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Turned about a bit this morning. A little trouble distinguishing up from down. Doesn't help that I just got jumped by another idiotic troll from the Outrage Olympics (or whatever you choose to call Them), who used Twitter to accuse me of stigmatizing mental illness. Um...right. Okay, anyway.

An inconvenient mid-day (for me) doctor's appointment and work have prevented us from going south to see what has been lost to Sandy. Then again, many roads are still closed, and there's no telling if we'd be able to reach the places we want to reach, And people don't need us in the way. But here's a photo that sort of stopped us cold, a house only a half mile east from our usual beach combing/swimming spot on Moonstone Beach. This is one of a group of houses there known as the Five Sisters.



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My thanks to everyone who preordered the forthcoming Alabaster: Wolves hc yesterday or who helped to boost the signal. Over the course of the afternoon, the sales ranking at Amazon rose from ~133k to 7,283. This ayem, it's at 6,618. Which are the sorts of numbers I was seeing when I stopped pushing it a couple of weeks back. I was hoping momentum had been built independent of my efforts, but now I fear that wasn't the case. At any rate, if you haven't, please do preorder. We're probably less than halfway to that ~2,500 copy mark.

A number of people have expressed distaste at be asked to support Amazon, and, yeah. Agreed. I point people there because publishers have to keep Amazon happy. It's the greedy monster that rules publishing today. However, there is an option, if you wish to avoid ordering from Amazon. You may also preorder Alabaster: Wolves directly from Things From Another Word, for $15.99, 20% off cover price. So, there's a good option for those who (rightly) despise Amazon.

Oh, and there's a free Alabaster: Wolves wallpaper available from Dark Horse, here. Again, my grateful thanks to everyone.

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Not much Hallowe'en here last night. Not much Hallowe'en in all Providence, or so it seemed. Very few jack-o'-lanterns or trick-or-treaters. We watched the first two episodes of the second season of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story. Spooky and I were both avid admirers of Season One, but this time around, well. Somewhere, Kathryn saw it described as a "hot mess," which sort of sums up our feelings. Too much, too fast. Storytelling and characterization seem to have been tossed aside in favor of shocks. In only two episodes we get alien abduction, demonic possession, horrific discrimination against lesbian and interracial couples, a nightmarishly abusive "psychiatric hospital," a mad scientist and his experiments and mutant monstrosities, and a serial killer. Or several. Oh, and sex. Lots of sex. Now, any one of these subjects, great. But all of them? In two episodes? Also, the touches of camp (mostly via Jessica Lange) that work so well in Season One have swallowed everything. The best thing, so far, is Zachary Quinto as an appalled and bewildered psychiatrist, but, mostly, he seems like he's playing an actor lost in the train wreck of a plot. We're going to give it two more episodes, but I fear Murphy "jumped the shark" in the first half hour.

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If you want to take part in November's installment of Aunt Beast's Book of the Month club, there will be two selections. First, Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves, the best November book ever. The second selection, I have yet to choose. So, that one, TBA.

And now, I must get back to Mars.

I'm the Bad Woman Who Oppresses,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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lauowolf
Nov. 1st, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
eep
that is enough ocean

thanks for the non-Amazon link.
went and preordered with my now-it-is-a-new-month funds.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 1st, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)

You're welcome, and thank you.
cimeara
Nov. 1st, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I've preordered (from Amazon).

Wanted to make sure: did you hear about the skeleton(s) on/in New Haven Green? Apparently it was used as a cemetary and when they wanted it to be a green instead, they moved all the headstones but not the bodies, and one turned up in the roots of up-turned oak after the hurricaine. (The best photos were at the New Haven Independent: http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/skeleton_found_in_upended_tree_on_green/id_52109)



greygirlbeast
Nov. 1st, 2012 07:32 pm (UTC)

Thank you...

Wanted to make sure: did you hear about the skeleton(s) on/in New Haven Green?

...and yep.
mevennen
Nov. 1st, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
That's a hell of a photo. I'm glad you're OK.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)

It is a photo that is both beautiful and heartbreaking.
aarongp
Nov. 1st, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Celebrated Hallowe'en by reading your lovely 'On The Reef'. Waiting for the day when you might set an entire novel in Innsmouth.

I've yet to read "House Of Leaves" and have deliberately waited until November to 'join in' with your annual re-reading.

Edited at 2012-11-01 08:17 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)

Waiting for the day when you might set an entire novel in Innsmouth.

That might be a bit much.
oldfossil59
Nov. 1st, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
Do you have any preorder numbers from the comic stores via Diamond Distributors? Or are they all lumped into a single number? I know comic stores had an Oct 25th online order deadline, but they also have a "final cut off" window of November 12th.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)

Do you have any preorder numbers from the comic stores via Diamond Distributors? Or are they all lumped into a single number? I know comic stores had an Oct 25th online order deadline, but they also have a "final cut off" window of November 12th.

I know the date info. I don't know if the numbers are all lumped together. I suspect they are.
oldfossil59
Nov. 1st, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)
We're running a drawing offering a signed/limited edition of your collection Alabaster along with the Highway 97 chapbook, for a lucky customer that preorders Alabaster:Wolves. I'm hoping that will help increase excitement here at the store.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 2nd, 2012 03:49 pm (UTC)

Wow. That's wonderful. Thank you.
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greygirlbeast
Nov. 2nd, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)

Yeah, the thing about American Horror Story: Asylum is that there's just too much to process.

Yup. And not in a good way.
lady_theadora
Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Pre-ordered a copy of Alabaster: Wolves for myself and requested it through my local library, which is very good about purchasing user requests!
greygirlbeast
Nov. 2nd, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)

I need to stress how very effective the library route is...
shaula82
Nov. 2nd, 2012 12:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the reminder about Alabaster: Wolves. Interestingly, for Australian fans, TFAW works out cheaper (which is especially brilliant for those of us who'd rather not give Amazon more money than we have to).
greygirlbeast
Nov. 2nd, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)

(which is especially brilliant for those of us who'd rather not give Amazon more money than we have to).

Agreed.
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