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spinning my wheels

At least the weather's better. There was a break in the clouds yesterday, following a rise in temperature to the lower '70s. Around nightfall, there was lightning to the north, and at 8:30 p.m., a glorious thunderstorm broke over Atlanta. Brilliant lightning. Hail. I stood in the rain on the front porch with my arms outstretched to the epileptic sky, and I screamed as loud as I could. It's the first thing that's really felt good in ages. Spring is coming, soon. There will be more cold weather, but spring is coming, nonetheless.

As for writing yesterday, I did relevant reading, which is almost work. It's dren that has to be done, regardless. There may be more of that today. It has become necessary before I can proceed with Chapter Three. Sorting out Dogtown, adding to and subtracting from the myths surrounding the ghost town. Fictionalizing. Weaving unrealized reality. Finding how all this relates to the "yellow house" on Benefit Street and Emmie and the ghouls and the Bailiff. It all fits. It's just a matter of understanding how.

Also, it has been confirmed that I will be a guest at the 2005 World Horror Convention in NYC (April 7-10). Note that I have only agreed to take part in programming on the 8th and 9th, Friday and Saturday, from noon until midnight. I hope that some of you will be able to make the convention so I can put faces with screen names. I'll do a short reading and a signing, as well as panels. Also, I might try to schedule an off-site signing somewhere in Manhattan, but my time will be very tight, so that's very iffy.

I also did a lot of stuff that needed doing around the house, things I've been putting off too long. Last night, we read Skin, watched X-Play, and I started playing Psi-Ops, which has the potential to be a good game.

My thanks to iliadawry for pointing me to The Dionaea House: Correspondence from Mark Condry, which ate up a couple of hours of mine and Spooky's time last night. It's not bad, but draws a little too obviously from House of Leaves and is a little too direct and rushed. This thing might have been brilliant had it been drawn out over the course of a year. Ultimately, it's more interesting as a new direction for fiction, but you might want to have a look. There are a few chilling moments (and hey, it's free).

The comments to my first post yesterday put me in mind (as I was saying) of a long night in New York City with Jennifer, Voltaire, and Lisa Feuer. Must of been back on May 2001, just before I wrote "Onion." After some Ukranian coffeehouse, we wound up at the Milk Bar, and by three a.m. or so, despite my drunkeness, I'd come to understand that Voltaire knows more words for the male member than anyone else alive. The evening is a blur of liquor and penis slang. I remember a comment about "riding the baloney pony" got me laughing so hard I almost puked. By this point, the bartender was bringing us free drinks, just so Voltaire would keep it up (so to...uh...speak).

I think this coming purge, Purge II, will include a lot of CDs, along with the books and action figures. I keep pulling CDs off the shelf and asking myself, "Why the frell do I still have that?

This whole silly thing about Paris Hilton's hacked Sidekick has only served to confirm my belief that if Britney Spears, Anna Nicole, and Christina Aguilera should happen to die tomorrow in a head-on collision with a UPS delivery truck, Ms. Hilton would indeed be the trashiest human left alive. Ugh.

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jonathanreitan
Feb. 22nd, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
I look forward to meeting you at WHC.
wishlish
Feb. 22nd, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
This is really good news; I hope to meet you there.

Anyone want to bet Paris's password was the dog's name? I don't know why she bothers to wear clothes anymore. Every human being on the planet has seen her naked. Why not just go with it? And Britney and Anna are way past Christina, who's slowly gravitating towards respectability. Britney's moving at Flash-like speed towards the trailer park and VH-1 Special.

Nice link I found: How to destroy the Earth. Here: http://ned.ucam.org/~sdh31/misc/destroy.html
greygirlbeast
Feb. 22nd, 2005 06:59 pm (UTC)
Nice link.

Christina, who's slowly gravitating towards respectability.

*snork* (of disbelief and skepticism)
wishlish
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
I said gravitating, not rocketing, towards respectability. I suspect gravitating is slower than crawling. But as I read somewhere, she no longer goes to strip clubs on her own, dancing on tables. She now brings her fiancee.
happyspector
Feb. 22nd, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC)
At least Christina, unlike most of those trollops, has a somewhat pleasant singing voice which is occasionally applied to a song that doesn't make me wish to smash someone's face with a brick.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 23rd, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
At least Christina, unlike most of those trollops, has a somewhat pleasant singing voice which is occasionally applied to a song that doesn't make me wish to smash someone's face with a brick.

Okay, well, while recognizing a certain inevitable degree of subjectivity in such things, I still have to say I strongly disagree. For example, the cover of "Lady Marmalade" and the subsequent video. Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink have great voices and they're hot, but Xtina comes off like the zombie lovechild of Phyllis Diller and Mich Jagger. Bleh.
acriedel
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine why Paris Hilton would have Stephen King's email address in her PDA. I don't imagine her as much of a reader when taking into account her horrible grammar.

