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This nor'easter – Athena* – brought us an inch or two of snow last night. It would have been a lot more, had the weather been colder. I didn't think there would be any accumulation, but it was falling faster than it could melt. Today, rain has melted most of it, and the fierce wind is beginning to abate. But I know that, farther south and west, things have been made even worse for those hit hard by, and still trying to recover from, Sandy. This was our first snowfall of the year.

Yesterday was spent troubleshooting the plot of Fay Grimmer. And I hope I've found my way through. Today, I go back to work on the book, and I will not stop to work on anything else until it is finished. Well, I will not devote an entire day to anything else until the novel is finished.

I haven't been pushing the Alabaster: Wolves collection. Again, I haven't. I genuinely do not have much...energy...for that sort of thing. But here's an edited version of what I posted on November 1st:

My thanks to everyone who has preordered the forthcoming Alabaster: Wolves hc or who's helped to boost the signal. Still, we're probably less than halfway to that ~2,500 copy mark.

A number of people have expressed distaste at being 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.


Here's something to restore your faith in humanity and the youth of today.

As you'll see, that was sarcasm. Anyway, let's not go believing too hard that we now live in a post-racist society.


Last night, more House. We finished Season Seven and began Season Eight. I'm surprised anyone felt the show lost steam partway through. It has only gotten better. The end of Seven and the beginning of Eight, wow. But I can feel the story winding down. Winding down naturally. Coming to what seems to be some conclusion that has been inevitable from the beginning, even if I don't yet know that ending. Later, we began reading House of Leaves again, as the snow fell outside this house.

Always, Hallways,
Aunt Beast

* Not so sure how I feel about the Weather Channel naming winter storms, but at least they chose cool names. And if it actually does get people to stop with the snowpocalypse foolishness, I wouldn't complain.


( 11 comments — Have your say! )
Nov. 8th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm. My Magic 8 Ball can't figure out if your finding your way through means I should leave you to your own devices this evening or not. Either way, I'm quite glad you found something! (Truth? I have exploding, plastic, and inevitable deadlines of my own, but I'm there if you need me.)
Nov. 8th, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)

My Magic 8 Ball can't figure out if your finding your way through means I should leave you to your own devices this evening or not.

Check your email, dear.
Nov. 8th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
Got it.
Nov. 8th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)

And thank you.
Nov. 8th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
I ordered my copy from the store manager when I picked my comix up, and he told me he had ordered 6 for the store... he believes in it.
Nov. 8th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)

Nov. 9th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
Naming Winter Storms
I found the need to name winter storms amusing. I'm wondering if they will use alphabetical (like with hurricanes) through the calendar year or through the winter storm season. Since they're just beginning the habit, it could go either way.

Did you see - they've named their second winter storm child Brutus. Last year was a bunch of snowpocalypse events (lived through snowtober and the other pockalips (spent a couple of hours catching up on the Sinfest comic strip last night, that term was one that made me giggle).
Nov. 9th, 2012 05:46 am (UTC)
Re: Naming Winter Storms

They're alphabetical, and, as I was telling Cait this morning, I'd much rather winter storms have real names than all the "pocalypse" stupidity that's been going on.
Still weird, though.
Nov. 9th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Well, I will not devote an entire day to anything else until the novel is finished.

And when it's done, you'll tell me, and even if it's midwinter, we'll go to the sea.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Nov. 9th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Alabaster: Wolves
Doesn't it count when one pre-orders from one's local comic book store? I ordered my copy of Alabaster: Wolves from Comicazi in Davis Square in Somerville, the best little comic shop in the East. No, I don't own it, I work for Spare Change News.
Nov. 10th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
I'm still in the indignant phase with the "named Winter storms", mainly because it just seems they're rabid for making dramatic graphics, using over the top symphonic music, and trying to oversell anything that so much has a snow flurry or flash of lightning at this point. I wouldn't mind if a storm was truly impressive, but those tend to end up having names of some sort by default if they're worthy of it (i.e. "the blizzard of '78"...), but 12" of snow on a *mountain top* in the Rockies in November? Not so much :/
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