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My name is Cleo, and I am maybe a Dracula
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This is just to say that I'm fine; I just looked up and realized how much time had passed without me posting again. I was tired from liveblogging two nights in a row, and--in a most likely related occurrence--my eyes have started burning a bit, so I've been trying to get away from my computer screen (... a little) the last couple of days and catch up on my research reading. A lot of it is refresher reading of books I already have, just to get back in a Victorian mindset, but since it involves vampire lore anyway, I'm using my reading both for novel-writing and for the M15M Vampires footnotes. Two birds, one stone, and so on.

So right now I have a just-arrived copy of The New Annotated Dracula, edited by Leslie Klinger, who also annotated my beloved three-volume Sherlock Holmes set. How I did not own this before now, I do not know. It's also like readng the book again for the first time, particularly since there seem to be at least two different published versions (an original and an abridged, but I swear to you, the illustrated edition I have seems to be somewhere between the two) as well as additions from Stoker's notes and the original manuscript. My only problem with Klinger's annotations is that he likes to play along with the game that both Sherlock Holmes and Dracula were real (seriously, a lot of Holmesians are WAY into this), which is fun and all, but you can end up spending a lot of time trying to reconcile discrepancies by going through all these "theories" about how Watson did or did not have two wives/war wounds/middle names, or whether Stoker disguised details from "The Harker Papers" or if Jonathan Harker himself fabricated long swaths of it entirely--which is great if you're interested from only a reader's point of view, but not so great if you're also interested from a writer's. Some of it I just want to dispose of with a cry of HE DIDN'T CARE, OKAY? ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE JUST REALLY DID NOT SERIOUSLY CARE ABOUT SOME OF THIS STUFF, FOR REAL, HE SAYS IN ONE PARAGRAPH THAT IT'S JULY AND TWO PAGES LATER THAT SAME NIGHT IT'S SEPTEMBER, APPARENTLY WE DID NOT INVENT THE CONTINUITY EDITOR UNTIL THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, PEOPLE ARE REALLY JUST GOING TO HAVE TO LET THIS GO. I mean, sometimes it's kind of fun, the way critics and commentators try to reconcile some of these things, but honestly: the moon is full on three different days in the same month because Stoker needs moonlight, and he's not paying attention. People, it happens to the best of us--or, in the case of Van Helsing, which does the same damn thing, the worst of us. And there's material that got taken out and reshaped into the short story "Dracula's Guest," but little loose ends are left in the Jonathan Harker section; Stoker had minor characters in his notes that didn't make it into the finished version, like a friend of Lucy and Mina's named Kate, and you can see vestigial references to her. As a writer, I'd be more interested in discussing why he decided to make those changes, maybe look at some correspondence on the subject if any letters are extant, than trying to argue why "Jonathan Harker" would have tried to cover up a previous encounter with the blonde vampire. Basically, what I'm saying is, there are so many careless "discrepancies" in both works that it just becomes frustrating to try--and inevitably fail--to "reconcile" them, and I'd rather spend that time discussing the work from a literary standpoint than a conspiracy angle. But then, a lot of people do have fun with it. I'm just saying, my preference would be the other approach. Klinger's annotations are awesome in every other way, so I do recommend them.

(It takes a while to scan back and forth between text and footnotes, though--sometimes there are pages of [fun! interesting!] footnotes and you have to flip back to the text. So even though I started reading last night, I'm only now at Whitby, just as Lucy starts to fall ill. Which was always my favorite part, oddly enough.)

As a segue, guess who wrote the introduction? Neil Gaiman! Who will be reading at the University of Alabama (about an hour away from me, in Tuscaloosa) on February 18th. I do believe I will try to go.

I still have that really good linkspam, but I keep being too tired to actually organize it. Perhaps I should look into hanging garlic by my windows.

To conclude: Fig. 1: My plum chenille arm warmer(s) from Sock Dreams (now back in stock! I had previously bought the last pair, sorry). Fig. 2: I am apparently a sparklepire, or at least a half-vamp mutant hybrid, because I glow in direct sunlight.

My plum arm warmer(s) from Sock Dreams on Twitpic So white, I glow in the sun. Do I dazzle you, etc. on Twitpic

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Hooray for fun!interesting! footnotes! They're the best.

And holydang, I'm the first? Huh, never thought that'd happen...

Whitby - also my favorite part of Dracula. The annotations sound very interesting.

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I haven't! But it keeps being mentioned--I also want to go get the other two annotations Klinger keeps mentioning.

But yeah, I get a bit tired of the conspiracy angle because sometimes it gets bogged down in perpetuating itself. When it works, it's a fun new way to consider something; when it doesn't, you're just going through ever-increasingly convoluted motions just to keep up appearances.

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I just got my copy of The New Annotated Dracula today! I ordered it precisely because of the "it's all real" gimmick, because I'm a hopeless sucker (so to speak, whoops) for that kind of thing. The thought of trying to make what reads like a never-revised first draft make consistent sense sounds like, um, quite a challenge. Plus, other stuff! I'm looking forward to reading it and am excited to see a positive review of it pop up on the flist with such perfect timing.

