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"You'll lose everything, by the end..."

I'm going to put my fucking life up for sale on Craigslist. Not that I've ever even looked at Craigslist, but I figure they might not stop me from selling my life, so long as I offer it cheap.

I don't think I should even try to play catch up. The past three days are a blur of proofreading and editing. And stuff. New Year's Day through today. Proofreading for what? The Ape's Wife and Other Stories and Black Helicopters, both. The latter, actually, is a hardback "chapbook" novella that will be offered free with the limited edition of the collection. I wasn't sure whether or not I'd yet announced The Ape's Wife and Other Stories, or if Bill Schafer was okay with my doing so. But last night I saw that Locus has listed it as a July 2013 release, so there you go. Nope, I have no idea when preorders will begin. Soon, I would think. I delivered the final ms. to subpress last night, though I won't be delivering the final text of Black Helicopters until later today. But, yeah. Four days of intensive fucking editing. Or four fucking intensive days of editing. Though no actual fucking was involved. More's the pity.

The snow we got on the 29th of December is still out there.

Until today, I had some hope this year might be getting off to a better start than the disastrous 2012.

As soon as I have the time to export/import the whole of this LJ to Dreamwidth (again), I'll be moving. Could be as soon as the middle of this week. It will continue to be mirrored here, though I'll only answer comments there. I hate to do this, but the primary object of the journal has always been promotional, and I'm hoping there will be more readers at Dreamwidth. I'm actually a bit lost, as regards the web. It has been, in large part, responsible for the meager success I've had as an author. First, going back to 1995, through my website, then several incarnations of a long-extinct online forum/chatroom, then Blogger, which led to LiveJournal. All of these have worked for me. Now, though, the age of the website and the age of the blog both seem to be – for the most part – over and done. And neither Facebook nor Twitter have proven very helpful. Though I do get a lot more feedback via Facebook these days than LJ. But it all moves too fast, these new "social media" services, and cater to such a goddamn short-attention-span mindset, that I fear they are of almost zero utility in the promotion of books. So, I'll continue with a blog, and hope things are better at Dreamwidth. This, by the way, will likely not be my existing Dreamwidth account, but a new one.

If you have not, please order a copy of the hardback Alabaster: Wolves collection. A lot is riding on the success of the book. I've seen a copy, and it looks grand. Greg Ruth's covers are fucking brilliant.

There's a lot more I'd say, about the past few days, but I have a very long interview to get through, after the last bit of editing on Black Helicopters. So, I'd best boogy. I have added a series of of photographs to my New Year's Day entry, all of which were taken on the last day of 2012, The Year The World Did Not End. Though, it may been another fifteen or twenty minutes before they're up.

Tired of Breathing,
Aunt Beast

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ashlyme
Jan. 5th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
Would it be possible to comment on your Dreamwidth journal without having an account?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 5th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)

I doubt it. But it's not hard to get an account, is it?
ashlyme
Jan. 5th, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'll look into that, thanks. Like the new photos, by the way.
numisma
Jan. 5th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
Dreamwidth has OpenID, so yes, it's possible to comment there with LJ accounts if the journal owner allows that.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 5th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)

As long as I can forbid anonymous comments.
numisma
Jan. 5th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
You can. OpenID users will have to register their OpenID on DreamWidth, but doing so will make them a known person.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)

Yup. Spooky spent some time checking it all out for me today.
shanejayell
Jan. 5th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC)
Hope the editing and such gets easier.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 5th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)

The editing is essentially done with. As for the rest...
alumiere
Jan. 5th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting for Alabaster: Wolves to ship, and looking forward to the new collection. You write short stories and novellas that I adore, and I find it sad that the audience for them isn't larger.
alumiere
Jan. 5th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
As for the above question about DW comments they allow access as non-anon w/ lj, twitter, fb, more.

They've also added an option that allows comments from the lj x-post to drop into DW. See http://kate-nepveu.livejournal.com/624684.html for an example.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 5th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)

As for the above question about DW comments they allow access as non-anon w/ lj, twitter, fb, more.

Cool. Though I will not allow anonymous comments. I don't here.

They've also added an option that allows comments from the lj x-post to drop into DW.

Nice.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 5th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)

and I find it sad that the audience for them isn't larger.

And always verging on financially catastrophic.
thecoughlin
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
My understanding is that "the place" for useful traffic now is tumblr but I bare zero resemblance to a social media maven
greygirlbeast
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)

My understanding is that "the place" for useful traffic now is tumblr but I bare zero resemblance to a social media maven

I won't even consider "Tumblr." The people can't even keep up with their "e."
thecoughlin
Jan. 6th, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
Point.
sovay
Jan. 6th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
I won't even consider "Tumblr." The people can't even keep up with their "e."

Amen.
subtlesttrap
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
I cannot wait until the TOC is announced for The Ape's Wife! I'm especially pleased that "Black Helicopters" will be the bonus with the limited edition! Congrats on finishing the ms! Will The Ape's Wife be largely collected from Sirenia Digest or will we see uncollected stories like the titular tale and "The Collier's Venus," "The Sea Troll's Daughter," etc.?

Edited at 2013-01-05 10:34 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)

I cannot wait until the TOC is announced for The Ape's Wife!

I'll post it tomorrow.

Will The Ape's Wife be largely collected from Sirenia Digest or will we see uncollected stories like the titular tale and "The Collier's Venus," "The Sea Troll's Daughter," etc.?

Mostly uncollected stuff.
subtlesttrap
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'll post it tomorrow.

HELL YES! In other news I think 2013 will be a great year for CRK fanboys like me. I can't wait for more details on the Centipede Press release of The Red Tree which unnerved me so completely that I had to sleep with a light on for a few months after I read it. Only "Apokatastasis" unnerved me as much as that beautiful novel!
aarongp
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
Just the title of the new collection sounds cool--you've sold me a copy. And the chap book of Black Helicopters to boot. Woot!

Hope the Dreamwidth move has the desired effect. Your work--and your blogging for that matter--deserve a far greater audience.

Nice best of movie list for 2012 also. A good portion of those films haven't even come out here yet but I'm hanging for "Django Unchained" and "Lincoln" in particular.

Here's to a better 2013 and all the best for "Blood Oranges', "Alabaster" and the new collection.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)

You're welcome, and thanks.
esanko
Jan. 5th, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
Regarding Dreamwidth- will your blog still be under greygirlbeast? Could you please maybe post instructions for finding you there for us barely computer literate troglodytes?
Hope your new year will be great!
Any updates on the Tylo paint job?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 5th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)

Regarding Dreamwidth- will your blog still be under greygirlbeast?

Not sure. I'm going to start a new DW account, and try for a different name.

Could you please maybe post instructions for finding you there for us barely computer literate troglodytes?

I'll put up links, once it's done.

Any updates on the Tylo paint job?

Sadly, I've been too busy to even think about it. But soon, I hope. Also, the paleoart book you mentioned, I've had several months, and yes, it is wonderful.
sovay
Jan. 6th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
Could be as soon as the middle of this week. It will continue to be mirrored here, though I'll only answer comments there.

My Dreamwidth handle is the same as on Livejournal, although at this point I'm only using DW as a mirror and a backup. I'm sorry it's come to this.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 6th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)

As am I. And yeah, I'll have a new DW name, which I'll likely announce tomorrow.
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