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"It's just like I told you..."

1. This morning will require numerals. This morning, I need to itemize. So, thing the first, it's chilly here in Providence, and cloudy, and windy. The sort of day that depresses Hubero and me both. However, I have had three consecutive nights of relatively good sleep.

2. Vince needs more time on the illustration for "The Prayer of Ninety Cats," so subscribers should expect Sirenia Digest #60 to arrive in their inboxes either late on Thursday or sometime on Friday. Sorry for the delay. Such are the wages of Turkey Murder Day. And if you aren't a subscriber, all you have to do is follow the link above.

3. Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Also, the Dancy box is officially finished, and will go up on eBay sometime today.

4. I'm simultaneously working on too many things at once. It's starting to look like the "best of" volume won't have a cover by Zdzisław Beksiński. I'm having difficulty communincating with the museum in Częstochowa that holds the copyrights to all his work. It may be the fact that their English is not so great, and my Polish is nonexistent. Regardless, they seem to be of the opinion that the painting in question does not exist, though, if it did, they wouldn't have a high-resolution scan. Or something like that. Anyway, on to Plan B (TBA).

5. Speaking of covers, how can I not make fun of this? With very few exceptions, it's the same crappy art over and over and over. I didn't even know there was a best tramp-stamp award. It's rather telling that there's an award for "Most Unique" (thanks to criada for pointing that out). The good news, the cover for The Red Tree wasn't nominated. I can only hope that by 2015, this "UF/PR" plague will have burnt itself to a torrid cinder.

6. Finished the first Matt Smith season of Doctor Who last night. I wasn't terribly happy with the first half of the season, but the last few episodes rallied and won me over. The last two were very good, and after another season, I might stop missing David Tenant. Also, saw the season finalé of The Walking Dead, which was also very good.

7. As for reading, it's been more Armitage stories by Joan Aiken and more of Shirley Jackson's The Bird's Nest (even though I meant to be reading The Sun Dial).

And now, though there's more, it'll have to wait until later. A long day ahead...

Comments

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blakesrealm
Dec. 1st, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Just a quick note, there is one more new episode of The Walking Dead coming this Sunday. Unless of course you caught that episode already. Loving the show myself, just hate that they went with such a short run.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 1st, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)

Just a quick note, there is one more new episode of The Walking Dead coming this Sunday. Unless of course you caught that episode already.

Ahhh. Oh, well...that's cool.
humglum
Dec. 1st, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)

I appear to have read some wrong information regarding the final episode. Glad there's one more.
criada
Dec. 1st, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, that UF cover contest is like a purebred animal show: which one fits the standard cliche the best? The fact that there's a "Most Unique" category is telling.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 1st, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)

The fact that there's a "Most Unique" category is telling.

Okay...now I can't stop laughing. Adding this to the post.
nykolus
Dec. 1st, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
"guh???" is all i can muster...

guh???
greygirlbeast
Dec. 1st, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)

guh???

I suppose incoherency is appropriate.
miakodadreams
Dec. 1st, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
If you haven't given up on the Beksiński cover altogether, I could ask one of my co-workers (she's from Poland) if she might lend you her assistance in communicating with the museum. I can't promise that she will help, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 1st, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)

If you haven't given up on the Beksiński cover altogether, I could ask one of my co-workers (she's from Poland) if she might lend you her assistance in communicating with the museum. I can't promise that she will help, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Thank you, but I think I have given up. They refuse to acknowledge the painting in question even exists, though it plainly does.
papersteven
Dec. 1st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
That's really too bad about the painting. I rather liked that one.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 1st, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)

That's really too bad about the painting. I rather liked that one.

Yeah, me too.
cimeara
Dec. 1st, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
That is an astonishing array of utterly boring art. What a waste. I wonder how many of the artists & authors desperately wanted to do something better and were told "no, no! this is what sells!"
greygirlbeast
Dec. 1st, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)

I wonder how many of the artists & authors desperately wanted to do something better and were told "no, no! this is what sells!"

Probably not as many as you might think. An awful lot of the UF/PR crowd essentially think of themselves as romance novelists, and pump out two to three books a year.
ashlyme
Dec. 1st, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Aw man. The covers are beyond grim. Time was I'd have defined urban fantasy as books by Miéville or de Lint, but... Put it this way, Waterstones over here markets PR as "dark fantasy". I'll spare you the bile.

I've only recently discovered Shirley Jackson, despite The Haunting being an all-time favourite film! We Have Always Lived in The Castle is marvellous.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 1st, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)

Time was I'd have defined urban fantasy as books by Miéville or de Lint

Exactly. Alas, those days are over. Now it's just soft-core therianthrope, half-elf/half-zombie, Fabio-vampire smut. The new Harlequin Romance...with Monsters Lite®.

We Have Always Lived in The Castle is marvelous.

One of my favorite novels ever.
pepsiswinger
Dec. 2nd, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
On #5...

I work in the juvinille section of a library, and a routine shelving for me means working my way through a cart of children's novels, followed by the teen books. And what I've become increasingly aware of is how beautifully and creatively illustrated the books for kids are, whereas the covers on the teen lit are just these shitty stock photos that sometimes even appear on the cover of more than one series. And every now and then, I might get back a teen book that was published in the 90's, which often winds up being an R.L. Stine book with a painting of a teenage girl staring in open-mouthed horror at an object that has been impaled by a large kitchen knife. None the less, I wind up staring at it and thinking, 'I can't believe I miss this.'

I don't really know where I'm going with this. But it does seem like when it comes to teenagers, they're stuck in this state of limbo between childhood and adulthood, and everything aimed at their demographic during that time is half-assed and trend based. Like people that age aren't worth creating a lasting piece of art for. But then again, judging by how they consume these horrid tramp stamp books (I'm going to kick the next girl who asks me where the Toilet Saga is), maybe it's no wonder publishers see young readers as garbage disposal for trashy money-makers.
jacobluest
Dec. 2nd, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
Didn't see if you'd seen this, but tomorrow at 2pm there's a NASA conference streaming live with an announcement that "will impact the study of astrobiology".

http://kottke.org/10/11/has-nasa-discovered-extraterrestrial-life

~Jacob
jacobluest
Dec. 2nd, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
In ET-related news, the estimated number of stars has been tripled. Chock full of juicy red dwarfs. That should work wonders for the Drake equation.

~Jacob
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