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Okay. I admit it. It feels like summer here in Providence. Which is weird, because it's currently only 77˚ Fahrenheit.

I've been free of Second Life for almost three months. And what always happens when I finally pull myself free of that quagmire is happening again. Someone I know from Second Life starts talking about Second Life. When this happens, he or she does not have to say, "Oh, please come back." Not at all. He or she need merely make me think about SL, and the addiction starts sparking. My brain cells begin to crave, and I have to start fighting back or else succumb. I'm usually assured that it's better now. Better than this most recent time I quit "for good." Which is like saying, hey, leprosy's better now. You should try it again!

Spooky says if we had a front porch we could lounge around on it like a couple of hobos. Spooky has an obsession with hobos.

Yesterday...um. Still waiting to hear from my agent on Blood Oranges. But I did print out all there currently is of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart, which is, incidentally, 318 pages, or 97,365 words, or 438,668 characters (no spaces), or 536,036 characters (with spaces), or 1,451 paragraphs, or 7,069 lines of text. My drooling idiot of an HP printer required a cartridge and a half of black ink to do the job. So, yes. I did that. And I proofed the first story, "The Wolf Who Cried Girl." I also looked at a few marvelous photographs kylecassidy took on Sunday (in the cold of June) of Sara Murphy, Our Eva Canning. Mostly underwater. But that's all a secret, and I can't show you. You'll thank me, later. They always do. I sweated some. I fantasized about places I wasn't.

Last night, we finished reading William Burroughs' Junky, including the "lost" 28th chapter of the manuscript. Yeah, well. It happens. Junkies lose stuff. Which is different than hobos, who can't even be bothered to remember they have stuff.

I should go. Please pre-order Two Worlds and In Between, if you've not already. And leave some stale bread out for the hobos. And, it just occurred to me how much time some writers spend trying to convince themselves The World Really Loves Them Always And Forever (And Is Their BFF And Will Never Forget Them), when in fact, mostly, the world couldn't give a horse's fanny about any of us.

Ta,
Aunt Beast

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gargirl
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
I like Spooky's idea about lounging like hobos. I think a hammock on a porch is the absolute height of such lounging... with lemonade... or iced tea, and few insects.

Can't wait to see the photos from underwater.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)

I like Spooky's idea about lounging like hobos. I think a hammock on a porch is the absolute height of such lounging... with lemonade... or iced tea, and few insects.

Interestingly, a few days ago, Spooky declared I need a hammock.
gargirl
Jun. 28th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
I need one too. It's on the wishlist in my head. I hope you get yours soon.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 28th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)

Problem is, I have no where to hang it.
gargirl
Jun. 28th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I don't have a place either. It's frustrating because we live in the woods. I know, it doesn't seem possible that I could have nowhere to hang a hammock in the woods but, the unique geography of our yard makes it so. Our house is on a hill and there is a front yard that is more or less level (ish) but the few trees are space awkwardly even ridiculously far apart. The trees in the woods that surround us are growing up from below sharp drop-offs and are unusable. It seems crazy but I am going to have to resort to a frame when/if I get a hammock.

I once saw a very expensive hammock/frame combination in a catalog that would be awesome... aside from the price tag. *sigh* Ah well, problems people want to have: not enough $ for a fancy hammock but enough food to eat. etc.
egologic
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
I wonder if queer hobo composer Harry Partch ever crossed paths with queer junkie writer Bill Burroughs. If not, for some reason it seems it should have happened.

If I had to manufacture the meeting I wonder if I shouldn't insert Samuel Beckett and Joseph Cornell into the mix. Or would that be too much? If not too much, I'd like to try and get Krazy Kat in there as well.

I was in Lawrence earlier this month. Wish I knew what his address was. When I think of Lawrence I think of Burroughs. And his cats. And his shotgun "paintings." Why not? I like Burroughs. I like cats. I like shotguns. And I like...paintings.

Thus I babble... I'm having an odd day. Or should I say my day is queer.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)

I wonder if queer hobo composer Harry Partch ever crossed paths with queer junkie writer Bill Burroughs. If not, for some reason it seems it should have happened.

Agreed.
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greygirlbeast
Jun. 28th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)

I think it will be a long wait, too.

I think until the autumn.
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greygirlbeast
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)

No. I think it'll all be out by then.
sovay
Jun. 28th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
of Sara Murphy, Our Eva Canning. Mostly underwater.

I do look forward to those.

Recently discovered song, thought of you:

Three days, three nights, they pushed, they pulled
And then the water spoke . . .


—Luminescent Orchestrii, "What the Water Said"
greygirlbeast
Jun. 28th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)

Nice! The song I mean. A bit reminiscent of Rasputina.
ashlyme
Jun. 28th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Two Worlds: pre-ordered. Ta for the reminder.

*the world couldn't give a horse's fanny about any of us*

Agreed. I'll settle for contributors' copies, beer money, and if I'm really lucky, the odd nice thing said about my stuff by somebody who doesn't know me. I expect indifference, not creative immortality.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)

Thank you for ordering the book.

I expect indifference, not creative immortality.

For any artist, this is sanity.
awpboy
Jun. 28th, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC)
Spooky has an obsession with hobos.

Yes, but how does Spooky feel about hobos with shotguns? Content warning.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)

Of course.
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greygirlbeast
Jun. 29th, 2011 01:04 am (UTC)

You're welcome.
corucia
Jun. 29th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)

Spooky has an obsession with hobos.

I'll admit to a large fondness for Adam Koford's web comic, which is a fusion of hobos and internet memes.... See apelad.blogspot.com
greygirlbeast
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC)

Thanks. New to me.
corucia
Jun. 29th, 2011 07:28 am (UTC)

I might have an extra copy of his book. I'll check once I'm back from vacation.
nightwitch
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)

I can reassure you that SL has not gotten better since last you entered our private hell, especially Babbage, but you left there long ago, Dr. Nishi.

Oddly enough, I'm also reading Junky (actually listening to Burroughs reading his novel). I got into it after watching a
documentary on his connection to the Beat Generation. He was a fascinating man.

greygirlbeast
Jun. 29th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)

I can reassure you that SL has not gotten better since last you entered our private hell, especially Babbage, but you left there long ago, Dr. Nishi.

Alas, that part of me that was Dr. Nishi will always mourn for the Babbage That Was, which ceased to be some to be some time in early 2008 (if not earlier). But it was a time...
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