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These days, thanks to better sleep and meds, dreamsickness is rare. But I'm wrestling with a nasty bout this ayem. I woke three times from the same fucking nightmare, only to fall right back into it when I went to sleep again, continuity intact.

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Another day of proofreading yesterday, but it seemed much, much shorter than did Thursday. Spooky read the fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters aloud (109 pages, 24,727 words) over the course of about three and a half hours. Yeah, not nearly as bad as Thursday. Though, 7 is sort of a long demonic yowl that pretty much has to be read in a single breath. Still, not as bad the day before, and today should be about the same as yesterday. And today, we'll finish this first pass. Only minor line edits and the very few continuity errors have been corrected, along with two or three sentences I yanked out altogether

The Red Tree is likely a more straightforwardly autobiographical novel, but The Drowning Girl: A Memoir is somehow much more personal. Yesterday, I kept thinking, I wrote this thing. I shouldn't have to hear it read.

And I keep finding things I want to go back and work into the book, like Billie Holiday (and Diamanda Galas) singing "Gloomy Sunday," and wordplay with Styx and sticks.

Spooky and sovay will spend the weekend making corrections to The Drowning Girl, while I work on the corrections on Two Worlds and In Between (because, yes, I am editing two huge books at once).

I believe that, yesterday (or the night before), I found the name of my first YA novel, Blue Canary. Regardless, that's what the project will be called, and not one word of the plot will be leaked until the ms. has been sold. Yes, lately, Howard Hughes is extra paranoid.

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Last night, we were both so exhausted. Spooky warmed up leftovers. I had a hot bath that, of course, made me more tired. I played an hour or two of Rift while she watched trashy television. Literally! She's become addicted to something called American Pickers. But anyway, I leveled an alt, Nilleshna, my Kelari cleric (inquisitor/cabalist/purifier) to Level 7, and read a lot more of the game's lore. The deeper I get into Rift, the goofier WoW seems. And it's weird, because I went into WoW knowing it was goofy. I remember my first time in the b'elf starting area, and excitedly describing it to Spooky as "Disneyland on acid," and also comparing it to Final Fantasy X-2. But at some point I forgot it was all so dumb and goofy, and when I eventually remembered, it really pissed me off. The whole affair is inexplicable.

I continue to see most, by far, Rift players on our RP-PVE server using world-appropriate names, though last night I spotted Slyce, Inkognito, and Jhaded. I figure some of these players learned everything they know about naming fictional characters from reading superhero comics...which would be fine, if this were CoX. As for Jhaded (Jaded was taken, of course), that's just some jackass who's too cool for school. I see a lot of that in MMORPGs. gamers who feel they're simply too worldly to "pretend." And all I can do is wonder, then, why chose an rp server, when they had plenty of non-rp servers from which to choose? I am forced to draw the conclusions that they mean to be disruptive, and I loathe them on principle.

Later, we read Catching Fire, which we've almost finished.

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And this is today. Fuck you, day.

Comments

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spank_an_elf
Mar. 12th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
You won't leak one word of the plot? Really? Cruel Aunt Beast!
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)

You won't leak one word of the plot? Really?

An idea's worth a million words, and there are more thieves out there than you might think.
chris_walsh
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
OK, she'll leak a word: "the."

(Now, if she'd leaked a word like "squamous" or "lasers," THAT might be a spoiler.)
sovay
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I believe that, yesterday (or the night before), I found the name of my first YA novel, Blue Canary.

It's a good name.

(See you in less than eight hours.)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)

It's a good name.

I thought so.

(See you in less than eight hours.)

Yes!
chris_walsh
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
I've watched you ponder the possibilities of doing Young Adult, and am now very happy and hopeful seeing you move further in that direction. I want this to go well for you, and will be there to buy it.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)

I want this to go well for you, and will be there to buy it.

Thank you.
mb2u
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
I've grown to like American Pickers. The guys find some great things that will end up restored or displayed rather than slowly disintegrating in a barn or outdoors. Some of the people they buy from are of course characters-it's a reality show, after all-but you get this feeling that they're probably like that all the time.

And it's better that Spooky's addicted to this than Larry The Cable Guy's show ::shudder::
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)

Some of the people they buy from are of course characters-it's a reality show, after all-but you get this feeling that they're probably like that all the time.

Yeah, they're genuine dorks.

Anyway, this is pretty much how I feel about Deadliest Catch; it actually is reality television.
ashlyme
Mar. 12th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
Good title. Any TMBG inspiration?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)

Any TMBG inspiration?

