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I think Spring is beginning to think about considering possibly coming somewhere near Rhode Island. Highs in the high 40s Fahrenheit. We may have 60s by late April.

Yesterday was a bloody nightmare of double-barreled line editing. No, no, no. That almost makes it sound fun, and it was at that other end of the spectrum from fun. Spooky and Sonya worked together like a well-oiled machine, and actually made it all the way through The Drowning Girl, though they didn't finish until after dinner.

In the same amount of time, I only managed to make it through six stories in the ms. for Two Worlds and In Between. I began at the end of the collection and worked my way towards the beginning, as the later stories have far, far fewer edits than do older ones. I figured if I'd done it the other way round, and had to face those 1993, 1994, 1995, etc. stories first, I would have locked up and made no progress whatsoever. Yesterday, I edited "Houses Under the Sea," "Daughter of the Four of Pentacles," "The Dead and the Moonstruck," "Waycross," "Riding the White Bull," and "La Peau Verte." I stopped about 9 p.m., I think. These newer stories are much longer than the older stories, but, as I've said, have far fewer corrections.

So...today, we start all over again. Sort of. I'm handing the ms. for Two Worlds and In Between off to Spooky and Sonya (it was actually their idea, after my agitation yesterday), and I'm going to do all the very last things that need doing on The Drowning Girl (I have a list), which I expect to send to my editor tomorrow afternoon.

Here's a thing: I need someone fluent in French, preferably someone in France or Quebec, to check my French in Two Worlds and In Between. I can't pay you, but your name will appear in the book's acknowledgments.

Last night, there was very good Palestinian takeout for dinner.

This morning I saw Lee Moyer's almost final version of the cover for Two Worlds and In Between , which I'll share here as soon as ere I may.

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Saturday night, I showed Sonya Pitch Black (directed by David Twohy, 2000), one of my favorite big-bug scifi thrillers of the last twenty years. She'd never seen it, and I was relieved she enjoyed it. Last night, she showed me Derek Jarman's adaptation of The Tempest (1979), which was, by turns (and, sometimes, all at once), sublime, grotesque, and beautiful. Jarman's cinematic composition always amazes me, each shot framed like a Renaissance painting, so arresting to the eye that you almost don't want to progress to the next frame of film. For me, Toyah Willcox's somewhat feral Miranda was the finest bit. Also, we watched Jarman's short Art of Mirrors (1973). Tonight, I'm showing Sonya the director's cut of Alex Proyas' superb Dark City (1998).

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Later, Spooky and I began Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay, and, so far, it's a vast improvement over Catching Fire (which, by the way, I cannot believe the New York Times actually had the temerity to claim was better than The Hunger Games). We made it through the first three chapters or so.

Oh, and when I write Blue Canary**, and if it's a success and there are the two books after it that I'm planning, I promise I will not burden the beginning of the second two books with recap. I'll do the sensible thing, and begin the second and third volumes with concise "Our Story Thus Far" sections, which can be skipped if they're not needed.

So, that was yesterday. Today will likely be equally tedious, and both Sonya and Spooky have my most sincere apologies for this.

Postscript (2:08 p.m.): I AM NOT A HORROR WRITER!

** I ought not have to say this, BUT...if you steal this title, I will cause you harm, by hook or crook.

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strange_selkie
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Sonya does, desultorily at least, speak French. I think she learnt it at Yale. If you have stuff you can send me tonight -- russetblack at gmail dot com -- I have a French person (from France) here until tomorrow night, at which point she'll be going back to Toronto, but we can probably whack at it over dinner.

greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)

Sonya does, desultorily at least, speak French. I think she learnt it at Yale. If you have stuff you can send me tonight -- russetblack at gmail dot com -- I have a French person (from France) here until tomorrow night, at which point she'll be going back to Toronto, but we can probably whack at it over dinner.

Sonya passed. Thanks muchly for the offer, but I seriously doubt, in all the chaos, that I'll be able to pull the relevant pages/passages together for a few days yet.
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seismickitten
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
"I'll do the sensible thing, and begin the second and third volumes with concise "Our Story Thus Far" sections, which can be skipped if they're not needed."

Yes. Wonderful. I don't understand why more writers don't do this. There are few things so frustrating as recap. I actually hadn't recalled, but my partner and I have been listening to the Harry Potter series (her first time) and there has been a surprising amount of recap at the beginning books 2-4. It's like treading water and it's been driving both of us mad.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)

I don't understand why more writers don't do this.

I have no idea. It's so sensible.
mellawyrden
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on getting so much done. What a huge accomplishment.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)

What a huge accomplishment.

