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"And they were a zephyr, blowing past you."

It's been a while since I've done an ayem blog entry, but here's one. Why the hell not. The world's back on Caitlín Standard Time, meaning I'm no longer early for everything, and I figure an anti-celebration is in order.

1. I'm at sixes and sevens over the fact that Sirenia Digest #75 has been ready to be PDFed and emailed since March 4th (!), yet it still hasn't gone out to subscribers. Because I wouldn't pay $200 for the MS Office bundle, and because the free 30-day MS Word trial for Mac won't download properly, and because thingunderthest and I have yet to find a work around. But, this evening something will go out. It won't be perfect, which I so wanted #75 to be, but it will be entirely readable and as pretty as we can make it. And then, when I do have MS Word again, which will be soon (Fuck you both, Pages and OpenOffice, and why is everything perceived as cooler if you leave out the space between words?), I'll send out a second "printing" of the issue, which will be the official printing. And again I apologize (even though none of it's my fault).

2. iGoogle is, I will admit, useful, but it still freaks me out. Also, much to my surprise, Facebook's timeline crap doesn't really bother me, and the fact that it doesn't (but ought) freaks me out. You have to understand, kittens. I mean the young kittens. Not the Elder Kittens. I saw the birth of the World Wide Web, in long ago 1995. It was nothing at all like this.

3. I have changed Mithrien's name to Lúthien. It just seems more right. Righter. More appropriate. Less wrong. Whatever. And our auctions to pay back Spooky's mother for the Dead iMac Bailout of 2012 continue. Especially, I will draw your attention to the keyboard from my last iMac, Arwen, upon which so much of what you have read by me was composed. It has a nice bid, but it could have a nicer bid, all things considered. Thank you.

4. I'm trying to finish Alabaster #5, and I'm on Page 19 (of 22), but I'm about to have to rewrite the last three pages, the last three that I wrote, because I've had a pounding migraine for two days (no headache advice, please), and I know I screwed up some important stuff yesterday. And...interviews. I'm sick to death of interviews, but you pretty much never say no to interviews. Almost never. But I have to admit that they're wearing me down. Between interviews for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir and those for the comic, I've done at least fourteen in the last three weeks. Some are now online, and some are not yet online. And more are in the works. You can only think of so many ways to answer the same question before the desire to cut and paste starts to become overwhelming. Thus far, I have resisted.

5. I've lost 14 lbs. (and done so in a healthy fashion, simply by modifying my diet), over the past two months. Booya.

6. Since my last entry, Spooky and I have been working our way through The Fellowship of the Rings again, and we've just finished up the Council of Elrond. Oh, and out of the blue, I feel like declaring that Cormac McCarthy's The Road and Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves are the two most brilliant speculative fiction novels of the last twelve years (an oddly arbitrary number). Period. And those who disagree because of they can't overcome fears of "meta" and/or the idiot ouroboros of RadFem politics*, to hell with the lot of them. No, I'm not trying to be an asshole. Apparently, it just comes naturally. But where was I?

7. Since last we spoke, Spooky and I have seen a couple of very good movies, though they were very good in very different ways. Both were from Kindernacht last. The first is Scott Charles Stewart's Priest, with which he entirely redeems himself for having made that celluloid shitwad Legion (2009). Once again, he's back with the horrors of Catholicism, only this time, it works. It works a lot. Priest is what happens when you create a mashup of Blade Runner/1984/I Am Legend/every Sergio Leone western ever made and...okay, it's an endless stew of the great and the lousy and the somewhere in-betweens. A stoup. It's a great, wondrous, FUN stoup of a movie. The art direction is gorgeous, creating a post-apocalyptic world I wanted to believe in, if only for that surreal, absurdist, terrible beauty. The acting and script are far better than they have any right to be, and I'll especially single out the performances of Karl Urban, Maggie Q, and Brad Dourif. The script is even decent. I expected utter crap, but I enjoyed pretty much every minute. Still, this is the sort of film that the "too cool for school" crowd's gonna hate. You know that from scene one, and it's reflected in the movie's ratings at Rotten Tomatoes. But whatever. Fuck 'em. Watch the movie.

