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I do adore waking up and immediately discovering that the world is even more angrifying than when I went to sleep. Wait, no. That's not right. I don't find things worse upon waking. I'm not that goddamn naïve. I wake up, look at CNN.com, and get a face full of humanity. Which really puts the fault on me for looking, as humanity cannot be expected not to be angrifying. Like the woman on that Time cover (by her own leave). Attachment fucking "parenting"? Yes, Virginia, humans are the only mammals too stupid to know when to wean.

Or, worse still, the crazy shit black pastors are saying to defend the role they played in getting North Carolina's Amendment 1 passed and to justify their outrage at the President. For example, have a look at this article on the aforementioned CNN: "Is the Black Church Guilty of Spiritual Hypocrisy in Same-Sex Marriage Debate?" (I fixed the capitalization in the headline). The answer is "Fuck, yeah. Are you an idiot?" But the gem in this piece is, I think, Rev. Fred Robinson's (of Charlotte, NC) assertion that "It says in the Bible that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God. How do you explain that one away?"

Don't explain it away. Fuck 'em. If I have to be someone other than who and what they would have me believe their god made of me (or made me weak enough I might become), if it's all that sick and twisted and sadistic, why would I want to dwell in the house of that lord? Maybe the truest mark of human intellectual evolution is giving our "gods" the middle finger. More and more, I think so. Circle back to XTC and "Dear God." Tell them to fuck off, then stop believing in them.

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I've been getting a decent amount of reading done, though a lot of its been on the technical side. Spooky and I have been finishing up The Two Towers (we'd have been long since done, but it's been a crazy spring). I've read, in Chiappe and Witmer's Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs (University of California Press, 2002), Witmer's "The Debate on Avian Ancestry: Phylogeny, Function, and Fossils," Chiappe et al.'s "The Cretaceous, Short-Armed Alvarezsauridae: Mononykus and Its Kin," Novas and Pol's "Alvarezsaurid Relationships Reconsidered," and Elzanowski's "Archaeopterygidae (Upper Jurassic of Germany)." It's a very good volume, if a little dated. The study of the evolution of birds is progressing so rapidly these days that pretty much any book's bound (hahah) to be out of date by the time it's published. This is how science works.

Anyway, I've also been enjoying a couple of graphic novel adaptation of Lovecraft. I. N. J. Culbard's take on "At the Mountains of Madness" (Sterling, 2010) is wonderful, and I'm equally enamored with Volume 1 of Self Made Hero's Lovecraft Anthology (2011, 2012). Neat stuff.

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have you pre-oredered your copy of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart? If not, please do. I think I'm going to be sending a copy to Rev. Fred Robinson in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Also, there's the ongoing Alabaster auction. Letter "F" (is for Flammarion!), so don't forget to have a look. Remember, this is a one of a kind auction.

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Friday: Spooky had a migraine, and I suffered from a lack of focus. Sirenia Digest #77 went out in the ayem, and I answered a lot of email. But not much else, writing-wise. I washed some clothes and had another go at organizing my office. Spooky was feeling better by the evening, so we had a good Kindernacht. We watched Troy Nixey's "remake" of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010). Nixey's film isn't so much a remake, I'd say, as a masterful reimagining, and vast improvement upon, the original 1973 version (which, ahem, I saw when it was new). A very nice fairy tale inversion, and I highly recommend it (as does Guillermo del Toro, by the way). Right now, you can stream it from Netflix.

Saturday: I took a day off, because the weather had finally begun to warm up (now that we're halfway through May). We wanted to drive to the coast, but wound up at the Old North Burial Ground, instead. Which was nice. Spooky found the grave of an ancestor (on her mother's side). I found names for stories. A mockingbird sang to us, and then we sang to it, and then it sang back to us. Swapping songs with birds. There will be photos from the cemetery in tomorrow's entry. Also, Saturday night we saw the very fine Fringe season finalé (just one season to go!).

