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Sponges, True and Probable

There's a glacier in the driveway.

Yesterday, I did 1,517 words on Chapter 5. As I said a few days ago on Twitter, I'm at least half serious about an author's note at the beginning, something like, Warning: This books contains lesbians and transsexuals, and they have teh sex— with each other —and they're treated like real people, not freaks, and there are no straight characters, just so the homophobic and transphobic whiners out there might be dissuaded from buying it and so whine a little less.

Spooky and I have decided to delay announcement of the secret project until tomorrow. There are still a few details to which she needs to attend. Which is fine, as more people read the blog on Mondays than on Sundays.

Last night, we got new Fringe, an excellent episode with Christopher Lloyd. And then we watched Po-Chih Leong's The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998; also, unfortunately, known as Immortality). How I managed to overlook this film for thirteen years is beyond me. It only came to my attention a couple of days ago, thanks to a recommendation from tsarina. I liked it quite a lot. Jude Law in a fairly artful and understated British vampire film. Also, it includes the phrase "a species of one," so now I can't claim to be the first to have used it.

On WoW last night, I saw a Draenei girl in a guild named "Awesome Lolly Muffin Men." Very likely the most peculiar guild name I've ever seen. I thought it must be a reference to something pop cultural, but, if so, Google isn't being helpful.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thanks.

And now, I'll leave you with a photo from last night, me and Hubero snuggling to stay warm (foreshortening renders my arm oddly stout):





Photograph Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn A. Pollnac

Comments

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tsarina
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to have shared a hidden gem. I don't know how I missed it either, given my willingness to watch anything, anything with vampires for years and years.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)

I don't know how I missed it either, given my willingness to watch anything, anything with vampires for years and years.

Same here. It's usually a very masochistic addiction.
mastadge
Jan. 23rd, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
Ah. Perhaps you might help me identify a vaguely-remembered vampire film that I may have seen on television back in the . . . early 90s? I don't know who was in it; all I recall of it is a scene in which a guy, possibly a vampire, wakes up in a car in the desert. The accelerator has been weighed down and the wheel turned so he wakes up to find the car has been going in circles. But no vampire movie I can find sounds like anything that might have a scene like that, so I've started wondering if maybe I'm remembering a scene from another movie I saw around the time of the vampire movie, or if I've just imagined the whole thing. . .
greygirlbeast
Jan. 23rd, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)

I don't know who was in it; all I recall of it is a scene in which a guy, possibly a vampire, wakes up in a car in the desert. The accelerator has been weighed down and the wheel turned so he wakes up to find the car has been going in circles.

Offhand, this rings no bells.
intelligentrix
Jan. 24th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
That is a scene from David Lynch's Blue Velvet. Not a vampire movie, per se, but odd nonetheless. Kyle McLachlan is the unfortunate person in the car, put there by "Frank", played by Dennis Hopper. See icon for my favorite quote from this movie (which occurs very shortly before Kyle wakes up in the car in the desert).
greygirlbeast
Jan. 24th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)

I just saw Blue Velvet again recently, and I'm pretty sure that's not how Jeffrey's ride ends.
intelligentrix
Jan. 24th, 2011 03:21 am (UTC)
Oh, treacherous memory. I hate when that happens. And now, of course, I'll be trying to figure out from which film that scene actually comes. Because I know I've seen it.
intelligentrix
Jan. 24th, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
OK, According to Sarah Monette, that's a scene from Nightlife (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097980/). I swear I've seen it elsewhere as well.
lee_in_limbo
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
Lovely photograph. Looks so cozy. Makes me want to snuggle up with a cat, too. Sadly, my cats are savage spastics.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)

Sadly, my cats are savage spastics.

Hubero has those moments.
lee_in_limbo
Jan. 23rd, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Heh. *scritches Hubero... pulls back bloody stump*

Also, just wanted to add that I totally approve of warning off homophobes. I should probably start doing that myself, as I have yet to write a long form piece of fiction without at least some LGBT content... and I'm not really trying for it, either. Just a mad compulsion, it seems. I'm never going to get published, am I?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 23rd, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)

Also, just wanted to add that I totally approve of warning off homophobes.

Well, this sort of grew out of comments made by some particularly idiotic people at a ReaderCon panel last summer who insisted that books ought to come with warning labels, so they wouldn't have to read about gay sex.

I'm never going to get published, am I?

Just remember, it's 90% perseverance.
seph_ski
Jan. 23rd, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
I just finished reading Fanny Hill: Memoirs of A Woman of Pleasure, and I was reading some of the reviews to see what other people thought of it. There was a reviewer who gave it one star out of five and explained that they were expecting a Victorian romance, but OMG IT WAS FULL OF WAS TEH GRAPHIC SEX THEY SHOULD BAN THIS BOOK I'MSOOFFENDED!!! I think I strained some muscles rolling my eyes too hard.

Books are just way too advanced and dangerous for idiots to handle. Maybe they should have generic warnings for idiots, in the same way that you can sometimes find "not for internal use" printed on bottles of shampoo. I mean, we could expect people to be sensible and wait for natural selection to do its thing, but it would be a really painful process, for all of us.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 23rd, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)


Books are just way too advanced and dangerous for idiots to handle.


Yep.
sovay
Jan. 23rd, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Last night, we got new Fringe, an excellent episode with Christopher Lloyd.

I'm glad to hear Christopher Lloyd has now appeared on Fringe. It seemed existentially necessary.

That is, I'm afraid, a very cute picture.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 23rd, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)

It seemed existentially necessary.

Agreed.
prose_lover
Jan. 23rd, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Gods Caitlin you looks so pretty ! =] Hubero is a cutie as well!

On a side note, yes, put that author's note in there so I can frame it an post it all over my bedroom. Forget those homophobes who don't understand us gays, lesbians and transgendered. They don't help the world at all, only ruin it.
alumiere
Jan. 23rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, yes!

And not only do you look beautiful, you also look peacefully happy. Plus adorable Hubero makes it almost too cute.
ashlyme
Jan. 23rd, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Stick it to the bigot, I say. But then I find it difficult to write stories that *don't* have lgbt characters in.

That's a damn cute photo.
docbrite
Jan. 23rd, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: author's note, I wouldn't, because I'm convinced that for every idiot who whines that they were "tricked" into reading about queer characters, there are one or two readers who wouldn't have picked up the book if they knew about the queer characters in advance, but read it and maybe had their minds opened a little. I've even met a few, and they can be frustrating to deal with ("You wrote about those gay characters just like they were normal people!"), but I like to think I've made a few inroads.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 23rd, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Re: author's note, I wouldn't,

I won't. That was just me blowing off steam.

Edited at 2011-01-23 07:41 pm (UTC)
prose_lover
Jan. 23rd, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
ah true Poppy.
poesillchild
Jan. 23rd, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
"just so the homophobic and transphobic whiners out there might be dissuaded from buying it and so whine a little less."

Maybe a bit less whine will be exhibited, yet several moaners shall leave 1 star reviews even though they never read the book. In my opinion people who've slammed their minds closed have the tendency to achieve great pleasure by inflicting mental pain on others.
dipsomaniac
Jan. 23rd, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Love the picture. It made me smile.
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 24th, 2011 12:19 am (UTC)

surprising how much Christopher Lloyd achieved that Iggy Pop kind of look,

I thought the very same thing.
kendare_blake
Jan. 24th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
Such a great photo. A happy cat and his human.

I'll be tuned in for the big announcement tomorrow.
pisceanblue
Jan. 24th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
It is always lovely to see you, Aunt Beast, but the Hubero fangirl in me appreciates this glimpse of him looking so snuggly.
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