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Rainy and overcast in Providence today. Only 79˚F.

I can write a long-ass entry trying to sum up yesterday, or I can post this photo:

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This was yesterday. Peacedale Public Library. Beautiful fog outside the windows. Five hours of proofreading the galley pages of The Ape's Wife and Others as rapidly as we could and still do a good job. I took "Galápagos," "Tall Bodies," "Hydraguros," "Slouching Towards the House of Glass Coffins," and "Random Notes Before a Fatal Crash." Spooky took "The Sea Troll's Daughter," "As Red As Red," and "The Ape’s Wife." She also went over "The Maltese Unicorn" again. (Stories not listed here were already proofed). It is very strange, reading so much of my work at once that way. It's something I almost never do. But, yes. The book (and Black Helicopters) is proofread. It goes back to subpress today. Hopefully, we're still on schedule for the November release.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions! Our current Compapolooza has begun! That is, I'm selling off lots of comp copies, because I do not need two or three copies of every anthology in which I have a short story. Note, in particular, the copy of Paula Guarn's Ghosts: Recent Hauntings, which contains "Apokatastasis," a story that has appeared nowhere else but a defunct ezine (that never paid me) and To Charles Fort, With Love. Plus, cheap, hardly more than cover price. I will sign and personalize them, of course.

Also, as I said yesterday, I want to point you to Spooky's Etsy shop, Dreaming Squid Dollworks and Sundries. On Facebook, she wrote: "Prices have been reduced on everything in my Etsy shop. After July 31st I will be removing everything, so if you want something, now's the time." Old stuff is leaving the shop; new stuff will, eventually, be going up. So, if you want one of the remaining – very, very bow tie – items, act now, kittens.

But now...finally...I can get back to work on "Ballad of an Echo Whisperer."

Finally,
Aunt Beast

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shanejayell
Jul. 23rd, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Hoping things go well. :)
elmocho
Jul. 23rd, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
The black pens look like standard red-ink uniballs, but what's the one in your hand?
greygirlbeast
Jul. 23rd, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)

Those are the paws of Spooky. I do use uniballs, but she's using a Pilot Precise V5 rolling ball.
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greygirlbeast
Jul. 23rd, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)

These are Spooky's paws because of the wrist tattoo.

Yup.

Perhaps the only time I'll ever meet you too. But better once than never, I say.

Ah, another meeting is always possible, even if it isn't probable.
eluneth
Jul. 23rd, 2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Even if the work was dolorous, I find the photo very soothing - generously sized table, clean print-outs and inky pens; mmm.

Good luck in the short story mines!
greygirlbeast
Jul. 23rd, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)

generously sized table,

Gods, to have that table.
aarongp
Jul. 23rd, 2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
It is very strange, reading so much of my work at once that way. It's something I almost never do.
Hope the experience wasn't too painful and that the stories hold up for you.
alumiere
Jul. 24th, 2013 12:13 am (UTC)
Glad you had a productive day in the library, and the temp dropped. Here's wishing you a good writing day.
setsuled
Jul. 24th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
I sure wish I lived near a good library.
David Szydloski
Jul. 24th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
"Apokatastasis," a story that has appeared nowhere else but a defunct ezine (that never paid me) and To Charles Fort, With Love. Plus, cheap, hardly more than cover price.

Holy shit, I forgot about that! I remember reading the story when that ezine came out.
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