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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

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.