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Stardate: 64615.5

The Rift Headstart begins in about an hour and forty-five minutes, and I admit I'm distracted. I'd just take the day off, but I have a doctor's appointment tommorow, and I can't go losing two days in a row.

Yesterday, I wrote 2,104 words and found the end of the ninth chapter of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. This leaves one more chapter and an epilogue, and then THE END.

Last night, we proofed "Onion" for Two Worlds and In Between. I wrote "Onion" in 2001, ten years ago. It won the International Horror Guild award for "Outstanding Achievement in Short Fiction," even though it's not a horror story. I traveled to Chicago, where the award was presented to me by Neil. And it was chosen by Ellen Datlow for Volume 15 of her and Terri Windling's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. It was later collected in To Charles Fort, With Love. In 2007, A Big Hollywood Movie Producer spent months trying to get me to write a screenplay from it, and I tried. But he insisted the story was only the first half of a film, even though I explained to him that moving beyond the story's last page, where Willa gets up and walks away from Frank, would entirely collapse the story's fundamental mystery. I finally told him I just wasn't up to writing the screenplay. So, "Onion" has had some history. And I was pleased, last night, to discover that I still like the story. I made very few line edits.

I have to write a short essay on John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) for a book on the movie, a book that includes all sorts of incredible people. I should say I get to write, not I have to write. I truly am honored. I've found my essay, but for now it's a secret.

Last night, Shaharrazad moved on to Outland, where she and Suraa are in Shadowmoon Valley, working towards the Outland Loremaster achievement. But, I will admit, the wind's sort of been taken out of my sails. It's hard going back to that candy-colored cartoon world after Telara. I've announced that I'm looking for someone to take over the guild, Eyes of Sylvanas. I would like to see it live on without me.

Spooky and I will be rolling our Rift characters on the Shadefallen shard. They'll be Defiant, of course. Oh, and you only need four people to form a guild on Rift, and we might do that. If you interested, just say so, here or in an email.

A new world begins today.

Postscript (2:52 p.m.): Got both my desired names on Rift— Selwyn (Kelari mage) and Shaharrazad (Bahmi cleric). Woot, I say. Spooky, sadly, is stuck in the queue.

Comments

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coyotegoth
Feb. 24th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to read that book, and your essay. (I've always thought that if Cronenberg had directed the same movie, frame for frame, it would have gotten a much better critical reception. Then again, being released on the heels of E. T. probably didn't help, either...)
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)

Then again, being released on the heels of E. T. probably didn't help, either...)

Particularly given it's the anti-ET.
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greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)

I can take over Eyes of Sylvanas, if you'd like.

Then it's yours. I'll make the announcement that you'll be taking over at the end of March. We'll need to work out the specifics of transfer and such (I don't know how that works).

Thank you.

I forgot to ask last night: What of Shah's assets? I remember you saying that she has a shitload of gold. Keep for yourself for (possible?) future use or, perhaps, go in the guild bank?

Shah will retain her gold and her private assets, as will all my other alts. The guild vault will be yours (3 tabs). I'll probably put 1,000 gold or so into it to get you started.

Also, I'd like to join a Rift guild of your making, of course.

Excellent!
ashlyme
Feb. 24th, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
'Onion' has always been a personal favourite of mine. I'll welcome a chance to revisit it. Much as a film of it might have been fascinating, I can't help thinking Hollywood might have diluted your vision.

Congratulations on The Thing essay, too! I need to rewatch that; 'anti-ET' is an excellent description. ET made my gorge rise, as a child.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)

I'll welcome a chance to revisit it. Much as a film of it might have been fascinating, I can't help thinking Hollywood might have diluted your vision.

It would have been a disaster.
spank_an_elf
Feb. 24th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, a post filled with great news. I loved the story behind Onion.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)

I loved the story behind Onion.

That's the condensed version.
derekcfpegritz
Feb. 24th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
I should be around later this evening, around 9 or so. I'll be an Eth mage (of some sort) named Abd Al-Azif.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I should be around later this evening, around 9 or so. I'll be an Eth mage (of some sort) named Abd Al-Azif.

Spooky should be around. I likely won't be inworld much for a few weeks still. Some, but not much. We will be getting a guild started. Spooky is Miisya and Artemisia.

Edited at 2011-02-24 08:44 pm (UTC)
derekcfpegritz
Feb. 25th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Excellent. I'm still downloading the update, so I probably won't be online until tomorrow afternoon/evening sometime, but I'll track you or Ms. S down and we can start destroying stuff and recovering ancient technology to give ourselves tentacles or whatever!

Also, you may be interested in this: I've got a new album coming out...uhh, soon, I hope. (Soon as in "Before the end of April.") It's got that oldskool Nyarlathotep vibe in spades. Check out the three sample tracks here!
stsisyphus
Feb. 24th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
nice reply full of conditionals... *sigh*
I need to see if my budget's going to allow for another MMO, and the purchase cost on Rift anytime soon. If I haven't worn out my welcome from our interactions in CoX, I might look this guild up.

Are you all going to be focusing on the gaming aspect of Rift, or will there continue to be RP?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: nice reply full of conditionals... *sigh*

If I haven't worn out my welcome from our interactions in CoX, I might look this guild up.

Not at all. There were only three people I really enjoyed rping with, and you were one of them.

Are you all going to be focusing on the gaming aspect of Rift, or will there continue to be RP?

Aiming for heavy focus on RP.
stsisyphus
Feb. 24th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: nice reply full of conditionals... *sigh*
I just read you last post where you mentioned that you were headed for some RP. If there's a "no-drama" RP server (isn't that an oxymoron?), I might mention it to my other online associates who are headed Rift-ward.

In my 5-6 hours of play, I was working with a Rogue (since I was interested in stealthing, stabbing, and running). Might still go with that, or fool around with a Mage of some variety. I might have to venture into the forums and see what is recommended for damage/debuff/heal types.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 24th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: nice reply full of conditionals... *sigh*

If there's a "no-drama" RP server (isn't that an oxymoron?), I might mention it to my other online associates who are headed Rift-ward.

If the forums are any indication, players mean to do everything they can to see that Rift doesn't turn into the fiasco WoW has become.
jdack
Feb. 24th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
I'm in an oddly fortuitous position in that since I only got back into WoW a couple months ago, I have another 19 levels to go on my main so by the time I finish everything and get bored, maybe all the bugs will be worked out on Rift and a final verdict about it's quality will be in.

MMO launches are historically quite awful.
no_blue
Feb. 25th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
I think Onion was the first story of yours I ever read, in one of the "Year's Best Fantasy and Horror" before I even knew any of your work. I remember it stuck out to me as particularly wonderful. Later, once I had read most of your books, I was paging through the anthology again, and it was obvious why that story had stuck in my brain - it was by you :) Very glad to see it will be in Two Worlds and In Between.

Anyway, just wanted to share my small fan story with you - can't wait for Two Worlds to come out!
greygirlbeast
Feb. 25th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)

I think Onion was the first story of yours I ever read, in one of the "Year's Best Fantasy and Horror" before I even knew any of your work. I remember it stuck out to me as particularly wonderful. Later, once I had read most of your books, I was paging through the anthology again, and it was obvious why that story had stuck in my brain - it was by you :) Very glad to see it will be in Two Worlds and In Between.

Thanks. I never really think of that sort of thing, how people first come to my writing. So, it's good to hear a story like that.
sisyphusiren
Feb. 25th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
"Onion" was the first story of yours I ever read. Now I pretty much read anything you take the time to write. Thanks.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 25th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)

"Onion" was the first story of yours I ever read.

That makes two!
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