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Today, I have to number:

1. Two Worlds and In Between has been chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of 2011's one hundred best books, and also as one of the six best fantasy and science-fiction books of 2011. Spooky gave me the news yesterday. I'm still sort of stunned. So, to review:

a) The book has SOLD OUT.
b) It was a Publisher's Weekly "pick of the week" (appearing on the ToC page).
c) The book got a great write up in The New York Times.
d) Gary Wolfe at Locus loved it.
e) And PW has named it one of the six best spec-fic titles of 2011.

Can I please get a "That'll do, Beast. That'll do."?

2. Tomorrow, the BIG DARK HORSE TEASE will become the BIG DARK HORSE REVEAL. I will be occupied with preparations for this a good bit of today.

3. If you have not yet already voted, please go the poll. Another 26* votes (I asked for 100 "yes" votes), and you just might get another studio project from me, the first since 1999. And yeah, the idea is that the songs would be available via as many services as possible, but definitely iTunes and Bandcamp. This would NOT be a Kickstarter project. All songs WOULD be covers, no originals.

4. Yesterday, I stared down the iMac screen, and the words finally began to flow. I wrote 1,127 words on a new short story, or novelette, or short novella called "Ex Libris." This is for the chapbook to accompany the limited edition of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. I hope to be finished on or near the 16th of the month. Then there's the next Dark Horse script to begin.

5. Last night, Kathryn and I began watching Series Four of Torchwood, and...wow. I, for one, am very pleased.

6. Subterrean Press says to me, "We've been down to only one full-time shipper in the warehouse for the past month -- our usual complement is three -- so copies of TWO WORLDS are still shipping. Please advise folks not to despair. Our second full-timer started yesterday, and should be able to quicken the shipping on the BEST OF YOU. (We also have a third shipper on board in December, thank goodness.)" So, sit tight, those who do not yet have their copies.

I think that's all for now. I have email, phone calls, an annoying Siamese cat, and a story to deal with. When do I get a full-time "oh shit!" girl?

Rather pleased,
Aunt Beast

Update: *8 votes

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rysmiel
Nov. 8th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, well done indeed. I shall raise a glass in your honour, if you'd deem it apt.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)

if you'd deem it apt.

I do.
vulpine137
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Woohoo for you on 'Two World and In Between', and waiting curiously for #2.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)

Many of the stories for Volume Two haven't even been written yet...
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martianmooncrab
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Can I please get a "That'll do, pig. That'll do."?

Yes, you can, and the singing mice will be your jukebox.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)

Yes, you can, and the singing mice will be your jukebox.

That's more like it.
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thimbleofrain
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Congratulations.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)

Danke.
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Marisa Sandlin
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
I eagerly await my copy in the post. I am just impatient, is all.

Please enjoy what you can of Torchwood's fourth outing. It starts off with the sense of "Whew! Look what a big American budget can do!" and then goes to, "Oh. Look what a big American budget can do."

Still, I'd rather have spotty Torchwood than none at all.

Congratulations on all your accolades, lady. You are completely worth it.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)

Please enjoy what you can of Torchwood's fourth outing. It starts off with the sense of "Whew! Look what a big American budget can do!" and then goes to, "Oh. Look what a big American budget can do."

I don't feel like anything at all's been lost. Big budgets can be very, very good things.

Congratulations on all your accolades, lady. You are completely worth it.

Thank you.
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andrian6
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Two Worlds and In Between sold out? So much for one of my Saturnalia gifts. Perhapse someone will find me a copy, slightly used, somewhat bloodstained, in our local book exchange.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)

Sorry. It sold out a couple of weeks back.
seph_ski
Nov. 8th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the success of Two Worlds and In Between! I got my shipping notice today, and I'm so excited!
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)

Congrats on the success of Two Worlds and In Between!

Thank you.
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pisceanblue
Nov. 8th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
That'll do, Beast, that'll do.
It is truly a wonderous and grand collection and we, your readers, are very fortunate to have so much Aunt Beast-ly excellence in one volume.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)

That'll do, Beast, that'll do.

Oooooooh. Better. Time to amend the entry!
from_ashes
Nov. 8th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
That'll do pig. That'll do. Congratulations! I am really looking forward to the big reveal tomorrow. I'm still drooling over that one piece of artwork you posted a link to.

As far as season 4 of Torchwood goes, it starts out great, but I think it tends to lose focus about halfway in. I did enjoy it, but it certainly does not compare well to the previous "Children of Earth," which I personally loved.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)

I am really looking forward to the big reveal tomorrow.

I just told my editor that I'm going to the sea to hide until tomorrow's over. She agreed.
bp25
Nov. 8th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
For those who missed Two Worlds I have some suggestions. Hopefully they prove to be helpful.

1. Contact SubPress and let Bill know you would buy a second printing of the book if he does it. If a demand is there it could happen. If he doesn't know there is a demand it will never happen.

2. Sign up for the SubPress newsletter. Sometimes boxes of books long out of print books show up and the books are sold at original price. The newsletter is the easiest way to hear if this occurs.

3. Abebooks and Alibris connect to many booksellers and the book should show up there eventually. Most of Caitlin's books can be found there.

4. Ebay. There are two limited copies listed now (for more money than I could afford)

Caitlin, thanks for more Dancy. She has become one of my favourite fictional characters.
I am very excited to read about her and her world again.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)


Caitlin, thanks for more Dancy. She has become one of my favourite fictional characters.


It's strange and cool going back to her.

As for your list, yes, these are all good ideas.
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greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)

Huzzah!
sirena73
Nov. 8th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
I received my limited edition copy of "Two Worlds and In Between" today (I live on the Lost Coast of northern California, out in the hinterlands, and it takes extra time for packages to get here anyway).
It's absolutely gorgeous, and well worth the wait. Another reason I'm glad I'm hooked onto your journal, so I was able to pre-order my copy in time. Many thanks, Aunt Beast.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)

Many thanks, Aunt Beast.

Many you're welcomes.
everville340
Nov. 8th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the increasing and well deserved accolades for Two World and In Between!

Last week's tease was a very surreal experience of synchronicity. I've only recently started to fill in the gaps of missing Dark Horse Grendel since I stopped collecting in the early nineties, and now have something else to really look forward to with the big reveal.

Am currently nearing the end of streaming Torchwood S4. Everything has its good and bad points, but overall it's been an enjoyable ride with some meaningful character exploration and development (and cussing!) amidst the shocking plot-points and humor.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)

and now have something else to really look forward to with the big reveal.

Only hours left!
grinkat
Nov. 8th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Accolades & Praise
You deserve every bit. Job well done!
ashlyme
Nov. 8th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Good stuff, Beast!

And yeah, I'd like to see you do a covers album...

- Ash
greygirlbeast
Nov. 8th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)

And yeah, I'd like to see you do a covers album...

It would be interesting.
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