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"Don't cry. There's always a way."

Yesterday, I finished Study #2 for Yellow. I'll post photographs of it tomorrow. While I was working on this painting, I didn't let myself look at images of Study #1 for Yellow. So, I was sort of astounded when I finally did yesterday, and saw how much better the second painting is than the first. This one will go up on eBay, but I have a feeling I won't be offering another painting for a while. The next couple, I'm going to want to hang onto. It's not like selling a short story or a novel. You're not really giving anything away. These days, I don't even send an editor a hard copy of a manuscript. The paintings are solid, tangible, and they go away, and they're gone.

I emailed Vince notes about his illustration for "At the Reef" (to appear in Sirenia Digest #59).

Then we took advantage of what will likely be the last warm day this year. It was 74F Outside, so, we left the House and drove south and east to Conanicut Island and Beavertail. On the way down, we listened to Throwing Muses and I read two Thomas Ligotti stories, "Drink to Me Only With Labyrinthine Eyes" and "The Glamour." By the time we reached the shore, the sun was low. And it felt about twenty degrees cooler by the sea. The surf was unexpectedly rough, and there was an enormous fog bank rolling in from the east. We watched it swallow Newport and Aquidneck Island. It was neither grey nor blue, and moved swiftly over the water. We sat on the rocks and listened to the foghorn. There was a flock of cormorants drifting out beyond the breakers, and a few gulls perched on the boulders, eyeing the bay as though it had betrayed their expectations. A flock of eider ducks flew past. The air was salty and cold and I didn't want to come home.

There a photos below, behind the cut.

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I'm wondering if I can "crowdsource" two relatively simple tattoos. Am I even using the portmanteau correctly? Anyway, I've been thinking, as I cannot currently afford the back and sleeve work I want done, I could settle for one word on each wrist. On my left would be the word House (in blue) and on my right wrist would be the word Tree (in red). Both would be inked in Courier. I'd probably have it done at Artfreek on Wickenden Street. Two words that have had such significance for me.

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Tomorrow night, I will be reading (and signing) at the Brown University Bookstore on Thayer Street. Costumes optional. Reading starts at 6 p.m. You should come, if you can. I hate reading to empty rooms. I will probably be reading something from The Ammonite Violin & Others.

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The platypus compels you to have a look at the current eBay auctions. Also, the platypus compels me to remind you that all the cool Halloween-related creations in Spooky's Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries Etsy shop will go away on November 1st, so act now. The platypus is a compelling beast.

I think that's all for now. Except for the photographs. I have to write.





One of my favorite photos of me, ever. View to the south.



The wind wasn't so bad on the east side of the point, so we moved. Here's the fog bank swallowing Newport. View to the northeast.



A fisherman on the rocks.



Again, view northeast, towards Newport. The bigger waves were at least four or five feet high.



Closeup of lichen on phyllite.



Clouds swallowing the sun, mist swallowing the sky. View to the south. The ruins of the old lighthouse are visible on the right.



On the way home. The sunset from Marsh Meadows. View to the west.



Old windmill in Jamestown, built in 1787. View to the east.



Looking south and east towards the Newport Bridge (about a mile and a half away).

All photographs Copyright © 2010 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn A. Pollnac

Comments

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merlin513
Oct. 29th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Lovely photos, thanks for sharing for those of us land-locked and loving the sea.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)

Lovely photos, thanks for sharing for those of us land-locked and loving the sea.

You're welcome.
lemonlies
Oct. 29th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
I love that tattoo idea. I think it would be simple, lovely and (from what I've read of you) entirely appropriate.

In regards to readings, I hope you will do another one in Boston soon. I very much enjoyed the reading at Pandemonium. As many people said in response to your recent posts, it is always a treat to hear the story through the author's (spoken) voice and inflections.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)


In regards to readings, I hope you will do another one in Boston soon.


I don't have any planned. It may be spring or later. But we'll see.
cucumberseed
Oct. 29th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
I think those tattoos are a wonderful idea. May I ask what led you to choose the sides for the words?
greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
May I ask what led you to choose the sides for the words?

