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Somewhat hungover this ayem, and suffering the effects of insomnia (which don't mix well with the hangover, by the way). It's sort of like being twenty-five on the morning after a binge, except every time I move some portion of my skeleton creaks or pops.

I probably ought not even be making a blog entry. Surely, I have nothing good to say. Not really.

Um...yesterday. Well, yesterday was spent on email, and copyediting, and line edits, and lots of tedious stuff that writers have to do that isn't writing.

Well, there were at least two pieces of good news. The one I can't tell you until Friday, and then learning that my editor at Dark Horse very much likes the story I wrote for her (which I can't say more about until later). These are my bright spots.

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Last night, we watched the restored director's cut of Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot (1981), which is undoubtedly on my list of the 100 Best Movies Ever Made in Any Language. Rarely has anyone conveyed the ultimate futility of struggle more beautifully than Petersen does in this film.

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We had about an hour of rp in Rift last night, after which I decided that, for now, our guild's going to concern itself much less with rp, at least for the time being. After creating fiction all day, or suffering the consequences of having created fiction, the last thing I want to do at night is...create fiction. Also, rping in Rift, like rping in any MMORPG or any world created by someone besides the rpers, presents a unique set of problems. Most importantly, it's almost impossible for everyone to be on the same page, especially given that the lore (which weighs us down; though, unlike WoW, it isn't absurd) is often very vague on very important points. With Rift, the worst of this concerns the nature of the Defiant Ascendents' fundamental psychology and metaphysics. Anyway, yes. The guild is there. We'll do stuff that guilds do. But, for now, no rp. Later, probably. Maybe, eventually, we can come up with some sort of canonical interpretation, even if we can't confirm it's what Trion has in mind (which is probably irrelevant).

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So, a thing I have never before done. But in the interest of reducing clutter (and covering a bill for unexpected auto repairs), I'm auctioning the keyboard that came with the iMac I bought in April 2007 and used continuously until getting a new keyboard in October 2010. So, that's three and a half years I used that keyboard. And it's perfectly functional, if a little schmutzy. It's signed and dated (on the back). The Red Tree and issues #17 through #58 of Sirenia Digest were written on this keyboard.*

Here's the link to the auction.

The platypus, he says this is a chance of a lifetime. Oh, and there's a photograph!



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Cold and cloudy and rainy here in Providence. I have decided that in Rhode Island we have five seasons, not four. We have summer (late June-late August), Autumn (early September through late November), WINTER (late November-March), Cold Spring (late March though early May), and Spring (May and most of June). Someday, I'm going to acclimate. Understanding is the first step, and it's taken me three years to figure out the existence of Cold Spring.

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I gave some of my dinosaurs a bath yesterday, trying to start to clear my office of a dreadful layer of dust. Maybe a third of my dinosaurs, if you don't count the ones in storage. And I took photos. Hey, it's whimsical, and lots more fun than email and waking up in the morning! Plus, no one likes a dirty dinosaur. Or plesiosaur. Or wooly mammoth.





Wash.



Dry.

All photographs Copyright © 2011 by Caitlín R. Kiernan



Lastly, for those who will never understand why I'm a socialist. "The upper 1 percent of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation's income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent. Their lot in life has improved considerably. Twenty-five years ago, the corresponding figures were 12 percent and 33 percent."

* Note (March 12, 2017): The keyboard ultimately became part of the Caitlín R. Kiernan Archives at Brown University's John hay Library.

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martianmooncrab
Apr. 12th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
loved the Extinction Layer on the towel...
sovay
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
loved the Extinction Layer on the towel...

You do keep expecting to see a lot of shale and silica in the next shot . . .
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sovay
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
and then learning that my editor at Dark Horse very much likes the story I wrote for her (which I can't say more about until later).

Nice.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)

It was a great relief.
livia_llewellyn
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
I think that's now one of my favorite photos of you.
stsisyphus
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
I decided that, for now, our guild's going to concern itself much less with rp...

No problem. I was finding myself increasingly dissatisfied with how I was characterizing Celinn - originally to be based on a different iteration of her - because I was realizing that she just was going to be coming from a pretty different background than that older version I was more comfortable with. This left me sort of flailing for motivation, fumbling with a "real" understanding of her internal logic and ego. The problem now is that, perhaps as you mention here, my grasp of the canon and lore is still being assembled. It becomes difficult to synchronize a RP character with the lore and establish narrative authenicity without some reasonable mastery of that lore. I think we had four players, four perspectives, and four different levels of fluency in the lore without an unifying vision of what the hell we were supposed to be doing.

Or maybe that was just me. I was pushing my RP in the wrong direction, I think, but didn't know how to remain true to whatever my PC needs to be while remaining compatible with the other players/characters. Ugh.

