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All I have to offer the world is inside those books. That's it, the absolute and dubious sum total of my ability to offer aid to anyone. If what you're looking for isn't in there, you need to look elsewhere. I can't save you. I can't even help you. All I can offer is my stories. And anyone who asks more of me is overstepping boundaries they have no right to cross.

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I've had much worse birthdays than yesterday. readingthedark came down in the late afternoon. We had dinner at Tortilla Flats. We played an absolutely abominable game of "World of Warcraft" Monopoly (and why the hell are the Draenei represented nowhere in the game?!), and, in theory, Geoffrey won. We had some frozen caramel and cashew ice-cream pie thing. I got stoned. We talked too much. I got to sleep just as the sun was rising.

My thanks to all the "happy birthday" wishes yesterday. There were something like four hundred via Facebook, and, honestly, that just freaks me right the fuck out. Thank you for being there.

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Spooky is still having a Caitlín Was (Most Years) Actually Born on the 27th of May Sale in her Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries Etsy Shop. Cool and bow-tie stuff, with FREE SHIPPING, which will run through Monday. In order to take advantage of the sale, you need to use this code during checkout: CRKBIRTHDAY. Buy something bow tie, kittens!!! No, really!

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Looking back from -08, here is what I will say: I want such very simple things. That's actually true. Instead, my life has presented me with a baffling array of complexities. I didn't say that quite right. "Baffling complexities" isn't actually what I mean. If the cosmos had some collective consciousness, if all our gods and goddesses and demons were anything more than fairy tales, they might understand what I meant to say. Those things I wish I had, though – those things I still hope for to the point I feel ashamed and ungrateful for not being gladder for what I have instead – they are so simple they might take your breath away.

Breathe In,
Aunt Beast

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greygirlbeast
May. 27th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)

So you got stoned. Do you ever write stoned? If not, how does getting stoned affect your writing "the morning after"?

Yes, rarely, and not at all.
ex_kaz_maho
May. 27th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good birthday.

My wish for you: that, one day, you are able to get/find those simple things you're still hoping for.
greygirlbeast
May. 27th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)

that, one day, you are able to get/find those simple things you're still hoping for.

That's a boat I think I missed.
amethyst_clan
May. 27th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
And anyone who asks more of me is overstepping boundaries they have no right to cross.

Damn straight.

I love how people forget that the authors and artists we respect are human too and deserve to have their boundaries respected. And by "love", I mean "Here, let me bitchslap you."
greygirlbeast
May. 27th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)

I love how people forget that the authors and artists we respect are human too and deserve to have their boundaries respected. And by "love", I mean "Here, let me bitchslap you."

Pretty much.
humglum
May. 27th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)

Exactly.
readingthedark
May. 27th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'm just overmoon* that I got to see you two after all my days of tumult and estrangement. Much love to you both and looking forward to when we can print up some Draenei bills and have another go.

[*It's a David Tibet thing. We wouldn't understand.]
thimbleofrain
May. 27th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
I'm curious what they asked for.

I was thinking about asking you for a pony...
humglum
May. 28th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)

Sorry, I think she's all out of ponies...
esanko
May. 28th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Happy Bday, oh exalted one! As far as wanting simple things, I will be sending you a 1/15 scale Tylosaurus model kit when I can- might take a little while, but it will happen. It's a simple thing. You'll have to build and paint it! It's huge.
Thank YOU for the hours and hours of entertainment from your books and your LJ blog. Your stories are fascinating, frustrating, maddening, satisfying, exquisite, obscene, beautiful, ugly, addictive. A bitchin' mosasaur is small recompense. Happy bday!
greygirlbeast
May. 28th, 2012 05:22 am (UTC)

Wow. A bezillion thank yous!!! I shall go to be a happy beast!
lilith_333
May. 31st, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
"All I have to offer the world is inside those books."

That is about a TRILLION times more than most people, including myself, have to offer the world. Your words will make you immortal.

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