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Wicked hot here in Providence. Summer finally arrived with a vengeance. We spent most of yesterday hiding in the middle parlor and the bedroom, the two cool rooms. Fortunately, you can proofread anywhere. Right now, it's 85˚F Outside and 81˚F in the cool part of the house. Here in my office, it's probably as warm as Outside. And...Spooky's about to leave to take the ailing automotive vehicle to the mechanic, after which she'll have to walk back in the heat. I made sure her stillsuit was in good repair.

Yesterday, more proofreading on Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart: "Derma Sutra," "The Thousand-and-Third Tale of Scheherazade," and "A Canvas for Incoherent Arts." It is my intention that we'll finish the proofreading today. Then I can post the ToC. I think.

Last night, I got the final PDF for Two Worlds and In Between, the probably-final layout with all my corrections. The book is getting very close to publication. We're just a few weeks shy of the first anniversary of the day Bill Schafer asked if I wanted to do the book. My thanks to everyone who has, or will, preorder.

Spooky has left the house and wandered away into the bled. May Shai-Hulud have mercy upon her.

Today, is assembly day for Sirenia Digest #67, and subscribers should have the issue this very evening. This issue includes the new vignette, "Down to Gehenna," along with Chapter One of Blood Oranges.

And! Today is the official publication date for two new anthologies edited by ellen_datlow: Supernatural Noir and Naked City. The former includes my story, "The Maltese Unicorn," and the latter another of my stories, "The Colliers' Venus (1893)". It should be noted, by the way, that when you read "The Maltese Unicorn," you have to hear a young Lauren Bacall as the narrator.

Last night...well, I braved the heat and, as a nod to the holiday, made BBQ chicken with corn on the cob and potato salad. We only almost perished of the heat in the kitchen. We ate in the parlor, which our coolerator droid, Dr. Muñoz, is doing it's best to keep tolerable (see graph 1, above). Then more Law and Order: Criminal Intent, then more Rift on the Faeblight shard while local hooligans celebrated Independence day by trying to blow up the neighborhood. The cops finally showed up, and things got quiet sometime after two. I got to sleep far too late. 5 ayem, and awoke at 10:30 ayem. Too hot to sleep much.

And now...off to hug a sweaty platypus. Comment, kittens!

Warmly,
Aunt Beast

Comments

( 23 comments — Have your say! )
vulpine137
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
Hope Spooky packed a thumper and her crysknife.

Now I want to read Dune again...this is not a totally bad thing.

greygirlbeast
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)

Hope Spooky packed a thumper and her crysknife.

Naturally.
jenjen4280
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
wow. you're in good company in both books, though i confess, i'm more looking forward to reading your story in supernatural noir.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)

I really am very, very happy with this story.
Olivia Nishkian
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:50 pm (UTC)
That must be miserable with humidity. It's mostly a dry heat where I come from, but, it also gets regularly as high as 106. So while it's dry, asphalt gets turned into a giant skillet, and old people melt in direct sunlight.

So you're on faeblight now? Maybe I'll drop in. Same name?
greygirlbeast
Jul. 5th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
That must be miserable with humidity.

It is, as we're by the sea. But we got a break today. The humidity's only in the high forties. We regularly see it near 100%.

So you're on faeblight now? Maybe I'll drop in. Same name?

I am (though we haven't officially moved the guild over). Same name, though I had to spell it Sellwyn, instead of Selwyn. Come!

Just sent you an email.

Edited at 2011-07-05 06:12 pm (UTC)
joshrupp
Jul. 5th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
The world needs more AC. Screw the planet. All it does is chuck dinosaurs at us and give us weird monkey diseases. I'm going to put in three air conditioners and sleep on a giant styrofoam peanut.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 5th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)

Screw the planet.

I choose the heat, instead, as, much of it as I can bear. And not just as an environmentalist. I don't want the crazy electric bills.
captaincurt81
Jul. 5th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Is "The Collier's Venus (1893)" one of your Cherry Creek stories?
greygirlbeast
Jul. 5th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)

Yep.
thefemaleknight
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
You should definitely never come to Arizona. It's 101˚F and that's on the low side for this time of year.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)

No, thank you. Spent some time one summer in Phoenix. Been there, done that.

Edited at 2011-07-05 08:45 pm (UTC)
thefemaleknight
Jul. 6th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can't wait to get out of here. I want to live somewhere that has SEASONS, damnit!
poesillchild
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Even though Lauren Bacall, one of my favorites, is a good choice for your narrator image. I pictured her much like she was in "To Have and Have Not" puffing on a cigarette between narration pauses.
The cigarette otherwise smoldering between her fingers.

May there be a break in the heat.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)

Even though Lauren Bacall, one of my favorites, is a good choice for your narrator image. I pictured her much like she was in "To Have and Have Not" puffing on a cigarette between narration pauses.
The cigarette otherwise smoldering between her fingers.


Yes! Exactly.
subtlesttrap
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
It is my intention that we'll finish the proofreading today. Then I can post the ToC. I think.

YES PLEASE :)
greygirlbeast
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)

Patience, kitten.
opalblack
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
Bless the Maker and His Water. Bless the coming and going of Him, May His passing cleanse the world. May He keep the world for His people.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 5th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)

Pretty much.
jessamyg
Jul. 5th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Heat? Don't talk to me about heat...
I can't really comprehend the heat you have. It's too hot for me and we're lucky to even hit 70 (it's 60 right now, coming close to midnight).

Definitely a good idea to go back and read Dune, but it will have to wait 'til I finish Ringworld for the goddessknows-how-manyth time.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 5th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Heat? Don't talk to me about heat...

I can't really comprehend the heat you have.

We're supposed to hit 92 tomorrow.

Edited at 2011-07-05 11:27 pm (UTC)
spank_an_elf
Jul. 6th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
Ah Yes, The July Heat is Here
In dear old West NJ tomorrow offers 95 with 65% humidity.

I feel your heat stress. Old house, one A/C unit downstairs for four large rooms. We like to keep our bunnies cool, yes, real rabbits.

The A/C never reaches the kitchen. Cooking equals sweat.

Sleeping upstairs sans A/C equals annoyance.



semiotic_pirate
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
sad
*small sad face peering at Amazon site*

No kindle version... Will the Supernatural Noir anthology be an e-book at any point in the near future?

*crosses fingers and toes*
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