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As Spooky just said, it's very wrong that people hear "Nemo" and think of that damned orange fish.

I haven't written in two days, which means the word bank – which had enough words to cover two days – is now empty. However, before I can go back to work on Red Delicious, I have to write something for Sirenia Digest #86.

And, by the way, I love my readers. Thanks to everyone who helped out on Amazon yesterday. Two stars to four in about two hours. I'm still pissed they yanked down blackholly's review (I wish I'd thought to copy it), because writers are banned from reviewing. Yep, it's true. Writers – an immensely broad range of people – are forbidden to comment, as themselves, on Amazon.com. Since 2012, I think, but I didn't know until yesterday. I'm wondering if they include people who self publish to Kindle. I'm wondering how they define "author." It's a load of bullshit. But bullshit is what I expect from Amazon. This is censorship, and there's no honest way to claim it's anything else.

So, yeah. Nemo came and left us...well, we're not sure, because it's been hard getting an accurate fix on the snowfall amounts here in Providence. We're estimating ~20". Today, the sun is peeping in and out, and I've never seen a world so white. I wish I were at Beavertail, looking down at our cove – at the place where we swim in the summer. There's a driving and parking ban in effect here. None of the secondary roads have been cleared. But we have power. It only flickered a few times last night. Once just long enough to shut off my iMac. The wind battered and buffeted the house. The wind howled. There are college kids downstairs, and they went out and built a snow cat before the storm reached its full fury. We waited until it was truly wild, so I could say I'd walked in Nemo. But we didn't walk far. The wind made the snow into needles, and I had to keep my back turned to it. But it was utterly, sublimely wonderful, even though the wind put my nerves on edge (still on edge today). The orange sky of a heavy snow is...well, I was going to say how much I love that light, but then I realized it's manufactured by city light pollution. Anyway, there are a few photos behind the cut. We'll venture out later today and get aftermath photos for tomorrow.





In the front parlour, Hubero watching the storm.



Very Dr. Seuss.



Looking towards the opposite side of the street.



People who make snow cats leave behind a lot of wet clothing.



Snow cat!



Looking west.



Looking east (into the wind). This photo makes the world look civilized again. You can't see the ugly, you can't see the "modern." You can't see the 21st Century.



We saw the first episode of Homeland last night, and it seems promising. I am somewhat leery of the way the series could go politically, and if it turns into a pro-DoHS, anti-Muslim, pro-war screed I'll stop watching. But, for now, yeah. I'm giving it a chance. Also, Morena Baccarin naked. Big plus.

If you haven't, please do look at the current eBay auctions. Thanks.

Okay...must make words, here in my white tomb.

White Out Conditions,
Aunt Beast

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shanejayell
Feb. 9th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Wow.
seph_ski
Feb. 9th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
I love the snow cat, and I love how the falling snow makes the photos look too faded to be from less than 30 years ago.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 9th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)

It makes the world look civilized again. You can't see the ugly, you can't see the "modern." You can't see the 21st Century.
seph_ski
Feb. 9th, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
That's exactly why I love snow days so much. It turns the volume down on this too-loud, over-blown "civilization" of ours. For someone like me, who is startled by every noise and blinded by brightness, it's a welcome respite for my over-stimulated nerves.
witchchild
Feb. 9th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
We got 34" where I am. And one of the plows clearing out the condo complex got stuck. Now THAT is a snowstorm.

I went out in it too, when the accumulation was still light. Anything to keep from having to cook up my own lunch unless I have to.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 9th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC)

We got 34" where I am. And one of the plows clearing out the condo complex got stuck. Now THAT is a snowstorm.

Wow. We haven't had snow plows yet. We're low priority.
witchchild
Feb. 9th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'm amazed they were able to get over here. Yes, it's private property, but that also means the streets around me have been plowed.
p_m_cryan
Feb. 9th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm glad that my pop-culture-fu fails me from time to time, because my first and only reaction to hearing "Nemo" is to envision the Captain, full stop.

Huzzah, snow cat! Huzzah, Hubero! Boo on the two-facedeness of Amazon.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 9th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)

I guess I'm glad that my pop-culture-fu fails me from time to time, because my first and only reaction to hearing "Nemo" is to envision the Captain, full stop.

