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"Pull the blindfold down..."

"If you could tell the truth, you could write a book."

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On Friday, I wrote 1,101 words on "Love is Forbidden, We Croak and Howl." Yesterday, I wrote another 1,451 words on the story and found THE END.

At least for now. I think it has a wry, wicked sense of humor, that was actually sort of an accident. Like a funny razor blade. That pleases me. It will appear in Sirenia Digest #78, along with something I haven't yet written.

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A craftsman knows in advance what the finished result will be, while the artist knows only what it will be when he has finished it. But it is unbecoming in an artist to talk about inspiration; that is the reader's business. ~ W. H. Auden, "A Poet of the Actual"

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Last week, I thought that summer had finally come to Providence. It was almost hot. But then there was yesterday, which was shit and rain. Today is a brief, sunny, vaguely warm respite before the return of February. A solid week of rainy days, with highs in the fifties and sixties. In June.* If I had the money, today I would buy train tickets for Spooky and me, and we'd go visit my mother in Birmingham (well, Leeds), until New England gets its shit together. Not a day passes now that I do not think about returning to Alabama or Georgia. Here, the weather makes me miserable, but I can walk unmolested and untaunted down streets and sidewalks, through malls and...well, you get the picture. While, were I in the South, the weather would be heaven, while every single time I dared to leave home there would almost certainly be at least one incident of hatefulness and bigotry I'd have to endure (yes, it's that bad). Scylla and Charybdis. Choose your flavor of Hell.

Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary since we moved from Atlanta to Providence.

Close to the Quick,
Aunt Beast

* There is a bright spot. It fucks with the tourons. Anything that makes them miserable can't be all bad.

Comments

( 23 comments — Have your say! )
marymayblood
Jun. 3rd, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry you hate the weather in Providence. I moved to Portland, Oregon from Dallas, Texas and I'm lucky to love both climates here, the meteorological and the sociopolitical. I can't ever imagine living in the south again. In Portland, our name for the month of June is "Junuary." Sounds like it applies to Providence, too.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)

our name for the month of June is "Junuary." Sounds like it applies to Providence, too.

Pretty much. It's just...wrong.
chris_walsh
Jun. 3rd, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
We still have major outdoor public summer-y events in Portland in early June, even though it notoriously, almost always, rains and gets cold the first week of June. This year was different and the huge rain happened a week earlier (as in neatly an inch of rain in one hour on Saturday the 26th, plus an actual thunderstorm, which we don't usually get). Still warmer than San Francisco! (Yeah, I try for silver linings...)
greygirlbeast
Jun. 3rd, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)

All I see are poop linings.
chris_walsh
Jun. 3rd, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
You have eyes in your intestines?!
greygirlbeast
Jun. 3rd, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)

Don't get me started.
chris_walsh
Jun. 3rd, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
We already knew you had a tail...
thanatophobe
Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:08 pm (UTC)
/delurking Howdy, neighbor! I'm not unhappy about the weather here, either--but you do have to be wired for it. My mother is not, and that's why I grew up in Southern California and had to get back to the Pacific Northwest on my own. Hope you get some sunshine soon, Aunt Beast.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC)

I'm busy thinking about Hawaii.
chris_walsh
Jun. 3rd, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Oy, I could really use warm ocean water, so I know where you're coming from.

Maybe you could sail there.
chris_walsh
Jun. 4th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
Or swim there!
readingthedark
Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
Well, happy anniversary and happy doom to tourons.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:49 pm (UTC)

Thank you.
readingthedark
Jun. 3rd, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Words, of course, cannot express how glad I am that you and Kathryn are in Providence.
aarongp
Jun. 3rd, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
There is a bright spot. It fucks with the tourons. Anything that makes them miserable can't be all bad.
Agreed. Anything that fucks with the tourons must have some merit.

Oh, I was able to finally read "Random Notes Before a Fatal Crash" this weekend. And, yes, it's a mighty impressive story. Did you need to research much, or was it more a case of applying accumulated knowledge? Anyway, it's a lovely rich, dense and tragic tale. Thank you.

Any plans to have satellite stories, such as this one and say "As Red As Red" for example, and others, relating to "The Red Tree" and "The Drowning Girl : A Memoir" in the upcoming Centipede editions?

Hope the weather turns for you soon.

Edited at 2012-06-03 10:34 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Jun. 3rd, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)

Did you need to research much, or was it more a case of applying accumulated knowledge?

Both.

Any plans to have satellite stories, such as this one and say "As Red As Red" for example, and others, relating to "The Red Tree" and "The Drowning Girl : A Memoir" in the upcoming Centipede editions?

I'm at the wait and see, planning stage.

Glad you liked the story.
elsewhereangel
Jun. 3rd, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you hate the weather but I'm awfully glad you are here.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 3rd, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)

I just wish my moods were not so attuned to climate.
Marisa Sandlin
Jun. 4th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
Wow, four years already? I remember when you announced the move. I also remember seeing Spooky at the L5P post office right around the time you were about to decamp and thinking I should say hi and then thinking better of it.

Well, if you've been in Providence four years and I left a year after you did...geez.

In regards to the weather, same up here. Lots of bright hot days and now we're back to fucking chilly rain. It depresses me too.
corucia
Jun. 4th, 2012 03:15 am (UTC)

Came through Boston and then up to New Hampshire today => you aren't exaggerating about the nasty weather! Ugh. I don't remember this level of ugly in June when I was living in Boston. I think you're getting the nasty end of the climate change stick.

I forgot to check earlier - did the books arrive safely?
opalblack
Jun. 4th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Oh! I must have missed that you were working on such titled story, or I would have had big Riftnerd squeals about it. Here you go. Prepare yourself.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!


Also, I don't know if you've noticed, but there is a Farscape theme to the names of certain new NPCs. It brought me joy.
Steven Barritz
Jun. 6th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Absentia = bow tie
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