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I realized, a week or two ago, that I've lived here, in this house, in Providence, longer than I've ever lived at any one address. We took up residence here on June 2nd, 2008 – four years, three months, and twenty-six days ago. Which beats my previous record by at least a couple of months. Sounds weird, I know. Back about 2005, my mother and I sat down and tried to make a list of every place – house, apartment, etc. The list numbered in excess of fifty addresses, and back then it was 50+ over only forty-five years. I won't get into all the sordid hows and whys. But, yeah, here on this street in Providence, this building erected in 1875, it holds the record. Ironically, we hope to move soon (that's called a punchline).

And here by the ocean, the sky's full of leaves.
And what they can tell you depends on what you believe.
It's a maze.
~ "Amazed," Poe

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Ebay, kittens! The taxman cometh! Please, have a look. Round three of the "pay the taxes" auctions is drawing to a close, and we have two distinguished wallflowers.

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I am weary at being at war with Fay Grimmer, and so the past two days have been spent in a sort of détente, seeking a route by which I can finish this thing without recourse to serious violence. Or worse. I cannot love, or even like, every book I am called upon to write. What I can do is survive this book. I mean to survive the writing of this novel. It will be completed on Sunday, the 22nd of October. I only have to write 1,700 words a day. Or 425 words per four hours per day (lone day off to see the autumn foliage in Vermont and/or New Hampshire). Easy as falling off a log.

Writing for Sirenia Digest #82 is, essentially, taken care of, and the issue will go out the first week in October, to make up for being so abysmally late with #81. By the way, comments on the latest issue would be very, very welcome.

Meanwhile, I'm also working on Alabaster: Boxcar Tales, to be serialized in twelve issues of Dark Horse Presents, beginning in November. The past couple of days, Steve Leiber and I have been editing and tweaking artwork and text for the first installment.

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To sovay and various other friends, L'shanah tovah.

And now, off to the front lines.

Girded,
Aunt Beast

* With thanks to handfulof_dust and a nod to Ruzena Danielova and Randy Newman:

I just want you to hurt like I do.
I just want you to hurt like I do.
I just want you to hurt like I do.
Honest I do, honest I do, honest I do.
~ Randy Newman

Wait. Has it become "politically incorrect" to say that we have enemies? Does the Outrage Brigade object? Well, whatever. To quoth Brown Bird:

We file down our fangs,
On the bones of our foes...


...be they human, or be they paper...

Comments

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alumiere
Sep. 26th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Hope the work gets less difficult as you progress (and I'm very excited that you plan to finish writing it on my birthday).

Also thrilled to see that there are more Alabaster Wolves stories coming (I just preordered the hardback this week).
greygirlbeast
Sep. 26th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)

Hope the work gets less difficult as you progress

I think the trick is to just keep typing, and never look back.

Also thrilled to see that there are more Alabaster Wolves stories coming

Thank you!
ashlyme
Sep. 26th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'll start on #81 in the morning!



Edited at 2012-09-26 07:43 pm (UTC)
aarongp
Sep. 26th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
What I can do is survive this book. I mean to survive the writing of this novel. It will be completed on Sunday, the 22nd of October.

May you have plenty of lembas on your arduous trek towards Mount Doom.

Hoping to have a proper look at the latest SD in the next few days. Looks great.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 26th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)

May you have plenty of lembas on your arduous trek towards Mount Doom.

Fuck yeah. Wait, how do I say that in Sindarin?
ex_kaz_maho
Sep. 26th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks so, so much for Sirenia Digest #81. I haven't finished the whole thing yet (because it's so damn long!) but as someone who wants to get better at writing comics, the Dancy script alone is worth the price of the entire issue. Hell, it's worth a lot more.

Thank you.
greygirlbeast
Sep. 27th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)

the Dancy script alone is worth the price of the entire issue. Hell, it's worth a lot more.

Thank you.
corucia
Sep. 27th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)

comments on the latest issue would be very, very welcome 'Our Lady of Tharsis Montes' was an absorbing read, tightly written with nicely defined characters and an intriguing premise. I think it one of your best hard SF pieces, and it deserves a wider audience. Hopefully you'll get a chance to place it in a few anthologies in the near future. One question - what happened to Two?

I haven't had a chance to read the script yet; I'm looking forward to comparing it to Alabaster (Dancy's one of my top three characters from your pantheon). Unfortunately it will have to wait, as I have a thesis to read and two manuscripts to finish up and submit.

I've bugged my local comics store about ordering the hardcover, but I forgot to put a pull order in for the Dark Horse Presents issues with the next serial.

Did you get the emailed PDF I sent this morning? Not sure if anything recent's made it to you...

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