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I realized over breakfast – a cold hard-boiled egg with black pepper and salt, accompanied by iced coffee – that I've not left the house since June 28th. I had no idea I'd hit a stretch of inadvertently going shut-in again, nor had Spooky. The last week and a half has been an utter blur of proofreading, Important Phone Calls, heat, internet porn, cat hair, other people's fireworks, Vincent D'Onofrio, car trouble, and Rift. But yeah, today will have been the tenth day, if I don't go Outside. My record is fourteen days...

My dog and fuck me, it's hot in here. 9O˚F? I don't know. I just couldn't deal with typing in the middle parlor again.

Okay, here's the tentative Table of Contents for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart: 25 Tales of Weird Romance:

Author’s Introduction: “Sexing the Weird”
“The Wolf Who Cried Girl”
“The Bed of Appetite”
“Untitled 31”
“The Collector of Bones”
“Beatification”
“Untitled Grotesque”
“Flotsam”
“Regarding Attrition and Severance”
“Rappaccini's Dragon (Murder Ballad No. 5)”
Unter den Augen des Mondes
“At the Gate of Deeper Slumber”
“The Melusine (1898)”
“Untitled 33”
“I Am the Abyss and I Am the Light”
“Dancing With the Eight of Swords”
“Murder Ballad No. 6”
“Lullaby of Partition and Reunion”
“Derma Sutra (1891)”
“The Thousand-and-Third Tale of Scheherazade”
“The Belated Burial”
“The Bone's Prayer”
“A Canvas for Incoherent Arts”
“Pickman’s Other Model (1929)”
“The Peril of Liberated Objects, or the Voyeur's Seduction”
“Fish Bride”
Afterword (author TBA)

Note that "Untitled 31" and "Untitled 33" will have titles when they appear in the collection. And yeah, the ToC is subject to minor changes. This is a slightly longer collection than The Ammonite Violin & Others.

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Yesterday, the heat had me feeling ill, and very little work was accomplished. We proofed "Untitled Grotesque," because I'd realized it would be appearing in the collection. I answered some email. I'm on two meds that increase my heat sensitivity. Last summer it was three, so I suppose I should be grateful (but to whom or what?!) that I'm down to two. I did talk to subpress about tiny design details on the Two Worlds and In Between dust-jacket. But, mostly, I lay in bed feeling vaguely nauseous. Whee!

sovay is supposed to be here this evening. That gives me a focal point.

Do kids these days have any idea of what a telephone operator once was?

Mostly, I need to get back to work on Blood Oranges, and I am beset by a Great Reluctance to move forward. I probably ought not say why. That would be indelicate. So, I'm sweating and spinning my wheels and wasting precious time. Oh, I slept eight hours this morning (beginning at 3:30 ayem). Yesterday morning, I dreamt of excavating an enormous (roughly 90 meter) mosasaur skull from beds of chalky marl (or marly chalk) in central Alabama. I very clearly recall the frontoparietal suture. I think it was of the genus Prognathodon. This morning, I dreamt of Alabama zoos, and subterranean passages beneath zoos that led into vast green rivers, and swimming in those rivers.

Waste is the only sin, and nothing in the world is more precious than time. Someone will tell me love is more precious, but love can be readily reduced to a matter of time.

Sorry, platypus. Not up to sweaty fur today. The dodo will console you. Wait, here's a cool thing: sunrise at Tycho (that's on the moon, yo, located in the southern lunar highlands, named after the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601).

Secluded in My Secret Lair,
Aunt Beast

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sovay
Jul. 7th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
that I've not left the house since June 28th. I had no idea I'd hit a stretch of inadvertently going shut-in again, nor had Spooky.

Want to go to the sea tonight?

Do kids these days have any idea of what a telephone operator once was?

I was going to write yes, but I bet I no longer count as a kid. Also, I read a lot.

This morning, I dreamt of Alabama zoos, and subterranean passages beneath zoos that led into vast green rivers, and swimming in those rivers.

That sounds lovely. I didn't sleep until after dawn, so I cannot remember what I dreamed.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)

Want to go to the sea tonight?

Maybe. Gotta wait and see how the situation withe this mythical loaner car goes.

I was going to write yes, but I bet I no longer count as a kid. Also, I read a lot.

So you're disqualified. Dial 0. "Please hold...You're number is..."

That sounds lovely.

It was.
kurtmulgrew
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
I have always wondered if there are any kind of fossils around where I live. Did mosasaurs really get that big? 90 meters sounds pretty damn large.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)

Did mosasaurs really get that big?

The largest known mosasaurs, like Tylosaurus and Mosasaurus, reached lengths of fifty+ feet. They were the whales of their day.
miakodadreams
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
Waste is the only sin, and nothing in the world is more precious than time. Someone will tell me love is more precious, but love can be readily reduced to a matter of time.

Time and love interact in strange ways. When my ex left, he said I'd wasted twelve years of his life. My current boyfriend has to count when the question comes up; it feels like we've always been together. (This is a good thing.)

Congratulations to you and Spooky on your ninth, by the way.

I'm looking forward to Five-Chambered Heart. When do you expect preorders to start?
greygirlbeast
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)

When do you expect preorders to start?

Maybe six months, maybe less.
spiritualmonkey
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:42 pm (UTC)
Do kids these days have any idea of what a telephone operator once was?

Kids these days don't even know what the thing in my icon is for, or think it's dome kind of weapon.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)

Alas, alack, and Alaska.
subtlesttrap
Jul. 7th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
OH HAPPY DAY
THANK YOU Aunt Beast!!! The contents are astounding. I know some may think it strange but the Sirenia Digest stories and vignettes uplift me. So thank you for that as well.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: OH HAPPY DAY

I know some may think it strange but the Sirenia Digest stories and vignettes uplift me.

Been talking about this a lot, actually.
jdack
Jul. 7th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
I doubt the kids these days have ever even heard a busy signal.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)

Ah...busy signals. We hardly knew ye!

Here's one: Having to dial a phone.
jdack
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. I can't remember the last time I actually had anyone's number memorized.

Pre-2000 I guess.
poesillchild
Jul. 7th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing chapter one of Blood Oranges. Siobahn Quinn is a smartass and that makes for a likeable character.

Nope, my 16-year-old didn't know what a telephone operator is, but there are many things she doesn't know. I do attempt to educate her about the "past". Now I fell old.

Sending cool thoughts and ,milder temperatures your way.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:24 pm (UTC)

Siobahn Quinn is a smartass and that makes for a likeable character.

Just remember, never call her Siobahn.
ashlyme
Jul. 7th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Sirenia Digest
*Loved* Down to Gehenna. The orchid/androgyne was sexy as hell (got my kinks nailed down) and the plain woman with armour-plating...and yeah, great. I wanted to organise a prison break. But that's just me.

Blood Oranges - wow. Good to see you having fun! Bacon-and-maple, indeed. I like Quinn a lot. (who'd survive in the Quinn/Dancy deathmatch?) Can we have more, please?
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Sirenia Digest

(got my kinks nailed down)

This seems to have become one of my jobs. Though...I'm actually only ever writing my kinks (= ∞).

That last bit wasn't an emoticon, by the way.
alumiere
Jul. 7th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
If it helps, I liked the start of Blood Oranges you've shared in the digest. Also, 8 hours of sleep is good.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)

Also, 8 hours of sleep is good.

Indeed.
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