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We had something like spring yesterday. Today, we have February again. Yesterday, a high of 61˚F. Today, a high of 47˚F. Yesterday, no wind to speak of, and today we have a stiff northwesterly blow, 23 mph. I dislike this wind. It keeps me on edge. Everything seemed so startlingly quiet yesterday, underscoring how tense the wind makes me. Tomorrow may be better again, which is how I'll get through today. Thinking about tomorrow. Truth be told, that's how I get through most days.

I had a hot bath yesterday with the bathroom window open. It felt so clean.

Spooky took this photo yesterday, me and Hubero enjoying an open window:

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I wrote 1,133 words yesterday, and I'm very near the end of Chapter Six of Red Delicious. This chapter wants to go on and on, probably because the next chapter is the last chapter, and there's nothing more terrifying than having to actually write THE END of a plot-driven novel (shudder). Life is devoid of plot. I know this. Quinn knows this. We're both pretending otherwise to maybe make readers happy. I looked over the final inks on some pages for Dark Horse. And that was about it. I'm not doing half as much work as I ought to be doing. That's perfectly clear. The weather holds me down.

Last night, we watched a surprisingly disquieting little film – The Bay (2012) – that, during the end credits, I was surprised to see had been written, directed, and produced by Barry Levinson.

I want a driver's license, and I want an old pickup truck. A truck old enough that I can work on it myself, whenever it needs repairs.

Now I wander away towards words.

Straying,
Aunt Beast

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shanejayell
Apr. 6th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Nice photo. :D

Looking forward to Red Delicious. :D
ashlyme
Apr. 6th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
I like the photo. Are you still considering going for short hair?

Plots: bah on them. I suppose because our lives lack shape, we have to look for it in fiction.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 6th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)

Are you still considering going for short hair?

That's the plan.
handful_ofdust
Apr. 6th, 2013 05:30 pm (UTC)
In retrospect, the creepiest thing about The Bay for me was that Levinson had originally wanted to do a documentary about mainly the same issues but couldn't get funding. So he made it into a horror movie instead...one so disturbing, it never really got a wide release. Aside from the obvious, almost everything covered in it is true.

Edited at 2013-04-06 05:31 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Apr. 6th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)

I didn't know that. But one reason I found it so disturbing because the situation with pollution and dead zones in Chesapeake Bay genuinely is that terrible.
jadakath
Apr. 6th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Great photo.

Can't wait for the book, so you gotta write that last chapter.

Would love to see you with a shorter haircut [tis fine now but I'm an advocate of short-hair!]
greygirlbeast
Apr. 6th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)

Would love to see you with a shorter haircut [tis fine now but I'm an advocate of short-hair!]

I seem to have made that decision.
alumiere
Apr. 6th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I suspect it's related to the movie, but the part about the truck seems like a non-sequitur (or my brain is even slower than normal today).

You and Hubero look adorable and content in the window, so I hope the weather warms up and stays there post-haste.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 6th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)

I suspect it's related to the movie, but the part about the truck seems like a non-sequitur (or my brain is even slower than normal today).

Not related to the movie.
Clare Cumming
Apr. 6th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
I dislike this wind. It keeps me on edge.

This, except it bloody terrifies me. The combination of blocking out general noise, great random bangs and things flying about can push me toward a panic attack. Just thinking about it makes me want to hide under something.

Edited at 2013-04-06 07:06 pm (UTC)
greygirlbeast
Apr. 6th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)

This, except it bloody terrifies me. The combination of blocking out general noise, great random bangs and things flying about can push me toward a panic attack. Just thinking about it makes me want to hide under something.

At the shore, it's fine. But I don't like it in the city.
jenjen4280
Apr. 6th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
The state of the Chesapeake Bay is a sad situation. Some small efforts are paying off: the blue crab population is up and they're working on restoring oysters. Of course it's to all financially driven and not done to improve the overall situation of the Bay...

BTW - Levinson's movie was filmed in the Carolinas. I found that a bit disappointing.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 6th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)

The state of the Chesapeake Bay is a sad situation. Some small efforts are paying off: the blue crab population is up and they're working on restoring oysters. Of course it's to all financially driven and not done to improve the overall situation of the Bay...

Yup.
harrietbrown
Apr. 7th, 2013 03:34 am (UTC)
Your comment about how life is not plot-driven (so true) reminds me of something Raymond Chandler said about his novel, "The Long Goodbye." He couldn't figure out how to end it, and he didn't know how to wrap up all the loose ends, and he didn't want to, so he just ended it in an ambiguous way, that leaves the reader wondering what went on after the novel was over - it was like by not ending the novel in a traditional way, he allowed his characters to move off the page and into the reader's mind, and continue their lives in the reader's imagination. Personally, I think it's his greatest novel. I never did figure out how to end the story, but it kept me thinking about it long after I closed the book - observe, I'm still talking about it.
esanko
Apr. 7th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC)
1- I only wish I could make apropos Raymond Chandler references.

2- Old truck- didn't see you driving that- until now. Early sixties at the latest- V8- natural patina (that means rustbucket). Nice. I myself drive a Subaru Outback with a custom 2.5" lift and truck tires- All Wheel Drive, as much clearance as a Jeep Cherokee. Fucking fun car- will just go ANYWHERE.

3- Saw the remake tonight- that's right- EVIL DEAD! I first saw the original in 1983. Holy fuck I'm old. Highly recommended. Batshit insane. Want to say lots more but don't want to alienate any sensitive co-readers. Fuck that- there's a... must stop now. See it. Offensive doesn't begin to describe it. I am appalled that I censored myself here. There is- if I described it there would be outrage. Pussies.
corucia
Apr. 8th, 2013 01:47 am (UTC)

Life is devoid of plot.

I just read Ebert's last review, for Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder', and the review touches on aspects of the film, and films in general, that I often hear from you in regard to your written work.

(Tried posting with a link, but it regarded the post as spam)
ladyblue56
Apr. 8th, 2013 06:50 am (UTC)
The past week we had rain and the cold, sunless weather which is usual January and February. Then on Saturday and Sunday, it is warm Spring weather and people are out shopping in shorts. Damn but the ugly jogging shorts from the 1970's are popular again.

My husband has been restoring a 1967 Firebird for several years. Today he put the window glass in the doors. The car will be road ready by summer - a really long trek of 7 or 8 years of work and it was a bare frame and a hundred or more buckets of rusted parts. During the two recent periods of unemployment, working on the car was his daily therapy. I know he would not have survived as well as he did if he has not had the car to occupy his time and give a purpose to his days after the time spent on the computer applying for jobs.
dipsomaniac
Apr. 8th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
I didn't know you were considering short hair. What styles are you thinking about? I have had every length of hair from shaved to really long. Now that it's long again I can't bring myself to cut it.
kiki60
Apr. 9th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
Cutting your hair is never easy choice. Losing all that history.
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