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"My body is a cage..."

I'm 99.5% convinced that to swim regularly in Rhode Island I'm going to have to 1) overcome my fear of tourons and 2) invest in a neoprene wetsuit. The first merely requires willpower. The second, it turns out, is reasonably priced. Maybe it's time for the "Buy Caitlín a Protective Layer of Simulated Subcutaneous Blubber" eBay auction. I am completely serious.

Yesterday, I wrote a very respectable 1,898 words on "One Tree Hill (The World As Cataclysm)," and found THE END. At 6,886 words, it's quite a bit longer than the vignette I'd originally imagined it as. So, this month, Sirenia Digest subscribers will get a full-length short story...and maybe something else. Maybe. I am so amazingly behind I'll probably still be staring at my ass this time next year. Anyway, this story is...different. Or it feels different to me. More influenced than usual by Arthur Machen, perhaps. It's quiet.

I awoke to the old familiar numbness/pain cocktail sloshing about in my feet. It was sort of a surprise. Mostly, they're fine these days. The numbness never goes away, but the pain is rarely evident. Today, BLAM. Up past my ankles. Perhaps it's the approaching storm. I would not be surprised if, here in coastal New England, my feet are better at forecasting the weather than are meteorologists.

I want to thank everyone who commented yesterday. It is heartening to hear likeminded individuals, and to have not yet been decapitated by ravenous, lockstepping army ants in the charge of the Art Police. There were some points made in the comments, good points, I want to pick up and expand upon. But not today. My feet hurt, I want to be swimming, there's a storm coming, I don't know what has to be written next, and...other stuff. Maybe later this week.

Oh, and Alabaster: Wolves fans take note. Oh, and also. And (original and for sale) Steve Lieber Alabaster art*!

Lots of Maybes,
Aunt Beast

* Never mind, it sold almost instantly.

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greygirlbeast
Jul. 26th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)

Are you able to go swimming today?


Nope. Bad storms coming. And it's only 76˚F in Providence (which means about 66˚F at the shore).
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greygirlbeast
Jul. 26th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)

I know you have a bunch of have-to-writes, but are there a few things in that list that you wish you could jump into next?

Honestly, no. Well, maybe The Dinosaurs of Mars, which has been on a sort of indefinite hold since 2007 (!).
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greygirlbeast
Jul. 26th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)

Well, the Martian caverns were always part of the concept...
farklebarkle
Jul. 26th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
Kind of random, but...Ocean State Job Lot (which is based in RI, I think) often has inexpensive wetsuits. At least, the one near us does.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 26th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)

Ocean State Job Lot (which is based in RI, I think) often has inexpensive wetsuits.

So said Spooky's mum. I shall have to check it out.
ex_kaz_maho
Jul. 26th, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
I meant to say...
Alabaster: Wolves #4 was, I think, the best issue yet. It also has my favourite cover.

greygirlbeast
Jul. 26th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: I meant to say...

It also has my favourite cover.

Mine, too!
cucumberseed
Jul. 26th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
A wetsuit sounds like a good plan.

I missed yesterday's post (I am very good at that, skipping a day on the internet when things get lively), but I should like to go see how it went.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 26th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)

I missed yesterday's post (I am very good at that, skipping a day on the internet when things get lively), but I should like to go see how it went.

Well, I think.
cucumberseed
Jul. 26th, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
I think so, too. I think that everything I would have wanted to say was said.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 26th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)

I think that everything I would have wanted to say was said.

Certainly, a lot was said, some of which I'll address in future entries.
cucumberseed
Jul. 26th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
I am considering a post of my own on the topic, but probably not today.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Jul. 26th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
Courage
Caitlin, you have courage. Your mind is truly a gift and you work diligently with it. Go swimming. Enjoy yourself today. Even if you don't want to.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 26th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Courage

It is kind of you to say so (though I have never through of it as courage). And I would have gone swimming today, had it been warmer and if not for the oncoming (they say) storms.
mrs_ralph
Jul. 26th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
There is a derecho? in the US heading up through the Ohio Valley to New England. It is a repeat of the bad storms a while back. You might get some fallout from that even if the main storm misses you. Feet for the weather prediction win?

http://www.weather.com/newscenter/alerts/national/severeWxAlertsNational.html
stsisyphus
Jul. 26th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm 99.5% convinced that to swim regularly in Rhode Island I'm going to have to 1) overcome my fear of tourons and 2) invest in a neoprene wetsuit.

You see, everytime I see the term "tourons", I am thinking of rogue particles like prions. As if they are contaminating the water. As for the latter issue - I hope you know it's a slippery slope between you wearing a wetsuit for swimming and you wearing a wetsuit to go grocery shopping, or to the dentist, or to your compulsory government-sponsored extraterrestrial orientation refresher courses, or....
greygirlbeast
Jul. 27th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)

The price I am willing to pay.
txtriffidranch
Jul. 27th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
As for the wetsuit, I may be able to help, if you don't have a problem with a barely used one. Richardson Bike Mart, my bicycle shop, sells gently used wetsuits for triathlon competitors at really reasonable prices compared to new ones. I'll have to go back and check, especially for one in your general height, but I think we could make this work.
greygirlbeast
Jul. 27th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)

Hmmmm. It's worth a try. I'll send you my measurements.
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