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Howard Hughes Loves Her Sturm und Drang

I just figured it out. I'm not an insomniac, after all. Instead, I'm clearly suffering from hypnophobia, which is also called somniphobia. An irrational fear of sleep. Why didn't anyone ever tell me? Hypnophobia sounds ever so much cooler than insomnia.

So, in the weird-shit-happens category, yesterday I complained about some doofus on Amazon.com who suspects I "just threw in an ending" when writing The Red Tree. Which led robyn_ma to make a funny joke about a magical store called Endings where writers buy, you know, endings. Which led to my wanting to write a story about that very store. So, yesterday I wrote 1,010 words on a new piece (for Sirenia Digest #61) titled "—30—". Don't worry...I asked her permission, and she granted it, so I'm not committing the very crime I was complaining about in yesterday's entry.

Speaking of which, teacup_carousel has informed me there's a cosmetics company, Archetype Cosmetics, which has evidently named a number of products for my work: So far I've counted Low Red Moon, Child of Hounds, Glass Coffin (which is perhaps not damning in its self but when you consider that the next one is -)Salmagundi, Salambo, Madam Terpsichore and The Gargoyle Trees.

Thing is, this is all perfectly legit. I'm even a tiny bit flattered. I just wish they'd told me, so I could have been a tiny bit flattered earlier on. Also, a word of caution, apparently Archetype Cosmetics has a history of taking a very, very, very long time to fill orders, so consider yourselves warned and don't count this mention as any sort of endorsement.

My grateful thanks to everyone who took a few moments yesterday to comment on The Red Tree over at Amazon.com. It helps. It genuinely does.

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Last night, we finished reading blackholly's Valiant. Whereas I very much liked Tithe, I actually loved Valiant. Where the hell was this book when I was sixteen? Street kids, magical heroin, junkies strung out on pixie dust, intrigue in rat-infested New York subways, hot troll action, goth baby dykes, murderous fay women with hooves, and a glass sword. It's a YA novel that isn't afraid to let the monsters be monstrous, and that understands that monsters can be heroes as well as villains, and that has the nerve to cast a troll as the male love interest. Not a prettied-up troll, not the whole cop-out "Beauty and the Beast" shtick where the troll turns out to be an ensorceled prince charming, but an actual, factual troll. So, thank you, Holly. Team Ravus! You rock. Now, on to Ironside.

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The hypnophobia has me feeling— pretty much literally —like I've been hit by a train (not that I've ever been hit by a train, but I think this is how it would feel), so I'm wrapping this up. I think I'm going to fill the bathtub with black coffee and aspirin and lie in it a while. There's broken glass and razor blades embedded beneath my flesh.

Yours in Pain,
Aunt Beast

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andrian6
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
"Hypnophobia" is almost begging for some kind of short story. So far, searching for the term brings forth Wiki entries and one anime-style piece of anime style art from a fellow in St. Petersburg. I'm surprised no one's used it as a title for something...
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)

"Hypnophobia" is almost begging for some kind of short story.

Hmmmmm. It would likely be autobiography if I wrote it.
andrian6
Dec. 29th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
"Portrait of the Artist as a Christopher Nolan Film?"
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)

"Portrait of the Artist as a Christopher Nolan Film?"

Nice. I could probably work with that.
kdueykduey
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
The endings store? Do they have outlets in CA? If you love Holly's urban fantasies, I think you will love White Cat, Red Glove and the ones to follow. She is pretty much a genius writer, I think. Hope you get some sleep tonight...
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)

I think you will love White Cat, Red Glove and the ones to follow.

Spooky thinks so too, and I'm adding them to my Amazon wishlist.
fornikate
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
makeup names
It seems rude not to let you know, but it could just be me.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: makeup names

It seems rude not to let you know, but it could just be me.

No, I agree. Not informing me was bad form.
fornikate
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: makeup names
Oh good. Sometimes I feel very alone in my Emily Post-ishness.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: makeup names

Sometimes I feel very alone in my Emily Post-ishness.

One of my odd, apparent personality contradictions is that I'm a stickler for manners.
fornikate
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
Re: makeup names
Me too!
My ex-girlfriend was often confused by it, because I can be quite rude, but I am also very polite. I will RSVP, but I might call your friends assholes!
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greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)

Your comments only make me more excited to dig in.

Good!
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greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)

And when you've finished her text only books, you can move on to her graphic novels.

I know she's been working with Ted.
unknownbinaries
Dec. 29th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
I may need to check Holly Black's books out now...I'd been avoiding them due to the only person I'd ever heard of reading and liking them being someone I used to work with, who had absolutely abysmal taste otherwise.

Also, have you read Garth Nix' Sabriel books, about a child necromancer? I started reading them intermittently while picking my roommate up at the bookstore where he works, and it's a really interesting world, a combination of modern and older times, where the places in the 'real world' are separated from magic by military patrols and checkpoints and border skirmishes.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)


Also, have you read Garth Nix' Sabriel books, about a child necromancer?


As it happens, I've never read anything by Garth Nix, which seems unfair, as he bought books from us on eBay.
ashlyme
Dec. 29th, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
You've sold me on Holly Black, too; I'll check out these books tomorrow.

The stickler for manners "contradiction" is one I utterly respect - I forever oscillate between being courteous and a cauldron of bile.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)

I forever oscillate between being courteous and a cauldron of bile.

Bingo.
ashlyme
Dec. 29th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
One YA/ urban fantasy you *might* find interesting is Michael de Larrabeiti's Borribles trilogy, if you like the idea of pixieish, punky, Cockney street urchins versus right-wing police brutality. They were written in the 70s/80s and probably seem a bit dated now (and maybe a bit child-like compared to Holly Black) but I remember liking them a lot.
kurtmulgrew
Dec. 29th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know about being afraid of sleep but I have always hated having to sleep since it wastes about a third of your life.
My uncle got his hand ran over by a train and lost half the fingers because he wanted to flatten a quarter while strung out on some kind of drugs.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)

My uncle got his hand ran over by a train and lost half the fingers because he wanted to flatten a quarter while strung out on some kind of drugs.

When I was a kid, we used to leave pennies on the train tracks, but we were always well clear of the tracks before actual trains showed up.
robyn_ma
Dec. 29th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Does this mean I'm, like, a muse now?

Wait. This better not turn into a Richard Madoc/Calliope thing. You don't have a bezoar, do you?
greygirlbeast
Dec. 29th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)

Does this mean I'm, like, a muse now?

Looks that way.

You don't have a bezoar, do you?

Surely there's one here somewhere...
chris_walsh
Dec. 30th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Surely there's one here somewhere...

"I have no idea" would've also been an acceptable answer. (Thank you, Mr. Gaiman, for disturbing me well with that...)
jacobluest
Dec. 30th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
I too stay up because constant nightmares are stupid. Insomniac has such a maniacal connotation, and "nightmare disorder" is so obvious.

This is an interesting article on a more specific species of maligned dream.

I pre-ordered Two Worlds and got a server error, but Mssr. Webking says they are working on it and the order is fine as long as orderees receive confirmation...in case anyone else has a similar issue.

~Jacob
greygirlbeast
Dec. 30th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)

This is an interesting article on a more specific species of maligned dream.

I had that happened a few times when I was a teenager, but not as an adult (thank fuck).


I pre-ordered Two Worlds and got a server error, but Mssr. Webking says they are working on it and the order is fine as long as orderees receive confirmation...in case anyone else has a similar issue.


Thank you!
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