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Howard Hughes Abides (Mystery Crud Subsides)

"I thought there'd be stars."

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Well, by slow degrees, Kathryn and I are recovering. All in all, it could have been much worse. I only lost four and a half days (and I sort of worked yesterday and Tuesday). Oh, and a Manhattan trip to which I was really looking forward. Still, I can pull out of this. Well, if I can get a good night's sleep. I got only five hours Monday and Tuesday nights, and less than four last night, and Kathryn's doing just about as badly. But we persevere.

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This ayem, because I could not stand being cooped up in this house another day, we dragged our not-quite-well asses to the 12:05 p.m. showing of Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods. I've had numerous people ask for my opinion on this film (which I've been eagerly anticipating seeing). Now, I can offer my verdict. Cabin in the Woods is fucking brilliant. I say that without qualification, and I say that unabashedly. It hits every note spot on (or perhaps I ought say dead on). In a few days, I'm going to say a few more things, stuff I'll put behind a cut, because I don't want to spoil this for anyone. I will say, if you don't enjoy this film, or if it leaves you scratching your head, stay away from Lovecraft and most other weird fiction. Because it's not for you. This is smart cosmic horror, with a healthy dash of comedy. Of course, I'd have paid matinée prices to see Amy Acker in a lab coat. The cast is good throughout, and who the hell ever thought Fran Kranz could act after that horrid fucking Topher role? Spectacular creature design. This is Whedon's triumph, though there are echoes of earlier works, here finally fully realized. And I think that Goddard directed toned down and negated Whedon's usual weaknesses (jokes that fall hard as bricks, for example, which are not to be found in this film). It's just brilliant. I promise. See it in theaters if you can. There's actually some very profound (and fairly obvious shit) here, which I'll discuss later (behind a cut).

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If you donated to either the "Tale of the Ravens" or The Drowning Girl: A Memoir Kickstarter projects, your rewards are mostly in the mail (or you have them already). The post office hates us, but we've been sending out packages like crazy (even through the sick). At this point, I think the main things that are left to be done is I have to write the text for the "Tale of the Ravens" folio, and the top-tier rewards for the photo/trailer Drowning Girl project have to go out (very soon), but that it, and then these two endeavors will be done. And we thank you for you donations and your patience. All of this would have been done sooner, if not for the unforeseen, insane, gigantic amount of work necessitated by Alabaster: Wolves (very much of which Kathryn did).

Also, tomorrow I'll be announcing plans for another – I think – very exciting Kickstarter project I'll be undertaking this autumn or early in the winter. I think you'll like it. I hope you like it. This is a project I have not previously discussed, neither here nor elsewhere. Aha! Suspense!

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My thanks to Steven Lubold oldfossil59 for his most recent care package, the eponymously titled Fleet Foxes CD and Chiappe and Witmer's Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs. Back in January, I saw this in the gift shop at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and coveted it, but never thought I'd own it. I swear, at this point, I've worked at museums and in geology departments whose libraries were not as bow tie as my pale/geo library (and a chunk of this I owe to you, Steven).

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If you voiced interested in joining us for RP in Rift, you should have received at least one message via an email list I've set up. I need responses as soon as is convenience. It looks like we have about eleven players (and we're still taking more), but I need to get everyone on the same page, figure out all our respective schedules, and get the RP rolling. If you're no longer interested, please let me know. Thanks. I may try to set up a webpage for the guild, The Hidden Variable (our Guardian-side guild). By the way, 1.8, which went live last night, fucking rocks. stsisyphus, where are you, man?

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Anyway, here's then last of April, and I need to write weird-western tale, "A Mountain Walked," and read through Blood Oranges so my editor can send notes, and write a story for the Sirenia Digest #77. And work continues on Alabaster: Wolves. Steve's still drawing #3, and I have yet to edit #5 (and I'm thinking of rewriting the ending). And May will be worse. Short-story month, including, I think "The Best Little Whorehouse in Innsmouth" (for S. T. Joshi's Black Wings III). By the way, there should be news regarding the future of Dancy comics tomorrow.

And now...I need to try to work, kittens. Comment!

Kicking Against the Microbes,
Aunt Beast
Tags: birds, books, deadlines, drew goddard, good movies, insomnia, joshi, joss whedon, kickstarter, paleontology, rift, rp, sick, weird fiction
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