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A Morning in White

Yesterday I didn't leave the house. The weather was crappy, and I was writing, and then the weather got worse. Maybe this evening. Right now, there's snow on the ground, but the roads are clear. I need the snow. As I've said, it smooths the ugly sharp edges from the bleak urban winter landscape.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,670 words on The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. My goal is to write chapters 4, 5, and 6 this month. Yesterday, I reached ms. page 150. Or 32,206 words. This novel will be only as long as it needs to be. I might be a third of the way through it, or half, or only an eighth. We shall see.

I will be including Chapter 1 in Sirenia Digest #63 (February 2011).

I took a nap in the middle parlour before dinner. Then, this morning I slept more than seven and a half hours. The Seroquel conquers the insomnia, but it's nothing I want to take long term.

Last night, I read the first story in Jacques Tardi's The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec, 1976), "Pterror Over Paris." Utterly delightful. And it set me to wondering why the hell Luc Besson's adaptation of the comic hasn't yet been released in the US. It premiered in France on April 14th, 2010, and has shown in oodles of countries, but not the US. Anyway, I also watched Herbert G. Ponting's 90° South, a film documenting Scott's second Antarctic expedition (1911). The film has a long and complex history, having begun as a series of silent shorts that eventually became a narrated feature in 1933. Later this year, I'm supposed to write a prequel to Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness," and I've begun the research.

And there was rp in Insilico last night, and will be again tonight.

That's all for now.

Yours in January,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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ashlyme
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
"a prequel to Lovecraft's 'At the Mountains of Madness'"

Whoa.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)

Whoa.

A daunting task, and one I mean to do justice.
captaincurt81
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
Prequel
Is your prequel in any way related to the anticipated film version percolating at Universal, with Guillermo del Toro at the helm?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Prequel

Is your prequel in any way related to the anticipated film version percolating at Universal, with Guillermo del Toro at the helm?

Not directly, no.
ashlyme
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
I think you'd do it *serious* justice. That's always been my favourite of the Mythos. Is this the Dark Horse project you've been hinting at?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)

Is this the Dark Horse project you've been hinting at?

Nope. It's for a forthcoming anthology, TBA.
corucia
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Later this year, I'm supposed to write a prequel to Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness," and I've begun the research.

Not to be facetious, because if anyone can do this idea justice, it's you, and I'm really looking forward to reading your take on it, but the first thing that flashed through my mind when I read that sentence was that the title for a prequel had to be "Approaching the Foothills of Frustration"....
mastadge
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Heh. I believe Rhys Hughes has a collection called At the Molehills of Madness.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)

Heh. I believe Rhys Hughes has a collection called At the Molehills of Madness.

Now that's facetious.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)

the first thing that flashed through my mind when I read that sentence was that the title for a prequel had to be "Approaching the Foothills of Frustration"....

I actually "laughed out loud."
lee_in_limbo
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
A couple of years ago, I had been taking Seroquel for less than a month before my wife demanded I call my doctor and get a different prescription. It seems that Seroquel makes me into a thoroughly unpleasant human being. I thought it was just me, but a girlfriend of ours was prescribed it last year and had similar experiences. I think that Seroquel is going to have to be reexamined.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)

It seems that Seroquel makes me into a thoroughly unpleasant human being.

I've had no such experiences myself, but it was only prescribed as a supplement to my regular meds, for use as I need it. One thing I appreciate about my psychiatrist is that she freely admits there's no predicting what side effects any given person may experience when taking any given drug.
mastadge
Jan. 9th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
I'm also eagerly awaiting Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec. And, for that matter, Solomon Kane, which has been out in the world even longer. I can't help but wonder what market vagaries conspire to keep certain films from making it to our shores.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 9th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)

I can't help but wonder what market vagaries conspire to keep certain films from making it to our shores.

It all about greased palms.
tinkbell
Jan. 11th, 2011 10:24 am (UTC)
It's also very strange that Tardi is scarcely known in the US, despite the anti-comics sentiment(even if it's better at the moment). I mean, Tintin made it. So he's darker, and I guess even the hard-boiled detective stories are not a trend these days, but still.
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