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"Gather up the lost and sold."

Rainy and cold here in Providence. The sky is the color of the way I feel.

Comments always welcomed, especially on Mondays.
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To-do list for April (with three days already behind me):

1. Story for Dark Horse (TBA)
2. Story for sf anthology (TBA)
3. Sirenia Digest #65
4. All that other stuff.

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Yesterday, I pulled the manuscript for The Drowning Girl out again and added a new page of text to the "epilogue." It's not actually a conventional epilogue; it's a section at the end called "Back Pages" which contains various oddments and loose threads, after which I(mp) typed THE END. Then I rewrote and expanded a portion of pages of 281 and 282. And then I read aloud to myself the section of the novel which I think of as 7, though I think the actual title of that section is:

7/7/7/7
7/7
7
seven
7
7/7
7/7/7/7


Then I read aloud to myself all of "Random Notes Before a Fatal Crash," and I made a great deal more line edits than I'd have expected would be necessary.

Today will be spent pulling together Sirenia Digest #64, in hopes that I can get it out to subscribers this evening. I have Vince's illustration, which I'm very pleased with.

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A preview of the photos taken by kylecassidy on Saturday. This is undoubtedly the best photograph anyone's taken of me since...2003, I think. The creature behind me is Kronosaurus queenslandicus, a gigantic short-necked plesiosaur from Australia.


Dr. Caitlín R. Kiernan, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology & Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology*

Photograph Copyright © 2011 by Kyle Cassidy


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The evening was spent with roast turkey, recreational Vicodin use, and more Californication re-watching, and then, late (or early), because I couldn't sleep, Rift on Spooky's laptop. I played my Eth warrior, Indus. I think I got to bed about 4:00 ayem. There were elaborate, apocalyptic nightmares I thankfully can't now recall. I think the only time I actually sleep restfully these days is when I doze off in the car or take very short naps directly after work. Oh, also last night, lots of listening to the new Radiohead, The King of Limbs, which is, as expected, brilliant. Thanks, Steven.

Now, time to edit and format, and also write a prolegomenon.

Probably the Last Martian,
Aunt Beast

* A little wishful thinking never hurt anyone.

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spiritualmonkey
Apr. 4th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Looks like the beastie spent all it's neck points on it's jaws.

Nice frames. Flattering.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)

Looks like the beastie spent all it's neck points on it's jaws.

It is an amazing head, which would have required a short neck.
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coppervale
Apr. 4th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
I think it's a great photo.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)

Thank you! Kyle is marvelous.
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greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)

The King of Limbs was typical shining Radiohead glory, but for some reason it didn't excite me as much as In Rainbows did.

Hmmm. I admit I sort of had the opposite reaction, though I love In Rainbows.
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greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:31 pm (UTC)

A bit playful, and the band of light across your shirt is just a nice touch.

I think the thing that was most wonderful that Kyle managed was to bring out a playfulness I rarely see in myself.
ashlyme
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
Apologies for inadvertently pissing you off last night. I felt like an asshat over it.

It's a damn handsome photo.

I'm glad you're writing more sf - don't know if the The Last Martian is an upcoming story, but it sounds like a long-lost Bowie track.

Browncoatpunk?
greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)

Apologies for inadvertently pissing you off last night. I felt like an asshat over it.

No, no. You absolutely didn't piss me off. The author pissed me off (and it even turns out to be a werewolf novel). However, generally, this is the sort of news I'm better of not receiving, as there's nothing I can do about it, short of being an ass in public. But no, you didn't piss me off.

I'm glad you're writing more sf - don't know if the The Last Martian is an upcoming story, but it sounds like a long-lost Bowie track.

It's just the way I've come to feel. Or, it's a symbol for the way I feel. I've always felt an odd (non-astrological!) association with the planet Mars, and I've seen no other Martians lately. Not directly a Bowie reference, but that works for me.

Browncoatpunk?

Sort of anti-steampunk. See Joss When's Firefly.
girfan
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
You look so wonderful!
Kyle is such a good photographer!
greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)

Indeed.
kambriel
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
What a fantastic vision ~ on the part of you, Kyle, and the Kronosaurus queenslandicus!
greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)

on the part of you, Kyle, and the Kronosaurus queenslandicus!

What an odd collaboration, almost a hundred million years in the making.
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andrian6
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
Excellent photograph, which is to say Kyle took it. It reminds me of some of Tanith Lee's early author portraits. I find this entirely appropriate.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)

It reminds me of some of Tanith Lee's early author portraits.

Nice. Oddly, I've also been told it invokes Claudia Black and Linda Hamilton.
jenjen4280
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Very striking photo, Aunt Beast! The Beast in her natural habitat?

I picked up the Ironside trilogy by Holly Black per your recommendation on this blog some several months ago. I'm in the middle of Valiant now. I like it quite a bit better than Tithe, but that was good too. It's nice to see queer characters in YA novels, even if they're only secondary characters.

I don't know if you have Netflix or not, but there's a Criterion Collection version of Chronos out now. It's beautiful. I highly recommend it, especially if it's been a few years since you've seen it.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)

The Beast in her natural habitat?

Perhaps more in an wishful and unrealized reality.
whiskeychick
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Stunning photo.
cause_catyljan
Apr. 4th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
Fantastic image. You look great and the big beastie is sublime.
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greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)

I'm quite intrigued by Section 7 of the new novel.

It's one of my favorite parts.
fornikate
Apr. 4th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
You look mischievous.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)

You look mischievous.

It may be I am.
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livia_llewellyn
Apr. 4th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
That is a truly beautiful photo.
ex_kaz_maho
Apr. 4th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
I love that photo! You look like you're about to tell us a secret. Or maybe you're deciding whether or not to tell...
greygirlbeast
Apr. 4th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)

You look like you're about to tell us a secret. Or maybe you're deciding whether or not to tell...

That may always be the case.
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