In any regard, if I didn't blow it horrifically, I'll be glad to bounce around Telara and stabbify things with you two in the future. I would like to experiment more with Celinn's "voice", during downtime or whatever, if that won't be troublesome.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
The problem now is that, perhaps as you mention here, my grasp of the canon and lore is still being assembled. It becomes difficult to synchronize a RP character with the lore and establish narrative authenicity without some reasonable mastery of that lore.

And Trion really hasn't done a good job of explaining the mind of the Defiant Ascendants.

I think we had four players, four perspectives, and four different levels of fluency in the lore without an unifying vision of what the hell we were supposed to be doing.

Well, maybe three with four. Spooky and I are only the same page, following much discussion (she was Missya).

In any regard, if I didn't blow it horrifically,

It was no one's fault. There's just too little consensus to mak the rp work.

I would like to experiment more with Celinn's "voice", during downtime or whatever, if that won't be troublesome.

I think that'll be good for all of us. That is, if we all do that.

And, of course, the Eyes of the Faceless Man, essentially a secret cabal serving a Master, won't be right for everyone.

Edited at 2011-04-12 07:51 pm (UTC)
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readingthedark
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:39 pm (UTC)
Goodness, sorry to hear that car trouble's contagious. These new superbugs are getting more and more frightening.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 12th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)

These new superbugs are getting more and more frightening.

Indeed.
ericmvan
Apr. 12th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
The littlest guy in that photo reminded me of a childhood trauma: the alleged Dimetrodon which clearly had the little wimpy head of an Edaphosaurus. Which is yours, and do they get it right?
greygirlbeast
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)

Those were the old Marx figures, very common in the 50s and 60s. I still have a set (in storage). Yeah, they gave Edaphosaurus's head to Dimetrodon.
annetten
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
This is just to say that I really, really like your nail polish.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 12th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)

Thank you.
kambriel
Apr. 13th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
We have a stained glass dragonfly lamp too, but perhaps that doesn't come as a surprise!

I hope the keyboard will find a home where it can keep creating... Either that, or some unsuspecting soul will naively try to send generic email updates and such on it, never knowing the true words that were received on the other end.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 13th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)

We have a stained glass dragonfly lamp too, but perhaps that doesn't come as a surprise!

It's my favorite lamp, and no, no surprise at all.

I hope the keyboard will find a home where it can keep creating...

As do I.
elsewhereangel
Apr. 13th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC)
that's a new favorite in the pictures of you department.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 13th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)

We weren't even trying!
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eluneth
Apr. 13th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
Can't wait to hear the Friday news, and congratulations on the Dark Horse story going over well!

Your grin in the photo of you "modeling" the keyboard is adorable - and hurrah for striped armwarmers.

Those photos of your dinosaur spa made me incredibly nostalgic. Instant flashback to playing with a dumpy brown ankylosaurus and a yellow hadrosaur in the bath with my brother when I was little.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)

Can't wait to hear the Friday news, and congratulations on the Dark Horse story going over well!

Thank you.

Instant flashback to playing with a dumpy brown ankylosaurus and a yellow hadrosaur in the bath with my brother when I was little.

Dinosaurs and bathtubs are a perfect combination.

kirby_crow
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:18 am (UTC)
Oh my gosh, you have the most elegant long hands and fingers. Gorgeous! :)

greygirlbeast
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)

Oh my gosh, you have the most elegant long hands and fingers.

I truly should have been a pianist.
fusijui
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
What, you're a socialist?? I never knew! Crap. Now I'm going to have to be disguising an abstract crush under the guise of casual fan all over again ;(
greygirlbeast
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:59 am (UTC)

What, you're a socialist?? I never knew!

It's rare I talk politics and economics.
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spank_an_elf
Apr. 13th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
Ahh, you have a print of Waterhouse’s “The Lady of Shallot” over your fireplace. Damn, the first time I visited London I hauled my family to the Tate Gallery so I could sit and drool over the painting in real life.

You rock.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 13th, 2011 06:50 am (UTC)

the first time I visited London I hauled my family to the Tate Gallery so I could sit and drool over the painting in real life.

Well, my family wasn't with me...but...yeah.
melissaleeg83
Apr. 13th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
such cute dinos
they deserve a bath too. And I know that I approach it mostly from a kid perspective, but it makes me happy to know an adult has them too...although to be honest the real things are scary. i think i was the only kid who really got the terror of jurassic park (even if it wasn't accurate).
my real comment was that I adore the picture of you with the keyboard.
and i think i would be a socialist and that is why i never really voted.

(please ignore the bad typing. i'm not a writer and not so smart, and am way too drunk to see well enough without my glasses on to even attempt an edit).
greygirlbeast
Apr. 13th, 2011 06:52 am (UTC)
Re: such cute dinos

way too drunk to see well enough without my glasses on to even attempt an edit

That would do it.
opalblack
Apr. 13th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
Apropos of nothing immediate, musings on emotional privacy and the creative process:
http://opalblack.livejournal.com/87902.html

Train of thought stuff, really.
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