The good for you.

Boo on the two-facedeness of Amazon.

There are work-arounds....
muse_books
Feb. 9th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
I wonder why the amazon ban on authors happened? Was it because of the scandal of authors creating 5-star reviews for each other and themselves? Of course you can review books on Goodreads. I've written a book and contributed to others not had any issue with having reviews and comments on amazon co.uk.

greygirlbeast
Feb. 9th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)

I wonder why the amazon ban on authors happened? Was it because of the scandal of authors creating 5-star reviews for each other and themselves?

Something like that. However, if an author acquaintance of mine reads my book, loves it, and wants to say so on Amazon, they ought have the same right to do so as anyone else. I ought have the same right.

Of course you can review books on Goodreads.

I loathe Goodreads. For many reasons.
muse_books
Feb. 9th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh I am in total agreement you should have that right and it is totally unfair that some writers have ruined it for others by using such unfair tactics. However, as you say there are work arounds.

I'm not all that keen on Amazon ratings as they so easily can be effected by those 1-star reviews where people didn't get their package on time.

Of course Goodreads is a very different type of site than a commercial one like Amazon or other bookseller. For me it is like LJ a place to interact with other readers as well as to keep track of my own books read and to be read.

Edited at 2013-02-09 10:43 pm (UTC)
aishabintjamil
Feb. 9th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
Actually it's not just authors that are banned from reviewing. Anyone who might have any personal connection with the author is banned, so your author-acquaintance is doubly-damned in their eyes - both for being an author, and for being personally acquainted with you. I've heard of a number of people who've had reviews they left for authors with whom they weren't acquainted except as fans, removed because someone at Amazon decided they must be a friend of the author.

The author thing is also in part because there is a rules against reviewing a competitor's product, and of course since books are an interchangeable commodity like hard drives or laundry detergents, we're all competing with each other in the eyes of certain people at Amazon.

It's all so mind-numbingly stupid that I've stopped leaving reviews on anything, and read them with ever greater skepticism.
muse_books
Feb. 10th, 2013 09:42 am (UTC)
That really is mind-numingly stupid. I do have a group of LJ folk and bloggers who do review in the genres I enjoy and feel I can rely on them for recs that don't contain the kind of spoilers people so often post on Amazon.
aarongp
Feb. 9th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
The colour in those final two photos is striking. Tunnels leading down into some nether region.

Christ how I fucking hated "Finding Nemo".

Also, Morena Baccarin naked. Big plus.
Hells yes.
activistgirl
Feb. 9th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
Belated congrats on the Locus list! My damn Google chrome has been acting up with that "Pepperflash" Plugin so I am just getting caught up here after disabling it! Missed the pre-order on Blood Oranges so I ordered it at the Barnes & Noble (ick, I miss Borders-but they promised if I get it elsewhere I can say I don't need it and they keep it there...sooo...I am scheming to get a few more on their shelves). subtlesttrap's mention of it a few entries back ("Your work is always viscerally visual but this novel truly bangs along like some badass bastard of Joss Whedon & Quentin Tarantino! I truly hope someone in Hollywood will fill your coffer for the film rights.") has me pretty stoked to get my paws on it!
sovay
Feb. 9th, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
The orange sky of a heavy snow is...well, I was going to say how much I love that light, but then I realized it's manufactured by city light pollution.

I like the night photos. That sodium light looks like sepia, and the snow-blurring the faint silver grain of plates developed in another time.

(The snow cat is also pretty cool.)

I spent almost all of the afternoon shoveling. There will have to be more tomorrow morning, but at least all relevant surfaces were cleared.
tziedel
Feb. 9th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
Spreading the word about Blood Oranges. Scroll down on this link.

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=108521
grandmofhelsing
Feb. 10th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
Homeland
Trust me when I say _Homeland_ is the one mainstream U.S. TV show that actually shows "why they hate us." And the answer isn't "for our freedom." Stick with it.
lady_theadora
Feb. 10th, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
Love the Hubero pic!
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