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"Through the dark we tiptoe."

We had a couple of decent days here. Weather-wise, I mean. Then again, I have to question what has happened to me that I'm grateful for days when the high is 59˚F. I am forgetting what warmth actually is, here at the latter stages of the worst and longest winter of my forty-eight+ years. But the point is, the "decent days" are, for now, gone. A low tonight of 28˚F. That wasn't in the forecast on Saturday. I miss quasi-reliable weather forecasts, and I miss my ability to understand what the weather is going to do based on my experience with the time of year. I miss warm, and I miss genuinely hot; I especially miss hot nights. Currently, it's 37˚F and feels like 29˚F, cloudy, wind at 13 mph, gusting to 23 mph.

I have no idea why I'm still keeping this blog. It became important to my writing career, but I don't know that it is anymore. Once upon a time, readers turned to blogs. Then again, before that, once upon a time we knew very little about the lives and day-to-day minutiae of any given author. The world was not a suffocating "cloud" – literally, figuratively – of tweets, Facebook status updates, blog entries, etc. That shit simply did not exist. A decade and a half ago. Which seems, usually, like yesterday. Most days, I tell myself that I'm keeping this public online journal (fifteen years ago, a revolutionary idea, now old hat and perhaps obsolete) for my own benefit. My memory is bad and getting worse, so, I write things down here, and in ten years I can come back and remember. Which is what journals are. Mnemonic arks. Here are the events of This Day, two by two. Everything I didn't write down here drowned.

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Yesterday, I posted Vincent Chong's wonderful cover for The Ape's Wife and Other Stories to Facebook, and now I will post it here. Oh, also, the book will be released in July:

the apes wife_revised 2


If you have not already ordered the collection, please do.

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On Saturday, I wrote 1,660 words on Chapter Five of Red Delicious. Sunday, I wrote nothing. It just didn't happen. I signed a very large stack of eBay books. That evening, Geoffrey (readingthedark) visited and stayed until after midnight, our first visitor here since early December – four months; how does that even happen to people? Yesterday was swallowed, unexpectedly, by work on Alabaster: Boxcar Tales, so no work was done on Red Delicious, and no writing was done on anything. Today, I have to try to get back to the place where I left off with the story on Saturday.

There were such astounding dreams this morning. But all that remains of them is glitter and confetti.

We Really Are Ants Now,
Aunt Beast

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greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)

Where would you move to if you could live anywhere on earth?

Not sure. But it would be equatorial.
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greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)

And a shitload of snow. If I moved down south (New Orleans!), I'd freak out if it was hot all the time. So I can imagine how you feel, if I just put it all in reverse.

It was an interesting novelty, the snow, the first year I was here. Now I loathe it.

eep writing this blog and everything else. Pretty please, Aunt Beast.

I can only say, we'll see.
pisceanblue
Apr. 2nd, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
A truly bowtie cover which makes me yearn to have the book in my greedy mitts now. April is the cruelest month in which you tease us with future releases (here be the sound of a rimshot).
greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)

April is the cruelest month in which you tease us with future releases (here be the sound of a rimshot).

In the South, April is a first kindly month, when winter finally releases the world.
setsuled
Apr. 2nd, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
I could never take living in that kind of weather. I think I'm in Antarctica if it gets below 60. The heat stuck around pretty late last year, well into November, but I got sick of it fast when it was cold for two weeks. And by cold, of course, I mean around 70.

That is a great cover.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC)

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<i.I could never take living in that kind of weather. I think I'm in Antarctica if it gets below 60. The heat stuck around pretty late last year, well into November, but I got sick of it fast when it was cold for two weeks. And by cold, of course, I mean around 70. </i>

Yes.
corucia
Apr. 2nd, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)

Gorgeous cover - I can't wait for the release.

I generally take each season as they come. However, I just returned to Minnesota from Florida, and having the seasons retreat from early summer to full winter over the course of a 36 hour drive was rather hard to take. The early blush of green on the trees flashes by up here, in comparison to North Carolina where it has time to linger - one of the few things I miss about the South.

I gave up on Twitter after a few weeks; I need more substantial thoughts than it generally can provide. For that (selfish) reason alone I hope you continue with your blog.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2013 05:25 pm (UTC)

Gorgeous cover

Yes, it is.

Florida would be heaven. Jacksonville...

I gave up on Twitter after a few weeks; I need more substantial thoughts than it generally can provide. For that (selfish) reason alone I hope you continue with your blog.

I strongly dislike Twitter, and Facebook is vapid. But I am using both – especially Facebook – because they seem much more effective means of communicating with readers than LJ has become.
MarisaSandlin
Apr. 2nd, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
We had the barest flickers of coming spring up here a couple of days ago, but now it's around 27F and I am running our woodstove ON THE SECOND DAY OF APRIL.

It's days like this in which I wish I had convinced Matt to move down South and not the other way around.

I hope you continue with your blog. I still read about 12-15 of them weekly and would hate to see any of them go away. Especially yours since yours is the longest-lived in my cache.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)

We had the barest flickers of coming spring up here a couple of days ago, but now it's around 27F and I am running our woodstove ON THE SECOND DAY OF APRIL.

Yes. We're having to use the fireplace today.

I hope you continue with your blog. I still read about 12-15 of them weekly and would hate to see any of them go away. Especially yours since yours is the longest-lived in my cache.

It's been around a long, long time.
readingthedark
Apr. 2nd, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
It's a gorgeous cover.

And it was a lovely visit.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)

It was a fine visit.
shanejayell
Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
Lovely looking book. :D
greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)

The jacket, I think, makes the book.
martianmooncrab
Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
We had a few days in the high 70's and now we are going for the Oregon version of April showers, which means its not going gently when it rains.

My memory is like a sieve, and its not pretty on the days when the holes are larger than the pot they are in. I keep track because the patterns are ... uh... something.. uh..
andrian6
Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
The cover is stunning; the little details in the edges of the map, and the slightly dogeared postcard are lovely.

You should look into setting up an artificial island. Why should the crazed libertarians be the only ones with ambitions of ruling over a synthetic state upon the waves?
greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)

Fuck the libertarians.
alumiere
Apr. 2nd, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
I know your readership here seems to be smaller, but we're paying attention and it helps me keep up with your upcoming publications. So it does make a difference for me.

Love the cover, excited about The Ape's Wife... and Black Helicopters. They can't come out soon enough.
Gene Stewart
Apr. 2nd, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Blogs
Your blog is a touchstone for me and many others. It helps to know we are not alone. Thank you for that, and much else. We appreciate that you keep it going; it keeps us going.
aoniedesade
Apr. 2nd, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
I am really looking forward to the new book. A new book that is leather bound AND includes a hard-bound novella warms my bibliophilic heart.

While I don't hang out on LJ much anymore, I do read your entries every day, and I look forward to them. Your entries make me appreciate the daily struggle of writing that tends to be glossed over or overlooked, which makes Sirenia Digest and your books all the more vital to me.
jadakath
Apr. 2nd, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
the cloud
Did you see the new Dr Who?! About the dangers of the interweb cloud- yikes!
humglum
Apr. 2nd, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: the cloud


Shhh... we still haven't seen the first part of the new season.
No cable, you know... But I'm contemplating getting it from Amazon.
ladyblue56
Apr. 3rd, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
The book cover is bowtie.

Spring is teasing us but the two best harbingers occurred this past week when the turnip greens bloomed and the dog started to blow her coat.
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