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TDG CEM Day 3

A lowly 61˚F outside just now, and I'm not sure it's all that warmer in the house. But that's why, long ago, some crazy motherfucker grabbed a sheep and some knitting needles and invented the sweater. Still, I want summer back. Especially given that July was, essentially, lost to various and sundry bullshit.

Yesterday, we made it through chapters 2 and 3 of The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. It's going well. The copy-editor hasn't made me want to break her/his neck even a single time. Maybe happenstance or sanity has bred a new species of copy-editor. Today, we move on to chapters 4 and 5.

Starting to feel like a shut-in again. Too much work. Too much crappy weather.

Oh, but you remember, back in 1988, when Nicolas Cage ran through the streets of Manhattan screaming that he was a vampire? Sure you do. Anyway, turns out, he was telling the truth, and some comedian on eBay will sell you proof for only one million dollars. Can anyone say "ghost in a jar"? That's okay. I can.*

Last night, at 6:48 p.m. EDT, I sent my first Skype message, thereby entering, irrevocably, this vile age of excessive, shallow social contact. At 7:39 p.m. EDT, I almost accidentally made my first video call on Skype. Fortunately, I was able to hit cancel in time. Mostly, I think Spooky and I plan on using Skype as a sort of intercom, so we won't have to yell back and forth, our voices ringing alarmingly loudly (and yet unintelligibly) down the immemorial halls and off the walls of the house. The cats are grateful, but I remain dubious.

I think I've reached the end of that portion of The Book of Cthulhu which I deem worthwhile. Last night, I read Ann K. Schwader's "Lost Stars," which has it's moments – and some intriguing ones, at that – but which never really manages to coalesce into a genuinely effective whole. Which is a shame, as the image of "Ammutseba" devouring a Leonid meteor shower above the Flatirons of Colorado was, indeed, apocalyptically chilling. Also, I'm very pleased that Spooky's sort of re-discovered Manly Wade Wellman. Last night, she read "Where Angels Fear" and "Nobody Ever Goes There."

And now, Red Bull! And my red pen! And...whoa, look. The contracts from Subterranean Press for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart have just arrived. Cool beans.

Shut In,
Aunt Beast

* Actually, the rational explanation for the Nicolas Cage "vampire photo" is that time travel will soon become a reality.

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coyotegoth
Sep. 17th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Huh; I was just telling someone about Vampire's Kiss.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 17th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)

See!
sovay
Sep. 17th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Too much work. Too much crappy weather.

The sky turned autumn last week. I have mixed feelings about it this year.

Also, I'm very pleased that Spooky's sort of re-discovered Manly Wade Wellman. Last night, she read "Where Angels Fear" and "Nobody Ever Goes There."

I loved his John the Balladeer stories. Those were all over the house when I was growing up; they permanently altered the way I hear some of their source songs, like "The Wife of Usher's Well" (She sent them away to Northern school / To learn their gramarye) or "Poor Ellen Smith" (Where did she wander and who did she love?). I learned about the sator square from one of them.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 17th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)


I have mixed feelings about it this year.

Me, too. On the one hand, yuck. On the other hand, more candy.

I loved his John the Balladeer stories. Those were all over the house when I was growing up; they permanently altered the way I hear some of their source songs, like "The Wife of Usher's Well" (She sent them away to Northern school / To learn their gramarye) or "Poor Ellen Smith" (Where did she wander and who did she love?). I learned about the sator square from one of them.

I was just telling Spooky about the ballads (some of which Wellman wrote). And now I realize I have not a single volume of his fiction, only stories scattered in anthologies, and I must remedy this.
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witchchild
Sep. 17th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
Especially given that July was, essentially, lost to various and sundry bullshit.

Yeah that summed up my whole summer. Plus not one visit to a beach. Disappointed.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 17th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)

Plus not one visit to a beach.

I had far too few. Then again, it's autumn, and the vile summer people are gone.
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joshrupp
Sep. 17th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
I think a vampire running through the streets of Manhattan screaming it's Nicolas Cage would be creepier. Poignant, even.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 17th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)

I think a vampire running through the streets of Manhattan screaming it's Nicolas Cage would be creepier.

Oh, fuck. I think you're right.
chris_walsh
Sep. 17th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
How big a house is it? I've seen a few pictures, but don't really have a good image of it. I didn't realize it was big enough for an intercom to be a good idea.

And as much as real-world time travel would probably be one of the worst/most disastrous ideas ever, I want time travel, dammit.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 17th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)

How big a house is it?

That changes from day to day.
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eluneth
Sep. 17th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for the unmeddlesome copy-editor; I'm glad to hear that the work is going well.

some comedian on eBay will sell you proof for only one million dollars
The resemblance *is* uncanny...

A friend borrowed the anthology in which I read my first John the Balladeer story ("The Desrick on Yandro"), and I've been waiting about 6 years to get it back. Clearly it's time to just find myself a Wellman collection.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 17th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)

Hurrah for the unmeddlesome copy-editor; I'm glad to hear that the work is going well.

It is a great relief.

The resemblance *is* uncanny...

That, or Photoshopped.
grinkat
Sep. 17th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
* Actually, the rational explanation for the Nicolas Cage "vampire photo" is that time travel will soon become a reality.

Ah, so THAT'S the big secret project you've been working on....
greygirlbeast
Sep. 17th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)

No comment.
jessamyg
Sep. 17th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)
Skypeless
Though my head is full of volumes of archaic and useless knowledge I am glad to remain one of those people who don't even know what Skype is, and don't have any intention of changing that situation. I have a vague inkling and there it will remain.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 17th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Skypeless

The Skype (Excessivia socialis) is an especially vociferous bird, common to marshes through the world.
corucia
Sep. 18th, 2011 12:02 am (UTC)

I've long thought that the Skype must be closely related to the Snipe, although apparently Skypes are much easier to find than Snipes, given that most hunts for the latter are unsuccessful.
subtlesttrap
Sep. 18th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
The contracts from Subterranean Press for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart have just arrived. Cool beans.

Cool beans for sure! I can't wait. As soon as the pre-order goes up for the signed edition with "The Yellow Alphabet" chapbook I'm so there. Between this & the World Fantasy Nomination for The Ammonite Violin & Others I'd say Sirenia Digest is having a good year. I know someone asked before but when do you think the pre-order will go up for it?Just bought #60 & its easy to see why Subterranean wanted "The Prayer of Ninety Cats" for their 3rd Tales of Dark Fantasy anthology.
robyn_ma
Sep. 18th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
'I think Spooky and I plan on using Skype as a sort of intercom, so we won't have to yell back and forth'

And here I thought you passed notes to each other via the cats.

Or, if you ran out of note paper, Spooky'd be sitting on the couch and Hubero would skulk in from another room, looking more annoyed than usual, with 'Can you pick up some potato chips' shaved into his fur.
opalblack
Sep. 18th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
I really need to start buying your subpress editions. They always sell out and I get all waily because I want to read them, and the fuck with going on Amazon or Ebay and paying through the nose after the fact, I can't afford it.
mq_musings
Sep. 20th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Time travel will soon become possible and Nicolas Cage is the one who gets to use it? That's just depressing. I'd rather think he was a vampire.
ulffriend
Sep. 23rd, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Wellman is an underappreciated gem of an American author if there ever was one. Glad that she's enjoying his work.
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