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Hee. Well, as they say, if you are into this kind of thing, this is the kind of thing you will be into. I really recommend Klinger's Sherlock set, if you like that--people have been having fun with "The Game" for a long time, so there's a lot of that to discuss. And I think the gimmick benefits there from being spread over many, many stories, instead of a single, shorter work with tons of discrepancies. I mean, there's a whole appendix dealing with time/date issues in Dracula. I'm perfectly content with STOKER WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION, because--what's trying to reconcile it actually going to achieve? Because it's all fictional and there's no correct reality, as it were, you can't do it.

But even within that, Klinger still gets to stop and say, okay, look, whether someone "fabricated" this or not, this makes NO SENSE. Like why Dracula would actually kill everyone on the Demeter, which he needs to get to England. (Klinger mentions an interesting theory that Dracula wasn't feeding to kill, but that, rather, the excitable Romanian first mate realized what was going on, and he started killing the other "infected" sailors.) I had honestly never thought about that before.
I love that kind of thing; it helps me think about what I'm writing.

And he'll also stop and mention things like, "On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Spike and his friends play poker using kittens for chips."


There are so many fandoms where I want to yell this out sometimes. Maybe the writer just fucked up okay? Maybe they weren't paying attention or maybe that information just wasn't important to the story they were trying to tell.

Also I was wondering I came across this and was wondering if you could mention it.

Short story a man name Kevin was paralyzed in accident and since then has been screwed over by his insurance company who flat out refuse to pay him and is nearing homelessness.

They are asking for donations but the LJ owner says what they really want is to get the word out.

Sure--I think I mentioned it on Twitter a few days ago, but it can't hurt to post it here too.


UA is being weirdly bad about making this clear: tickets are required for the Neil Gaiman event. Luckily, they're free! They'll be available February 1 starting at 11 AM here.

Oh, thank GOD. I was thinking, that place is going to be a MADHOUSE if it's just a first come/first serve free-for-all. Can you just set up an account at the site? You don't have to be a member of something?

Dude, we are so hand twins!

It's about 3 1/2 hours for me to get to Tuscaloosa. I'm debating on whether or not I want to go. The event itself is free, though, so hmmmm...

Holy damn, it's quiet on here. I've been happily ignoring the State of the Union, learning how to knit cables instead. I feel I chose wisely. I can always watch the recaps on Jon Stewart.

I thought about looking into the annotated Holmes volumes you mentioned, but I was standing in B&N and there was a collected works right in front of me, and I am lazy.

Also! I just want to mention that it seems that in the South, stores are given common-sense names. For example: Books-A-Million, the Hobby Lobby. You hear those names, and you know what they sell. Up here, we get names like Barnes and Nobles, Borders, Michael's, Joann's, etc. (Candy to those who can guess what these sell -- but no fair if you already know.)

Well, we have all of those as well. But even Joann's is Joann's Fabric down here.

I found a copy of that Annotated Dracula at the used bookstore. I really should pick it up soon.

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See, exactly. It's a combination of The Game dragging on just for the sake of continuing, even when there is just no way to reconcile some of this stuff, and then the fact that pretending it's real means you have to actively ignore some of the worksmanship aspects.

I have to say, on your mention of having cut the ends off a pair of toe socks to use as fingerless gloves, I've since done the same thing to a rarely worn pair of mine and they're my new favorite thing. Elbow length fingerless gloves FTW! And now I believe I have an addiction to fingerless gloves.

Aren't they awesome? The problem with my homemade pair is that they're fraying, and they get a bit over-warm. The microfiber chenille ones breathe more, and they're finished at the ends. But yeah, I developed a crazy addiction overnight. I have that one pair in plum, peacock blue, and black--it's ridiculous.

If it's cold enough on the 18th, that would be one way to recognize me--my multicolor toesock gloves.

I COVET those handwarmers. Living in Los Angeles I have zero need for such items. But they are teh qtness, especially in that color.

I KNOW, RIGHT? I've taken to wearing the warmers as often as I can (I, uh... I kind of also have them in black and peacock blue) because God knows, there's about two months in the year I'd even be able to.


Seriously. We are talking about a man who decided that a poisonous snake could (1) live in a locked safe (2) on milk, and (3) be trained to attack in response to a whistle. Riiiiiiiiight.

"Seriously. We are talking about a man who decided that a poisonous snake could (1) live in a locked safe (2) on milk, and (3) be trained to attack in response to a whistle. Riiiiiiiiight."

lol When I first read that part of the book, I was like, "Seriously?"

I'm thinking about going to UA to see Neil Gaiman, as well. It's only about an hour from me, too; I just need to see who I can bribe talk into going with me. Being the only Gaiman fan in my circle of friends sucks at times like these.

Oh, I wouldn't even be able to go if a friend wasn't already going to Tuscaloosa that day anyway.