Sunday: Yesterday, the entire day was spent reading back over – picking back over – Alabaster: Wolves #5. I read the entire script aloud to Spooky. I'm actually about to do that thing I almost never do. A genuine rewrite. I'm gutting the script. I wasn't well when I wrote it, and it shows, and this series needs the best ending I can write. This script is not the best ending I can give it. So, now that I have it all in my head, and now that I've talked through various alternative takes, today I begin remaking it.

And, fuck, it's 12:52 p.m. Comment! Well, comment if you've read this far. And I doubt many have. I can spend an hour writing a blog entry, or thirty seconds on a tweet. I can spend five minutes reading a blog entry, or fifteen seconds reading a quip on Facebook. It's clear what most people choose. Their loss.

Grateful for Green,
Aunt Beast

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mataar
May. 14th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Finally getting to start this month's Digest. Yay!
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)

Yay!
oldfossil59
May. 14th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
Swapping songs with birds.
I love sharing songs with our feathered birds. Mockingbirds can be so much fun, due to their large repertoire.

Thank you for your blog, and your pinterest site.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Swapping songs with birds.

On all accounts, you are most entirely welcome.
ulffriend
May. 14th, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" as well, and think that describing it as an inverted fairy tale is spot-on. I suspect that it didn't do very well because it was marketed as "horror", and although it was dark-ish it was really very whimsical in its own way.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)

I suspect that it didn't do very well because it was marketed as "horror", and although it was dark-ish it was really very whimsical in its own way.

Agreed. I saw complaints because it was about a child. But that's the element made it work, and set it apart from the original. And made it very reminiscent of the more serious, Spanish films of del Toro.
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Marisa Sandlin
May. 14th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, Fringe, that glorious glorious show.

We watched the finale last night and while it was slightly anti-climatic for my tastes, well, done all around. I do love how they didn't destroy Bell's "Ark" but kept them in deep freeze for study. Please let them do something amazing with that in next year's season!

I should hie my butt to my local comics purveyor; Jacques has been holding onto my Alabaster issues for a bit now. Especially after I had to prove to him the comic existed when I asked for a pre-order.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)

I do love how they didn't destroy Bell's "Ark" but kept them in deep freeze for study. Please let them do something amazing with that in next year's season!

That would be cool, but I suspect much of the last season will be set in that future we glimpsed.

Especially after I had to prove to him the comic existed

Okay, with all the publicity, that's just moronic.
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ashlyme
May. 14th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Gah, I'd forgotten that SD #77 was sitting in my inbox. Ta for the reminder. I'll read that later. (And also for the heads-up on the Mountains graphic novel; I'd wondered if it was any good.)

The mockingbird song-swap sounds amazing. I'll look forward to the photos.

As to the Rev. Fred, I wouldn't want to be part of any club that would have me as a member... I can't remember who said that originally, but it seemed apt.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)

Gah, I'd forgotten that SD #77 was sitting in my inbox. Ta for the reminder. I'll read that later.

Thank you.

I wouldn't want to be part of any club that would have me as a member... I can't remember who said that originally, but it seemed apt.

It sounds like Twain. But I can't recall for sure.
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greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)

Also, I've had Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart pre-ordered for some time and I am greatly looking forward to it.

Thank you!
strange_selkie
May. 14th, 2012 08:13 pm (UTC)
I read all your entries, and I will comment: stop saying things about parenting. You come across as worse than curmudgeonly when you do. You are extremely intelligent, but attachment parenting is a real thing and doesn't deserve ridicule. Please don't denigrate anyone's parenting choices or what works for them and their child (and I say this as a non-AP parent whose wife couldn't breastfeed).

You're going to ignore this, but you did say to comment.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)

You are extremely intelligent, but attachment parenting is a real thing and doesn't deserve ridicule. Please don't denigrate anyone's parenting choices or what works for them and their child (and I say this as a non-AP parent whose wife couldn't breastfeed).

