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"Crushed and filled with all I found."

Yesterday, I wrote 1,289 words on the story for Dark Horse. So, a good writing day. I'll certainly finish the story by tomorrow evening, and possibly this evening. So, I'm ahead of schedule for a change. And there was lots of email. And, in the evening, I talked with Peter and Neil, on the actual telephone. I gotta be careful, or I'm going to blow this whole reclusive mystique.

Actually, that's one of the things Neil and I talked about, how I need to let go of my trepidation stroke indifference towards the Outside, now that the crisis that triggered the worst of it has passed.

Today is a good day for comments. It's going to be a long, long day.

I have another Question @ Hand, one for Sirenia Digst #65, and I'll post it this evening, with the comments screened for complete anonymity.

We did Kid Night last night. It's sort of slipped out of vogue, mine and Spooky's Kid Night tradition. Mostly, I blame MMORPGs. But we pulled it out last night and dusted it off. First there were hot dogs and fries, then we watched Seiji Chiba's Alien vs. Ninja (2010), an incredibly awful Japanese flick about, well, ninja's fighting aliens. Okay, not real ninjas, and the aliens were just guys in utterly unconvincing monster suits. But two or three of the ninjas were very sexy. Otherwise, not much good I can say about Alien vs. Ninja. Except that we streamed it free. It's like in Ghost World, when Enid says, "This is so bad, it's gone past good and back to bad again." That's Alien vs. Ninja. We almost followed it with something called Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, but then we watched the trailer and thought better of it. And we ate cookies and jelly beans and drank Pepsi Throwback. So, yeah. Total Kid Night. Teeth were rotted. Brain cells died.

After the movie, we played Rift (which, in a sane world, would count as a kidly pastime). I was Nilleshna, my Kelari cleric (most of her points are in Cabalism), and Spooky played one of her clerics, a Kelari named Miisya (also a cabalist). I made Level 22. We're out in the rocky wastes of Stonefield, fighting trolls and troglodytes and giants and all that shit that comes pouring out of rifts (because Regulos obviously can't keep his legs together). So, you betcha. Magical elf chicks in chain mail. Later still, I read to Spooky from Harlan Ellison's Stalking the Nightmare (1982) and "Shattered Like A Glass Goblin," from Deathbird Stories (1975). A perfect evening for nerdy kids.

Chilly outside. Not cold, but not genuinely warm, either. It might go as high as sixty. I'd risk West Cove, if I didn't need to be writing.

Speaking of which, so far the Dark Horse story has been written entirely to Fever Ray's "If I Had a Heart." It's on repeat, and has played 52 times so far, as I hunt and peck my way through the tale. And here's the video, for those who have not been introduced to the brilliance of Fever Ray (Swedish brother and sister duo, Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer, who usually perform together as the Knife):


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Apr. 9th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)

It will be warm tomorrow.

Oh...words I long to hear.
Apr. 9th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
There was a lot of email yesterday. I've got a mountain of reprints forthcoming in various anthologies. I ought to post a list of them

Can't wait to see which reprints!!!!
Apr. 9th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)

Can't wait to see which reprints!!!!

I'll list them all soon.
Apr. 9th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
You barely know me and I sympathize with your fears. Your fans miss you and would eventually like to see more of you. Step outside as much as you're able. Build from there. You might surprise yourself, yet if you can't, that's ok too.

Apr. 9th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)

I can almost always do more than I think I can do. Yet, there are always limits.
Apr. 9th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
Good video. Think I'll have to get hold of the album.
Am I right in thinking you like Tull? I could be wrong, but I'm convinced you mentioned Aqualung in an old entry. Try these guys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJn9PwTCIQ4
The rest of the album lacks flute, but it's great; I'm a bit of a seventies throwback when it comes to heavier stuff.
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)

Am I right in thinking you like Tull?


Am I right in thinking you like Tull?

Hmmmm. Interesting, but it lacks whatever it is I like about Jethro Tull.
Apr. 9th, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. I feel like playing the real thing now.

I hope you can come to terms with the Outside, in whatever way feels best.

Looking forward to the Question...
Apr. 9th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
I think it's fantastic that things are coming together for you right now. It's wonderful for me, because I've just discovered you, but I can't help thinking that it's even better for you because, if the likes of Neil are telling you it's time to resurface, then you can fairly safely bank on it. I look forward with great enthusiasm to seeing how far things go for you from here on out. :)

In other news, I still haven't dived into Rift (on my own), but reading your posts makes me think about it.
Apr. 9th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)

In other news, I still haven't dived into Rift (on my own), but reading your posts makes me think about it.

It really is the best fantasy MMORPG out there now, by far.
Apr. 9th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
Nice to hear from you in game last night, I was only on for a few more minutes before I had to be pulled to handle some stuff around the house. Regardless, I'll be dropping you a line on Celinn soon enough. Right now I'm still fiddling about outside of Meridian, sneaking into Iron Fortress before taking on some of the "epic quests".

I was surprised by someone in a pick-up group actually RPing with me without prompting or provocation. It was nice.
Apr. 9th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)

I was surprised by someone in a pick-up group actually RPing with me without prompting or provocation. It was nice.

There are a lot of people determined to see the RP shards be RP shards. I've also had some good random encounters, but would like to get the more organized stuff up and running. But...I need players, and, at least at the start, I'd prefer players I know I can work with. Like you.
Apr. 9th, 2011 11:16 pm (UTC)
Harlan and Jethro, oh yes
Shattered Like A Glass Goblin has got to be one of my favourite Harlan Ellison stories, and Aqualung just about my favourite Tull too. Sometimes I think I was born too late, and was far to young to really experience the hippy days of the late sixties and seventies, but other times I'm rather glad of that as I would have probably went down that road of acid casualty. Acid was enough of a mindfuck in the eighties, thank you, and it's a wonder I survived that, really. I think I do better living it vicariously, and it's much more soothing for my mental health.
Apr. 9th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Harlan and Jethro, oh yes

Shattered Like A Glass Goblin has got to be one of my favourite Harlan Ellison stories,

I learned so much from just that one story.
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