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I like art that at first makes you mad. Good art provokes and inspires, baffles and even shocks us. Sometimes with its beauty, sometimes with its amazing ugliness. ~ John Waters

Why is this not perfectly fucking obvious? Why do people have to be told these things by artists? Why is the self-evident evidently so hard to see?

1) A busy day yesterday, so a subset:
a. I wrote pages Sixteen and Seventeen on the third issue of Alabaster. Dialogue is one thing. Choreographing the movement of three "actors" is another. The latter is a bitch.
b. My editor at Dark Horse (Hi, Rachel!) sent me Steve's pencils for Alabaster #1, pages 17-25, and they are, in a word, wonderful. Also, a Paul Benedict troll! Anyway, today I have to get notes together on these pages before the inking, though, truthfully, the notes will be few.
c. More conversation with Brian Siano about the final cut of the "teaser" trailer we'll be releasing in January for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. I think people are going to be amazed.
d. My contributors' copies of the Lightspeed: Year One collection arrived, which compiles all the stories that appeared in the website's first year online. Edited by John Joseph Adams, it reprints "Faces in Revolving Souls," which, I have to admit, I'm not very fond of anymore. However, the collection as a whole is really quite awesome (the presence of OSC notwithstanding, and never mind the homophobic bastard's name is the first listed on the cover).

You know...this was going to be a much longer entry...

...but I keep writing paragraphs...

...and I keep erasing them. It's just that sort of morning. I'll do better tomorrow. Or later tonight.

But if you're in my Rift guild, do please remember that Thursday night is the next scheduled RP event. And one more thing, please have a look at last night's posted "Question @ Hand." I'm going to be accepting replies for several days, and I want to see some very good stuff. By the way, silly, hand-waving bad science is perfectly acceptable, in this case. I'm hoping for at least seven replies we can use in Sirenia Digest #72.

Oh! Also I've gotten word that people are beginning to receive the first round of rewards from Kickstarter we did for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. I think these are prints of some of Kyle's photos. Pleased note that the rewards will be going out to donors in several waves, and that the last batch can't be mailed until after the book is published in March 2012.

And thanks to sovay for reminding me that "The Key to the Castleblakeney Key" is now online, my contribution to Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's marvelous anthology, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. This online version includes the color photograph of the artefact, which appears in black and white in the anthology.

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sovay
Nov. 29th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
It's just that sort of morning.

You've also got weird: "The Key to the Castleblakeney Key" is online at Weird Fiction Review. (It's great.)
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)

Thank you! I'd forgotten.
sovay
Nov. 29th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'd forgotten.

I like being able to see the key as originally designed. It's a terrific artifact.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)

I think it was originally supposed to be in color in the book. No idea why it wasn't.
ashlyme
Nov. 30th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
I liked The Key a lot. All those possible (un)truths, and shuffled texts; nice to see the Bailiff get a look in! It felt quite playful, despite poor Maggie's end. It looked like you were having fun. Have you written more epistolary stuff?

- Ash
greygirlbeast
Nov. 30th, 2011 04:27 pm (UTC)

Have you written more epistolary stuff?

Well...yeah.
ashlyme
Nov. 30th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm thick, Beast, (or forgetful). Just cannot bring any to mind right now. I *should* have said, I'd like to see more epistolary stuff.

- apologies, A
ashlyme
Nov. 29th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're accepting Bad Science - that was the one point I'd wondered about. Now I can set about the nastiness!
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)

Excellent!
sillylilly_bird
Nov. 29th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
I have received a lovely little envelope from Kyle containing lovely prints. :) An excellent addition to my otherwise wonky day.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)

Very good.
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greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)

Oh good, I was slightly (very slightly) worried.

I should have made this clear last night.
ex_kaz_maho
Nov. 29th, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be accepting replies for several days

As in, definitely until the weekend?

I have something nasty in mind, but can't write it properly until later in the week.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)

As in, definitely until the weekend?

Yes. Perfectly acceptable.

I have something nasty in mind, but can't write it properly until later in the week.

I will be eagerly awaiting it.
ex_kaz_maho
Nov. 29th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks!
stsisyphus
Nov. 29th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
But if you're in my Rift guild, do please remember that Thursday night is the next scheduled RP event. And one more thing, please have a look at last night's posted "Question @ Hand." I'm going to be accepting replies for several days, and I want to see some very good stuff. By the way, silly, hand-waving bad science is perfectly acceptable, in this case

Oh good, that let's me free up the time (I hope). Have we restarted the forums for this kind of thing? As for the Q@H, I know what scientific field I'll be looking at, but I've got to come up with a way to make it talk to me.

By the by, what now that we're at "tomorrow" (*stabs the relativistic-time monkey*), what are your new, more-balanced thoughts on ST:ToR?

"The Key to the Castleblakeney Key" is now online, my contribution to Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's marvelous anthology, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities.

Ooo, good. I only read the first one or two pages in the anthology when I saw it at the bookstore. Unfortunately I was sort of broke at the time, so I didn't pick it up, and then I forgot about this.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 29th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)

Have we restarted the forums for this kind of thing?

I'm going to, yes. Just gotta find the time. I'm going to declare everything else essentially null & void, add a new very short, rebooted "our story thus far," and ask people to repost very short character descriptions. But, as a means of communications, I still don't feel like it's much use. It's already failed us once.

As for the Q@H, I know what scientific field I'll be looking at, but I've got to come up with a way to make it talk to me.

Very good.

By the by, what now that we're at "tomorrow" (*stabs the relativistic-time monkey*), what are your new, more-balanced thoughts on ST:ToR?

I hope to post those tomorrow. I love the game just as much as I did to start with, and it is the best MMORPG I've ever played (out of EVE, CoX, WoW, & Rift), but I do have a few caveats.
eluneth
Nov. 29th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
...about the final cut of the "teaser" trailer we'll be releasing in January for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. I think people are going to be amazed.
I can't wait!

By the way, much belated, but my copy of Two Worlds and in Between was delivered two Fridays ago (location: New Jersey). Since I'm not actually *in* New Jersey right now, I have yet to see the book, but considering the other comments I've seen here about it... another thing I can't wait for!
greygirlbeast
Nov. 30th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)

Good news.
bp25
Nov. 29th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
My copy of Two Worlds as arrived here in Toronto Ontario Canada. So a pin in your map would be in order if it pleases you.

I have to admit I found Faces in Revolving Souls to be a haunting story that I still remember fondly. I think it is a world and characters rich enough to be revisited if you ever wanted to.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 30th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)


I have to admit I found Faces in Revolving Souls to be a haunting story that I still remember fondly. I think it is a world and characters rich enough to be revisited if you ever wanted to.


It's just not the story I meant it to be.
bp25
Nov. 30th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
The actors see the flaws. The audience loves the performances.

I enjoyed the story you produced and loved by the world you created.
clockworkwasp
Nov. 30th, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
I think Faces in Revolving Souls is my favorite short story of yours, or at least in the top five, but this could be due to the fact that I used it as a catalyst to have a suspension and get my tattoo.

It said something very honest to me when I was younger and years later it's still talking.
dipsomaniac
Nov. 30th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
I like art that at first makes you mad. Good art provokes and inspires, baffles and even shocks us. Sometimes with its beauty, sometimes with its amazing ugliness. ~ John Waters

I love John Waters. In his book Role Models he talks about having a painting of a giant turd in his dining room so guests can confront the fate of their meal.
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