The second film deserves much more serious attention and a more careful examination, but I have time here for neither. Lucky McKee's The Woman. Which I expected to loathe, because of Jack Ketchum's involvement. But, truly, it is a thing of brutal brilliance, a lesson in humanity thrust upon us by a nightmarishly inhumane situation. Rarely has the Perfect American Family been better portrayed as the (more often than not) treacherous crucible that it is. Ozzie and Harriett meet Angela Carter (that's your goddamn warning label). If you've seen St. Vincent's video for "Cruel," it's sort of like that...only with feral women...and cannibalism...and anophthalmia. Oh, and Pollyanna McIntosh is astounding. This – like Laugier's Martyrs – is not a film for the faint of...well, the faint of anything. But the intrepid will be rewarded. This is a powerful and an important film, and I sincerely hope it will be recognized as such. McKee continues to amaze me.

8. Tomorrow, an announcement about both The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir.

But now I ought to go, as the platypus is looking antsy, and I have more to do today than Woonsocket has vultures.

Caffeinated,
Aunt Beast

* Frankly, when I first saw "feminist" objections to The Road, for about ten minutes I was too fucking stupefied to speak.** To paraphrase Jayne Cobb, where do people even get so wrong? And yeah, I've lived my life as a pretty outspoken feminist. Which at least gives me the right to weigh in.

** There's a comma problem in that sentence somewhere, but I do not presently have time to work it out.

Comments

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readingthedark
Mar. 12th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
Brava on tomorrow's announcement and see you Thurs.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)

Thurs...? Oh. OH! Yes! Thursday! I fucking forgot. Maybe I should have mentioned that, yeah? Okay, I'll make another post tonight.
opalblack
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to pace myself with TDG. It's made me thinky, and think made me wordy, and I'm destashing a bunch of stories to my LJ and introspecting about the nature of truth and art.

If you want me to, I will tell you what I think of it, when I've thought it, when I've read it, maybe twice, and saved up some words and insights about your book instead of about me. But that's rare enough, I think the last book that made me this reflective was probably Dune.

I like Legion, and I also like Priest a whole lot. Though my brother is the kind of hipster douchebag who refused to like Priest on the first watching out of principle, but then forgot we'd watched it (with the help of much beer) and loved it on the rewatch when I reminded him it was me and the cats & he had no one to impress with how high his godamned brow is.

If you've not seen it, I suggest The Warrior's Way (2010). It could go either way, for you, because you are such a fussy Beast sometimes, but I think it'll land on the good side otherwise I'd not bring it up.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
But that's rare enough, I think the last book that made me this reflective was probably Dune.

I hold Dune in such high regard, little else need be said. I know, you're probably not saying, "If you want me to, I'll tell you only how wonderful is your novel" But, these days, I'm really not interested in anything but the praise. I've had enough of the other.

Though my brother is the kind of hipster douchebag who refused to like Priest on the first watching out of principle, but then forgot we'd watched it (with the help of much beer) and loved it on the rewatch when I reminded him it was me and the cats & he had no one to impress with how high his godamned brow is.

That's funny.

If you've not seen it, I suggest The Warrior's Way (2010).

I'll think about it.

Edited at 2012-03-12 05:54 pm (UTC)
opalblack
Mar. 12th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
But, these days, I'm really not interested in anything but the praise.

To which you are wholly entitled and thoroughly deserving, and I'm warmed to see you accepting it so readily.

I think the only less-than-entirely-favourable thing I've ever had cause to say about your work, to you or anyone else, was "That's not what fanny means in Manchester". But we can leave it at I just compared TDG to Dune. There's probably not much better can be said about a book, just exposition and analysis.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)

But we can leave it at I just compared TDG to Dune. There's probably not much better can be said about a book, just exposition and analysis.

Agreed.

ashlyme
Mar. 12th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
I've not read The Road! I should give it a go.

I'm looking forward to the announcements.

greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)

I've not read The Road! I should give it a go.

It's one of the few books I say should be read in a single sitting (and one of the few I ever have).
ashlyme
Mar. 12th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
The WFR interview is quite bowtie. I wonder, now, what you saw off Crane Beach.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)

I've not even had time to look at the interview yet. And yeah, I'm still wondering about Crane Beach.

