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Already St. Patrick's Day again. I hung the flag last night, and tonight I cook corned beef, cabbage, and cál ceannann, and we have Guinness and soda bread. So, we're set, and there will probably be enough food to last us three days. And here's my favorite St. Patrick's Day article: "Why Ireland Has No Snakes" (No Xtian magick is invoked.).

It's bright out there, and the weather is warmer.

Yesterday, Sonya and I finished editing The Dry Salvages, after she typed in all the edits on "Giants in the Earth." I think we were done by 3 p.m. or so, and since her train wasn't until 5:30, we went ahead and edited "The Worm in My Mind's Eye" (a chapbook that accompanied The Dry Salvages, and which will appear in Two Worlds and In Between as a footnote to the short novel). Then she and Kathryn typed in those edits. So, yeah, sovay came and saved me from editing hell...and yeah, it still sucked, but at least I've survived.

Today, I'll be sending The Drowning Girl: A Memoir to my editor at Penguin, and I hope I'll be sending the ms. for Two Worlds and In Between to Bill Schafer at subpress. And then, tomorrow, I begin a three day vacation. After today, I'll have worked twenty-eight days without a single day off, and I mean to have a rest. I'll be setting my email to the auto-response vacation settings, and mostly unplugging.

Last night, I think I was literally too tired to see straight. After dinner, I lay down in front of the fireplace and dozed off for half an hour. When I woke, it was still far too early for bed, so I had a cup of coffee, which I really didn't feel at all. I played about three hours of Rift, though I wasn't actually, technically, awake. I leveled my Kelari cleric, Nilleshna, to 11. Spooky camped out in front of the TV, watched a Nova episode, "Dogs Decoded," then played Bayonetta on the PS3. Then we went to bed and read Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay until almost 4 ayem. I'm pretty sure Mockingjay is the book I wanted Catching Fire to be. Katniss has come into her own, at last. The book actually had me cheering (blearily) last night. So, yeah, saggy middle, but the third book is great so far. And yep, I've heard that Jennifer Lawrence has been cast as Katniss. I have no idea who Jennifer Lawrence is...but that's okay.

And that was yesterday. And there are photos from the past two days:





So tired on Tuesday morning I was only up for half my breakfast.



Now, imagine this multiplied by 1,151 pages. And you have some idea of the past four days.



Sonya makes a sandwich in our cluttered pantry.



Outside on Tuesday, where I would have rather been.



Spooky and Sonya working on Two Worlds and In Between (and Spooky hates having her picture taken).



Aunt Beast, in her unnatural habitat.



Tuesday afternoon, on the way to the market, as we pass the Manchester Street Power Station, just before crossing the Point Street Bridge over the Providence River.



The scariest damn thing in all Eastside Marketplace.



I think I'm growing a fetish for photographing fresh produce.



Tuesday night, and the final hurdle: The Dry Salvages.



Reading!



Yesterday, me and Sonya working on The Dry Salvages. Okay, she's combing her hair and I'm giving Spooky the Massachusetts State Bird, but shortly after this photograph was taken, the proofreading resumed.



Editing depresses Hubero.



Sonya, in the Providence train station, on her way back to Boston.

All photographs Copyright © 2011 by Caitlín R. Kiernan and Kathryn Pollnac

Comments

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pwtucker
Mar. 17th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
I've desisted attempting to word a simile comparing the mistakes you flushed from your manuscripts to the Augean stables, but it seemed to be an equally Herculean task. Congratulations, and sláinte!
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)

I've desisted attempting to word a simile comparing the mistakes you flushed from your manuscripts to the Augean stables

Not an inapt comparison.
robyn_ma
Mar. 17th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
Sonya's hair kinda looks like mine. But she's prettier and younger. Therefore Sonya makes me have sadface. STOP BEING YOUNG AND PRETTY WITH MY HAIR, YOU.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)

STOP BEING YOUNG AND PRETTY WITH MY HAIR, YOU.

It was her shameless display of youthful energy yesterday that got to me.
robyn_ma
Mar. 17th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
SHE NEEDS TO STOP BEING YOUNG AND PRETTY AND YOUTHFULLY ENERGETIC. She needs to be surly and in her forties and wondering why she can't do stuff any more, like decent people.

I swear, if I have to deal with one more person here at work who wasn't even born yet when Miller's Crossing came out, I'm just gonna be like 'SHUT UP. YOU'RE LIKE FIVE YEARS OLD. YOU DON'T REMEMBER ANYTHING COOL. TALK TO ME WHEN YOU'RE IN YOUR FORTIES AND ALL YOUR HEROES ARE DEAD OR DYING. OF COURSE THEN I'LL BE IN MY SIXTIES AND I WON'T CARE ABOUT SOME WHINY FORTY-YEAR-OLD EITHER.'

