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So, today is Imbolc. And here we are, halfway to the vernal equinox. Which really can't come soon enough. The threat of more snow has dissolved into drizzle and a skim of slush atop the mountains of snow. We'll have a fresh glaciation when the sun goes down. I haven't seen the sea since, I think, October. Today, there's a parking ban in effect in Providence (no street parking).

Our thanks to everyone who dropped by Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries yesterday. And since someone bought the mermaid necklace, I have to point you towards my other most favorite, her Someday antique key necklace. FREE shipping until Valentine's Day. Please do have a look. The platypus says so, that's why.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,760 words and finished the sixth chapter of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. Given I only just finished the fifth chapter on Sunday, that might sound sort of strange. So, I should explain that Chapter 5 was very, very, very long, and I decided to split it. So, the second half of 5 is now 6 (plus what was written yesterday).

Anyway, yesterday I passed the 300th manuscript page, and the total word count stands at 67,537. Last night, I sent the entire manuscript to sovay, because I'm losing all perspective. She says I'm still on track. I expressed concerned about some of the structural similarities between The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. To which she replied, "I think any questions of repetition should be mitigated by the fact that the narrative also includes a five-act play; it's by its own acknowledgment, like any memory or storytelling, a collage." Which helped allay my worries, though nothing's gonna make them actually go away.

There's a nice write-up at io9 on Jeff and Ann VanderMeer's forthcoming The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, being a most sublime and unusual collection to which I contributed "A Key to the Castleblakeney Key." The book will be out June 21st.

Also, Dark Horse is talking up Ellen Datlow's Supernatural Noir, the collection that includes "The Maltese Unicorn," the only short story I've ever written about a Depression-Era lesbian private eye in the employ of the madam of a demon brothel trying to recover an ancient and magical dildo carved from unicorn horn. I'm very pleased to see that Supernatural Noir got a really beautiful cover. I pretty much don't expect those anymore. The collection will be released June 22nd.

The good word count and kind words from Sonya aside, yesterday was sort of crappy. And included disquieting computer shenanigans and a fall in the bathtub that could have been a lot worse than it was (I got off with a bruised arm). Still, last night wasn't so bad. We watched two episodes of American MastersThe Greely Expedition and Into the Deep: America, Whaling, and the World. Later still, I briefly left the house and wandered Outside, into the snowbound street.

And here's a photo of an icy window, dendrites and ice and filigree, taken early yesterday from one of my office windows:





Photograph Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn A. Pollnac

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laserbitch
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I got my first library card since I was, oh, 13 or so. I was happy to see that they had a decent selection of work from you, and I gleefully checked out To Charles Fort, With Love. I'm really excited to start reading it.

I also noticed that the Young Adult selection of the library is pretty impressive, too, so if YA is your next direction, rest assured there's a spot at the library in a conservative county.
laserbitch
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
And by conservative, I mean that Michelle Bachmann is my representative and I didn't vote for her any of the three times she's won.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 2nd, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)

I was happy to see that they had a decent selection of work from you, and I gleefully checked out To Charles Fort, With Love. I'm really excited to start reading it.

I'm always glad to here about my books on the shelves of libraries.
amethyst_clan
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
The Columbus Metropolitan Library has an excellent selection of your books. Another reason to love it to death.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 3rd, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)

Glad to hear it!
chris_walsh
Feb. 5th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
You're well-represented at Multnomah County Libraries, too.
acwise
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Another beautiful photo! It looks like the kind of thing that should be part of a book cover.
lady_theadora
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Merry Imbolc to you!

My town library also has "To Charles Fort, with Love". It was my introduction to your work.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)

I have noticed that TCF,WL, especially, shows up in libraries.
gargirl
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
That is a lovely photograph. I haven't seen our windows develop anything like that this year.

"The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities" book looks interesting. I've added it to my wishlist.

Spooky's necklaces are absolutely gorgeous. I love her paintings too; they're just darling. One of these days I will have to manage to save my mad money up for one of her little artifacts of wonder instead of always spending it all on books.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)


"The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities" book looks interesting.


It's really a neat project.
sovay
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Which helped allay my worries, though nothing's gonna make them actually go away.

Glad to be of use, nonetheless. It remains true.

the only short story I've ever written about a Depression-Era lesbian private eye in the employ of the madam of a demon brothel trying to recover an ancient and magical dildo carved from unicorn horn.

And I'd venture to say no one else has written it, either . . .
greygirlbeast
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)


And I'd venture to say no one else has written it, either . . .


Very likely.
tsarina
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
The Maltese Unicorn is probably one of my favorite random things in the whole universe. Just knowing it is exists brightens things for me.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)

Hopefully, it'll live up to your expectations.
tsarina
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Of the many emotions I've experienced while reading your work, disappointment has never counted among them. Curiosity, dread, excitement, yearning - I suspect this story will make me long to live in a strange world with demon brothels.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)

disappointment has never counted among them.

Well, then, thank you.

I suspect this story will make me long to live in a strange world with demon brothels.

Writing it sort of had that effect on me.
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
I only wish I didn't have to wait so long to get ahold of both those books.

Oh, it's not so long. They'll be here before you know it.

Edited at 2011-02-02 11:23 pm (UTC)
waristerrorism
Feb. 3rd, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I love
that song (e!)
catconley
Feb. 3rd, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
Wonderful picture, and yay for new anthologies coming out :)

Thanks for the heads up about River Monsters being on Netflix. I'm in heaven :) The freshwater stingray in particular was pretty freaking impressive.
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