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Bounce House Demons

A mind enclosed in language is in prison. ~ Simone Weil

That quotation came to me this morning courtesy Fred Cleveland, who was one of my first constant readers (we're talking 1997). And it comes, curiously, after a day of struggling with the beginning of the second third of Alabaster: Boxcar Tales. One of those two ideas I spoke of yesterday. An idea that bloomed fully formed in my head, but getting the intricate images out of my head, describing them in such a way that Steve Leiber can draw them to match what I see in my mind....yeah, language is a prison, and it can never keep up with my imagination. Sometimes, the limitations can inflict a sensation that – I swear to fuck – is physically painful.

I did 1,184 words yesterday, making it past the first two pages of that eight page installment, but now I think I'm shelving it, sending everything I have to Steve, and working a lot of the design and conceptualization stuff out with him before I continue. That way I don't have to struggle to describe a thing in the script. I can say, "You know, the X with Y in sketch Z. That." And oh how I wish, wish, wish I could tell you exactly what I'm talking about here – storywise – but I don't dare. Apologies. Loose lips and all that.

Last night, at 2:30 ayem, I had the drafting tools out, sketching a Bussard ramjet starship that will look exactly the way I need a ramjet to look. Sometimes the work is interesting, yes.

If you haven't already, PLEASE go to the Alabaster Facebook page and click the little like button thingy. I posted some of the earliest of Steve's Dancy sketches there yesterday. We're up to 584 "likes."

Also, remember, Subterranean Press is now taking pre-orders for The Ape's Wife and Other Stories.

And, also. Because, you know, THREE BOOKS AT ONCE. Also, Blood Oranges is only a few weeks from release (and people will likely get copies in advance of the actual release date, because release dates seem to be more like suggestions).

I went outside yesterday, but only as far as Eastside Market. Still, the air was good, and it made me feel cleaner. The air in the house must be growing foul.

Last night we played The Secret World, working on our Templar characters, and then we watched the first two episodes of Season Two of Damages. I'm really liking this series. Anything this good, it's just a shame there's no profanity. The absence of profanity is achingly incongruous. Very good first season. Only a few laggy episodes, but a stunning finalé. I love the non-linear narrative. Not a surprise there. Very good cinematography. And speaking of television, tonight, of course, is the very last episode of Fringe. Ever. "Over There." A special two-hour episode. But we won't see it until tomorrow night, as we'll be watching last week's episode tonight. NO SPOILERS. Oh, and Spooky drank a bottle of bacon-maple beer last night. I have no idea how it tasted, but it smelled fucking vile.

Sunny and bitter cold here in Providence.

Aunt Beast


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Marisa Sandlin
Jan. 18th, 2013 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'll cut and paste what I posted in the Fringe thread over on MetaFilter:

"Fringe went from being a standard X-Files MoTW show to something that was insanely ambitious. (It's sort of like how Supernatural went the same path more or less for the first season and then realized if they actually had some world-building going down, it'd add to the show instead of just relying on Ackles and Padalecki's pretty faces.)

Fringe turned out to be a wonderful show that I didn't expect to love so hard. But they kept upping the ante, making things more complicated and tragic, to the point you had to work to keep up with what they were doing. Throw in some unexpectedly great performances by Noble (I agree: GIVE HIM A FUCKING EMMY), Jackson, Torv, and hell, pretty much the rest of the cast, and you got smart sci-fi that didn't talk down to you. It wanted you to level up when watching. I respected that. I LOVED that.

There is less and less good intelligent sci-fi series these days. And when Fringe leaves our screens tonight, it's one more nail in a coffin."

(And yes, I confess a love for Supernatural. But that's neither here or there compared to what a great show we lose in Fringe.)
Jan. 18th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)

Very nice.
Jan. 18th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Spooky drank a bottle of bacon-maple beer last night.

I enjoy bacon but don't consider myself a fanatic, nevertheless people seem to like to give me bacon flavored/scented things. Most recently I received some bacon flavored lip balm. I have seen the Rougue VooDoo Doughnut bacon maple ale in stores but haven't tried it yet.
Jan. 18th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)

have seen the Rougue VooDoo Doughnut bacon maple ale in stores but haven't tried it yet.

That's what she drank. I admit, I liked the doughnuts – which we had last we were in Portland. But as beer? Ew.

Edited at 2013-01-18 06:11 pm (UTC)
Jan. 18th, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Bacon maple beer? Gods, some people will make a beer out of anything.

I liked the Alabaster page and shared Greg Ruth's stunning cover for Alabaster: Boxcar Tales (Part 4) amongst my friends. Had two co-workers of mine share it as well. "This is exactly how I feel right now," said one.

And, gods, I'm going to miss Walter. I will never look at Twizzlers the same way again.
Jan. 18th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)

And, gods, I'm going to miss Walter. I will never look at Twizzlers the same way again.

I will most definitely have a Walter-shaped hole in my heart.

"This is exactly how I feel right now," said one.

This made me smile.
Jan. 18th, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
Totally random, but have you heard the latest Ellie Goulding album, Halcyon? I’ve been listening to “Dead in the Water” and thinking about _The Drowning Girl_.

You’ve haunted me, obviously.

Jan. 19th, 2013 01:54 am (UTC)
The Apes Wife le and blood oranges are pre-ordered, I can't wait.
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