Edited at 2012-03-12 09:35 pm (UTC)
alumiere
Mar. 12th, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)
Friday? Saturday? I ordered The Drowning Girl from Powells, which should be here with a few other books I've been craving, so it should be here soon.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)

Soon. Soon.
phaedrine
Mar. 12th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Unrelated, I had this crazy dream last night that you were using a grand and large steampunk machine to draw in the dreams of your readers for some nefariously fantastic purpose. I think it came from having The Drowning Girl on my nightstand all week but being unable to read it just yet.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)

had this crazy dream last night that you were using a grand and large steampunk machine to draw in the dreams of your readers for some nefariously fantastic purpose.

Wow.
aarongp
Mar. 12th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'll send out a second "printing" of the issue, which will be the official printing.
Looking forward to both versions.

Loved the preview of Alabaster : Wolves by the way. Great story set up and a nice bubbling tension. And the artwork is just lovely, possessing a real and beautiful sweaty, griminess.
Can't wait for the rest. But of course, I'll have to.

Thanks for the heads up on "The Woman", I saw a teaser in passing a while ago, but it slipped off my radar. I will now make definite efforts towards seeing it. Forgot it was Ketchum related.

I was going to give "Priest" a miss, but with your powers of persuasion you have convinced me otherwise.

Waiting impatiently for my two ordered copies of TDG:AM to arrive.


Edited at 2012-03-12 08:59 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)

I was going to give "Priest" a miss, but with your powers of persuasion you have convinced me otherwise.

it's just a fun action monster movie. Eye candy, which we all need, from time to time..
aarongp
Mar. 12th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. I reckon "fun action monster movie" and "eye candy" sound just fine.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)

They do to me. Also, a nice creamy center.
missmonsta
Mar. 12th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Hooray for Karl Urban, the B-movie King :) I'll give most films he's in a whirl, because he does take on some pretty cool villain roles - I thought he was good fun as Black Hat.

Another movie that had a similar flavour was the Mutant Chronicles (no Karl Urban in that one, but it reminded me a lot of Priest in terms of the endless battle against an implacable, inhuman foe - mutants instead of vampires).
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)

Hooray for Karl Urban, the B-movie King

He's great in those roles. But he can do so much more. He was wonderful as Eomer, and also as Bones.
missmonsta
Mar. 12th, 2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! What I love is that he brings 100% to his roles, whether it's Vaako or Black Hat, Eomer or Bones. That's why I'll always give his movies a chance, and am really looking forward to Judge Dredd :)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 13th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)

Yep. I'd forgotten Vaako.
indilwen
Mar. 12th, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
I spent a long time trying to write a thoughtful reply to Point 6 but was severely handicapped by a case of cat-on-laptop, so I'll just sum it up:

Oh my goodness, yes.

(And the cat must agree, he's apparently really serious about hanging out on this keyboard...)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 12th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)

Oh my goodness, yes.

Thank you.
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greygirlbeast
Mar. 13th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)

I never understood the vast dislike for Priest, and never will. It has everything to like and pretty much nothing not to. For some reason it just drew so much of peoples' ire, apparently by simply existing. Another film like that is the new John Carter, which surprised me with how much fun it is and how stupidly marketed.

Yes. I disagree with nothing here except that I don't think the marketing of John Carter was botched, though I know that's the popular notion. Mostly, I think people are too ignorant for subtlety.
Lawrence Carlin
Mar. 13th, 2012 06:18 am (UTC)
Yes, too ignorant for subtlety, too limited for ambiguity, too stunted to feel emotions other than fear and hate. Likely that most of our fellow creatures are in fact, not our fellow creatures. Just a thought.
elsewhereangel
Mar. 13th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
re: 5 & 6 - Fuck yeah!

You give me hope physically (im dieting too but fell off due to a recent spate of events) and psychically (such excellent books! danielewski especially was trashed in the grad school circles i ran in -- despite this it was the first, and heavily weighted, gift i gave my husband).
ide_cyan
Mar. 17th, 2012 07:28 am (UTC)
Saw The Woman at a film fest with the director present (he's very, very tall in person).

Pollyanna McIntosh for Wonder Woman.
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