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1. The cat's out of the bag. Yes, the work that I've been doing for SuicideGirls.com consists of being part of a development team creating a steampunk sister site, UnsavoryTarts.com. Not sure about the launch date. But I think the new site goes live in a few months.

2. Also, finally I can announce that the Alabaster film is in preproduction. Getting David Fincher on board as Executive Producer was entirely cockblocking the production, but now that he's agreed, Lion's Gate's announced that the project's greenlit. Yes, I'm very happy. In fact, I could hardly be happier, considering they've managed to sign Elle Fanning for the part of Dancy Flammarion. Also, Sid Haig will play the Bailiff, and Anne Hathaway has been cast as Aramat Drawdes (which, yes, gives away the fact that In the Garden of Poisonous Flowers forms part of the film). Wayne Barlowe will oversee creature design...and...I wish I could say more (the director, for example), but I can't. Except, maybe a summer 2014 release date.

3. Yesterday, no actual writing. Tons of email, though. Really. I weighed it.

4. I managed to get out of the house. We braved the shitty weather to make a trip to the Athenaeum. Just as we parked, it began to rain. By the time we left, it was snowing. By the time we got back to the house, it was snowing heavily. Fortunately, the ground was too warm for accumulation, so fuck you, Mr. Snow. At any rate, a good and productive trip to the library. There are photos below, behind the cut. But the coolest part by far was Spooky coming across a copy of Dashiell Hammett's 1931 anthology of macabre and suspense stories, Creeps by Night (The John Day Company). The book includes Lovecraft's "The Music of Erich Zann," and was one of the very few times in HPL's life that his fiction appeared in print outside the pulps, and one of the best pay checks he ever earned. Lovecraft was paid $25 for reprint rights. In 2008 dollars (best I could come up with), that's equivalent to about $317. This was two years after the beginning of the Great Depression. Anyway, I sat holding the volume, knowing that Lovecraft almost certainly held the very same copy at least once. The book was accessioned by the Athenaeum on September 27, 1932. Also, read Galway Kinnell's The Book of Nightmares (1971), which is on beyond beautiful.

5. Back home, I ripped off my left thumbnail. No, not on purpose.

6. I got to thinking yesterday about how my novels always wind up with theme songs. That is, one song usually gets associated, in my mind, with any given novel. With The Drowning Girl, it was Death Cab For Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into the Dark." With The Red Tree, it was Poe's "Haunted." With Daughter of Hounds, it was R.E.M.'s "You Are the Everything" (I think).

7. After the library, we stopped by the p.o., and there were a couple of packages waiting for me. hollyblack sent me a copy of Red Glove, which is now next in the to-be-read queue, after The Book Thief and Tender Morsels. There was also a package from Paul Riddell, which held many things, including a copy of Chuck Jones' Chuck Amuck. Books in the mail are a good thing. Yes, Precious.

8. Lying in bed last night, listening to Kathryn read Markus Zusak's brilliant, heart-breaking The Book Thief, this thought came to me: I could very well write a novel that offended no one, that was correct from every imaginable social and political perspective, and that wasn't, in any way, "triggering." Yes. I could do that. And it would be as bland as a mouthful of unsalted crackers, and it would be shit, and it would be of no worth to anyone. But I could do it. I could set aside all that "art is a hammer" nonsense. I could be safe and sterile and no one would ever have to worry that what they read between the covers of my books would cause them any discomfort of any sort.

And I made Spooky promise she'll take away my crayons and paper if i ever fucking do this.

9. No, I do not approve of Shopping-Enabled Wikipedia on Amazon. No, not even if it sells more of my books. No, not even if it makes our lives more convenient. It's still loathsome.

And now, photos:

Faint intimations of spring, looking towards the north wall of the Athenaeum.

Or false promises.

Yes, The Red Tree, shelved with a bunch of books by other poor schmucks, like me, of whom no one's ever heard.

The bestest library on Earth (my part of Earth, anyway).

Books, bag, and walking stick.

Prowling the rickety, narrow stacks. A treasure for the undertow.

The indicia page of Hammett's Creeps By Night.

And Lovecraft's "The Music of Erich Zann."

Spooky kept taking photos, desensitizing me for tomorrow's Harvard photoshoot with kylecassidy.

Aunt Beast in her natural habitat.

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


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Apr. 1st, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
2. Also, finally I can announce that the Alabaster film is in preproduction.

Fantastic! Congrats! I love the names involved so far. This is very exciting.
Apr. 1st, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
Cruel Aunt Beast. *sigh*
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
About "Alabaster" going to film? Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations!

That library is indeed quite beautiful, and you look remarkably at home there...
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
I nearly spit tea all over my computer. This Alabaster movie news isn't an April Fools joke, is it? If not, a thousand congratulations!
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Also, finally I can announce that the Alabaster film is in preproduction.

FUCK YEAH! Not much of a movie-goer, but I will plunk down cash for a full-priced seat for this one. :D
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy for you for your good news (newses?). You rock and I'm happy when more people realize that.
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the movie deal.
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Will the unsavory.com site include your earlier work in erotic taxidermy?
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I look forward to seeing Alabaster on the silver screen--seriously, it sounds pretty kick ass.

Regarding the Athenaeum, are you allowed to check out books and take them home or do you have to read them there? Sounds like they've got some rare volumes tucked away in the stacks.

Apr. 1st, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
Alabaster being filmed? That's ace! I'm chuffed for you.

Also, holding Creeps at Night must have been at least mildly awesome. I'm jealous. The Music of Erich Zann's in my top five HPL stories.

Seriously, well done on everything.
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)
I swear to you, my fiance and I were recently sitting around talking about how perfect Sid Haig would be as the Balif, and how awesome Elle Fanning would be as Dancy. You have made my day. Please don't tell me this is an April Fools joke, I may cry.

Apr. 1st, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC)
Major announcements on April 1... hmm.
Apr. 1st, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, it's an April Fool's joke. No way is it true; I just can't believe it. Nice try, but you might as well admit it - you didn't actually get out of the House yesterday, and those are all just photoshopped pictures.

Apr. 1st, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
The picture of you standing on the ladder would make a great author photo, if Spooky just re-framed it slightly to not have the glare of the overhead light in the foreground. It seems very you.
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
I was just about to comment on that as well.
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Big congrats on the adaptation news. Here's hoping they do a fine job (and that you get a fat check.)
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
I am no fool, but I'm willing to bite. You totally ripped off your thumbnail, didn't you?
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