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So, here we are on 12/12/12. Already. Which, after 10/10/10 and 11/11/11 might seem sort of ho-hum to a few. But, keep in mind..."we'll" not see this sort of three-part numerical symmetry again until the year 2100. And, well, that'll be a different world entirely, if it's any world at all.

Now, this from Niall Alexander's blog, The Speculative Scotsman, posted way back on October 17th, regarding Blood Oranges (it's shown up here and there on the web):

Caitlin R. Kiernan has ever been awfully forthright about the publishing process, and brutally honest about the act of writing too. So going into her masterful last novel - that's The Drowning Girl: A Memoir for those of you who missed it - we knew in advance that it marked the end of an era.

Sad, but true. And some might say overdue.

Anyway, as in the tarot - not to speak of The Smashing Pumpkins' back catalogue - the end is the beginning. The beginning, in Kiernan's case, of a series of three all-out urban fantasies published under an open pseudonym.


I honestly do not know what to make of these paragraphs. I read them, and part of me wants to say, "Yeah, I see what you're saying." But there's this other part that insists, "No. You've missed the point completely." That is, with regards to my writing, is the transition between The Drowning Girl and Blood Oranges the end of an era? Well, no. I suspect I have been misunderstood. Though, I often misunderstand myself, so I understand how such things happen.

Personally, I see two "eras" to my novel writing: 1) Silk (1998) – Daughter of Hounds (2007), and 2) something new that began with The Red Tree (2010). However, that second era, if I've given the impression that it has ended, I never meant to. I do not think I meant to. The three Kathleen Tierney books are...well...think of them as me pressing pause, because I actually did need to recuperate from The Drowning Girl. From both of those books, really. But it's not over. Okay?

And what of this?

And some might say overdue.

I'm still not sure if that means that I deserve a break from my masochistic writing habits and the intensity of my introspection, or it it means that a lot of folks out there will be glad...of something.

Finally, can Blood Oranges be described as the beginning of "a series of three all-out urban fantasies"? Well, um...actually, to point of the book is, largely, to lampoon and undermine the tropes and clichés of "paranormal romance" and what readers and publishers have allowed urban fantasy to become. So, I fear "a series of three all-out urban fantasies" is misleading. Yeah, it's fantasy in an urban setting. But I don't think it's quite accurate to call a parody precisely that which it sets out to parody. At least, not as a term is generally understood. In this case, the term "urban fantasy." I hear that, and I think tramp-stamp covers, "shifter" romance, and books written at a fourth-grade reading level.

Also, my short stories and novellas are, in large part, the same sort of fiction I wrote in The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl. Totally uncommercial esoteric bummers guaranteed to eventually land me in a cardboard box at the corner of Crack and Whore. So, there's that.

Sorry. This is weird territory. Mr. Alexander, you say nice stuff, which I greatly appreciate, but you've also sewn confusion. Leastways, in my muddled psyche.* I would be grateful for any and all clarifying statements. Oh, and I was quite flattered by the Smashing Pumpkins comparison. I'm not offended, just somewhat mildly perplexed.

Baffled,
Aunt Beast

Postscript: Then again, I'm perfectly willing to sell out, if anyone's buying, and the price is right.

*Oh, fuck me. I'm being self-effacing.

Comments

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captaincurt81
Dec. 13th, 2012 12:34 am (UTC)
I never got the impression you were abandoning your usual style of work. Every writer needs a break from the routine now and then, to exercise other writerly muscles, so to speak. The Blood Oranges trilogy is a good vehicle to rest up for your next projects, be they Young Adult, Science Fiction, Comics or whatever you choose. I say, Write On Aunt Beast!
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grinkat
Dec. 13th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
Symmetry
So, here we are on 12/12/12. Already. Which, after 10/10/10 and 11/11/11 might seem sort of ho-hum to a few. But, keep in mind..."we'll" not see this sort of three-part numerical symmetry again until the year 3001.

I've seen this a lot today, and I'm a bit confused...wouldn't January 1, 2101 be the next one? 01/01/01? Or am I completely mistaken? Please feel free to slap me upside the head if I am...
sovay
Dec. 13th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
However, that second era, if I've given the impression that it has ended, I never meant to.

Your continuing work on Sirenia Digest, I think, disproves that theory.

Oh, fuck me. I'm being self-effacing.

Yeah, knock that off.
alumiere
Dec. 13th, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
I don't get his point about the end/beginning... but regardless of what he meant your writing doesn't seem to be ending, just taking a detour.
pisceanblue
Dec. 13th, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
His comments strike me as being glib for the sake of being glib, and I don't agree with his assessment of your career, much less why you wrote the Tierney trilogy. But I often do not agree with such things, as I feel many miss the point when attempting to comment on your work.

Totally uncommercial esoteric bummers guaranteed to eventually land me in a cardboard box at the corner of Crack and Whore.
I thought Sarah Crowe was in the room for a moment, there.
phaedrine
Dec. 13th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Perplexing indeed.

No matter your era, if you write a grocery list, I'll read it.
kendare_blake
Dec. 13th, 2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'm relieved to hear you say "the second era" is not over. I saw another reviewer who said something like "If The Drowning Girl is the end, as the author has suggested..." and came to scour the Livejournal for more information. So...relief!

The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl are amazing novels.
esanko
Dec. 14th, 2012 07:30 am (UTC)
"Uncommercial esoteric bummers". I have to think about that for a moment... umm, YUP! And I love it. And I'm aware you should never begin a sentence with the word And. And I don't care.
"Paranormromance" parodies- why not do both? Art for cash, art for self expression- really, it's perfect. Is selling yourself out, compromising your true vision, a bad thing? (I am not targeting you, a broad generalization)I say milk the fuck out of it! Have fun! Hot teen werewolves boning doggie style! Yeah! AaaRoooooo! Morons. Make it hotter and nastier than anyone out there. Cash the check, do your Aunt Beast thing.
Please.
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