When I look down at my wrists, I would prefer to see TREE HOUSE, and when I turn my wrists outward for others to see I would prefer they see HOUSE TREE. And, too, TREE is mine, so belongs upon the hand with which I write. HOUSE, being more sinister, in my mind, belongs at the left, following the Middle English sinistre, unfavorable, from Old French, from Latin sinister, on the left, unlucky.

Edited at 2010-10-29 07:39 pm (UTC)
cucumberseed
Oct. 29th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
stsisyphus
Oct. 29th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
By why courier, unless it is for the faux-typewriter association?
greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
By why courier, unless it is for the faux-typewriter association?

Specifically for the typewriter association.

Any chance E might find Jamie and Mel this evening?

Edited at 2010-10-29 08:19 pm (UTC)
stsisyphus
Oct. 29th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Not impossible, but I do have a prior engagement - don't expect it to take very long, though. I'll send Mel a note and see what her night looks like.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)

Not impossible, but I do have a prior engagement - don't expect it to take very long, though. I'll send Mel a note and see what her night looks like.

Just let me know...
alvyarin
Oct. 29th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
I love the photos. Especially the one of you and the sea.

AND the ones of you as Magenta from the other post - you've got some legs, lady! I haven't seen that show live in a while....it's about time I did again.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)

AND the ones of you as Magenta from the other post - you've got some legs, lady!

In all fairness, that was seventeen years ago...before I spent seventeen years not exercising, sitting on my butt all day every day, before my feet went bad. But...thank you.
fusijui
Oct. 29th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
I like the tattoo idea. Not across your knuckles, though? I guess that is pretty cheesy.

Photos great, as always. I especially like the lichen -- not sure I've seen that kind before.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)

Not across your knuckles, though? I guess that is pretty cheesy.

Not sure cheesy is the right word. But entirely wrong, regardless. I've never understood tattoos on knuckles. It's some weird machismo.

I especially like the lichen -- not sure I've seen that kind before.

New England is a wonder of lichens.
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greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)

Erm, Kat Von D has her knuckles tattooed. And she's a real va va voom woman, if you ask me.

Point taken. I stand corrected.

Also, you simply must get yourself tattooed tout de suite. Plain skin is just too creepy.

I intend to do so. It's only an issue of money.
mb2u
Oct. 30th, 2010 06:58 am (UTC)
To me, knuckle tattoos remind me of Robert Mitchum and "Night of the Hunter." Not something I'd associate with you, Caitlin...
v1ewfr0mbugtown
Oct. 29th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
I always enjoy your photography Caitlin, (or Spooky's) but today's photos are exceptionally fine. I especially like the first one...it's a whole tale in a picture. Thank you for sharing these with us.

Like the tattoo idea as well.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)

it's a whole tale in a picture.

Felt that way to me...
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greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)

I particularly like the picture "Clouds swallowing the sun, mist swallowing the sky." Very lovely, that.

Truthfully, it doesn't come close to doing that sky justice.
ashlyme
Oct. 29th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Some gorgeous photos; thank you for sharing them. And the lichen's rather nice, too. Those sea walks look fabulous. I wish I lived that close to the coast; I love that realisation of how small we are compared to the sea. Awe, in the truest sense.

The tattoos sound great. I liked the way how *you* would view them, and how they'd look to others. You should get them!

Hope you enjoy the reading tomorrow. I've just started reading Daughter of Hounds for the first time. Early on, but Emmie is *maybe* the child I'd have had, if I was so minded.

greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)

Awe, in the truest sense.

Yes.

I liked the way how *you* would view them, and how they'd look to others.

It's something I gave careful consideration.

Early on, but Emmie is *maybe* the child I'd have had, if I was so minded.

She's the child I wish I'd been.
sovay
Oct. 29th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite photos of me, ever. View to the south.

Next book jacket.

Thank you for the lichen and the westering sky.
greygirlbeast
Oct. 29th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)

Next book jacket.

Hmmmmmm.

Thank you for the lichen and the westering sky.

I knew you'd appreciate them.
whiskeychick
Oct. 30th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I would be at your reading if I could.

I can see why you like that photo. The framing seems perfect.

Edited at 2010-10-30 09:26 pm (UTC)
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