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The Dancy Box went up yesterday at 2:23 p.m. CaST. It is going...well, it's amazing how well it's going. My thanks to the bidders. Also I should note that the proceeds will be going for an eye exam and new glasses I've needed for years. Also, there are a couple of other items up on eBay, and I would feel remiss not mentioning them.

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.

Comments

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captaincurt81
Dec. 2nd, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
I've held the same opinion regarding extended editions of films. I felt the LOTR trilogy extended editions became more indulgent as the epic neared it's conclusion. I'll have to reconsider picking up the longer, enhanced Avatar.
And thanks for the comment about our ripples. We all matter to others in one way or another. We don't even know all we may touch or influence. Our humanity touches and lingers within other lives. For some it is their only legacy.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 2nd, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)

I felt the LOTR trilogy extended editions became more indulgent as the epic neared it's conclusion.

I have to disagree. The LotR extended cuts are so much better paced and edited. They're they only ones I watch now.
sovay
Dec. 2nd, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
The LotR extended cuts are so much better paced and edited. They're they only ones I watch now.

Agreed.
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sovay
Dec. 2nd, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
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).

That's very cool. I'm sorry that material was deleted; character work never should be.
mellawyrden
Dec. 2nd, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear she died. I went to look at her profile page & user pics. She seems like she was a very cool person.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 2nd, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)

She seems like she was a very cool person.

She often had made interesting and astute observations here.
whiskeychick
Dec. 2nd, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
I was starring at the DVDs of Avatar in the local video shop last weekend. Side by side. Could not decide. Your input helps. Extended version it is.

I'll be your goblin warrior. Maybe I'll even name her huckleberry (nah, not really). But I like getting in there and fighting, probably because I've been a rogue for 5 years. So being my ranged forsaken hunter has been weird. A warrior might be fun. Lately I need an outlet for my rage, since there are no "boxing" gyms around. I got my expansion yesterday. We're going to be eating a lot of mac and cheese and ramen before Yule.

Hope the Dancy Box does well and pays for what you need and even more.

BB,
~WC
greygirlbeast
Dec. 2nd, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)

I was starring at the DVDs of Avatar in the local video shop last weekend. Side by side. Could not decide. Your input helps. Extended version it is.

It really is worth it.

I'll be your goblin warrior.

Excellent.

Edited at 2010-12-02 07:25 pm (UTC)
humglum
Dec. 2nd, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)

Yay! Warrior :)

I'm still deciding between priest and shaman. I'm more familiar with being a priest, and the idea of a goblin shaman just seems weird to me, so I will probably go the priest route. Which gives us warlock, priest, mage and warrior.

Hunters are amazing for solo. Better, before they totally screwed up the lifeblood ability given by herbalism. I really relied on that for back-up healing and now it's like putting a piece of paper over a gushing wound.
whiskeychick
Dec. 2nd, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I have Lifeblood on my Main Rogue. And Rogues, never get any love (see the Turkey shooter achievment for that...or whatever it's called) and are the last in any raid to get healed. My potion master and lifeblood were my savior in any raid. So, I suppose we'll see what's next.
mellawyrden
Dec. 2nd, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Also, I'll be buying several copies of The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010 which features your story (which I have not yet read). Thank you for mentioning it! One copy will be for me, and the rest will be given as gifts to my circle of speculative fiction friends.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 2nd, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)

Also, I'll be buying several copies of The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010 which features your story (which I have not yet read).

Thank you!
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greygirlbeast
Dec. 2nd, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)

You're very welcome.

Edited at 2010-12-02 07:24 pm (UTC)
ashlyme
Dec. 2nd, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
The Box is a damn handsome artefact. Alabaster came today, and while I want to gobble it up, I'll stretch reading it out a bit (and I'm going to do that in the order suggested by the second contents page). Ted Naifeh's art looks great.
spank_an_elf
Dec. 2nd, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping the Dancy box breaks the $1,000 mark.

Thank you for yesterday's link to those "urban" covers. They provided us a good chuckle.

I need to return to re-reading Shirley Jackson.
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