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"Dog's away, Dog's away, Dog's away..."

Sunny today, Again, I should be in the sea. This is a thing that will not happen, though, because even if it weren't for the writing, I've got a doctor's appointment this evening. Actually, doctor's appointments can be fun, if you go about them the right way. I have found most doctors to be horrified and/or stupefied at the notion that everyone doesn't want every conceivable test for every conceivable symptom which might lead to any conceivable malady.

Doctor: "But you might have X?"

Me: "So what? If I do, I'd rather not know. It's not like I could ever afford the treatments, and, besides, I'm chronically suicidal."

This is not a fiction. I have actually had this exchange. It was lovely. I'm pretty sure it's not a patient response taught at medical schools.

Or! If any cavity probing is involved, only agree to them if the doctor first agrees to say "Good puppy," at regular intervals.

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Yesterday, I wrote 1,957 words on Chapter Seven of Blood Oranges. The book is moving quickly towards its conclusion. I'm pretty sure an old school bus filled with Swamp Yankee werewolves is involved. Some idiot is going to proclaim this a great "horror" novel. Or say something like, "Finally, Caitlín R. Kiernan has figured out how to write great horror." And me, I'll just sit back and laugh. The hardest part about this book is that most of what is perceived as "horror" became self-parody and comedy long ago, but very few people have figured it out. It's hard to parody a parody. So says the world's only triggerpunk, and she ought to know.

Spooky (on the other paw) went to her parents' place, to visit with her sister, Steph, and nephew, Miles, who are up from Brooklyn. Miles is three and a half, and he likes pirates. And he proclaims, "Brothers are sisters. Sisters are brothers." I wish they taught this shit in school. Anyway, Spooky took photos of a cute kid and a frog (behind the cut, below). I cry foul.

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This morning, Bruce Sterling tweeted, "Social media does not exist for you. You are the PRODUCT in social media. That's why it's free." Fucking brilliant. I'm going to have a stencil of that quote made and start tagging everything in site.

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As for whatever else there was of yesterday...nothing that warrants recording, but I'll record it anyway. A little Rift (I'm trying to get the achievement for killing 250 centaurs in the Droughtlands; see, and you thought I was all like smart and shit). We read more of The Stand (1978 text, accept no substitute). There was some Second Life RP. Oh, furries are annoyingly little shit (just in case you didn't know). "It's not a fetish! It's a lifestyle! Do you think I chose to want to have sex in a fursuit!? I'm a Loony Toon trapped in a human body!" Milk and Cheese! Milk and Cheese!

Sorry. That wasn't nice, was it? I'm channeling Siobahn Quinn.

As for Ridley Scott directing and producing a Blade Runner sequel or prequel...I'm not sure how to react to that.

Hesitantly,
Aunt Beast





Miles on the tractor!



It's not easy, being green.

All photographs Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn A. Pollnac

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elmocho
Aug. 18th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Once, when I was being treated for depression, the new doctor in the practice said "You realize I can't let you go?"

I said "What?"

"It says here you have suicidal ideation."

"Well... yes."

What part of the whole "depression" did he not understand? This was the same guy who said "If you could do just one thing for me? Smile?" I eventually escaped, but probably would have switched doctors if I could have-- small town-- or had any inkling I should have.

I ought to get a physical sometime soon and will remember your advice.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 18th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC)

Once, when I was being treated for depression, the new doctor in the practice said "You realize I can't let you go?"

Correct response: Fuck off, you fascist butcher.

I ought to get a physical sometime soon and will remember your advice.

The last full physical I had was in 1989.
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whiskeychick
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
I'm unsure what to think about a Blade Runner addition either. It is my favorite film.

I would hope, though, given the choice between prequel or sequel they pick the former.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:12 pm (UTC)

I would hope, though, given the choice between prequel or sequel they pick the former.

I would hope Ridley Scott decides it's a bad idea.
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seph_ski
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
I love the bit about doctor appointments! I HATE THEM! I do NOT want every inch of me, inside and out, inventoried, diagnosed, and cataloged. Fuck that! I don't even know the last time I was in for an actual, generic physical, but I'm pretty sure my mom took me in. The doctor is who you go to if you don't feel good and you can't figure out why on your own.

