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There was a major snafu with the Ambien last night, and today I feel...well...it's a fine combination of sleepy, seasick, and pissed off. I woke about 4:15 and couldn't get back to sleep. I took a second Ambien and got up and tried to work (shouldn't this land me in Guinness under "most stupid act"). I spent the next hour and a half or so reading "Valentia" again and beginning work on the book's index. Finally, about 6:17 (I looked at the clock), I noticed that the words I was typing weren't "real" words and that the keyboard had a distinctly velvety sheen to it. "Go the hell to bed, you silly bitch," I said. Which I did. And proceeded to have riduculous, horrific, hilarious, Kafkaesque nightmares. I woke a little after eleven, feeling like this. Better living through chemistry. Hell, yeah.

Thanks to everyone who took time to comment or e-mail about the revisions to the stories that will comprise To Charles Fort, With Love. Though I must remind you that art is not a democracy, that it is, instead, a tyranny, a butt-ugly little banana republic filled with drug lords, vampiric catfish that swim up your urethra, and muddy tracks of deforested rainforest. Half the time, round here, they'll shoot you just for opening your mouth, then leave the carcass for the feral pigs. Nonetheless, I listened to what was said. And I have decided to leave the stories essentially as they were originally published — compounderations, sentence fragments, missing commas, neglected hyphens, and all. I think I was at last swayed by a couple of e-mails comparing my actions to George Lucas' constant dicking about with the orginal Star Wars trilogy. To quote Mike Bracken, "Changing them [the stories in my collection] now isn't much different than George Lucas screwing around with Star Wars." So, okay, fine. Point taken. Besides, I wouldn't want all those frelling assholes who've spent so much energy and time whinning about my unconventional use of the English language to feel like maybe they're getting through to me.

And speaking of things that people say, or, the be more perspicuous, have said, here's a beauty from a moderately recent Amazon.com "review": "I've never read Poppy Z. Brite, so I can't compare this to her books..."

...what? Is that like a prerequisite now or something?

It put me in mind of a discussion I chanced across a while back. I don't recall where it was. Some website somewhere, and people were comparing me to Poppy and Poppy to me. There seemed to be three camps. Poppy's better. Caitlín's better. They both stink. I searched in vain for the camp daring to suggest that these two things, the Caitlín and the Poppy, are really very, very different beasts, now more than ever, and all this comparing was almost entirely an exercise in missing the point, of conflating apples with oranges, insects and birds, the Lower Triassic with the late Eocene.

Anyway, some reviewer once compared me to Dean Koontz, which was far more riduculous. So, I suppose it could be worse.

Maybe I should puke a few times and then start this entry over. I think I was way more more awake at 4:15.

Today, I'm going to pack up the iBook and go hide somewhere there are no telephones, somewhere I cannot check my e-mail, and work on editing this collection and on writing it's preface. Someplace quite. With better heating (though, to be fair, we're expecting mid-sixties today).

Oh, here's something I found very amusing yesterday, so I'm quoting it. I'm not sure how serious robyn_ma was being, because I never am, with her or with anyone else. But hating LJ/pager/IM-speak as I do, this warmed my foul, misshapen heart:

What is it with LJspeak? LEARN FUCKING ENGLISH. I mean, when I use it, I do so ironically. Most of the people on my friends list do, too. But when you seriously go out of your way to type 'teh'? And it's not for ironic effect? THE WORD IS 'THE.' TEE AITCH EEE. What's next, 'eht'? And what the fuck is up with DOZENS OF EXCLAMATION POINTS WITH THE OCCASIONAL 1 AND THEN 'ONE'?? I KILL YOU AND THEN SLAP YOUR CORPSE, YOU SILLY ILLITERATE ENGLISH-RAPING NO-EDUCATION-HAVING HAT OF ASS

Thank you. It's still frelling funny.

I sent Chapter Two of Daughter of Hounds to my editor and to my lit agent yesterday.

And that pack of Camels I bought back in early January, when the book was stalled on me? I smoked three and tossed the rest of the pack. I'm pleased to say I'm still quit.

Comments

greygirlbeast
Jan. 26th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC)
Besides, is there really a difference between LJSpeak and your compounderations?

If there is not — and I believe there is, I'm just too ill right now to explain — then I shall reverse my decision not to remove them from the stories.

Did you save the index with made-up words? I want to see that...

I did, but corrected all the made-up words so that they are now "real" words.
wishlish
Jan. 26th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
I think the difference is the intent and the maturity of the writer. And PLEASE don't take the compounderations out of your stories- I like them! (And everyone on the blog will kill me.)

I think the presence of LJSpeak is a good screening tool; after all, how many blogs that use LJSpeak do you actually want to read?

My bigger pet peeve is people who refuse to use the shift key when blogging (and some of my dear friends are guilty of this). These people will write beautiful, grammatically correct entries but won't bother to use the Shift key, leaving the whole thing an unreadable mess. Use the Shift Key. Hell, back in the day, when I'd spend a night in a cybersex chatroom, I'd still use the Shift key, one-handed at times (pink finger). If I can do that, anyone can.

(Sorry for the too-much-info, Caitlin and all.)

Hope you feel better. And I'm glad you chucked the pack of Camels.

stardustgirl
Jan. 26th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
LJSpeak reminds me more of, ohmigawd!!, Val-speak...or maybe a more written-rather-than-verbal example is El33T d00d speak... kind of a trendy, silly thing, and usually a good indicator of the maturity / credibility level of the writer.

Caitlín's compounderations strike me more as an artistic-license kind of thing. They're sprinkled throughout her work - unexpected gems of description that add to the feeling of the story. They seem to slip quietly into place rather than jumping out like "TeH kEwL" (gads... I just twice tried to mis-type "the" as "teh" and couldn't do it! And I screw up with "teh" and "adn" all the time with my dyslexic typing skills).

Your observation that LJSpeak is a good screening tool is a very good one. I tend to ignore a lot of those writings.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 27th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
LJSpeak reminds me more of, ohmigawd!!, Val-speak...or maybe a more written-rather-than-verbal example is El33T d00d speak... kind of a trendy, silly thing, and usually a good indicator of the maturity / credibility level of the writer.

Same here. I mean, it wouldn't stike me quite the same way if this were only, or even primarily, verbal, if there wasn't the concerted effort of writing all this silliness out. I mean, what is the possible semantic function of misspelling "the" as "teh"? But the suggestion that LJSpeak/AIMspeak/El33T d00d speak somehow corresponds to art? That's a load, plain and simple, if you ask me (or even if you don't, since this is my journal).