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The snow and ice are here to stay. What little melting takes places during the day freezes solid as soon as the sun sets. I'm not kidding about glaciers. I may have to do a driveway glacier photo essay. The low last night was something like 9˚F.

Today, your comments would be most appreciated. Fridays are always slow.

I tried, yesterday, to take a day off, and failed. At this point, there's not been a day without work since Monday the 17th, and there have been seventeen days of work since. Today will make eighteen. Starting to feel thin, but the work is piled on top of the other work. I've got to get through chapters 7 and 8 of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir this month, and finish up the editing and layout (and other stuff) for Two Worlds and In Between, and get Sirenia Digest #62 out to subscribers (the latter should happen tomorrow).

Yesterday, I tried very, very hard not to work. We made it through chapters 33-35 of Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which seemed a good way to begin a day off. Only, then there was some sort of anxiety storm, that ended with me working on the layout and editing for Two Worlds and In Between, and realizing I hate the introduction I wrote, and that I have to write a new one today. And answering email. Oh, and the page proofs for "Hydrarguros" arrived in the mail yesterday. The story's being reprinted in Subterranean 2: Tales of Dark Fantasy.

Day before yesterday was spent trying to talk myself over the wall that has suddenly appeared between chapters 6 and 7 of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. Like magick. As soon as I realized the novel would take a different shape, and that Chapter 5 was actually chapters 5 and 6...boom...the first real wall I've encountered since the novel started gathering momentum back in November. I have to find my way over the wall by Sunday morning, at the latest. Anyway, yeah, work is presently a higgledy-piggledy twilight sort of place, too many things happening all at once and no time to stop and take a breath without worrying I'll drown. The weather isn't helping.

I was pleased to see that The Ammonite Violin & Others made the 2010 Locus Recommended Reading List.

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Last night, we finished reading Kit Whitfield's In Great Waters, which was quite good, and I recommend it to anyone who's ever wondered at the direction European history might have taken if all the kings and queens (except in Switzerland) had been half-mermaid. There's a passage I want to quote from pp. 321-322, a "deepsman's" thoughts on Jesus, the Second Coming, and death, just because I love it:

A man might come back after three days hiding; it was not impossible. But the landsmen seemed to think he'd come back again, some day when the world ended— a thought that, in itself, was inconceivable. Creatures died; the world was what creatures died in. A broken back or a gouged throat created not a shiver of notice in the world, in anything except the dying creature. The world was what happened before you were born and kept happening after you died; there was no need for some dead landsman to come back and have everything living die at the same time and tear up the world while he was at it. Everyone would die anyway if they waited. It seemed to Henry that the landsmen were confused, that they hadn't seen enough dead things to know how easily the water kept flowing after a death, that however much you dreaded the end nothing stopped the tides. And no landsman could destroy the world, anyway, however clever he was at dodging in and out of seeming dead.

Also, we began Grace Krilanovich's The Orange Eats Creeps last night, and I'm already amazed. Also also, it has one of the few truly good and artful book trailers I've ever seen.

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Two good movies over the last couple of nights. Wednesday night, we finally got to see Gareth Edwards' Monsters. And wow. I'm fairly certain that, after Inception, this is the second best science-fiction film of 2010. I'm appalled it got such a limited release. For an alien-invasion film, Monsters is superbly soft spoken, a symphony of whispers rising, at last, to a distant rumble of thunder. The climactic encounter between the protagonists and two of the aliens invokes not terror, but awe, arriving at that moment of transcendence when eyes are opened and "monsters" become something else entirely. Highly recommended. This is a must see, now that it's finally on DVD and the vagaries of film distribution are no longer holding this masterpiece hostage.

Last night, we watched Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders' How to Train Your Dragon (based on Cressida Cowell's book), and I was pleasantly surprised. I'd not been particularly enthusiastic about seeing it, perhaps because of all the 3D nonsense. But it's sort of marvelous. Sweet without going saccharine. Beautiful animation. And it all ends with a song by Jónsi. Very, very nice.

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At this point, the Tale of the Ravens project is 160% funded (!!!), but it'll be open to donations, however large or small, for another 49 days. Please have a look. Spooky and I are both excited about this, our first collaboration and the beginning of Goat Girl Press. Please have a look. Oh, wait. I said that already.

And speaking of big black birds, here's the cover (behind the cut) for Ellen Datlow's forthcoming Supernatural Noir (due out from Dark Horse on June 22nd), which includes my story, "The Maltese Unicorn":





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ghostrunner7
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Supernatural Noir sounds like a book I have to own. And not only for the giant raven on the cover.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)

And not only for the giant raven on the cover.

Though that is a pretty good reason.
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joshrupp
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Mermaids are depressing and edible. I say the Christian right should march into the ocean with dill and sage.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)

Mermaids are depressing and edible. I say the Christian right should march into the ocean with dill and sage.

