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TDG CEM Day 2

Both my feet feel like blocks of wood this morning. Since I began taking Gabapentin, and the neurological problems in my feet began to improve, this doesn't happen so often. Only sometimes. Regardless, it's a very unpleasant sensation (or lack thereof), and can make walking tricky (which is why I used a stick for so long).

A great comment to Wednesday's entry, which was largely concerned with the decline of LJ, care of opalblack : "It's (LJ's} drawing me back more and more because it isn't so instant, and many of the smaller minds have drifted away for shallower waters." Smaller minds and shallower waters, that's the bit I like.

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Sort of chilly this morning. Storms passed through Providence yesterday, in advance of the cold front, and now it feels nothing at all like summer.

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Yesterday, there were some last-minute adjustments to the flux capacitor, which was only managing a paltry 1.02 gigawatts, when 1.21 are required for optimal performance. But, as soon as that was dealt with, I finally opened the envelope containing the CEM of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir (which actually arrived here on September 8th), and we made it through Chapter One. We'll do Two and Three today. Which seems, at the moment, a lofty fucking goal. But I will say this. With The Red Tree, I got the best copy-editor I'd ever had, one who didn't try to rewrite, and who actually caught genuine errors I'd missed. I seem to have lucked out again, or – though it seems unlikely – NYC's standard for copy-editors has gone up. (And yes, I think "copy-editor" ought to be hyphenated).

Oh, and I answered far too much email yesterday.

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Please have a look at Spooky's Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries Etsy shop. The Halloween stuff is up, as it's that time of year again (well, sort of). And a couple of wonderful new necklaces.

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Last night we played Rift, wandering about Gloamwood on our najmoks, working on achievements for the region. Then we watched the last couple of epsiodes of Season Five of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, which means we'll now have to "resort" to the mail for Season Six (perhaps the Athenaeum, if they have it), or go back to Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. When all is said and done, the latter is actually the better of the two, even without Vincent D'onofrio. But the "rape of the week" plot template gets old fast. Still, there's Richard Belzer. Anyway, then I read a couple more stories from The Book of Cthulhu, Michael Shea's "Fat Face" and Brian McNaughton's "The Doom that Came to Innsmouth."* Shea does a great job of capturing a particular and especially seedy side of LA. McNaughton's story is good, but would have been a lot better if he'd turned the volume down just a little near the end. A little goes a long way, a lesson it has taken me the better part of twenty years to learn.

Platypus, what's wrong with this picture? Where's my sugar-free Red Bull!

In the Gloaming,
Aunt Beast

* An interesting note. The antagonist of McNaughton's story is named Dr. Isaac Mordecai Saltonstall. And in The Drowning Girl, the painter who painted the titular painting is named Phillip George Saltonstall. For the record, before last night, I'd never even heard of "The Doom That Came to Innsmouth" (which originally appeared in Tales Out of Innsmouth, 1999, Chaosium Inc; oddly, I don't even own that anthology). I found the name in a Rhode Island or Massachusetts cemetery, where I often find names. I'm combing through my Moleskines, trying to figure out which cemetery it was. Anyway, only a curious coincidence.

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opalblack
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Hello wookie icon. STET your ass off, wookie!

Have you seen the Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger? I don't recall, if'n I ever knew. Anyway, in case you haven't, here;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

Every time you quote me it makes me want to make better words. I think that's a good thing.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)

Yes. I have seen the Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger video, though, I will note, I declared the honey badger my spirit animal BEFORE I saw said video.

Every time you quote me it makes me want to make better words. I think that's a good thing.

This is a good thing.
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sovay
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
I found the name in a Rhode Island or Massachusetts cemetery, where I often find names.

The Saltonstalls were a prominent Boston family; I remember discovering Leverett Saltonstall in 2007 and, seeing that he was succeeded as Governor of Massachusetts by Maurice J. Tobin of the Tobin Bridge, tried briefly to persuade fleurdelis28 that we should be writing letters to our current governor to petition for a Saltonstall Bridge, because it would sound awesome. I still maintain this.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 16th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)

Wow. I never knew any of that. Spooky said, just now, "Check Wikipedia; it's all right here."

I chose it because a) it echoed the sea, and b) it references the Salton Sea, which fascinates me.
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christian bürger
Sep. 16th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
"Smaller minds and shallower waters, that's the bit I like."

i don't like this, given it sounds incredibly arrogant.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 16th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)

i don't like this, given it sounds incredibly arrogant.

Arrogance is not a bad thing when it points us towards truth. And, then again, stating the truth often sounds like arrogance, though it may only be a stating of the truth.
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phaedrine
Sep. 16th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
I really love the Wookiee icon. I can easily picture you pulling the arms of a copy-editor's sockets.

You can have one of my sugar-free Red Bulls.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 16th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)

I really love the Wookiee icon. I can easily picture you pulling the arms of a copy-editor's sockets.

I stole it from Elizabeth Bear.
martianmooncrab
Sep. 16th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
my feet feel like blocks of wood

Geppettos disease... (rapidly making this up mind you) where a real person is turned into a puppet. Which isnt as amusing as Hensons disease, where you get turned into a cute Muppet.
ashlyme
Sep. 16th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
*Geppetto's disease*

I like that... Very Ligotti.
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mb2u
Sep. 16th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
I read LiveJournal; I skim Facebook. If I miss a day on LiveJournal, I have to go back and read everything I've missed. If I miss a day on Facebook, I just go back a few hours.

That's the difference.
opalblack
Sep. 16th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)
Bingo. Content and context.
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ashlyme
Sep. 16th, 2011 08:04 pm (UTC)
*some last-minute adjustments*

Hang on. Are you building an interocitor?
greygirlbeast
Sep. 16th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)

interocitor

Nope.
stsisyphus
Sep. 16th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
Yesterday, there were some last-minute adjustments to the flux capacitor, which was only managing a paltry 1.02 gigawatts, when 1.21 are required for optimal performance.

Sorry about that, I might have broken into your lab and drained the generators somewhat by explosively overloading the enormous amplifier you were storing in there.

I'm not really sure why you have that thing in the lab anyway.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 16th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)

Sorry about that, I might have broken into your lab and drained the generators somewhat by explosively overloading the enormous amplifier you were storing in there.

Silly wabbit!


I'm not really sure why you have that thing in the lab anyway.


My business!
whiskeychick
Sep. 16th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Glad the Gabapentin is working for you -- I spent 12 miserable weeks on the stuff. Now I just deal with my legs being on fire, the ants crawling up my calves and my feet being like lead. A walking stick would be good, but I don't have the elegantly lean profile like you and I just look silly.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 16th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)

I spent 12 miserable weeks on the stuff.

What were the side-effects you were experiencing?
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willow_kat
Sep. 17th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
If I could give up Facebook, I would. But alas, it's useful for keeping in touch (or instant communication, when the need arises) with coworkers and the like. Not that I have a great desire to be in touch with my coworkers, per se. But it's convenient.

LJ is where I say what I feel. Not many places are safe for that anymore, not with the increasing freedom/sociability (neither one the word I want, but the best that are coming to mind) of social media. Some of us are more reticent.
readingthedark
Sep. 17th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
"Saltonstall" shows up in a few weird places in Massachusetts. I only noticed because of you, but it turns out that they're named after the governor, like 75 years ago, who was named Leverett Saltonstall.
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