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And another thing...

I have (not even remotely) recovered from the con and the long drive and I am supposed to be editing things and I am groggy and it appears that I am still a World Fantasy nominee, as weird as that is, and the garden got torrential rain in my absence and is now eight feet tall where it hasn't fallen over and the beans took over the arch that they were supposed to be growing gracefully over, so now you have to go under it bent double, and the tomatoes are probably a loss, but the spaghetti squash is still fighting through the mildew and the ground cherries are taller than I am and the tomatillos are terrifying and the garden is supposed to have a photo shoot next week and it is not a cottage garden any longer but a wild green apocalypse and I am slightly afraid.

You have to shout to be heard in the backyard at night now, between the frogs and the katydids and the cicadas. It is a roar of voices. Southern forests are not quiet places.

I stare at the garden and I think "Is this what I was trying to do?" and I can't remember because I didn't really have a vision going in but it is alive, quite terrifyingly alive, Igor-with-the-slab-and-the-lightning-rod alive, and I think that is probably better than any of the alternatives, even if it is not always good for my nerves.

Tomorrow I have to actually get these edits done and I would like to sleep for a year. But Anthrocon was wonderful! Thank you to my faithful minion Taliabear and my stunt minion Natalie and everybody who came by and I may have bought five skulls and threatened to cut people during the art auction but the point is that I have five more skulls including a horse skull, which I didn't have before, and a replica of a dire wolf, which is kinda cool.

I feel a warm fuzzy exhausted good will towards humanity, which is not a bad thing to feel after a convention.

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Sounds like the kind of garden where if one of the animals or small children is missing for even a short time, one eyes it suspiciously.

Congrats on the nomination!

woah! good luck with your garden !! =S

good to hear you still have a good attitude =D

And the squash and the mint have been engaging in illicit relationships behind the giant metal chickens to which there will be the cries of baby mishes or squints next spring!

OOOH SKULLS! .....it's so nice to hear that somebody else out there gets excited over them! I just got hold of two really lovely and perfect skunk skulls and am contemplating drawing teeny, teeny ink-designs all over one of them like Maori tattoos. I'd dearly love to get hold of a horse skull myself-- I've always wanted to make a Mari Lwyd. Are you familiar with those? FREAKING TERRIFYING AND WONDERFUL. My Welsh ancestors were nutcases but they had style. http://www.folkwales.org.uk/mari.html

Cool stuff!
Do an image search for BUFFO by Michael Whelan, It reminds me of that!

Do eeet! I have two fisher skulls inked this way and they are glorious.

I'm very jealous! It's been so dry and hot down here (though it did rain yesterday, finally) that practically everything has fled/shriveled up, other than the almond scented millipedes which continue to scare the bejesus out of me when I'm pulling up wisteria (which, unfortunately, doesn't seem to care that it's dry and hot).

A photo shoot for you garden sounds like fun! And congrats on your nomination :)

I'm working in Tennessee this summer, at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, and so now when you talk about the climate and the crazy growing things and the incredibly dense night noises, I know exactly what you're talking about!

All hail the five new skulls!

(Sorry, just finished the latest InCryptid novel last night. Aeslin mice. You know.


(I read it about two weeks after it came out. :D)

I think if you give up on the idea of having a manicured English garden you'll be a much happier person in life and love :) So I have found.

I think a garden full of life is the ideal of all gardeners. So long as you don't hear the rattle of triffids in the night.

I wish my tiny garden will do more, but outside of the weeds there's little good stuff planted. I need to do something about that...

Congrats again!

I just got back from a camping trip, and Someone found a deer skull in the river. We gave it to the park rangers.

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