I will be attending the World Horror Convention here in NYC and look forward to finally meeting you in person.
jonathanreitan
Feb. 22nd, 2005 11:40 pm (UTC)
Turns out it wasn't really THE Stephen King's e-mail address.
brokensymmetry
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
I'm usually really good about staying in the reality where "celebrity gossip" means speculation about the results Hawking is going to present at upcoming gravity conferences. But I somehow caught this little tidbit back in December (reported here among other places):
[Deborah] Harry was being toasted with drinks and speeches, but Paris was ignoring the lot by talking on her mobile. This show of bad manners angered none other than the formidable Siouxsie Sioux who yelled out: "Turn off that fucking phone, you spoilt little brat. This is not about you." Faced with such an onslaught, Paris went bright red and bolted for the door, with Siouxsie shouting: "Who invited that silly cow anyway?"


I really hope I can make it to the WHC, but it'll depend on classes and finances.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
[Deborah] Harry was being toasted with drinks and speeches, but Paris was ignoring the lot by talking on her mobile. This show of bad manners angered none other than the formidable Siouxsie Sioux who yelled out: "Turn off that fucking phone, you spoilt little brat. This is not about you." Faced with such an onslaught, Paris went bright red and bolted for the door, with Siouxsie shouting: "Who invited that silly cow anyway?"

That's frelling hilarious!

Yes, it would be great to see you, and I'm hoping Mellá might make it, too.
mellawyrden
Feb. 23rd, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
I hope so too! It's looking very likely at this point. I'm really thrilled you'll be coming to NYC.
mb2u
Feb. 22nd, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
You know, there are just some things I wish I could have been there to see. This would have been one of them.
mellawyrden
Feb. 23rd, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
damn, I wish I could've been there to see Siouxsie scold Paris. This has made my day.

I hope to see you at WHC!
girfan
Feb. 22nd, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
We have too many people in common in our lives: I also know Lisa and Voltaire. One of my husbands' friends said There are only 100 people in the world...the rest are all window dressing.


(Lisa was in charge of the fashion show at C1)

docbrite
Feb. 22nd, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
Also, I might try to schedule an off-site signing somewhere in Manhattan, but my time will be very tight, so that's very iffy.

Please let me know if you do. According to my publicist at Random House, it is utterly impossible to schedule a signing anywhere in Manhattan unless your name is Stephen King, Tom Clancy, John Grisham, or similar.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 23rd, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
Please let me know if you do. According to my publicist at Random House, it is utterly impossible to schedule a signing anywhere in Manhattan unless your name is Stephen King, Tom Clancy, John Grisham, or similar.

Hmmmm. Now it becomes a challenge...

Of course, your publicist is probably right.
setsuled
Feb. 23rd, 2005 12:36 am (UTC)
By this point, the bartender was bringing us free drinks, just so Voltaire would keep it up (so to...uh...speak).

Now, that's a living.

This whole silly thing about Paris Hilton's hacked Sidekick

Heh. This is the last place I expected to read about that. But it still piqued my interest enough to go looking into it . . . I was oddly pleased to see that Hunter S. Thompson was still the number one search topic on MSN, with Paris at number five.

if Britney Spears, Anna Nicole, and Christina Aguilera should happen to die tomorrow in a head-on collision with a UPS delivery truck, Ms. Hilton would indeed be the trashiest human left alive.

That's hot.
greygirlbeast
Feb. 23rd, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
Heh. This is the last place I expected to read about that.

I exist to thwart expectations.
tanthe
Feb. 23rd, 2005 09:56 am (UTC)
Paris meanwhile managed to get the front page on the New York Post.

Granted, the paper is a right wing rag, but still, she gets the front page of a major newspaper over a bloody PDA?
greygirlbeast
Feb. 23rd, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Granted, the paper is a right wing rag, but still, she gets the front page of a major newspaper over a bloody PDA?

Few things sum up America so completely.
tanthe
Feb. 23rd, 2005 10:04 am (UTC)
A signing in Manhattan would be most excellent. Pity that there are no bookstores that specialise in the way Dark Delicacies does in LA, that would probably alleviate the problem that Poppy mentioned in her comment.

I know Neil Gaiman signed in a B&N way downtown in the financial district a year or two ago (the relocated WTC B&N branch), but being that he's hit the bestseller list a couple of times I guess he gets classified in the unless you're King or Grisham list, even if he's "the most famous author you've never heard of".

Unfortunately the WHC site is down right now, otherwise I'd be checking the schedule to see if I can make it.


-Marieke
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