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Mabon 2010

Yesterday imploded. Or exploded. Doesn't really matter, because when the colloid of airborne solid and liquid particulates and gases had cleared, well, there was little left of the day to salvage. Nothing was written. Which makes yesterday a Lost Day. With only eight days remaining until we leave for the HPLFF, there's no time for days like that.

I forgot to mention that, night before last, I heard a coyote very near the house. I heard it several times, an oddly eerie sound. I'm still trying to get used to the idea of urban coyotes.

Today is Mabon.

The brightest spot to yesterday, the most silver lining (there were few of either) was the arrival of my author's copies of Haunted Legends, edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas. It contains my story "As Red As Red," which I wrote in March and April of 2009. The anthology was released simultaneously in three formats: trade paperback, hardback, and a Kindle edition (though how anyone can read anything on a Kindle is beyond me*). This is a story I'm very happy with— sort of a footnote to The Red Tree —and I hope you'll pick up the collection, which includes a bevy of fine authors.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. They end today and tonight. Still no bid on The Wrong Things (2001), my collaborative collection with docbrite. These have become very rare, and I have only a handful of copies.

The rumours are true. The 2010 H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival is the last HPLFF, at least for the foreseeable future, as the director, Andrew Migliore, is retiring. You can't blame him; he's been doing this for fifteen years. Aaron Vanek has started a satellite festival in LA, so there will be that. So, yeah. Alas. The end is, indeed, nigh.

Last night, I watched the moon and Jupiter again.

To try to scrape something good from yesterday, late in the afternoon we drove to Warwick and got the new Swans CD, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky, at Newbury Comics. This is the Swans minus Jarboe, but still. And we went to the market. And coming back home the sun was starting to set, and the clouds were on fire, and I wished I'd brought the camera.

The day ended when I took a Seroquel, that tiny reddish drab of numb, and fell asleep watching Avatar. It's becoming one of my comfort films, because it's beautiful, and it's heart is always in the right place— even when it stumbles —and in the end the humans lose and have to go back to their dying world. A bedtime story for panenatheists (I think I just made that word up).

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The whole money thing is wearing me ragged again. Of course, at this point, I imagine it's wearing almost everyone ragged. The lifeboat is overcrowded, and we have the teabaggers wanting to punch a hole in the hull. Day before yesterday, I found this animated map— "The Decline: The Geography of a Recession" —based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (and other local unemployment statistics). It chronicles unemployment in the US from January 2007 (4.6%) to June 2010 (9.7%). It's sort of horrifying.

Anyway, yeah. I've reached the point where I'm considering asking my agent if she can get me another novelization deal. Frankly, I'd rather eat dog shit than go through that special hell again, but the money was good. Of course, there's no guarantee the money would be good again, and it would derail my actual, for-real, trying-not-to-suck writing.

Now, I need to make an end to this entry, then go find THE END to "John Four."

* Nothing personal, Kindle. I hate all "eReaders" and "ebooks" equally on principle.

Comments

miakodadreams
Sep. 22nd, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oops ... hit 'post' too soon.

I have to say that I am intrigued by the possibilities of e-books, although I don't actually own a dedicated eReader myself. The electronic format should allow for more dynamic content than just text; if they don't now, they'll have to in the future, to compete with devices like the iPad.

For example: Earlier this year, I collaborated with my friend Monica Valentinelli to produce The Queen of Crows, an electronic short story posted for sale over at DriveThruHorror.com. The PDF is only about 40 pages, but it includes the story, an essay on the origin of the story idea, an artist's portrait of one of the main characters, a portion of the original (discarded) draft, and some other minor bits you normally wouldn't find published along with a short story. And yes, actual typesetting. (Although to be fair, it's designed for PDF readers, not device-specific formats that the Kindle or Nook might require.)

Granted, additional media is not everyone's cup of tea. The reviews have been pretty positive, so far, though, and it has been pretty consistently in DTH's top 15 since we released it in March. We've been watching to see whether this kind of project catches on with other writers as the reviews come in.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 22nd, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
but it includes the story, an essay on the origin of the story idea, an artist's portrait of one of the main characters, a portion of the original (discarded) draft, and some other minor bits you normally wouldn't find published along with a short story. And yes, actual typesetting. (Although to be fair, it's designed for PDF readers, not device-specific formats that the Kindle or Nook might require.)

Of course, this is nothing that couldn't have been done with conventional printing. It's not so much any new sort of media (say video and music) as it is additional media of the sort you'd normally find in a book (I've had print chapbooks that essentially did this same thing).

Granted, additional media is not everyone's cup of tea.

Again, unless I'm missing something, this example doesn't actually constitute additional media; only electronic versions of what could have been printed.

I'd be much more interested in seeing books that, if we must have eReaders, actually bring in non-print media.


Edited at 2010-09-22 07:59 pm (UTC)
miakodadreams
Sep. 22nd, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Originally, the QoC file was supposed to include an embedded copy of the "book trailer" video and music contributed by composer James Semple, but the timelines didn't line up as well as she'd hoped, so she had to release the PDF without them. I'm not sure whether she's going to add that and re-release.

Our file was a low-budget project, but Acrobat does allow for embedding video, audio and flash if you can have the means to create it. I would expect the supported list to grow with time.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 22nd, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)

I really hope it didn't feel like I was picking on you.