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"I once knew a girl..."

A cold, cold morning here in Providence. Okay, maybe not that cold.

Today, I allow myself a few more sentences than in my entry before last.

Yesterday was the writerly equivalent of having to spend a day running errands all over town. There were email conversations (which I'm never, ever going to get used to, though they do allow me to avoid phone calls) with my agent and her assistant; with Brian Siano regarding the thirty-second "teaser" trailer for The Drowning Girl to be released in January (a two-minute trailer will be released in March); my editor at Dark Horse; Bill Schafer at Subterranean Press; my publicist at Penguin; David Shaw at Readercon; and even Geoffrey (readingthedark) and Sonya (sovay).

And then I remembered I'd not made corrections to "Another Tale of Two Cities," so I did that. I much prefer days when I actually have to write.

Have you ever paused to marvel at the eloquence and beauty of the humble question mark? See, there it is. Humble and beautiful and profoundly useful. But, and also, not always requiring an answer, and, sometimes when an answer is required, not always requiring that answer be spoken aloud. Other times, there is and cannot be an answer. That there are no rules to tell you when a question mark is meant to function in one of those roles only makes it that much more sublime, as it does what a question should do: it inspires introspection and critical thought. Silence or hushed consideration or heated debate. Too many questions meant to remain unanswered, excepting in the mind of the reader, are answered aloud, and, likewise, too many that are asked to elicit external investigation and active response go ignored (or even unrecognized). But, still, there is that eloquence in all question marks, which requires so much care on the part of both the user and the reader.

After work yesterday, after a nap, and after chili, we watched last week's episode of American Horror Story (I love that they got in Elizabeth Short), then two episodes of Doctor Who (and aside from Neil's episode, I reluctantly say I am not loving this season), and then very fine guild RP in Rift (thank you all who participated!), and then I read a very good long short story (novelette?) by the awesome Elizabeth Hand, "Near Zennor." I fell asleep watching Charles Vidor's adaptation of A Farewell to Arms (1957). And that, kittens, was yesterday.

Today will likely be as hectic, with no writing, just the busyness of writing. Blegh. Spooky and I have to do the final read-through on Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart in the next few days, before my vacation begins on the 15th. And if you haven't yet ordered your copy, best you do so now. Because you know how it goes. And ORDER DIRECTLY FROM SUBTERRANEAN PRESS, because Amazon might well fuck you over, as many can attest.

Off To See The Lizard,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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witchchild
Dec. 9th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Where can one find Hand's story?
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)

Stephen Jones' new A Book of Horrors.

Edited at 2011-12-09 05:41 pm (UTC)
ashlyme
Dec. 9th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
She's brilliant, and I really ought to read more of her work - I adored Winterlong and Black Light.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)

Read Generation Loss.
ashlyme
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Will do.
sovay
Dec. 10th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Read Generation Loss.

I'm looking forward to the sequel. I don't get to say that a lot.
witchchild
Dec. 10th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip, now if I can just find it...

I've missed reading her. Put in a request at work for Generation Loss and Saffron and Brimstone, and the public library has her recent YA book. Gah, there is too much I want to read!
willow_kat
Dec. 9th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
I am terrible at this commenting thing, and even worse at updating my own journal, but I wanted to say thank you for posting each day. Also, I am now contemplating the question mark - I can't say I've given it nearly as much thought as I have given the semicolon (which I love unabashedly, despite the fact that it may be seen as a sign of intellectual snobbery).
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)

I can't say I've given it nearly as much thought as I have given the semicolon (which I love unabashedly, despite the fact that it may be seen as a sign of intellectual snobbery).

The semicolon is, indeed, a remarkable of punctuation, and used all too often.
aliceoddcabinet
Dec. 10th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
The semicolon is certainly used all to often, and all to often used incorrectly. It's used to separate two fully separate clauses. As in: "He woke; I died." NOT: "He woke; blisteringly alive despite the fact that I'd skinned him the night before." And I don't think it is intellectual snobbery. The whole language and function of gramma is sometimes so beautiful that it feels like I'm looking at the Grand Canyon. Understanding and using grammar is like knowing magic. Its misuse, when thoughtful and deliberate creates a new kind of spell. When misused in other ways (out of laziness, ignorance, etc) it's like bad magic: not always a great explosion of mops and brooms, but sometimes a great mess on the floor.
ashlyme
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
I agree with you about the latest Who. It's been too patchy. I'm not convinced it can do series-long story arcs well. Smith's great, but there are a few shite stories in the second half. You might like Madam Vastra and Jenny, though: they'd make excellent companions.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)

I agree with you about the latest Who. It's been too patchy. I'm not convinced it can do series-long story arcs well. Smith's great, but there are a few shite stories in the second half. You might like Madam Vastra and Jenny, though: they'd make excellent companions.

I should say I'm speaking of the second series with Matt Smith, which has only just come out on DVD. I think you may have just dropped spoilers (a bad thing). Also, still not so sure about Smith, and missing Tenant, and HATE Rory.
ashlyme
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Feck. Sorry.
everville340
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
We can at least hope for the possibility of seeing Tennant again during the 50th Anniversary year in 2013.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)

We can at least hope for the possibility of seeing Tennant again during the 50th Anniversary year in 2013.

Well, there's that.
everville340
Dec. 9th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Thinking about this just led to the discovery of Time Crash, a Doctor Who charity broadcast from 2007 featuring #10 and #5. It makes me miss Tennant even more (I always hated that stick of celery), but shows how bloody brilliant it would be to see him again in 2013...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O64VGz0dovc
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)

(I always hated that stick of celery)

Gagh! Yes. A Doctor I've never endured beyond that bit you linked to.

Edited at 2011-12-09 08:03 pm (UTC)
sovay
Dec. 10th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Gagh! Yes. A Doctor I've never endured beyond that bit you linked to.

I love Peter Davison, but not for Doctor Who.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 10th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)

I love Peter Davison, but not for Doctor Who.

He's why Spooky stopped watching the show. Until Eccleston.
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humglum
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:23 pm (UTC)

Erm, you said "awesome". Tsk, tsk.

Yeah, and I had to frakking read it aloud.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)

Erm, you said "awesome". Tsk, tsk.

Sometimes, I have a moment of weakness.
humglum
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)

Yes, well...
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2011 07:38 pm (UTC)

You're evil. (But who am I to talk?)
humglum
Dec. 10th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)

Evil. Of course.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 10th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)

Point taken.
stsisyphus
Dec. 9th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Sorry to drop out of the RP last night, still feeling less than optimal presently. I hope everyone picked up for my slack after I vanished. Will this continue next week?
greygirlbeast
Dec. 9th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)

Sorry to drop out of the RP last night, still feeling less than optimal presently. I hope everyone picked up for my slack after I vanished. Will this continue next week?

It's fine. You were ill. And things went well. And yes! Our story continues next week!!!
sovay
Dec. 10th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
But, still, there is that eloquence in all question marks, which requires so much care on the part of both the user and the reader.

I'm putting in a formal request for Sirenia for punctuation porn.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 10th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)

I'm putting in a formal request for Sirenia for punctuation porn.

Apostrophegasms?
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