Thank you, though, as regards Two Worlds..., I feel as though I've hardly scratched the surface.
thebacchanal
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Derek Jarman
she showed me Derek Jarman's adaptation of The Tempest (1979), which was, by turns (and, sometimes, all at once), sublime, grotesque, and beautiful. Jarman's cinematic composition always amazes me, each shot framed like a Renaissance painting, so arresting to the eye that you almost don't want to progress to the next frame of film.

The Tempest is perhaps my favorite Jarman film, although The Angelic Conversation and Caravaggio are hauntingly queer social indictments I also number amidst the films I most admire. I love how he removes Caliban from the traditional post-colonial readings and instead creates an Oedipal Other of the man/monster. Ariel's alchemical queerness is arresting (Karl Johnson's fragile, ghostly visage didn't hurt either, if you find that sort of thing attractive), and of course the influence of Caravaggio's Tenebrist style of intense chiaroscuro creates the perfect amount of weird atmosphere for Shakespeare's perhaps darkest comedy. I'm glad you enjoyed it! You might want to check out Jarman's Jubilee if you enjoyed Toyah Wilcox's performance so much.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Derek Jarman

The Tempest is perhaps my favorite Jarman film

At the moment, The Last of England is my favorite, but there are many I've not seen.
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ex_kaz_maho
Mar. 14th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
So. I finally read Chapter 2 of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir and I enjoyed it even more than Chapter 1, which I wasn't sure could happen - considering how good the first one was, I mean.

This book is utterly compelling. I mean that sincerely, and not in a kiss-ass way. Seriously, once I started I couldn't stop reading and was even annoyed that the chapter ended and I couldn't continue. Something disturbing about Imp's voice draws me in. I have this growing sense of unease, that something terrible is going to happen... I know it's there, floating just on the edge of my vision - like the ghosts she talks about - but I can't quite capture it. Such a wonderful voice. That voice takes the reader by the hand and leads them on a journey; one filled with twists and turns that leave us no choice but to follow.

I love it.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)

Thank you. At this moment, these words of encouragement are most especially encouraged.
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greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)

I hope Sonya enjoys Dark City

I think she will, especially considering it's not the studio-mutilated theatrical release.
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fornikate
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
I think Pitch Black is one of the most underrated sci-fi films ever.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)

I think Pitch Black is one of the most underrated sci-fi films ever.

I am inclined to agree. Wayne Barlowe's creature designs are amazing (as always), and the crash sequence is utterly breathtaking. It's all a grand fuck-you to "mundane" sf.
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ashlyme
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
I've come to Jarman's films quite late; Wittgenstein's superb, shall have to watch Tempest. I read his prose first. I'd recommend Chroma; and a book whose name I can't recall (I'm sure Sonya will) about Jarman setting up a garden in the shadow of a coastal nuclear power plant. Excellent books, both.

Aunt Beast - how d'you rate Prospero's Books?

People *still* call you a horror writer?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)

and a book whose name I can't recall (I'm sure Sonya will) about Jarman setting up a garden in the shadow of a coastal nuclear power plant. Excellent books, both.

I will ask her.

Aunt Beast - how d'you rate Prospero's Books?

Peter Greenaway is one of my favorite directors. That said, I saw Prospero's Books in 1992, pan and scan on a bootlegged videotape. I loved what I saw, but I definitely need to see it again, unmutilated.

People *still* call you a horror writer?

Hell yeah.
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ashlyme
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
Pitch Black is ace, but Dark City is even better. Have a good night!
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)

Pitch Black is ace, but Dark City is even better.

Dark City is one of the most criminally underrated films of the past twenty years.
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Olivia Nishkian
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
I gave your email to a very good friend of mine in Quebec who speaks fluent French and English. Hope that's okay. I think he'd be more than happy to help and get some acknowledgment.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)

I gave your email to a very good friend of mine in Quebec who speaks fluent French and English. Hope that's okay. I think he'd be more than happy to help and get some acknowledgment.

Thank you, Blair!
amethyst_clan
Mar. 14th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
in completely unrelated....
I was watching the Lolly Jane Blue videos that you posted a while back and found out that they're fundraising for her debut album. I know that money is tight and you might not have money, but maybe you'd be interested in promoting the link? here it is.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 14th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Re: in completely unrelated....

Yes! I will push this HARD. Thanks.
eluneth
Mar. 14th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of a feral Miranda - it would significantly bump up my interest in the Miranda/Ferdinand subplot, which never really interested me previously. Thank you for that mini-review!

Can't wait to see the Two Worlds cover art. Also, just requested The Hunger Games from the library, since my interest has been repeatedly piqued by your mentions.

I see you've already gotten directed to a Quebecois contact; if that doesn't pan out, I was a French minor, so I'd be able to check grammar/vocabulary, if not necessarily the most up-to-date idiom.
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