Yesterday was a pretty fine day, in almost every way that it could be (except I didn't go to the sea or have lasagna). I finished up the layout of Sirenia Digest #60, and did a little last minute tweaking on "The Prayer of Ninety Cats." I reworked the Table of Contents for Two Worlds and In Between, the "best of CRK" collection (this is the fifth version, by the way). I have decided that the book will now be limited to stories written between 1994-2004. If Volume One does well, Volume Two will cover the years 2005-2015. Which means I'm halfway there. I also located a new cover artist for the book. I also also spoke with my editor at Dark Horse, and that's what I'll be working on today. Spooky and I read all the way through Chapter One of The Drowning Girl, and I'm extremely pleased with it. I'll be starting Chapter Two at some point in the next few days.
Yesterday, the mail brought my contributor's copies of The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010 (edited by Paula Guran), which reprints "The Bone's Prayer." Opening the box, I almost stabbed myself in the right leg. Which I take as a hint that my hands are now trembling too much (meds side effect) to continue using my old butterfly knife as a letter/box opener.
Last night, we watched Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman's 2009 documentary, Cropsey, which should stand as an example of how not to make a documentary. Bad, stupid film. Afterwards, we leveled our orcs— Garóna and Margdah —to Level 27. I've got this goofy idea of getting Garóna to Level 40 before our guild's Goblin-a-thon, which will begin on December 7th. By the way, if you're a guildless player planning to roll a goblin toon, we'd love to have you on Cenarion Circle. In particular, we're currently seeking a goblin who will tank. By the way, post patch 4.0.3a, the Horde is so much...Hordier. It seems that the days of unlikely alliances are gone, which makes things much more interesting.
Afterwards, we read more of Shirley Jackson's The Bird's Nest.
Tuesday night, Spooky and I watched the extended cut of Cameron's Avatar, which adds sixteen minutes to the film's running time. Often, I find that "director's cuts" or "extended cuts" do little in the way of bettering a film. Other times, I'm amazed the shorter version was released. The extended cut of Avatar falls into the latter category. Not only does the film open on Earth, which provides much needed contrast for what is to come, there's some crucial characterization in these extra sixteen minutes. For that matter, there's a whole subplot that was absent from the theatrical release. I'm speaking of the story of what happened at Dr. Augustine's school and to Neyteri's sister, Sylwanin (a character who isn't even mentioned in the shorter cut). These scenes inform much of both Augustine and Neyteri's actions (and happen to include Sigourney Weaver's best lines). Also, we get Tsu'tey's death scene, which is handled very nicely, and, again, adds depth to the film. So, highly recommended. The extended release only made me love the film that much more. Four out of four stars. It's a beautiful film, an earnest film, and a good film (which, of course, makes it an easy film to mock and deride).
Very cold and sunny here in Providence, and it looks like that's our forecast for the next few days. I've begun looking forward to snow.
I learned this morning that dragau, who frequently posted to the LJ, died on September 22nd. The news came via xjenavivex. People stop by here, and they says things. Only very rarely do I know when one of them dies. And it's a strange feeling. And I don't know what to say, except we all make ripples in the fabric of the world and the lives of those around us. There are big ripples, and little ripples, but no ripple is any more or less significant than any other.
Time to make the doughnuts.