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Sunny today. Sunny and cold.

No novelizing yesterday, and I didn't get quite as far with the work on Sirenia Digest #63 as I'd hoped I would. I wrote the prolegomenon and edited together the answers from the Question @ Hand challenge (I'd really like to make this a semi-regular feature, maybe once every three issues; I like the idea of readers taking an active part in the digest).

Vince has shown me the sketch for his illustration, which is going to be gorgeous and will be the cover this month; I'm now waiting on the final version, and I still have to do the line edits on the second chapter of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. Late in the afternoon, we proofed "Estate" for Two Worlds and In Between

And I find myself, rather unexpectedly, working for Suicidegirls. I'm not at liberty to say more, but I will later, when told that I can.

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I forget stuff. Well intentioned, I make promises and then forget I made them. They just slip my somewhat addled mind. For example, I owe about twenty-five people a copy of a poem they were promised last summer. And I owe ashlyme a copy of Silk. Stuff like that. Right now, I'm rounding all these things up and making good on the promises. I've sworn I'll be better about this sort of thing in the future.

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timesygn suggested the "Aunt Beast Book Club." The idea was amusing enough to appeal to me. So each month, I'll name one book, and that will be the book of the month. I will not actually review it, and there likely won't be much discussion. Basically, I say, this book is brilliant. Read it. And you can if you wish. And you may like it, or you may not. Might be a new book, or a book that came out several years ago, or a classic. Might be adult or YA. Might be genre, might not be. I'll try always to choose a book with a paperback edition (no Kindle promises, though). That said, the book for the month of March 2011 is Grace Krilanovich's The Orange Eats Creeps (2010).



On February 11th, after finishing the book, I wrote of it: I'm going to be processing this novel for quite a while. It resists any quick and easy assessment. But my first thought would be that I've encountered a shattered mind, that finally becomes incoherent, as madness increasingly refashions the world in the mad woman's image (unless it's the other way round), and I refer you back to the Joseph Campbell quote above. It's a very good novel, though it may not be at all what you'll expect going in, if all you expect is some weird shit about punk rock hobo junkie vampires drinking Robitussin and riding box cars around the Pacific Northwest. It sheds that skin fairly quickly, and moves into infinitely weirder, darker territories.

So, read it, beastlings.

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Lots of gaming thoughts I didn't put down yesterday, and now it looks as if I'll have to save them for tomorrow.

Because now, my friends, it's time to make the doughnuts.

Yours in Ink & Pixels,
Aunt Beast

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robyn_ma
Mar. 1st, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
'And I find myself, rather unexpectedly, working for Suicidegirls. I'm not at liberty to say more, but I will later, when told that I can.'

See icon.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)

Noted.
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greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)

I know your time with WoW is nearing its end but I ran across something that I hope might bring a smile before the curtains fall.

Actually, I may keep my WoW account. I think I just can't bear to part with Shaharrazad after so many years.

Regardless, thanks for the link!
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derekcfpegritz
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: The Orange Eats Creeps.

Yeah, that sounds like the kind of novel I go batshit for. Gotta get it.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)

Yeah, that sounds like the kind of novel I go batshit for. Gotta get it.

It's most wonderful.
miakodadreams
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Suicide Girls -- color me intrigued. I've never been a member of the site, but they do win at eye candy.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:10 pm (UTC)

but they do win at eye candy.

To say the least.
pisceanblue
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
Aunt Beast, may we make requests in regards to books we know you've read and enjoyed? I ask because I am longing for a few more comments about Kraken, but I imagine it would make the short list for the Book Club even if you don't have time to comment further.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)

Aunt Beast, may we make requests in regards to books we know you've read and enjoyed?

You certainly may, though the thought is these are books I'll choose.
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ashlyme
Mar. 1st, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
That's a damn good reminder for me to go back and finish The Orange (victim of me trying to read about four books at once). The Book Club's a nice idea.

No sweat about Silk, by the way; I just assumed it would turn up when it was ready.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)

No sweat about Silk, by the way; I just assumed it would turn up when it was ready.

I've been remiss. So, I sweat.
seph_ski
Mar. 1st, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
So many books, not enough time!
The Orange Eats Creeps sounds fabulous, but I recently picked up The Hunger Games after you were the third person I heard speaking highly of it, and that's book one of three, and I still haven't finished reading The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest yet either. Never mind the dozen or so non-fiction books I'm trying to work my way through.

argh. Clearly I need to learn to read faster.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Re: So many books, not enough time!

Never mind the dozen or so non-fiction books I'm trying to work my way through.

My to-be-read pile, fiction and non-fiction, is devouring the apartment.
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slothman
Mar. 1st, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Suicide Girls already pays Brad Warner to blog there. Reminds me of classic Playboy, where the text content was often good enough that it wasn’t completely absurd to say “I read it for the articles”. (Though still absurd, unless you had the Braille subscription.)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)

(Though still absurd, unless you had the Braille subscription.)

You actually made me "laugh out loud."
joshrupp
Mar. 1st, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Oprah's club, but with more tentacles?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)

Oprah's club, but with more tentacles?

The Anti-Oprah.
gargirl
Mar. 1st, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of "The Aunt Beast Book Club," what an excellent notion.

There's a feeling that reminds me of Spring without being Spring; having so much to look forward to. Your projects are high on my list of anticipated pleasures; I look forward to Sirenia Digest and the Best of CRK book, plus the other hinted at projects and possibilities. Thank you for turning my cabin fever into something easier to cope with.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you for turning my cabin fever into something easier to cope with.

Now, if I could only work that trick upon my own.

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greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)

You're welcome.

Thank you!
_MissC
Mar. 1st, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Aunt Beast Club
I've been a participant in an unspoken Aunt Beast Book Club since I first started reading this blog, years and many books ago. Definitely a good idea to make it official. Of course I also come here for music, art and movie recommendations... This blog is more like an Aunt Beast General Media Club, really.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Aunt Beast Club

Of course I also come here for music, art and movie recommendations... This blog is more like an Aunt Beast General Media Club, really.

My public service.
kurtmulgrew
Mar. 1st, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Weird.. I once had a membership to SuicideGirls about 8 years ago. Very interesting girls.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 1st, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)

Very interesting girls.

To say the least. If you're me. And I am.
whiskeychick
Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
Can I just squee that you picked THE ORANGE EAT CREEPS?

/squee.

I'm still processing, too.

Going to her signing on March 12. Have any pressing questions?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)

Can I just squee that you picked THE ORANGE EAT CREEPS?

You may.

Have any pressing questions?

just one: Why can't I write as well as you?
whiskeychick
Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
I did.

I will. (although I think you do ... I'm so looking forward to THE DROWNING GIRL)

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