It pisses me off that I have asthma and my doc will only write my prescription for one year's worth or rescue inhalers at a time. I've been milking my last one for over a year now and really need to go back for a new prescription, but it just makes me so angry that I have to jump through those dumb hoops for a -chronic- condition. I have to go get inspected and lectured so she can say, "Yep, you still have asthma." DUH!

I need to try on some of your attitude the next time I'm in. ...Which should probably be before my trip to swampy Florida where I'll probably constantly need that damn inhaler I haven't had to touch in weeks. *snarl*

As for Blade Runner, I was just watching it a few days ago and made mention to my husband, "This is one movie they should never fuck with." Now I feel like I jinxed it.

Edited at 2011-08-18 06:10 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)

The doctor is who you go to if you don't feel good and you can't figure out why on your own.

Assuming you can afford it and actually give a shit.

It pisses me off that I have asthma and my doc will only write my prescription for one year's worth or rescue inhalers at a time. I've been milking my last one for over a year now and really need to go back for a new prescription, but it just makes me so angry that I have to jump through those dumb hoops for a -chronic- condition. I have to go get inspected and lectured so she can say, "Yep, you still have asthma."

Yes!

This is one movie they should never fuck with."

Scott finally, finally got the right edit, and he has to start this again....
sovay
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
It's not easy, being green.

That is an absolutely beautiful photograph of a frog.

The kid's not bad, either.

I'm not sure how to react to that.

Have Lance Henriksen's biography instead.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)

The kid's not bad, either.

Well, he's no frog...

Have Lance Henriksen's biography instead.

That man is sooooooo sexy.
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chris_walsh
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
As Peter David once cracked, they could scan in-utero for whether a baby will grow up to be a Red Sox fan and thus face a life of bitter disappointment. (Crack made in early '90s, but still.)

In other words, I can understand not wanting to know.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 18th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)

In other words, I can understand not wanting to know.

You know, maybe if I had...what's that shit called? Oh, yeah. HEALTH CARE. Or INSURANCE. But I don't. So, what's the fucking point of me giving people money I can't afford to give them to see whether or not they want me to give them more money? Oh, wait. Capitalism!

We measure the worth of human life in dollars and cents. And cruise missiles.

Edited at 2011-08-18 06:19 pm (UTC)
martianmooncrab
Aug. 18th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
the achievement for killing 250 centaurs in the Droughtlands

glad to know they arent endangered there...
greygirlbeast
Aug. 18th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)

glad to know they arent endangered there...

Nah. It's guiltless genocide. They respawn within seconds.
pwtucker
Aug. 18th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
There something incredibly alluring and disquieting about frog/gecko/lizard eyes. The closer you zoom in, the greater the alien beauty.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 18th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)

I have long wanted frog contact lenses.
kirby_crow
Aug. 19th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
Ridley Scott etc etc

They made a companion film, some sort of prequel to the Blade Runner 'verse, titled "Soldier", and it sucked like a sucking thing. Before that, there were book-sequels to the movie, and THEY sucked. However, Ridley Scott didn't have anything to do with those, so I'm hoping (hopehopehope) it turns out well.

Also... FROG! The frog pic rezzed first and the others were slow, and I was like: "Miles isn't on the tractor, he's in the pond...who named the frog Miles?"
opalblack
Aug. 19th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
I can't help but suspect that Blood Oranges will be a game changer for you. Just a hunch, but I think it's going to get your name into more readers' minds than ever before, raise your sales & profile, all that.

I don't know why I think this. My magic lesbo-gypsy-gimp superpowers or something.
aarontbc
Aug. 19th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
We read more of The Stand (1978 text, accept no substitute)

I read the "kitchen sink" edition of THE STAND a few years ago and wasn't overly impressed. I found it galumphing and overlong, though not quite the mess that IT is,

That said, you have me intrigued enough to consider re-visiting the original version.
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