debate.

I really do appreciate thoughtful comments, but I also expect people to be courteous. I should just stay away from Facebook. I have serious differences of opinion with its attitudes towards privacy and our right not to engage on certain social behaviour.

Enjoyed A is for Alien a helluva lot (favourite stories: Ode to Katan Amano, A Season of Broken Dolls, Bradbury Weather).

Good choices.

Would you consider writing a full length SF novel?

I've considered it. I've even sort of outlined a couple. But my agent has discouraged it, for financial reasons ("Literary sf doesn't sell," says she.), and because of the way one particular critic at Locus reacted to mt short sf novel, The Dry Salvages ("This is what happens when horror writers try to write science fiction."). Maybe those are bad reasons for not writing an sf novel, but...
unknownbinaries
Sep. 17th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
...because of the way one particular critic at Locus reacted to mt short sf novel, The Dry Salvages ("This is what happens when horror writers try to write science fiction.").

I won't go off here about the idiocy of expecting all the dangers of space travel to be environmental, but that's one of my favourite of your works, and I hope you decide to continue with the sf, if only to spite those kind of reviews. Both that book, and A is for Alien actually did a lot to remind me how much I like sf, after being bored of spaceships and humanoid aliens and pages of engineering-porn.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 17th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)

I hope you decide to continue with the sf, if only to spite those kind of reviews.

The older I get, sadly, the less energy I seem to have to do things in spite of other things.

and pages of engineering-porn.

It amazes me that such literature is even written.