Sentences to make me smile, even if I don't find mermaids depressing and edible.
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pwtucker
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
Love this line:

"And no landsman could destroy the world, anyway, however clever he was at dodging in and out of seeming dead."

I may buy the book for that line alone.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)

I may buy the book for that line alone.

Excellent.
unknownbinaries
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
How To Train Your Dragon made a twelve year old, dragon-obsessed me very, very happy, 3d or not. And I remember hearing about Monsters, and mourning that so few small-release films somehow don't make it here. Thank you for the heads up on the DVD release.

Good luck with the work, or the rest, whichever happens. I've got three paintings lined up and demanding work, one that's The Red Treerelated and I can't wait to finish and show to you, all in various stages of drying for the next steps.

(Edit: Apologies for te double-post, LJ burped.)

Edited at 2011-02-04 05:50 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)

And I remember hearing about Monsters, and mourning that so few small-release films somehow don't make it here. Thank you for the heads up on the DVD release.

I'll be preaching the merits of this film for some time to come.

I've got three paintings lined up and demanding work, one that's The Red Treerelated and I can't wait to finish and show to you, all in various stages of drying for the next steps.

Something to look forward to!
robyn_ma
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
'Also, we began Grace Krilanovich's The Orange Eats Creeps last night, and I'm already amazed. Also also, it has one of the few truly good and artful book trailers I've ever seen.'

Was it here that I posted the link to the trailer? I'm old, I forget.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)

Was it here that I posted the link to the trailer? I'm old, I forget.

Yep.
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)

I hope you get a successful day off soon.

Sooner or later, the exhaustion will catch up to me, and I'll no longer have a choice in the matter.
argonel
Feb. 4th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
On the subject of weather and glaciation I have been tempted to try keeping a bonsai glacier. However the effort of piling up the snow and insulating it once melting season begins doesn't seem worth the payoff.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)

bonsai glacier

I think I'm going to steal that phrase.
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readingthedark
Feb. 4th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
I hope the wall tumbles to the ground, or that you punch a hole, or that you leap high, or scramble, or dig underneath, or the wall turns out to have a flaw you can cunningly exploit, or that the wall is secretly made of delicate paper, or that teleportation can place you in the best possible spot...or that you will come up with an idea that's far more elegant than I could ever suggest (which is actually the most likely outcome).
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)

I hope the wall tumbles to the ground, or that you punch a hole, or that you leap high, or scramble, or dig underneath, or the wall turns out to have a flaw you can cunningly exploit, or that the wall is secretly made of delicate paper, or that teleportation can place you in the best possible spot

These do seem to be my options.
ex_kaz_maho
Feb. 4th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
That cover is beautiful - I would love a print of it for my wall...

Also, it is one of my career aims to have a story published in an Ellen Datlow anthology. I have to level up several thousand times before I'm anywhere close to that, but you gotta have dreams, right?

I hope you find your way over the wall soon.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)

That cover is beautiful

In a see of shitty covers, I celebrate the exceptions.
pisceanblue
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you as always for reading/viewing recommendations, I like to taste your taste, as it were. If you can brave the frozen below I know we all would enjoy glacier photos and it would be an excuse to go (very carefully) Outside.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)

I like to taste your taste, as it were.

Sexy.
ashlyme
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip on Monsters; this is a film I'd never heard of. There aren't enough subtle alien invasion movies!

I may have to pick up In Great Waters too. Amazon kept urging me to buy this with The Red Tree.

I hope you manage to break the deadlock on Drowning Girl; I'm sorry that it's giving you grief (I'd have offered support on an earlier entry, but LJ's been a bitch to access lately).
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the tip on Monsters; this is a film I'd never heard of.

It's criminal how few people have.
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sevenravens
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
I also really enjoyed Monsters. I found it to be one of those few alien invader films that feels like it could actually be happening somewhere as you watch it.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)

I found it to be one of those few alien invader films that feels like it could actually be happening somewhere as you watch it.

Yes.
ashlyme
Feb. 4th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Godsdammit, I'll have to wait until April for the Brit release!
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)

Godsdammit, I'll have to wait until April for the Brit release!

You could always order from the Amazon US.
ashlyme
Feb. 4th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
I may well do that. In the meantime, I've ordered The Orange Eats Creeps, despite not finding out much about it - I can't turn down a novel with that title, especially if it's compared with Huysman. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on it.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)

I've ordered The Orange Eats Creeps, despite not finding out much about it - I can't turn down a novel with that title, especially if it's compared with Huysman.

You can't go wrong with hobo vampire junkies.
sovay
Feb. 4th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Last night, we finished reading Kit Whitfield's In Great Waters, which was quite good, and I recommend it to anyone who's ever wondered at the direction European history might have taken if all the kings and queens (except in Switzerland) had been half-mermaid.

I loved that novel; its merfolk are some of the most unsentimental I have ever read, in all the right nonhuman ways. (Do you want to fuck?) I have not yet read her werewolf novel.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 4th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)

I was wondering if you'd read it. Obviously, I would wonder that.
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