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"I remember standing by the Wall."

About as dreary a day as it's possible for a day to be, here in Providence. Grey, rainy, a chance of flurries. Presently 38˚F.

Yesterday, I wrote 2,106 words on Black Helicopters and found THE END of this novella. A total of 21,419 words and seventy-two ms. pages. Written in only twelve days, December 4-15. In truth, as with "Our Lady of Tharsis Tholus," it doesn't feel finished. This is one reason I've written so few novellas. Because I pass a certain word count, and there are so many ideas, so many possibilities, all of them feeding off one another, multiplying exponentially, it almost seems easier to go on to forty or fifty thousand and have a short novel than just stop. Anyway, I don't know if Black Helicopters is science fiction or fantasy, but it is most certainly weird fiction. And I'm fairly pleased with it.

We saw the new Fringe last night – "Black Blotter" – and the animation sequence, a deliriously marvelous tribute to Terry Gilliam, served as yet another reminder of the brilliance of the series. All good things must end, yes, and all stories, too. Stories that do not know when to "end" are as unsightly as those that are left unfinished. But I think it's going to be a long time before anything like Fringe comes along again.

We'd Circle, and We'd Circle, and We'd Circle,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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maldeluxx
Dec. 16th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Agree with the "end" thing, knowing when the end things makes the whole feel better, and rewatching/re-reading/whatever (eventually) better too.
eluneth
Dec. 16th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on Black Helicopters, and thanks for the words on Fringe. I'm always looking for weird television (American Horror Story has become an unspeakable mess, alas! and not even in the entertaining manner of the last season), and what I'm hearing of Fringe sounds very appealing indeed.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 16th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)

(American Horror Story has become an unspeakable mess, alas! and not even in the entertaining manner of the last season),

We saw the first two episodes of this season, then stopped. We were actually fans of Season One, so it was a great disappointment.

With Fringe, start at the beginning. Though, the series doesn't really begin to gather strength until sometime in Season Two. But all that Season One stuff is important.
eluneth
Dec. 16th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
I quite enjoyed Season 1, but in an increasingly campy way, as the writing left me more and more unmoved by most of the characters' narratives. (I did love the Tate/Violet subplot, and Moira's character.) With Season 2, I was aghast from the first episode on, and couldn't make it to the second. From what I've heard, it's only gone on to become even more exploitative and shock-driven.

Thank you for the recommendations on Fringe-watching; I'll keep them in mind!

(Sorry to post this twice; the improper threading bothered me the first time round.)
greygirlbeast
Dec. 16th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)

With Season 2, I was aghast from the first episode on

Yup.
shanejayell
Dec. 16th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC)
Slushing off and on here. Wish it would settle on snow or rain...
greygirlbeast
Dec. 16th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)

If I can't have summer, snow would be nice.
nerthus
Dec. 16th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
'Fringe' is amazing!
corucia
Dec. 16th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)

Looking forward to reading 'Black Helicopters'. Is that the final title? Please don't shorten it - 'Black Copter' sounds like an intense bar drink.

greygirlbeast
Dec. 17th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)

Yep. That's the final title. No shortening.
aarongp
Dec. 16th, 2012 08:25 pm (UTC)
But I think it's going to be a long time before anything like Fringe comes along again.
We stopped at the end of season 1, but your platitudes continue to tempt me into going back. I have "American Horror Story:S1" lined up next. Maybe after that.

Congrats on "finishing" the novella and on the PW starred review for Blood Oranges.
chris_walsh
Dec. 16th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking powering through Fringe after it's done will be the better way for me to experience it (I've only seen bits and pieces of the show so far). Your posts (especially this one) have made me want to see it; it going Gilliam-esque is just icing.

Do you think Black Helicopters will feel more finished o you in a while? Has that feeling gone away on your other novellas?

If you have time/the willingness to be distracted, you may enjoy being distracted by Bowie remixes used to rescore 2001: A Space Odyssey.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 17th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)

No...it never really goes away, and I never have time to "finish" them.
sovay
Dec. 17th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
Anyway, I don't know if Black Helicopters is science fiction or fantasy, but it is most certainly weird fiction. And I'm fairly pleased with it.

I like both of these elements.

and the animation sequence, a deliriously marvelous tribute to Terry Gilliam

I should just sit down and start Fringe. It keeps sounding like something I'd love and I keep not actually watching any television these days.
poesillchild
Dec. 17th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
I laughed out loud when the animation sequence began, so appropriate.
Walter's manic escapades this final season have brought a lot to the show.
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