You need to figure out a way to make us all young and fresh and lemon-scented again. Get on this, please?
strange_selkie
Mar. 17th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
She's quite surly between the hours of 4:00 and 11:00AM, if that helps?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)

Hells, yeah!
ashlyme
Mar. 17th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
May the road rise with you.

(I *think* that's an Irish toast as well as being a PiL lyric.)

I hope the weekend makes you a refreshed Beast.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)

May the road rise with you.

Indeed, it is. In Irish, Go raibh maith agut.
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greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)

Dear gods. I want your fossil collection!

That's only about 1%. Most of it's in storage.
perobscurius
Mar. 17th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Jennifer Lawrence

Please be assured she is not a little Hollywood fembot. Check out "Winter's Bone" (2010), a great film where she plays...well...pretty much a modern Ozark Katniss.

She's also playing a young Mystique the X-Men: First Year.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)

She's also playing a young Mystique the X-Men: First Year.

Ooooooooh (favorite character from the X-Men 'verse).
chris_walsh
Mar. 17th, 2011 10:01 pm (UTC)
By the way, one of the reasons I'm hopeful for the new X-Men movie is that Matthew Vaughn of Stardust and Kick Ass is directing it. Stardust is still my favorite adaptation so far of Neil's work, and Vaughn seems to have a big superhero movie in him; I think I'll be glad it's this and not X-Men: The Last Stand, which he decided not to direct.

I'll hope it's good, I'll hope it's good, I'll hope it's good...
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)

I'll hope it's good, I'll hope it's good, I'll hope it's good...

After the third film and then that Wolverine fiasco, yes, agreed.
ericmvan
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Until I read this post I had no idea who Katniss is, so we are symmetrically opposed. But Jennifer Lawrence was indeed terrific in Winter's Bone. And I would not merely say that it was a great film: I would say that I thought it was easily the best film of 2010, and I had already decided that Inception was my 12th favorite film of all time. I'm going to have to see it again before I put it permanently in my personal Top 10, but that's where it is right now.*

I think you would very much like it, BTW.

*After The Lord of the Rings (extended edition), Donnie Darko (director's cut), Memento, Eraserhead, The Frisco Kid, Fanny and Alexander (original TV version), O Lucky Man!, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Vertigo. Aside from the 30-50% density of mindfuck, I think that's a reasonably eclectic list.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)

I think you would very much like it, BTW.

Then I must see it!
ericmvan
Mar. 17th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
It is currently second on (roommate) Bob Colby's side of our shared Netfix queue, and I expect we'll watch it next Thursday or Friday. Of course I plan to have Sonya over to see it with us ... it might be fun if you saw it at the same time and (at the very least) we ended up with multiple posts here about it. We'll keep you posted.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)

it might be fun if you saw it at the same time and (at the very least) we ended up with multiple posts here about it.

Yes, that would be cool.
stsisyphus
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Aunt Beast, in her unnatural habitat.

Are those con badges on the left, or access badges that you need for libraries, universities, or something?

Yesterday, me and Sonya working on The Dry Salvages.

You know, I was just wondering about that shirt the other day.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)

Are those con badges on the left, or access badges that you need for libraries, universities, or something?

17 years worth of con badges.

You know, I was just wondering about that shirt the other day.

I often sleep in it.
poesillchild
Mar. 17th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
Enjoy your days off; you've more than earned them.
joshrupp
Mar. 17th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
What is cál ceannann? WHY is cál ceannann?

It's gross, isn't it? It's something that is gross.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC)

Sheesh.

What is cál ceannann? WHY is cál ceannann?

It's gross, isn't it? It's something that is gross.


No.

Basically, it's a thick potato and leek soup, with cabbage, which is then baked.
rushthatspeaks
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Thank you for the pictures; I don't have enough of my girlfriend. Also, hi.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2011 12:56 am (UTC)

Thank you for the pictures; I don't have enough of my girlfriend.

You're welcome.
rysmiel
Mar. 18th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
It's odd but good for someone as voluntarily non-Irish as me (Irish born, Canadian resident by choice and eligible for citizenship in a matter of months) to fell this positive about someone else celebrating Patrick's Day; I'm not sure how you did that, but thank you.

Maybe next year I'll get around to finding a snakeskin jacket to wear for the day.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)

I'm not sure how you did that, but thank you.

You're welcome. It's very important to me.
lady_theadora
Mar. 18th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Glad to see you'll have well-deserved days off.

Definitely see Winter's Bone, it's bleak and beautiful.
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