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"The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering." ~ Tom Waits

Hubero's not feeling well this morning. Which makes two of us.

Morning. It isn't morning. It's my two o'clock p.m. Effective morning, as I've only been up two and a half hours. Once upon a time, I woke at seven thirty and made eight ayem classes. Once upon a time, I was at work at the museum by eight-thirty ayem. Once upon a time, I was in bed by nine pm. Long, long ago.

There was a whole lot of weird "long time ago" shit on Facebook yesterday, surrounding my time in Death's Little Sister. A bio accompanying an interview that went up a few days ago mentioned the band, my time in the band. My reaction was, "Jesus, that was sixteen years ago. I was thirty-two years old. Who cares." Ancient history. Then I found this on a hidden, forgotten corner of my website. It's not actually DLS. It's Crimson Stain Mystery, the studio project I was a part of a couple of years after DLS split up. So, I listened to the song yesterday, and I thought, "It's obvious from that recording I wanted to sing like Ian Curtis in a band that sounded like Concrete Blonde.* I was an angry young woman." I twatted the thought. Now, I'm an angry old woman. Anyway, what surprised me yesterday was that I found myself sort of liking the recording. Back in '99, I hated it. At forty-eight, I suppose I have a tiny bit more perspective. But I'm still not sure why any of this was in the biography with the interview, or why it's in the Wikipedia article, or why anybody really gives a rat's ass. Then again, I may feel the same about my entire publishing career if, say, I live to be sixty-eight. Oh, there's a scary thought.

Let's lighten this shit up. Yesterday, Spooky was messing around with the fisheye effect on the new camera, and she caught my inner crack monkey (behind the cut):

Okay. Well, now that's out of the way...yesterday, I wrote nothing, but I did get the script for Alabaster: Boxcar Tales (Chapter 7) to my editor at Dark Horse and...you know, I never did mention that I now have a new editor, Daniel Chabon (Michael Chabon's brother). My former editor, Rachel Eddidin, has gone freelance. She will be missed. Her interest in working with me is why Alabaster is happening. She set the ball rolling. It's weird continuing without her. Anyway, yeah. The script went to Portland and came back with notes, which I ought see to this afternoon. Also, yesterday, I finished with the CEM for The Ape's Wife and Other Stories. Which means, a paragraph from yesterday's post ought be revised to read:

I am actually rather pleased with the way I made it through February. I began Red Delicious and made it past the 100-page mark. I wrote a vignette, "What Dread Hammer? What Dread Grasp?" I managed to also write an issue of Alabaster: Boxcar Tales and get Sirenia Digest #86 out to subscribers. Plus, I finished the slog through the CEM for The Ape's Wife and Other Stories..

I wanted to begin Chapter Four of Red Delicious today, but that's gonna happen tomorrow, instead. A nightmare this morning threw the day out of whack. I blame you, David Fincher.

The moment will pass, and time will be gone,
Aunt Beast

* If you don't know who Ian Curtis or Concrete Blonde were, go ask your parents.


( 9 comments — Have your say! )
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Somewhere I have a tape of DLS. Good stuff.
Mar. 1st, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)

Wow. I wonder how many of those survive. I have three. One without the case. There were only ever 500.
Mar. 1st, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Fuck the note made me feel old. Ah well, as long as I can still dance it's okay.
Mar. 1st, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
That's a fucking great Tom Waits quote. I could imagine him saying that in his Renfield voice.

Kudos on the Feb work load completed. Just to stop, turn around and complete 100 pages of a new version of a novel is an accomplishment on its own.

Thanks for the fun photo, brought a smile to my face.
Alex Bell
Mar. 1st, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
Iron Lung
It's a good song. I can definitely hear Ian Curtis. Also a totally unamused Rozz Williams comes to mind.
Mar. 1st, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Iron Lung

I can definitely hear Ian Curtis.

Thing is, at the time, I wasn't even trying. But reviewers brought it up.

Also a totally unamused Rozz Williams comes to mind.

Mar. 1st, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
You know, ever since I got that CD with SILK all those years ago- I don't think I've ever gone more than a few months without having to play those 2 tracks (The HOUSE cover is great as well, but I just absolutely love IRON LUNG). I have them here in my itunes at work and sometimes they are just the right thing to pull me out of a mood.

I've been dying to hear DLS for a very long time, but I'm beginning to think it's never gonna happen...
Mar. 2nd, 2013 03:15 am (UTC)
This is off-topic, but I was wondering if you decided against the move to DreamWidth? I just set an account up over there and I'm taking a look around.

I'm really happy that you decided to serialize "Fay Grimmer" in Sirenia Digest. "Blood Oranges" was excellent and enjoyable, so it's nice to have a bit of a post-script.
Clare Cumming
Mar. 2nd, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
The photo made me guffaw and I was badly in need of good guffawing, so thank you.

Do you have any plans to put up any DLS songs? I read some of the lyrics on your site a while back and was really curious to hear how the songs sounded. I think you said some time ago that you were thinking of releasing audio of you reading short fic, but I can't remember if you were going to release music too (my memory is quite the colander).
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