I fully support breastfeeding...up to about six months. Three years? That's bullshit, and it's unhealthy, physiologically and psychologically, for the child. Attachment parenting is nonsense, and amounts to child abuse. I'm ignoring nothing. Yeah, it's real, which is the crime here, but to think it works for anyone – other than working to console the delusions of people unfit to be parents – is horribly misguided.

I cannot be swayed on this. Look past the foolishness of anecdotal evidence to empirical evidence. This is the sort of crap the DSM is being brought under fire for by responsible psychiatrists in the APA.

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greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)

On Friday I snapped up the last copy of Alabaster: Wolves #2 from one of the local comics stores,

Good for you!
opalblack
May. 14th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I read. I have nothing to say, but I read.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)

Thank you.
elsewhereangel
May. 14th, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
As ever, I enjoyed your entry. AND i'm liquid enough at the moment to afford 5-chambered!
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)

AND i'm liquid enough at the moment to afford 5-chambered!

Woot!
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sovay
May. 14th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
Comment! Well, comment if you've read this far. And I doubt many have.

I don't find it a chore.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)

I would count you among the minority, alas.
numisma
May. 14th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
have you pre-oredered your copy of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart? If not, please do. I think I'm going to be sending a copy to Rev. Fred Robinson in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I have to admit I laughed at the idea of sending him one, even though a little voice in the back of my head says there's a risk he'd burn it, and that's a terrible mental image.


I'm looking forward to the cemetery photos. I may not frequently comment regarding the photos you post, but I quite often enjoy them.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)

says there's a risk he'd burn it, and that's a terrible mental image.

True.
semiotic_pirate
May. 14th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Read, and comment... Check.
I read your post, liked it - read through the comments, and then reread the post again. It was a good post. I'm going to check out the three books you talked about and read up on attached parenting. See. We read, listen, and appreciate you! But sometimes we have to wait until we are home from work to do so.

I'm hoping there will be a resurgence of blog writing and reading some day. Until then, we should all keep at it b/c someone somewhere lurks and appreciates that you do.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Read, and comment... Check.

I'm hoping there will be a resurgence of blog writing and reading some day.

I do hope so. It actually took me a couple of years to warm to blogging, but then it became a day-to-day aspect of my life, and I was deeply saddened by the mass exodus to vapid "alternatives."
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droolingdragon
May. 14th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yep. Read to the end, just as I do every day. On the days I check for new entries and find they haven't arrived, I even tend to reread whole posts, again to the end. Substance over fifteen-second quips any day, I say.

I appreciate the time and effort that goes into spending an hour or better on posts. You are very generous with the time and effort to maintain this blog (even when time and effort are at a premium), so the least I can do is to appreciate every word you gift us with. I look forward to reading your insights daily (or near-daily, as the case may be), and try not to take your efforts for granted, since you are kind enough to share them with us.

As for those that spend fifteen seconds or less, their loss, indeed.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)

You know, this is the sort of post that's so nice it makes me feel guilty for complaining. Thank you.
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semiotic_pirate
May. 14th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC)
OMGZ!
You evil evil woman. Here I thought I was cured of the fleshly book, having converted almost 100% to ebook via my Kindle... And then I followed your link to Subterranean Press and (pre)ordered not only YOUR book but an additional EIGHT books (most limited edition drool inducing versions). Damn you!

Now I really have to get a glass fronted bookcase or three in order to set up a library & reading nook in my erstwhile home office (which is unused b/c I tend to set up at the dining room table or in the great room b/c I have discovered that I like to have the company of my pets and DH when I work from home.

Thank you.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
Re: OMGZ!

You evil evil woman. Here I thought I was cured of the fleshly book, having converted almost 100% to ebook via my Kindle... And then I followed your link to Subterranean Press and (pre)ordered not only YOUR book but an additional EIGHT books (most limited edition drool inducing versions). Damn you!

To quote Shakespeare, "Cruel to be kind."

And you're welcome.
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