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"See no evil in all directions."

Yesterday, I wrote another 2,292 words of Chapter 5 of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. I begin to suspect this is the bottomless chapter. This book, its become a fever, and the pages are a fevered blur. Part of me says, slow down, slow down, I'm going to break it, but this other part of me is insisting, no, no, the speed of the telling is integral, its a confession and there's no way she'd write it slowly, so neither can I. Maybe I'll try to explain, someday, how I'm a "method writer."

Today I have to try to write the "hardest scene," or only the second hardest. Hard on Imp, and hard on me.

The nightmares are worse than they've been in a long time. A tumult of calamity and past events that never actually occurred.

The new issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology came yesterday, December 2010. It was late, in part because it was shipped with a huge memoir describing a pugnacious little terrestrial croc named Simosuchus. There's also the description of a new genus and species of bothremydid turtle, Chupacabrachelys complexus. The name's etymology deserves a moment of explanation. To quote the paper's authors, "The chupacabra (Spanish for 'goat sucker') is a mythical creature in contemporary Mexican-American legend said to feed on livestock in the border region of Texas and Mexico. The skull of Chupacabrachelys resembles that of a mangy coyote believed to be responsible for chupacabra sightings in South Texas during 2008." Also, for the species, "In recognition of 'the Complex Tour' performance of the Blue Man Group, which provided the authors with many hours of entertainment during collection and preparation of the type and referred specimens."

I left the house late yesterday and went to the market and an art supply store with Spooky. I was amazed at how much the snow hasn't melted. Everything is still blanketed. There are banks of snow five and six feet high where snowplows and shovels have heaped it. The Providence River below the Point Street Bridge is frozen over.

Good roleplay in Insilico last night (thank you, Tracy). It's been just a little more than a year since I discovered Insilico. And while it didn't live up to the embarrassingly optimistic hype I ladled over it, I've found that the sim does, nonetheless, provide a fine backdrop for private cyberpunk rp. Spooky and I played WoW, and I'm still liking the Twilight Highlands. Last night, for the first time since I started playing in October 2008, I found myself holding more than 20,000 gold. No, I haven't ever done raids, and most of the money I make in WoW comes from auctions and quests.

And now, there will be doughnuts.


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Jan. 30th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
House: The Movie
Jan. 30th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: House: The Movie

That link won't work for me. Are we talking about the television series, or House of Leave, or...what?
Jan. 30th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: House: The Movie
Bizarre -now it doesn't work for me either. IMDB rarely misfires, hmmm...

It's a Japanese movie about a haunted house, it's not super dark/grim but interesting nonetheless.

Trailer is here:
Jan. 30th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
Re: House: The Movie

Nope. Never heard of it. Some nice imagery at the start of the trailer, but then the procession of school girls blew it for me. And what is this Japanese obsession with hair?
Jan. 30th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Chupacabrachelys complexus.

Jan. 30th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)

One of the best turtle names ever.
Jan. 31st, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
Just a small coincidence: I just got home after seeing the Blue Man Group in Boston today,
They put on a very good show and turned out to be worth the hassle we had getting there.

I'm looking forward to seeing a bit of your latest novel.

Edited at 2011-01-31 09:57 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2011 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm a "method writer."

Actually that makes perfect sense, and is part of what (to this reader anyway) what is so enjoyable about your writing. It took me a long time to understand Strasberg's method (probably because I was a design/tech major struggling with required acting classes), but once I got at least a little of it, I seemed to be a better performer.

Although I would ask whether your method is about pulling from your own emotions and history, or immersing yourself in the character(s) of your books. The later is somewhat of a misunderstanding of Strasberg, but that was what worked for me.

Sam (McCready) finally got through to a lot of us as we worked on our final performance of The Serpent by Jean-Claude Van Italie by trying immersion. We were failing at the totally improvisational style of the original production, but when we worked from the place of becoming Cain/Able, JFK and Jackie, etc the play came to life.
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