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She had a "thing" for women with hooves.

Here we are, snowed in. Like autumn sunlight, and late afternoon sunlight, snow is kind to Providence. The city is rendered more majestic, and a lot of the ugliness of urban modernity is smoothed away. Until the melting begins, and then it's worse than it was to start with. A wild night last night, but peaceful this morning.

I got to sleep sometime after 4:30 ayem, I believe. Hard to be sure. The facts in the case at hand are fluid. There is more fluidity to the past than most suppose.

It wasn't my intention to have that little blogging hiatus. Sonya and Geoffrey visited on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then, on Thursday and Friday, I got very, very bogged down editing Two Worlds and In Between. And then, on Friday, Xmas Eve, I fell into a sort of funk over the holiday. The last few years, I've done quite a good job of ignoring Xmas, for the most part, but this year it somehow jabbed me in the face with a pointy stick. I did my best to preserve our tradition of anti-Xmas, and I made a huge lasagna, and we watched Badder Santa, and brought out LSD Penguin, and...well, the usual...but Xmas bugged me, anyway. Then the weather went to fuck. We were up and out yesterday morning, far too early, to lay in supplies for the snowy siege.

I should have spent Thursday, Friday, and Saturday working on Sirenia Digest #61. It was idiotic of me to do otherwise.

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A couple of quick announcements regarding Subterranean Press:

1) Bill Schafer at subpress wrote "...your backlist will be available in all the major e-reader formats, not just for the Kindle." So, correction. All those books I announced as coming to only Kindle in 2011, will actually be coming to pretty much all e-readers. And, since all my novels except Silk are already available for Kindle, I suppose I've entered the Age of Ebooks (even if I came kicking and screaming).

2) I should note that many of the stories being reprinted in Two Worlds and In Between will never again be reprinted anywhere else. At least, not in my lifetime. Mostly, the stories written from 1992 though 2001, probably 14 of the 23 (the majority, actually). So, think of that as an added incentive to pick up a copy of the collection. Also, I have thoughts on how my stories function as comprehensive snapshots of who I was at the time I wrote them, but I'll save those for another entry. Much too much work to do today.

Also also, slow death to anyone who steals electronic copies of anything I write via BitTorrent, etc. Need it free? Use the goddamn library. And interlibrary loan actually does work.

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During the storm, Spooky and I read blackholly's Tithe (2002), and enjoyed it quite a lot. We've begun Valiant (2005), which is even better. It's always good to see a writer's growth from one book to the next. Mostly, I can't believe I waited so long to start reading Holly's stuff. She does Fairie right. She gives good fay.

Behind the cut, photos of the snow. Two Spooky snapped last night, and one from this morning. We haven't yet ventured out post-blizzard. Maybe later. Maybe Spooky and not me.

I wish I were at the sea.

Yours in White,
Aunt Beast





At the height of the storm last night.



Same as above.



The aftermath.



Sunset over the aftermath.

All photographs Copyright © 2010 by Kathryn A. Pollnac.

Comments

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papersteven
Dec. 27th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Re: stealing via BitTorrent
Is there anything that either you or your publishers can do to combat this?
greygirlbeast
Dec. 27th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Re: stealing via BitTorrent

Is there anything that either you or your publishers can do to combat this?

Not much, no. There are too many p2p sites and services, too much software. There are laws, but they can't be enforced. Once a digital copy is pirated (which happens immediately), the genie is out of the box, and there's no putting it back in.
jenjen4280
Dec. 27th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Any chance that Frog's Toes and Tentacles will be available in ebook format?

I've not been able to track down a used copy of it and while I'm not a fan of ebooks, I'd take it if that's all that's available.

And hopefully you'd get royalities from the ebook, whereas if I bought it used, you wouldn't, right?



greygirlbeast
Dec. 27th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)

Any chance that Frog's Toes and Tentacles will be available in ebook format?

It wasn't on the list that Bill sent me, so I don't think so. Not anytime soon.

And hopefully you'd get royalities from the ebook, whereas if I bought it used, you wouldn't, right?

I get a 50% cut on sales of subpress ebooks, which is cool.
humglum
Dec. 27th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)

Any chance that Frog's Toes and Tentacles will be available in ebook format?


We do put them up on eBay, every once in a while. Not sure how many we have left, or if there are even any here in the house (almost everything's in storage).
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greygirlbeast
Dec. 27th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)

but I just wanted to say that the feeling that I got when I watched Black Swan is very, very similar to the feeling that I get when I read your work.

I am very flattered. Thank you.
ashlyme
Dec. 27th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
I fell into a sort of funk over the holiday.

If it's any consolation to you, it gave me a brown study, as the Victorians said; this time of year is too encouraging to my depression.

BitTorrent (and e-readers of any sort, though that war's already been waged here) seem a shit way of reading anybody's work. If it's any writer I give a damn for, I'd rather spend a bit of money chasing up her/his work *after* a free introduction from the library, or a book a friend's lent me. Anything else is the cheapest of steals.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 28th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)

Anything else is the cheapest of steals.

Indeed. Alas, writers and books seem as disposable as everything else in this throwaway culture.
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greygirlbeast
Dec. 28th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)

If Ms. Kiernan wants an apology for me breaking the law in finding her work, I'll give her one, but then again, so should every person who ever loaned a book from a friend.

I don't want an apology. And I am grateful that you bought those books.

However, I also think you're drawing a parallel that's faulty on several points.
rai_ryu
Dec. 28th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
I don't think reading for free on the computer would even be worth it. It's so much less enjoyable than in print, even if I didn't have any qualms about stealing from authors (which I do).
I ordered a couple of your books (Threshold and Murder of Angels) from Chapters the other day. Do you get royalties from those? I hope so...
I've made more of a concious effort to buy books new, now that I'm fully aware how little authors make.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 28th, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)

I ordered a couple of your books (Threshold and Murder of Angels) from Chapters the other day. Do you get royalties from those? I hope so...

In theory, yes I do.

In practice, I virtually never get royalties from Penguin. My advances are high enough the books rarely ever earn out.
fusijui
Dec. 29th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
Re: the snow; I am jealous. I know it's not your thing and I apologize for piping up about it. But, very jealous.
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