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Fuck you, Herr Hitler Goblin.

1. More snow. And still more on the way. We should have gone to the market last night and we didn't, so somehow we have to manage that trick today, though the driveway hasn't been shoveled. By the way, in the comments to yesterday's entry— after my quip about it being colder in Antarctica than Providence— amandakcampbell noted "According to the Weather Channel's website, McMurdo [Station,] Antarctica is 12˚F today, with a windchill of -5˚F." Admittedly, it's presently summer in Antarctica, but still.

2. Yesterday, I wrote 1,139 words on Chapter 5 of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, and reached the far side of the very difficult and pivotal scene. This morning, I feel sort of ambivalent about the scene, and I have no idea whether or not I did it right. But today I will proceed to the next scene. Also, yesterday, my editor and I spoke about the novel, via email. The tentative release date is March 2012. The title is now set in stone.

3. And now, without further adieu: Spooky and I have embarked upon our very first experiment with crowd-sourcing. For a long time, we've been talking about doing a picture book sort of thing based on her raven dolls and paintings. Hopefully, with the help of Kickstarter and your participation, we can make it happen. To learn all the details about The Tale of the Ravens Project, follow this link. It's all pretty self-explanatory, but I'll gladly answer any questions you may have. I've been very impressed, seeing what can be done with Kickstarter, and if this works, there's a second and more ambitious project, a non-publishing project, I hope to be able to fund for 2012, but only if this first effort succeeds. So, please do have a look. Give us all your money, and we'll make something marvelous for you in return.

Note that your card will not be charged until and unless the project is completely funded. Regardless, you won't be charged until on or after March 26th. You also have to register at Kickstarter to donate.

4. The plan had been for readingthedark to drive down from Framingham tonight for a visit, but I think this weather is going to prevent that.

5. After dinner last night, I proofread the text for the Kickstarter page, so Spooky could hit the launch button. Also, I watched the first ten minutes or so of Jaws, as it's relevant to the next bit of The Drowning Girl, to what I'll be writing this afternoon. I'd forgotten that the first attack takes place at sunset. I remembered it happening at night. Which is why we research.

6. Last night started with WoW, and, after about two hours, Shaharrazad, my blood-elf warlock, reached Level 85*. Suraa reached 85 night before last. Anyway, booya and all, but it was a bittersweet sort of achievement, as it occurred during the idiot "Harrison Jones"/Goblin Hitler fiasco. There were a couple of comments yesterday that I thought did a pretty good job of touching on why I've lost patience with Wow. laudre wrote:

I mostly enjoyed the Raiders pastiche, but the things that I didn't like, I really didn't like; by the time I went through it with a second character, I was sick of the nigh-constant deprotagonization and the endless cut-scenes. My characters -- one, a green-skinned dervish of elemental fury, and the other, a shapeshifting master of natural power who stands and holds the line against endless waves of enemies, who have faced down giants, dragons, demons, and eldritch horrors that would shatter lesser minds -- would not cower in fear of a self-important, pissant goblin with a fucking rocket launcher. Let alone need to be "saved" by Harrison fucking Jones.

And lee_in_limbo wrote:

I haven't progressed very far in it, but I find I rather like LoTRO. It's not quite as addictive as WoW, but at the same time, it seems to move at more my speed (something my wife isn't as keen on), and I haven't run into the kind of uber-jock mentality that was putting me off high-end WoW content. I'm sure it's there, but there's less drive to reach end game content in LoTRO for me, because I don't know anybody there, and don't particularly care at this time. I just want to be immersed in an interesting environment with interesting storytelling. WoW keeps almost getting there, but then smirks and ruins the whole thing. I love humour, but this cheeky NatLamp attitude loses its appeal.

The comparison with National Lampoon is apt, as is the "uber-jock mentality" bit. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm isn't a heroic fantasy MMORPG, but an MMORPG that has become, at best, a crude low-brow spoof of heroic fantasy. There's a whole essay in this, about, among other things, the inability and unwillingness of gamers to suspend disbelief and about those who cater to the lowest common denominator. But it'll have to wait for another time.

Anyway, after WoW, I had a few good hours of rp in Insilico, with yet another incarnation of the Xiang AI, who's run afoul of a bounty hunter (thank you, Tracy). Molly and Grendel have, for now, returned to London.

And now...doughnuts (no, not literal doughnuts).

Today's a good day for comments.

Yours If You Can Stand Me,
Aunt Beast

* Total actual time played to reach Level 85: 52 days, 19 hours, 36 minutes, and 18 seconds.

Comments

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miakodadreams
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, those raven dolls are lovely. I'd think Spooky could do a store with just those.

Out of curiosity, how much do you envision charging for the finished picture book? Because although I dearly wish I could back the project at the $500 level, I would probably need to start playing the lottery to have a chance at that.

greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)

Out of curiosity, how much do you envision charging for the finished picture book?