Yep.
amethyst_clan
Mar. 12th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, fuck yeah. I hate the names like Warl0ck or equally stupid shit. It's like... "Really? You couldn't just come up with a completely different name once you saw that the name you wanted was taken??"

It's just outright laziness.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)

Oh, fuck yeah. I hate the names like Warl0ck or equally stupid shit. It's like... "Really? You couldn't just come up with a completely different name once you saw that the name you wanted was taken??"

Yes. though, not like "Warlock" is a name.
readingthedark
Mar. 12th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Blue Canary's ideal. American Pickers is yahoos, stuff, and a camera. I guess you could call that "real" reality television, or you could just exempt it from the category. Nova was better than the entire concept of "reality television" and it always will be. Reality television's just another example of the many things that remind me that most of the planet has attention deficits.

Two books and the yearly time renunciation all at once. I can come out Tuesday if celebrations or reinforcements are warranted...maybe even Monday depending on deadlines on my end. Oh, and if I happen to see today, I will tell it to fuck off in your honor.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)

Blue Canary's ideal. American Pickers is yahoos, stuff, and a camera. I guess you could call that "real" reality television, or you could just exempt it from the category. Nova was better than the entire concept of "reality television" and it always will be. Reality television's just another example of the many things that remind me that most of the planet has attention deficits.

Agreed on all accounts.

I can come out Tuesday if celebrations or reinforcements are warranted...


Not Tuesday, alas. We have to read The Dry Salvages. But soon.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)

Actually, I'm taking Tuesday off, and have to read The Dry Salvages on Wednesday. I'm stealing Tuesday for secrets.
pilamin
Mar. 12th, 2011 07:40 pm (UTC)
Publication?
Would you happen to know when The Drowning Girl might be published? Or is it too soon to know?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Publication?

Would you happen to know when The Drowning Girl might be published? Or is it too soon to know?


I was told Spring 2012. But I'm turning it in a little late. I'll ask my editor.
Tracy Tibbits
Mar. 12th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Morning! Just wanted to say that your package was delivered sucessfully. The book is a wonder, thank you for the recomendation.

Its funny that you just made a Cabal/Inquisitor, I'd done the exact same thing not two days ago. Its good stuff if you have a buddy to stop things from eating your face.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)

Morning! Just wanted to say that your package was delivered sucessfully. The book is a wonder, thank you for the recomendation.

Thank you for buying it!

Its good stuff if you have a buddy to stop things from eating your face.

Words to live by.
stsisyphus
Mar. 12th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
As for Jhaded (Jaded was taken, of course), that's just some jackass who's too cool for school.

Either that, or they are a fan of a particular line of terrible supernatural romance novels typified by atrocious, intentional misspellings of dangerous-sounding words (e.g. Rhage, Vishous, Fhury).

I wish I didn't know this, but The Lady has an addiction to low-grade trashy vampire porn.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)


Either that, or they are a fan of a particular line of terrible supernatural romance novels typified by atrocious, intentional misspellings of dangerous-sounding words (e.g. Rhage, Vishous, Fhury).


Ouch.

I wish I didn't know this, but The Lady has an addiction to low-grade trashy vampire porn.

Ouch, again.
stsisyphus
Mar. 12th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Ouch, again.

Well it's not like she makes me read them. Plus, she was laughing at it at the same time.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)

Plus, she was laughing at it at the same time.

Well, that's a horse of a different color.
captaincurt81
Mar. 13th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
I think Blue Canary is an intriguing title for your YA debut. I'm sure whatever it's about, the story will be memorable and thought provoking, as always. Thank you for sharing your creative gifts with us.
ashlyme
Mar. 13th, 2011 11:11 am (UTC)
You were talking about Gloomy Sunday, and I don't know if you've heard the Venetian Snares version, but see what you reckon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QAqJAfBjN8
eluneth
Mar. 13th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Blue Canary sounds wonderful - it's a title that would have me picking a book up off a shelf based on nothing else. I am extremely, extremely excited to see both The Drowning Girl and that come out. (When I told a friend who's also a fan of your work about your plans to write YA, we agreed that it would be hellishly awesome.) Best of luck with your final efforts on TDG and the anthology!
jdack
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
re: WoW
I did a quest in Northrend the other night that tasked me with giving laxative meat to oily wolves and waiting for them to poop so I could sift through it for microfilm.

I think that pretty much says it all.
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