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"As they dwell in darkness, so shall I."

I'm haunted,
By the hallways in this tiny room,
The echos there of me and you,
The voices that are carrying this tune,
Ba da pa pa...


Yesterday is what happens when chaos and the best of intentions square off and have a good ol' Godzilla versus Gamera boxing match. We're having a couple of moderately warm days here....

WAIT

Yes, in a few more hours, Dark Horse will spill the beans, and the BIG DARK HORSE TEASE will become the BIG DARK HORSE REVEAL. Soon. We're almost there. On the cusp, as it were.

What was I saying? Oh, yeah. Warm weather. High sixties. So, I'd planned to play hookey yesterday, and slip away to Beavertail, even though I sure as hell haven't the time for such luxuries. I ought to be doing nothing but working on "Ex Libris." But then there was the long conversation with my editor at Dark Horse early in the day, and, afterwards, I realized I needed to have a long conversation with my lit agent (on entirely unrelated matters). But she was at a lunch meeting, and it would be about 45 minutes before she got back into the office. There was no way there'd be enough time to make it to Conanicut Island. So...not wanting to see the day become a total loss (I was far too higgledy-piggledy to get any writing done). So, bored and without especial focus, yet possessed of some odd motivation, I proposed we begin "remodeling" my office, which we've only been meaning to do for about...two years.

(Why does Microsoft Word discourage the use of contractions?)

One shelf and a shelf's worth of books went to the middle parlour, where, I must admit, they look quite handsome. I'd had my doubts.

Merrilee called and we talked, and talked, and talked. Fine things. Over time, I will tell you of these fine things.

There's enough to look forward to on this day. I'll make another post in a few hours. Patience, kittens. OH! Look! I just got a royalty check for $10.36 for the German edition of Threshold (id est, Fossil). Wow. Party time. Yes, the writing will make you rich, Bill Murray!

Anticipatory,
Aunt Beast

UPDATE (1:44 p.m.): Just got word the announcement from Dark Horse should come about noon PST, three EST, 4 CaST. Fuck it, Dude. I'm going to get nachos.

Comments

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robyn_ma
Nov. 9th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
'I just got a royalty check for $10.36'

Generic potato chips for everyone!

In other news, I see on the internet here that Harlan Ellison is going to be making an appearance in L.A. next Tuesday. I had thought he was...not doing well lately. Does this news, to your knowledge, portend a health uptick on his part? Have you been in contact with him lately? I'm just curious, because a few months ago he made it sound like the bony fingers were reaching for him, and now here he is appearing in public. I'd be glad if it meant he was doing better.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 9th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)

Does this news, to your knowledge, portend a health uptick on his part?

On the one hand, some people are too bad-ass to die, and on the other, yeah, I think he's doing better.
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greygirlbeast
Nov. 9th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)

This is something I wonder every time I use Microsoft Word. I find it annoying for the most part.

TPTB want to take away our contractions.
aliceoddcabinet
Nov. 9th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
Here is why Microsoft discourages contractions: It working under the assumption that you are writing PAPERS or ARTICLES of a quasi-scholarly nature. Contractions are technically not considered "Formal Speech". There may already/should be a way to change Word from "Formal" to "Vernacular". I don't think there is, but there should be.
/nods
greygirlbeast
Nov. 9th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)

Here is why Microsoft discourages contractions: It working under the assumption that you are writing PAPERS or ARTICLES of a quasi-scholarly nature. Contractions are technically not considered "Formal Speech". There may already/should be a way to change Word from "Formal" to "Vernacular". I don't think there is, but there should be.

Okay. You lost me. When I was writing paleo' papers and presenting papers at academic meetings, we used contractions. It was not frowned upon. So, when did this happen? And why?

Edited at 2011-11-09 07:38 pm (UTC)
everville340
Nov. 9th, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC)
(I was far too higgledy-piggledy to get any writing done).

Thank you for that link! I had no idea that higgledy-piggledy was a form of poetic verse (although I have always thought it a perfect title for a They Might Be Giants song).
trvolk
Nov. 9th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Regarding Alabaster: Wolves, I have one friend who sought out Alabaster on eBay after I told him last week that one story is named "Waycross" and another takes place in Savannah about a group called the Stephens Ward Tea League. That connection with the South is going to sell more than a few copies just on its own. Can we hope for actual names of swamps and back roads?
ladyblue56
Nov. 9th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the good comic news!
I've read the CBR interview, noting the phrase 'continuation and reimagining' of Dancy sticks in the mind and has since had me ruminating on what that means in her story.
dipsomaniac
Nov. 9th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
It's been announced, woot!
ladyblue56
Nov. 9th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
I can smell it, like I can smell the sweet scent of Kudzu on the muggy summer air.

!!!

(Sorry, no words come to my feeble mind but I know the smell and memory just brought it back when I read this line on the illustration.)
ex_kaz_maho
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
I am ridiculously excited! Honestly, I haven't felt like this about a project in years.

Congratulations, the announcement and CBR interview are very cool.
seph_ski
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Very much looking forward to reading about Dancy in comic/graphic-novel format. I've been looking for a good read in that format for a while now, something I could get truly excited about and immersed in.

(Also secretly hoping there's at least one cool t-shirt that comes out of this, because I'm a t-shirt nerd, and the artwork in the teasers is fantastic!)

Edited at 2011-11-09 09:14 pm (UTC)
papersteven
Nov. 9th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
So, if you can tell us, is Wolves the first in a series of mini series? That's kinda what I gathered from the interview. Also, can you tell us if there will be variant covers and a hardcover collection at some point? I've already called my local comic store and made sure they know I want one of *everything* Alabaster.
bp25
Nov. 10th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
Alabaster reprint?
Do you think there will be a reprinting of the original Alabaster book either by SubPress or as a paperback by another publisher in the near future?
greygirlbeast
Nov. 10th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Re: Alabaster reprint?

This is currently being discussed. The rights belong to me.
bp25
Nov. 10th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Re: Alabaster reprint?
Very impressive and exciting!

2012 could be the year of Dancy!

I hope the Highway 97 story and the original illustrations will be included in your discussions.
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