We're still doing the math on that. But we're guessing that no more than 50 copies of the folio/book will be printed, about half of which would go the backers at the $150 and $500 support levels. The remaining copies would likely run about $150 dollars each, considering production costs and time required to make them. Prints will also be sold, and an as yet undetermined number of the text-only chapbook will be available.
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)

And, obviously, a paltry contribution is better than one at all...

Exactly.
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)

Yes, the whole Harrison Jones quest line was bloody silly, but I love the cat people of Ramkahen, so I'll keep playing.

Yeah. I very much enjoyed the first few quest chains in Uldum, and it is, as I've said, one of the best designed and realized regions of Azeroth. But all the cat-people chains vanish into dungeons we can't play, before it's finally tossed aside for the Hitler goblin.
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greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)

If you are ok with it, may I quote #3 directly?

Please do.
alumiere
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Kickstarter sent, I hope this gets funded so I can see it (and maybe frame some of the prints to go with all my other weird artwork).
greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)

Thanks!
jdack
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
I always think of the opening attack in Jaws as happening at night as well. Probably because the scene opens on a campfire in the dark.

Just about my favorite movie.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)

I always think of the opening attack in Jaws as happening at night as well. Probably because the scene opens on a campfire in the dark.

Yep.
scotchegg
Jan. 25th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Done! Wish I could show support with more f a donation, but have no doubt this will be a success. Kickstarter is fantastic.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)

Thank you!
sovay
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Spooky and I have embarked upon our very first experiment with crowd-sourcing. For a long time, we've been talking about doing a picture book sort of thing based on her raven dolls and paintings.

Well, this sounds awesome.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)

Well, this sounds awesome.

I could be.
awdrey_gore
Jan. 25th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm discussing The Ammonite Violin next week, if not earlier, and I will post links to the Kickstarter list on both my sites. Also will be donating when we get some of that mythical money I've heard so much about. Heard tell some of it may appear next month. I think this project sounds marvelous.

Shameful confession: I remember seeing those dolls at some point in the past, but I had no idea they were crows. I thought they were plague doctors. I either failed to pay close attention or I need better resolution on my monitor. Possibly both.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 26th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)

Also will be donating when we get some of that mythical money I've heard so much about. Heard tell some of it may appear next month. I think this project sounds marvelous.

As I said today, these are pledges. Your card won't actually be charged until March 26th.

Shameful confession: I remember seeing those dolls at some point in the past, but I had no idea they were crows. I thought they were plague doctors.

That works, too!
catconley
Jan. 25th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds like an awesome project! Kickstarter seems pretty interesting too, sort of a modern day patronage thing. Very cool.
humglum
Jan. 26th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)

I really love Kickstarter. There are so many amazing projects out there. There's a woman who has recorded every Smiths song using only her voice (as percussion, as well): https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1616392208/the-smiths-project-6-cd-box-set
She's well above her funding goal, which is not a surprise, given her talent.
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pwtucker
Jan. 26th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Quick question: how many words do you figure per book page? Something like 250?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 26th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)

Quick question: how many words do you figure per book page? Something like 250?

We're talking about The Drowning Girl, right?

Yeah, about 250 words/page, @ 24 lines per page.

Pages that are mostly dialogue have lower word counts. Say roughly 195 words/page.
nokomis1339
Jan. 26th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)
My birthday is March 30th, and so I am giving all of my birthday-celebration funds to you. I've never been a huge fan of birthday cake anyway!

~L~
greygirlbeast
Jan. 26th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)

Thank you very, very much, and happy birthday!
alvyarin
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
I will make a contribution to your project in the near future! When I can get my credit card and computer in the same place at the same time.

Meanwhile, I'm having a good time soloing in LoTRO. It helps that I adore the books, and am having a good time seeing all of the places realized so beautifully (I think they've done a good job anyway -- Weathertop...wow). Am running into some difficulty as a solo, but I bet you and Spooky would be MOSTLY ok. I've only run into 2-3 quests that require a fellowship, and so far haven't had a problem going back and doing them solo once I've gained a few more levels.

Real-world money wise, I've only ever spent money on a horse for faster travel. Haven't needed to buy anything else.

I know I'm behind, but I loved the picture of you and Hubero. And the ones of Dexter Training Ground in the snow - it WAS Narnia!
greygirlbeast
Jan. 26th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)


Real-world money wise, I've only ever spent money on a horse for faster travel. Haven't needed to buy anything else.


That's pretty much what Spooky told me.
veghead
Jan. 26th, 2011 06:58 am (UTC)
Kickstarter
I'm very excited about your project -- just need to decide between the $75 and $150 level before all the spots are gone. ;-)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 26th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Kickstarter

Thank you!
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kennydoogs
Jan. 27th, 2011 04:09 am (UTC)
JAWS...
The first attack in "Jaws" actually took place in the very early morning hours just as the sun was rising.
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